Creating your own future is such a powerful concept, and what a perfect time to do it!

I created this worksheet for you kind of for a selfish reason: I need it myself! After hearing Gary Vaynerchuck talk about happiness in one of his recent Ask Gary V Podcast episodes, I was struck with the inspiration to write down all of my goals with the WHY being HAPPINESS (see the second and third boxes on this worksheet). Here’s the gist of what Gary had to say: Everyone is happiest when they are doing what they want to be doing. It’s pretty damn simple.

It’s important to define success on your own terms in order to live a happy life. Do not go out to set goals based on someone else’s life, goals, or what you think you should be doing. Do what makes you happy.

Alright, now let’s talk about using the worksheet.

1. Start with your goal, and use multiple sheets for each goal. 

2. Ask yourself how accomplishing this goal will make you feel

I like to work in reverse when setting goals by asking how I will feel once something is accomplished. If I feel energized, excited, accomplished, and HAPPY, it’s worth working on. If not, no thanks.

Tony Robbins says: “your mental and emotional state colors your perception and experience of everything in life. If you feel afraid or insecure, it’s hard to make a big change, but if you feel like a million bucks, you’re ready to conquer the world.”

3. WHY?

After writing down how you will feel once you’ve accomplished your goal, ask yourself WHY this is important to you.

4. List actions

Lastly, develop your strategy…specifically the actions that you need to take to complete your goal. The best way to create a strategy? Look at who else might have succeeded with the same goal and outcome that you have written down. What did they do to accomplish it? Modeling actions after other successful people who have already accomplished this will give you some inspiration.

I hope this has been helpful for you! I am personally so excited to use this worksheet as my own goals and thoughts have only been an inner narrative until now.

xo, Lynn

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Have you seen someone wearing layered dainty jewelry and it just looks so effortless?

I am all about that look, and have learned that dainty jewelry can complete any look, but it has to be done well.

My best tips for necklace layering:

♡ Make sure each of your necklaces is a different length. This is probably the most important tip because major overlap just starts to look messy.

♡ Consider the neck line of your top or dress. Personally, I like to wear layered necklaces with V-neck tops best because that neckline serves as a kind of frame for the necklaces.

♡ Mix and match metals. I’m a total gold girl, but love mixing gold and rose gold. Mixing silver and gold or silver and rose gold etc. looks more unique and effortless.

♡ Add a personal touch. This could be an engraved bar necklace, a pendant with your zodiac sign, a name necklace, or another personalized necklace. The longest gold necklace I’m wearing here was my Grandpa’s favorite necklace and the zodiac necklace makes the whole look a little more personalized.

MIRANDA FRYE LINDSAY CHAIN

MIRANDA FRYE MILA CHAIN

LOVE CHARM

ZODIAC CHARM

 

 

Let’s talk coming off BIRTH CONTROL. Awkward? Maybe. But I’m going to talk about it.

This blog is all about honesty, and if you’ve been a reader for awhile, you may know that I’ve written about other taboo topics such as negative people, anxiety, and divorce to name a few.

Taking birth control is such a personal decision, and at the end of the day, you need to do what is best for you. I am here to share my story with it.

I started taking the pill in high school for horrible period cramps. You know the ones. I took it pretty much continuously for 15 years. Crazy, right? When I started taking the pill, I was in amazing shape as a swimmer on the high school team, but I did notice some weight gain after I started taking the pill. Nothing crazy, and TBH, as a teenager, I didn’t pay close attention to my body at all. So I continued to take it.

I did not experience any other issues with the pill other than having zero acne. It was smooth sailing.

A year or so ago, I got a nagging feeling that I should to reconsider taking the pill. Simply because I didn’t like putting synthetic hormones into my body, and after learning about Natural Family Planning, I decided I was done with the pill. We’ll get into NFP another day because that is a HUGE topic. And I’m still learning.

So here I am, sharing the changes I’ve seen in my body since going off the pill. I hope that it will prep you for what’s ahead if you have chosen to go off the pill and help you feel not so alone.

MY 5 THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO MY BODY AFTER COMING OFF BIRTH CONTROL:

  1. Acne. Just to be clear, I have never struggled with acne. Not before taking the pill, and not during. I would get an occasional zit every once in awhile, but nothing crazy. Now? I get zits around the time that I get my period. They’re not bad, but little ones pop up around my chin area, which is the spot that women have hormonal breakouts.
  2. Oily hair. I used to be able to go over one week without washing my hair. Welllll…my hormones paid me back, big time after going off the pill. I had always had a VERY dry scalp and very dry hair. I still struggle with psoriasis on my scalp, however, my hair becomes greasy if I don’t wash it every day. That party is over!
  3. Thicker hair. This happened super fast, like within 2 months after no more pill. And the change has been very noticeable. I color my hair, so it requires extra TLC, and I haven’t been using any new treatments. It is healthier, thicker, and longer than ever! Not complaining about this one.
  4. Regular periods and ovulation. To be honest, I was really terrified that I wouldn’t get my period again (I know, I know, paranoia at its best, but after YEARS of not having it, I was scared) and when I got it within 20 days of coming off the pill, I was SO excited. Since then, I have gotten it every month like clockwork. I’m learning to track my cycles and it is so amazing how our bodies NATURALLY work. I was so clueless to the signs that my body was clearly showing me before I started taking the pill because I was never taught how to read certain signs. Again, more on that when I talk about NFP.
  5. Weight loss. I have lost 8 pounds since going off the pill, with no other changes to my diet or exercise routine. Much of this weight loss was around the hip and thigh area.

I really spilled my guts on this post, and I hope that you found it helpful. Please feel free to email me, DM me on Instagram, or leave a comment to let me know about your experience.

xo, Lynn

Target is really the death of me.

I go in there for toilet paper and come out with a new lipstick, some new home decor, and a Kombucha. Fellow Target lovers, we all know that roaming the aisles is just so fun, kind of like being a kid in a candy store.

When it comes to makeup products, anything that I use really has to be amazing, and because of that, I shop smart. And not everything that I use has to be from the department store or super luxury. And there are some AMAZING makeup products available at the drugstore.

Today while I was looking at my makeup and selecting my holy grail drugstore makeup products to share, I wasn’t intending on them all being from NYX. That just goes to show ya how phenomenal the brand is.

So, here are my faves:

NYX Shimmer Down Pigment in Platinum

 This is hands down the BEST inner eye shadow ever. What do I mean? Pop this shadow on the inner corners of your eyes and they will really pop. I wear this shadow almost daily because it really makes me look awake with just one other eyeshadow, which I’ll get to in a sec.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in Porcelain

I learned this trick from the makeup master, Jaclyn Hill, and boy does it make a big difference. After you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, add a LIGHTER concealer just to the apples of your cheeks to make them look like they are coming forward. Don’t believe me? Put a light concealer on one cheek and you be the judge of the difference. It’s amazing really. I love this concealer just for this purpose.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

 This liquid lipstick is the best drugstore version ever. I’m usually not a fan of liquid lipsticks because they can be drying on your lips, but this one is not. My tip with liquid lipstick: wear it when you’re at a party or out to dinner because it does not transfer onto your cup or napkin, plus your lips will look fresh the whole time.

NYX Eyeshadow

Using a muave-y color eyeshadow is so flattering! It really adds to that awake look. I only use this eyeshadow in my crease, and a buff it outward towards my temples to elongate the look of my eyes. It’s a barely there kind of eyeshadow, and paired with the bright platinum color on the inner corners, you’re good to go.

Ok, your turn. Tell me your drugstore faves!

xo, Lynn