Reignite Your Spark

Monday, September 2, 2019

It's funny how time can pass so quickly + how easy it is to lose track of your own happiness.

I've had a really tough year, mentally. Some people don't + never will understand what that means. Sure, every person experiences a bad day.. or maybe even a bad week. However, the void that I was feeling went much deeper than a few bad incidents happening to me. I allowed myself to shut down and let every little thing build up inside me. I was at a point of exhaustion + honestly, I wasn't sure where I was headed.

There were several factors playing into this exhaustion that I felt. We were living with way too many roommates, work was busier than ever, I felt unappreciated in my role, work/life balance was nonexistent.. the list goes on. The common theme during this dark time was my home life + work.

I was slowly shutting down and seen myself spiraling. I had to make a change.

I don't want to bore you with all the unnecessary, small details of what occurred next.. so I'll just say this..


That is all.

Also, we had a lot of roommate changes all at once. My Sister + BIL finally found the perfect little home for them. We also had another roommate move out due to some unfortunate circumstances. Before we knew it, the house was quieter than ever for the first time in a long time.

I didn't realize how much of an impact it was putting on my marriage to constantly be surrounded by people. It's hard to disconnect together whenever there aren't many private spaces in your home.

This year has been a year of rebirth. Reigniting that spark that makes my soul feel happy.

I hope to continue writing because I've been jotting random things down in my notes for months. I've had a lot happening in my mental space this year.. so writing has allowed me to manifest some of those thoughts into words/feelings. It's been a great way to process certain things. I've kept an open mind this year + that has helped me tremendously. I'm finally allowing myself to break past some barriers + enjoy all that this world has to offer.

I hope to share more of my journey + connect with more of you. Stay connected with me on Instagram. You can catch my latest posts + cute pug content.

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Dogs are my favorite people

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dogs make everything in life so much better. Suddenly, your bad days don't seem that bad when you have a dog around. I've never pictured myself as a dog person but here I am.. loving every minute of it! For those of you that know us.. then you'll recognize the sweet faces in the photos below. Before you start falling in love.. Let me introduce both of our boys! 

Meet, Franklin Jax Trusty. He's our relaxed, grumpy, old man. This past January he turned 4 but he will always be my first baby. He's my little shadow and always has to sit in my lap no matter where I'm at. He really tested us the first few weeks we had him. Training a dog was the hardest, but most rewarding, thing I've ever done. Frank can make any day better by his hugs or just by looking at his big, brown eyes. He made me a Fur Mama for the first time & taught me so much about myself. 

Meet, Mortimer Dracula Trusty. We have never had to go through an actual PUPPY phase but holy moly.. never again. Morty has been our little trouble maker since day one. He's always the first to get hurt or do something to get in trouble. He's constantly biting his brother and causing fights. However, on the flip side.. Morty loves to cuddle and just be close to you. He is fixing to be ONE & I honestly don't know where the time went. He's brought a whole different level to our little family. We didn't know what to expect when we brought him home.. but he is perfect for us.

I'd love to know if you have a dog and if so, what kind? I plan to share a LOT more dog posts because they take up about 90% of my life. Some days.. I feel like I can't move more than a couple inches without pug feet on my heels. I wouldn't have it any other way though.

You can call me.. Mother Of Pugs. 

Boss Babe

I'll never apologize for being ambitious, creative and strong minded. People will always be around to judge you before they've walked a day in your shoes. I've dealt with SEVERAL negative comments surrounding my blog, photography hobby & now my new business. At the end of the day, those people aren't paying my bills.  I could have been just like them but instead I took the leap towards financial freedom. 
Let me break it down... 

Network Marketing produces more millionaires than any other job or career option. It always offers an equal opportunity for EVERYONE. Yep, if you don't have a degree.. IT DOESN'T MATTER! 

I've had people say things like... 

"There's no real money in it." WRONG. Network Marketing is a legitimate business. You're providing products that people need and want at a fair, competitive price. In my business, there's no quota to meet.. no inventory.. & your paycheck is completely up to YOU. 

I was the BIGGEST skeptic when my friend Kendra first reached out to me. I ghosted her messages for at least a month. Looking back now, I really wish I would have messaged her back sooner! I've learned so much since starting this little side business. I've gained a group of girls that are uplifting & always supportive. I am becoming a better me day by day. This is only the beginning to my journey. 

In the end, I hope to one day be making an income while changing lives.

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Hi, Welcome Back!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

It has been a HOT minute since I sit down to share my life in words. I've went through a lot of personal struggles this year and I'm still a little confused on what's happening.. but here I am! 

Writing has always been a way for me to escape so I'm glad to be back at it. 

You can expect a lot more realness, raw, unfiltered content from me. 

I don't have it all figured out and will never claim to. 

What I do know is this... 

I'm almost 26, I don't have my life figured out at all, I take a lot of pictures featuring my dogs.. I am just beginning to figure out who I am as a person & I'm so thankful for everything in life that brought me right here. 

Everyone will be getting a front row seat to what I call: Organized Chaos. 

Follow along on Instagram.. that's where I spend a LOT of my time! 

"The Earth Laughs In Flowers"

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

"The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Could it be.. that Spring is closer than we think. Of course, like always, there will probably be one more snow before we're in the clear but still... it's happening!!! 

Spring used to NEVER be my favorite. As a kid I suffered pretty bad allergies and that was the season that would kick start and entire hatred for warmer months. Over the years, I've been able to adapt & get on a medicine routine that helps me avoid those itchy, red eyes. In fact, as I've gotten older I've grown to love Spring. 

Spring is now a sign of rebirth for me. Things are waking back up and coming around to what they once was. I think it's a beautiful thing to watch the world around us bloom. Now, more than ever, I feel like I really relate to that last sentence. After leaving one job and beginning a new one.. I've been able to reflect and think about what direction I want my life to go in. 

In conclusion.. I have fallen in love with Spring and all of the "new" that comes with it. 

Speaking of new.. I wanted to share a few random facts with some of you who may be new

- I got married at 18 & have been happily married for 7 years. This year makes 8.

- I have 2 sons. They happen to have 4 legs & curly tails but nonetheless they're my babies.

- I am the biggest introvert. I have a hard time filming myself on Insta or Snapchat because of that. 

- I've suffered depression and anxiety since my early teens. 

- I am in 10 women that have PCOS.

If you want to learn more random facts about me you can check out my Insta stories. I plan to share some more throughout the day. Plus, I will be sharing some cute Pug photos later. The sun was shining down perfectly on the boys today. 

I hope you guys are having a great week so far! I have some fun things planned for the rest of the week so you might not see much from me on here. However, you can always follow along on Instagram or Snapchat. I used to avoid Snapchat but here recently those filters have been life

You can follow me here: 
Snapchat: chelseaalyson

What's in my makeup bag?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The topic of makeup has always intimidated me. I have such a love/hate relationship with makeup. I love buying new items but I hate putting them on sometimes. I've tried to teach myself by watching videos but in the end I still apply my makeup like a toddler. Although I suck tremendously, I love playing around and trying new looks. I thought it would be fun to show you guys a few random items that I use on a daily basis. I would eventually like to film a short tutorial for you guys on my daily makeup application. I still have a hard time with getting in front of the camera.. especially on video. 

There's a lot of things that I am working on though and being more vocal about my life is one of those things. Moving back to makeup... here's a few items that I use pretty much every time I apply makeup. I also want to mention that I am a FIRM believer in giving your skin a break. I try to go without makeup a few days in a row to let my skin breathe and rest. 

If you do use makeup on a daily basis then I highly suggest you wash your fact nightly and moisturize. As we get older ladies, our skin tends to get a little more sensitive to things like this. I'm in a constant battle with my pores so I definitely don't want makeup sitting on my face clogging up those pores overnight. 

I will be sharing a few of my favorite skincare items later so you can learn some ways that I keep my face clean and free of breakouts.

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation ($)  ; Master Prime primer + base ($) was purchased from Walgreens ; Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Gloss ($$) ; NYX Matte Lipstick in 'Honeymoon' ($) ; The Laura Geller & Too Faced eyeshadow palettes are both from Christmas bundles so I can't link them ; L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer ($) ; Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara ($) ; CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner ($)

Journey To Happiness...

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Happiness is a funny destination. What components make up the path to happiness? I feel like this is a common question most of us have asked ourselves at some point. I spent a lot of years trying to figure out what path I was supposed to take. I made some mistakes and was set back a few times. However, in the end I've grown into a much stronger woman than I ever used to be. I discover new things about myself all the time. I'm extremely thankful for being able to finally shed some light on the real me. 

Along this journey to happiness I've uncovered new things about myself.. grown closer to my husband & really opened my heart to my own desires. Taking ownership of my own life has never been my strong suit. For someone who always liked to follow the crowd, speaking up and revealing the true intentions of my heart was extremely difficult. 

Let's not forget the anxiety & depression. Making big decisions are usually a huge ordeal for me. Recently, I sat down and talked to Nick about leaving my job at the bank & pursing a slightly different job. There were a bunch of benefits to the new job but some downfalls. I would be giving up my set schedule in an office setting for more retail like hours. I felt speechless about the entire situation. I cried a LOT over this decision but in the end... I chose to leave. I spent a little over 2 years learning something completely new and gaining so much knowledge. I will definitely always be thankful for the opportunity that the job gave me but I am so happy to be on to new adventures. 

I know that leaving that job was a great choice for myself. My mental health has been suffering for a little while and being there was only making it worse. It was very liberating to drive away for the last time. 

My advice to anyone that has anxiety / depression when it comes to making huge decisions... take it 1 hour at a time. Sit down and write your pros/cons. I talked about both jobs out loud to a family member and that helped me verbally analyze both jobs. In the end, I had to have a good cry with my husband before I felt 100% comfortable with my decision. I was so worried about what everyone would say or think about me leaving that I had worked myself into a full blown panic attack. Sitting down with Nick and really laying out my feelings helped me tremendously. 

I encourage everyone to take a look at your life and really consider if you're happy or not. If you're not 100% happy then change that! I'm making every effort to achieve my happiness. It doesn't matter if you're making BIG moves or small moves.. you're still taking control of your life. You matter. Your happiness is the only thing that matters. Take control and don't look back. 

Here's to a great week everyone! I have some fun things planned to share later this week. 
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