You’re Exactly Where You’re Supposed To Be

First blog post of 2020 and I’m thrilled to write about something that’s been on my mind for awhile now. The title of this post kind of says it all but I’ll break it down for you. Whether you’re single, dating, married, engaged, in school, working your dream job, just got fired, have kids, are having a hard time having kids or don’t want kids, you are doing the best that you can and are right where you are supposed to be.

Social media makes it easy for us to question where we are in life and wonder if it’s enough compared to all of the things we see people posting about. When scrolling through social media, try to remember that everything isn’t perfect in anyone’s life. Whatever you are doing is good enough and is right for you.

It’s important to celebrate all of the things in life that shape us to be exactly who we are. Getting engaged, married, having a baby, starting a new job, graduating school, etc. are all really exciting things to celebrate, but so is working through trauma, having the courage to start something new, focusing on self-care and your mental wellbeing, etc. What about celebrating getting through the week or a bad day? Pop some champagne, kombucha, green tea or whatever your drink of choice is and toast to you.

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Celebrate 2019

Here we are yet again. Another year has flown by and we are getting ready to welcome 2020. Whether you’ve been ready to kiss 2019 goodbye for awhile now or maybe you want time to slow down because you had a great year, this is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what this year has brought you.

Every month, I’m all about intention setting and filling your life with more things that serve you and trying to eliminate (or cope with) those things that don’t. In preparation for the new year, I am looking back at what 2019 brought me (the good, the bad and the ugly) and what I’ve learned from every situation. I hope you’ll join me in reflecting on 2019 and taking some time to appreciate where you are in life, knowing that it’s right where you’re supposed to be.

As always, I’ve put together some food-for-thought questions that can also be used as journal prompts.

  1. What is something good that happened to me this year?
  2. What is something that was difficult for me this year?
  3. How did I grow this year?
  4. What is something I accomplished this year? (Don’t be hard on yourself here. I don’t care if you cuddled with your dog more. Everyone’s accomplishments look different.
  5. What is something I would like to leave behind in 2019?
  6. What is something I would like to do more of in the new year?
  7. What is something I did for myself in 2019?
  8. What is something I will do for myself in the new year?

Photography by: Kimberly Rensburg Photography

Outfit: bodysuit from American Eagle, skirt from Express, jacket from T.J. Maxx, necklace from H&M and shoes from Sam Edelman.

Happy new year!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette

Keep Calm & Holiday On

The holidays can be extremely stressful. There’s so many things on your to-do list and you often feel like there’s not enough hours in the day to get it all done. I’m sharing a few tips to help you stay calm during the holidays!

Don’t procrastinate: Whether it’s shopping for gifts or something else, just start doing it! We always put off the things that are stressful but if you can get ahead of it, you can sit back and relax (kind of) when it’s finished.

Get organized: Make a list of the things that still need to be completed. Write down the people you purchased gifts for an add in the people that you still need to buy for. The same thing goes for holiday parties. Add all of your holiday gatherings on a calendar so you can see them mapped out (maybe even start a shared calendar with your friends, family or significant other to get them organized too).

Stay hydrated and try to eat healthy: During busy times we forget to drink water. The holidays are filled with fun cocktails, which are my favorite kind, but often leave me feeling dehydrated and bloated the next day. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after drinking alcohol. I like to add in some fresh fruit to my water so it has a little flavor!

Get your body moving: Get up and stretch. Standing in line at the store, sitting down for long periods of time while ordering gifts on Amazon and sitting in a car driving place to place takes a toll on your body. Be sure to take a break and stretch. This can also be a great time to become more mindful and have a moment of silence and focus on your breathing.

Set boundaries: Be sure to put some boundaries in place. Avoid letting yourself become so stressed that you forget the true meaning of the holidays. If you are feeling overwhelmed, take a break and walk out of the store or ask someone to come shopping with you to keep you company and make it a fun outing! Grab some lunch before heading to the next store. Set any other boundaries you need during holiday gatherings.

Watch a holiday movie and listen to music: Turn on your favorite holiday movie or song to get you excited.

Lastly, embrace the chaos! Find some joy in the holiday chaos. Drive through neighborhoods to see the beautiful light displays/decorations, make plans with loved ones and fully embrace your time together, or do whatever your favorite holiday traditions are (maybe even start some new ones)!

Photo by: Kimberly Rensburg Photography

Skirt: Express, Bodysuit: American Eagle, Necklace: H&M, Clutch: Betsey Johnson, Shoes: Sam Edelman

Keep calm & holiday on!

XOXO,

Gee Nicolette