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

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Dress Up 2.0

I’m sure somewhere along your montage of memories you have been asked the question: “If you could choose, would you rather be a boy or a girl?” I used to always weigh my options like would I rather go through child birth or have to shave my face regularly? Mind you, this is not meant to stir up any conflicts about the definitions of boys or girls. I am just going to go with what is well-known as “girly” actions.

Those curls. 2014.

Those curls. 2014.

I found a new weapon. Red Lipstick. 2014.

I found a new weapon. Red Lipstick. 2014.

So here we go. I always chose that I would be a girl. Why? I love getting all dressed up to the nine and having the ability to transform yourself from sweats and buns to silk and curls. Don’t get me wrong, some girls are freakishly talented at making themselves almost unrecognizable with loads of make up caked to their face. That’s not me. When I say I put on make up, I mean I do some cool eye-shadow, draw on the eyeliner, and brush my lashes with mascara. To many girls this is an every day thing but for a girl who rarely wears make up, it makes the night just a little  extra special.

As for my pin straight hair, curling it is always a treat. I do that movie thing where I flip it a million times and stare at myself in the mirror for minutes on end while making weird faces at different angles. Come on ladies, you know you’ve been there. Work it, honey. I mean, what’s the point in pinning all of these cool tricks and tips on Pinterest if you never use them?!

I love weddings. 2013.

I love weddings. 2013.

Basically, I love the power a girl has to transform herself. It’s crazy how looking a certain way can put you in a mood to match. You can dress to feel cozy or dress to feel like a diva and the effects of make up and hairstyles just add to the magic. I’ll be honest, you can over do all of these things very easily and that’s one of the biggest reasons I like to save my dress up days for when I want to feel extra special and wonderful. Maybe its because I’m lazy or maybe it’s because I am in an emotional relationship with leggings and soft shirts, but either way I will only whip out diva Anna on special occasions.

NOW I’M BREAKING ALL THE RULES! This week, I’m going to pick a day and dress up for no particular reason. Just in the sense of making myself feel good. Have you ever done that? Dressed up just because you know you would feel better? I am going to wait until I have one of those days and go all out, because ordinary days can be special occasions too, right?

Who’s with me?! 🙂

Until next time,

Anna Marie