Selena Gomez x Coach

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Hi beauties!  Today I want to share THIS article I read on vogue.com last week about Selena Gomez’s collaboration with Coach.  First, I just want to say how much I love everything that she has been doing lately.  Her song Fetish is one of my favorite songs this Summer, and while this isn’t totally recent, I really enjoyed watching season one of Thirteen Reasons Why (I was already a huge fan of the book and I think they did an amazing job bringing the heart of the story to life).  Her emphasis on mental health through her platform to reach millions of people is so admirable.  It is even evident in her collaboration with Coach, with the words Love yourself first printed on the bags.

I would love to hear in the comment section what you think about the collaboration!  I am going to settle in now and watch If I Stay before going to bed.  Thanks for stopping by,

Carly xx

Something Personal….Talking About Feeling Broken

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There is so much noise about the topic of self-improvement/help that it can feel overwhelming!  It almost seems as if there is a to-do-list that we have to complete each day for self-love and happiness.  I love to keep a planner, write to-do-lists and jot down reminders on sticky notes.  It keeps me organized with all of the little things I need to accomplish each day.  But what about the to-do-lists that we sometimes have floating around our minds, dictating us about what we “should” do?  I should write affirmations this morning.  I should do yoga.  I should eat something healthy.  I should put on a smile . . . . even though I feel broken inside.

I once did all the things that made me appear really healthy.  Now, when I look back at pictures from that time in my life, for a second I forget the broken person that I was inside.  Put simply, I didn’t feel like I was good enough.  It is easy to start comparing ourselves to our peers or people on social media.  This wasn’t the reason for my brokenness, and I am still not sure what I felt I wasn’t good enough for.  When I left for Savannah last Fall, I left behind the cocoon I kept around myself that made me feel safe.  In a way, this was the beginning of me choosing to not stay broken.  Sometimes the seemingly stable routines, rituals, and images that we create for ourselves are the walls that keep out the light of new possibilities.  I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea….this year there have been many times where I have felt sad, lonely, or afraid.  Little by little, I am trying to shift my perspective.  If I don’t do something that I feel like I should do, or avoid trying something because I am afraid, I remind myself to open my heart.

With an open heart, we can keep moving forward, moving past the walls we’ve created for ourselves.  It is happening exactly like Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”  For me, I am finding that believing there is constant light and love surrounding us is helping me heal the brokenness I so often feel.  It is longer lasting than completing an impossible list of health rituals each day, because light and love is infinite, everlasting, and forgiving.

We are only limited when we think things should be a certain way, or that they already are.  And what I am trying to say is that by believing in a higher power, we can change this way of thinking; and we can open our hearts to the light and love that is around us right now, in this very moment.

Thank you so much for reading,

Carly xx

A Healthy 2017

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Instead of making a New Years resolution this year, I have made a promise to myself to simply take care of myself inside and out.  I love learning about health and wellness, but for some reason it is the first thing I push aside when I become overwhelmed, stressed, or doubtful.  Today, I thought it would be fun to share with all of you my favorite health and wellness rituals to inspire a healthy and happy 2017 (and to keep myself accountable!).

❤ Writing affirmations every single day

❤ Taking really good care of my skin by using organic beauty products, eating very healthy, and drinking much water and tea

❤ Being kind to myself, and to others (This isn’t so much a ritual as it is a way to live everyday, but either way, I feel much better when I am acting out of kindness!)

❤ Eating slowly, with mindfulness and gratitude

❤ Taking a few minutes out of each day to read, whether it be a book, magazine, or blog post (Reading has always been a way I have dealt with stress.)

❤ Gratitude for everything (For me, being grateful makes all the difference.)

This list is short and sweet, but I wanted to keep it simple.  I may even do posts in the future that add to it, what do you all think?  I would love to hear in the comment section what some of the things are that make you feel healthy, inside and out.

Much love,

Carly xx