You do you! | Monday Mantra

You do you! You heard me, I didn’t hesitate! Do you ever feel like you don’t do enough for yourself? I have been in a rut lately with life. Trying to figure out where I belong and what my purpose is. Of course that all can’t just fall into your lap- or for some of you maybe it already has! But for me, it has not, so I have begun to do more for myself to figure out what makes me feel more at ease and a better person.

First I found a new hobby- Reading. I shared with you all on my Instagram that I picked up the book “Big Magic” and I am hooked! I haven’t gotten to deep into it to tell you what it is all about but what I have gained thus far is Elizabeth Gilbert, the author is a badass. The book is already so motivating.

Secondly, I started working out! It has been 6 months, let me repeat SIX MONTHS since I have completed an actual work out due to my back being unstable. It felt amazing. I started working out at Barre3 Kansas City- Barre is a core and balance workout that is low impact but man I felt the burn! This past week I took 2 classes and I felt at peace after each class and my back felt some release.

Thirdly I surprised Andrew this weekend with a day date! I sometimes get comfortable with us and our relationship and forget to be spontaneous. I took Andrew to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art where they currently have the “Through the Eyes of  Picasso” exhibit. Andrew has a deep love for art so I knew he would be tickled. Spontaneity is key in relationships- I need to step up my game! HA ( so this is me trying, baby steps!)

Lastly, I went and got a massage yesterday- mind you I won this massage but have told myself that I need to start doing a ritual once a month to pamper myself. Why? Because I deserve it. You deserve it!

These steps of finding yourself may be different, but find that sense of peace where you can just take a deep breath and relax. I have found that it not only is going to create more patience for myself but be good for my overall work life, my relationship and friendships.

I hope you all have a great Monday, take my advice. You do you!

Christmas Cards|| 2017

I know I know, we are not married and we do not have kids so why do we do Christmas cards?! 3 years ago we decided to send them out. Curious why? Well, the year Andrew moved down here was when we started because he is from Michigan and has a big family. We thought his family would love it and love to receive snail mail. Of course any chance I get to take photos with this handsome devil I take it. The last two years we have had Mr. Luther and I think he makes them 😉 Oh and of course Andrew’s awesome mustache this year LOL.

This was the first year I had a vision that came to life, the fun dress, the greenery, and the scene was perfect.

This was one vision that FAILED haha but it was hilarious. The wreath hole was way to small, haha. Bless his little heart, he was so confused.

I mean look at him! As much crap I gave him for that dang mustache it really did make our pictures even better.

Find a guy who looks at you this way <3 My heart, Luther loves the camera. I was nervous because I am always the one taking our photos or his and he did awesome with Kiesha.

Being a photographer I am very choosy with who takes my photos because I am a perfectionist. I was blown away when Keshia Pietz Photography when she sent me these photos. They were so on point with my vision. Photos hold a dear place in my heart and one thing I tell everyone is PRINT PRINT PRINT YOUR PHOTOS. Yes, the digital world is great, but I love printing my photos, making books paper cover books.

I send photos all the time to Andrew’s family and my mom who lives out of town as well.  I wanted to share some of my favorite places to print precious moments and gift those special moments below.
Minted–  15% off all gifts.
Shutterfly– 50% off Cards, Gifts etc.
Snapfish– Currently having 60% off entire site! Great deal!
Chatbooks- All regular books are only $10! Perfect gift for grandma, mom or dad!

 

Legends Outlet Mall- Fall Picks and Why Fall is my favorite season.


I mean look at these colors?! Why wouldn’t Fall not be my favorite season? For starters the colors in the leaves are breathtaking and growing up in Northern Michigan I was so lucky to have experienced breathtaking Fall season. I sure do miss those days. But KC you still are beautiful during the Fall.
Call me crazy but being a “Blonde” I was always opposed to wearing mustard yellow anything but as of late I have really been obsessed with this color and realized I could totally pull it off! I got this shirt recently on my shopping haul with Legends Outlet Mall at Old Navy.

Tip of the day: Always try on something you think you would never wear because I am sure it will look great and it doesn’t hurt to try! This vest is the perfect layering piece to any shirt or sweater. It is so cozy, let me tell ya!

They also have a similar long jacket right now that I am going to go back and get. 

Legends Outlet Mall is your one-stop shop when shopping for Fall statement pieces. They have such great deals and with the holiday’s coming up it is a perfect time. When I went as mentioned above I had to stop by one of my favorite stores Old Navy and picked up some items that will be statement pieces in my closet this season.

Linked below are the items <3 Be sure to head to their stores since limited sizes are online <3


Quilted Sherpa Vest (Limited sizes) I am wearing a size small! // Rebecca Meekhof Bagback Purse// Mustard Yellow quarter sleeve (I am wearing a size small) //

 

Photos by the lovley Shanley Cox

Staying Organized- 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner

If  you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with stationary, notebooks and planners. Well I am very particular when it comes to my yearly planner. When  I got my hands on this timeless planner JLynn Designery – 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner (Botanical) I FELL IN LOVE. 
This planner is broken out by months, weeks and days. Staying organized is key in my life, working a full time job, running a photography business and keeping up with my blog I most definatly have to stay organized. 

Fun fact: Markers do not seep through these pages- GAME CHANGER.



Do you like setting goals? I know I do! I almost have to, to get myself through the months. There is a page at the beginning for each month that you can set up goals for that particular month.  I actually started filling mine out for December already, it is a perfect way to hold yourself accountable.


If you are a planner and love to stay organized I highly recommend JLynn Designery! She also has notebooks, list pads, inspirational pens and pencils, and a wedding planner!
One thing I love about Jenna’s products is that they can fit anyones lifestyle. Whether your working on a side hustle, stay at home mom or boss babe you name it! These planners will change your life no matter what stage of life you are in.

Some fun news Jenner is doing a GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner of your choice! This is the perfect time to take action and start planning for the new year. All entries must follow the rules on provided on this Instagram post, and bonus entries may be earned by sharing the giveaway and tagging @jlynndesignery in your post on Instagram. The giveaway ends on Sunday, 11/12 at 9pm CST, and the winner will be announced Monday, 11/13.

GIVEWAY LINK- INSTAGRAM – This link will take you straight to her Instagram account for the giveaway!

Photos by the lovely Shanley Cox– https://www.shanleycox.com
Shaley Cox- Instagram

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