What’s yours?

Hi, my name’s Bailey, I like to tell stories. What’s yours? I’m ready to refresh my blog roll  — comment with a link to your blog or your favorite blog (or whatever the hell you want, really) so I can pop over & enjoy the things you create. You know I’m not picky.

Ready, set… GO!

1. Pink Pashmina scarf – Gift from Auntie

2. Glasses – Urban Blues in SLC

3. Creme & black striped sweater – TjMaxx

4. Leggings – Victorias Secret

5.Yellow off the shoulder yoga shirt – Victorias Secret 2010 line 

6. Harness 15r Frye Boots 

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You are a miracle

Curve: the loveliest distance between two points.

Our bodies are incredible — too often in life we forget to love them like we should. When we practice self-hate we begin to build insecurities — a nasty cycle that society has shaped to it’s liking. When you’re poking & prodding at the very thing that keeps you alive, perhaps take a second to remind yourself about how much that “not perfect enough” body does for you every time you take a breath, step, or experience emotion.

We tend to bully ourselves to a point that we would never imagine doing to anyone else. People spend their entire lives studying the human body & are discovering new things every single day. Being aware of even half of the miraculous things our bodies can do makes me want to be sure my body is in it’s very best condition.

If you can’t seem to get your ass off the couch to get your heart pumping, think about all of the people who aren’t able to run & jump & lift heavy objects because their body simply will not allow it. Those that need help to do everyday taks. How about those that once knew what it felt like to have legs of jelly after fighting to finish a run, but suffered injuries from an accident that stops them from doing so? Those people would kill to have what you are complaining about. This goes with everything in life — we must remember to shine light & show gratitude for our blessings.

Thank your body. Treat it with great love & care. Fill it with things you don’t have to question. I know I’d rather pay more for a quality diet & lifestyle now so that I can experience a few more years of this beautiful life as a result.

Think about it.

B

She Fought with Fervor and Great Love

Being raised by a single mother helped me build a strong connection with women who refuse to sit back & be quiet while others make decisions for them. At a young age I was taught how rewarding it is to be independent & work hard for the life that you want to live. My mother also surrounded me with women who celebrate themselves & those they love — women who fight for what they believe in & aren’t willing to settle.

I am not here to say that what I believe is right & what you believe is wrong — I am here to say that each individual has the power of choice & the freedom to express themselves. This world is beginning to hush what needs to be heard & hide what we have the right to see. I believe that if each of us makes the commitment to stand tall when we discuss our passions, speak steady when we express our concerns & be strong when people claim that our voices are weak we can show just how far  one dream can take us.

This is the kind of woman I aspire to be & can become. And I love that. My country may not be perfect but I am thankful that it allows me to attack even the smallest challenges with fervor & great love. I hope you do the same.

I am here for a reason & I won’t wait around for someone to tell me what it is. I shall strive to make a difference in just one persons life, an unforgettable one.

“European Member of Parliament, Licia Ronzulli (an MEP from Italy), took her seven-week old daughter, Victoria, to work at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. [It was not a ‘Take-Your-Child-to-Work’ event.] She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a wrap and occasionally leant to kiss her on the forehead. This photo was taken as she voted on proposals to improve women’s employment rights and was broadcast and published in newspapers around the world.”

Thank you for being brave Licia Ronzulli.

“I love to see a young girl go out & grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” -Maya Angelou

If I could…

wear anything today, it would be this. I think.

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away she adjusted her sails.” -Elizabeth Edwards

Reaching New Heights

Today/last night my brain came scary-close to exploding from midterm stress. I worked for 2 hours today (I usually work 8 hour days) & dedicated the rest of my day to perfecting my midterm article & final project. After I got sick of gazing out of my window at the gorgeous day I wasn’t fully enjoying I took my work, green smoothie, and cat outside to make hard work a bit more pleasant. That made me feel so much better, it’s amazing what a bit of sunshine can do for this girl.

After that I continued to work & submitted my article as well as my project at 9:59 — right on time.

Special thanks to:

  • The universe for helping me keep a (slippery) grip on at least a tiny piece of my sanity during the last few weeks.
  • My family, friends, and readers for talking me off the ledge a few times as well as my amazing job & co-workers for being so understanding & patient with me.

I feel as though I can finally breathe… And show off my new BLOG! It is for school of course so it will be very different then what you get here at Commander in Chic.”Rescue me” will be covering news on the homeless pets of Utah and what we can do to help. I am really excited because as you know I’m an animal lover & passionate about rescue/adoption (Roman was adopted from SLC Humane Society)

Any & all support/feedback will be very appreciated (it helps my grade! which is always needed). I hope to maintain “Rescue Me” as long as possible, even when it is not a requirement for school. Getting a grade for making a difference… Yah, I have a kick ass professor. Here is the link (click highlighted text). It is in the beginning stages, but will be updated weekly. Thank you to Leslie who gave me this idea, it’s perfect:)

And last but not least my good news! I am not sure how or what caused this to happen but I am pretty ecstatic about it. Yesterday Commander in Chic hit an all time high in daily views, reaching 1,407 hits & 500 “WordPress Followers”. Although some may turn their nose to those numbers I do not — I try to reach out to every follower, reply to each comment and smile for each view. Truly incredible for my little blog I started almost a year ago (March 20th) for this reason.

You know I couldn’t do this without any of you. My dreams are coming true right before my eyes and I am so very grateful for that. So thank you for listening, I love all of you and look forward to many more laughs, happy tears, friendships and connections.

“Littles can make a big difference.”

Around 4 years ago I slept downtown, barefoot, with some of my close friends to take a stand for the invisible children. Although that was years ago, I now see that acts similar to the one I took are simply not enough. 12 days ago Janeth, an amazing girl I have met through this blog, sent me this video. A TEDxTeen talk by Natalie Warne, a young woman who has been making a significant difference, a difference far beyond sleeping downtown to be heard.

And then Jani wrote this post.

Yesterday a great friend of mine, Zack, shared a video that has started an uproar all across the U.S via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, & other social networks. It is called KONY 2012 (go here to watch it) It is a “Film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” 

The reality of what has been going on for over 20 years because of  Joseph Kony’s addiction to power is frightening. He is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army and abducts, rapes, and kills children for no reason at all. Many people have been asking why we care about stopping Joseph Kony. Why aren’t we focusing on our own problems? Well, because that is not how history is made. Helping causes that only effect your life in Small Lake City, Utah is not how thousands of children’s lives are saved.

I ask you to take 30 minutes that you usually spend blogging, browsing Facebook, and thinking of clever tweets and set it aside for learning about the invisible children & what we can do to help. I understand it can be difficult to believe that you as an individual can make a difference, but when that feeling emerges, look to the heroes & she-roes of our world and remember this: they did it & so can you.

Make this man be held accountable. Reblog, like, share, and use your voice! Don’t let him slip between the cracks & get away with spreading evil among thousands of innocent children.


Comforting Blends

Learning how to “fight right” never comes easy at first… & although there is always room for things to be worse, I have to say being humiliated by someone you love is a gut wrenching feeling.

It’s just me, a cup of tea, & Roman tonight… The best comfort when it’s 3 A.M and your mum & sissy are 90 miles away.

Thankful I’m not alone because I am slowly but surely learning that (as much as I hate to admit) it scares me to death.

xoxo, R&B