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Love Yourself Link Up: Do What You Love

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences.We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

 

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We’ve all heard the sayings – “Do What You Love”, “If you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life!” …and the list goes on. But have you ever really thought about it? Have you sat and considered the fact that you really do have the opportunity in this life to find something you’re truly passionate about and run after it? What a wonderful way to spend your time everyday, loving every second of it. Okay, maybe not every second, because let’s face it, anything we want, takes work. It’s not all roses and sunshine, but at the end of the day when you feel you’ve accomplished something and your proud of it, you feel you’ve touched someone in a special way or really feel as if you’ve made a difference, isn’t that love? As a college student, I’m always pondering those statements up there. I’m slowly learning what I’m good at and gathering a few ideas up as to how I can use my talents and things to do something I’m passionate about and really love. Love is passion. Love wakes you up in the morning. Love is what I do. If you love what you do, you love who you are.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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City Dwellers | A Weekend Dinner Party

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Darling Magazine | Illustration by Natalia Swarz | Layout by Aubrey Hubbell

Being a wonderful hostess is something I hope to achieve in my near future. It means so much to me to be able to have friends and family to our home, make them feel comfortable and relaxed and fill them with delicious food and good company. This little snippet from Darling Magazine embodies everything I’d like my home to be and how I feel as our guests arrive. This weekend we had a lovely couple over for dinner. They’re great friends with the best stories and always leave us with feelings of a good time. Anita is an incredible cook. So I encouraged her to share a recipe and I’d buy all the ingredients before her arrival. We then prepared the main course together, a stuffed chicken with a side of green beans, rosemary bread and a fruit and walnut salad with a yummy lemon honey dressing. It was a feast and so much fun to prepare together. The boys chatted and ate the spinach and artichoke dip I had ready for their arrival, while we bustled around in the kitchen. In the end, we sat and enjoyed a wonderful meal with the best company. Saturday morning was filled with cleaning in preparation of our guests and I even found the time to create a fall-like atmosphere. A last-minute fall arrangement and mini centerpiece sat in the center of the table. Little pumpkins were sprinkled all around the main area and it was a fabulous memory made. Being the perfectionist I am, I can stress a bit too much beforehand, but at the end of the night, I was happy as could be. Knowing that we were able to share our home with good friends and make a night of it, makes me feel that I’m that much closer to being a wonderful hostess. There’s nothing like lovely friends, delicious food and priceless memories.

I can’t wait to share the recipes and little details that helped make this dinner party unforgettable. Be on the lookout!

Happy Monday, Friends!

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Big Dreams

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Wow! Last night I was apart of Anne the Adventurer‘s Blogging: 101 Class. What an incredible experience. It left me feeling encouraged, empowered and look at me – I found a spot in my morning to say hello to you! Chatting with Anne at the end of class left me with so much to consider in my business and with Chic to Chic. Deciding how to approach them both with intention and meaning. I was also left with that same feeling I get every now and then – that feeling that I’m cutting myself short. That I’m settling for what’s expected of me or the right thing to do. But what if I don’t want to do that? What if I want to jump out of the mold and do something incredible! So last night the Love and I had a long conversation about strengths in different areas and how those can be used to make a difference.

I am a proud goal setter. I have a five year plan, always have. I’m very self-motivated and when I have a goal, I don’t let anything get it my way. Plans change and I’m okay with that, but goals – they’re always looking to be crossed off my list. So, as my college career is slowly coming to an end and my business is slowly growing, I’ve been thinking about what I truly want to do. What am I passionate about? How can I make a difference? How can I truly inspire my readers, those around me, women, young women to reach for the stars and grab ahold? I’m working on this goal of mine. I’m not quite sure what it is yet, but I know I’m getting closer to finding it. I know I want it to be bigger than the normal and everyday.

And part of this goal is this blog. I know this is a way I can express myself and share with you my struggles, my celebrations, inspiring words, encouragement and let you know you’re not alone. I want to inspire you. This blog is really important to me and I want it to bring something to your life. That is a huge part of this goal. So, in the next few weeks, I hope to see you more often, place encouraging, inspiring and loving words into your life in different ways and more often. That is my why and my goal. I’m dreaming big.

Thank you, Anne the Adventurer for taking the time to teach us and share your amazing insight. What a pleasure it was to chat with you after class, share my heart and hear your advice. I look forward to many more Blogging classes in the future!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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The Habit of Being Grateful

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Well hello, friends! Fall has sure fallen upon us in the last few weeks and along with Fall comes a feeling of Thanksgiving. Of course we should be thankful and grateful every part of the year, but it’s a special reminder around this time. As the air gets cooler and the evenings darken sooner, I think to myself how truly grateful I am for everything I have and for everything that surrounds me. Not just the physical, but the love, the comfort, the belonging. Having a beautiful home to come to, a loving husband and a refrigerator filled with food. It’s the little things too, like a postcard in the mail, a phone call in the middle of the day and finding a quote that expresses exactly how you feel.

Little and big, we all have so much to be grateful for. In a world consumed by the superficial, it’s good to dwell on being grateful for the things we can’t touch or express. Feelings and desires, faith and expectations. These are all things to be grateful. So as the leaves start to change and the evening grow cooler, cultivate the habit of being grateful.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up

Love Yourself Link Up: It Doesn’t Get Easier

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences.We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

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Sometimes life takes over and leaves you without a minute to spare, but like everything, we evolve and learn to work with the seconds we are left with during the day. We get better at taking advantage of the quiet moments of the early morning to do a little clean up or stay up a little later to read a page of your newest read. Lately, I’ve been going to bed later and waking up earlier. I’m slowly transitioning into the morning person that existed before the snooze button was discovered sometime in my middle school years. It feels good to be able to figure out how to use these 24 hours in a less stressful way. I may have a million things to do and some may get done late, but I bring myself to awareness and realize, it’s not going to completely change my life for the worse if it’s a few minutes late or I have to finish it in the morning. When there are so many things going on, it’s easy to get caught up in them, feel stressed and feel as if nothing is getting done, but perspective is a wonderful thing and planning is even better. I wake up in the morning, write  a list of things I have to do and then separate those things into parts of the day. Sitting here in this moment, I make myself focus and get at least one thing from my list done. Once it’s done, I take a break, grab a cup of tea, put a pretty dress on and sit right back down to work on another project. It works! I feel less stressed, more productive and Miss Visual over here sees items disappear from the to do lists before my very eyes. Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed by life and all of the projects going on? How do you cope? Do you like lists? How do handle it? I’m trying over here and feeling better and better everyday, but I always love to hear more ideas on coping with a busy schedule!

I hope today encourages you in showing that you are not alone with your overwhelming schedule and ever expanding to do lists. It’s a struggle, but just remember, it doesn’t get easier, you just get better. We all have to learn to manage our time and do our very best at everything we can!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Life in Between Goals

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Busy busy.. that’s what life has been for this gal over here. Do you ever feel like days pass faster than you can keep up? That’s how it’s been lately. Sometimes it feels as if you’re constantly just trying to keep up with goals and commitments. Some fall through and others take precedent. Trying not to be too hard on yourself for those things that fall through isn’t the easiest, but there are only so many hours in the day. We can only do so much to keep up and then when life settles down and you can take a deep breath, work on those goals and don’t give up.

This little blog of mine became a place to express my thoughts, share my ideas and encourage others a little over a year ago. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to practice my writing skills, push myself to explore and has even brought me a few incredible new friends. But sometimes life gets busy and I’m not able to post every day of the week and I feel guilty. Then I remember, this life is meant to be lived and enjoyed and this blog is a reflection of that. In order to write about life and the exciting and even busyness it has to offer, I have to live it and enjoy it!

I love reading your comments and writing for you, but if you’ll be patient with me as I enjoy every moment of this crazy life, I’ll work on giving you the best of me through writing and sharing. I don’t want to just do a post to do it, I want it to encourage you, inspire you and give you a little insight into this little City Dweller’s life. So in between the craziness, I’ll be working on giving you my best through this blog in a way that keeps you inspired, whether it’s daily or weekly.
Until next time, whether that’s tomorrow or next week, thank you so much for reading and for all of your sweet comments. Each one encourages me to keep Chic to Chic going. I do it for myself, but I do it for my readers too. In the mean time, I’d love to hear your thoughts about Chic to Chic. How long have you been reading? What are your favorite topics to read about? Any questions you have about me? I’d love to hear more from you! Go ahead, leave a comment!

 

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Enjoy Yourself

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences.We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

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Do you feel better after being with a group of friends or when you’re alone to recharge? It’s so important to be social and to be surrounded by good friends, but some days, it’s good to enjoy your own company. You and you, that’s all. Being by yourself gives you time to think, pray and really work on your inner and outer self. I love being with my husband and doing things together. Sometimes I forget that while I have my alone time while he’s at the office, he needs his time to recharge after work. Whether it’s going on a run, reading a book or taking a nap. Having alone time is very important. It brings you to your focus and puts things into perspective. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed, my favorite thing to do is just sit and write down everything that’s on my mind, to do lists, my five year plan or things I need to buy in the next few months to FINALLY make our new home feel like home. After writing all of that down, I read through it and I always feel so much better. I see that everything that’s scattered in my brain is now organized and all of a sudden I don’t feel so overwhelmed. How do you use your alone time? Do you use it to unwind or recharge?

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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