7 Days of Things I Love

Hi everyone!

I want to introduce to you a new series I want to start on this blog. The 7 day series. I want to do blog posts about cool topics in a span of 7 days. A few examples I was thinking are “7 Days of things I love“, “7 days of Random Act of Kindness“, “7 days of Christmas”. I think that I could really build on this series. If you have any ideas please shoot them in a comment below.

Now with out further ado here are my 7 Days of Things I Love.

Day 1

Our new apartment

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Colton and I have moved to the big city! I am absolutely in love with the city life. I love how close we are to anything and everything. Run out of toilet paper? Two blocks down from us is a grocery store. Want a vanilla latte? Starbucks is a 5 minute walk. We don’t have to drive 15 minutes to get to a grocery store anymore! lol The opportunities here are endless and the people that I have met are amazing.

Day 2 

Opal


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Miss Opal. I have never experienced such loyalty and unconditional love until I got Opal. I got her for myself last October as a birthday present. Since I got her for my birthday present I thought it was only fitting if I named her after my birthstone, Opal. She has been such an amazing best friend. She has her own way of doing things and you can definitely tell that she is an only child. Even though she can be a brat and demolish the TV remote, I couldn’t imagine life without her.

Day 3 

I’M 21!

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Woohoo! On October 23rd I officially became legal! My actual birthday was on a Wednesday, which is kind of a bummer. Even though it was a Wednesday I was not going to let that ruin my fun! Colton and I went to Matt the Miller’s Tavern and I got my first legal Patron margarita at 2 o’clock in the afternoon! LOL I was done after that and waited until the weekend to party hardy. My birthday weekend was amazing. Some awesome cosmetology friends and I went out downtown which was a blast. Then on Saturday my dad and I won the Halloween contest at Red Roof Bar as Forest Gump & Jenny. Such a great weekend with friends and family. I haven’t drank again after that weekend…

Day 4

Radiate Love Jewelry

 

My new bracelet business has been awesome! Check out my last post to learn more of the details. I really have been enjoying creating these for you all! I have had customers from California to Georgia which has been so amazing. I’m spreading the love all over the country and it’s so humbling that random people want to buy my creations. Thank you so much to all of you that have bought from me! I appreciate you all. I wanted to mention that I do have a coupon code going on right now. If you use code GOBBLE20 at checkout you’ll receive 20% off two or more bracelets. Check my latest post or my Etsy Page 🙂  Also follow me on Instagram because I’ll be having Black Friday deals!!

Day 5

Cosmetology School

 

I have been loving cosmetology school! I am going to Aveda Fredric’s Institute and it has been really good to me. I really love what Aveda has to offer and want they stand for. All of their products are at least 75% organic and come from plants. Aveda is one of the best cosmetology schools in Indiana and I am really proud to be learning at this institute. I will be going on the floor and taking clients on December 4th! If you want to get your hair done by me and experience the Aveda rituals message me and we can set something up!

Day 6

Colton *insert heart eye emoji*

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Colton has been such a blessing and I am so grateful that we found each other! He has had an amazing finish to this year with riding dirt bikes. We even have a wall dedicated to all of Coltons plaques. At Iron Man this year he got 1st in his class and 5th overall in the morning race which is INSANE and something to be so proud of. There are more than 900 riders in that race! I’m so proud of all that you’ve done and the amazing accomplishments that you’re going to achieve in the near future. Keep kickin’ ass #702

Day 7 

CHRISTMAS

 

 

 

Christmas is in the air! As you can see Santa is already in the mall. I have already decorated my apartment with all our Christmas stuff. Also, I am listening to Michael Buble “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and making gingerbread cookies at the moment. I believe I was a Elf in my past life because I could celebrate Christmas all year long! And all you Grinch’s remember that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!

xoxo

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Hey Y’all !

It’s been a minute.. life happened. I was busy and blogging was not a priority. It’s a hobby I really enjoy and I’m happy to be back! So, today I wanted to introduce you all to another really cool hobby of mine!

I am really excited to tell you guys that I have started a handmade jewelry business!

Radiate Love Jewelry

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This is something I have been working on for a couple months now! I really enjoy making these and wanted to share the love with you all!

I make 100% pure grade A  healing crystal bracelets! If you don’t quite know what healing crystals are I am going to insert a piece of Energy Muse’s blog that explains it very well. ” For thousands of years, ancient civilizations have utilized the power of crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages, thus facilitating the free flow of throughout the body. On a cellular level, our bodies and quartz crystal are both made up of mineral silicon-dioxide. Because of this, we are naturally receptive to the vibrations of crystals as they transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy. When crystals are placed directly on your body, they have a powerful vibratory effect that surges from the crystal to you. According to the law of physics, thoughts direct energy and energy follows thought. Each of our crystal energy pieces serve as a tool to help the thoughts of our consciousness connect with our body.” (Energy Muse)

Everything on this Earth is made up of energy. This computer is energy, your phone is energy, you are energy, we all are energy. When we align our high vibration energies with the crystals energy you can manifest many things into your life.

Even if you don’t fully believe in the energy thing that is okay! You can still wear these super cute bracelets without putting any meaning behind them.

Since I am really into the energies of these crystals I use them to bring things into my life! I usually mediate with my bracelets on to align my energy with the crystals. For example say I need more love in my life. I would meditate with a Rose Quartz or Rhodonite bracelet. Both of these bracelets open the heart chakra and bring love into your life. Not only romance but self love also.

 

Like I said you don’t have to meditate with them or actually believe in their energies. You can just choose to support a really cool gal with her new hobby!

Here are some of my bracelets that I’ve made so far!

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I started this new business because I couldn’t find affordable and fashionable pure crystal bracelets.  Then I started making them for friends and family. After that I decided to start an Instagram page to take orders. Follow me @RadiateLoveJewelry !!! Once I started taking orders on Instagram I decided to make it easier on everyone and set up a real business website. So here we are!

I have been working on my Etsy page for a few days now and I will be continuously posting new bracelets. If you guys have any questions or want to place a custom order feel free to message me on my Instagram or Etsy page!

Click here to check out my Etsy shop or click the link below:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RadiateLoveJewelry?ref=search_shop_redirect 

Since you guys are awesome and read my blog all the way to the end, I am going to give you all a discount code! Use code THANKYOU111 at checkout for 20% off two or more bracelets! Ends October 31st

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Thanks for reading,

xoxo

Radiate some love today

Treat Yo’ Self

Hi guys!

I am writing to you today to spread the word on treating yourself.

I have been treating myself lately and it has made me feel like a new women. No, I’m not treating myself with $1,000 purses and shoes..lol I wish. I am treating myself in other ways and I want to share with you all. Treating yourself will not only make you feel good about yourself, it will boost your mood so that you can be the best #GirlBoss version of yourself that you can be!

 

Before I start I’m sure you’re thinking

I don’t deserve it

and/or

I don’t have any money

 

I am going to give you a list of reasons why you in fact do deserve to treat yourself and we’ll get to the money part later.

Here are some very sensational reasons to go out and treat yourself today

  • You got out of bed this morning
  • You’ve got a nice booty
  • You get up and go to work
  • You’ll feel better about yourself
  • Life is too short not to
  • You’re reading my blog and I’m telling you to do so
  • It will relieve stress
  • You really do deserve it

I’ve been treating myself lately because I have been VERY busy and working my bootay off! I have been working a morning job from 7am-4:30pm and then a night job from 5:30pm-9pm. I know I’m crazy but, I am determined to have a flourishing savings account by the end of the summer. I’ve been working this much to save up money because once I start at AVEDA at the end of August I will only be working on the weekends. Therefore I’m hustling right now so that I can start my awesome new adventure in the fall.

Some things I have been doing to reward myself for all of the effort I’ve been putting out are getting my nails done and eyelash extensions! Those two things do cost some money, but I know that I am totally worth it. I feel so much more confident and put together afterwards. Treating myself to these things makes the early mornings and late nights totally worth it.

 

I’ve also been doing some things that are completely FREE to treat myself! Things such as reading a book, meditating, doing yoga, taking some time to watch my favorite show on TV, relaxing in the hammock, making a smoothie and sitting outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, or writing a blog post. There are a lot of things that I have starting doing to treat myself on a daily basis that don’t cost any money at all.

I find that treating myself to even something small like a coffee from my favorite little coffee shop makes me happier. Not only does doing these things make your day better it also makes you feel better on the inside. For all the hard work that you do day-to-day you deserve a reward. Try to take some time today to kick your feet up and relax for a bit. Maybe go out with the girls for a mani date or have a glass of wine at home. Do something today that will make you feel good about yourself because you undeniably deserve to treat yo’ self.

xoxo

Is social media ruining your life? 

Hi guys! 

So I always tend to write these posts right after something inspiring happens to me. That’s why they are not always consistent… BUT, I do want to get on a posting schedule. Maybe a once a week? Any suggestions on topics? 

Anyways, I was sitting at Starbucks on Mass Ave the other day. Mass Ave is very busy so there is always a ton of people getting their daily caffeine kick. As I was sitting there enjoying my day I look up at my surroundings and see everyone being super antisocial. We all were being brainwashed by our phones!

  

As you can see from the picture above that everyone has their face in their phone, so do I. Who knows what everyone else was looking at.  I was browsing social media instead of enjoying my surroundings. While sitting there I had to question myself as to why these tiny little pieces of metal are controlling our lives.

 I was carelessly scrolling through my Instagram feed. Comparing myself to the models with perfectly toned bodies and beautifully clear skin. Getting jealous of the girls who post pictures of themselves at the cutest coffee shop. Obsessing over how many likes I get and if I should take down my last selfie or not. Putting myself down because I’m not as skinny as that girl, my butt isn’t as big as this girl, and I’m not on a beautiful tropical island like her. 

I think we all do this in some way or another. 

The thing is our lives are not as glamorous as we portray them to be on Instagram. 

Taking a million selfies, choosing the one that you think will get the most likes, finding the perfect filter to make you look more tan, then contemplating the most clever caption to WOW all your followers. 

When you are with your friends and trying to take that effortless laughing pic. You all fake laugh for a few seconds then hurry up check the pic and if it’s not good enough you fake laugh some more. Then you send the same picture to all your friends in a group message and they post the same picture on their own Instagram with a different filter. 

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We are all guilty of this! 

Sometimes we try way to hard to impress our followers. Trying to get the perfect picture that goes with your page theme. Most of the time we miss out on awesome moments in life because all our focus is on what people are doing on Snapchat and Twitter and Facebook.Millennials have grown up with social media and it’s pretty much a part of our DNA. We’ve been around since MySpace was cool and  all we were stressing about was which song you were gonna put on your profile. We scroll through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Pinterest… without putting any thought into how much time we are spending on social media. 

 

I’m not saying throw away your phone and live like the Amish. Lol. Just maybe we could set our phones down at dinner and just invest our time in the people you love. There will be a million photo ops throughout your life. So don’t miss some quality time for some stupid Instagram post. 

After my little Starbucks realization, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m gonna forget about always taking pictures everywhere I go. I’m going to start leaving my phone in my purse and just take in the moment. You’ll never get that one moment back so maybe the pics can wait. 
Xoxo 

The “Honeymoon Stage”

You know the first 2-3 months of a relationship where you are using the heart eye emoji every single text you send?

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You feel so in love that you can’t seem to stay away from each other. Then after about 6 months of being with each other all the lovey dovey affection seems to fade away. I’ve come to find it is a normal phase in relationships.

I was talking to one of my friends the other day. Her boyfriend brought her a coffee to work unexpectedly. I started to tell her how sweet that was and she replied with “yea we are still in the honeymoon stage”. She acted as if these small acts of kindness were
only going to last a short period of time. This conversation really sparked something inside of me. I started to ponder on the thought as to why we only have a honeymoon stage and not a life long honeymoon love.

Maybe it’s because we feel that we need to impress our significant other? Then once we start feeling more comfortable around them then we let go of trying. Or maybe its because we lost some interest in them and there is not a real spark there. Or maybe it is just the new norm and as couples we don’t feel that we need to try that hard anymore.

It is something that I have experienced in my past relationships and they’ve all gone down hill from there. (Thank gosh because they were D-bags)

I know that with time we do get closer as a couple and do feel more comfortable together. Comfort doesn’t mean it is okay to let go. We can’t let go of that fire inside. I believe that we should keep it going for the entirety of the relationship!

Keep surprising each other with gifts! You could spend as little at $5 and put a smile on their face.

Keep going out on date night! Even if it is just a Taco Bell date, it’s the thought that counts.

Keep spending time together! Making an effort to spend even a half hour talking about each others day can make a huge impact.

Maybe this is your sign to start making a little bit more of an effort in your relationship. Spice things up. Go places you’ve never gone. Do things you would never do. Try new foods. Do something together that is out of your comfort zone. You could potentially find something new that you both enjoy. Life is way to short to be stuck doing the same old same old. Why not try to live life to its fullest and happiest potential why we are all here?

I think that us couples should make the intention of never falling into the comfort trap. Continue to remind each other why you fell in love in the first place. Make each other feel the love until the end. I think I can speak for us all here. Wanting to feel those little butterflies in your stomach when we’re 80 years old.

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I want a honeymoon love, not a honeymoon stage.

xoxo

Be more grateful.

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Today I had an instant spark of inspiration that drew me to write this blog. On the topic of being more grateful.

The inspiration behind this was watching my (soon to be father-in-law? …waiting on the ring..lol ) aka boyfriends father work on the top of the roof of our soon to be house, I felt immense gratitude for him. He was working in the hot summer sun, not complaining about a thing. Not his fatigue, not the pesky gnats, and not even the 90 degree weather. He was a content as could be on top of that roof and did I mention he is battling Leukemia!(kicking Leukemia in  the ass) Watching him so gracefully take on life not grieving or groaning about a thing. Watching him made me reevaluate my whole mind set. I felt ashamed to be upset about minuscule things, such as not having any almond milk for my morning smoothie. I am beyond blessed in my life. I have an abundance of love, health, and wealth at my finger tips and I was taking it all for granted.

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This is him being a cancer kickin’ bad ass on top of the roof

 

With all the negativity that is shown through the media around the world and also in our personal life it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes it is hard to focus on good vs the bad. But, if you start noticing the small things to be grateful for you will then start seeing the bigger things.

 

We have so many small things to be grateful for in our day to day lives. Things such as electricity, running water, and food on our table. Can you recall a time when the electricity goes off for a couple hours during a storm and you were upset because you could not use the microwave? Well, what if you did not have access to electricity at all. Be thankful for the everyday amenities that you do have because we take things like this for granted to often.

If you are still being stubborn and convincing yourself you have nothing to be grateful for, I made you a bullet point list:

 

  • Beautiful summer weather
  • Health
  • Friends & Family & puppies
  • Chocolate
  • The freakin’ air you breathe!
  • Internet 
  • The roof over your head
  • Sunsets 
  • Coffee
  • Flowers
  • Dirt bikes

 

Take some time today and be grateful for a few things. Just be grateful for something! Anything! Stop taking life for granted and just say thank you for all that you have and what is to come.

 

When I watched my boyfriend’s father work on the roof for just a few moments I had to hold back tears. I wanted to savor the moment and take it with me. A moment of pure gratitude. Him battling something so horrendous yet working hard so that Colton and I could move into that house. And oh how grateful I am for him, for both of Colton’s parents as a matter of fact.

 

That moment really brought me back to reality. It showed me that I need to be more grateful for everything I do have. I wanted to share this with all of you so that it could shine some light on the blessings that we are given every day.

 

Be more grateful today and radiate love.

It’s okay to be a college drop out

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Being 20 something and a college dropout is tough. But, I am here to tell you that it’s gonna be alright.

 

I am not trying to persuade you to drop out. I just want to tell my story about why I did and why it is okay to be a college dropout and still be a very successful happy person.

 

So, I had just made the decision to drop out of college after being miserable for two years.

Freshmen year I was really excited to go to college because it was something new and I was going to be on my own! I chose a college that I wasn’t to happy to be at because of a STUPID boy… that story is for a whole other post. After about two months of it I really didn’t think that it was for me. I was going home every weekend, not making very many friends, and just not feeling right about it. On top of not enjoying the social aspect of college I could not declare a major if my life depended on it. I started off as a nursing major which was not for me. I proceeded to change my major 3 other times in the business field and ended up as a marketing major.

Here are some reasons I changed my major:

  1. My parents told me I should go into something even though deep down I was not interested at all. If your parents want you to be a doctor but your passion is art, listen to your heart and do what feels right. Your parents just want the best life for you but they can’t make all of your decisions.
  2. My advisor sucked. My advisor didn’t help me with my decision what so ever. She couldn’t even remember my name. At the time I didn’t know this, but you can change your college advisor or counselor to someone who actually cares about your future.
  3. I was 18 years old. How can you expect an 18 year old to chose their life path when they don’t even know what they are having for dinner?!

Sophomore year came around and I was even more miserable… I hated the classes I was taking, hated how much money I was spending on tuition, and hated wasting my time on something that was not bringing me any joy. After a long and treacherous two semesters I had to make the executive decision to stay or to go. A lot of thought and emotion was put into the decision to drop.

A few reasons why I dropped out of college:

  • I never had any time to actually find myself. I was never given the opportunity to really look into what kind of passions I had or what gave me the drive to wake up every morning.
  • I did not want to be part of the vicious cycle. There is a cycle that my family and most of society is a part of. The cycle is graduate high school (which I think is very important), go straight to college *eye roll emoji*, get a prestigious job title, get married, have kids, and then teach your kids to do the same.
  • I never had any fun. I was ALWAYS stressed out about getting homework done and getting good grades and keeping my GPA up and being the best student I could be. I was not able to let go of that stress and feel any type of relaxation!
  • I was spending BUTT-LOADS of money. I was paying the university $20,000+ a year to be miserable 99% of the time.

The only reason I went to college was because I thought I had no other choice. Society has made us think that the only way to be successful in life is to graduate college. I completely disagree with that. There are so many successful people out there that did not graduate college. Kanye West, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Coco Chanel, Walt Disney, and many more. These people have amazing lives and living their dreams on top of that they are making millions.

 

I have not figured out what I am going to do with the rest of my life just yet. And that is okay. But, what I do know is that I am going to be very successful in what I do and extremely happy with my life. The day that I dropped out of college I had the biggest weight drop off my chest. I felt free. I felt like I could do anything. I felt like I had the world at my fingertips.

 

Dropping out of college is not for everyone. There are many people who love going to college and are very successful! More power to them! I just have a different path in life. I want to travel the world. I want to gain so many new experiences. I want to live life to the fullest. I want to find my passion and wake up every morning loving life.

 

So here I am. A college dropout facing the world ahead. I may not know where I’ll be in 5 or 10 years. I may not know what career path I want to go down. I may not know anything about my future yet. But something that I am sure of is that I am going to be happy with life. I am not going to have any regrets. I will be able to experience life to the fullest. For me it is so much more important to be happy and fulfilled than to please everyone.

 

I want to finish this off by saying follow your heart. Don’t do something if it won’t make you happy. Listen to yourself gut and radiate love.