Playing the Game

July 16, 2014

When I read blogs, they often feel like the same posts over and over again. Buy this, love this, make this. I often wonder "Is the most difficult part of her day choosing which shoes to wear?" Because she makes it sound like it's a really hard decision. Then I keep reading because she's funny and those shoes are totally cute!

Being transparent and vulnerable are scary and can hurt. I spent years necessarily playing my cards close to my chest so now I instinctually bluff even when I have a good hand. I hold those cards so tightly that sometimes I even miss my turn to play them. When I am being completely honest (here or elsewhere) it is often vague. I wish life wasn't a game. I wish that I could be 100% honest and transparent 100% of the time with everyone.

My goal this week: Let go of some cards...

Anyone relate?

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SIMPLE INSPIRATION: Confidence

July 8, 2014

"If you believe in yourself then others will too."

I read the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso in under 24 hours. For someone who strictly reads magazines and blogs, this is big news. #GIRLBOSS was just that good. There were all kinds of nuggets that spoke to me. I wrote down quotes as I went along so I can be continuously inspired. One quote that significantly stuck out to me was "If you believe in yourself then others will too". It was like Sophia knocked me in the back of the head. If you doubt yourself then other people will sense it and doubt you too, so it has to work the opposite way as well.

As a teenager, I was 100% confident and self-assured in my abilities. As the years have gone by and shit happened, it started to wane. People started to get in my head. So-and-so doesn't believe that I can handle that promotion, so maybe I can't. (I got it and rocked it btw.) I am underpaid so maybe I am not worth more. (A-hem, if you work hard and kick ass, then you are always worth more.) The thoughts go on and on.  If you notice, I stated something positive and reassuring after each negative thought. This is to combat them, so they don't overtake me!

This week, let's work on combating each negative thought and truly believing in ourselves. We can do anything we set our minds to. It definitely won't be easy, but that makes it worth it.


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Month in Review: June 2014

July 3, 2014

OMG! June was the best month!

A photo I took was used in an article on Musicrow.com and it was on the main page.


CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Hubs and I took my mom downtown to the CMAfest. We only did the free stuff, which there was less of this year than in the past. They have several stages and we watched numerous performances. I took my camera, but somehow had no camera battery. What a major fail, so here is a picture from last year. :(


IBS - UGH!
Anyone out there deal with Irritable Bowl Syndrome? I have a very mild version, but the hubs is severe. Unfortunately we didn't know exactly how bad it was until now. Without being too graphic, he basically spent a week in the bathroom. He couldn't eat anything other than applesauce, rice, and bland chicken for five days. If he tried then it was back to the torture chamber. The past three weeks have been spent trying to figure out what he can and can't eat. We have figured out that he is basically fine being on a Paleo diet minus broccoli and onions. If you have any tips, then we will gladly take them!


BONNAROO
Going to Bonnaroo was life changing. I know that sounds weird, because it's just a music and arts festival. I have been to many of them and even went to Bonnaroo last year. But this year was different. It was amazing and life affirming and I am having trouble finding a way to explain how it impacted me.

People watching was the best there, except when a 60-year old topless lady walked by, but anyway. People were courteous and watched out for each other. Yes, there was a lot of drinking (even out of sunscreen bottles. Hello, Always Sunny.), odd smells (Were there skunks on that farm?), and "oh, that pill must be aspirin, right?" (Don't worry, I'm not that naive... now).  Once of the most awesome moments was when Zedd performed. We watched from the outskirts of the crowd and when the beat would hit people would throw glowsticks and such into the air.

Watching Jack White perform from side stage may be the coolest thing that has ever happened in my life. He directs his band throughout the show which I have never seen before with a big show like that. Usually shows like that are well rehearsed. Everyone knows what song comes next, what to do and where to be.  Jack White changes it up. I bet every single performance he does is a little bit different than the last.

A sea of people attended Jack White's performance. Literally, it was backed up to the entrance. Just standing on stage alone was worth the trip. Getting to see with my own eyes that many people (80,000?) gathered together to see one person perform. Truly breathtaking. 

Shovels and Rope are one of my all-time favorites. I have seen them perform several times and they blow me away each time. As the guy behind me stated a million times "Two people? All that from two people?" Granted he was drunk off his ass, but right, nonetheless. At one point, I thought they were going to start having sex right there on the stage. It was like they were singing for each other and don't mind the audience, they are here to watch. If they ever have marital problems, no one tell me. I would be crushed.

Lone Bellow was the best performance of the entire festival. They do not hold back. You can feel their emotion when they play and the way they engage their audience should be a lesson to everyone. They tweeted one of my photos from the performance. Another photo win!

Unfortunately, I didn't close out my Bonnaroo 2014 experience with Elton John because by the time I got to that area, no more people could fit. I did hear "Candle in the Wind" with everyone singing along. Not making it to Elton John was totally worth it because I stayed for the Super Jam with Ed Helms. So much happened in that hour that I probably should do a post only on that. Let's just say that it was amazing. They ended with everyone coming back on stage and singing Dirty Dancing's "Time of My Life". There were couples all around doing the lift (you know what I am talking about) and people went nuts!


IPHONE ONLY PHOTOGRAPHY

David Molnar is on a mission to improve everyone's cell phone photography so that we can show the world the beautiful things we see. I took his iPhone Only Photography webinar and learned so much in only 45 minutes. I didn't know the pictures from my phone could be so beautiful. To learn David's secrets go here to buy his book or to keep an eye out for his next class. [not sponsored]


ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
Best season finale ever! Watch it. Enough said.

What are your plans for July? Fireworks and work for me :)




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SIMPLE INSPIRATION: Joy + a Giveaway

June 30, 2014

Do you have people in your life that put a smile on your face whenever they are around? People like that are so important, especially for me. Honestly, I strive to see the joy in life, but I lean more negative and serious. After a long day, one of my favorite things to do (in addition to watching cat videos on YouTube) is to go to Erin's blog, Living In Yellow. She never fails to make me smile and laugh. Her outlook on life inspires me. I am honored that she has allowed me to be a part of her giveaway along with these other wonderful women. Enter below to win!




Mata Traders // MATALIVESINYELLOW for 10% off

 Shop // Blog: Domestic Mama // LIY10 for 10% off 

Love and Whiskey // Use code livinginyellow for 20% off

Deloom // Use code LIY for free shipping

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SIMPLE INSPIRATION: Rest

June 17, 2014


I don't know who Ashleigh Brilliant is but this statement is brilliant. After a long and amazing weekend at Bonnaroo (details forthcoming), I was exhausted.  Monday morning, I had to be at meetings starting at 10am. Last night while sitting in my Italian language class, I couldn't keep my eyes open or focus on what she was saying. Since the class was for fun, I left. As soon as I got home, I went to bed. That was like 8pm folks.  For someone who regularly goes to bed at 1am, that was super early for me. This morning I slept through my alarm and didn't roll out of bed until 9am. That is 13 hours of sleep!

Last night, I felt guilty for leaving class and going to bed so early when my to-do list is a mile long. I laid there thinking "I should be doing..." and "Don't forget about...". Honestly, the best thing I could have done for myself was take a complete rest. Today, feeling refreshed, I am 100% more productive than I even could have been last night. Sometimes, resting is necessary...

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