it’s 2016

I know I am a little late on the game to posting this,12338980_1110795615627762_17844976_n but much like Ed Sheeran, I wanted to take a break from social for awhile so I could see things through my eyes. Sorry for the hiatus, but I will be more active in the future! And now to the part you’ve been waiting for…

I’m back and better than ever! I know every year I say, “this is us it this year is going to be MY year.” But you know what? I never really believed that and last year I never said it.

Last year had lows; there is no hiding that fact. With all of the pain, misery and time I spent wallowing, made up when I flipped the switch. I’m not the person who is going to sit in the corner and sulk. Sulking is one of the most unless actions and emotions you can possess as a human. Why waste your time and emotions on something that you have no control over just so others can pity you? Astonishing. It’s completely and utterly pathetic. Someone posted the perfect quote on Instagram and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself, because of the truth that is held with the statement, it’s not a bad life, it’s just a bad day.

Exactly! Let me repeat that; it’s not a bad life, it’s just a bad day! Ureka!

You’re allowed to have bad days, but you need to move past them. What is the point of feeling sorry for yourself? Everyone gets past that and that’s exactly what I had to do. I took my bad days and turned them around. It took time, but here I am — happier than a bird with a French fry!

I still can’t tell if not having expectations for 2015 helped me or hurt me. Of course it’s always better to be surprised than disappointed.  Let’s face it, we need to set the bar somewhere. 2015, was awesome.  I stood up in one of best friend’s weddings, I traveled a lot, I saw some utterly breathtaking sceneries, I did a lot for me and learned it’s okay to say “no” to plans. 2015 brought me new adventures, incredible opportunities and one of the best surprises. 2015 brought me love, astronomical amounts of love, laughter and pure happiness.

There will always be bad days, days when you are sad and feeling low, but that doesn’t mean it has to be like that. Take a moment, reevaluate and move on. If you don’t do something about it, good will never come. Good is what we are searching for. Good won’t just fall into your lap. Good is something you need to strive for. Good is minimum. I’m striving for excellent, fantastic and amazing–it’s what I deserve and it’s what I’ll get.

As I finish to write this, (in March and started in January) I can see that I am beyond lucky. I’m blessed. It’s so cliché to say now, but it’s true. Sometimes you need to go to the edge of the earth to get a new perspective and that’s what 2015 did to me. This year, three months in and nothing has been more awesome. 2016 is going to rule.

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5 Tips

to Becoming a Better Blogger

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It’s Blogtober! The DC Ladies have put together blog prompts and other ways to engage the DC Ladies blogging community. I haven’t really been keeping up, but I am now! Monday’s Blogtober prompt  wants us to share tips with fellow bloggers.

1. Engage

It doesn’t matter if it’s on social media, email or otherwise. It’s nice to engage with other people and to have them engage with you. Be proud of your work and share it with others.

2. Share and Comment

Share and comment on other people’s work. If you expect them to engage with you, you need to do the same. Blogging is far from a one way street. Just like social media you need to share content and comment to get results.

3. Ask for ideas

This is one of my favorites! Whenever I need brainstorming I turn to my boyfriend and friends and ask them what I should be blogging about. It’s really helpful and it gets my brain to work in a different way. Sometimes the suggestions I get are out of this world, but it’s fun to look at things in a new light.

4. Be Realistic

When setting goals about your blog be realistic. Your blog should be an outlet for whatever you want it to be RE, creativity, a journal, telling people about your journey or showing people your talents. When I started blogging my goal was INSANE, but after all the hard work I accomplished it.

5. Be Creative

It’s a blog! It’s supposed to be fun! The best part is, too, that it’s your blog. If you want the colors to be purple and goal, or there to be girly polka dots everywhere, awesome! Make that happen. Whatever you want, do it.

I love omg it’s kendal ann, and I hope you love your blog! Remember, don’t be afraid to write a post that doesn’t follow popular trends. Take chances, get out there and try something new.

standing v sitting?

office supplies

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Yall, I want a standing desk. I want the option to stand or sit while I am working. Does anyone have a standing desk? What are your thoughts on them? Since obsessing over this idea of getting a $300 standing desk, I figure I need to make a make shift desk before plunging in and asking my office to fiance this project. There is a lot of reading material on this top. The reading articles are anything from why a standing desk is better, why sitting is better, what helps, what hurts and even articles on how to make these desks. One article that I can’t get out of my head is FastCompany’s My Year at a Standing Desk and Why I’ll Never Go Back. Have you read this? Take a read and let me know your thoughts! Heck, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the standing desk, too!

let your light shine

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Sometimes it’s hard to let your light shine. Sometimes people try to dull your light for no reason; that’s not right. Do whatever makes you happy and whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy! Above all remember to be silly, honest and kind.

dear Monday

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Hey, it’s Monday and you know what, it’s going to be okay. Sure, most people have a whole complex about Mondays but we don’t need to put Monday in a bad light. Stop having the ” Dear Monday, We need to break up because I am seeing Tuesday and dreaming about Friday. Don’t take it personally, because it’s me not you.” mentality. It’s not Monday’s fault.

I know you are feeling like thisdownload… download (1).

take a deep breath

& relax

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Finally, Jess and Jackie made it safe to DC. After many interactions with the airlines they arrived safely. Every time Jess comes to DC something happens with her flight, it’s either delayed due to weather or trying to locate the aircraft or sometimes a mechanical issue but without skipping a beat Jess always makes it. Yesterday, was no different–she received a call 5 hours before take off saying her first flight was delayed, which then would make her late for her connection. After spending 45 minutes on the phone with the airline everything was taken care of.

I want to give you a few tips and ticks in the case of your flight being delayed (or cancelled). After hearing the news you might have some extra time at the airport. Of course, there many totally unpredictable circumstances that are totally out of your control. But there are some things that you can do to help the situation.

1. Be early- Just be early. It’s better to be early than late especially when flying is involved.

2. Know your rights- It could be a massive storm or maybe your flight is overbooked and you’ve been left at the airport. In cases such as these, it is vital that you know your rights. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to claim what you deserve and hopefully find a solution to your problem with a few aces up your sleeve: from getting refunded for all your food and drinks expenses to getting a hotel or some alternative transportation.

3. Always buy the insurance- This one is a no-brainer, but it’s also something you don’t think you’ll need until you do. Travel insurance is a guarantee that whatever trouble you might encounter it will be easier to solve. This ‘extra’ cost will prove a worthwhile investment if the unexpected happens. However, it’s a common holidaymaker mistake to not get insurance that covers every possible need or problem you might have.

4. Don’t check a bag

5. Get on the phone immediately– If the flight has already taken off without you or you know you won’t make it to the gate on time, get on the phone with the airline immediately. They should reschedule you on the next flight at no cost if the connection time was unreasonably brief. Ask for compensation, such as a flight voucher, if you feel you’ve missed your connecting flight through no fault of your own.

6. Explore the airport- Entertain yourself- This one is my favorite because more than likely you have something with you to  kill time, book (or an e-book reader, with lots of titles in its memory), your laptop or a tablet loaded with films the options are endless. When in doubt you can always create a music video like this guy did.

As we’ve learned from many situations short airport connections can be a blessing, but only if you actually make your flight. Remember when it comes to tight connections, every second counts. Knowing your rights really help you to rebook your flight. Good luck and happy flying.

crooked

& beautiful

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I hope this comes at the time when you need a little Wednesday pick me up. Your path is beautiful and crooked just as it should be. Friends, life takes you down a strange and winding road. Just because you aren’t on task now doesn’t mean you won’t get there. Stay positive and look forward.