Lifestyle Cat.

Not so guilty pleasures all twenty somethings should have!

You’re in your twenties, life is a crazy rollercoaster of emotions, new experiences, and memories that will last you a lifetime. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with following my heart and following what society tells me is acceptable for a woman my age. I’ve always been more of a low-key kind of girl, sticking to the side lines and playing it safe. It hasn’t been until recently that I have really embraced my womanhood and started to live without fears and boundaries. I still have my days where my anxiety gets the best of me, and times when that little voice in my head holds me back. Those days though are becoming fewer and fewer in between.

Anyways, what I am trying to tell you is that its okay to let go. Its okay to embrace the things you love. Find your passion in the moments and people that inspire you, and love without boundaries. I have spent most of my life embarrassed of the things I have felt deeply about, whether it was writing on forums or wanting to be more fashionable, even wanting to be a professional team roper. I would hold myself back from so many opportunities because I was afraid that I would fail and I felt that the world would judge me, but mostly that I would judge myself.

My journey to these discoveries happened when I really started putting myself first and openly and unashamedly enjoying these so-called “guilty pleasures”. Come to find out, there was nothing I ever had to feel guilty about though. The things I find comfort and enjoyment in might not be the same as yours, but I hope my words inspire you to be more open and honest about your own. The world might tell you that these things should become the skeletons in your closet, but I say flaunt it girl. You only have one life, live it well!

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Shopping

  • Girl, go ahead and buy those new shoes! Get that bag you’ve always dreamt about. Don’t hold back! Well, don’t go bankrupt either, but if you can make it work there is no reason you shouldn’t be spoiling yourself with items that make you feel like a million bucks.

Books/Movies

  • I’m a total sucker for young adult novels. There, I said! It’s honestly really hard for me to read those self help books. Give me a book with mystery and twisted plot lines however and I’ll be reading on the couch all weekend! It took me a long time to realize that I can still better myself out without forcing myself to do things that make me miserable. Same goes with seeing movies! I never had a ton of friends in high school and was more of a loner, so I stayed home a lot. It wasn’t until my junior year that I realized it was perfectly okay for me to do things on my own. I can’t tell you enough the self empowerment I get from taking myself on a “movie date”. Being able to be alone and do your own thing without worrying about what the world thinks of you is so freeing. So rock that giant bag of popcorn for one person and read those books that inspire you!

Sports

  • I for one stink at sports, in fact I am worse than that even. I was practically banned from joining sports teams in high school, I couldn’t even throw an empty water bottle into a trash can! But if you have even a shred of talent or drive to play sports don’t let anything hold you back! Don’t let anyone say that you can’t do something and do it well because of labels the world has given you. I’ve seen how sports and being a part of a team has changed so many young women’s lives and set the tone for their future.

Self Care

  • Never feel bad about putting yourself first, never ever! Self care is, what I believe, the most important thing we can do to better ourselves. Self care is more than just getting your nails done, although things like that are still very important because feeling good on the outside makes us feel good on the inside too. Its meditating in the morning, eating the right foods, and getting exercise. We have to care for our body as a whole, and you should never feel guilty about doing what you need to do for yourself.

Personal Expression

  • I dyed my hair purple in high school and have had almost every hair cut imaginable. I’ve gone from blonde, to brunette, to a red head, to purple, and back to blonde! So believe me when I tell you that finding your style, even if it changes year to year, is okay! The world won’t end, you can still get jobs, and your father will learn to look past it! (Mine did!) Heck, if you want that tattoo or that crazy hair don’t let anything stop you because when you are 85 you’ll be wishing you did. Remember that people mostly regret the things they didn’t do instead of the things they did.

Passions

  • Writing, reading, and Netflix are my passions. I’m a total nerd but I don’t let people give me crap for that. Its what I like, oh well if its not every ones cup of tea! Find what you are passionate about and live every day filling your life with those things. I go from riding boots and mucking horse stalls, to writing a blog about makeup and saving the environment and living your best life. I’m a dichotomy but that’s just who I am, take it or leave it. When you live your life honestly about who you are you will soon find others who love you for you. That’s the best feeling in the world, knowing you accepted completely for who you are and not who others want you to be.

Ladies, please don’t ever sacrifice the things that you love to do or that inspire you to live better for people or a society that tells you its not okay. Embrace who you are without reservations because others can’t love you the way you need to be loved until you learn to love yourself. Spoil yourself, take care of yourself, and go wild when the world tells you that you need to make yourself small. Let your light shine and guide the way for others!

XOXO Taylor Mae

Lifestyle Cat.

Morning Self Care Routines You Should Be Following

We all want to be our best selves, but sometimes actually accomplishing it can seem daunting, right? Where do you even start? As a nanny for two wonderful but energetic children under the age of five, and a military spouse to boot I always struggle to maintain my calm throughout the day, and keeping my energy centered so to speak. Over time however I have found a few basic things that you can do to start your day on the right foot!

If you had asked me a year ago what my morning routine was, it would have been totally different than what it is now! I had just moved to Hawaii and got married to my husband Rey! I was 3,000 miles from home, had gone from working three jobs to none, and unlike before I had no family or friends to support me through this gigantic change in my life. To say the least I was extremely depressed and often felt like I had no purpose. About two months into my move to Hawaii I woke up one day and just knew I needed a change, and would do whatever I could to get back to the happy girl I used to be. The changes were small at first, but over time they helped me find a routine that worked. I was waking up excited for the day, and that was a welcomed change from before. A little effort goes a long ways when it comes to your personal happiness.

And it all starts with a glass of water!

Feel free to pick and choose from this list to find what best suits you and your lifestyle, this list is here to help and inspire you to start your day off right!

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Wake up with the sunshine!

  • If Possible wake up to a beautiful sunrise streaming through your window rather than an alarm clock! Studies show that alarm clocks, unlike gradually waking up with the sun, can disrupt your circadian rhythm. If you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the sun the I recommend looking into Wake Up Lights or Sunrise Alarms.

Grab a glass of water to wake up and hydrate the body!

  • There is nothing your body will appreciate more than a cool glass of water right when you wake up. At first an entire glass might be hard to get down, I won’t lie, if your body isn’t use to it. Within a couple days though you will wake up and crave a cool glass of water, I promise! I like prepping a reusable water bottle with cut lemons, mint, and cucumber the night before, its so yummy and it gives the water a chance to absorb all the flavors of whatever you decide to add to your drink!

Stretch and meditate! Visualize your dreams!

  • I always take a moment after waking up to collect my thoughts and picture what I want my day to be like. Do I have a crazy schedule today and need some positive energy to get through? Or is it my day off and my goal is to write lots of awesome content? Whatever it happens to be that morning that you need visualize it! You’ll be astonished by the impact positive thinking will have on your life!

Find a skincare routine that works and follow through!

  • I could be fifteen minutes behind schedule of fifty, it doesn’t matter to me. I never skip out on my skin! Maybe its just because my mom was a licensed cosmetologist and salon owner for over a decade but she drilled it into my head that I have to take care of my skin, and I have! I wash my face with an alcohol free cleanser, apply my Thayers Witch Hazel Toner, pat on whatever serums I am using at the time, and then gently rub a facial moisturizer onto my face. It takes me maybe 5 minutes top so there’s no reason to skip out on this super important step!

Dress for Success, whether at work or home!

  • Wake up, Dress up, Show up! That’s the mantra my dad taught me and its what I repeat over and over in my head when I’m having one of my “lazy mornings”! Whether I am going to work or just lounging around the house I always make an effort even if it just means changing out of my pajamas into a pair of leggings and top. I don’t know about you but I always feel like more of a woman when I have made an effort to look nice!

Plan your day out in a calendar or diary!

  • I honestly own at least 15 journals/day-planners. Its like this weird obsession with trying to plan out every aspect of my life haha! I blame it on my type A personality, but my husband just tells me I’m a control freak. There is just something so relaxing about knowing what to expect from your day, at least for me anyways! It always makes every aspect of my day just run so much smoother and gives me an opportunity to make a list of things I want to accomplish.

Get Sweaty!

  • If you’re someone who always wants to exercise but by the end of the day you are too tired adding in a workout to your morning routine is a total game changer. I for one get lazier and lazier as the day goes on so working out in the A.M. is my only option if I want to get in my 30 minutes of exercise. Not to mention all the cute Instagram pics you can take at the gym or of that special view on your morning  run!

Don’t skip out on the most important meal of the day!

  • I’m a breakfast kind of gal! I swear I haven’t skipped breakfast since my middle school days. I just can’t function like a normal human being without getting some food in my tummy, and I always feel like my brain functions so much better. Not to mention it curbs those mid-morning cravings, which means fewer calories consumed during the day! There is a reason they always say its the most important meal of the day!

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Feel free to pick and choose from this list to find what best suits you and your lifestyle, this list is here to help and inspire you to start your day off right! Whatever you guys choose to do with your mornings I hope that you remember self care is important to maintaining your personal happiness!

XOXO Taylor