It’s How You See Yourself

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“Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense. Then you can recognize others.” -Anne Lamott

Do you understand? Read it twice. Love every inch of yourself. Embrace every good part and every bad part about you — do it without making up excuses. Be humble. Be gentle. And then it will all begin to make sense. 

XOXO, Bailey Mikell

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Secret Looks

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“If you can’t laugh together in bed, the chances are you are incompatible, anyway. I’d rather hear a girl laugh well than try to turn me on with long, silent, soulful, secret looks. If you can laugh with a woman, everything else falls into place.” -Richard Burton

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How to be a better (happier and healthier) human being

“Never touch anything with half of your heart. Be present, endlessly loving and compassionate towards others. Confront any challenging situation first with a deep breath. Wander. Remember that your own happiness and comfort comes above all things. Before reacting—understand. Eat breakfast every morning. Find the faces in the flowers. Remember what is important to you. Treat your body kindly. Be honest. Get to know yourself. Take things at your own pace. Don’t feel embarrassed to feel, laugh, cry, sing or love. Remember that what’s right for someone else may not be what is right for you (and that’s okay). Never be ashamed or afraid to ask for help. Do what you love. Remember that you always have a choice. Find joy in what life really is—living.”

Learning to be at peace with this beautiful and messy world is the first step. Inhale pink, exhale grey and smile… You’re incredible.  XOXO

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Funky Town

I’ve been in writing-limbo for over a month now. It’s total funky town around here as of late. I have so much to say and too many ways to say it. At times I’m ready to bust out a big ole’ post & other times I’d really rather not. I’d honestly prefer to be rolling down a hill at the park with my nephew & walk n’ talkin’ with my sister. I’m not sure when this funk will pass but I’m not going to fight it… in a way, it feels right. Anywho, I miss all of you a lot & I’m giving you my love & big smooches from afar. (Or squeezes. Or neither… whatever you’re into) I hope you’re remembering to shine. Until next time, ciao bella

You Will Be Stronger

You had me second guess myself so many times that I’d be surprised to find a single doubt within if you asked me to look today. You led me astray more times than I chose to count. I fell flat on my face but I didn’t ever give up. My phone bill teetered towards overage charges for the first time since high school; I sobbed to my mum so many times our plan couldn’t keep up, yet somehow she always did. It’s been since I said farewell to my childhood that my lips have trembled like they did during this month. I crumbled in situations that I’d usually be holding down.

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And sometimes, if the stars aligned just right, I’d be at the end of a gut-wrenching day doing my best to catch my breath & I would suddenly find myself in an opulent moment. After letting those sporadic moments of bliss amongst blur confuse me for a while, I started using them as fuel: I knew if I consistently fought until I couldn’t anymore I’d start to see results. Slowly but surely, things began making sense.

April, I know we didn’t always see eye to eye, but our 30 days of trial & error together splashed color on my white walls & infused a deep appreciation within. Thank you for kicking me in the ass even though I was usually still trying to get up from the last time. And, thank you for teaching me how to be strong even when I am alone. I reached out to my incredible loved ones a lot, to say the least, but whenever a new situation arose I had to learn to adjust (still learning how)

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I guess I’ve decided that a firm reality check isn’t always the sweetest cup of tea, but it sure does make a pretty little promise — that this too shall pass, and when it does, you will be stronger. 

All my love until we meet again next year, xoxo, your little warrior

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” (Sonnet XCVIII) -William Shakespeare

Well & Warm

There isn’t anything wrong with working for the finer things — but there is definitely something right about learning to slow down & bask in the fleeting moments in life. With that said, I wish you just that this weekend. And, if you feel like it, try & stop & enjoy the things you’d normally look past. It’s not always easy, but in this case, it’s usually worth it. Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

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Ps. This girl ain’t hard to please… The best treat in the world is love. So sure, spoil me ;)  

xoxo + the potential smack on thou cute ass, Bee

Wiggle Your Nose Back n’ Forth

love genie jars. When I saw this on Pinterest, I think I got a little more excited than the average person… But this is nothing new.

Do you love Genie jars? If so, where is your favorite place to go to find them? I adore this website, 1stdibs. Even if you browse their online shop just to get inspiration, I still love it because they have a nice variety. Pier1 is also a great place to find little trinkets and treasures such as those pictured above. If you’re feeling adventorous, make a day of thrifting & look for them while at your local thrift shops. You can get things for a better price, and it can be fun having some DIY projects with things you didn’t pay much for but saw potential in (my thrifting-partner, Kelsey Loraine, is hardcore. We don’t mess around… well I do, but she doesn’t)

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I know you really wish you could just wiggle your nose & squint your eyes like Bewitched & have all of these appear — or if you’re not into that, you can always fold your arms across your chest, blink, and dip your head like Jeanie.  People may or may not see me do this often… I usually just don’t really try & explain. Don’t mind me, I’m just pretending to be a genie over here. Continue on…

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All my wiggles n’ squints, Bee