My Intention for 2014

Usually I take some time to write a post about my year. Obviously everyone needs to know how I felt about it, right? ;) But this year it feels best to keep it short & sweet — 2013 was many things.. and a year I will never forget. I feel gratitude for the people, experiences, and challenges it brought into my life. But I have shared my thoughts on many things over the last year on this blog & I feel as though it’s time to truly put the good, and the bad, in the past.

With that said, I woke up this morning eager to start the first day of the year. When I first thought about making New Years resolutions I did what I do and got busy over-thinking (naturally) Here’s my first list aka clusterfuck: Get a 4.0 during Spring semester, finish my first half marathon with a great time (or just finish, that’s cool too), improve my performance at work, make my apartment more Pinterest-y, or beat last years time when I compete in the Spartan this June for the 2nd year. But I quickly realized all of that doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. These things are like the sprinkles on top of the cake — nice, but not necessary.

I’d rather commit the year to improving myself all together and putting energy towards being the well-rounded, loving woman I know that I can be someday. I love my life and the adventures I’m about to embark on and I plan on doing the things listed above. But I know there is more to “it” than just that.

So as I sat in my last pose in my last yoga class of 2013 I set my intention for 2014: Create more love and bring it into all the different areas in my life. My career, education, relationships, yoga practice, and the things that bring me pain could all use less structure and more love. Pure, undeniable love makes the cake — marathons, good grades, a nice job, etc. are the sprinkles.

“Forgive others. Not necessarily because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” -Unknown
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I have really focused on coming from love when handling hard situations over the last 2 months. There have been times where my heart has ached, I’ve felt anger, confusion (ya lots of that) and betrayal. Moments where I had 2 options: be an emotional biatch or take a big deep breath and remember it’s better to be happy than right. I reminded myself that it’s not what happens to me in life, it is how I react. AKA I calmed my sassy brazilian ass down and let whatever was ruffling my feathers go.
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So when people or situations bring me pain I will choose to bring compassion, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and above all I will come from love. One of the most important lessons I learned in 2013 was that those who bring negativity and sadness to your life need exactly the opposite in return. They need love. It’s true.. those who hurt others need love more than we could ever truly imagine.

So here we go babes. Another year down where I hope you feel like you kicked some ass, but if not there’s good news… We have 365 days of blank pages and we can choose what we’d like to do with them. Isn’t that incredible?

So if someone is really awful to you and you’re not sure why, just think “Wow, you’re kind of an asshole. Maybe you need a hug?” How people treat you is their karma — how you respond is yours.

It will be hard to always be full of love because unfortunate circumstances are inevitable in life. All I know is that on December 31st when I’m looking back on the days of 2014 it will be impossible to feel regret when all I see is love.

Happy New Year dolls,

XOXO Bailey Mikell 4b6be466786d46c25eda788c9ce64e3a

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The Results Of Letting Go

Push play if your heart desires…

The re-occuring pure joy from having a Valentine that I swear is made of pure love.

(and finding out he is getting me a KITTEN!!)

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Highlights of yesterday:

Having my best friend sugarbum as my Valentine (you can gag now)

Laughing the whole way there

A divine dinner at Carvers with Chan & Katie

Snuggling with my king in a king sized bed

Finding out my dream that many people don’t really understand is coming true — I’m getting a kitty!!

Highlights of today:

That sugarbum of mine

Giving my momma the biggest squeeze in the world

…Crying while I gave her that squeeze

A Frozen Koffee Kooler from BadAss Coffee (my favorite coffee shop in SLC)

Dancing/singing with Andy the entire way home

School. Yup, I love it. Oh & I can’t forget that bit of blue..

Visiting Bessie, Esther, & the new BABIES! + a bunny  (twice)

What's happenin' girls?

& ending it with this gift that didn’t cost a dime

All I can say is the love in this world is determined to make all things beautiful — I’m sure of it.

XOXO

Vday Tidbits

Although Rihanna has been an idol of mine for years, I’m afraid she has gone down hill. She recently had ‘Thug Life’ tattooed on her knuckles & her latest album was an absolute let down. But thank god being crazy only makes you a little scary on the inside. She’s still stunning and I’d kill to have this be my Valentine dress. A girl can dream, right?

I’d settle for this delicious & stylish outfit. Non traditional, because too much pink kind of makes me sick. Kind of like roses. Oops

BUT then there’s this…

“So today I was in Hallmark buying my mom a Happy Birthday card when I noticed this old man standing in front of the Valentines card section contemplating which one to get. I decide to go over and I ask him “Are you getting a Valentine’s Day for your wife?” in which he replies ‘No my wife died 3 years ago from breast cancer but I still buy her roses and a card and bring them to her grave to prove to her that she was the only one that will ever have my heart'” -Ravi Patel

I love all of you so much & I hope you have a beautiful day of love. xoxo

Be – Do – Have

One of my flaws is not being able to tell what is up & what is down without my planner. I welcomed the new year with a brand new custom designed ‘Life Planner’ by the wonderful & talented Erin Condren, and I could not be happier.

I have ADHD (I know, you can’t find your shocked & stunned face anywhere, right?) so I need a lil’ extra help when it comes to balancing my life & responsibilities.

My mum bought me a planner for my Senior year & it was all history after that. My obsession with sharpies, pens, & highlighters went to a whole new level, & so did my organization & ability to multitask.

Not only is it appealing to the eye, but inspiring on every page. There are so many options with this planner, & I know every woman/man loves having options. It is perfect for college students, business, busy mums, & many more. I can’t wait to see my goals for 2012 come to life because of writing them down & taking the steps to make it happen. Like I always say… Be – Do – Have 

Get yours here 

Back To Reality

After a truly perfect Christmas I am back in the office for a week full of training new recruiters & catching up on ‘to do’s’. It’s nice to say that after a long weekend it’s not so bad coming back to work. That’s what happens when you love your job. I hope you all had an amazing Holiday weekend, I can’t wait to see pictures & hear all about the time spent with your loved ones. This week I will be working on a couple of things, one of them is getting Alans work on my page. He is an amazing photographer and I want to share his work with all of you. Until I get some time to do that between packing etc. I will give you this link  that will take you to his blog. Enjoy your day my loves! XOXO 

[Glasses, jeans, & shirt all from a favorite local shop of mine called Urban Blues]

Ps. These two are my favorite. This is why I love my job…

To You & Yours

This morning I woke up at 8:30 and realized I had presents I still had to buy. That was a neat feeling.

So my day has been spent running around with my cute grandma shopping. We came home, turned on her favorite Christmas movies, and started wrapping. I never usually enjoy wrapping but it has been so much fun. She is cooking apple crisp & I’m making little smokies & appetizers. I love her so much. Being home for Christmas this year is going to be so special.

Happy Holiday to you & yours, xoxo Bailey

(Christmas wrapping socks)


Oh… You don’t give yourself self-love gifts….?

I Recommend..

My writers block from hell is no longer in the house!!!! Hopefully, some of you can relate to that awful feeling when you feel like you can barely even write a full sentence. It’s one of my least favorite things in the world. But it is the best when it goes away and you realize, ‘OH MY GOD, I’m NOT dyslexic!!!!!!’ (not that being dyslexic is a ‘bad’ thing, so I am not trying to offend anyone.)

I went to Kerry & Rogers after work to snuggle with my boo boo Kerry after her surgery. We had homemade lasagna for dinner that was absolutely delicious. We watched discovery channel & ‘Planet Earth’ and I highly recommend watching Planet Earth. Anyway, Milton needed some lovins as well..

I have a good doggy-nephew. By the way, it’s FRIDAY!! Smile, laugh, hug a stranger, smooch your mum/dad, get a running start & jump in the arms of the love of your life, and make time to snuggle with your best friends. Life is good. Sweet sleeps gorgeous, can’t wait to chat tomorrow. A draft is patiently sitting in my ‘draft-box’ about what I want to be ‘when I grow up’. I have a good feeling about it. Ps. I only 3 more sleeps until I get to see my handsome man. Ciao for now sweets, XOXO