It’s a Milestone People…

Milestones… Today as I was wondering what to write, I was looking at our statistics and I am pleasantly surprised and shocked really.

It’s a Milestone People…

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Milestones…

Today as I was wondering what to write, I was looking at our statistics and I am pleasantly surprised and shocked really. When I decided to start this blog, I really thought I was going to use this as a platform to sell our jewelry designs not write. I hired my daughters best friend Haley to write articles for me because I thought: Who really cares what I have to say!

Turns out, I love to write just about anything. Most of us our creatures of habit, stay within our daily routines or just go day by day through this life. This blog Bare and Me really made me step out of my comfort zone and look at life differently and yes share feeling I normally keep private.

It has been since July 2014 that we (Haley and I) wanted to do something fun, different and be honest about our feeling and daily life. I think we have done that and we show ourselves in a quirky, funny and maybe just a little obsessed with fashion and love. We have written about love, sadness, travels and do-gooder ideals but mostly we write about what we feel right then…

Today we hit over 10,000 views and we have 3152 followers. Just a little over 30% of the people who read our articles want more. That is a pretty good percentage. Reaching 1/3 of people is a very hard thing to do, especially when you write about everything, not just one subject. The other surprising thing is, we have more than 50% of men that follow us. Really? That is crazy, they want to know about love and fashion as well or maybe just what we will say next. I obviously will say anything, it’s a problem but I do curb it for my writing. In person, it just flows right out and gets me in a ton of trouble at times. Being 47 I think I have earned my right to be non-filtered. I would never say anything to hurt anyone or intentional say something that would offend someone but the one thing I have learned, someone is always offended by something. You can never please everyone and someone will always have an opinion. I love that…

This by far has been one of the most liberating things I have ever done. Thank you to all who put up with our silliness and in the future we hope to bring more of our craziness…

Quotes on Quotes on Quotes

 

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There are so many inspirational people in this world, with a hell of  a lot to say. Athletes, models, presidents, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, teachers, etc. So many people have different outlooks on life, and many have been quoted for these.

I am providing you with a list of my favorite quotes of ALL time. These quotes range from love thats lost, love thats found, life mottos, friendships, and striving for success.

I hope that from this post, you do not just learn some new quotes from some different famous people. What I want is to come to a conclusion as to what you live by, who you want to be, and why you love who you love.

It sounds strange, but I believe that we all have different life motto’s. I know that I do. Why do we make some of the decisions we make? Who do we look up to? Why do some things bother us, while some things don’t? Why do we choose to disagree with people at certain points in our life?

We have values. Goals. Dreams. Fears.

Like us, these people have these dreams, these goals, and these fears. They were able to put these forces in their lives into words. Into quotes. Into mottos.

These are the quotes that we see all over social media, newspapers, and music.

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1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

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2. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll

3. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon

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4. I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.Marilyn Monroe

5. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.— Pablo Neruda, 100  Love Sonnets

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6. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. — Robert Frost

7. In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.― Bernard M. Baruch

8. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. –Mark Twain

These are eight of my favorite quotes, not because they were said by some truly inspirational people, but because, like others, these get me through life.

I hope that one day I am able to inspire people like they have inspired me.

30th Act of Kindness

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I understand that this is the last day of our 30 days of kindness. I also understand that this is not where the kindness ends. We did this challenge not only to help people, but to inspire those around us to do something nice as well.

Kindness truly is contagious. It is obvious that from day one in our challenge, people were moved by our kind acts, and passed it on to others. I have to say that one of my favorite acts throughout this whole process was the “Chick FIl A” drive through act.

Not sure if many of you kept up with this challenge from the start, but the Chick Fil A act was where we payed for the next three cars behind us. We started a trend where every car paid for the car behind them. As we sat there, creeping from our car, we could tell how surprised and happy people were to have received a free meal.

This process has been so rewarding in itself. Yes, we did this to help other people. To make their days better someway or somehow. But, having said that…I feel that it was very rewarding for us. We walked away, every day, with huge smiles on our face. Knowing that we impacted peoples days, whether it was a free meal or a simple hello, was fantastic.

Not only that, but friendships were made. I have met so many new people throughout this process. The older couple at the diner? Plan on meeting them for lunch sometime soon..The girl I paid for at Rifkin? She wants to buy me lunch. Every time we did something for something, we didn’t expect anything in return. We just walked away smiling, knowing that we helped in some way.

So here is our final act of kindness.

Today I texted the people who mean to most to me. I texted them telling them how important they were to me. I have found that life is too short not to tell the people you love how much you love them. So many times we get caught up in life, and our own problems, that we are too busy to be there for the people who care about us the most.

So I want you to just take a minute and text, call, or tell these people in person how important they are to you. What makes them important to you. Why do you love them? It’s so simple, but it sticks.

This final act of kindness is the most simple. But it is the most  thoughtful.

Have a good day, everybody.

20th Act of Kindness

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 Today, while I was on my way home from my annual appointment at the dermatologist with my mom, we decided to indulge ourselves with some McDonalds snack wraps, fries, and cokes. I was seriously craving some salty fries today. So bad, but so good. Don’t judge me… 

Anyway, as we were stuffing our faces at a red light, we noticed a young boy, probably 20, standing on the median, with a sign for an animal rescue shelter that was raising money and awareness. Being the animal lover that I am, I quickly went into my wallet and pulled out a couple bucks for the kid. He ran up to the car and gave us a quick lowdown of the foundation he was a part of, and then we got to talking about our animals that we rescued. 

My cat, Taz, was found on the streets of Baltimore as a kitten. When he was found, his face was covered in duck tape. Apparently some young boys tried to suffocate Taz by wrapping his face. You can tell that the tape was on for a long time because his whiskers are all bent and crooked. 

The thing that makes me so sad is that these kids were probably able to do this to him very easily because he is so trusting. He will jump into anybodies lap, roll over, and fall asleep. Its just how he is…I do not understand how people can be so cruel to such beautiful animals. 

Taz is this crazy cat, with a bunch of energy. We lost our other cat “Orange Kitty” (don’t laugh at his name, we love it) a couple years because to cancer and it really took us a while to want another cat. My family, like any other, gets super attached to their animals, and when we lose them, its like losing a member of the family. Taz has definitely been a blessing in disguise because he is so rambunctious and wild, but so sweet at the same time. We had such a hard time figuring out what his name would be, because we couldn’t all agree on something that perfectly fit his personality. Finally, we picked “Taz” which is short for Tasmanian Devil”. 

Any who, let me get back on track here…. So the kid was rambling on and on about the foundation and as he was talking I noticed the other, young boy, standing behind him, holding a sign stating that he was homeless and needed money.

This sign was different though. 

He said he needed some money so he could buy himself a suit. A suit for an interview. You see, he didn’t want people to just hand him money. He wanted to be able to be successful on his own, he just needed a little push. I quickly grabbed some money out of my purse, again, and yelled for him to come over! He was surprised, I am sure, because it took me so long to notice him. 

This kid seemed determined to better his living conditions, so I was determined to help. I know that I only gave him a couple dollars, but maybe it was the push necessary to get him in the right direction. 

A little can most definitely go a long way.

Ps. Here is a picture of Taz and me!

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18th Random Act of Kindness

A whole lot of stuff…

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A Mama, Daddy, newborn, kids, Grandma and Grandpa with a whole lot of stuff.

We go to the same place everyday at the beach in Rehoboth, DE and we always sit where no one can swim. It is designated for fisherman only. It is smack dab to the entrance of the beach at the very end of the boardwalk on the North side.

We see the same thing everyday. People come and set up not realizing the kids cannot play in the water. The reason they do this is because of a rock wall you can’t see when the tide is high. A place that someone can get hurt if they do not know this. So everyday we go and tell them, “You might want to move”.

We wanted to tell them this before they set the tent, chairs, blankets, toys and just everything else that goes into a beach day with the kids. Boy, I remember those days chasing my little angels around, making sand castles and playing in the water.

Jessica walks over to tell them and she says that the Grandma and Grandpa are coming and that is why they chose this spot so close to the entrance. They were older and walking fifty feet would be hard enough.

We sat there for a little bit an watched as they looked at each other trying to decide what they should do. I could see them start to pack up as I saw the Grandparents start to come down the hill. “Come on kids” I said, “lets help”.

I know how hard it is to just get to the beach with a chair and towel with grown children that can carry their own stuff but imagine a huge tent and everything else.

We helped move them to a different spot and they helped with getting the Grandparents safely to the spot they chose.

A day of fun in the sun ends happily…

12th Act of Kindness

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Today my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to do some last minute shopping before we leave for Punta Cana tomorrow, so we decided to hit up the mall. He needed a new bathing suit and I needed…well, nothing. I have a shopping addiction.

When we got into the parking lot we noticed a women driving a mini van full of children park right next to us. We could tell that the women was certainly stressed out, but she kept a smile on her face and joked with her children.

As we were walking around the mall, I kept thinking about how awesome that women was for being so cool and collective in a very stressful situation. She had four children with her, all under the age of 10. On top of that, she went to another very stressful place…the mall!!! STRESSFUL!

After my boyfriend bought himself a new bathing suit, and I bought myself a new outfit (obviously), we made our way out to the car. When we got to his car I asked him for a sheet of paper and a pen and wrote the women a message.

It was short and sweet, but I know that if I received a message like that I would have a smile on my face. Less is more, in my opinion.

If I could, and it wasn’t creepy at all, I would have just went up and given her a big hug. My back up plan was a note on her car.

Not only did I feel for that women, but I thought about my mom being a mother of 5 children. None of us are perfect, and sometimes we give her a hard time, but I know that she wouldn’t change us for the world. We take our loved ones for granted and I believe that every now and again it is always necessary to tell them how much we love them.

So i just have one more thing to say…

All you moms out there, you are wonderful!

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How do you say “I love you”?

 

We were asked to be part of this unbelievable Wedding shoot and of course we were honored.

We are introducing our floral crowns at Lillyput Lane Design Company and Bare and Me for Fall and what a way to shout this to the world.  We are blessed with the love and support from many Brides who choose to use us to say “thank you” to their wedding parties.

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Photography: Lauren Werkheiser Photography | Event Planning: Elevee Events | Tables & Chairs: Dover Rent All Tents & Events | Cake: Carolina Sugar Fairies | Attire: Brides 2 Be | Hair & Makeup: Bad Hair Day | Florals: Bayberry | Floral Crown & Jewelry: Lilyput Lane Design Company; Bare & Me | Hanger: Handcrafted Affairs | Seed Packet Favors: Plantables & Paper | Papergoods: Elevee Paper via Printswell | Venue: Nassau Valley Vineyards


7th Act of Kindness

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Written by Jamie Winslow Co-Founder of SMGA

It stands just a few miles away, we’ve all sped by it hundreds of times, but how much thought have we ever given to what goes on in that massive structure just off the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Cedar Lane. As a result of realignments and closures, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center was formed by merging the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda Naval Hospital. It is the largest military medical center in the country and often the first destination of care for warriors wounded and injured during global conflicts.

 

For the past eight years, one local Maryland group has been bringing the game of golf as a form of mental and physical rehabilitation to the post-9/11 wounded and injured warriors from Walter Reed/Bethesda. Co-founded by two life long Montgomery County residents, the SMGA (www.smga.org) has grown beyond its humble roots. Today, the SMGA operates at more than eight locations across the country, conducts hundreds of golf clinics each year, and has given away nearly a thousand sets of customized, fitted golf clubs.

 

Although more than 2000 wounded and injured warriors have taken at least one lesson at an SMGA sponsored location, the organization, until just recently, was an all volunteer organization. More than 90% of all the funds it takes in directly benefits warriors’ recovery through the game of golf, and many warriors credit golf for literally saving their lives. To hear the SMGA tell it, recovery, particularly the wounds associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can last a lifetime and golf is a game that can be played for life. The SMGA program, from instructional clinics and lessons to equipment and golf course access is designed to mirror that lifelong timeline.

 

The success the SMGA has had over the years has involved random acts of kindness too numerous to count. Facilities such as Olney Golf Park and the country clubs at Argyle, Manor, and Norbeck have opened their doors to SMGA warrior golfers; PGA of America golf professionals have given hours of instruction time; local companies and individuals have provided funding; and local restaurants such as the Green Turtle, Ledo’s Pizza, Subway, and Urban BBQ have donated countless slices, subs, and sauces to the lunches that are provided at each clinic.

 

While this is only one warrior’s story (http://www.pgamediacenter.com/videos/2013_BeyondTheGreen.cfm?vid=2&seek=934), without even really knowing it, our community has come together to deliver a random act of kindness to those American heroes who have given so much to protect our nation’s freedom.

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6th Act of Kindness

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Not just any water…

I am an avid runner and try to at least get in 25 miles a week.  Hard runs especially on HOT and HUMID days if you know anything about Washington DC weather.

Here I am trucking up the hill I hate most rocking out to my favorite running music playlist with Pink, David Nail, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele, Live, Bruno Mars and many more saying to myself I am not going to make it up this damn hill which I literally say every time. Then I envision my Grandmother running behind me saying “get your ass up the hill and don’t quit for goodness sake” and she is in heaven. A little weird but true. That is what gets me not to stop and actually run faster lol… Whatever it takes right?

If you are a runner you know what I am talking about!

Well, I get to the top of the hill coming out of a fast run, my face red as an apple with sweat pouring off me looking as if I might keel over at any moment and at the Church they are having “Police National Night Out”.

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I am walking through the crowd trying to get to the street to cross and I hear a voice saying “hey, runner girl” do you need a water?

Up until this moment I had been frantically thinking throughout my run about these challenges and what will be next along with my Nana screaming at me not to quit and to run faster all while singing out load to my favorite songs with yes people staring at me. If you know me well enough you know I do not give a darn what people think and I beat to my own drum. I am a quirky little thing. So,  I am singing out load to David Nails “Whatever She’s Got” and the voice is in back of me so I whip my head around to see if someone else is running but lo and behold she points at me and says “yes you”.

Immediately my mind is in a whirlwind of OMG another “Random Act of Kindness” bestowed upon me. Because the whole idea of looking of what I can do is floating around in the land of Laurie I forget that others are doing it everyday as well without even knowing it. Of course in all of my excitement I am in a fast walk,  almost a run with a huge smile on my face,  eye to eye and finally when I reach her I just hugged her. She was a little taken back at first until I told her my story and what we are doing and she just said “well then, it’s just not another water”.

She got it and understood. It is the smallest things, like a bottled water that matter and the little things you do and say to brighten someones day.

It changes things and starts a ripple effect. I hope that this journey we are taking together brightens your day and that you recognize the wonderful things people do for you and then you turn around and give love to others.

What a day this has been… I ran all the way home with a smile on my face rocking out to wonderful music and spending a little time with my Nana. Who could ask for more…