GRAY IS THE NEW BEIGE!

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noun
  1. a pale sandy yellowish-brown color.
    “tones of beige and green”
    synonyms: fawn, pale brown, sand, buff, sandy, oatmeal, khaki, biscuit, coffee, coffee-colored, cafe au lait, camel, ecru

Is anyone else tired of this lack-luster, mind-numbing color we call beige? I know I am and I am ready for the HOTTEST color this year…GRAY! Gray is such a versatile color and has a wide range of hues, shades, and tones that create different sensations within a space. Gray can be used to create a glamorous, calming, or edgy space. The wide range of warm and cool grays compliment beautiful colors such as blush, yellow, red, white (some of my favorites). It can be used in a classic, transitional, or modern design! What do you think about gray? Check out some of these spaces that incorporated gray into there space. unnamed unnamed (11) unnamed (10) unnamed (9) unnamed (8) unnamed (7) unnamed (6) unnamed (5) unnamed (4) unnamed (3) unnamed (2) Xo, Jessica Calkins Definition provided by Google

Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us bye.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and…

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Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us by.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and compassionate for things I do not understand.

I want to live everyday as if it is my last.

I want to love unconditionally.

I want to not judge.

I want to be better at what I love.

I want to be a better someone.

I want to help more people just because.

I want to travel to places I have never been.

I want to be less into what I need and more of what others need.

Top 10 Things I want to say:

I want to say I understand and mean it.

I want to say NO more often.

I want to YES more often.

I want to say YES to jumping out of an airplane.

I want to say “i love you” more often.

I want to say “I am proud of you”.

I want to say “i can do that” and do it.

I want to say “really” can you re-phrase that please!

I want to say “be all you can be” to the ones that really need it.

I want to say what I feel all the time…

I think this list of mine is obtainable and I recognize the things I want to be better at and the things I want to say more often. I want to be the person that always says how she feels when she feels it. I want to live an authentic life and be meaningful to the people I love and the ones that love me. We often overlook the good and happy things in our lives and often take it all for granted. If we look at what we have and build on the future with these solid ideals, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything…

Definition of “taking for granted:

to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted. to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner:

To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.

Synonyms:

Trust, rely on, accept, accredit, admit, attach weight to, be certain of, be convinced of, be credulous, be of the opinion, buy, conceive, conclude, consider, count on, credit, deem, fall for, give credence to, have, have faith in, have no doubt, hold, keep the faith, lap up, place confidence in, posit, postulate, presume true, presuppose, reckon on, regard, rest assured, suppose, swallow, swear by, take as gospel, take at one’s word, take for granted, take it, think, trust, understand.

Antonyms:

Abandon, deny, disbelieve, discard, dismiss, dispute, disregard, exclude, forget, ignore, neglect, refuse, reject, distrust.

I wish all of you love, happiness and the best life has to offer in #2015.

Just remember taking people for granted in your life is the one thing that you should recognize and change in 2015.

Thought Catalog: On Being Happy

f3fa3f36addbfbef6695c23d1313004bEverybody has their morning agenda, and by that, I mean the things that you do without even realizing it. For instance. Every morning when my eyes open from a long night sleep, I click snooze on my phone exactly three times before I realize that I need to be an actual human being and do actual human being things.

I sit up, let me feet dangle over the bed while I gather my surroundings, because lord knows I am still half asleep from my rough night of studying and writing silly papers for silly college. Once my surroundings are a bit in place, I take that first eager yet still a bit hesitant, step. I make my way to the bathroom, tripping over a couple of shoes on the way, and YOWWW, who put those heels there? Once I make it to the bathroom I examine myself in the mirror and shake my head because I forgot to wash my makeup off from the night before AGAIN! Why do I always do this? Laziness at its finest people. I wipe off the mascara and the eyeliner, brush my teeth for two minutes, gargle some mouthwash, and here is where it gets interesting. I put the water in the facet on the coldest it could possibly get. I wait for it to get to maximum coldness so I put the toilet seat down and sit, and wait, and sit and wait. Once I think the water is as cold as possible, I form my hands into a makeshift bowl and go to town. I think I throw water on my face about ten times before the job of waking up is really done. The makeup is gone, the eyes aren’t puffy, and best of all, the color is back in my cheeks. There she is. There is Haley. Then, I make my way back to my room, turn on my curling iron, and while that is heating up, I make a cup of coffee.

I am very particular about my coffee, as I am sure most everyone is. My mother got me hooked sophomore year of high school, and I have been a goner ever since. And as I sit here writing this, I am thinking to myself, “Why in the hell would you brush your teeth and then drink coffee?” Oh gosh, that just is silly. I really need to rethink my morning rituals.

Like I said, coffee. Drinking coffee. I love Hazelnut creamer, so after the coffee is done brewing I poor the creamer in for exactly three seconds. 1 mississippi 2 mississippi 3 mississippi. And there you have it. A lot of creamer and a little coffee.

I come back upstairs, coffee in hand, and go to my favorite website. Thought Catalog. Oh, how I love this site.

“Launched 1 February 2010, Thought Catalog is a website dedicated to your stories and ideas”

Thought Catalog is a blog site where many different people can put their thoughts into words, and share those words with the world.

It is an amazing idea, and that is why I read it each and every day.

Many of the posts are funny, fun loving, thoughtful, and just downright weird. But many make you think. And that is what I really love.

So today, like many other days, I am skimming through the blogs when I come across a title that stands out to me.

“How to Not Be Terrified of Being Happy”

The author speaks of happiness being this utopia, or this mystical world that  nobody truly understands the concept of. That somehow, some shape or form, we are always trying to do better than we already have. That we cant stop moving or doing more because things will just fall apart, “like a house of cards”.

Instead of being happy for the things that are going well in our lives, many of us worry about when it will be taken from us, like a game of hide and seek.

I have this problem where sometimes I feel like I do not deserve to be happy. That the people around me deserve better. Because of that feeling, I have a lot of anxiety. Anxiety about life, relationships, friendships, family, school. Everything scares me. It doesn’t mean I stop going about my daily routine, but sometimes I think that I don’t take things for what they are. I over think. “Things are amazing now, but that wont last.”

You may get your heart broken.

People may not like you.

You might not get your dream job.

You might upset your loved ones.

But that will pass, and you will once again, be happy.

“Avoiding happiness just so you can avoid the sting of eventually losing it will ruin you.”

Periods of Joy

Periods of Difficulty

Periods of Love

Periods of Heartbreak

I do not think I have ever read something that has hit so close to home for me. You can learn so much from a 500 word blog. I hope that one day I can meet the writer and thank them for opening my eyes to a world that can be full of happiness and love.

So. Morning rituals can be robotic, and boring, and annoying, but this particular morning, it was a great one.

Ceramic Mechanic

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Over Thanksgiving break, while I was visiting my boyfriend, we had the pleasure of meeting this older man who worked at an impound lot in Jersey. The man looked like he lived and breathed cars, and he spoke of an old 150 that he was fixing up for a friend to drive. He smelled of grease and looked very tired, but he had the sweetest smile, and the warmest of personalities. When we walked into his garage to make our payment and get on our way, it seemed as though it was their as his hideaway. See, there was the main lobby where most everyone worked, but he was in the back, where he kept all his tools and work equipment for his job. So here we were, thinking we were going to be paying our bill and going on our way. But as we got further into the garage, I started noticing all this clay and what seemed to be plasterwork on the walls. They were absolutely beautiful, so I asked him where he got them.

It was like the air in the room changed, and something kicked in, because the man grew a couple inches taller, the color in his cheeks came out, and his crooked smile went from cheek to cheek. He popped up from his dusty desk filled high with paper work, and ran over to me. And this is where his two hour artwork rant began. I have never seen anything as special as what I saw in that garage. He went through each and every one of his boxes, which by the way were covered in dust, so I knew he didn’t bring his work out for a while. He pulled out all his favorite pieces that he has ever done, from vases, to jewelry, to finally the plaster artwork on the walls. This guy was really something.

I don’t think it was the talent though that really stuck out to me. This man, who seemed to have been through a lot in his life, had stories for each piece of work. He had reasons, and I think that is really beautiful. I could tell that each time he showed me something else; his eyes would light up, like this was something that truly made him happy. He spoke that ceramics and artwork such as the pieces that he has done, has really helped him become the person he is today. I couldn’t help but think, “What has this man been through?” I kept looking at my boyfriend to see if he was feeling the same way I was. It wasn’t that he was so talented, it was that I couldn’t believe that this man, who has been through so much, can still be so passionate about something. I am envious of people who can put aside all of life’s obstacles, and continue to do something that makes them happy.

I learned something very valuable that day. That life most likely will get rough at times, but to always continue staying positive, have compassion, and be passionate about something. Whether it be a sport, singing, family, or ceramics; stay passionate, because that might be the last thing keeping you going.

I sit here typing away with a smile on my face because all I want to do is go back to that day. We left not only having met an incredible man, but he also gave us both bracelets and me a piece of his artwork from the walls. He noticed from the start that those were what really stood out to me, and he gave me something to hold onto forever. I will always remember him for his love for life, and selfless personality.

The last thing he said to my boyfriend and I before we headed on the road was, “I think I was supposed to meet the both of you. You guys made me feel so great today, thank you..”

Put Your Big Girl Panties On….Its Cyber Monday!

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Not really sure how many of you decided to suit up for war on Friday, but I am a lover for Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the toned down version of Black Friday, because who wants to run through a mall with a bunch of other crazy people. Friday I did not really have anything to do, so I decided to make my way over to the mall. I didn’t really have anything in particular that I was looking for, so I feel like I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I was a wanderer, and on a day as popular as Black Friday, you are screwing yourself.

I cannot tell you how many times I got bumped, cussed at, and pushed out of the way. People are crazy man. I tried to stand my ground but girlfriend is too easy going. I got one dress, my boyfriend a jacket, and then I hit the road. I was in and out of there like it was a race.

Now its Cyber Monday. You can sit at your computer, in your jammies, sip on some coffee and order some awesome things. The beauty in it all? You do not even have to move. I mean come on people, how wonderful is that? Cyber Monday and online shopping are just wonderful things, and I always look forward to this day? It is the perfect time to order Christmas gifts and an additionally twenty things for yourself….KIDDING!

So put your big girl panties on, make a list of things you need (want), and get on those websites because I will tell you millions of other people are ready to go. Do not miss out on those awesome prices!! GO GO GO!

If you think you sound like a broken record…

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Okay darlings… If you think you sound like a broken record just change your song.

I can not tell you how many times I have heard this statement from women and myself,  I think it is just our instinct to try to show the crazy male that they are wrong, insensitive or just a tool.  If you find that you are continually  trying to sell the same old thing, then maybe it is time for you to change your thinking.

First of all, you should never be with anyone that drives you that crazy or maybe you should? It is your call, your life.  Maybe that is what keeps you together. The strong pull of indifference. If you choose to stay with someone who you feel does not understand where you are coming from, then change your thinking, play a different song. SHOCK them by being different, someone new. Sometimes, we all need a checkup of our usual patterns and sometimes that is what keeps us where we are in life. I think a little crazy is good. Take a chance, step outside of that nice box you have made for yourself…

For me, I want to be a person that is understanding of others needs but sometimes I can not get past myself and what I want to change. I have made a pack with my inner most sacred being to try to not be so predictable. I want to play a new song and dance.

The great laws of physics and chemistry dictate who you are attracted to, who you love and what you do to sustain the friendship, relationship or just a sheer acquaintance. I find that if you have the same old, same old in life it is just mundane and everyday. Something void in you that keeps you searching. We all have that instinct to fight for what we believe in, love, the needy or just righting a wrong. I happen to be the person that will go to the ends of the earth for what I believe in, a lioness mother protecting her cubs or just standing up for what I think it right. I actually get into a lot of trouble because usually,  I do not think before I speak. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and say whatever I feel when I feel it. I am salty at times and I do not apologize for that, it is me. Be true to yourself and follow your instincts, most of the time they lead you where you need to be. That inner voice is your conscious and loves you. Be true to it and yourself but just try to change it up. Look for the good in the ugly, the silver lining or just stare at the stars one night to let you see how big your universe really is.

Dream big and follow your endless possibilities but try not to stay in your usual comfort zone… Be kind and loving always, be crazy but not to crazy, need but not needy, love endlessly. That is truly the only thing that really counts. Just change your song and stop being a broken record.

Katie Hughes Believes That Beauty Is……

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 Beauty is confidence. Beauty is waking up In the morning and walking out the door without makeup.

Beauty is having the confidence to rock those new shoes that no one else has yet to wear.

I believe that confidence stems from fully embracing who you are. Confidence is embracing every part of your body and loving who you are and what you do. Beauty is not about wearing the latest trends or the most expensive makeup. It’s about loving yourself.

Your scars.

Your birthmarks.

Your awkward baby hairs.

Beauty is embracing all of these imperfections. To me the most beautiful people hold the biggest scars, have experienced tremendous loss but are confident in who they are as an individual. In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful then meeting people who are confident in there own skin. Always remember confidence is contagious!

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Beauty is imperfect. It is always changing always flowing. It is faith that who you are is okay so that you tell other people who they are is ok. It is not about six-pack abs, chiseled backs, round shoulders, or perfect biceps. A beautiful woman has no perfect body. We are all different and all women I am attracted to are attractive because of their differences, subtleties, and uniqueness. Not in spite of them.

The most beautiful humans are the ones who live by admittance they are imperfect and can relax and have fun. After all, in a game of monopoly, you can take all the money and property, but it all goes back in the box, so you may as well have fun before it does. A beautiful human has faith other people will want to join them in that fun.

The light that shines through can be seen and felt by all. What we look like doesn’t matter and what we say doesn’t matter but how we behave and make people feel is all that does. Love is the greatest human currency, so it’s the most beautiful thing a human can have.

Justin Wisor

21st Random Act of Kindness

You make my world sparlke

YOU make my world a better place to live…

Do not wait, tomorrow it not guaranteed.

Today be bold and courageous and tell the people you love, that they are the sparkle in your world.

WE often do not communicate to the people we l o v e the most just what they mean to us, we figure they already know.

WE often take them for granted.

WE often lash out at them first.

WE often forget everyone needs to know they are loved, really loved.

But, most of all of, we are most silent when annoyed by these people…

It does not matter if they are your children, parents, friends, husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. These are the people that need to hear this sometimes, because they are the ones that will “have your back”, “love you the most”, and “will always be there”!

So today, spread the l o v e…

Share your sparkle…

Tell them they are special.