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Recent Moments of Joy

April 24, 2017 in About Me / College

You know those moments where your heart feels like it’s going to explode out of your chest just because you’re feeling alllll the happies in the world. Yeah- those are the best moments ever. Where your soul is feeling alive and the world is just on your side.

Here are some of those moments I’ve had in my life lately. These moments just make me see how beautiful life is even when I am extremely stressed, cranky, and frustrated. This world gives me pain yet this world gives me immense joy. For that, I am eternally grateful.


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This note from my mom before I left for school last week. This lady puts up with all my mood swings. She gives me the encouragement I need. She lets me rant on and on about how I want to change the world one day; about how I want to end all of these injustices that have been tugging at my heart. She listens to my complaints, she loves me unconditionally, and she is my best friend. What else could I ask for in a mom?

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Getting to have breakfast at one of my all time fav place’s with amazing friends. You know those people who just kinda get you? Yeah, these gals are those kinda peeps. I <3 them and the conversations we have. And I love their love for endless cups of coffee and cute little cafe’s.

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Thankful for friends who let me borrow their dresses and help me feel put together for fun charity events. And thankful for those times I do decide to throw on real people clothes instead of leggings.

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I had the privilege of going to Project Heal’s GALA on Friday night. Project Heal is an organization that raises money for those who cannot afford eating disorder treatment. I was so happy to meet one of the founders of this organization and spend time with the girls in the Boston Chapter. Seeing the power of community and the hard work that everyone in this chapter puts in really just left me smiling from ear to ear and motivated to keep on doing more to make a difference in this field. I say it a lot, and I’ll continue to say it: there is no greater feeling in the world than positively impacting someone’s life. And in this life of mine I will continue to work to positively impact someone else’s life and spread the joy I have within me outwards into this world.

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My BFF Krista captured this moment. Looking back on it just made me smile. This week did kinda suck and I felt overwhelmed, but these moments make it all worth it. I’m always one to remind myself that life’s challenges are not meant to be defeating, but they are meant to teach us something. Finding joy in the littlest moment’s like laughing with your friends on a Saturday night can go a long way.

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My friend from my mission trip put this dreadlock in my hair. I’ve been wanting it for a while so I figured why the heck not. And she did an awesomeeee job. Super happy with how it came out!!

“That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world that you want.”

Tell me some moments of joy. I would love to hear them! Happy Monday friends. 🙂 

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I Want to Do More

April 7, 2017 in About Me / College

It’s Fridayyyy!! And I’m off this weekend on a retreat. 🙂 Super duper excited for this weekend of teaching yoga, spending time with some awesome ladies, and getting closer to God. Then after I come back, I only have three more classes till I’m HOMEE! So excited to finally have a few days off and be with the fam!


So…

I want to do more.

The title of this blog post could go in so many different ways. But today, I’m talking about my life and my future.

I want to do more.

Ever since coming back from my service trip in West Virginia, I’ve been having this feeling in my heart that I just need to do more. I want to do more for the world, I want to do more to end the social injustices that our nation faces. I feel compelled to do so.

I always had it set in my heart that I would be a therapist for people with eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. And while I still am passionate about those things, I feel as if my heart is getting pulled in other directions and my horizons are expanding. I am finding my passions to be changing and am thinking of doing things I would have never thought of doing a year ago. And it’s funny for me to think how I thought I peaked in my life last summer. Oh, how wrong I was. There is no final peak- we are constantly growing and evolving. We are dynamic.

Two weeks ago, I officially declared a minor in gender and sexuality studies. As a woman in 2017, I still see the sexists beliefs and attitudes present in our society. It is incredible disheartening. It is disheartening to see so many women not feeling good enough, so many women crawling behind the shadows of others because they lack confidence, so many women silencing their voice because they think no one will listen. So many women’s bodies taken advantage of. So many men stepping into the home that we as women cherish so much: that home being our bodies. There are injustices. There is gender inequality. Rape is still an issue, violence against women is STILL an issue. And I feel in my heart I can do more to help in these areas. I want to become more educated and take a stand on these issues.

I want to do more with bringing social justice to our society. To ending racial discrimination, to ending poverty, to taking a stand against homelessness.

Do I have a definite plan for my life yet? NOPEE. But that’s okay!! I’m still evolving and growing. That’s what’s so cool about life ya know? Our lives aren’t static. They’re constantly changing.

All I know is I want to do more to change the world. (cliché statement, IK!)

SOOO..

-I applied to be a service trip leader at my college and have an interview for that next week.

-I am thinking of more ways I can coordinate yoga into healing from trauma/ eating disorders.

-I am looking at volunteer opportunities/ internships at rape crisis centers.

-I am thinking of studying abroad and not interning abroad in London like I planned.

-I am also thinking of doing something with social work??

So yeah, I want to do more. More for our country, more for our world. I know it’s impossible for me to go out and repair the world by myself, but God I sure want to do all I can to help.


Thanks for reading today guys. Thought I’d give you a little insider into where I’m at with my life and such. 🙂 

Now tell me: 

Did you study abroad in college? If so, where? 

Weekend plans?! 

Have a lovely day babes!! Enjoy the weekend and take some time for yourselves. Lots of love <3

Lyss 🙂

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Foggy Brain Friday + Some Random Thoughts

March 31, 2017 in About Me / College

Hi guys and happy Friday! I hope you all have been having a lovely week so far. School has been super busy lately and I feel as if I’ve been inactive on this blog/Instagram. I’m trying to keep up with posting two times a week just because I LOVE to write and connect with all of you, and blogging is truly fun for me. I’ll be home for Easter in a little less than two weeks too which will be super nice.

I have a ton of assignments due Tuesday and a whole bunch of studying to do this weekend. As I sit here at 10:47 p.m. this fine Thursday night and am feeling pretty caffeinated (hello 8:30 p.m. iced coffee), I am doing my best to keep a peaceful state of mind and be here now. Mindfulness is tough for me, so I’m really trying to work on that.

I guess I titled this foggy brain Friday because I really don’t have it in me to throw a bunch of inspiration at you right now, so I thought I’d just give you an inside scoop of what’s going on in my head (oooo is it a fun place in there sometimes- lol).

  • Friday I plan on working out, doing some work at the library in the morning, going to a meeting, going to class, volunteering at Best Buddies, napping (?), and at night going to a concert at my school. DRAM and Charlie XCX are playing! Can’t wait to spend the night with my friends too.
  • Life’s been testing me lately with what I prioritize. Sometimes I’m just like, “Oh yeah, I can hang out with that person grab lunch with this person and study a 15 page study guide and then write 2 articles for this website and talk to all my friends from home!!” But then the rational side of me is like woah there tiger take a step back. You’re not superwoman your just a 20 year old college student. I always need to remember to keep my priorities in check.
  • My nana’s not doing too hot right now so if y’all could pray for her and send some good energy that would mean the world to me& my fam. <3
  • On a more happy note, I documented my favorite choker the other day and my new bralette made the pic. I felt super artsy taking this lol. vsco_033017
  • I applied to be a service trip leader for my college! Who knows if I get it, but thought I might as well take a chance and apply!
  • I squatted 125 lbs on Tuesday which is a new PR for me. 🙂
  • I didn’t really take a whole lot of pics of my food this week. But hmmm. Some yummy things I ate: a Lenny&Larry’s cookie, a carob chip + an almond butter Perfect Bar, Cinnamon Chex cereal with almond milk! Some yummy things I drank: iced coffee with caramel and soy milk, cold brew from Dunkin, iced passion tea mixed with green tea, hot chai tea latte with soy milk, and kombucha! Photo on 3-15-17 at 2.39 PM.jpg
  • I’ve been using PhotoBooth more often lately. Oops. And somehow these beauties always get sent to my mama. I know she loves them though.

That’s it for today friends. Thanks for reading all the fun thoughts in my head and always just being so dang awesome. I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and a lovely weekend!!

Now tell me: 

Are you fan of chokers? 

Favorite drink as of late? 

Any fun weekend plans? 

Have a good one loves!

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Things That Made Me Smile This Week 3/24/17

March 24, 2017 in About Me / College

It’s Fridayy!! I hope you have all had a good week so far. The next few weeks are going to be busy for me but I’m embracing it and going with the ebb and flow of life!

I definitely want to catch up on more of y’alls posts this week, so I can’t wait to read some blogs this weekend. 🙂


I love looking back at the week and finding the little or big things that put a smile on my face.

-> Getting my little Buddha friend in the mail.

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-> A great workout on Tuesday. Hit a new squat PR!

-> The fact that the dining hall had SPAGHETTI SQUASH. Yeah, I know right???!! How amazing.

-> Talking with my friend Emily for a podcast. So good chatting with her!

-> Catching up with my dad and having a nice conversation with him. 🙂

-> Getting breakfast with my dear friend Rach and catching up with her.

-> Spending time with the group I went on my service trip with.

-> Doing real life things and looking for jobs and such.

-> Using my essential oils every night and stocking up on my lavender one. Essential oils help with me a whole bunch of stuff. If you are in search of some, check them out here! Love this site. 🙂

-> Spending time with my best friend Karyn. She makes my days SO much better.

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-> Getting new clothes in the mail. Athleta and American Eagle had a sale and ya girl had to get on that.

-> Doing some yoga + stretching. 🙂

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-> Receiving incredibly kind and thoughtful messages through Instagram and this blog. You all make my heart so full. So thank YOU!!

That’s it for today’s post friends. Now tell me: 

What’s one things that made you smile this week? 

Do you shop at American Eagle or Athleta? 

Have a happy happy weekend!!

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Friday Thoughts 3/17/17

March 17, 2017 in About Me / College

Happy Friday friends!! I hope you have all been having a good week so far. Going to be sharing some thoughts and randomness from this week so let’s get started. 🙂

-> I’ve been loving writing over at gofitu.com!! If you know me, you know how much I love writing. So when I saw this opportunity I snatched it asap. Check out my recent post here 🙂

-> I’m so tired of cold weather. And snow. This is really making me think of where the heck I want to live when I’m older, because cold and me just don’t get along like we used to.

-> But with the snow, I did have a snow day Tuesday which was nice. I needed some time to decompress which I took full advantage of.

-> I bought this poster for my room and I’m super pumped about it.

Be Here Now, mindfulness meditation poster print

-> I also bought a little Buddha for my room because I really love him and the whole message behind it.

Sakyamuni Buddha Earth Touching Mudra Statue Marble Style .. Rare to Find

-> I wore jeans for the first time in like forever Wednesday. Plot twist: made it through the day alive without leggings or yoga pants.

->I have a yogurt everyday I feel like. I love my yogurts. I think after not having any last week I realized  how much of a staple they are in my diet. Also #teamsiggis. Anyone else??

->I’m hosting a giveaway over on Instagram. So if you want to win 4 jars of peanut butter go over and enter before Monday!!

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-> I bought a pair of black converse from TJ Maxx yesterday and I’m super stoked about it because they were wayyyy cheaper than normal. And I love converse. My white high tops are my babies.

->I spent time to actually paint my nails, but they chipped within two days. #gome

->Thursday was a pretty stressful day with normal college/life things but I got through it. Always a reminder to me of those amazing people in my life who are there for me when things aren’t perfect. So dang grateful for them.

->My two bff’s from home are visiting me tonight. I am so excited. Perfect timing to see them, and it’s St Patty’s day. 🙂

->I sprained my toe last week on my service trip and it still feels pretty freakin’ weird so my two toes are currently taped together.

->I’ve been listening to so much music lately. Nahko and Medicine for the People has my heart. So does Trevor Hall. Such baes.

->I’ve been so bad at replying to blog comments. (Sorry friends!!) Definitely something I want to work on.

I think that’s it for all the thoughts on my brain this Friday morning.

Now tell me: 

Warm or cold weather? Or do you like a mix of both? 

Converse fan??

Any St. Patty’s day plans? 

Have a lovely weekend friends!! Sending all the love. <3

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West Virginia 2017

March 13, 2017 in About Me / College

I’m back! I hope you guys have been doing well. Last week was incredible and I want to share a bit of it with you. I’ll be back to regular blogging and Instagramming. But it did feel nice to take a bit of an Internet hiatus. 🙂

Sunday

I left for West Virginia at 7:30 am. The car ride was about 9.5 hours so the majority of the day was spent there. We got in around 5:30 and had dinner with our retreat leader Tom! Our plans were discussed for the week and I hit the hay around 11:00 ish that day.

Monday

I started my morning with a little bit of yoga. I had the job of waking everyone up this week, so I got myself up a bit earlier for some me time. I showered, ate breakfast, then headed off to my first site. I went to a pre-school and helped there all morning. I read to the kids and played with them during their free time. These kids had the biggest hearts. Sure, there financial and living situations aren’t fantastic but boy is there love and happiness tangible.

The rest of the day was spent looking at some pretty beautiful sites in West Virginia.

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We saw this beautiful point where you are in West Virginia but can see Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland all in one spot!

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We also saw this spring area where people used to take baths back in the 1700s… people including GEORGE WASHINGTON.

 

Tuesday 

Tuesday we went to another pre-school and spent the morning there again. Being able to just spend time with these kids and put a smile on there face was awesome. I spent my afternoon at a Boys and Girls club and volunteered there!

Every night we had a reflection, and talking with the group about what we were experiencing/feeling was definitely a huge part of the trip.

Wednesday

Wednesday was a big yard-work day. We spent the morning raking + mulching a local church’s yard!

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We had the privilege of having lunch with two of the sister’s at the church. One of the girls was 19 and decided to become a missionary. Hearing her story was super cool and the way that God has touched her life is incredible.

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That night, we hosted two women named Penny and Sylvia for dinner. Penny is a survivor of rape and human trafficking. Her story is remarkable. This lady is a fighter. Listening to her story and the amount of obstacles she has overcome in her life just left me in awe. Sylvia helps Penny with her work, and Penny has already done so much in the fight against human trafficking: an issue we should ALL be educated about. One that is especially very prevalent in West Virginia. FullSizeRender-11.jpg

Thursday 

Thursday was another yard-work kind of day. I got up earlier that day and explored the trails at the retreat center. I went for a nice jog and saw some deer along the way ( saw them Friday too)!! It was just so beautiful.

Anyways, for the yard-work we did a whole bunch of wood chopping. It was actually fun using the wood splitter!

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We went to Mass then had lunch at the church! After we delivered donated furniture to people in the town and put together lamps that were donated. That night we went to a cute little restaurant and an old general store after. We got to listen to Irish music which was cool!

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Friday 

Friday was a free day for us. We went into Harper’s Ferry and walked around + shopped + ate at a cute cafe. This town was so cute!

We had our last dinner & reflection together.

Saturday morning

We hit the road pretty early and just kept on swingin’ our little way home !! FullSizeRender-17.jpg

This trip was incredible and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Thank you for reading this little recap friends. I hope that whatever you do today, it will make your soul sing in some way.  I know this trip did that for me in so many ways.

Have a great day friends!

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Small Moments of Happiness from My Week

February 17, 2017 in About Me / College

Hi guys and happppyyy Friday!! Busy week this week, and even busier week next week. But I’m embracing it with a positive attitude and open mindset! I think sometimes amid the business of our lives it’s important to appreciate those moments: both big and small, that make us happy. So here are a few from my week!

  • Getting to be part of the Disability Enlightenment conference at my school. This is a conference on disabilities ranging from autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, etc. to mental health issues and breaking the stigma around all of these things. I am speaking with another girl about student advocacy and how I use this blog and my Instagram (@blissful_lyss29) to advocate for recovery from eating disorders and depression/anxiety! I am so blessed to be a part of this and it is truly making me SO happy. 🙂
  • Seeing my best buddy Tricia! Best Buddies is a program where you help those with special needs. It was awesome seeing Tricia and spending time with her. 16711581_1329008613788433_7001921972264616075_n.jpg
  • Squatting 125 lbs!
  • Skyping my Thearpist
  • Eating this amazing cookie on Valentine’s Day!

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  • Getting asked to teach yoga at a women’s retreat at my college… literally couldn’t stop smiling after I got this email!!
  • My gender studies class. Seriously LOVE this class so much.
  • Quotes like these

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  • Talking to my mama
  • Good naps
  • Perfectly made iced coffee
  • Doing yoga
  • Spending time with friends

All those moments put the biggest smile on my face this week.

Now tell me: 

Three reasons why you smiled this week! 

Have the best weekend guys. Get some rest and do something that’ll make you smile!

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Some Things I Try and Do Every Day

February 3, 2017 in About Me

It’s FRIDAYYY. Also it’s already February?? So crazy. I hope you all have been enjoying your weeks so far!

I wanted to share some things I try and do consistently in my life that have really helped me grow. I try and do these everyday, but we all know that life gets hectic and sometimes we can’t! So I just aim to do these things when I find the time. 🙂

  1. DEVOTIONAL! I love She Reads Truth for this. I find that all the reading plans are super relatable to my life and I get SO much out of them. Love that website so much! And there’s also an app. 🙂 vsco_013017.jpg
  2. Prayer journal. I like to put my prayers in a journal and write them out. I feel like my faith gets stronger when I do this.
  3. Write down in my journal a few things I am grateful for in the morning or night, or at both times. Remembering all we have to be grateful for is so incredibly important in my eyes.
  4. Yoga. I try and do some yoga each day because it honestly just makes me SO freakin’ happy. Find something that makes you feel alive. For me, that is yoga!16230137_398118357208283_2849811466339483648_n
  5. Remind the people I love and am thankful for how much I love them and how thankful I am for them!! 16114513_1307795265909768_3285050441590133633_n.jpg
    • My best friend Jillian and I 16178813_1307796022576359_2957180030336557406_o.jpg
    • My best friend Karyn and I 
  6. Find time for self-care. Whether that is watching YouTube videos, coloring, watching Netflix, putting on a face mask, or listening to music. It is SO important to find some time for ourselves throughout our busy days.

Now tell me: 

What are some things you aim to do each day? 

Favorite self-care activity?! 

Thank you for reading loves. I hope you have the best weekend full of lots of belly-laughs, rest, and smiles. 🙂

Happy FriYAYYY!!🙂

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Winter Break Recap

January 16, 2017 in About Me

Hi guys and happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 🙂

I wanted to do a recap today of my winter break, because I can’t believe it’s already done and ovaaaa. And that I’m heading back to school today!!

This winter break was truly a blessing. It was a blessing sent from God for sure. Within this past month I was able to figure a whole lot out about myself. I was able to grow and get myself out of a big hole that my depression dug me pretty deep into.

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“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” Psalm 112:7 

I officially finished the semester on December 21st, but during finals and the last week I enrolled myself into a group therapy program for depression. So it was definitely a big balancing act of taking care of myself and trying to push through the last bit of school, but I managed. I was also commuting to school at this point too. ( I only live about a half hour away)

I officially finished this program a little before Christmas time, so it was nice timing for sure.

I worked at GNC this break. Just 3 shifts a week, but I really needed the money. (Helloooo XMAS shoppin!) I really love my job there so it made my happy. 🙂

I started lifting more and feeling STRONG. No better feeling!

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I did lots of yoga. And began to truly cherish my yoga practice again.

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I prayed. I read the Bible frequently and did my devotionals. I went to church. I talked to God a whole lot.

I ate SO MANY SWEET POTATOES. And discovered my love for sweet potato yogurt bowls!!

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Siggis yogurt + banana + nut butter + purple sweet potato + cinnamon = HEAVEN!!

I discovered my love for soulcycle.

I got to hang with two awesome amazing gals from IG!!

And eat some awesome food with them. 🙂 (Dig In is BAE)

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Allie and I in this restaurant were legit like two 5 year olds in a candy shop. Oh and taking the perfect pic was a struggle y’all. But the plant def made it perfect. #bloggerprobz

I spent NYE with my best friends from college and home!! And we had SUCH a fun night. 🙂

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Me,  Jillian, Krista, Shana 

I spent time with family and my best friends at home.

I began to feel more confident in myself. Depression really sucks all the self-worth you have outta ya and I am FINALLY beginning to gain that back. (Thank ya Jesus!!)

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God’s plan is perfect, his timing is perfect. He placed some challenging times in my life during the months of November and December. //God allowed me to go through rough waters in order for me to recognize the serenity that is the shore.” // The shore is beautiful. Gosh I still have some tough days, but I thank the Lord for the progress I have made this past month. And I cannot wait to continue along this journey of growth and self-discovery, for it is an incredibly beautiful one. 

Now tell me: 

What is one thing you learned about yourself in the past month? 

One thing you are looking forward to this week? 

Have the best Monday loves!! Sending allll the posi vibes. You can get through this week and anything it throws at ya!! Xoxo <3

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Finding your Tribe

January 5, 2017 in About Me

Happy Thursday my loves! Hope you all have been enjoying the first week of 2017. My week has been great so far- tried Soul Cycle for the first time, saw my good friend from college for dinner, and went to hot yoga with a good friend from college as well! Been working at GNC too and trying to make some money to pay off all the money I spent over the Holidays.

Yesterday morning as I was reading my daily reading plan for the book of Philippians from She Reads Truth, it focused a lot on finding those people that strengthen your faith.  And it emphasized that we become the most like those we spend our time with. So if we spend our time with negative Nancy’s, chances are we will become negative too. But if we spend our time with those who are positive and always striving to be their best, then we will be positive and always striving to be our best. Ya get the gist?

It made me think about my relationships in my life right now. I am blessed to have some pretty incredible friends who inspire me daily, who make me want to grow as an individual and chase after my dreams. It made me realize that I should be thanking God every single day for those friends I have that inspire me to grow in my faith, to grow as an individual, and to work to spread kindness at all times; no matter what the circumstance is.

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My best friend Jillian and I 

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My best friend Maria and I 

Now that I am single and can really put my focus into deepening my relationship with God and Jesus, my friends, my family, all of you who choose to read my blog or follow my Instagram; I want to work on creating stronger relationships in all of those areas. I want to work on appreciating the amazing tribe I have found.

But something that God has continued to show me is that our tribe can always grow. I have seen that in the year of 2016. Some amazing and incredible people were placed into my life. Those that showed me the power of hard-work and the endless love that God has for us; those that inspired me and helped me become more passionate about the things I love.

 

I am not the most loud and outgoing person, and something that scared me in the past was reaching out to people who I thought I had a lot of common in and asking them to hang out or grab a meal. In 2016, my mindset around that has definitely changed. I was able to meet some amazing people at my college; whether they reached out to me and asked to do yoga with me, or I reached out to them and just simply said how awesome I think they are. Within this past week I have already done this and reached out to people who I feel are very similar to me and share the same values as I do. I had the pleasure of doing a Soul Cycle class and getting Sweetgreen with a friend from Instagram, and doing a hot yoga class with my friend from college who I want to get to know more. I truly believe that if you see something awesome in someone, tell them!! I do this a lot, whether it’s over text or Facebook message- don’t be shy to recognize the good in someone!

After reading that piece from She Reads Truth, it got me reflecting on a lot of things (hence the blog post). All good things though. It got me thinking how I should be more thankful for my tribe. How I am excited to find more people in the world who share similar beliefs and values that I do. How there are SO many other individuals out there who could be so amazing and incredible that I haven’t even met yet. And how in 2017 I want to express more gratitude for my tribe, yet also always be willing to expand it.

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“Find your tribe, love them hard.” 

Now tell me: 

Where have you met some of your closest friends? (I met my best friend in high school and the other one in my college psych class- we are both psych majors!) 

 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! Sending alllll the love <3

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