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: 
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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. 

"Alexa, tell me a joke"

Sunday, February 17, 2019

"Alexa, tell me a joke..."

"What do you call a potato wearing glasses?" 

"A specTATER."

I thought really long and hard about getting an Alexa. I love shopping on Amazon and constantly stream movies but I just wasn't a huge fan of giving something access to my house. The progression of technology can be a little abrasive sometimes. I am all for advancing and learning new things but the more it goes on, the more invasive it becomes. 

Getting an Alexa was a huge step for me. I will have to say that having her around has been kind of great. I get to hear music whenever I am tidying up or writing a blog post, like now ;). She tells me funny jokes like the one above & she even tells me the weather forecast. It's pretty nice having something around to answer silly questions. I haven't actually used my Alexa to re-order Amazon items or anything like that... but so far, I am impressed. 10/10 would recommend getting if you're someone who likes to have music in the background or a podcast playing. This is also perfect for the busy morning commuter. Listening to the news while getting ready is a nice way to start the morning. I love being informed so this was a perfect feature for me to utilize. 

If you currently have an Alexa or Amazon product of any kind.. please share ways that you use yours and get your moneys worth out of the item. I plan on getting more familiar with mine so I'm sure you'll be seeing me post from time to time. 

Love Beauty and Planet

I love sharing new products that I find because I'm always so hesitant to buy something before reading a review. I also love pure honesty when it comes to purchasing skincare related items. I've, unfortunately, not read my reviews and purchased mainstream products to only later realize how terrible the product was. I can promise you that anything I say about a product will be 100% authentic just like most of the products I use. 

Today, I am sharing my newest favorite body lotion. Love Beauty and Planet is an amazing brand that is all natural with no added items that you can't pronounce. Shoot, even their bottle is made from 100% recycled plastic! 

I think what I would like to do is share a small product review over on Instagram stories later this week. I plan to purchase a few more items from their line so those will be included in the review. So far, this lotion is so awesome that I purchased a little on-the-go container to put in my purse. The smell and hydration together make this well worth the money. Speaking of price.. you can get a bottle at your local Walmart for around $8 and some change. Some of the items that I'll be reviewing later this week will be another body lotion and their shampoo / conditioner line. There might be a few additional things added to that list but time will tell. 

Have you tried any of the Love Beauty and Planet products?  If so, what has been your favorite or least favorite item? 

Here'a an Amazon link to the exact body lotion I have.... the only downfall with Amazon is that this will be an ad on item. All that means is that you need to purchase at least $25 or more in order to order this product. If you're like me then this shouldn't be a hard task. I recently spent $50 just by browsing the site for a few minutes. Amazon really knows what they're doing. 

Dealing With Depression

Saturday, February 16, 2019

This is such a sensitive topic. I chose to keep my depression and daily struggles a secret to society every since it began. I shared my difficulties with some family members and a couple of close friends. Depression isn't something to boast about or flaunt around. I've kept my emotions tucked away in fear of rejection. To be honest though... keeping everything in was damaging my mental health even more. Last year & now this year has been a season of growth for me. I've always been one to generally follow the crowd and do everything I can to fit in. 

2018 taught me a lot about myself.

As 2019 continues to pass by..I find myself meeting new milestones that I didn't think possible. My ultimate dream is to be able to just be there for anyone who feels like they have no one. Sometimes it's hard to reach out to direct family and friends because you might feel vulnerable. The good news is... that is 100% OKAY. There are people out there that are trained professionals or just people like myself, that has been through what you're dealing with, that understands. 

Depression and anxiety are my foes. I fight them both on a daily basis. Not every day is bad but not every day is good either. I try to wake up with a thankful mind but it's not always easy. My biggest downfall is that I wear my heart on my sleeve and I do a LOT for the people I care about. If I don't get back what I'm putting out then I sometimes feel like a failure. Honestly, I know that sounds selfish but if I go out of my way to do something for you then appreciation would be nice. 

I am working on me.

I plan to start a journal for when I'm feeling anxious or a little extra down that day. I would also really like to start yoga/meditating.. but I'm still looking into that one. On that note, if you have any tips or tricks to settling the anxious feelings or even dealing with depression.. LET ME KNOW! Knowledge is power and the more we're vocal on social media .. the more we're helping everyone just like us that could be reading this. I love being able to open up and be so raw & real about my life. 

Pugs & Kisses

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Valentine's is quiet literally right around the corner and I can't wait to celebrate this weekend with my honey. We're taking a short little weekend trip to Gatlinburg all thanks to my parents for booking us a 1 night stay somewhere. I truly have the most selfless parents. 

Valentine's has always been a very sentimental holiday for Nick and I since that was our first official date together. He also was accidentally forced to basically meet everyone in my family. We've always celebrated each year by going somewhere close to home or treating ourselves to a nice night out. I always get super excited when the end of January rolls around and try to start planning something nice for V-Day. This year, with the help of my parents, we're going to the mountains to spend some time away. My sister and brother in law will also be going so it'll be nice to have a weekend just hanging out with them. 

I was able to grab some sweet photos of my boys the other day... despite my fur babies not wanting to cooperate very well. They literally had slept the entire day and was so upset that I ruined their nap time. 

What are some ways you like to celebrate for Valentine's Day? 

Soap & Glory

Sunday, February 10, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen my recent Soap & Glory review. I wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to read about them because they're truly a great brand. I haven't purchased one thing that I hate. Since Nick works at Walgreens I get a pretty good discount on their line so I try to pick something up every chance I get.

I have struggled with puffy eyes my entire life. I've also tried about everything on the market besides cosmetic work to make them disappear. I recently tried the puffy eye attack patches from Soap & Glory and was not disappointed. I will say that my eyes were noticeably less puffy for most of the day. Ultimately, I would purchase these again to have for vacation or a quick fix. 

I highly recommend these if you're needing a quick fix to your puffy eyes! 

What are some things that you've tried for puffy eyes that you love? I definitely still need something to help me! 

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Recent Apps I've Been Using

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Knowledge is power. I believe that sharing your successes can help others around you reach their goals as well. While finding the best picture editing app may not be considered a "success" to some, I was more than excited when I found a few apps that really work for me.

Constantly feeling the need to create.. I started searching for the best apps that would allow me to be creative while I'm on the go. There's truly nothing I love more than being able to share amazing content the moment it happens! 

I examined all of the apps I use to create and decided to share some of my favorite ones with ya'll. If you use any of these apps then I would LOVE to hear some feedback from you. Tell me things you liked and didn't like. Also, if anyone has some awesome apps to share please do. 

Lightroom CC is pretty much my new best friend. Before I discovered presets and how the heck they work I relied on other apps to help with the editing process while I was on the go. I'll be honest, Lightroom scared me when I first looked at it. I don't LOVE the interface of this app but it really is the easiest thing to use for sharp, clear images. Another app I rely on is Snapseed. Snapseed is such an easy app to navigate & is perfect for small editing touches. Hype Type is a great app if you enjoy adding music or text to your videos. You can also add music and text to pictures as well. The only complaint I have is that some songs will not let me use them when they're downloaded on my phone. Maybe someone who uses the app can share some insights on that. 

These are honestly just the standard apps that most of us use each day. I find myself using Facebook and Snapchat less and less but I do still have them. If you really want to keep up with me on a social platform then I would say Instagram will be your best option. 

Hello 2019! I absolutely LOVE the WalMart grocery pickup option. I am constantly busy because I work an 8-5 job on top of chasing 2 crazy pugs and trying to maintain a normal life outside of work. This option really allows me to plan ahead and helps me stay consistent with cooking during the week. I find myself adding things to my cart on the app all the time. 

The Calm app is such a life saver if you have anxiety and/or depression. There are multiple options to chose from just depending on what you're looking to achieve. A few of my favorite options are: Reduce Anxiety, Build Self Esteem, Learn to Meditate (currently my fav) & the list goes on. I highly recommend this app to anyone needing help realigning your goals. 

To wrap it up, what kind of iPhone user would I be if I didn't take advantage of the pre-installed apps. I used to hate listening to talk radio or even listening to audio books. As I've gotten older I realize that you can learn a LOT from listening to "talk radio". I don't have a lot of free time to listen to Podcasts but when I do I wanted to share a few of my favorite ones.... 

- My Favorite Murder (STAY SEXY, DON'T GET MURDERED)
- Resting Witch Face
- The Last Podcast On The Left

I will say that these particular podcasts do not censor their language so definitely don't listen around smaller kids. However, I love murder/mystery and My Favorite Murder is such a fun podcasts to listen to. 

Mother Of Pugs

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Dog mom. I never pictured myself owning a dog or even really liking a dog. When Nick brought the topic up it was very random and all of a sudden. He mentioned the idea to me and then 3 days later we were dog owners. Franklin was our first baby that came home with us. Even though we didn't get the puppy stage with him I am so thankful he came home to be ours. 

It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Frank. It took 2 weeks exactly because that's when he stopped messing up in the house. LOL. Seriously. He was "potty trained" when we got him but he definitely didn't act like it. We had a few years alone with Frank before we finally decided to look for another one. This time was different because we was on the hunt for a baby. 

I looked for what felt like months until one day I happened to run across sweet little Morty's face. I, deep down, really wanted a black pug so I messaged Nick right away to see what he was thinking. I sent a message about 10 mins later. I still remember the first time we went to meet him. I instantly fell in love and couldn't stop smiling. He was the run of the litter so he was so much smaller than his brothers. 

2 dogs is a challenge. I don't think that I was truly prepared for how much work it was going to be. I've never in my life had a little puppy to look after and Morty was giving me a run for my money. He's exactly 8 months old today! He has improved over the months with pottying inside but under our bed is a sore spot. I can't tell you how many times Nick has deep cleaned our carpets. No matter what though.. I love my little baby bat, lil vampire, little black bean. He has everyone in this house wrapped around his little paws. 

I've ordered some cool pet finds from Amazon recently and can't wait to review them and share. If you have favorite pet items please share! I'd love to have new recommendations.

These are more recent snaps but I might do a throwback post and share a LOT of good memories. 

A Decade Ago...

Friday, January 25, 2019

A decade ago... a curly headed, blonde eyed cutie was asking me out in a movie theater after we just watched Hotel For Dogs. I was so nervous but knew the obvious answer was YES. As we were leaving we ran right into my parents and younger sister. I was already embarrassed but not nearly as embarrassed when I saw my blue glitter chapstick all over Nick's lips. I could have died right there.  

Fast forward a few months and he's hanging out at my house almost every night and eventually staying over on the weekends. A lot of people didn't agree with how fast things moved with us.  I remember telling friends & even my Mother that he would be the boy I marry. I was 15 ya'll. 

I'm not sure where 10 years has gone but I do know that we are two totally different people than we were so many years ago. We've truly changed and shaped into people that I never pictured. Nick and I basically flipped - flopped when it came to social events. I am 10000% an Introvert. Him on the other hand.. he's a social frickin butterfly. I can only people for so long.. sorry ya'll. 

I will say though.. after many years of trying to make it "perfect". I think this year will finally be that year we just continue to grow and become strong in our marriage. Can we say.. #powercouple?? We have grown up, made mistakes & said sorry many times. Life definitely isn't always perfect. I really focused on myself and making myself come to terms with my faults. I am actively working on becoming a better wife. Nick has also made some changes that are really showing. It's nice to be able to come together and have a logical conversation without blowing it up or worse.. hurting someone's feelings. 

We are trying. Plain and simple. Why you may ask? I love that man. With everything inside of me. No matter what has happened he's always been my number one. He's always the one I want to run to. (Even when he doesn't want to hear it.. lol) He's just always been there. I'm a very interesting person, as you'll come to find out, and he handles all of my episodes pretty well. I can't imagine living in a life where Nick isn't my soulmate. 

Enjoy a throwback down memory lane.. I had to break out a flash drive for some of these pictures. You can definitely tell how long we've been together just by looking at the picture quality! 

Our first official photo together. 

My 16th Birthday that we spent at Myrtle Beach, SC. 

Graduation. May 2011. 

The best day of my life. I knew it all along. 

Very forced picture that Nick and I took on our Honeymoon in Gatlinburg.

Our first time ice skating together. This was from the beginning of last year. 

This was probably one of my most favorite trips. I would definitely say top 5. I plan to actually do a travel post about New Orleans. The history and culture there was so amazing. I can't wait to go back and explore even more. 

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