LAST-MINUTE GIFT GUIDE FOR EACH OF YOUR BESTIES (UNDER $30!)

They've been there for you when that guy from the bar ghosted you. When you couldn't decide if you should join Bumble BFF in your new city. They even like your photos on Instagram and Facebook (that's a true friend right there). But you've been busy and haven't even thought about what to get them for the Holidays (whoopsie). Here are some ideas for that special lady (or fabulous gentleman) in your life. Enjoy!

What have you already gotten your besties? Share ideas in the comments below!

Posted on December 14, 2016 .

Brave

There's one word I keep hearing every time I tell someone the story about how I said screw everything and moved to LA: "brave".

"You're so brave! I could never do that!" strangers say, their eyes widened. Even The Guy I Like recently said when describing me, "you're braver than you know". It's been hard for me to really believe that, because when I think of brave I think of a single mother who has mouths to feed and no income, yet still figures it out. Or a rape victim who has to recount that awful experience in a courtroom full of people. A man who risks his own life when he sees a woman in danger outside of a bar. That's brave. I simply wasn't happy and chose a different path for my life. 

...Apparently I need to work on accepting compliments better. Okay fine, I can be brave too, because there are different kinds of bravery. Honestly, even after 10 months, it still hasn't 100% sunk in that I live here (hence the lack of blogging). It's kind of crazy how long it takes our minds to process a big change. I was talking to my best friend on the phone earlier (for 2 hours, even though we literally talk every day. I don't know how we always find something to talk about) and The Thing I Rarely Talk About hit me. "I still can't believe that happened. What do you mean I got dumped by a text message while I was at work? How did that not make me a crazy person?" I said between laughs (thank God I can laugh about it now). Of course she had the best response: "He should be glad I'm not his ex-girlfriend. I would have shown up at his house at least 3 times after that." which sent me into a fit of giggles because I can totally see her doing that.

Whether we want to accept it or not, we all have bravery in us. Just listen to your gut, because bravery usually follows. 

 

Image via Pinterest... I would never jump off of a perfectly good cliff.

Posted on October 11, 2016 and filed under Life.

HELLO, NEW CHAPTER

4 days in a stuffy U-Haul later, I'm here in LA! I made it! I still can't believe it. 

A lot of friends and family think I'm crazy for leaving a perfectly good job in Atlanta and moving across the country with no job or apartment lined up. Normally, I would think I was crazy too. But what's even crazier is being stuck in a life that you aren't happy with. Life is too short!

I encourage you all to think about your life right now and if you are truly happy. If you are, great for you! And if not, think about what can change and what steps you need to take to get there. Is it your job you're not happy with? Start sending your résumé out to other places. Is it your career overall? Maybe you need a different career path. Or maybe you need to go back to school. Is it your relationship? If you've been unhappy in a relationship for a long time (and have tried to work it out) you are doing both of you a disservice by staying in that relationship.

....You get where I'm going with all of this. I hope I inspired someone to take back control of their life! I know it's scary, but if I can give up my Buckhead Princess lifestyle and go sleep on an air mattress you can too. 

Image via Lulu & Georgia.

Posted on January 4, 2016 .