If you are going through any kind of life crisis, big or small, you need to read this book. I have to admit that at first I was only reading it because I am majorly obsessed with anything that has to do with Eleanor Roosevelt, but then once I got into it I was like wow this is something every single person needs to do like asap. She’s almost thirty, and she gets laid off her job, and has no idea what to do with her life. She sees an Eleanor Roosevelt quote in coffee shop.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
And she just totally runs with it. Some of them are small things, like taking a trapeze class to get over her fear of heights, but others are really major. And she writes them all down, which I love. This book really inspired me to make a list of my fears, big and small, and make a conscious effort to do one thing each day that scares me. Mucho important for self growth guys!
Buy it HERE.
Let me just start this post off by telling you all that the author of this book, Marina Keegan, died in a car accident a few years ago before this book was published, and this book is a compilation of stories and essays (non fiction and fiction) that she wrote throughout her time in college. Not only was she crazy talented and inspiring, but her voice was so different, in the best way possible, and it made me sad reading it knowing that I’ll never get to read any of her writing ever again. We are insanely lucky that we have this piece of an amazing writing talent. It must be appreciated! Her book inspired me to powerfully seize the day, because you just never know.
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Let me just start this post off by saying that I am completely obsessed with Lena Dunham as a human being. Not only is she hilarious, completely confident in herself and doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks about her, she is also immensely talented. If any of you haven’t seen the show GIRLS yet (she writes, directs, and stars in it on HBO) you need to drop everything you’re doing and watch it immediately. Anywho, I couldn’t wait to read her book. She has a way of writing down things that have happened in her life that kind of makes you feel like you were there. Like most of us, she’s gone through good and bad times, but she learned from them all, and wrote about them all, and I think that is why her book, aka her life story so far, is so inspiring. It lets us women know that yeah, sometimes really bad things happen, or we put ourselves in some really bad situations, but we can always learn and grow from them. And I think that is really important because a lot of the time we are too hard on ourselves.
Thank you for that lesson, Miss Dunham.
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If any of you are anything like me, sometimes life gets extremely overwhelming. Hence my current obsession with self help books. Anyways, something I have found that helps immensely is journaling it out. I’ve definitely accumulated like twenty random journals over the years and always made a good solid effort to write in them daily for a few weeks after I get them, then life gets in the way again and its just a vicious circle. But at the beginning of 2016 I decided this was going to be the year of learning to love myself (cliche I know, but just bear with me for a second) and so the first thing I did was break out all my old journals. First of all, it was absolutely hilarious to go back through some of the really old ones and read what I had thought at the time, was the end of the world. It actually really put things into perspective. Like, the things that I looked at as life changing/life ruining at the time, hadn’t even crossed my mind in the last few years. I think that is a really important life lesson we all need to learn at some point or another; will this really matter in a few years? Even a few weeks?
I have to admit that I have made a conscious effort since January 1, 2016 to write in my journal every night before the melatonin kicks in, and at first it was hard, but now it’s a habit. I look forward to it! It not only helps me work through the random situations of the day and my feelings about them, it also helps me to make sense of the stresses and anxieties of the day as well. I go to bed feeling relieved, if that makes sense? Like as I’m writing everything down its just lifting the weight higher and higher off my shoulders so I can breathe so much better.
So, take a few minutes at the end of the day, put your phone down, and journal it out. You can thank me later.
Let me just start by saying I absolutely adored this book. It made me laugh out loud, drop my jaw in shock/disbelief, tear up a little bit, and make me want to tell every single person in my life just how much I love them. This book is like a million little life lessons, straight from Mary-Louise Parker’s experiences (with men specifically), with an added deeper meaning of appreciating and remembering the little things. Through her letter writing she reminds you that you have the freedom to do what you want and need to do in order to make yourself happy. Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker is a fantastic book, and I highly recommend it to each and every one of you!
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I would like to take the great pleasure in introducing everyone to my perfect, snuggly, little fur baby, Eloise. Yes, to answer your first burning question, I sure did name her after the greatest Christmas movie ever, Eloise At The Plaza.
She enjoys my big fur blanket, dried wild caught salmon kitty treats, kisses on her perfect little pink nose, and sitting on my lap any time I sit down.
I adore her for not only being my numero uno cuddle buddy, but also because her unconditional love has helped get me through a completely broken heart. I am 100% crazy for my cat, and I am not even a tinsy bit ashamed of that!
xx, Madison & Eloise
I think by now everyone of you have heard the quote that goes something like, “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.” I have learned that couldn’t be more true. Life can be wonderful and magical and make you feel like you’re flying, but then it can be dark and stormy and push you down farther than you ever thought possible. And these two parts of life come in waves, sometimes all at once, sometimes so far apart you forget the other side even exists. It’s so very important to remember to be thankful for both sides though, because without one, the other wouldn’t be so vivd and prominent in shaping who you become. When the dark and stormy times hit, like they have recently for me, it can feel impossible to reach for the sunshine and get yourself out, but you WILL get there. One of my parent’s good friends (he is a ridiculously smart, funny, genuinely amazing pediatrician) told me something on New Years Eve that will stick with me for the rest of my life.
You can look ahead to the future, but don’t forget to stop and enjoy the right now, because it will be gone before you know it.
I’m sure everyone has been told some variation of that by someone at some point in their lives, and we need to listen to them because it really is just so true and so important! Even if the right now is crying every day and not wanting to leave your room, it is happening and it is making you into the person that you will be.
I think accepting the emotions, letting yourself feel them fully and wholeheartedly, no matter what they are, is the first step in moving on and loving yourself for it! The dark and stormy times always pass eventually, and if you let them, they can bring more sunshine than you’ve ever seen before.
So I was ordering some books on Amazon one day and this ice roller popped up in my suggested section and I was intrigued immediately. It’s this little hand held thing that has a detachable water/gel filled roller on the end that you keep in the freezer until you want to use it. Reading about it, I discovered that rolling this cold thing on your face for a few minutes every morning helps with tons of things! It gets rid of eye puffiness (no matter what I do, my eyelids are puffy every single morning when I wake up, so this was major, I’ll try anything at this point), it shrinks your pores, it helps with any bruising that you may have from any facial procedure, it helps with redness and swelling, and since its literally freezing, it helps wake your ass up. Bonus! Being a twenty three year old, I might be a little too worried about wrinkles for this stage of my life, but I am firm believer in early prevention, so this is an awesome and super duper easy thing that you can do every day, that could make a majorly huge difference later on in life. Plus, it feels amazing.
Try it out, guys! You can thank me later.
I’m Madison, it is so wonderful to meet all of you! My goal with this website is to create a space for people of all ages and all kinds to come where they can learn to love themselves first, be creative, get happy and become inspired. In a word, I would love to help you find your bliss, preferably while you are sippin on some bubbly! Im new at this, but hey, every great adventure has to start somewhere, am I right?