Freaky Friday’s 

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday! 

Today I want to talk to you about jealousy. Everyone has moments of jealousy whether your jealous of the woman on the cover of the magazine with the perfect body and equally as perfect tan or if your jealous of the girl in your school that has perfectly effortless hair!

We are all guilty of being jealous at some point it’s just who we are! But before you go wishing that you had their life try thinking about what really makes them who they are.

Having perfect hair does not make you perfect! The girl that you think is beautiful may have struggles in her life that you would never want to take on. 

The woman with the perfect body in that magazine may seem beautiful and elegant but would you want to be on a diet every day of you life with constant criticism from people who don’t even know you?

Our lives are much more then how we appear. People mask pain and hurt with smiles and laughter, you do not truly know someone till you take the time to understand why they are the way they are. 

So it’s true that girl might have beautiful silky hair but maybe she is jealous of you because you have true friends or a loving family! 

Before you decide to pull a freaky Friday and try to be someone else or something your not think of all the good things in your life! These are things that not all people have and others might even be jealous of you for having!

Make the best out of your own life! Laugh smile and love yourself! 

Love you all 

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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A Single Girls Guide To a Netflix Valentines Day

Hello Everyone,

Happy Valentines Day!!

I have been single for enough Valentines day to know that sometimes this day can make the strongest of single ladies feel down. But today is just like any other days! Stay strong woman and celebrate the love you have for yourself, your family, and your friends. Today is all about love; your Valentine can be anyone including yourself! So practice self-love today and do what you want, do what makes you feel beautiful, and do what makes you feel loved!

I spent all of my single valentines days in the most cliche way. With a carton of ice cream, a can of whipped cream and some great movies!

Bellow I will list some of my suggested Netflix movies that will make any single lady feel strong and independent. So here are my top 5 movies that are streaming now!

Click on any of the gifs below to watch the trailers!

#5

The Stepford Wives- Rated PG-13

This is one of the most entertaining movies on Netflix! What better way to realize how great it is to a strong and independent woman then to watch a modern woman take down a bunch of stereotypical “housewives” straight out of the 50’s. The movie is a mixture of a chick-flick and a thriller!

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#4 Crossroads- Rated PG-13

This might be the corniest cliche 90’s teen chick flick! But it’s great! What a group of old friends reconnect over a cross country road trip! It’s a great movie about friendship and finding your inner strength! Plus its a lot of fun watching a young Brittany Spears act! tumblr_mjadgcQUN11rl8rnpo1_500.gif

#3 Mulan- Rated PG

Yes, it’s a cartoon but it is also one of the best girl power movies ever made! Mulan is no damsel in distress; she proves to the world that she is strong, and a fighter, she doesn’t need a man to save her! She is one of my heroes, and the movie is one of my favorites!

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#2 Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Okay, so it’s a TV show and not technically a movie, but it shows how a girl can kick butt! If you are looking for a binge-worthy TV show, I highly suggest jumping into this one! It’s all about girl power! Trust me Jessica Jones is tough!

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#1 Legally Blonde-Rated PG-13

Well, I am sure you all know the story of the dumb blonde who decides to go to law school because of the boy who got away! Then find her true self and who she was meant to be! This is one of the best feminist films I know it’s funny, smart, and witty! Watch a very lost girl become a powerful and intelligent woman!

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So stroll over to netflix.com and catch up on some girl power! Remember you all are beautiful and deserve the to feel that way every day, even valentines day! Love yourself today!!

Love you all,

Michelle  ❤

Life’s little adventures

Hello Everyone,

Happy Friday!!

So today I want to write to you all about embracing what life has in store for and just going with the flow! I must admit this has always been a struggle for me I love planning!! I plan everything even a movie night at home…its planned!

But if my husband has taught me anything it’s that you can’t take life to seriously! If you are so wrapped up in planning everything then you will miss the adventure and end up disappointed!

I think that I am getting better at unwinding and just letting things happen. Since I’ve been doing this I’ve been able to just enjoy life so much more! I love when friends just show up at my door or a surprise road trip to where ever we decide to go!

This weekend my husband surprised me with a Valentine weekend trip! And I couldn’t be more excited! We are in the car now driving, I won’t know where we end up until we get there but I’m enjoying the ride!

I will keep you updated on my weekend! Follow my Twitter for updates! @inspirethegirl

Love you all ❤
Michelle
P.S… I have not been kidnapped!

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 ❤

 

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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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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The Ceremony

We had arrived at the church 10 minutes before the ceremony started. We said a prayer and lined up for the march down the aisle. One by one my bridesmaids began to disappear through the doors and down the aisle. Before I knew it, the doors had closed again, and it was just my dad and me.

At this point, my nerves were at an all-time high. I had the same feeling you get right before you get in the world’s most intense roller coaster. My two cousins who were in charge of the doors were listening for the music to change as I began to hyperventilate.

The doors open and I looked up to see Tyler at the end of the aisle. All of a sudden all my nerves left it was just him and me. From there everything was perfect. I kissed my dad and mom at the end of the aisle and took the hand of the man who would become my husband in just minutes.

We listened to the pastor talk about what marriage means, Tyler’s cousin and my uncle read scripture, we let the unity candle, said “I Do”, and had our first kiss as husband and wife. Before I knew it, I was walking back down the aisle with my husband.

Everything was perfect, and we were married!

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“I want to Look like the Woman He Fell In Love With”

My alarm started screeching at 9 AM. After not getting home till almost 2 am from the rehearsal dinner it seemed to be way to early for this. As I went to press the snooze button, something stopped me. It was my wedding day!

Believe me, when I say I am not a morning person, but I was on January 8th. I knew I needed all the time to prepare for 6 PM. Just 9 hours till the walk down the aisle. My morning began with several texts from my friends and family asking how I was holding up so far. I was surprisingly calm for the morning of the day that would change my life.

I started with my typical routine a quick shower, healthy breakfast, brushing my teeth, and then on to the fun morning with my mom… First I got my hair done at 11, nothing to fancy just some lovely curls. After that, I got my makeup done at a different salon. To me, it was important that I looked like me. I wanted Tyler too look at me and think that’s the woman I fell in love with. The last thing I wanted was over the top makeup that made me look like someone else. I did not want anything over the top, but rather a more polished version of my everyday appearance.

After this, I had to go straight to the hotel to meet my bridesmaids and the photographer. At this point, everything started to feel real! I had three hours till I walked down the aisle, to the man of my dreams! I never doubted that I should be getting married, I felt like the luckiest girl in the world on the luckiest day of her life! But I couldn’t help but feel anxious, it was the day I had been dreaming of since my first fairy tale. A day that I have built up to be the most wonderful and important day in my life. A day that will begin my new life and finally join Tyler and me on a journey through life as husband and wife. All these things started to run through my head as the time got closer and closer to 6 PM.

I was surround by my family and friends, but all I could think about was the butterflies in my stomach. The excitement… the nerves… So many emotion! The photographer kept snapping photos of us getting ready, we posed and smiled and then it was time.

5:45 Time to head to the church….

 

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