One Fine Day

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Hair did, makeup did, obligatory selfie. This was just after my little boudoir photo shoot yesterday, which was a total blast :)

Hair did, makeup did, obligatory selfie. This was just after my little boudoir photo shoot yesterday, which was a total blast :)

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On crying…

I usually get choked up about the easiest things, but lately I’ve been feeling more emotionally detached from things. I attribute this to the thousand things that are changing in my life right now — all good changes, but nonetheless… it’s unsettling.

Anyways, I had the urge last night to really be affected by something and feel deeply.

Enter Jane Eyre. God. It works every time. Tears, streaming down my face and sobs choking out of me. It was beautiful. So was Michael Fassbender :)

Filed under jane eyre michael fassbender crying my eyeballs out

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Tapping into my inner Bey

Next week I am doing something a little adventurous and having a boudoir photo session done as an anniversary gift for my husband. (But if I’m being honest, it’s really mainly for me).

I’m working with a photographer from Asheville, and just looking at her work is getting me seriously pumped! Check out these gorgeous ladies! 

http://jessecabellemare.com/

I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with the pics once they’re done, though :/

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Red, white and baby: this has been an unforgettable Fourth of July in DC meeting my nephew for the first time 🎉 🇺🇸 👶 🎆

Red, white and baby: this has been an unforgettable Fourth of July in DC meeting my nephew for the first time 🎉 🇺🇸 👶 🎆

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My big sister had her baby boy this morning! Can’t wait to hug her and meet the little guy in our nation’s capital tomorrow! 👶😍🇺🇸 #americanboy

My big sister had her baby boy this morning! Can’t wait to hug her and meet the little guy in our nation’s capital tomorrow! 👶😍🇺🇸 #americanboy

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And since we all came from a woman Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman I wonder why we take from our women Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it’s time to kill for our women Time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies That will hate the ladies, that make the babies And since a man can’t make one He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one So will the real men get up I know you’re fed up ladies, but you gotta keep your head up Keep ya head up, oooo child things are gonna get easier Ooooo child things are gonna get brighter
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THIS SONG IS 21 YEARS OLD.
How much longer will we be fed up?
When will the real men get up?

And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you’re fed up ladies, but you gotta keep your head up

Keep ya head up, oooo child things are gonna get easier
Ooooo child things are gonna get brighter

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THIS SONG IS 21 YEARS OLD.

How much longer will we be fed up?

When will the real men get up?

Filed under Tupac Keep ya head up Hobby Lobby SCOTUS

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Constructive Feedback Feedback

This morning I had my annual performance review. While almost everything was positive, my boss wanted to provide me with some constructive feedback on areas for improvement (which of course is a good thing).

My boss told me that I am a “strong and assertive communicator” which helps me be successful in many ways, but could also be an area for improvement. She said my assertive communication can sometimes be perceived negatively. She assured me that it’s not a big problem and it’s not like I’ve been hurting feelings, but she just wanted to bring it to my attention as a way to work on being more aware of how I communicate with different people. I completely appreciate this advice.

My question to all of you: how do you balance being direct and clear, but also soft? Do you have any strategies for how you communicate with others? How do you practice self-awareness? And last but not least, how do you internalize constructive feedback in a useful and positive way?

Filed under reviews constructive feedback i swear i'm not a bitch! but i'm not passive...

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House Hunting…

… is super exhausting.

Today we found out we lost the “bidding war” on yet another house.

Anyone want to sell us their house in Asheville?

(Note: that’s not the house. But that’s my dream Asheville house (aka The Black Walnut). I should probably set my sights a tad lower…)

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I’m up and gone to Carolina in my mind

"I habitually get the song’s name wrong. I’m often tempted to call it “Carolina on My Mind.” But Carolina isn’t just on Taylor’s mind, it’s in it. And that small word — in — changes things. Because for those of us lucky enough to claim this humid pie slice of a state as our own, North Carolina isn’t just experienced by our senses — it actually becomes our senses. Conditioned by longleaf pines, pulled pork, Cheerwine, basketball, and hurricanes, our brains become so imbued by home that once we cross state lines, the rest of the world appears to us filtered through some unshakable and smoky North Carolina lens. Other places may appear beautiful, for sure, but it’s impossible for a North Carolinian to not, at some point, long for life to come back into focus through our permanent native spyglass. I guess this is how homesickness works for anyone from anywhere, but that’s only a guess. I can only vouch for North Carolina. So is it presumptive of me to say this is what a 19-year-old North Carolina songwriter was getting at when he found himself in England, missing his father, his dog Hercules, and his pumpkin collection back in Chapel Hill? Heck no. It didn’t matter that James Taylor was hanging out with The Beatles. The bigger issue was that he wasn’t in North Carolina.”

From Our State Magazine

Maybe I’m just having a nostalgic day, but this is making me tear up.

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