25 Things I Have Learned In 25 Years

1. Don't forget to count your blessings

2. Believe in yourself 

3. Don't let anyone get in the way of your happiness

4. See the beauty in the littlest of things

5. Keep a positive mindset

6. Being popular in school means nothing

7. If you are not comfortable with something don't do it

8. Don't let peer pressure get to you

9. Never stop learning 

10. Stop focusing on the past and focus on now

11. Don't worry about people who don't worry about you 

12. Family is number 1

13. Don't be afraid to let go of anything negative in your life

14. Do what makes you happy 

15. Don't be afraid of what others will think of what you do 

16. Always be cordial and kind 

17. Never stop fighting for what you want

18. Always keep faith

19. Trust your heart

20. Have a budget

21. Save as much money as possible 

22. Set time aside for yourself 

23. Have fun and laugh a lot 

24. If you are not happy with something ditch it

25. Don't be afraid to be yourself, that is the key to happiness 

Leave me a comment below and let me know the number one thing you have learned! xo

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Coffee Chat: Behind The Lens

Debated whether or not to post this because there would be no turning back. Many of you know me and what I have been dealing with for the past 12 years and many of you only see me through the lens of a camera and a writer through the screen. For a while I feel like I have been living a double life, my personal life and my online life. Which I though was appropriate at the time to use my online life as an escape. I have met so many incredible people all over the world who I have become great friends with. I have seen comments both on here and my Instagram saying "I wish I was you." "You're so perfect" "You have the perfect life." Trust me that couldn't be farther from the truth (I mean I know I'm pretty cool but not everything is as it seems).

We live in a world where social media reigns and we look at other people and compare ourselves and put them in this dream bubble of wanting to have their life. Comparison is the thief of joy my friends. Be happy in your own skin and work towards your own goals. YOU are unique, YOU are beautiful and YOU have the power to do what YOU WANT.

With that being said you guys don't see the behind the scenes of what really goes on. Yes I love to travel and blog and share all my little inspirations but I have also dealt with Chronic Lyme since 2004. This is not a post to get sympathy, this is a post to spread awareness and to let you know that if you are dealing with a chronic illness you are not alone and that you are a soldier and can get through anything.

Never give up on your dreams, and don't be afraid to speak your mind. My goal has always been to empower others to pursue their passion and to help others going through difficult times. I will be incorporating more of what life is really like with me both on here and Instagram because 1. I know many of you deal with the same thing 2. I want to be as real as possible and 3. there are people out there who not only need the support but need the comfort of knowing they have a friend out there.

I feel like I am at a point in my life where I don't care what others think and I am not ashamed to share what I have been through because it has made me into the person I am today. I love you guys and want to thank each and every one of you who have supported me on this journey.

I plan on doing a post that goes a little more in depth of my day to day life. If that is something you are interested in or have questions that you would like me to answer please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you! 

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