Exciting News!

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Hi my Inspired She Lives fam!  For the past three months, I have been working on something special. When I say “working on” I mean that I have dedicated HOURS and HOURS to this project because I’m going to chase the heck out of it.
Here we go… I am releasing a new blog/brand called Inevitably Wild.
What is it, you might ask?
It is a documentation, a real account of my journey across the globe. It represents two things I love the most in this world- Self-Growth and Travel and shares content (rewritten and revamped) from this blog, Inspired She Lives.
Why start a new blog? I needed a change. I needed a project that wasn’t something I have already done. I needed to start fresh with a new goal in mind that combined the two things I love most in this world and I thought that the right way to do it would be to venture into a completely new brand that lays it out form the beginning.
Inevitably Wild was named for the feeling I’ve had since I was 12 years old when I told my mom I wanted to move to California. It is for my restlessness and for the vulnerability I’ve given all of you and strangers alike.
I believe in showing the world not only how important self-growth is but how travel can help you do that. My goal, as always, is to inspire you and do this because it is a huge passion of mine.
I have researched and researched, googled how-tos, written over 70 posts, watched countless videos, listened to multiple podcasts and conversed with fellow bloggers and I don’t know if there is such thing as “ready” but the launch date is finally here and I’m so excited to share it with all of you. I have a lot of content coming your way so here are a few things I’d like to share.
1.       If you believe in this project as much as I do, I’m going to ask you to transfer the love you’ve given me on this blog to my new journey. Follow me on social media and/or sign up for the emails so I can keep sending you awesome content from wherever I am in the world.
Here is my Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Join my email subscriptions on my main page!
2.       I am ALWAYS looking for feedback/engagement on my posts so if you have a thought- share it! Scream it at me. Tell me what you loved from Inspired She Lives so I can take it with me. I am a learner, I won’t get better if I don’t know what to improve on.
3.       Stick with me. This journey is going to be shared because of how much I believe in it. I have a focus, a direction and a dream that I am chasing. I would love for you to believe in me as much as I do.
Guys, I truly feel like I found my calling and this truly scares and excites me to be honest. This combines everything I’ve ever loved- travel, self-growth, writing, photography and inspiring others. And that is a lot of fear going into it. But I know I can do this. So, please, help me kick ass in my dreams because I can’t do it alone.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for reading this. Thank you for believing in Inspired She Lives. Thank you for following.  I can’t wait for you to see what I bring to the table and I am hoping you tag along.
Check out my new blog here.
Love always, Anna
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I am STILL a Damn Butterfly

(A creative and magnificent sequel to this post right HERE!)

They say that your twenties are filled with change and seven hundred different versions of yourself. Well, “they” got it right.

I have changed more in the past six months than I feel like I have in my entire life.

I have jumped from version 20.0 to 20.35, skipping through different Anna’s until one new aspect sticks to me, creating this ultimate version of Anna that I’m starting to enjoy.

And as I was rolling in fuzzy blankets underneath the Christmas lights that decorate my room, I saw a shadow cast on my wall that looked like… a butterfly.

It reminded me of a small passage I wrote two nights ago that I didn’t think I would share on Inspired She Lives, but we’re all about opening up here. Acceptance and love, right?

So here it is.

I’m Still A Damn Butterfly

We get broken as a test to see how well we can transform.

We spin around and around, weaving our cocoon until the only thing we have left to do is wait. 

Wait until enough time passes.

Wait for our wings to grow.

Wait for our colors to brighten.

Or just wait for our patience to run out.

But we find our strength in ourselves because that is our only option and the patience…

It stays.

And after weeks and weeks of metamorphosis, we spread our wings and realize that our wings are ready to fly. 

And though our journey was long, it was beautiful.

And WE are beautiful.

🙂

Thankfully, some words pour out of me and tell me how I am feeling. These words that are written were not over thought or carefully crafted. They bled from the scars that come with change and soothed the little girl who is sick of all the villains in her life.

So thank you so much for reading. I hope your Monday conquers every other Monday before it.

Until tomorrow,

Anna Marie

My heart beats to a good song.

I believe that music has the opportunity to say what words can’t, make you feel what people cannot, and lift you up higher than a spaceship. I think that when two people have the same taste in music, they have the potential to have a really strong relationship (friend or more). Therefore, I’m cutting off a chunk of my life and handing it to your ears in hopes that you and I can make a connection and become friends (or maybe just feel a little less lonely in the world).

One Republic Concert. 2014. How can you not feel incredible in this moment?

One Republic Concert. 2014. How can you not feel incredible in this moment?

I don’t know if you feel this way, but for a while, I was really protective of my music taste. I wouldn’t really share my favorite songs with people because they were always really different than the majority. Strangely enough, when I started jamming out to my favorite genre- which I could best describe as Indie/Indie Pop- I was shocked to see how many others would come to love some of the songs I did. It was the beginning of some of the best friendships I have, including one of those friendships turning into my relationship I am in now.

I am sure you could think of at least 5 songs that make you super happy and comfortable when you listen to them. They take you to a place that just gives you familiarity and content- both things that I really enjoy. So here we go, get your ears ready and take a little dip into who I am and what I love.

My top five favorite songs in order as of this moment are:

5. Luck by American Authors (my belt it out because I want to sing song)

4. Reflections by MisterWives (my dance around the room singing into a brush song)

3. Unsteady by X Ambassadors (my mellow/sad mood song)

2. Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club (my long-time favorite that makes me feel adventurous)

1. Geronimo by Sheppard

I have literally been listening to Geronimo for the past few days non-stop. Not only do I love the lyrics but I love the feel of the song and the female vocals that sneak in. Chills. It has been my obsession and I am so very unashamed.

What do you think?

Here is your challenge. If you can, pick five songs that you really love right now. Write them down (or not) and think of why each one speaks to you. Is it the feeling you get? The lyrics? Is it catchy? Whatever it is, try to understand why you love the genre you do and how that relates to your experiences and reasons.

Do you have it?

Share it with me. I’d love to hear what songs makes your heart beat.

Have a good weekend and watch out for my Monday post!

Anna Marie

The Why and the Reason

Today is the day. I am starting a new adventure on this blog and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Every hint and trick to starting your own blog tells you that you need to find your niche that your passionate about and go from there. Well, here it is.

The reason I am starting “Inspired She Lives” is actually quite personal. I find myself lacking the stimulation and excitement I feel I need to thrive. I don’t know if its from being stuck in a small town or being stuck in a mind set. My gut tells me it’s a little of both. Therefore, I am going to be searching for inspiration in every day routine. Since I am not feeling as excited as I once did about this place I call home, I want to start recognizing little things in my life that made it so exciting to start a new chapter here. Hopefully, I will be able to share with you how you can start to flip your mindset as we go down this road together. Basically, I’m blogging about happiness and where I find it in my life.

I can’t promise you that I will not stray from that topic, because sometimes there’s just a great story waiting to unfold in your life that you have to share with the world. However, I am quite passionate about becoming happier for my well-being and hope you will join me as I share what makes my glass half full.

Click that follow button and let’s get started.

-Anna Marie