THIS Is What You Deserve

You deserve to love the way freckles kiss your face.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of your mind and the strength in not only knowing what you deserve but doing everything you can to be as deserving as you think you are.

You deserve the best night’s sleep. To wake up with a smile that fills you with ambition and energy throughout your day. To have the perfect ratio of creamer to coffee or to buy yourself a cup just because you’ve earned it.

You deserve sunshine warming your veins or the calming pitter patter of raindrops against your window. To feel purpose in what you do and appreciated for what you have done. To feel satisfied in your work yet able to know when to go home and enjoy the other side of your life.

You deserve to be loved by family. To not just know that they care about you but to feel it in their actions and words. To feel supported in your dreams and in your choices. To become more confident in the person you are becoming because of the confidence they instill in you. To feel more of a connection than just blood.

You deserve the best kind of friends. The ones who choose to be your family and will always let you soak their shirt with tears. The kind who will not judge you but push you forward and towards your own goals. Friends who will let you be weak when you can’t be strong and make you laugh when you are in darkness.

You deserve to love who you are.
  To call yourself beautiful.To have pride in where you’ve been and excitement for where you are going. To love the way your hips fit into jeans or how your hair falls around your shoulders. To know that you are worthy of love and to always appreciate the small moments.

You deserve to fall in love. You deserve butterflies. You deserve to wake up to soft kisses and arms tight against you. To laugh louder than ever before and to fall for your best friend. To fit so well with someone that you want to make fun of each others wrinkles and white hair one day.

You deserve happiness. But it can’t all fall into your lap as a gift from the sky. It has to start with YOU. Your attitude, your willingness to grow and push yourself, your determination and your patience all have a say in what you will get, regardless of what you deserve.

Treat the world in this way and you will find happiness in what comes back to you.

Until next time,

Anna Marie


Good Morning Beautiful

Good Morning Beautiful,

Are you aware of what you mean to this world? Here you are, just starting another day. In the midst of waking up and you don’t even realize the lives you’ve touched, the knowledge you’ve learned or the accomplishments you have achieved.

It’s early and yet you can’t even begin to understand the impact you have had on those closest to you. You, my love, are a shining star. You are brighter than all of the fireworks in the fourth of July sky. You are lovelier than the reddest of roses. You are as kind as the sun warming our skin and as loved as the holidays.

Today is just another day to you but to those who get to love you one more day? To them, this day is another smile they can cherish, laugh they can join in with and another heart they can open up to. Don’t you recognize your value?

Today is the start of more memories, more connections- another step forward in your beautiful life. You are just waking up and you haven’t yet recognized the potential you have to change your world and those around you. All it takes is one smile to feel better, one laugh to make a connection and one person to change you.

Don’t you see? You already mean the world to so many people. You already have touched the lives of those around you. You already have made a life worth living. Recognize how lucky you are. Would you really want to be someone else?

If you are struggling, let me tell you something. The strength you so badly crave is right inside of you. Whether you have recognized it or not, you have what you need to grow. You don’t need to be fixed, you just need to grow and learn from what ever has happened. That strength is beautiful.

Be exactly who you want to be today. Be a person who would inspire you. Or maybe, just be a little bit better than yesterday.

Good morning beautiful, I hope you have a good day. You deserve it.

Until next time,

Anna Marie

The Power of Curled Hair and Lipstick

I savor the days that I get to use my girl weapons of mass beautification. I crave the mornings I get to jump out of bed and put on a new beautiful outfit that I have been dying to wear. I am a girl who loves the rarity of an ALL OUT kind of beauty day.

What ever do I mean? Fashion is wonderful. It’s making a statement about who you are and what you feel best in. Sometimes it’s terribly confusing and you don’t understand how a some trends ever came in to style (*cough* my favorite pants used to be gouchos and I loved ponchos in middle school *cough*). It’s an art expression. People engage in fashion every single day and feel that doing this on the daily will give them the power they need to conquer their days. I love this idea but I am way too darn lazy for that.

Therefore, I stick to my leggings and super comfy v-neck and throw a cardigan over it if I’m feeling stylish that day. Make up is a laugh unless you count┬álately where I have been trying a little harder if I have a nice event or special occasion. Ambitious, I know.

So what is all this nonsense about savoring my days for an all out beautification?

lipstickThe reason I don’t curl my hair often or put on lipstick every day is because I feel super empowered and confident when I pamper myself like that. For some people, this is something that doing daily would never grow old but for me? Doing that every day would become a daunting task and I would hate it. I would eventually start feeling the same way I do now and then how I would I step it up for special occasions? Prom dresses that freak everyone out and make me look like the weird red-headed child I have hidden so well the past 20 years. We don’t want that, ladies and gentlemen.

I savor my try-hard days. Today, for example. I have a big presentation as well as a ceremony tonight. I was SO excited this morning that I was up before 7 am, carefully slid on my black dress and became way to excited to curl my hair. After the curls were carefully sculpted to bounce and float exactly how I wanted them to, I steadily applied a clean layer of bright red lipstick to finish off the makeup earlier applied.

I feel damn good today. Every girl deserves to feel that way. Whether you can do this every day or savor them like myself, there is a hidden power in a gorgeous outfit, curled locks and your favorite lipstick. It will give you that extra UMPH you need to seize your day with confidence and we all deserve that.

It’s going to be a good day.

Until tomorrow,

Anna Marie