Today I BackPacked Around The World

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday was by far one of the most magical days I have ever experienced!
We spent the day backpacking across the entire world! We saw Canada, Japan, France, Germany, China, Morocco, Norway, Mexico, Africa, you name it! We saw everything the world had to offer, the World Showcase that is!
Tyler and I spent our entire day in Epcot! We road the rides, ate the food, smiled for the pictures, and shopped the shops, and traveled the world, right here in Florida!
I think it is a wonderful thing to learn about and celebrate the cultures of other areas in the world! Disney has done an amazing job bringing a true cultural feeling to its guests!
We met Minnie and Pluto, which was great because my dog Bella is a huge Pluto fan and always wanted an autograph! 
We ate dinner in Norway which was absolutely amazing! The food was a 10 out of 10 and I got to meet some of my favorite princesses! The little girl next to us turned 3 today and when the waiter brought the cake over everyone in the entire restaurant even the princesses sang her happy birthday! Disney truly is the happiest place on earth! Happy 3rd Birthday Alyssa!
After dinner we did a little after hours exploring around the countries and really enjoyed all the beauty of Epcot. We are here during the Flower and Garden Festival so we have had so much fun looking at all the beautiful flowers arranged into different Disney Characters!
Disney is the best place in the world to people watch because everyone is so happy! One of the best things about this place is watching a little kids face light up when they meet their favorite characters! I find it hard enough to contain my own excitement, never mind when I was a child!
I can’t wait for the excitement that tomorrow will bring! For more updates make sure to follow my Instagram (@inspiringthegirls) and Facebook (inspiringthegirls)
Love you all,
Michelle

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

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What’s In My Carry On

Hello Everyone,

I have 5 days until I leave for Disney! As you might be able to tell I am so excited to be starting this adventure. Not only is this our spring break trip but our honeymoon! We went on a weekend trip to Connecticut right after our wedding so that we could save the money and find a time to go to Disney.
Well now it is less then a week away and am getting all gitty just thinking about the morning we leave!
Today I packed my carry on filled with all the things I will try to entertain myself with. So here is what is in my Darth Vader carry on:

  • My hot pink HP laptop (so I can keep up with all of you)
  • Yes cucumber face wipes (always need to refresh after a day of travel)
  • My Vera Bradley wallet (it is the perfect size to keep everything you need for travel)
  • A mini hair brush by precision beauty (great quality and perfect size)
  • My notebook and calendar book (work on ideas for the blog, of course!)
  • A new pair of Skullcandy headphones (the only headphones I use)
  • My favorite YBF lipstick (Check them out, I love the shade pumpkin spice)
  • Star Wars tissues (to go with my Vader bag, of course)
  • Iphone charger (can’t travel with out power)
  • A fun pair of sunglasses (designed by Merona)
  • The book A night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday ( loving it so far, book review after the vacation)
  • Of course my Disney Magic Band so we can jump straight to the magic when we land in Orlando

Love you all,

Michelle

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Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Hello everyone,

Today I want to talk to you all about being good to your body and staying healthy! This is not a talk about how to lose weight or any crazy diets! It’s about YOU and your HEALTH!

I am an active supporter in keeping a healthy diet! It just makes you feel better. The saying you are what you eat is 100% true. You only have one body do not through away your one chance to live an exciting and healthy life.

Know I am not saying to live off of green smoothies and kale for the rest of you life (although they are good) but just make a conscious effort to feed your body good food! Choose a side salad over fries and drink water instead of soda, just these little changes can make a world of differences!

I am not a gym person, and I never have been. I feel weird being in a room packed full of sweaty people who honestly do not want to be there! and I get so bored staring at the same white walls while running on a stationary machine. Because of this, I exercise at home! I do a simple yoga video every other day and, belief me, it makes a world of difference!

I have always had problems with my back, constant visits to the chiropractor is a norm for me. But since I started doing yoga it has made a world of difference. I roll out my yoga mat in my living room and pick a workout off of Hulu ( the one in the picture is Yasmin Yoga), and I just do it I can pause it if I have to do something its perfect for me!

There are so many free exercise videos on youtube or on demand; you can pick what you want! From yoga to pilates, from boxing to weightlifting there’s no excuse why everyone can;t exercise!

I hope you all choose to keep your bodies healthy and happy.

Namaste,

Michelle

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An Open Letter To My Readers

Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed the guest post from my husband yesterday! He was very excited to get to know you all!

Today I want to write to you about why I made this blog in the first place! Yesterday was my 100th post and I celebrated 3 years on wordpress last week! I feel like its about time that I restate my intent behind this blog.

I started writing my freshman year of college. It started as a way to relieve stress and feel like I was putting some good into the world. I wanted to write to women who needed a confidence boost and a little bit of help seeing their self worth!

I am a true believer that everyone is beautiful and we all deserve to know it! When I first started I was just hoping to reach a few girls and help them with the words I wrote! I remember when I got my first comment saying I helped someone, it was the best feeling ever! Over time I started receiving messages from girls asking for my advice and opinions, this is where a good chunk of my posts came from, I figured if one girl is having these problems others must be too!

I was very happy with my readers I felt like even though I had few readers I was helping those who I was able to reach. But last year everything blew up! I started getting hundreds of subscribers a day and thousands upon thousands of viewers. I tried to keep up with the messages but I am only one person. I began to feel like I wasn’t doing enough for all of you and that I was inadequate to be trying to help so many people. My posts began to get less frequent and eventually I stopped posting for months at a time.

Quite recently I have decided that I can only do the best I can but I still want to help! I am back to blogging everyday and trying to help as many people as I can. I must admit that writing anything that hundreds of thousands of people are going to read is a little daunting but I believe that my words can help!

I  hope you have all enjoyed reading my posts over the last three years. Thank you for sticking with me, you all have told me time and time again of how much I have helped you, but you all have helped me too! You all have become my friends, people who I look forward to sharing my stories with. You have been with me through breakups, bad hair cuts, loss of family members, loss of friends, an engagement, and a marriage! So for always being on the other side of the internet I thank you!

I promise to do my very best to always be a loyal friend to all of you and to keep sharing love and advice!

With Love,

Michelle

 

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Learning when to say no (Guest Post!)

Hi everyone! My name is Tyler and I am Michelle’s husband! Michelle isn’t feeling well today so she asked me if I wanted to step in and write a little something for you all! A little about myself: I’m 21 years old, and I’m in my last semester of my undergrad studying sociology. I also work at a residential treatment facility for juvenile delinquents as a youth counselor, and hopefully plan to work there after I graduate. In my spare time I also stream video games to Twitch! If you’re interested you can find me at twitch.tv/ttrites

Michelle said I could write about pretty much anything today, so I decided to write about when to say no. One of the clinicians at work gave me some advice the other day that really stuck with me. She said “When it’s most difficult to say no, for whatever reason, It’s probably the most important time to say it.” This advice really hit home for me because in my line of work I need to set boundaries and enforce rules that the residents don’t always agree with. But, these rules are there for a reason, and they are being enforced for their own good.

I really believe that this advice is applicable to other parts of life too. Sometimes with things like peer pressure or other factors in life, it’s really hard to say no to things that you have a bad gut feeling about. Or you might know that it’s the wrong thing to do, but feel pressured to say yes for any number of reasons. It’s times like these where you’ll thank yourself later for going with that gut feeling, and keeping yourself safe.

Now don’t get me wrong, new experiences are what makes life exciting and sometimes really interesting. But if you get yourself into a situation where you really feel strongly that you should say no, you should! Follow your gut feelings, and trust in your own judgement.

I actually really liked doing this! From what I can tell you all are lovely people and I’m so glad Michelle can write for a community that is as nice as all of you! Hope to see you again soon!

-Tyler

 

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To All My Valentines

Hello everyone!

My post today will be short because I seem to have contracted a cold.

Today I want to talk to you all about being safe on valentines day. I know a lot of single people decide to go out to bars to drink with friends and maybe meet someone new. This is totally fine and part of the fun of being single on valentines day. However sometimes girls can get down or sad on this day of they don’t have someone special to share it with. Drinking and partying when you are sad is never a good thing! It can lead to over drinking and bad decisions that you may later regret!

If you decide to go out and have fun, good for you! Why not make the best out of this holiday! But please be safe and think before it is to late and you are left with regrets that could have been avoided.

Its okay to be single on valentines day and you shouldn’t be sad. Valentines day is a day to celebrate your love for other people so who says your valentine has to be a significant other. It could be a friend a family member or even yourself. If you are single this valentines day enjoy it, and just be thankful for all the loved ones you have in your life.

You will all be in my heart this valentines day!

 

Love you all ❤

Michelle ❤

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hello everyone today I want to talk to you about something that has been a huge part of my childhood! HARRY POTTER! It’s the story of the boy who lived, growing up orphaned after his parent’s death Harry lived with his aunt uncle and spoiled cousin! Just as he begins to give up hope of a life of happiness when he discovers something magical. “You are a wizard, Harry” Then begins the adventure of a lifetime.

An adventure filled with friendship, struggles, fear, and magic. This book series helped so many people grow up and gave us all hope that good really does triumph over evil. Helped us realize that a good friend can be your most valuable and that things are not always what they seem.

These books really did help raise me, although I never got my Hogwarts letter on my 11th birthday I still believe in magic and friendship. The Harry Potter series opened my world to reading and fantasy, to this day fantasy books are my first choice. Because of this love for Harry Potter, I have found books like the  Battle for Honor Series (Gates and Rebirth).

It is amazing how a single book can change the course of a person life.

Well known on to some exciting news!

J.K. Rowling has announced the 8th Harry Potter book release date!

JULY 31ST 2016!

 

The 8th Harry Potter book is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It jumps forward 19 years; I can’t wait to know what Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione are up to.  JK Rowling is a fantastic author and this time with the help of Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, it is sure to be another classic but why take my word.  Let’s allow Mr. Ollivander to describe it “But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.”

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy, he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Well, mean less to say but my copy is pre-ordered!

While you wait for this new installment of Harry Potter, make sure you check out the Battle For Honor Series! (Gates and Rebirth)

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I Start Every Day with a Cup Of Tea & A Smile

Hello, everyone!

Happy Tuesday, I wanted to write to you today about being optimistic! I know that sometimes its hard to see the glass half full and that is a problem that must be fixed.

I am one of those people that try to see the positives. I admit that everyone and a while the world gets in my way and even I seem to become a downer. When I am sick, I am the worst a cold can put me in a miserable mood for a week. But even then it’s important to realize that the energy you put out in the world will always come back to you, and who wants all that negative energy.

My best advice is to start everyday positive! Eat a healthy breakfast, drink your favorite tea or coffee, and smile! A smile is the best way to stay positive. It makes you feel better and makes everyone else see you as a kind and open person!

I always start my days with a tea made with french vanilla creamer and a smile. I smile at myself in the mirror because a woman is the most beautiful when she is smiling, and who doesn’t want to feel beautiful?

A smile is just as contagious as a frown. In most cases simply smiling at someone will get you a friendly smile in return! The most obvious example of positive energy returning to you. Every once and a while you may get the downer who scoffs or frowns at you but that is their own problem and not yours!

Let’s spread positivity today and push the negative energy away!

I love you all!

Michelle ❤

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Rebirth

As you all know, I LOVE the Battle For Honor book series! I talked a lot about Gates in the past, but RJ Brousseau has done it again with the Sequel!

The sequel is called Rebirth! I am a strong believer that originals are usually the best but in this case, RJ Brousseau has stepped up to that challenge and wrote a sequel that has surpassed all my expectations! I honestly believe that Rebirth is even better then Gates.

Many of you had read Gates and Rebirth takes place right where we left off. Make sure you pick up Rebirth to learn even more about your favorite characters, as this book goes more in depth about each one of them.

A few of my favorite parts of this book are the way that RJ Brousseau approaches necromancers and vampires! He does not approach these in the typical cookie cutter fashion. He doesn’t fall into the typical stereotypes that come along with necromancers and vampires! The book introduces a new race and different classes that we have not seen before. Some of the elves are becoming unhappy with the way things are and just who is the shadow knight?

I do not want to give too much information away so that you are just as surprised as I was with all the unexpected twists and turns. I truly recommend picking up this fast paced book. Rebirth has a theme of never abandoning hope even through all the deception and betrayal. I think this is a great message for all of you because hope should never be lost.

Below is a synopsis of Rebirth as well as links to amazon for both Rebirth and the original Gates. I am anxiously awaiting the third installment of Battle For Honor!

The winds whip over the hallowed lands of Agora, as all they have ever known is now changing, everything sacred has been shattered and crushed to dust.  It has been six years since the dwarf capital Brinstone Gates fell to the invading elf army, but to many, it has been a lifetime.  Things haven’t been this bleak since the Great War oppression washed over the lands many generations ago.

The dwarfs have been allowed to establish a temporary home in MorBlanc, alongside the humans, yet they continue to be persecuted by both known and unknown forces.  Thorel is king and desperately tries to keep his people safe, while struggling with everyday politics.  Eagan, a former member of the human royal court, is now the sitting queen for the dwarfs, yet exactly where do her loyalties lie?  Thorel’s inner circle continues to support the king, although allegiances will be tested.

The elves prosper since their conquest, however life is now very different from before, and not everyone is happy.  Kenric is wrestling with his inner demons, unable to comprehend why he suffers as he rises to ultimate power.  He continues to remain obsessed with his plans to completely wipe out every dwarf, even as a larger goal is in his sights.  Celeste no longer speaks with the goddess, instead she longs for more power, and freedom from her ever distant husband.  Allies become enemies and alliances never before imaged surface, while the elves consolidate power, tightening their grip around the world’s throat.

The humans are growing tired of sharing their home.  Their troubled king, Travis, tries to find a way to deal with the public outcry over his decision to aid the dwarfs, all the while feeling his power slipping away.  The humans, as well as all the other non-elf races, are feeling isolated, and fear they may be the next on the elf king’s agenda.

The savior that descended amongst the dwarf people died by a single arrow, and with that, almost all hope died with him.  The avatars are once again dispatched to the physical plane, but this time without guidance.  Along with these heroes, a new evil is unleashed upon the world, known only as the shadow knight.

Magic is even more powerful, and more unstable.  Those that are able to control the energies are now able to accomplish great feats, or are consumed by the very powers they crave.  Witness the discovery of new races and lands, and watch the vampire clans unite to form an independent nation.

How does Thorel, the reluctant king of the dwarfs, respond to these new threats?  Who else will stand up against the elf conquest?

Click on the books below to be directed to the link!!  

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The Reception

The first dance, the cake, the toast, the parent dances! All the magical moments of a reception! The ceremony was over, and we were finally married. Time to just have fun, celebrate, and enjoy the rest of the night with our friends and family!

We all arrived to the reception hall; we were announced into the hall filled with our loved ones, and then we danced. Our song was Thinking Out Loud and even though we may be the world’s worst dancers, everything felt right.

The toasts were next; they were given by my husband’s two best men. They were funny, smart, and witty. We took our formal photos smiled and laughed.

We cut our delicious red velvet snowflake cake. We had our parent dances, me and my dad danced to Vienna by Billy Joel and Tyler and his mom danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts.

After this the dance floor was open, and everyone danced until the end of the night!

My wedding was perfect! From start to finish, I would not have changed anything.

I hope you have enjoyed the details of my wedding I have shared with you over the last week! This will be the last post in my Wedding series. But don’t worry I will be continuing to blog about everything else under the sun!

Tomorrow is our one month anniversary, Its hard to believe that I have already been married for a month! This last month has been incredible I hope you all find that one special person who can make you feel unconditionally loved, it is the most magical feeling in the world!

Love you all

Michelle

 

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