7 Ways to Make Your Monday Better

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Monday, dreary Monday! Ugh this weather. I don’t like to be one who talks about the weather, but it doesn’t stop raining in Houston. However, to be honest, I LOVE rainy weekend days when I have nowhere to be, and yesterday was one of those days. It was so nice just cozying up on my couch all day. Literally, all day. BUT now it’s Monday, and I’m not cozying up on my couch. In fact, this was an exceptionally early morning for me (oh, and I’m NOT a morning person). I moderated a blogger panel earlier which was really fun, and now I’m getting work done before I meet Monica and her sweet, adorable son for lunch. 

If you’re dragging this Monday (like me), this post might help you get through the day.  Because the thing is, Monday’s don’t have to suck. They really don’t. Even if you don’t go into your Monday ready to tackle the week, you can switch gears throughout the day to get you feeling the good vibes. 

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The Lineup // 3.3.17

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Happy weekend, guys! How is it already March, btw? Can’t get over it. Tonight I’m going to the Rodeo cook off! While I’m not the biggest fan of the rodeo itself, I am SUCH a fan of the cook off weekend. It’s always a great time, and I even napped today so I’m on my A-game tonight, ha! I’m going to be working a lot tomorrow, then I have happy hour later in the day with my friends and their baby (don’t worry – baby won’t be drinking!). I’m not sure what else I’m up to this weekend, but I’m happy just playing it by ear. It’s nice to savor those unplanned moments just as much as the planned ones, right? Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have an amazing weekend. Lots of good reads and finds below, enjoy! 

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What You Need to Get Excited to Meditate

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Meditation is quite the topic these days. I feel like every other article I read mentions meditation and the benefits of it. And for good reason! Personally, I’m a big fan of the practice.

I’ve mentioned meditation in previous posts of mine, but in talking to friends, I realized that some people simply can’t get into a good routine with it. And, trust me, I’m no expert. I don’t meditate daily (but my goal is to eventually be doing so!), but when I do, in fact, meditate, it makes a huge difference in my day.

What if you filled your home with things that will help you get excited to meditate (and by you I mean all of us, of course). Whether it’s a book, a candle, a certain pillow, if you have items you love that are specifically for when you meditate, it might be easier to include it in your routine, and, thus, do it more often.

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An Interview with Ashley Seippel, Owner of Ashley Nicole Style

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Sometimes in life, you’re dealt a card that isn’t what you would have necessarily chosen yourself. And sometimes it’s simply out of your control. However, oftentimes all it takes is a positive attitude, acceptance of the situation, and you can still live your very best life despite the circumstances. Of course, that may be easier said than done, but it’s absolutely possible.

Thirty-year-old Ashley Seippel, Owner of Ashley Nicole Style, knows this first hand. At only eight years old, she was diagnosed with a form of Arthritis. She’s experienced physical pain some can’t even imagine, and it’s something she deals with every single day of her life. But guess what? She didn’t let this stop her. In fact, her diagnosis has caused her to look at life in a way we should all be doing so. She firmly believes in living this one life we have to the very fullest, simply by taking it one day at a time.

Ashley owns a fashion, styling, and wardrobe consulting business, which she started three years ago when she moved to Houston. Soon after her move, she launched her lifestyle, travel, and fashion blog, also under the name Ashley Nicole Style. She’s a busy gal who is so extremely inspiring. Her hardships didn’t define her; they made her thrive. And today the latest issue of Arthritis Today comes out, and guess who is on the cover? Yep, Ashley Seippel. Pretty amazing, right?

Alright, let’s get to this interview, shall we? You’re going to love it.  

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10 Instagram Accounts You’ll Want to Follow Immediately

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When it comes to Instagram, there are certain accounts you simply love to follow. You know, the ones that make you want to scroll back to the start of their feed because it’s SO enjoyable to look at (but then you realize that’s borderline stalker-ish so you decide against it…maybe).

Keep on scrolling for 10 of the accounts I absolutely love to follow (in no particular order). A few you might already know about and others you might not, but all are most definitely worth a click on that ‘follow’ button! Enjoy…

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Why Unplanned Days Are Some of the Best Days

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Hi guys! In being totally honest, I had a different post planned for today, but as I was writing it, I realized I didn’t have as much to say on the topic as I thought, and writer’s block struck. However, in looking back at my weekend (which you might have seen if you follow along on Snapchat, and if you don’t you should!), I wanted to share some thoughts with you that stemmed from my Saturday.

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The Lineup // 2.24.17

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What a week it’s been! Short weeks always feel like the longest. I came back Monday night (on the worst flight ever, as evidenced on my Snapchat, albeit slightly dramatic, I admit) from the very best weekend up in Maryland with family. Tonight I’m heading to an early dinner with a couple girlfriends, and tomorrow it looks like I’ll be boating actually. Yep, in February – nuts! Supposed to be gorgeous, so we’ll see if it’s not too chilly. Tomorrow night we have dinner plans with friends of ours, and Sunday I tentatively have a photo shoot. Aside from all that, I’d like to get in a couple workouts and a lot of writing. This book is not going to write itself, and my deadline is creeping up! Another thing before I go – I wanted to thank you all so very much for your comments/messages/emails/texts/etc. on yesterday’s post. I was very hesitant putting it up, but I’m really glad I did. Looks like it resonated with lots of you, so for that I’m thrilled. Thank you, as always, for all your support. And, with that, any fun weekend plans on your end? I hope you have a great one whatever you’re up to! Enjoy lots of fun reads and finds below. xo Julie

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I Simply Don’t Know

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I don’t know if I want kids.

I briefly mentioned this in a post a while back when talking about ‘the norm,’ but I wanted to dive in a little deeper. I think it’s top of mind because literally everyone around me is talking babies, getting pregnant, or having babies. Now, don’t get me wrong – I love babies and kids…absolutely LOVE. Being an aunt is truly my favorite thing. However, I just don’t know if I want kids of my own. I simply don’t know. 

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An Interview with Meredith Staggers, Owner and Creative Director of Cake & Confetti

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You know those Instagram feeds that are simply, well, perfect? You don’t want the feed to end because every picture is beautiful and so well done? You know the ones I’m talking about! Well, today’s interviewee is actual Instagram goals, guys. Meredith Staggers, Owner and Creative Director of Cake & Confetti, is a girl boss if I ever saw one. She is a photo stylist, event consultant, and content creator, and, most recently, she’s expanded her business into helping others with their Instagram feed and to teach how to best utilize it. Aside from Meredith being insanely cool, creative, and inspiring, this girl View More: http://michelleablephotography.pass.us/cakeandconfettiworks HARD. She is the first one to say that she’s not an overnight success (in fact, she doesn’t even believe in said term). She went down many different roads, tried many different things, and even considered shutting down Cake & Confetti at one point. Well, good thing she didn’t, because her business is thriving, and it’s been so fun to follow along. Keep on reading for the story behind Cake & Confetti, her favorite shoots she’s ever done, her #1 piece of advice for a great Instagram feed, and MUCH more. Enjoy! 

How long has Cake & Confetti been around?

Technically 2013, but I went full-time at the beginning of 2015!

Why did you decide to start Cake & Confetti and what were you doing prior?

I started Cake & Confetti as a creative outlet after I fell in love with event planning during the whole wedding planning process. I was working full-time for an advertising agency, but I wanted something more creative to do on the side. Honestly, I never intended it to turn into a “real” job! The first couple years I planned and designed a dozen or so weddings and a lot of smaller celebrations like birthdays, baby showers, etc. But after one too many late nights spent crafting until 3am or assembling favors for a birthday party, I decided I no longer wanted to plan events.

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Yoga Moves You Can Do Anywhere to Help With Stress and Anxiety

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You don’t have to be a ‘yogi’ to realize the benefits the practice of yoga can bring to your everyday life. If you’ve done yoga before, you more than likely know that ‘yogi high’ you feel after a practice. It’s a feeling I wish could be bottled up for all to experience. And the good news is you can bring yoga into your home whenever you like.

My friend and life coach, Rachel Tenenbaum, who you’ve seen on the blog before (she also led my birthday yoga class!), is here today to talk about easy yoga moves you can do anywhere, with no fancy equipment, that help with stress and anxiety. 

Whether or not you practice yoga, and whether or not you are a beginner or extremely advanced, these poses anyone can do, anywhere. So, keep on reading to find out what they are. Take it away, Rach!

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