Happy Choosing

Society has expectations that each individual is to be held accountable to. Standards. Milestones in your life, as some may say. Get through high school in order to get accepted into an accredited 4 year college. Graduate on the proper timeline of 4 years in order to be at your prime age to land your dream job fresh out of college. College, or shortly after being where you may find your future spouse. The person you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with and start a family of your own, yet you are just figuring out who you as yourself. What the ‘American dream’ plan does not include is all of the other factors that come into play when making these life decisions. The fact that what you thought you wanted to do for a career leaving high school may not be the same as what you still want as you enter the final year of college, or even after that period. So much goes into making decisions like those and even then, your path can change.

Change can equal new life, new opportunity and growth. Doing something different than what’s expected of you doesn’t have to be a negative thing. I have faced some challenges during my college years that have led me on a different path than I had originally planned for myself. The most important thing I have learned and continue to learn is that by doing things on your own terms that differ from societal expectations does not mean you are failing. I will repeat that for good measure, YOU ARE NOT FAILING! You are the only person who can decide when and if something will work for you and therefore, will lead you to happiness. This concept is something that I have to work through and remind myself of nearly every day. Although the confidence in my choices comes and goes I must not allow myself to get to comfortable because it can creep back up on you in no time. Try not to allow yourself to leave the responsibility in society’s hands. You, and I, have to make a choice to remain in control of our own happiness. 

Why waste another minute away, who’s hands will it be?

Happy choosing,

Katrina

Find You Power

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson

From the moment I read this quote years ago I have felt determined to not only find my power, but to keep it. In times when I feel as though my sense of power is weakening, I reread it for motivation and encouragement. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way it becomes something that I gain a sense of comfort from because it allows me to recenter myself around my goals. Having the confidence to believe in the power you have is truly liberating, as Marianne Williamson suggests. When you believe in how powerful you are you feel lifted. 

Imagine a world where everyone had the confidence in themselves to let there best aspects shine. I truly believe that when you surround yourself with strong, confident and powerful individuals it becomes contagious to those around them. Who is someone you know that demonstrates these qualities? I challenge you to find your power and never let it go. Don’t get discouraged when it seems to fade out because it will. Simply find a new, possibly old, way to ignite that flame again. 

Is it burning up in here or what?

Cheers,

Katrina

Break old patterns that no longer suite you & move forward with your life

Hello all,

People are creatures of habit. You gain a sense of comfort by knowing precisely what your next move will be. A habit wraps you up, engulfing you in the coziest blanket of all. Pure comfort. Bliss. Ease. Even telling someone you love them becomes habitual. Some might argue against that by saying everything I do is a choice that I make and want to do, however, if you take a step back and look at your day to day occurrences you might begin to see the patterns. Making a change in your patterns doesn’t have to be drastic, although they certainly can be. But they also could be as simple as going out to eat in the middle of the week instead of saving it for the weekend, saying I love you first thing in the morning rather than when parting ways, or even switching up where you sit down for dinner. When you begin to break away from your habits, the little things become new and exciting again. If you can break away from these habits you can begin to make room for new adventures and move forward in your life, as opposed to staying idle.

I challenge you to break away from that oh so pleasing comfort and try something new!

**Short and sweet today due to my awaiting sleep over with my ten year old niece 🙂 

Cheers,

Katrina

“Balance is Beautiful”

“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~William Shakespeare

Over the years I am continuously reminded through my interactions with others and myself of how crucial it is to remain balanced in all areas of my life in order to maintain and grow in my happiness and satisfaction from life. When my mind isn’t distracted from the clutter that no longer remains important at the end of the day, I am freed, lifted, light on my feet, hopping around like a bunny or any way you want to phrase it. My point is that the weight is lifted off my shoulders. This sense of balance inspires me to be adventurous and full of love for the life that I am blessed to have. I find that it is certainly easier to put all your focus and precious energy into the things in your life that are going’right’ so to speak. However, it takes much more gumption to confront the aspects of your life that may be facing some challenges. It is incredibly difficult to admit that you aren’t satisfied with something in life whether it be your career, relationship or family dynamic, let alone to ask for help. Our society has trained us to think that by asking for help you have failed. Well that just isn’t fair.

As difficult as it may be, I encourage you to ask for help, even if you feel you don’t need it that much. By asking for help you’ll find that the balance of your values in life will come together again and become a force to be reckoned with. I’m not saying that by just stating “I need help” to someone it will magically solve everything. I’m simply suggesting that it will aid in initiating that process of growth. Maybe that person will be there as a support system for you or an encouraging person to keep pushing you forward when you fall back to your old habits. Either way, they will be someone to keep your integrity in line with your goal. 

Our world is focused on the relationships you build with others. Why not strengthen the relationships you have by exposing your weaknesses. 

Be vulnerable. I dare you.

Katrina

Air Plant DIY Display

Hello everyone!

Mixing it up today and introducing the first DIY project which happens to be one of my favorites 🙂 All together this project took me about 40 minutes to an hour not including hanging them up (because I couldn’t decide which place was my favorite new home for them!) I hope that you give it a go a get inspired to be crafty. Quick shout out to Hammer and Vine in Portland, OR for providing the beautiful air plants. Thank you! The gold frames I found at Goodwill for $3.99 for a set of 5. Score! Happy hunting for your desired frame my friends, ya never know what could go from average to glorious in an hour’s work. 

Please comment below on how yours turned out. I would love to see pictures as well! Thank you for indulging!

Happy crafting,

Katrina

PS.

Starting Monday January 19th I will be releasing a new blog every Monday and Friday by 6pm for you to enjoy. In the meantime, enjoy, share, comment and follow The Me, You and Us Journey!

The Mine, Yours and Ours ‘What if’ Land

Two meltdowns and a huge heap of stress later, the realization of being in a new city, a college graduate and now living with my boyfriend hit me for the first time this week. I haven’t been unemployed since I was 16 years old when I got my first job at Subway. Now, being 25, in a new city with substantial rent and not having a specific plan freaked me out. Poor Matt (my boyfriend). He’s been incredibly patient and supportive with me as I process all the changes now that things slowed down. It’s amazing what keeping busy can do to distract your brain…

The minute things slowed down and the excitement mellowed my ‘what if’ brain went dancing down town for an all night event! Rather than being in the moment and enjoying what my new surroundings have to offer me, I ran to the complete opposite direction. My feet slowly trudged through the mud of ‘what ifs’ and ‘what could go wrongs’ which now engulfed me. I pushed and pushed as if I were convincing myself to make all the great things in my life go horribly wrong. What fun that was. Thankfully, before I sunk deeper into the mud while feeling sorry for myself, Matt lifted me to reality by one simple statement: “Bullshit. I call bullshit.” Hmm. Okay.

After a moment, my brows no longer furrowed, I realized he was right. I was stuck in the vicious cycle of ‘what ifs’ that sneak their little way into your thoughts until eventually taking over them altogether. Damn you. Me, being the stubborn individual that I am, was determined not to let that cycle win. It had taken me for a nice ride (I suppose), however, I wanted off fast. 

I have since made a pact with myself to challenge my ‘what if’ thoughts by simply stating ‘what if it goes right?’ ‘What if I succeed beyond what I thought I was capable of?’ ‘What if I plow through that mud like the bad ass I know I am?’ Do me a favor, take a minute and think about a frequent ‘what if’ that is constantly nipping at your ankles. Got it? Now challenge that with something optimistic and powerful. Feel it? There’s a little spark going off somewhere in ya! Now imagine how infinite we’d feel if we did this all the time? Our confidence would be through the roof, which is exactly my point. Who says your confidence in yourself cannot surpass a certain point? Well, in reality, some probably do. You know what I say in response to that? Bullshit. 

Bye bye ‘what if’ land. Hello confidence.

Cheers,

Katrina

xoxo

The Me, You & Us Journey

I recently picked up a book called “Where will you be five years from today?” by Dan Zadra from my book shelf, suddenly feeling motivated for change. The book is meant to ease you into creating a 5 year plan for yourself so that you make the next 5 years the best ones yet and not just another 5 years past. I’m a sucker for this type of thing. It’s full of powerful quotes and questions to really get you thinking. It’s meant to chip away at the ice on that ol’ box of goals you had stored away in your brain that sometimes creates a beautiful swan design depending on your preference. As I sipped my coffee this morning while looking out into this new city of roses I am determined to defeat, I kept having the reoccurring thought of a goal of mine that was buried deep,very deep my friends, that is creating a blog of my own. 

An hour later I have my account set up and a rough outline of my mission for this blog I can now call mine all set up. Just like that. Done. Blog started. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself for how simple it was to do considering how long i’d been procrastinating it. Usually I only procrastinate the hard things. Either way, I was flying high on a cloud all afternoon for what I had accomplished. It is my hope that this feeling not only continues for my own sake, but that it also provides the same feeling for you. Yes you. You know why? Because everyone deserves to feel this. Damn. Good. In this blog I aspire to serve not only as an example, but also as an inspiration to those who take precious timeout of their day to read what I have to say (I hope) about this thing called life. My loose outline of what I plan to discuss includes, but is not limited to: experiences in a new city, new recipes/workouts that I love, relationships and most importantly my path to a new post undergrad career.

I challenge you to join me in welcoming change as an opportunity for growth, being true to yourself and those around you as well as living a life where you are not complacent. So what’s it going to be? Hop onto the band wagon or watch from the sidelines? Either way you choose, I hope that you share your thoughts, feelings and reactions with me along the ride.

Thank you for indulging,

Cheers

Katrina