Childhood Honesty

Today I got to enjoy a nice lunch with some sweet friends. Anytime we all hang out it seems like we always end up telling funny childhood stories. The story below is one of the ones I told, and I thought I'd share it because, well why not...To begin the story I should say that I think everyone went through a phase as a child where they were way too honest. You know...the kind of honesty that gets you in trouble? Well, here’s a nice little story about that.
While I was going through this phase, my father had hired someone to fix our kitchen sink. The guy he hired was one of his friends who had been in that business for a while. His friend was super nice, but he had a severe case of buck teeth. So my father asked my mother to keep me out of the kitchen during that time, that way I wouldn’t cause them to be embarrassed again (referring to other times where I have said something I shouldn’t have). While his friend was fixing the sink, I ran downstairs into the kitchen… I was always a very curious child therefore I had to see what all the commotion was about in there. I came into the kitchen wearing a bright, red cape because I was dressed as a superhero (I liked to play dress up a lot). As soon as I stepped foot in there I yelled, “Who are you in my kitchen?!” When he popped his head up from under the sink and smiled...I said, “you look like a rabbit mister!” (referring to his teeth) and ran out. My parents were so embarrassed at the time and apologized to him several times. But nowadays whenever they tell this story, they have to pause often from laughing so hard.  I was such an ornery little kid.

But what can I say, honesty is the best policy!
(Definitely not in this case whatsoever.) 

What about you? Any silly childhood stories about you being brutally honest? Haha ;) 


Manicure Monday?

So, it's Wednesday. Hence the question mark at the end of "Manicure Monday", but it just didn't seem right to call it "Manicure Wednesday". Nevertheless, I have been LOVING this color by Essie. It's called Ladylike and you can get it here. It's a soft pink shade that is super elegant and classy. I usually go for much darker colors like deep reds and purples. I hadn't found a lighter color that I really liked, but this one is pretty rockin'. If you're like me and usually go for darker shades, check this one out, you will not be disappointed! 


 Photo credit goes to Ben Clayton. Check out more of his work here.


Pep Talks

Everyone needs a pep talk from time to time. Maybe for that big game you have in a few days, maybe for the courage to tell that boy or girl that you like them, maybe for the confidence needed to pass a biology test (this is for all you peeps out there that suffer from test anxiety) (I am one of you.), or maybe for the courage to stand up to a bully. No matter what it is, a pep talk can come in handy.

I'm going back to school in a few days, and the topic of pep talks has been running through my head lately because I give little pep talks to myself. Sometimes a semester full of classes can get rough, I find that when that happens--cheesy pep talks can brighten a day. Some of you may think this is weird (it may be--I don't know..) but I feel that pep talks don't necessarily have to be from other people, they can be from you too. I always have to remind myself that positive thinking really does make a difference. 

PS: You should go give someone a pep talk today or tomorrow, or maybe, both. 
PSS: Remember that a few nice words can help a person a lot more than you think.

♡ Iz


Music Monday

Here's a list of songs that I have had on replay this whole month...

Pretty much anything by Emancipator--but my favorites would have to be;
and Soon It Will Be Cold Enough

Hey Laura- Gregory Potter
No Me Without You- Robbie Seay Band
Big Jet Plane- Angus And Julia Stone
This Love- Julia Stone


Wake up- Sum Of An Abstract

I listen to a lot of music every day, but I find myself playing these songs over and over.

What's on your playlist? 


Motivational Monday #1


I don't know about you, but I've noticed that I often criticize myself and spend a silly amount of time focusing on my "flaws". Sometimes it's little things, sometimes it's big things, but nevertheless, it's wrong. So I slipped up on my healthy eating plan (only four times--haha), so I didn't fold my clothes as soon as I took them out of the dryer and now they're super wrinkly, so I didn't do as well as I would have hoped on a test. At the end of the day that doesn't really matter all that much. What I have done is talked to my Savior and learned a lot from his Word in the past week, I have loved my family, I have laughed with B until I can't breathe, and I have also made delicious guacamole! 

At times we spend a lot of time fixated on what we need to change about ourselves or what we have done wrong, when all along we've been made in God's image and our flaws are made perfect in Him. Often we think that what others say or think about us is what affects us, but how we view ourselves affect us greatly. We are our greatest critics, but while  we spend time focusing on those things we miss out on the things that we do excel at, the things we do right, the smiles we create, and the lives we invest in. I spent this week loving myself more, thinking kinder things about myself, and not comparing myself to others. And I plan on many, many more weeks of that. 

No matter what chore you didn't finish today, or what you didn't do so well on, remember to love yourself! 

♡ Iz