I Feel ALIVE ♡

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After my meditation this morning, I found myself bawling. But this time, they weren’t tears of sadness. I found myself crying because for the first time, in a long time, I can say that I am genuinely happy. I was crying because I am so proud of how far I’ve come within these past few months.

I was at a very dark place about 3 months ago, a hole I never thought I could dig myself out of.

Not that I’ve been unhappy per se. It’s hard to describe exactly what I’ve been feeling as of late. I’ve just been off..

But this morning, I woke up and just felt so ALIVE. Gosh, I am smiling so hard writing this right now.

It’s just that when you have been in such a dark place, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But today, I see that light.

And I promise, you will too one day. Maybe a month from now, a year, 2 years…we all take time to heal. You can’t rush your healing, but you can take the steps to better yourself everyday. Just please, don’t give up.

Life isn’t easy, and if it were easy, we would never feel that satisfaction of kicking its A$% when we come out on the other side stronger.

It will come back-it being the light which fills your heart, the tranquility which calms your nerves, and the clarity which your mind so dearly needs.

The giddiness, the playfulness, the confidence in being you. It will come back, I know it will.

I was the girl who was so heartbroken, and am now mending the pieces back together.

I was the girl who was once scared, and now I’m becoming fearless.

I was the girl who was at a very dark place, and now I am happier than ever before. Which, I thought I would have never said a few months ago.

It’s important to remember that everything is just a phase. This, like so much else in your life, will come to pass. That is the nature of impermanence. Nothing lasts.

Things are just different today. And I like this kind of different.

I feel change coming on.

Xo!

Why I YOGA! ♡

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After practicing yoga for a consistent 2 years now, I can’t help but want to share yoga with the world. I probably bug my closest friends about yoga 99.9% of the time. When something is benefitting your life so much, you just can’t help but tell everybody about it. It is like that cute romance book you read in your teenage years that you couldn’t wait to tell everybody about.

When I first started going to yoga, I was terrified. Similar to any new workout or experience we take on for the first time, it was uncomfortable. I remember my very first yoga class like it was yesterday. How out of place I felt. How badly I just wanted to go home because I wasn’t good enough or I couldn’t do the poses that everyone else around me was doing. But I kept going back, and bettering myself. I thought to myself, if I quit now, I will never really know what all this rave about yoga was truly about.

And it all makes sense now.

My passion for yoga is partly because of the massive difference it’s made to my health, physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga has changed my whole life for the better. Yoga takes you inside of yourself on such a deep level, a level that you didn’t think could be reached. You learn to love and honor your body in a way that no one else can. It is a time to appreciate who you are and go within that space. But it’s taken time, and it’s taken persistence, and it’s taken hard work.

 

The biggest question people always ask me when I tell them about yoga is:

“But is it really a workout?”

UM you bet your a$% it’s a workout! My body has never worked so hard in its life (OK so I am exaggerating a little). But anyways, I can’t blame people for asking this question, because I once questioned the same thing. Yoga really does challenge your body to move a certain way, all while building muscle. It is an extreme ab and butt kicker. And girl, HOT yoga, now that is a whole new level of workout. Of course there are all sorts of modifications and different yoga classes you can take, depending on what you are trying to benefit from yoga.

Another question, well rather statement I hear a lot as well is:

“Yoga’s just not me.”

What do you mean yoga’s just not you?

What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means.

It means that you don’t think you are the type of person who does yoga and you know you’ll feel uncomfortable and out of place when you go into a class and you don’t want to feel that way.

It means you have a rigid idea of your identity in your head and you’re holding on to that because it makes you feel comfortable. Well comfort is overrated. Nothing good ever comes from comfort zones. Literally. Comfort is overrated. Comfort kills.

So… my challenge to you here is… if you’ve been thinking about doing yoga but something is holding you back, or you’ve done a bit here and there and not yet developed a regular practice, ask yourself:

“What’s holding me back from practicing yoga?”

Yoga will make the biggest difference in your life when YOU want to change, when YOU want to heal.

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink”.

I know that I can’t make you want to transform your life. I can’t make you not afraid. That’s a choice YOU have to make. It’s a choice I have to respect. There is ALWAYS time in our lives for the things we make a priority. And I hope you make time for the things you love, whatever that may be.

If this article in any way has persuaded you to try something new, even if that thing isn’t yoga then YAY ME. I have accomplished my goal hehe.

If you any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. I would love to give my input or help anyone that I can :)

I am in no means a yoga expert and I am far from where I went to be in my practice. Each day I better myself and each day I discover something new about my body and the way it works. Yoga is just something I am very passionate about and I wanted to share that with you all.

Always remember that everything you need, your courage, strength, love, and compassion, everything you need is already within you.

 

Namaste <3

Xo

I Miss You, Even Though You Don’t Deserve To Be Missed.

Even after everything that happened, I still can’t seem to get you out of my head.

I’m okay during the day as long as I keep myself busy, but not at night…that’s a different story.

The second that all of the chaos of my day settles down, and my head hits my pillow, you’re all I see.

It’s been months and I know it shouldn’t be this way. We don’t even talk to each other anymore….but here you are, still living in my thoughts.

Nobody understands how much I miss you. No one even knows. Why would I tell them?

You were awful to me. You broke my heart into a million pieces. They would never get it…I don’t even get myself.

I don’t think about how things ended, though. I think about how we used to be, about who I thought you were.

All the things we used to do together, the road trips we’d take.

I think about how you used to make me laugh so hard I could barely catch my breath, and about our hundreds of inside jokes that no one else could ever comprehend.

For the first time in my life, I felt understood and loved. I was so lucky to have such an amazing connection with someone.

Then, I think about how it was all ripped away from me.

I think about how I’ll never have anything like that again, how I’ll never have you again.

I think about how sad it is that you were such a big part of me and then all of a sudden, one day, you were just gone.

I can’t stop missing you.

Then, I think about how fucking pathetic it is because I know for a fact that you don’t miss me.

I know that I’m chasing my own thoughts in circles, while you’re sound asleep.

I probably never cross your mind.

After all, you were the one who walked away from this. You are the one who caused me to hurt like this.

You were the one who gave up on us. 

And that’s when I realize…I’d rather miss the person I thought you were, than be with someone that is less than what I deserve.

I’d rather just miss you.

 

 

My FAV DRUGSTORE Face Masks ♡

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Hi my loves! I am sooo excited to finally be getting around to doing this blog post for you guys! I have been trying out so many different drugstore face masks to bring you the BEST of the BEST in my book.

I have picked my top 4 face masks that work for a wide range of things.

We all deserve a little pampering every now and again and I know it can get a little pricey. I am here to show you a way to pamper yourself while ballin’ on a budget….that way you have no excuse as to why you haven’t taken the time to give your face a little love. TREAT YO SELF (cheaply).

Anywayyssssss, without further ado, let’s just jump right into it shall we? <3

1. YES To Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask – ($2.52) 

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This is for all my oily/problematic skin girls out there! The struggle is real am I right? And finding a good drugstore face mask that is able to get the job done can be a challenge. This one has by far been one of my favorites. It has SAVED my skin, especially my post-travel skin. The great thing about this is that you can literally just lay the sheet on your face (granted you look like a real-life, creepy snapchat filter) but HEY whatever gets the job done am I right?! After about 10 minutes you just take if off, rub the excess amount into your skin, and let the magic happen!

2. L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask – ($9.77) 

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If you want your skin to feel tightened and toned, then this is the mask for you! Granted I don’t have wrinkles (yet) but you are never too young for anti-aging masks right?! This mask doesn’t claim to be anti-aging…but it does pretty much the same thing as an anti-aging mask would do. It leaves your skin feeling amazing and so soft afterwards. I like to use it after I do a more harsh face mask, to leave my skin feeling soft and lifted. LOVE!

3. YES To Grapefruit Brightening Peel – ($10.83) 

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I hit the JACKPOT finding this. I have tried samples of peels before from Sephora but have never persuaded myself into buying them because they are just so dang expensive. SO, when I saw this at Walmart I HAD to get it. I was shocked at how much better my pores looked after this. I honestly feel like it worked better than any of the samples I had tried from Sephora, and it’s a quarter of the price!

4. Organic Botanik Australia Chia Seed Face Mask – ($5.99)

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So this gem I found at Marshalls and to be honest, I only bought it because I thought the name was so cute….Organik Botanik?! SOLD…to the lady who is a sucker for cute names and packaging. OMG but guys this face mask is amazing. I have never tried a face mask before that has chia seeds in it! TALK ABOUT SOFT SKIN. If you see this at your local Marshalls be sure to pick it up! If not, Amazon can be your friend. It may just be my favorite out of all of them all. Save the best for the last...see what I did there.

And there ya have it! My FAV GO-TO DRUGSTORE face masks.

Happy pampering my lovies! xo

 

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San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

So excited to share this trip with you guys! We all had a blast in Mexico. I couldn’t get enough of the sun, beach, quaint little towns, & of course the margaritas! <3

I hope you guys enjoy watching and get a taste of Mexico for yourselves! xo

 

 

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Breaking Up With Someone You Are Still In Love With

It’s not that I am leaving because I don’t love you. Not for a second will I let anyone think that I didn’t love you. Not for a second will I let anyone think that I’m choosing to close this door because it’s something I want to do.

It was supposed to be me and you. For as long as I looked into my future, I pictured doing it with you.

I pictured an amazing life full of adventure, laughter, and love. That’s what everyone longs for right?

Well guess what, it didn’t work that way. I didn’t get my happy ending. The fairytale didn’t end with me and you.

Instead, it ended with me gasping for air as I cried in my room praying that everything would work out.

Every single time things started getting back to the me and you that I fell in love with, I was let down.

I have put you first for so long, I have forgotten what it feels like to put myself first.

I got so caught up in loving you and what it took to try and get the happy ending that I wanted that I forgot the most important part; how to love myself.

I lost myself in loving you. I wasn’t tending to my own wants and needs. I wasn’t doing what was best for me. I began doing whatever it took to hold onto the idea in my head that things would end with me and you. Me and you. Funny huh?

But it’s time that I wake up. It’s time that I wake up and realize that the person I fell in love with, isn’t there anymore. The person I fell in love with who made me the center of their world, isn’t there anymore. It pains me to admit that.

In the meantime, I’ve been fighting for someone who isn’t there. I’ve been fighting SO hard to get the old you back, that I lost the old me in the process.

I stopped loving myself. I stopped doing things for me.

It’s time that changes.

It’s time I learn to love myself again. It’s time I get the old me back.

So, no. I’m not leaving because I don’t love you. I’m leaving because it’s time that I learn to love myself more.

 

Wednesday, May 10: Dealing With Difficult Moments

I am not sure how life can be so good, so perfect, and then all of a sudden a light switch goes off and life’s like, “okay time to put you through hell now”. Or at least that’s how I have felt these last couple of months, or rather ever since the start of 2017. Once 2017 hit it was like God has decided to test me in every way possible.

It’s not that I don’t trust him, because I do. But boy, have I been tested.

Although, in the midst of all of the pain and suffering life has thrown my way, it has truly made me appreciate the gift of life. We can either live our lives to the fullest, or dwell and always ask God, “Why me”, which I know, seems like the easier alternative sometimes.

During my meditation this morning, it had me repeat “May I learn to meet my pain with mercy and compassion. May I learn to meet the difficulties in my life, in a kind and compassionate way”. That right there really spoke to me. I think God was pulling a trick up his sleeve with that one, he knew exactly what I needed to hear.

You see, healing comes in waves. And you know, maybe today the waves hit the rocks, and that’s okay. That’s okay darling, you are still healing. There is beauty in pain and coming out stronger on the other side. I think the most beautiful people must go through hell first to see the beauty in this life.

God is working his magic in you in ways that are nearly impossible to see at times. Trust the process my love. I always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.

In the words of my loving Grandmother during her last days after being diagnosed with lung cancer, “Shit Happens”. She truly saw the light heartedness in every situation. Her courageous spirit keeps me going, because anyone who can bluntly say “shit happens” while going through absolute hell, is a hero of mine.

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In loving memory of my Nana: January 1, 1945 – May 7, 2017

xo

P.S. Meditation app I use is called Meditation Studio. (Not sponsored I have like 3 followers so chill). 

Just wanted to share :) 

Thoughts For May

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As I sit here and reflect on what April has brought upon me, I wrote up some thoughts or rather ideas/goals that I want to bring into May. And while I should be studying for finals, I thought I would share these thoughts with you instead. ((Procrastination at its finest ladies & gents)) Also I thought I was clever for naming this “Thoughts For May”, it’s kind of like “Thoughts Of The Day” but “Thoughts For May”….GET IT? HAHA okay dumb joke. Anyways, maybe you can implement some positive vibes/ideas or get inspiration from mine for the month of May and make it a good month <3 xo

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  • Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference really.
  • Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for your convenience, not the callers.
  • Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the really sweet fruit is.
  • Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly enough time as we all do, just get your priorities straight.
  • Don’t spread yourself too thin. Learn to say no politely and quickly.
  • Don’t use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
  • Don’t waste time grieving over the past. Learn from it and move on as best you can.
  • Work hard, but don’t let work take over your life, you will lose yourself.
  • Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  • Learn to listen to your body.
  • Never overestimate your power to change others. Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
  • When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.
  • DO NOT compare yourself to others, that is deadly.
  • Let go of whatever is stealing your happiness, it’s hard but it is worth it. Trust me.

And darling, if all else fails, please be happy. Learn to be in the sunlight and let the rays hit your contagious smile. Learn to love yourself, even in your darkest days. You owe yourself that love that you so freely give to other people. After-all, self love is the greatest middle of finger of all time. And in the end, all we really have is ourselves.

Be yourself today. You look beautiful like that.

 

Cute, AFFORDABLE, Outfit Idea: Day In The City!

Hi lovies! I thought I would throw together a super cute and AFFORDABLE (ahhh my favorite word) outfit idea for you! This look costs under $90 for the WHOLE outfit!

You don’t have to be rich to have cute fashion pieces! I hope this inspires those of you out there who think fashion HAS to be expensive to be cute. You can leave people thinking you have money, when really your shoes were only $20…say WHAAAT! Trust me, being a poor college student…I got this “look like I have a lot of money type of fashion” thing on LOCK!

Enjoy xo <3

Chocker: Forever 21 $6

Bracelet: Charlotte Russe $3

Sunglasses: Forever 21 $10

Clutch: Forever 21 $12

Dress: Forever 21 $15

Jacket: American Eagle $20 (ORIGINALLY $70 that was on sale for 60% plus an additional 25%!! I love surprise sales)

Boots: Marshalls $20

 

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Happy Shopping! <3

Journal Entry: February 24, 2017

There came a moment when I realized that I would never be able to actually heal, if I didn’t get brutally honest with myself. And though, I prided myself on saying that I was a good woman, it was time to get real–how good of a woman could I have possibly been if I was sticking by the sides of men who were treating me so badly? Sure I did everything that a “good woman” was supposed to do for her man, but what I hadn’t been doing, was everything that a good woman is supposed to do for herself. Like walking away from someone who was hurting me more than they were loving me.

Now, I could have thrown myself a pity party in my moment of honesty, that would have been easy; because let’s face it-which women on this earth wants to think that maybe she wasn’t so good after all? But I didn’t. Instead I decided to work on a new beginning. It was time to shed my old skin made of denial and blame, and wear my new one made of accountability and truth; because if I ever wanted to have a real good man in my life, I needed to first learn how to be a real good woman..to myself.