The Great Illusion 

Make more money. You’ll be happier.
Get skinny. You’ll feel beautiful.
Beat everyone else. You’ll feel strong.
I have heard these “helpful hints” my whole life through the media, peers and others, as I am sure you have too. There seems to be a metaphorical line in the sand we must all cross to achieve greatness in our lives.
But please tell me, where is that line? 
It seems that every time I achieve one of these goals, the end result I was promised is no longer there. Perhaps someone beat me to it and is enjoying somewhere down the road. Maybe it decided I took too long to get there so it walked away. Or maybe it wasn’t there to begin with.
We are told intangible things can be found by achieving tangible goals. But is it true that doing these things will make us happier, more beautiful and strong?
Jay Gatsby would have traded all of his money just to live a simple life with the woman he loved.
Women and men undergo surgery and torture their bodies to be deathly thin or perfectly formed yet still feel subpar when they look in a mirror.
And what good is achievement if you had to trample someone else to get it?
All of these things: happiness, beauty and strength are achievable at this very moment. 
Happiness is a choice we all make when we get out of bed in the morning. The sad thing about some people is that they assume the world owes then something and in return feel disappointed and cold when things go wrong. Happiness lives on beyond hardship and difficulty. Happiness is the hope and investment of a brighter future. If you want happiness, then choose happiness. It’s literally that simple.
Beauty has been construed into an idea of angles, sizing and patterns that fluctuate like the tide. In reality, being seen as beautiful means making someone else feel beautiful inside. Flowers that bloom at the forefront of spring make us all feel alive and hopeful, therefore making them beautiful. Beauty is sought after with dollar bills and promises of wealth, when in reality it is purchased with love and goodwill.
Strength is seen as an aggressive show of cunning and resourcefulness in a pinch. It’s easy to look at a lion or a horse and  calculate by their sheer size and speed that they are strong. Yet one of the strongest and most powerful beings of all stays around your feet. The ant, though small in size, is known for its exponential strength and work ethic. Strength can be found in anyone no matter the size or background. 
We all can have these things if we only take them for ourselves. Why continue as we are told when there is an amazing life to be lived?
I hope you all find happiness, beauty and strength in all that you do. Stay ever so amazing.
Loads of Love,



The Arrival of Autumn


Can you guess what is coming this week?

I’ll give you a hint: it involves teeny pumpkins, delightful soups, clear starry nights and loads of cozy sweaters…

You’ve guessed it, Autumn is literally just around the corner, on September 22nd to be exact, and I couldn’t be happier! Something about the crisp scent in the air makes me feel so alive. Soon the mountains will be painted in deep reds, golden yellows and sunny oranges. Not to mention the cool wind that sends said leaves into a beautiful dance around your head and through the pale blue sky.

I came upon a few honey bees getting some last minute work in before the cool air sends the flowers away.


Today we were fortunate enough to get some much needed rain. The sound of the tiny drops hitting the roof make me want to huddle under warm covers never to be seen again…



Although the sky is rather dark, I feel as if my soul is illuminated with promise. A promise of new beginnings and a whole new adventure. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I believe something is happening…

Now just to figure out what that something is…

I hope you all find your something and it fills your days with happiness.


Loads of Love,



“I See the Moon…”

I hope you all are having a lovely day filled with amazing things. School has started back so the constant rhythm of schedules and what not has been pounding in my head. Even so it is nice to look up and see the moon shine on so brilliantly.

It pays to look up, my friends. It truly pays.

Have a lovely one wherever you are and stay ever so amazing.


Loads of Love,



Urban, Kate and Fossil

K Spade Planner

As of late, my poor bedding has become the perfect neutral landscape for my latest obsessions. I simply love a creme or off-white background to offset colors and create a clean environment. The beautiful notebook you see before you is essentially my new saving grace.


Kate Spade Planner

Behold, the Kate Spade 2017 Floral Planner. When I first held this beauty I just knew that she had to be mine. The perfect pale pink dividers and calendars simply make my heart flutter. Suddenly writing down exam dates won’t be so dreary. What I love about this book the simplicity of the design and the font throughout the planner. It is incredibly appealing to the senses. Never have I ever wanted to have an active social calendar just to have an excuse to scribble in a planner! (And you’re hearing that from a true introvert.)

Kate Spade is one incredible woman.



The only thing that gives me heart palpitations other than a fresh, floral planner is the look and dare-I-say smell of a Fossil handbag. I love that the bag is a rich maroon. This shade reminds me of crisp fall days and walks across a leaf covered campus in the middle of October.


Urban Decay Crisis

Okay, maybe there is one more thing that makes me incandescently happy. Lipstick happens to be a bit of an obsession/ passion of mine. This specific shade is Crisis by the one and only Urban Decay. It is part of the new line of Vice lipsticks that all happen to call my name any time I step in to any given makeup store. It is a cream, which I prefer, and it has exceptionally smooth coverage. The plum/maroon color reminds me of cooler weather and over-sized sweaters.


Urban Decay Interrogate

Another shade that hit me straight in the heart is Interrogate. It puts you in mind of a spring color and almost has a nude hint. Overall I am pleased with both shades.

I hope you all are well and you are surrounded by people and things that give you the warm fuzzies. Please stay amazing.

Loads of Love,





Tiny Apartments and Happy Tenants 

Recently I have been a bit busy with life to notice little things around me. The past few months have a been a bit touch and go so to speak with summer classes and work so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to peruse through old treasures to save. Fortunately on my lunch break one humid work day I walked in to a local shop and found this beauty towards the back of the store with a sale sticker on top.

It is an old mail slot compartment that still has old yellowed tags on a few of the tiny boxes. The little “apartments ” are perfect homes for tiny cameras and succulents. 

Needless to say it gave me the warmest of fuzzies. I hope you are all well and doing wonderfully!
Loads of Love,



Dear Introvert


I suppose I should start out by saying you are amazing. I know the world encourages loudness and brashness as strength and most of the time it would seem easier to just go with the flow and be as others are. But we both know that would be tragic because that would mean giving up on the beauty and might within your soul.

Meekness is not weakness. If anything the power of being yourself and sparing from quick, harsh words is wisdom many wish to possess.

Please don’t let anyone tell you to be someone you are not. A candle doesn’t make noise to shine. Your calm and quite energy is a calming force that settles the world around you. Please don’t let anyone take that away from you.

Please know that you are important and you do make a difference. People see much more of you than what you realize.

Please don’t ever stop shining.

Loads of Love,

“Denali – a tribute to man’s best friend [OFFICIAL VIDEO]” on YouTube

Hello all!

I hope you all are having a lovely day. This weekend I had the special opportunity to participate in a pet adoption event with one of my friends. Going in to it I didn’t think that it would affect me like it did. There were several amazing dogs and cats who were ready to be given homes with loving people and lots of hugs and kisses. Yesterday three dogs and one cat were adopted.

It’s amazing to think how our four legged friends can make our world such an amazing place. I definitely plan on volunteering for more events after seeing such amazing animals and incredible people who work so hard to make the dream of a forever home a reality.

I first watched this video a few weeks ago and it’s message has stuck with e ever since. It is definitely a testament to the bond between people and their pets.
I hope as you watch it you have the same feeling of joy and love that I did. Needless to say it is one of the most inspirational videos I’ve ever seen. And not to mention Ben Moon’s awesome life and photography. His website and photography are definitely worth a look!

I hope you all have an incredible day and stay ever so amazing. Give your four legged friends some extra loving today!

Loads of Love,

“His Wonderful Works”


Every day I wake up I am in awe at the beauty around me. The sun rises in the east and paints the mountains and hills with wonderful warming light. I hear birds singing and see the river flow on in its ancient rhythm. How could someone see such beauty and not take note of it?

Sadly I know that answer: distraction.

I know it all too well.

Distraction keeps you busy. It wraps into the corners and forefront of the mind and controls it with worry and continual thought. Distraction is the murderer of life. It steals joy and gratefulness and replaces it with nonchalance and a sense of entitlement.

Just this morning a verse caught my attention and brought me to this point of thought.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Psalms 107:8

This verse made me think of all the times I could have been grateful to God for what He has blessed me with but I was too caught up in my own plans to see anything else. Many times I have went “my own way” only to realize that the reason it didn’t work out to begin with was because it was wrong for me.

It’s so easy to fall back and do what feels right instead of trusting in the One who always is right. When trust is involved, praise inevitably follows.

Today and every day I want to praise Him for his wonderful works. Whether it is the rising and the setting of the sun or the next meal I sit at, I want to be grateful for the fact that someone so amazing has made a way for me to witness another day and take in one more breath of fresh morning air.

I hope you all have a beautiful day and stay ever so amazing!

Loads of Love,

Astronomical Indeed


Today is an absolutely gorgeous day to study outside. There are a few slender clouds overhead gently hugging the pale blue sky and the trees are beginning to bud with fresh shades of bright green, pinks and purples. Although I am studying astronomy with a hint of physics and my head is slightly spinning from allergies, I can’t help but have a big smile on my face. She’s here, spring is here! And I’ve missed my dear friend.

On top of that I’m wearing my favorite pair of oxfords and my blouse that has lots of little birds on it. Needless to say I am swaying and smiling in dizzy delirium.

Allergies: not so great.

Favorite season, shoes and blouse: very astronomical indeed.

I hope your day is as astronomical as mine. (Minus all the complicated physics. Unless you enjoy a challenge…)

Loads of Love,


A Castle in the Mountains


I believe old architecture and craftsmanship is something to be admired. One of the best places in the South to see amazing design and craftsmanship is at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. With its large rooms and beautiful attention to detail, it is sure to amaze everyone that steps on its grounds. It was completed in 1895 and it is the largest privately owned home in the United States. The fascinating thing is that this giant sits in the still mountains of North Carolina all to itself. It holds staggering amounts of history and tradition in its old walls and I simply loved getting to see it again. My Mom decided for my birthday that a trip to Biltmore would mean more than a tangible gift. (She was correct, as usual.)


As soon as we walked through the large iron and wood doors, we were greeted by this beautiful display. This spring, Biltmore will be displaying several wedding gowns and costumes worn in movies such as Out of Africa, Pride and Prejudice and Howard’s End to name a few.



This beautiful gallery of flowers was directly to the right as we stepped deeper into the house. The way the morning sun gleamed through the windows was breathtaking.



The billiard room was quite large to say the least. Something about this room made me want to sit back and enjoy the warm sun shining through on the floor.



We filed our way to a large dining room with chandeliers that would make even the coldest heart melt away.



Their sheer size was gently accentuated by pale blue streamers and beautiful spring flowers. I get chills just thinking of them.



And if you don’t like the large, drafty dining room you can always pick the smaller, more intimate one that happens to be just as lavish as anything you would find in Downton Abbey. I am pretty sure Lady Mary would glare me into the floor for saying that…



Of course, when one lives in a large and drafty estate, one must equip every room with a functional and tasteful fireplace to add warmth to the room. (Both literally and metaphorically, I might add.) This is one of many, and again I repeat, many fireplaces found in Biltmore.



My favorite room by far was the library. It puts me in mind of a smaller version that the Beast gave Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Yes, a Disney reference was quite necessary. The innumerable colorfully bound books were all highlighted in gold lettering and varied in shape as they hugged the dark wooden walls. Yet again I have chills. Oh yes, the dress is lovely too.



This dress was probably the most eye catching in both a calming and eerie sort of way. I believe it is because of the pale reflection of the mannequin in the golden mirror.  It was used in an earlier rendition of Hamlet and was displayed in Mrs. Vanderbilt’s room.



These are the large chandeliers that light the staircases in the front of the estate. Can you imagine how they look at night? The chills just won’t stop.







And this is the lovely kitchen. It was my second favorite room in the house. I love how bright and warm the yellow is against the clean white tile on the walls. It gives it such a cozy feeling.



And this is the outside view from the side garden. All the flowers were starting to bud in anticipation of spring.




And here I am posing. Not really. I just discovered a helicopter flying overhead while my Mom was taking my picture. I tried though, I really did.


I believe my trip to Biltmore was the best birthday present I have ever received. And I am very grateful I was able to spend it with one of my favorite people, my Mom.

I hope you all have a lovely day! Stay ever so amazing.


Loads of Love,