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Gratitude and Social Media: The Secret to Loving Your Life (just the way it is!)

A couple of months ago, my BFF turned my attention to a local Instagrammer with a seemingly perfect life. She had a beautiful house, a gaggle of adorable children, a witty way about her, and a successful business. She had it all, according to her Instagram feed. Intrigued by the sound of her success and rags-to-riches story, I dove headfirst into her feed when I got home. And then I cried for forty-five minutes. Now, quick disclaimer about those tears. I was in the thick of a huge transition into a new job, totally overwhelmed, worried about never achieving my blogging/book-writing dreams, …

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The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Holiday Overwhelm

Two years ago, I spent the vast majority of Christmas Eve with rubber gloves and a sponge. It was the worst.   And ya’ll, I don’t even have kids. I don’t even have my own house. And I still spent my favorite day of the year cooking, cleaning, throwing gifts into tattered gift bags, and feeling anything but Christmas cheer. So, what went wrong? What goes wrong for so many of us women, who feel like we have to make this holiday? It’s the usual culprit: overwhelm. We’re continuing our series on overwhelm (first post here) by talking about all the many …

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10 Amazing Ways to Treat Yo’ Self This Halloween

I’ll tell you straight: I don’t really like dressing up for Halloween. I know. THAT, from a former theatre teacher? What kind of person (who used to dabble in costumes for a living) wouldn’t like to dress up for Halloween? I’ve decided it’s because October is always so busy for me that it catches me by surprise, and I never have time to get anything together. I really do love the fall season and Halloween is part of that, but I don’t yet have kids to take treat-or-treating. And if Halloween is on a week night, I can’t go out anyway. In …

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5 Signs You’re Living in a Constant State of Overwhelm

Overwhelm. My least favorite feeling. Nothing stops me in my bouncy, productive tracks like the sudden feeling of being overwhelmed. And I’ll admit, I think I struggle with overwhelm on a more than average level. Not because my life is busier than everyone else’s (everyone is busy), but because I lived with overwhelm as my norm for years. So now, the mere feeling of being overwhelmed throws up all kinds of red flags and before you know it, I’m convinced that my whole life is falling apart. If you’re living in a near constant state of overwhelm, you need to know about it, …

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How I Use My Simplified Planner To Keep on Top of the Crazy

When I bought my first Simplified Planner from Emily Ley, I was full of ideas for how I would use it to have the most organized year of my life. So, I used it for three beautiful days, and then I didn’t open it up again for four months. Have you ever done this? Or abandoned your latest organizational system? Here’s my theory on why we leave our grand organization plans by the wayside… At the end of the day, organization itself takes time and effort. Writing in a planner consistently takes time. Writing down your appointments instead of stashing them in …

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A Day in the Life of a Lifestyle Blogger

On Wednesday, a kind reader (and aspiring blogger) emailed me to ask what it was like being a lifestyle blogger. My knee-jerk response? It’s insane. It’s editing images, obsessing over the Instagram algorithm, taking too many pictures of myself, writing, writing, and more writing. Did you know that the blogging world has a HUGE learning curve? Even for a lifestyle blogger? So of all the things that blogging is, it’s really about learning. All the learning. It’s also the most fun I’ve ever had. If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I am NOT currently blogging full-time, though that is …

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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Changing Careers

As far as careers go, I’ve had four of those in the four years since I graduated from college (LOLZ). I nannied in beautiful Boston first, and then moved back to Tulsa to intern for a teaching job which I eventually took up as my full-time gig for the next two years. Before that, I taught ballet and spent the bulk of my day in leg warmers. I don’t regret a thing. The thing was, I never wanted to be a person who was afraid to turn the page. During my senior year of college I sat and listened to my friend …

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An Open Letter to You, High School Grad

Dear Graduate, Throwing my red cap in the air in the spring of 2009 was one of the happiest moments of my life. The tassel got caught in my earring and I was across the arena (alphabetically and otherwise) from my friends, so I was feeling pretty salty about that, but man, I was so happy to throw that cap in the air. I didn’t even care about how much I was sweating beneath my red polyester gown anymore. High school was done. Now it’s 2017 and I’m 26. I survived college, and now the first few years of my grownup life. And …

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Embrace the Messy Bun

 My students used to think something was wrong with me when I had my hair in a messy bun at school. I insisted on looking just so in my classroom because I wanted them to think I had it all together. Unsurprisingly, this leeched out into the rest of my world as well. I remember that whole season of my life as being one in which I was convinced that I needed to look perfect all the time. That messy bun was reserved for the 20 minutes before I went to bed and the occasional lazy Saturday, and that was it. Listen, having your …

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5 Tips for Getting Inspired (plus a recap of DFWCon 2017!)

I don’t always feel inspired. Lately, I haven’t felt inspired at all. I know this blog is all confetti and pink, but that doesn’t mean I’m not just as vulnerable to the mean reds as the next girl (Oh Holly, you know us so well). I want to be a person that encourages you, and I don’t believe I can do that without being real. And being real means telling you that it’s been tough getting out of bed for the last several weeks. Last week I shared here about how I lost my sweet kitty in early April, which totally threw …