The Five-Minute Journal

I visited my sister a few weekends ago (post on that trip forthcoming) and she gave me something that I didn’t realize I would treasure so dearly.
This little Five-Minute Journal changed my life.

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Every morning you are tasked with listing the things you are grateful for and your aspirations for the day. At the end of the day you reflect and list the great things that happened and a few things that could be improved upon.

I have become a pretty negative person over the last couple of years and by simply writing these positive thoughts down in the morning and evenings, it has changed my whole outlook on life and really put things into perspective for me. It’s inexplicably and totally empowering.

I started writing in my journal the day I started selling Rodan + Fields so it’s especially interesting to look back even only a month on from my beginnings and see what I was thinking and hoping for.

Some of what I have been hoping for overall has changed. It’s odd to see your hopes and dreams written on a piece of paper that you then have to write over and over, day in and day out. Ultimately you want those hopes and dreams to become your reality and not just another page in a book. I won’t reveal what I’m working towards just yet, but I will be glad to share any good news that comes from my endeavors just as soon as I can.

If you are looking for a WONDERFUL gift for someone, order a copy of this journal.
Do yourself a favor and order a copy for you too.

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Talk Southern To Me

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Julia Fowler, creator of the Southern Women Chanel. If you haven’t seen her videos, go to her Youtube channel or Facebook page right now and be prepared for a good laugh.

Julia is from Gaffney, South Carolina and started her entertainment career on cruise ships and then Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun. After getting married, she ended up in L.A. and collected a group of Southern friends whom she convinced to film a funny youtube video. It went viral instantly and the rest is history!

Julia’s book Talk Southern To Me is, in her own words, a love letter to the south.
If you are looking for an entertaining read or a great gift for a friend, buy this book! I bought one for myself and 5 more for friends and family.

It’s on sale on Amazon and “up at the Walmart.”
If you have seen Julia’s videos, you will get why it’s at Walmart.

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Changing Things Up

As you may have noticed, I changed the name of this blog.

When I started this blog, it was the next chapter in a shopping blog I kept on Blogspot called Armoire of a Reverie. Dumb name…I know. I had a descent following on that site. Elizabeth McKay actually followed me. I was finishing up college and had loads of time and energy to put into mixing and matching things that I was wearing. It didn’t hurt that I had loads and loads of clothes back then.

Fast forward five years: I have moved 3 times and have taken on some pretty difficult jobs. With each move, I left things behind and changed what I was wearing to better fit what I was doing. It became exhausting to keep up the parade of outfits and accessories. It was exhausting to pack and unpack all of that mess every time I moved. I’m tired just thinking about packing all of that mess. (I’m still selling stuff, if you’re interested)
Game over.

When I moved to this blog, I intended to focus on my gift for seeking out sales. I am signed up for just about every newsletter out there and I can almost feel it in my bones when a good sale is about to hit. I published notices about sales and posted show and tell pieces after I had shopped the sales myself. This was tough to keep up.

My shopping habits changed in a pretty noticeable way in the past year. Instead of mopping up at every great sale, I would pick up a few staple pieces. Plain stuff. Boring stuff. Bread and butter stuff. Stuff that doesn’t get readers excited. Basically… I got boring.

Sorry I’m not sorry!

I find myself gravitating towards more plain items now. I love items that can be worn with anything and I LOVE being able to grab something simple and not think too much about it. It is a pretty interesting change from what I was into only a few years ago. Layering necklaces and an abundance of color are just not my deal anymore.

So about the name…
What’s the deal?
What is my deal?
What’s the deal with this blog?

I don’t know.
Won’t you stick around to find out?