The Lineup // 1.20.17

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It has been a rainy mess here in Houston this week, but it’s looking up for the weekend! On Wednesday, a lot of the streets were flooded, so I worked from my bed for the first part of the day, which was basically heaven. Then I went out to an appointment, and the roads were awful, so I came right back home after. It wasn’t the most productive of days, but it sure was enjoyable!

In terms of the weekend, it’s my MIL’s 60th, so we have a luncheon/party and a dinner to celebrate! As well, I have a girls night out happening tonight, so follow along on Snapchat, as I’m sure we’ll be up to no good (username: jlb4567). Otherwise, laying pretty low and finishing my closet clean out. I went through all my hanging clothes, now it’s onto drawers, shoes, and accessories!

In other news, I decided I’m putting a kibosh on weekday plans as of this coming Wednesday until my book is done. As much as I love going out for drinks and such during the week, doing that on top of my regular work and this book deadline, I have no time for me/to work out/to breathe. Don’t worry, I’ll still be drinking wine – just won’t be going OUT for wine during the week, if you were concerned.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and enjoy some of my favorite reads and finds from the week below! xo Julie

Try letting go of how you think things should be, and accept what is. 

I started writing gratitude lists last year, and the days I don’t do it I can actually tell a difference in my mood. 

A tiny house with lots of charm.

Female Instagram artists to follow right away! 

My friend got me this bracelet for my birthday last week, and I only take it off to sleep now. I absolutely love what it stands for.

Some home remedies you might not know about. 

Have you ever seen someone look more chic doing yoga?!! ADORE these photos of Monica

Love Caroline’s simple outfit here; I’d live in it. 

Need these boots in my life. 

Sometimes it’s best to just let things go

On the blog this week: How to Get Rid of Negativity Forever / An Interview with Rachel Mackles, Co-Founder and Partner of Matchstick Social / 5 Apps You Need to Download Immediately / Cheers to 31

See previous lineups here

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How to Get Rid of Negativity Forever

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How to Get Rid of Negativity Forever

During our lifetime, we are bound to be surrounded by negativity at one point or another, and sometimes more often than not. Whether it’s a friend of yours who can’t ever see the glass as half full or maybe it’s just a way of thinking you simply can’t push away, and you’re accustomed to always going to the negative before thinking about anything else. Whatever the case may be, negativity is out there, and it can rear its ugly head into our lives more than we’d like it to. However, what if I told you that you can get rid of negativity forever? What if I told you all it takes is a shift in your mindset and a little work on your part? Because, guess what? You have complete control over the negativity that enters and surrounds your life. Yes, really.

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An Interview with Rachel Mackles, Partner and Co-Founder of Matchstick Social

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Sometimes in life you have to just go for it. There may never be a ‘right time’ to take that leap, but sometimes you just gotta do it and dive in head first. Rachel Mackles, 29, started a company with her business partner 3 and a half years ago, and it started quickly, IMG_3669gained momentum, and has become very successful in its industry. Matchstick Social is a social marketing and advertising firm based in Charleston with a second office in Oklahoma City. At a time when some go through a quarter life crisis, Rachel was busy starting a business. It required hard work, long hours, and passion. I love this interview and found it extremely inspiring (I also might have a soft spot for it because Rachel’s brother was my high school love! #cute). So, keep on reading for how Rachel realized what she wanted to do, what she loves most about her job, advice she’d give to someone starting their own business, and much more.

When did you start Matchstick Social and what inspired you to do so?

As with many good things in life, creating Matchstick Social came suddenly and evolved quickly. Sheryl Sandberg’s quote from Lean In comes to mind: “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.” In the early summer of 2013, my now business partner, Amber, called me from to join forces and it took about 15 seconds for me to agree. Within a few weeks, we were working 12 hour days from my kitchen, and a month or so later we opened the Matchstick Social office in the heart of downtown Charleston.

Both of my parents are business owners, so I witnessed what it takes to be successful in small business. Their entrepreneurial mindset was instilled in me from a very young age and showed me the value of work ethic, discipline and leadership.

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5 Apps You Need to Download Immediately

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I’m on my phone all the time. I know it’s not necessarily a good thing, but the truth is I use it for a lot more than just texting and social media. There are apps on my phone that help me throughout my day, help me stay sane, and some are simply fun to use. So, I’m going to jump right into it and tell you the apps you need to download immediately, if not sooner.

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Cheers to 31

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My 31st birthday was on Saturday, and it was a really, really great day.

The day began at Joy Yoga (my favorite yoga studio in Houston) with a bunch of my friends. I wanted to somehow incorporate giving back with this birthday so I decided I wanted to give back to one of my favorite organizations (Covenant House Texas) and I wanted to do so through yoga with my girlfriends. Joy Yoga was kind enough to allow us to use one of their studios at the Voss location, and my sweet friend/life coach/favorite yoga instructor Rachel Tenenbaum led 24 of us through a really special (and fun!) practice. It was a mix of girls who had never done yoga before, hadn’t done yoga in years, had done yoga but hadn’t really liked it, and some who do it all the time. Turns out, everyone seemed to love it! In lieu of gifts, I asked those who would like, to please donate to CHT, and 100% of the donations are being delivered to CHT this week. I’m SO grateful for all the donations, and I know CHT will be, as well. 

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The Lineup // 1.13.17

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This week flew by, which I’m certainly not complaining about. For some reason, my anxiety has really been acting up lately, and this week I was feeling a bit off in that regard. And when my anxiety is higher than normal, it makes me SO exhausted.  I actually took a nap yesterday afternoon, which I hadn’t done in a while, but it was very necessary. And sometimes you just gotta take a little break. And so I did. However, I’m looking very forward to the weekend! It couldn’t have come at a better time. I hope you all have the very best weekend whatever you’re up to, and check out my favorite reads and finds from the week below. Enjoy! xo Julie

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My Updated Skincare Routine

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Lately I’ve been getting a lot of comments on my skin. This is not to gloat or brag, by any means, as I do believe my skin is FAR from perfect (you should see it when it’s THAT time of the month AND I have bit of a wrinkle situation happening on my forehead #needbotox), but I wanted to share what I’ve been doing in case you’re in the market for some new skincare products. While I do believe part of the reason my skin has been looking so clear is because my foundation is the cat’s pajamas (NARS Sheer Glow), I also think it has a lot to do with my skincare routine. I try to take very good care of my skin, and no matter how tired I am, I always take my makeup off and use my products. Below you’ll find what I’m currently using on my face, and I’d love to hear if you have any great skincare recommendations, too!

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An Interview with Henry Richardson

An Interview with Henry Richardson, Founder and CEO of DEFINE Body & Mind

An Interview with Henry Richardson

If you have a full time job, you’re working the majority of the hours that you’re awake. Thus, to be able to work in not only anHenry Richardson_DEFINE body & mind industry, but in a role, that you are so extremely passionate about, THAT is what it’s all about. Enter: Henry Richardson, Founder and CEO of DEFINE body & mind. Henry has been interested in wellness and fitness for as long as he can remember, and his passion and hard work has led him to opening 16 studios, with 5 (!!) on the way. For those of you unfamiliar with DEFINE, it is a fitness studio that offers barre, indoor cycling, yoga, trampoline (and the latest a la DEFINE living – meditation) classes. Here in Houston, it’s one of the most popular and well known fitness studios around, and for very good reason. Henry has hired an incredible team, who truly LOVES what they do. Keep on reading for how Henry got started, why meditation is so important to him, what a day in his life looks like (spoiler alert – he’s busy!), advice for those looking to get in shape, and much more. 

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20 Healthy Snacks You’ll Actually WANT to Eat

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I’m a self proclaimed snack-aholic, folks. Since I mostly work from home, I find myself snacking probably more often than I should or would if I were in an office setting all day everyday. When I can just walk downstairs to the kitchen when I need a little break, it makes things all too easy to nosh. Since this is the case, it’a good for me to always have healthy (yet still GOOD) snacks on hand at all times. And not JUST the individual items, but the combinations of the snacks together. Below you’ll find 20 healthy (a few are more on the side of healthy-ish, but everything in moderation, am I right?!) and delicious afternoon snack ideas (most of which I’ve made/tried, but a few I haven’t yet, but plan to soon!). Now, I don’t always have each of these items in my house at all times, but I do try to have at least a few on hand every week. Now, what’s your go to afternoon snack? Would love to hear in the comments below!

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Is it Actionable? Why Worrying About Things Out of Your Control is Useless

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Let me ask you something. And I want you to really think about this.

If something is completely out of your control, and I mean 100% out of your control, as in there’s nothing you can do to change said situation no matter how hard you try, why might you still be worrying about it or stressing over it? 

I get it. In my own life, I can think of plenty of times where I don’t have control over something or someone, yet I ruminate over it for hours or days or weeks on end. You’re not alone in this; it happens to all of us. However, just think – how much less anxiety ridden and stress filled would your life be if you only spent your time and energy thinking about things that were IN your control?

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