Little Did They Know

When it was too cold to play soccer outside at recess (it had to be pretty damn cold) I’d slip through the door of my school library. I’d read chapter after chapter and dread the bell that meant it was time to return to our studies. Little did they know I had found my own curriculum.

It’s a lot harder to read as an adult because we don’t get recess we get breaks. And I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my breaks paying bills, trying to get that coffee stain out of my sweater, and writing out grocery lists (thrilling, I know)

But it’s my favorite time of the year to curl up with a book in bed. That’s what sweater weather is for, isn’t it? Sundays & snow storms give me no other option than to dedicate my day to literature. I hope you are able to do the same. What are some of your favorite books that have had an impact on your life? Share with me, I’m always looking for a new read :)

Watch this quick & beautiful video & then hop on over to Thought Catalog to read this article about Dating a Girl Who Reads The News 

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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

When Things Get Heavy

One of my biggest flaws is not paying enough attention to detail (always has been) but I’m working hard to make sure it will not always be. I’m learning life is easier when we stop running away from our personal flaws.. or even worse, ignoring them. I’m not saying I accept the fact that I drove to Idaho this morning because I missed the exit I take to get home on a regular basis (too much on my mind + Romans neat perma-meow/panting the whole way home didn’t help)… Alls I’m sayin’ is I’m not going to beat myself into the ground because of it  (route B was much prettier anyway) My point is that mistakes do not erase our self-worth, they teach us lifelong lessons that increase it bit by bit. This is, of course, as long as we choose to learn from the bumps in the road instead of letting them throw us off track.

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I guess what I’m trying to say is a little bird is telling me one of you may need to be reminded that you’re incredible, and you probably don’t even know it. Be soft with yourself, sweets. You’re just learning and the books only get heavier from here. Get some reading glasses that you feel like a babe in & get to studying, darlin. It’s a long, windy, beautiful & sometimes ugly road ahead. (Don’t tell your mum I said this) but sometimes I get so busy keeping my heart active that I forget to use my brain — and I don’t see a damn thing wrong with that.

To The Point About Fine Print

Pardon Johns french, he’s just so damn uncouth sometimes… 

“If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuc*’em!”
― John Waters

Good morning little birds, I hope you went to bed with a dream & woke up with a purpose (& a new chapter to dive into, of course) XOXO

The Sensitive Rambler

I love Fridays, especially when I thought it came 3 days ago & have been patiently waiting for it’s arrival ever since then. I want to say thank you so much for everyones love, support, and kind words. I have some of the best readers & when I hear from you it absolutely makes my day. Things are  beginning to fall into place with moving & we have finally set an official moving date: 1/1/12. Kelsey & I will drive our little Salt Lake selves to Logan & unpack my things that day. She is truly my rock, I love you sissy. I’m planning on taking a few days off work so I can get all my ducks in a row to start the year off on the right foot (in a beautiful heel, of course). The generosity of my family & friends is incredible, without them I’d be a mess (& in need of a couch, tv, table, chairs, dishes, and much more). At the end of the day it’s comforting to know that no matter what happens my life is made of gems, and that is truly all that matters.

Now, onto a lighter subject. I am infamous for holding onto things, whether it be god-awful brown leggings or being called a ‘fu***** diva’ by someone I once looked up to (as if it were a hateful, disgusting thing to be). So yes, two things that are very silly, but I can’t seem to let go of for the life of me. Now, one of my guilty pleasures is Oprah. Yes, Oprah in general. Sometimes she irritates the hell out of me, and sometimes she makes me sob & blow snot bubbles (not really… okay sometimes). I read this article about things we should let go of and things we shouldn’t let go of. I think we can all relate to some of the things she talks about, so if you have a minute, I’d recommend reading it. You’re probably thinking “Um, ya, if you’d shut your pie hole & give me the link I just might..” So here it is, darlin.

Xoxo, The Sensitive Rambler

 

Page After Page

Not only do I spend a vast amount of time on the computer at work, but at home as well (updating my blog, editing photos, etc.) So I’ve decided to take a break and let myself be engrossed in my new favorite book, The Help. I did this Friday evening and read until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Then I laid at my grandmothers pool all day Saturday & did the same, I was in heaven. As many of you know The Help is now a movie as well. My mum and I decided that once I’ve finished it we’re going to see it together. We don’t go see movies often but it’s one of my favorite ‘mother daughter’ things that we do. So I hope you all have a beautiful evening & do something that will get your mind off of life’s distractions. Namaste