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How to Support Your Friends’ Side Projects

In a survey released by Bentley University, almost two-thirds [of millennials] (67%) said their goal involves starting their own business. If you think about your friends, classmates, co-workers and siblings, consider how many of these people have started their own business or are involved in a side business outside of a regular, full-time job. Band members. Fitness instructors. Jewelry creators. Photographers. Artists. Boutique owners. I can name a dozen people without even digging that deepView full post »

Choosing Joy

There are days when I struggle with being happy. I think a lot of us have those days. There may or may not be a reason. We may or may not have a right to be sad. We may just feel this overwhelming weight sitting upon us that we can’t, no matter what, seem to lift. I’ve been there. I think some of you probably have too. As I’ve battled these days over the past few years, I’ve found that choosing happiness and choosing joy is a decision, a mental choice. My heart and soulView full post »

My Wedding: Centerpiece Inspiration

Branches. Burlap. Wood. Candles. Oh my. Since we are getting married at the beautiful Sylvan Lake in the Black Hills, we naturally had to go with a more rustic theme for our centerpieces. The venue is already so beautiful that there really doesn’t need to be anything extravagant done to spruce the place up. When I initially priced for flowers and centerpieces, I was knocked over by the price tag. As I recovered from sticker shock, I decided to do my own centerpieces. Will this be moreView full post »

5 People that Influenced Me in 2015

Social media allows us to absorb the personalities, ambitions, thoughts and practices of pretty much whoever we choose to be influenced by. They can be sources of inspiration or resources. They can be positive, funny, informational, passionate, silly or pointless. I am a social media addict, and I always pay attention to the way people promote themselves, their businesses and their overall brand when it comes to staking their claim in this universe. I follow the people I admire and the peopleView full post »

Materialism Overload

I’m a fan of blogs. I have mad respect for the DIY-ers, and I give a high-five to those fashionistas out there that choose trendy pieces and setup photo shoots of themselves to show those pieces off. I’ve seen some well-designed gift guides, for every single person in every single category. And in all honesty, I’ve had enough materialism overload to last me awhile. When I first discovered the big, wide world of blogs, especially lifestyle blogs, I was intrigued by theView full post »

My Wedding: Flower Inspiration

I hear from everyone who was married before the Era of Pinterest (which was only five years ago), that they wish they could do their wedding over. Just because of Pinterest. Oh, the power of inspiration. And the fun. Being an incredibly visual person (which I didn’t realize until I had to try on wedding dresses – that’s a whole other story), Pinterest is a lifesaver to people like me who need to see the end product before they can fully commit. When I’m spending hundredsView full post »

Gifts for Good: Gift Guide

Knock out Christmas shopping and support some meaningful charities at the same time with these unique shops. These are my favorite charities and businesses that are either making a positive impact on the world or are faith-based. I follow these organizations on social media and am continually in awe of the good that’s possible if people put their heart into it. Love146 ReImagine Shop Love146 is a non-profit foundation dedicated to ending the trafficking and exploitation of children. TheseView full post »

Starting Over

I recently read Relevant Magazine’s post, The #LiveAuthentic Lie, and it struck home for me. Everyone wants to be considered authentic. It speaks to the organic you. The messy you. The real you. It means moving away from familial, traditional and social pressures in order to embrace your true self. Be messy. Be nerdy. Sassy. Flawed. Just don’t be fake. Over the past several years I’ve dipped my hands into a slew of outside creative projects, hoping to knock something out of theView full post »

Things I Love: Knowing you don’t need wings to fly

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: It would be jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. -C.S. Lewis- So fly.View full post »