Monday, June 29, 2015

4 Summer Styling Tricks

Summer is my favorite. I love the warm breezes, beach days, necessity for sandals, and summer fashion. It can be challenging to dress for such high temperatures, but with a couple tips and tricks, you can stay cool and stylish, even in the summer heat.

1. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics. 
It's fun to wear a pretty dress in the summer, but make sure you choose fabrics such as cotton and linen to ensure that your skin can breathe. There's nothing more uncomfortable then being sweaty and hot in an outfit. I like to lean toward bohemian or brightly colored prints during the summer season! 

2. Pick a relaxed silhouette. 
Form-fitting dresses are great, but in the summer heat it can feel restrictive and sticky. Choose pieces that are a more relaxed or looser fit. This doesn't have to mean sloppy. Tailored detail tunics over white pants are a great combination to look put together without feeling so warm. 

3. Top it off. 
Throw on a straw hat, and a panama style is my favorite choice for summer! The loose weave allows the breeze to blow through, keeping your head cool, and also shades your eyes from the sun, whether you're on the beach or out for lunch. 
4. Dress up your basic pieces. 
It's easy to reach for the favorite shorts and t-shirt combo, out of habit and temperature factors, but mix things up, and pair your white shorts with a lightweight, silk sleeveless top, and some metallic accessories. Rather than the worn in flip flops, pair this look with strappy sandals with a low heel in a neutral to make your legs look miles long. Voila! Classic with a twist. 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

5 Signs You're Leading At Your Personal Best

We all have influence in different situations, and as a leader, it is imperative to know how to lead at a high level. When we're operating in the area of our personal best, we'll see these 5 common factors, whether it is in the corporate sector, creative community, or in ministry. Check to see if your current area of leadership is allowing you to lead at your personal best. Here's a few indications...

When a leader is at their personal best, they:

1. Challenge the process.
Just because things have been done a certain way out of tradition does not mean that it is most efficient or effective. Leaders operating at their personal best are innovating, creating, and discovering new options.

2. Inspire a shared vision.
No one gets anywhere alone, ever. To create the greatest momentum among a team or an organization, it is all about inspiring the team to buy into and catch hold of a shared vision. Together everyone achieves more.

3. Enable others to act.
Empowering others is a skill of a strong leader. A leader operating at their personal best will speak to the potential in others, and empower and enable them to operate in those areas of greatest strength. Strong leaders do not hoard tasks and withhold opportunities from their teams for fear of losing power.

4. Model the way.
A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. A leader operating at their personal best is consistently exampling how to be a person of good work ethic, integrity, humility, character...etc. If you want others to do the right thing, example it for them.

5. Encourage the heart.
The strongest leaders are those who speak life, encouragement, and positivity into their people. They are aware of the needs of their team, and are willing to set aside tasks for the care of relationships. To make the biggest strides toward positive progress, a leader operating in their personal best is able to uplift and encourage the hearts of their people.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Island Paradise: A Photo Diary

I love going on vacations to explore beautiful parts of the world. The Hawaiian islands are one of my favorite places to visit. On our recent trip, we did a good amount of exploring and also took a few days to simply relax and soak up the sun. It is always fun to go back and sift through the many photos after a great trip, and so I've compiled a little photo diary of our time in the islands. Have you been to Hawaii? I'd love to hear your recommendations...there's so many cool local hangouts to discover.

Click the Read More link below to come explore the islands with me...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Out Of Office

Is there anything more fun than the excitement of summer travel? I sure love a day off here and there to explore, relax at the beach, or swim in the pool. Now that those long, sun-drenched days are officially here, I've got travel on the brain. Here's a few of my favorite tips for a island vacay.

1. Plan Ahead
It can be an overwhelming process to pack the day before you leave, so skip the frustration, and plan out your outfits ahead of time. I like to lay everything out before putting it in my suitcase, so I bring the right pieces and avoid overpacking. Here's a fun couple of lists to help get you started.

2. Do Your Research
While there's definitely something to be said about spontaneity; however, you don't want to miss out on some amazing memories because you didn't plan enough time or pack properly for them. It's really beneficial to do a little searching around to see what local hangouts, beaches, activities, and events are close by the area. You never know what kinds of local gems are just waiting for your discovery! 

3. Enjoy the moment
Nothing against documenting that perfect sunset or picturesque vista, but remember to enjoy the moment! In our world of technology and constant barrage of social media updates, it's easy to focus on trivial things and miss the beauty of the place you're in! Vacation is a time to get away, relax, and recharge...don't worry, your social tech world will be there when you return. Let yourself be "out of office" for a bit, and you'll find that it does wonders for your creativity and stress level. 

There you have it! Three of my top tips for a fun, relaxing, and fabulous vacation this summer. 
Bon voyage!  

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Key To Success

"It's time that we set aside the thought process that says unless we fit into the mold that society and culture have esteemed as worthy, than we're doing something meaningless. You have been created for a purpose, and your inner dreams, desires, and talents are individually and specifically wired in such a way so that you're perfectly set up to do incredible things on this earth that only you can do. Whether you're in an office building, art studio, foreign country, or at home with six kids, when you're doing what you've been designed to do, that's success."

excerpt taken from,  From Me To You, p. 28


Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Ways To Break a Bad Habit

Most of us, at some point, have found ourselves in a habit that perhaps isn't the best, or leading us in the direction that heads for success. While it's easy to complain about habits as hinderances, it's better to break them, in order that they are replaced with beneficial, success-building actions! Ready to make some changes? Here's a few ideas to get the job done!

1. Change your self-talk.
Our words have such incredible power, and most times we don't give a second thought to the words we speak, let alone the inner dialogue that takes place within our minds. Do your words speak of positivity, success, health, life, and strength? Or do you constantly put yourself down, shackling your spirit? By changing your self-talk to that of encouragement, positive thoughts, and goal-oriented speech, you'll find a major attitude change, and renewed strength to change your habits!
2. Change your environment.
Our environment is a major factor in the habit patterns we choose. Does your environment allow you to grow, learn, create, and achieve? Or does it hold you back, and continue to provide negative input and compromising situations? Be aware of where you are, and if your environment is not benefitting you, change it! You are not a tree; you can get up and move somewhere else.
3. Replace the bad habit with a good habit.
It is not simply enough to break a bad habit; we must replace the old habit with a new, beneficial one. After all, we are creatures of habit, and will create a new routine, so you may as well choose what it looks like. Instead of waiting for something else to come along, choose what you'll do instead of engaging in the previous behavior or attitude. It's amazing to see how little you'll miss that bad habit once your new habit is in place!
4. Be Accountable to Someone. 
Accountability is key to achievement. If you want to grow, succeed, and accomplish anything in this life, you'll realize that you can't do it alone. We need one another, and having someone that can encourage you and ask the right questions along the way, to ensure that you're sticking to your plan, is a winning formula. Be sure to choose someone who you admire, respect, and can keep confidences.
5. Be deliberate, persistent, and consistent.
Honestly, this one is applicable to anything you want to achieve in life. Deliberate action leads to specific reactions. You get what you put into something, and to change a habit, you'll need to become deliberate about change. Sometimes this is uncomfortable...wait, scratch that, it's always uncomfortable, but that's good! Change only takes place outside your comfort zone. Fact of life. Push yourself to be persistent in your actions, consistent in character, and you'll find that your bad habits are soon things of the past.

What habits do you need to change? Challenge yourself to begin the change process today. You can do it! Have a fantastic week ahead!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Just Do It

Things have been a little busy around here lately...and this is why!

Big dreams in life often require three things:
1. Time
2. Hard Work
3. Focus

I don't know what big goals you're in the process of achieving, for me it was my master's degree, but I want you to know that those goals are so worth the achievement process. The feeling of walking onto the field to Pomp & Circumstance, with thousands of others from across the globe, surrounded by a entire stadium packed full of people cheering for you is well worth the late nights, long hours, and months of hard work. Remember that nothing great is ever achieved alone, so don't forget to thank those around you who helped to encourage and support you along the way. Stay the course, persevere, and you will reap the incredible reward of achieving your dream. In the words of Nike, "just do it".
The life you dream of is waiting for you...will you live it?

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