Hey guys – so I took a hiatus from the blog so that I could focus on some bigger, life-changing goals earlier this year. I hosted my FIRST conference in April in my new hometown of Raleigh, NC. Now that I’ve had some time to recover, I am bringing the blog back. I love having this space to share travel, home décor, and general life stuff with friends, family, and internet friends. This blog is for life’s extra’s that bring me happiness and allow me to live my “best life” as a woman, wife, and small business owner. I will…

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On my last Instagram post, you guys said that you wanted to know both the design inspiration behind the rooms in our new house and also where I purchased things! So while I’m not ready to share the room by room breakdown quite yet, I am going to share a sneak peek of some of my favorite new things for all of the last minute holiday shoppers. These are all things that I own and I 100% love, otherwise, I wouldn’t be sharing them here!       Holiday Gift Guide For What I’m Loving Lately   1. Amazing Cashmere…

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When I was in high school, I used to have hair & makeup dates with my friends. They would come to my parent’s house before they had a date with their boyfriend, and I’d do their hair and makeup for them. I’ll never forget when I gave my friend Holly a Marilyn Monroe look with gorgeous red lips, sultry eye makeup, and curls for her short hair. I was also the hair & makeup pro for my little sister before all of her proms and the holidays. I remember one time on Christmas Day, I walked into her room and…

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The week of Thanksgiving is always a special time of year to me, but not for the reasons you may think. Two years ago, the Wed before Thanksgiving was my final day of my corporate job. You would think that I would have been elated, but on my last day, I was called down to HR and interrogated about the work bully situation that I had discussed (again) during my exit interview. Once more, I was brought to tears, and all that I wanted to do was to finally leave so that I could work on becoming myself again, but…

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If there is one thing I have learned about social media, it is that there is always a backstory to a photo. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” still holds true in today’s digital world. Moving to Raleigh is a really big deal for Mike and I because it is a goal that we set three years ago in 2014. We were visiting my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas when we completely fell in love with the south-east. We loved the 60-degree weather, the culture and people, and the up and coming city with so much to…

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I often times find myself referencing the book “True North” by Bill George to remind of my journey to authentic leadership. Depending on what I am experiencing, I find myself re-reading chapters and stories of others in order to do the internal work that I need to do in order to show up as a values driven authentic leader. I try my best to show up every day and lead with heart, but sometimes it’s easy to be derailed, especially with the pressure of social media at the forefront of everything that I do. I thought about the pressures of…

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