Lessons Learned from Gossip Girl

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For the past many weeks I’ve been re watching every episode from every season of Gossip Girl. I think I’ve done this once before, but it’s definitely been a while. And, really, this show is simply the best. From the relationships to the fights to the drama to the love, it’s a good one, and I’m still debating whether I like Chuck or Nate better. Chuck has that sexy bad guy vibe while Nate is, well, perfect. 

However, we’re not here today to talk about Nate and Chuck because Dorota is really the shining star of the series, if we’re being honest; we’re here to talk about lessons learned from this ever so fabulous show. One might not think there are actually lessons to be learned from a ‘silly’ show like this one. Oh, but you’re wrong, my friends. There are plenty. So, let’s get into it. xoxo, Julie Lauren (get it?)

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The Lineup // 2.10.17

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Well, this week flew by quicker than anything! I was in Dallas for a couple days, and when I came back it was nonstop. This weekend I don’t have too much going on – a dinner, a brunch, and possibly stopping by a music/food festival on Saturday for a bit. Otherwise, I’m going to be getting a lot of work/writing done (or at least that’s the aim). I’ve also been re watching Gossip Girl and I just LOVE this show. Anyone seeing ’50 Shades Darker’ this weekend? I’m SO excited to see it. I’ll probably wait until it comes out on Netflix or something, but I’m definitely excited for it. Anywho, below you’ll find some great links and things I’ve been loving. Enjoy and have an awesome weekend! xo Julie

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Blackjack

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The other day an old friend said something to me that really resonated. 

The cards might be stacked against me, but at the end of the day I’m hitting Blackjack.

I seriously fucking love that quote. 

It encompasses a few different things that I feel very strongly about. 

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An Interview with Nicole Graham, Coach/Ambassador for Amanda Russell and Owner of The Garden Hen

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One of the biggest challenges it seems women face is the struggle with their weight. I feel like it’s a constant conversation and oftentimes an uphill battle. It goes well beyond the ‘vanity’ aspect. When one is comfortable and truly happy in their own skin, their confidence radiates and the energy around them is palpable. The thing is, we’re not all blessed with genetics that allow us to eat whatever we want and stay the same weight our entire lives. For those of us (most of us) who feel they are always struggling with their weight, this interview today I can guarantee you’ll love.

Nicole Graham, Coach/Ambassador for Amanda Russell and Owner of The Garden Hen, is a mom of 3 and a busy business owner, who was simply unhappy in her skin. So, she made a change. A big change. An 80+ pound change. She did everything from home (literally never went to a gym once), and is now coaching women along their weight loss journey. Her story is extremely inspiring, so the interview is going to start a bit differently…she’s going to share her story and then we’ll get into the questions. Keep on reading for how she lost her weight, her advice to others in a similar boat, what inspires her, and much more. 

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Exuberant Joy and Why We All Deserve It

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This past weekend, I was out for lunch with my friend and we got on the topic of happiness and exuberant joy. 

I truly feel we all deserve absolute happiness and exuberant joy in our lives, no matter what. I don’t care who you are or where you come from, you deserve it, and you should never let anyone tell you otherwise. 

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Avoidance and Why It’s Not a Good Thing

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We all know life is a combination of ups and downs, and that’s what makes it exciting (and certainly never dull!). And with those downs might come situations that really, well,  just kind of suck. While the easiest thing to do would be to simply avoid the situation all together, maybe ‘push it under the rug,’ and just kind of move on, that’s not necessarily the best thing to do.

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The Lineup // 2.3.17

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It’s the big weekend here in Houston! You can feel the excitement in the air around the city for the upcoming Super Bowl! Personally, I’m trying to avoid most of the craziness over the next few days, but it’s certainly exciting, nonetheless. Aside from some dinner and lunch plans this weekend, I’m going to likely hunker down and get a lot of work done. I’m heading to Dallas next week for a quick work trip, and that’s all I got for ya right now, folks. Enjoy my favorite reads and finds from the week below, and have a great weekend! xo Julie

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On Change

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It’s not often I take on contributors or put up guest posts. In fact, I think I have maybe once in the over 5 years I’ve had this blog. However, when I read Beth’s post, I knew it was something I wanted to share with my readers. Beth Levine is a corporate gal by day, who also owns her own yoga accessories company, and a freelance lifestyle writer by night (she contributes to Houstonia, Local Magazine, and My Red Glasses). She most recently went through a very big (and rather difficult) life change. However, she hasn’t let it define her. In fact, she pushed through, and she truly is turning her ‘mess into her message.’ The thing with change is that it can be a great thing or it can be a horrible thing, depending on how you look at it. Keep on reading as Beth shares her own thoughts on change, as well as thoughts from others in her life. Take it away Beth!

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An Interview with Kristen Kassab, Director of Influencer Development at rewardStyle

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It’s been so exciting to see how much blogging has changed over the years. It has become a thriving industry, and these ladies and gentlemen aren’t just bloggers anymore; they’re influencers, all over the globe. When it comes to monetizing a blog, one of the main ways to do so is through affiliate links. One of the largest and most well-known companies out there for monetizing your site is none other than rewardStyle. Founded in 2011, rS is an invitation-only end-to-end content monetization platform for top-tier digital style influencers and brands around the world. And one of the gals behind this incredible company is Kristen Kassab, who is theKristen_rewardStyle Directer of Influencer Development. She leads the team that works directly with rewardStyle Influencers every day to help them grow their earnings and brands. No two days are exactly the same for Kristen, and every day poses new and exciting challenges. Keep on reading for what she loves most about her job, her advice for new bloggers, tips on working with brands, and much more. 

 

How long have you been working at rewardStyle and what were you doing prior?

I just celebrated my 4 year anniversary as part of the rewardStyle family. Prior to rewardStyle, I worked for a venture capitalist who had recently started two early stage start-ups in the digital marketing space. After two years, our CEO decided to move on to his next venture and I found myself interviewing at rewardStyle!

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The Importance of Checking in With Yourself

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Let me ask you something. When’s the last time you checked in with yourself to see how you were really, truly doing? 

It can be very easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of life that we can lose ourselves in the thick of it. We’ll make time for our friends and family, which is, of course, so important, but oftentimes our own needs get pushed aside. 

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