My Top 10 Lessons from 2013

I don't know about y'all, but I'm ready for a new year. It's been a fun, turbulent year, but there's something about starting fresh in a new year that excites me! I'm ready for it. 

2013 brought a few little nuggets of wisdom for me to take along as I move into 2014 and I'm sharing them with you today hoping you may learn from them as I have. Maybe it's because I turned 30 this year, but things I've heard in the past rang true this year. So here they are…

1. Take risks and be aggressive with my goals and desires. 

As long as people don't get hurt in the process, going after what you want aggressively is a good thing. Sitting around and waiting for it to happen gets you nowhere. 

2. Don't let everyone's opinion change what I want for myself. Surround myself with a few people I trust and respect their opinions. 

It's easy to let others have an opinion when you publicly state that you may be bucking tradition and attempting something a little out of the norm. Their opinion shouldn't affect what you feel is right. God doesn't speak to everyone in the same way.

3. Embrace change. And change myself to go along with it. 

I don't like change. It scares me. But I'm learning that it can be a good thing. Plus this world is constantly changing and I don't want to be left behind.

4. Things will work themselves out. 

Worrying and anxiety accomplishes nothing. Will I still do it? Of course, I'm human. But I also want to recognize when I am so that I can channel my thoughts into something positive. So many things I worried about this past year worked out. And all those nights of restless sleep, tears, headaches, etc. were for nothing. Which brings me to my next lesson...

5.  Focus on the things I can control. 

Pouring my energy into circumstances that are in my control will help diminish the worry and anxiety that life can bring. 

6. Stop comparing myself to others. 

This has been a big one for me since I competed in gymnastics. But I'm truly embracing that we're all our own person. And we each bring value and purpose to this life. I'm just as good as the person I'm comparing myself to and they are just as good as me. I just need to be the best me I can be. 

*side note: don't ever change who you are to fit in. This was a big lesson I learned in my 20's. I know everyone says it, but actually buying it is a different story. 

7. Getting lost in something is freeing. Do it often.

Whether is be music on a drive, in a book, in a mall, etc., it can be extremely liberating to forget everything else in life but what you are enjoying at the moment. Live it up and take full advantage of those moments. 

8. Pour myself into the relationships that mean the most in my life. 

And forget the other petty stuff. Every relationship you have is different. Some bring more value than others, but all should bring some sort of value to your life. Invest in those that do and don't worry about the ones that don't. 

9. Do something out of my comfort zone. 

Take a risk. Do something you normally wouldn't do, but think you would love. I rarely do this and have realized in my life, the things I've gotten the most joy out of have happened when I took the risk. Will you always have success? Probably not. But you'll be stronger and when you do have success, it's that much better. Plus fear should not be an excuse. 

10. Let go and let God. 

He works it out. He always has for me and I have to believe He will continue to do so. I have a picture that hangs on my wall that says 'Let your faith be bigger than your fear'. That's my motto for 2014. And I believe it. 

So there you have it. Lessons learned going into the new year. 

Bring it on 2014.

Hope y'all have a fun, festive night! Happy New Year! 


Jonas Paul Eyewear

I'm declaring today (Friday, the 13th-appropriate, I know) Pay-It-Forward Friday. And I want to introduce you to a company that is doing just that. 

A little less than a year ago, two friends that I went to college with had a sweet baby boy, Jonas Harrison. He is one of the most precious children I've laid eyes on. I'm not going to get too detailed here (see the video below for more of Jonas' story), but just a little insight, Jonas was born with Peter's Anomaly which is a rare eye disorder that has required multiple surgeries, treatments, etc. in order to hopefully improve his sight. You can read more about his story here

After learning of their son's diagnosis, Ben and Laura decided to use their circumstances to bring help to those who need it. To have a positive impact. To share a passion that they probably didn't know they had until the Lord blessed them with the most beautiful gift He could tangibly give. And I admire the heck out of them for it.

Thus, the creation of Jonas Paul Eyewear

There's an overwhelming number of children who need vision care, yet can't afford it. Jonas Paul Eyewear has decided that for every pair of glasses purchased, they will donate to CBM International to help those who are visually impaired get the treatment they need. You can read more about how someone in need will benefit here. 

Not only do they have a ton of amazing, hip styles for your kiddos, but they are a company that's paying-it-forward. They have a philosophy that makes you want to do business with them just because you can. 

Check them out. And use your little one's needs (or wants!) to help other little ones in need. 

Buy sight, Give sight.


TMC Gift Guide 2013

I always find myself scouring through other bloggers gift guides so I figured I'd create one for y'all too! I wouldn't mind finding all of this under the tree come Christmas morning:) Hope you guys are having a wonderful holiday season so far…it's such a fun time of year! Thanks for stopping by!


Holidays + Happiness(?)

Hellooo TMC friends! I'm letting my sister, Allison, take over today. As we go into the most crazy, stressful, and magical time of the year, it's easy to lose sight of what's important and what makes us "happy". So here goes….Thanks Allie!

I’m disturbed by a growing trend I’m seeing.  Daily, I see some sort of postcard, picture, or e-card on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram with some phrase plastered across it on how to achieve “happiness”.  “To be happy, start your day with (fill in the blank)”, or “Follow these steps to achieve happiness”.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to just be HAPPY.  My personal favorite is “Life’s too short to be anything but happy.”  I really want to know who thought of this quote.  I think I’d respond with “Life’s too long to not be unhappy.”  I don’t mean for this to sound cynical, but life is full of disappointments.  Job losses, deaths, sickness, and violence surround us every day and we’re not numb to the feelings these events stir within us!  There’s so much more to life than being happy.  I think society is really missing the mark here.  Sure, being happy is a great thing.  A Starbucks caramel apple spice makes me HAPPY, plucking a Kate Spade bag up for $150 makes me HAPPY, watching my son smile after he realizes he just burped makes me HAPPY, but y’all, happiness is fleeting.  Far too many people are reaching for the next best thing just to experience that momentary feeling of giddiness or joy.  Sadly, those moments can turn into debt we can’t get out of, alcohol issues we can’t break free from, and the list goes on.  I think the postcards should read something more like, “Here are the steps to CONTENTMENT…”  Contentment, in my opinion, is based on our satisfaction in general.  It encompasses our entire being.  Contentment isn’t defined by a boyfriend, a new bag, or a promotion.  It’s a demeanor that says, “I’m thankful for what I have, I’m thankful and confident for who I am, and no matter what this day brings, good or bad, I choose to be content. “  I think this world would be a lot better if we all chose to be content.  While Christmas is upon us and is a fun time of year, don’t forget that Christmas gifts and decorations don’t define the holiday.  Family, friendships, serving, and giving are what make a content, joy-filled holiday. I’m thankful for a holiday where I can be content with what I have and thankful for the One who gave it to me.   

"Contentment is not out there at some other place in some other time under some other circumstances. Contentment is being fully present + grateful in any place at any time under any circumstances."
-Dean Jackson

Cheers to being content! Merry Christmas!


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