How Does Your Garden Grow?

Happy Monday! This Motivation Monday is dedicated to anyone who feels like they are falling behind, can’t keep up, or feels like they are struggling while everyone else is all sunshine and roses. I am here to tell you, the grass isn’t always greener — often it’s not.

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It’s really easy to feel like you have to work twice as hard as others for the same results. It can also be easy to feel like your accomplishments are celebrated with a whisper while other’s are trumpeted with resounding excitement. I think everyone wants love, support, and achievement in their lives and I think it takes a lot of hard work to earn those things. So, if you don’t have those and are giving it your all, while others have it made in the shade with half of the effort, just know their grass isn’t necessarily greener. It could be fake.

It’s really easy to be the center of attention, can-do-no-wrong champ when you put 100% of your effort into maintaining that. At the end of they day, it’s exhausting and it isn’t real. The real grass…it’s imperfect, patchy, maybe it looks like it’s been tilled, but guess what? That’s your investment and that’s where you’ll see the most flowers grow. Flowers are better than boring patches of grass anyways.

Happy Monday! xox

Hustle Hard, Girls.

Start the grind, it’s Monday y’all and I. am. excited! This week, I am signing a contract for a really amazing new position. It’s a HUGE step up in every way possible; compensation, work-life balance, benefits, opportunities, everything. It’s been a really long process; multiple interviews, a 15 page marketing plan, presentation, group interviews, the list goes on.

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And…I’m batting 100–I’ve still never gone in for an interview and not received an offer for the position. So, keep at it…whatever you’re working on and you’ll get there, just hustle hard and run wild with success. Happy Monday. ❤

I’m the Hero of This Story on a Monday.

HeroHappy Monday! Here’s some motivation for you because it’s going to be a longggg week!:

Often times, I think that people are way harder than themselves than anyone else, which is crazy because why pile on top of what your critics already say/think about you? People will paint you in a negative light—there’s no reason for you to add to what people who aren’t your friends think and there’s certainly no reason why your biggest critic should be yourself.

It’s taken me a long time, the majority of my life, to get to the point when I don’t care what people say and I don’t participate in the criticism of myself. In fact, the only time I ever get blindly furious is when people make assumptions about my family and my childhood (and adulthood, really) — which is something my mother, sisters, and I currently struggle with, with regards to my father. Sounds really crappy of someone to bring up, right? Also, name an “ism” and it probably really angers me, because duh.

The hardest part of being kind to yourself is realizing that nobody can make you feel comfortable about your character and capabilities except for you. So, be your own hero…be your own Batman…Superman…Beatrix KiddoWednesday Addams…whoever, because at the end of the day you have to save yourself.

Also, let’s get some more awesome female superheroes please?

 

Take it, Use it, Rise Above it!

I know it’s a little late for some motivation for this Monday, but here’s something for the rest of the week.

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I nailed a very important appointment I had today, spent time with my husband, and worked out while doing errands (yes, I made a hair appointment while on my elliptical). I feel great and ready to tackle the entire week and while I hope you do as well, I know that Mondays can be tough.

Of course, there are always reasons to feel down, questions the caliber of person you are, and where you are going, especially when people (including yourself) plant those seeds. Use it as motivation, prove them wrong, and get. it. done! xo

Here’s A Freebie For Your Monday!

I know it’s not Freebie Friday, but I needed to share this…mostly because everyone needs a pick-me-up on a Monday. The past week has felt kind of like a game of dodgeball, except I am on a team of 2 (my husband is my favorite teammate) vs 10 and the balls are hiccups in plans, passive aggressiveness, and exhausting amounts of work.

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This week, I need to be incredibly focused. I have a potentially life changing opportunity that I have to be fully prepared for and I can do without curve balls, comments from the peanut gallery, and probably just Facebook all together. It gets super negative, super fast, especially if you are reading political articles.

So, as I prepared for this week I decided to create some Monday Motivation after listening to my second favorite JEW album. I mean, if it’s good enough for Taylor Swift, it’s good enough for us all right?

Click here to open and save/print the poster. Hang it next to your vanity because you do everything you can…and don’t you worry what the bitter hearts are gonna say. ❤

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Cute Engagement Gifts for Under $50!

Let me start by saying I was going to do a “Before and After” about our gorgeous living room, BUT I got some wonderful news today! My sister and her boyfriend are on vacation in Anguilla and he popped the big question! I am not going to officially spill the beans as to what she said, but I will say that I am very happy for her.

It’s happy, but slightly sad for my mom, she was feeling terrible that she couldn’t afford to chip in and give us big weddings. My father, who isn’t currently in my life, created a lot of financial troubles for my family and he and my mom just finished a long divorce, which everyone knows is a drain on resources.

Needless to say, there wasn’t a lot of extra funds, however, that is just fine with my sisters and I…my “wedding” lasted about 5 minutes and we signed a couple of pieces of paper, my sister wants a very simple wedding, very small–just a few people, and my youngest sister will probably get married barefoot on a beach somewhere.

Once my mom began lamenting about the fact that she couldn’t chip in, my youngest sister perked her up by telling her that is was old school for parents to pay for their kid’s weddings and that everyone she knows it paying for their own wedding now…and I totally agreed! It made my mom feel 100% better and it made me think of something I pinned the other day; it’s literally the best advice I could give to a newly engaged couple:

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There’s something really special about a wedding, ceremony, or occasion where the couple’s love for each other outshines the actual event and that’s what is important…not the decorations, the wine selection, etc. I wish for my sister something simple and lovely and full of love, as it should be! I know it will be magical!

Anyways, I have been scouring Etsy for cute gifts and came up with a round up of my favorite engagement gifts under $50. Check it out:

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I am a huge fans of personalized gifts, there’s something really special about them, but when a gift can be functional and personal, that’s something special. The best part? All of these gifts are under $50!

Ring Dishes: These are a necessity for expensive things NOT falling down the drain. Turquoise Ring Dish via DarriellesClayArt.

Personalized Prints: I liked this particular one because it has a French twist, which is appropriate for my sister and her boyfriend, but there are plenty to pick from on Etsy. Personalized Bicycle Print via DexMex.

Cutting Board: Veggies, wine, cheese, the list goes on. These are functional and pretty enough to leave out on the counter. Personalized cutting board via TrueMomentos.

Etched Glasses: You can DIY these or order them, because the newly engaged couple will totally want to have some celebration wine. Glasses via HautePinkCreations.

Self-Inking Stamp: This is another functional and beautiful gift, plus it will save the couple time because they won’t have to hand address invites and save the dates! Self-inking stamp via SouthernPaperandInk.

Anything Could Happen on a Monday

Because who doesn’t need some motivation and music to tackle a Monday? I certainly do…because it’s going to be 6 straight days of 10-12 hour work days.

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I’ve listened to all of these songs at some point in time in the last month, which has been a rollercoaster—from infuriating to amazing and back again. However, music is a cure-all right?

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  1. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  2. Ophelia – The Lumineers
  3. Rivers and Roads – The Head and the Heart
  4. Home – Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros
  5. Rolodex Propaganda – At the Drive In
  6. The Outsider – A Perfect Circle
  7. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  8. Upside Down and Inside Out – OK Go
  9. Slow Hands – Interpol
  10. Holiday From Real – Jack’s Mannequin

Also…a little Monday Motivation never hurts, so here’s something to chew on…

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I love this mostly because, C.S. Lewis–and the sentiment is 100% true. All the terrible days, situations, things said about you, cruel chatter, cruel people, superficiality. All the stressful projects, family…everything; leave it behind…dump it.

Be a one man army if you have to…and march on to way better things because they are there. Just keep being you, do generous things, shrug off the BS, show gratitude, give love, and you’ll find that the people and situations that were marching all over you, can’t keep up with YOU anymore because they are far in the distance. Leave the rest to karma and look ahead.

I’m really lucky I have a lot of things that give me a reason to look ahead…and it’s just going to be me and my little wolfpack family. ❤

Happy Monday!