#YearofHappy – January

As I was going through my Reader, I saw Kaitlyn & Sarah’s (from The Duck and The Owl) post about #yearofhappy that octoberjune and allisonleighann are hosting. Even though we’re only 15 days into the new year, it’s been a little bumpy already for me. And I really want to make 2015 better than any other year I’ve lived. Well at least a happier one. So I thought I’d take part in #yearofhappy.

January – Write a love letter to yourself. Write all the reasons you’re awesome, write down your hopes and dreams for the year ahead, any resolutions, heck, write what you had for lunch. Share why you’re grateful for 2014 and what you want to achieve in 2015. Share whatever you want – it’s your letter.

Dear Emily,

Hey you! Yes you! I know 2014 didn’t end as well as it started but you were able to pick yourself back up. And I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am that you were able to do that. I really hope you can keep going and make this year a kickass one! You definitely deserve to be happy. And I know you want to have so many happy days instead of sad ones. So here’s a small list of things you hope to accomplish this year (kinda different from your resolutions) and some little things to help cheer you up when you’re down.

  • Try to volunteer more. Remember when you helped out at a local soup-type-kitchen? You’re a (somewhat) talented cook and it really made those people’s day to have a home cooked/warm meal to eat. Lend a hand to someone more often. Make their days better.
  • Start loving yourself. Everyone says you can never be happy unless you love yourself first. I know you think you’re a mess but things could be so much worse. Take that person’s (on tumblr) advice and start telling yourself (sorry for the language) that “you are a f***ing goddess and don’t settle for anyone who doesn’t treat me like one.” I know it’s a self-centered thought but it’s a start. Whatever gets you to start loving yourself, go with it. Even it means you’re swearing at yourself all the time. Anything to get that self-esteem up. You are a beautiful goddess.
  • Stop letting people’s judgements get to you. And stop judging others. You don’t know what they’ve gone through and they don’t know what you’ve gone through. As Ellen always say, “be kind to others.” Stop letting people’s judgements about your appearance, the fact that you don’t drive, your taste in anything, eating habits, are afraid of the telephone, ect. get to you. Live your life the way you feel comfortable with. If you want to change any of those things, do it because you want to. Don’t do it because you feel pressured to.
  • Need a pick-me-up? Listen to Raelynn as much as possible. Seriously, she is such a princess and you can’t help but smile when you listen to her Me EP. It may be bubblegum country but you can’t deny how adorable she is. Oh and also Taylor Swift. Just make a “happy playlist” because this year has started off with such good music.

You can do this! I know you can! You can do anything if you really put 100% effort into it. Whatever happens, always make sure your mental health comes first. Because you deserve happiness beautiful girl! Oh and take more selfies and photographs in general!


PS – I hope you girls don’t mind me using the image at the top. I am absolutely in love with it and want the world to see it!


Friday Favorites (Aug 15)

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This week we lost two amazing legends, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall. So I’m using this week’s “Friday Favorites” to remember them. Unfortunately I didn’t see a lot of Lauren’s work before she passed. I wish I could have been watching her movies before she passed, but not to many people carry old movies anymore. Such a shame.


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Robin – Oh goodness, it’s so hard to pick out just one. My favorites would have to be Flubber, Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Feet, Aladdin, and Jumanji. I haven’t seen Good Will Hunting and I’m not sure if I’ve seen Patch Adams. I’ve seen so many clips of Patch Adams that I might have not seen it but I could have.


Lauren – Unfortunately I’ve only seen “How to Marry a Millionaire”. But man that was a good one. Lauren was so good. I am definitely going to watch more of her movies once I can find them. Especially since she did a few movies with Humphrey Bogart. I need to watch so many classic movies.


Robin – Oh my god, you can watch him on any late night talk show and you’d be rolling on the floor from laughing so hard. Especially with Letterman. Oh man, so hilarious. But here’s his last interview on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Lauren: Even though this is short, I still think it’s brilliant.


Lauren – Man Lauren could sing. Love her voice. I need more!

Robin – Okay so Robin didn’t really sing too much in public, but I found this video on youtube and it’s hilarious!

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We will miss you both so much. Thank you for everything you have done. Rest peacefully now.


Cupcake Festival 2014

For the past five years or so, the Civic Center in the town next to mine has an annual Cupcake Festival. Just something for the community to do and celebrate the love that is cupcakes. This year I offered my volunteering services and helped collect tickets and pass out cupcakes. Below are some of the cupcakes that people got to enjoy. The Frozen cupcakes were delicious!



The collage below (and the pool balls, hamburger, breakfast meals & roses) are some of the cupcakes that were up for judging and were sold.