The Beauty and Blessing of Being Single

The Beauty and Blessing of Being Single

“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” -Unknown

I was hesitant to write a post about relationships (again) because it’s not my favorite thing to discuss, especially not on this space. I pride myself on being transparent so I knew that if I did discuss it, I’d have to tell my truth, despite what someone else might say or how they might feel.

And the truth is, I thought I lost. I was embarrassed by this perceived loss. I didn’t think it had to end but..

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4 Books to Read This Summer

Reading was a form of escapism for me as a child. Escaping from the realities of life. I didn’t have a bad childhood, but my wild imagination made it all the better. I think I’ve always wanted to be somewhere other than where I was at the moment. Reading books allowed me to live vicariously through the characters. Compiling a list of all of my favorite books will come at a later date but for right now, here are four books worth reading this summer.

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How to Stay Sane in This Crazy World

on top of a mountain

So I just finished reading ‘Ruby‘ by Cynthia Bond and damn her for letting me long for more. I won’t lie, this is the first book I can remember reading that I’ve fully understood and felt whatever the characters were feeling. It terrified me, made me sympathize and feel love all at the same time. Bond’s use of imagery was shockingly vivid and much appreciated. Her novel made me realize that life is crazy. People are going through unimaginable things and making through those situations with mere threads of their sanity. Now I understand how much power we have in order to stay sane in this crazy world.

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How to Write a Thoughtful Thank You Note

When you’re on an arduous journey, it can definitely feel like you’re all alone without anyone to guide you. It’s amazing how many people are willing to help you once you open up and discuss what you’re going through. I’ve been blessed this last year, well many years really, by some beyond amazing people who have come through for me in ways they did not have to. When you’re surrounded my generous spirits, it is your duty to show them how much you appreciate what they’ve done. And maybe you can’t afford to give them the world, but you can absolutely say thank you.

how to say thank you with note cards

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Tell the Story That Lives Inside of You

As the clock struck twelve one month ago, I got on my knees and recited a prayer of gratitude to my God. At first, I didn’t know what to say. I felt like I owed Him a deep and reflective conversation. Over and over again, I emphatically whispered thank you until I felt like He heard me. I slowly opened my eyes and realized, I really just turned 30 years old. I was alive. As tears formed in the corner of my eyes, I got into bed and drifted to sleep.

Macy's top, Forever 21 necklace, Rocksbox ring, Top Shop culottes, Madden Girl shoes

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30 Gifts for a 30th Birthday

30 gift ideas for a 30th birthday

On a scale of 1 to NeNe, how shady am I for not blogging for three weeks, only to come back with a birthday wish list? Well, I did it! Tomorrow is my birthday. A few people have been asking me what I wanted but that’s not really a question I’m good at answering. I pretty much buy myself what I want but hey, if you want to get me something, I’d be the happiest girl in the world.

So what does a girl turning 30 want anyway? I thought long and hard about it and that’s really a tough question to answer. When we’re younger, the choices for gifts are endless. So many toys. The gifts start to get a little more complicated as you get older.

If you also have a friend entering their 30’s, maybe they’d also like something from this list. What to give a friend turning 30? I have 30 gift ideas for ya.

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7 Female Style Bloggers You Should Know

As a blogger, I take in a lot of content from fellow style bloggers. Most of that content is too good to keep to myself. I wrote about a few of my favorite fashion bloggers a few years ago and since then, I’ve added/replaced some of them. To me, these personal style bloggers do a great job not only with their personal style but being able to let their personalities shine through as well. There’s only so many style blogs you can read before your eyes cross from seeing the same trend and handbag on every blogger’s page. Then there are style bloggers whose life stories are interwoven beautifully into their posts, making the visit to their site a pleasant one.

 7 Female Style Bloggers You Should Know

1. Frédérique Tietcheu, I Go By Frankie: I’ll be honest…In my head, I dress like Carrie Bradshaw. But really, I dress like a school teacher who’s rebelling. Frédérique, aka Frankie, is like Carrie Bradshaw in the 70s. Something about her smile seems purely genuine through her photos. This Parisian is funky-fab and I can dig it. (Photo via I Go By Frankie)

Frédérique Tietcheu

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20 Things I Learned in my 20s

laying in bed drunk

One of the most vivid memories of my early 20s was going out for drinks with friends and somehow finding myself dry-humping a wall. Ah yes, those were the days. But in a month, I will be thirty and I don’t know how. How did I get here? First of all, thanks God. But for real though? Just the other day, I was 18 without a care in the world. At 25, I was still turning up like you wouldn’t believe. Now? I can’t wait to get home on Friday and sleep off all of the exhaustion from the week. A drink? My stomach can’t take the thought.

The following advice in this post is almost all a result of my first hand experiences. Everything that I’ve gone through in my 20s, has molded me into the woman I am today. Of course I’ve had many regrets that I later took back because without the experience, I would not have gotten the lesson. I’m still learning the lessons. But if I could share with you what I wish someone would’ve shared with me, this is what I would say.

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3 Blogs About Advanced Blogging You Should Read

blogs about blogging you should read

If you’ve been blogging for 5 or more years like myself, you’ve probably reached the point where you want to get into the nitty-gritty of blogging. At this point, you know all of the basics and you want to learn the harder stuff. If you’re anything like me, the harder stuff include technical topics like SEO, HTML, ad campaigns and analytics.

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Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection

This post is sponsored by P&G. Compensation was provided by P&G via Mode Media.

Wash Day: one of my least favorite days of all time. Something about the process of cleansing the hair and scalp, that isn’t what I’d call a jolly good time. I do it because the results, those thick, soft and bouncy twists are well worth the effort. Cue in the new Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Collection.

head & shoulders moisture care collection

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