#MotivationMonday :: Love Yourself

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Happy Monday my loves!

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!! I definitely did. I just got back from visiting my beautiful Grandmother down in Florida with ALL of my girl cousins. She wasn’t able to come up to Chicago this summer so we decided to go down and surprise her…and oh my gosh, she was soooo surprised. I still can’t believe we pulled it off, it was amazing and beautiful and definitely an experience I am sure none of us will ever forget.

My awesome cousin Amanda took these photos of me and as we were taking them my whole thought process sort of evolved and turned into something completely different. Something more beautiful than the pictures themselves. You see, never in a million years did I think I would be posting photos of myself in a bikini, non the less on a blog for everyone in the world to see. People are so ridiculed these days for merely nothing. Not being skinny enough, wearing to much makeup, not being pretty enough, not being smart enough, saying the wrong thing, it has gotten out of control.

I’ve recently had personal insecurities about my weight, and what I look like. I’ve also recently been guilty of thinking I couldn’t be happy or at peace until I took the weight off, and looked like something else. I was originally taking these photos to showcase one of the new designs for my label I am starting. But while taking these photos I had a moment, a moment while walking down the beach in a bikini posing for photos that I thought, screw this, this post is for the girls out there who are insecure, the ones who don’t feel beautiful and should be told their beautiful everyday. The one’s who have humongous hearts and deserve the world and deserve to be happy and at peace and live with wild abandon and not care about what other people think or say. I know I have lived way to long with that mindset myself, and just looking back at these pictures I know in those moments I felt it. I felt it because I know…I know deep down who I am, what I have, and what I can accomplish. So today I just wanted to say love yourself, be kind to yourself, and celebrate yourself, today and everyday. You are beautiful the way you are right now and if there are things you need to work on, acknowledge them, write them down, work hard at them every single day, but please, don’t let a day go by without recognizing and celebrating your own worth.

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Thanks for stopping by. I truly hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any inspiring words or advice, please leave in the comments!

xo

Jaclyn

Backyard Travels with JT Ed. 1 : Lake Geneva, WI

Lake-GenevaHappy Thursday my loves!

Today’s post is a New Series I am very passionate and excited about starting, called ‘Back Yard Travels with JT’. If you read my #30×30 List then you must of caught on to the fact I am in wanderlust mode and want to travel pretty much anywhere and everywhere. I truly believe we need to grow, to learn, to adapt, to culture ourselves with the rest of the world around us. We should gain knowledge of how other people live, work, and play. Gaining a new understanding firsthand, I believe, can cultivate and nurture respect for all those around us. In our own country, and in those that we have yet to experience. That being said, I want to encourage you to travel in your own backyard, your backyard being the world. Where there’s a will there’s a way. These trips don’t have to be glamorous or high end. They don’t have to be a whole week but a few days. Just get out and explore and do it with an open mind and heart and a little wild abandon.

While I explore this beautiful world, my mission for this series is to help inspire you. Where to stay, what do, where to eat, and of course where to shop! But I also hope in some areas of travel, we can connect and find ways to give back to the communities we go to. I plan on finding all of these things out during my travels, and I plan on sharing it right here with all of you!

Ed. 1 :: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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There are so many amazing hotels and resorts its intimidating to know you’ve chosen the right one until you’re there.  We stayed at Harbor Shores on a whim and the rooms were nice. There wasn’t anything over the top about this hotel, EXCEPT the fact that it was on the water AND walking distance to the downtown area. If you are staying in Lake Geneva during the summer, it’s definitely worth the extra money to stay somewhere lakeside. The following list are my recommendations:

1. The Abbey Resort :: Romantic Getaway

+ Lakefront Resort :: Great Spa :: Quiet, Peaceful area // – Opposite end of downtown area

2. The Geneva Inn :: Girlfriends Getaway

+ Beautiful Lakefront Resort :: Next to Big Foot Beach State Park // – 10 min. drive downtown

3. The Cove of Lake Geneva :: Family Getaway

+ Great for groups :: Indoor/Outdoor Pool :: Adult & Kid Friendly :: Lakefront Resort :: Walk to downtown

4. Maxwell Mansion :: For the Time Traveler

+ Beautiful Grounds and Rooms :: Walk to water and downtown // – Limited Rooms (Book Early)

5. Grand Geneva Resort and Spa :: Romantic Getaway for a Golfing Duo

+ Gorgeous Resort :: Great Spa :: Golf Course :: Secluded // – 15 to 20 minute drive to downtown and the lake :: $$$ (But well worth it) – Book Early

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:: Brunch ::

1. The Baker House – Can we say champagne brunch for $32 all you can eat and drink!! This place made me so happy 🙂

2. Simple Cafe – Uses local farmers and bakers

:: Lunch/Dinner ::

1. Pier 290 – Awesome outdoor area right on the water

2. Chucks Lakeshore Inn – Great Bar, Great Food, Great Views

:: Late Night Snack::

1. Olympic Restaurant – Great Breakfast, Open Late (It was a must while we were there!)

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1. SHOP Obviously! The downtown area is so quaint and gorgeous with so many eclectic stores. Here were some of my favorites!

:: Bangles & Bags – Amazing & affordable accessories :: Fancy Fair Mall – They had THE best home goods stuff (for the boho eclectic) I will definitely be going back when I decorate my house! :: BLOOMINGBYRDS – Probably my favorite woman’s clothing store in all of downtown :: Cornerstone Shop & Gallery – An endless abyss of home decor and nicknacks, they even had an amazing kids section

2. Weather permitting, just get outside. It’s so beautiful here, just soak it all in!

:: Rent a boat or Jet ski :: Take a tour of the lake on one of the many boat tours :: Pack a picnic and go to one of the many beautiful beaches :: Golf :: Check out the Hotels with outdoor water parks :: Bar Hop ::

3. If the weather is not in your favor

:: Go to one of the resorts with indoor water park :: SPA :: See a movie :: Bar Hop ::

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I hope you enjoyed this first Edition of ‘Back Yard Travels with JT’. Please let me know if you enjoyed this, if it was helpful to you, or even if you have any suggestions. Write in the comments below or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you. Until our next adventure….xo

Jaclyn

#MotivationMonday #30×30

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Happy Monday my loves!

I’ve missed you and I’ve missed blogging. But instead of explaining to you where I’ve been or why I’ve been slacking, I will spare you the details and jump right into this NEW post I am so excited to share with you! Let’s do this…

30x30Over the years I’ve learned that change is inevitable and we should embrace it, but also the importance of allowing ourselves to be uncomfortable. I found the things that made me feel uncomfortable, that gave me butterflies in my belly, were often the telling signs of the bigger things I should force myself to do. They’ve always been the most rewarding and the most life changing, because I always learned something about myself, and life and this world. Now just to be clear, I am not talking about allowing myself to do uncomfortable things that are dangerous or that would harm myself or anyone else, but BIG things that we all dream of doing, but find ourselves in uncomfortable situations when we want to do them. Fears, worries, wrong timing, scrutiny from loved ones, financial burdens…we all have those thoughts in our heads, don’t let people fool you.

not-all-those-who-wanderWith that being said I have personally created a #30×30 List for myself. Call it a bucket list if you will, but with more of a time frame set in mind.  Our daily lives fly by trying to keep up with work, family, friends, social events that the things we dream of  doing just fall by the wayside. I’m here to say, just go out and DO IT. Find a way that works for you. Make lists, vision boards, itinerary plans. Be proactive about your dreams, and when you see it, feel it, breath it, live it, I truly feel like you can make magic happen.

My List of 30 things are to be done by the time I am 30. They are dreams, some small and immediately achievable, some are far fetched but I know I can accomplish. These 30 things are important, personal, and dear to my heart, but I want to share them.

To Inspire. Motivate. & Move You

1. Fall in love…with myself

2. Start my own design Label/Business

3. Be Healthy and meet my Goal Weight

4. Have my own design studio

5. Take an acting class

6. Be debt FREE

7. Buy a puppy

8. Go Kiteboarding, Surfing, Skydiving

9. Go on a Helicopter Ride

10. Fall in Love

11. Go on a mission trip

12. Take a piano lesson

13. Learn enough Portuguese to have a simple conversation

14. Break my bad habits

15. Blog Fulltime

16. Take my mom to London and Paris

17. Write a book

18. Go to New York Fashion Week

19. Make 3,000 dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World

20. Buy a Home

21. Go on a Yoga Retreat

22. Host a Charity Fashion Show with my collection

23. Travel/Attend Events for Fashion/Blogging/Beauty

24. Raise $30,000 to build a school with Pencils of Promise

25. Travel to 3 Different Countries I have never been to

26. Go to SXSW – Coachella – Lollapalooza

27. Take a road-trip to Key West

28. Believe in myself and use my passion for good

29. Focus on my health and spread love to others

30. Travel/Road-trip to all the States I haven’t been to

So if you read this far, you’re either motivated and inspired, or thinking I am completely insane and there is no way I will complete all of that.  So let me tell you, I have every intention to and I will. If I don’t reach it by the time I am 30, it will be ok. My main goal is to get out of my comfort zone, have faith, and fulfill the dreams I have in life. I read this list everyday because it pushes me harder and when I see it, I feel it and know it and that is what is going to help me succeed.

Believe in yourself, and your dreams. Allow yourself to feel comfortable being uncomfortable, because more often then not, it means you’re one step closer to your dreams.

xo – Jaclyn

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Not all those who wander are lost.

::Today and Always::

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Happy Monday my loves!

Seems only fitting to start this week off with a quote about giving…

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite Holiday’s. The food, the smells, the fires, the company, the cozy warm clothes, I become so nostalgic this time of year and I quite love it! Even before the holiday hits, I start thinking about everything I am grateful and beyond thankful for…no matter what I am going through, I try to always find a reason to be happy, grateful, and joyful, even if it is the tiniest things, which usually are the most important.

I hope you have a wonderful week…I hope you will take a moment this week and each day write down one thing, one person, one moment you are grateful and thankful for…tell those who you are thankful for. Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to come around for those moments of gratitude…practice it everyday and see how your life and those lives around you benefit for the better!

xo dLondie

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Happy Thursday my loves!

I have to give credit where credit is due…ALWAYS…and this ‘Quote/Inspiration’ comes from this amazingly talented, and extremely inspiring yogi…who is just a regular down ass chick! I follow her instagram/facebook everyday for a dose of happiness and inspiration. You can check  her out HERE Rachel is her name…I would HIGHLY recommend it!

As far as today goes…find peace where you are at in life right NOW…KNOW that you are meant to be right where you are because it is molding you, shaping you, teaching you, preparing you for everything that is ahead and everything that is right now. Find faith in the unknown, it will bring you peace of mind, happiness, and eventually success. Whatever problems you are having or even successes be proud of who you are and where you’re at because you have a choice to be happy NOW and continue to work hard NOW and work towards that dream NOW. GO GET IT and NEVER give up, regardless of where you are at.

Have a FANTASTIC Thursday…it’s almost the weekend!

xo dLondie

What day is it?!

Check out my girl Tristan’s blog as she fights the fight most of us have with our addiction to sugar…well at least that is me (Gosh I love my sweet treats too)!!! Good Luck my love on your challenge, if anyone can do it I know it is you!

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mike mike mike mike mike, I know you can hear me! What day is it?! HUMP DAAAAAAY!

ok so now I feeler better! So lets talk sugar! I am officially 4 days into my sugar beat down and have been pretty impressed with what I can do! I have definitely gone down the slowly ween myself off route so I have allowed myself a piece of chocolate or a chocolate rice cake a day when I need it.  My addiction to crack, I mean sweets is like a crazy ex girlfriend. You need to let her down slowly or that b***** will come back full force. So I have been pretty proud of myself and haven’t had too big of cravings. My hope is to remove all sugar besides a serving of fruit a day by next week.

so lets talk about the rough side of this. I have had…

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Happy Wednesday my loves!

Clearly I have had a theme this week so far, that I wasn’t even aware of doing until now. However, it seems appropriate and obvious since these are the things I have been struggling with personally…so if you are reading this know, you are not alone. Let’s work through each hardship with integrity, patience, guidance, compassion, drive, and passion. Taking that first baby step already makes you extraordinary…now let’s take that first step together!

Happy Hump Day!!! No go be awesome.

xo dLondie