An Interview with Beth Levine, a Jill of All Trades

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After illness and mourning the loss of a loved one, I’d venture to say divorce would go up there as one of the hardest things one would go through in their life time. While I can’t speak to divorce from personal experience, from those I know who have gone through the dissolution of a marriage, it’s never easy. However, it’s truly inspiring when one rises above it and makes the very best of the situation.

Enter: Beth Levine. Beth is an Executive Assistant by day and a blogger and yoga accessories business owner by night. Basically, she’s a ‘Jill of all trades.’ But, not only that. Beth very recently went through a traumatic divorce, but rather than dwell on it, she has taken the high road. She’s truly turning her mess (and according to Beth, it was a big, big mess) into a meaningful message. And, that, my friend, is what life is all about.Beth Levine

Life isn’t always going to go your way, and sadly, unfortunate things might happen, but, as we spoke about last week, it’s how you handle the situation and how you take control of your life and your happiness. In today’s interview, Beth is opening up about her divorce, the aftermath, and what she’s doing now, in the hopes of helping others who go through something similar. Whether you’re single, dating, married, or divorced, I think you’re going to really enjoy this one. Keep on reading!

Earlier this year, you went through a massive life change, a divorce with your now ex-husband and partner. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

Yes, earlier this year I divorced my husband. Towards the end of 2016, I filed and decreed in the span of barely 3 weeks (yep that fast), after uncovering a myriad of infidelities, among other things on the ex’s part. It was and still is a public divorce, given his occupation (he was a foreign touring sound engineer, now working locally for some prominent venues), my writing for various publications locally and nationally, immigration allegations, and that the case involved several close friends, family members, co-workers and many acquaintances in the states and overseas (it’s been a running joke that we need an NCIS who’s who chart to keep track of everything).

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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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