December Intentions

We are in the thick of Holiday season and I have to say I am loving it! Although the holiday season can be pretty crazy I also feel like its such a time to be grateful for the love of friends and family and being able to give them gifts. So here are my intentions because this time of the year can get pretty hectic and I think sometimes its easy to get caught up in all of that!

1. Make some time for myself - Whether it's exercising, watching your favorite show, or just drinking a cup of coffee make time out's for yourself.  I think its so important to not lose sight of yourself and your mental health needs.  Especially when you are visiting with family.  So this year because I get stressed easy I'm going to wake up early some mornings and just make sure Im taking time for myself to recenter.

2. Try mediation - I have heard so many great things and I just can never sit still long enough.  I think trying to learn this skill to calm myself and just focus on my thoughts is really powerful.  I want to make a huge effort to learn how to do this! [Let me know if you want a post on my experience]

3. Show my love in more than gifts - I think its important to not just buy a gift but express your love in words or time.  I think that easily gets pushed aside in this month and it's something I really want to focus on.

What are you intentions/goals for the month! I'd love to hear :)

Thankful & Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow American's! I know I have some readers that aren't in the United States but I figured this was a great time to take a moment and say thank you to all of you!

Candidly Keri would not be what it is today without all of you!  I have really pushed myself with this blog constantly trying to learn, experiment, failing and succeeding.  It has grown into something I would have never dreamed in a million years.  But Im dreaming now and I have some major plans for this little blog! 

If you have ever subscribed, downloaded, liked or commented .. THANK YOU! It means so much any encouragement I get drives me just a little bit more. 

Hopefully big things are coming! And to anyone out there that is trying to make something or has a passion, go with your gut! It will always pay off, and experiment.  Sometimes it won't go as planned but you will always learn! 

I am feeling extremely grateful this year, especially with new additions joining my family next year ... more on that later! (And no not coming from me!!)  Im grateful for my healthy, amazing family and all the friends I have made on this journey!

What are some of the things you're thankful for?

Ps. Whats your favorite food for Thanksgiving?! Mines Mashed potatoes alllll the way

Real Talk: Pressure

Hi Friends, I hope that you are having a lovely week! Recently I have been trying to be very mindful of my thoughts and my surroundings.  And I feel like I have had some revelations that I would love to share.

As I am being mindful about how I live my life trying to improve it, I have found that I have become hyper-critical. Now I feel like I'm critical anyways, due to society, being in the blogging world and trying to be a #bosslady.  Constantly striving for more. I find that I'm punishing myself even more now that I am trying to correct bad behaviors.

There are constantly articles out about how you need to change your actions to improve your life.  And you know what it's not really working for me. What I mean by that is yes of course I want to improve my mind, body, soul but I'm going about it all the wrong way.  First we should all just give ourselves a little credit for trying in the first place, that is hard, seriously. Second, I think we need to reward ourselves for all of the small stuff, and forgive ourselves for any slip ups. I'm talking about if you're trying to eat better, work out, have more positive thoughts.  These are big changes and I think we all expect them to happen overnight.

I was doing a work out video last night and the trainer was talking about how "We shouldn't listen to ourselves, we should talk to ourselves". For instance we shouldn't listen when our brain says we can't do this work out, rather tell yourself you can do this work out!  I feel like I need to use this in a lot of aspects of my life.  The negative thoughts creep in so easily. 

I think we just need to take some of a pressure off, and go a little easier on ourselves.  We are all trying the best we can every day.  I believe that change will happen it just will be slower than most would like.  So by writing this post I hope to take a load off my shoulder, telling you and myself that putting more pressure on ourselves doesn't yield faster or better results. And even if it does we won't enjoy the process of getting to the finish line.

I hope you're having a great day and this helped to make you feel not so alone! Do you have any tips for taking the pressure off?

August Intentions

Can you believe its August already? A new month, another opportunity to improve my everyday life.  I really took some time to think about what my intentions are this month and to take it more seriously that the months before. 

My July intentions were to put myself out there, worry less and push myself.  And I feel like I did a pretty bad job of following through on those things.  But I thought of some other intentions that fall in line with some of these things but are a different approach.

So here it is with what I want for this coming month!

Stick with my new gym program - I recently purchased a groupon for  a new yoga studio because I thought that not only would it be good for my body but really my mind.

Keep up with the blog - I really thought in the past month that maybe I should quit the blog.  Even though I was doing well with it I just wasn’t feeling like it anymore.  I felt like people came to the blog most for the wallpapers and not enough for what I had to say so why bother.  And then I spill a whole cup of coffee on my computer and I thought that was a sign. But then someone sent me a really nice note saying they found my blog authentic and interesting.  Now I do this blog for me but of course I want people to read.  And that made me feel like I was doing something right.  I sat down and wrote down all my ideas of blogs and was like "wow thats a lot".  I feel like creative it a steam of water and I felt like it was just trickling but when I gave myself more than 5 seconds beforeI gave up there was a ton of content and it was much more of a stream of creativity.

Be Confident in myself -  I question and doubt myself so much, it holds me back every day from reaching my potential and trying new things.  I want everything I do to be 110%.  Which isn’t a bad thing but I also feel like you have to try different things to improve.  Rarely are you going to try something and have it be amazing on the first try.  I need to know that I may fail sometimes but at least Im trying to do my best and I should give myself more credit.  I bet you should give yourself more credit too.

What are you August Intentions?

Candidly Keri Set Back

Hi Guys, today I come to you with a little bit of a sadder post.  It's been a tough couple of weeks with putting myself out there, giving everything my 110% effort and feeling like I'm coming up short every time.  Sometimes it feels like you just keep getting knocked back down no matter what.

To top everything off, while taking photos for the blog I spilled a whole cup of coffee on my laptop.  I will need to buy a whole new computer and all I ask of you is to help send some positive prays/thoughts/vibes my way. I love the blog, I love trying new things, creating and producing the best things I possibly can and learning while I do it. This has been a pretty big set back for me and the blog unfortunately. 

Any positive notes you have would really bring me some hope and happiness. Also I would appreciate it if you could possibly think about supporting the blog. I have recently bought a new camera, lighting, and props and now I'll need a new computer.  I currently make no money from the blog since all content is free. Even $5 would really help. Anything can help. 

This is defiantly a set back but I promise to continue to output great content although it may be delayed.

If you'd like to support the blog you can here. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post, can't wait to get back to it.  Hopefully better and stronger!