My Vision

17 weeks ago I started my vision board. But at the time I couldn’t quite fill an entire white poster board with my dreams because I did not know what exactly I wanted. So I chose to wait until I felt passionate enough to continue. 

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And then suddenly my life took quite a few unexpected turns. Some beautiful, some ugly, but all together they are mine. The recent change of pace has motivated me to continue creating, dreaming, and striving to live my very best life. Within some of my personal struggles I have found a great fighter inside of me. I want to wake up and be proud to take responsibility for the life I live and the things I do. At the end of the day it’s simple: we must be able to go to sleep and be happy with the decisions we make and the person we become.

(and yes I’m aware of my plants slightly brown ends…oops)

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So after a long week at work I came home, took my makeup off, and pulled out my vision board that was partially done. I played my favorite Pandora station and poured myself a glass of wine. And as I scanned through each Oprah, Self, and Womens Health magazine I own I pulled bits and pieces of inspiration that made me take a second look — and this is what I came up with.

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Working on my vision board helped me feel more clear about what I need to do to become the woman I know I can be. It also showed me that Elmers Spray Adhesive belongs in every creative persons home and that my creative go-go juice is (and may always be) Blackbox at its finest.Image

By the way, I easily made 10 paper balls or more out of magazine scraps to keep this stinker occupied until he called it a night.. Image

Last night I realized that there are a lot of things I must do for myself in order to reach my goals but I’m willing and ready to do what it takes.

A few things I will be working on for the rest of 2013 are:

  • Getting outside and just doing it whether it’s a hike, run, or late night walk.
  • Saying yes to every opportunity life gives me
  • Living an all around healthier lifestyle (clean eating, exercise, meditation, and plenty of yoga)
  • Allowing myself to rest when I am over-worked. I have to remember that my tasks will be there when I wake up… checking work emails in bed at midnight is not necessary.
  • Self-love! No more putting my personal needs on the back burner. Learning to treat myself not cheat myself.
  • Don’t settle.
  • Educate myself through the people I surround myself with, the books I read, the songs I hear, the places I go and the meals I eat.
  • Travel. Anywhere and everywhere
  • Express gratitude daily. I want to give back to those who have helped me during my journey.

I also need to remember to be gentle with myself during the process and remember that it’s about the journey, not the destination. So I did my best to get my fingers to stop sticking together so that I could have two girl scout cookies for a midnight snack and then I went to sleep. I would call that a pretty successful night.

I’d like to end on this quote and hopefully it will help get my message across…

“Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.” -Charlie Munger

All my love, Bailey Mikell

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Chasing Dreams vs. Size One Jeans

It’s sad to me when I see beautiful women with the world in their hands practically chanting ‘thin, thin, thin’ as if that’s the motto. When did society get to decide your shape? And when did it become all you care about? What about your hopes & dreams? Imagine the life you can create for yourself if you simply put the energy focused on being thin towards your personal goals. I promise you’d catch yourself forgetting all about having the ‘perfect figure’ because people would be looking up to you as a person of success vs. you always looking down on yourself to check the number on the scale. That will come from hard work–it comes from being strong. 

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Ladies, I am young & many of you are as well. I just want you to know that you have the whole world in your hands! And someday, if it’s part of your journey (for many of you it already has been), you will be given the gift of motherhood. My main concern is this: how can we expect to teach our children self-love, respect, and proper care for their bodies when we are practicing habits that rebel against all of those things & more?

And to set the record straight, it is not just women who struggle with insecurities rooting from their physical appearance. Men have just as hard of a time although they might express it differently or not at all. So, this isn’t just for the ladies, this is for all of the handsome and capable men out there as well.

Put your dreams before your jeans. Stop telling yourself you can’t. Eat healthy, stay active, be positive and always stay focused on what really matters. Life is a balancing act & nobody is perfect. But if you can open your eyes to all of your potential and run with it I’m sure you’ll catch yourself having those rewarding “this is absolutely perfect” moments quite often. Once you control your mind you can conquer your body.

Don’t look back. You are amazing & you’re worth it. Go. 

Life is a Dream & I am just a Dreamer

I am really loving this song  right now. I’ve been working everyday and when I’m home all I want to do is snuggle up and listen to music… Oh, and daydream about getting a kitten and puppy. Yup, my thoughts are filled with yummy lyrics, kittens, puppies, the man who has my heart, dreams, and other girly ass things. This is coming from the girl who ripped her barbie dolls heads off as a child & had worms as pets…. Who am I??

I’m proud to say that even though change scares the shit out of me I put my brave face on & decided to

to it. Small Lake City may be my comfort zone, and forever my home, but someday it will be time to explore what else the world has to offer.

Friday was Kelsey Loraines birthday! 20 sure feels like a big number when running around together in our own little world at age 8 doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. You amaze me, thank you for being my best friend, soul sister, confidant, & partner in crime. Here’s to the last 20 together and the next 80 (yes, we’re shootin for the stars people, it’s 2011 alrighttt??)

And that is what 20 years of friendship looks like… I love you so much

Ps. Andy & I watched Ray last night. If you haven’t seen it, do do do! It was so good. Anywho, I’m going to go sit in the hot tub and get out of my head for a little bit. All my love until next time, xoxo

Things I live by

Things I’ve learned, things I try hard to remember, & things that make the days easier.

Follow through

Only give advice when asked

Return calls

Sleep on it

Always come from love & light

Let it go! Breathe in pink & exhale grey

Slow down, life is too short to always be in a hurry

Listen

Know when to let go

Act with class, grace, and confidence

Never stop creating. Every dream can be your reality if you want it bad enough.

If something’s lost, it’s time to clean up

Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels (often this is debatable, but hell, it helps when I’m staring at a platter of brownies)

Own your future. Nobody is responsible for it but yourself

Never put the key to your happiness in someone elses pocket

Choose to see the good in everyone

Never let the sun set on an argument

Smile

Promise yourself to work so much on yourself that you don’t have time to criticize others.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Make someone laugh everyday

No deposit, no return

By doing a little bit each day you can get a lot accomplished

When you can’t decide if you’ll need a sweater or not, just grab one

‘There is no subsitute for paying attention” -Diane Sawyer

Many of us have remarkabe strengths that we water down by adding too many elements. Simplify

Avoid the ‘candle in the wind’ approach, where you allow circumstances to blow you in different directions

What gets measured, gets done

‘If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin.” -Ivan Turgenev

And last but not least, there is always room for love

 

Namaste, Bee

Some Daily Love

Huge fan of The Daily Love and everything Mastin has to say. I loved todays blog,”Belong to Yourself & You’ll Find Who Else You Belong To!”. Enjoy!

You are not an island. None of us are.

We are meant to be with people and to thrive together. By our nature we are Tribal creatures.

Caroline Myss once said, “You only rise as high as the tribe you’re in.” This correlates directly to one of my favorite Will Smith quotes: “You will see how far in life you’ll go with the 5 people you spend the most amount of time with.”

In my journey, coming from Kansas to Los Angeles (and being an only child), I’ve always been a loner. I didn’t feel like I belonged in Kansas. I didn’t resonate with most of the folks there. In coming to LA, it’s taken me almost 10 years to find my tribe.

When you’re surrounded by the right people, who believe what you believe and support your dreams, you can thrive.

But when you’re surrounded by people who don’t share your values or believe what you believe, or who are nay-sayers to your dreams, it can be extremely discouraging and lead to depression and dis-ease.

For me, I knew I didn’t belong in Kansas. I knew I belonged in LA. But it wasn’t about location.

It wasn’t until I realized that I belonged to myself and figured out what my values were, what I wanted from life, what my purpose is and the like, that I found my Tribe.

I’m still new to the Tribe I’ve found. I’ve known most of my current friends for less than 2 years, but it feels like a home coming having them in my life. We love each other, we support each other and as friends, we belong together.

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself. It can be scary doing this. You may have to go against the wishes of your parents, loved ones or even religion to follow your dream.

But your dream is the Uni-verse calling you. And once you realize it, you will be home – within yourself and with those you love. Instead of believing what you believe because someone told you to, you will believe what you believe because you have your own life experience on which to base your beliefs.

This is the path of self-realization – to believe what you believe because you have worked it out for yourself and to find out what it feels like to truly belong to yourself and then find the tribe where you belong.

When you belong to yourself, you are no longer mad at parents or loved ones who don’t understand you. You are free to love them as they are, because you don’t need them to see you, because you see yourself. You’re free to love unconditionally and not let their judgments dictate your path.

Ask the Uni-verse to show you how you can belong to yourself. The answers will reveal themselves and your perfect group of friends, colleagues and allies will emerge.

Love,

Mastin