Wild & Free

“Be daring. Be different. Be impractical. Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play it safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” – Cecil Beaton

Over the weekend, my cousin (and long-time best friend) visited from Missouri and we had an amazing time catching up.  It is always such a blessing to have people in your life who make it feel like nothing has changed since the last time you saw them, even though it’s been ages and, in fact, everything has changed! It is a comfort to have a friend who knows me completely inside and out. Being around my dear friend, Ali, just feels like home! We are goofy and fun and out of control! I love that and LOVE her!

We used to work together at the Renaissance Festival so we had to go visit the fun. Her parents still work at the festival and Ali’s visit was a great surprise for them. Plus, it was Star Wars weekend, making it even better!

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Afterwards, we went to get matching tattoos with my sister (and business partner), Sierra. We have always wanted to get something matching, eternalizing our fricking awesome friendship! We have been thinking hard on what we all wanted, something to match all our personalities. We were very happy with our choice!

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STAY WILD AND FREE

So why did we pick wild and free? Soooo many good reasons!

Wild: (adj) 1.  Living or growing in the natural environment; not domesticated or cultivated; 2. uncontrolled or unrestrained, especially in pursuit of pleasure

We chose the word wild because it perfectly describes our behavior when we are together. We thirst for adventure. We do not like to follow a set rule; we make our own. We are goofy, over-the-top, and out of control. Not in the way you’d think, like passed out drunk at the party wild. But in a childlike way, our imagination taking over!

As we grow older, one big fear is that we are losing our untamed personalities to fit the “mold” of adulthood. We wanted a good reminder that our sense of adventure and silliness can co-exist with our adult life. Our personalities can still shine!

Free: (adj) 1. not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes; 2. not physically restrained, obstructed, or fixed

Free!!! My #1 desire and priority in life. Freedom is such a precious gift! We love to dream and, in doing so, shape our own lives, regardless of the limitations the world decides to throw at us. Possibility is everywhere! We want to embrace freedom to be ourselves. Freedom to experience things we find important, not what the media tells to enjoy. We want to enjoy the freedom create our own path that suites our needs when the way of the world does not. Free to be passionate, to be daring, to be fierce.

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It is my biggest hope that in placing these tattoos on our bodies, we will continue to be brave in our fight against the ordinary!

Much love! Taryn xoxo

Celebrate with Gratitude!

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that is is.” – Mandy Hale

The first quarter of 2015 has come to an end and I must say, we are having a killer year thus far! If you remember, the word I chose for 2015 was “GROWTH”. Looking back at the start of the year, I realized it is incredible how far I have already come. I officially have my yoga certificate and have taught a couple of classes. My business with my little sister is really taking off and is gaining momentum rather quickly. I am learning so much about who I am and my spirituality. My confidence is growing. My gratitude is growing. My levels of compassion, kindness, and love are growing.

At an event for Inspired by Sisters
At an event for Inspired by Sisters

And it doesn’t just end there! My husband and I both received the blessing of raises this year (woohoo!). Tanner is looking into re-starting an ebay business he really enjoyed doing part-time before he began working his current job at Honeywell. We are both reminding each other of our passions and hope to live a life which indulges in the things we love.

Then there are the simple things: a few of my herbs have started sprouting in my living room windows. Tanner and I are finding more moments to laugh together. We are enjoying more time with family. And there is less stress in our lives.

So, I ran to the store to buy a cheap bottle of bubbly for us to celebrate together. It was simple; however, acknowledging the little accomplishments (our raises and my first Etsy sale) is so important! It shows we are grateful for each other’s hard work and think our achievements are worth celebrating!

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I encourage all of you to find celebration and gratitude for all the little and big successes of your lives. Whether you finally mastered that difficult yoga pose, made the first step towards your dream job, or you received recognition at work for something you’ve been working hard on… it all deserves praise! Not just the final step to accomplishing a goal, but the first step, and the one after that, and the ones halfway through. Celebrate by rejoicing in gratitude. And celebrate with others, especially loved ones. Appreciate their little successes too! Everyone deserves to have their own party!

I would love to hear about your current successes and the ways you celebrate! Comments are my favorite!

Love y’all! – Taryn xoxo

Celebrate with friends and family too! Check out this revolving sushi bar we enjoyed with my in-laws yesterday!
Celebrate with friends and family too! Check out this revolving sushi bar we enjoyed with my in-laws yesterday!

Heads Up: Us Bloggers Aren’t Perfect

” I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” – E.B. White

Hello awesome people! Yes, I’m still here… just stuck in a rut of feeling like I have little to talk about. I promised I wouldn’t turn this page into an ad for my business, but it has been consuming most of my free time lately, so I feel like there is nothing left to talk about. I’m doing other things, of course… I am always doing other things, but nothing which I find interesting enough to write about.

I’m stuck in a rut that I know a lot of you experience. This feeling that I am always too much and too little of everything, all at the same time. It’s exhausting. The criticism I give to my own “flaws” is just ridiculous. And I know that, deep down! I really do. I love who I am and I don’t want to change who I am at all. So why am I acting so crazy?

I’m sure you can all relate to some of these thoughts: I should be giving more time to others. I need to start spending more time taking care of myself. I really spend too much time in the kitchen. I need to stop being so lazy and start making myself healthier lunches. I need to be waking up earlier to do more yoga. I need to be getting more sleep. I need to put more time into my business. I need to give more time to my family. I should be more selfless in my marriage. I should be asking for my needs to be met in my marriage. I’m not smart enough to run a business. I’m not creative enough to sell things, etc. 

It goes on and on. You can all see that everything I continue to beat myself up about is completely contradictory, right? Too much. Too little. And I haven’t wanted to write about anything because I am not feeling all put together lately, like I should be if I am going to write a blog to encourage others.  I should keep my insecurities at bay. Right?

Hmm… Maybe not. I didn’t start this blog to be perfect and teach others perfection. I started this blog to encourage others to love themselves, improve their lives through the little things, and share my passions. I made this blog to be REAL with people.

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Man, what I load off my shoulders. People, listen. I am not perfect! I talk about the importance of a morning schedule, but I oversleep ALL of the time. I talk about eating right, but there are nights I eat chips and guacamole for dinner (with no guilt, it’s delicious). My husband and I have had a rough first year of marriage and my relationship is far from perfect. And that’s all okay!

I  just want to get this point across: the people who write the blogs you follow are human. They have flaws that they probably don’t talk about all the time. For a long time, I compared everything in my life to the bloggers I followed. I would look at their happy, healthy pictures and loathe myself for not being as committed as they are. I would look at their budget plans and panic about our household spending. I became so obsessed with being the “perfect wife” (according to blogs) at the beginning of my marriage, that I soon started attacking my husband for not being a “perfect husband” too.

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I say all this to remind you all that there is no such thing as perfect. It is great to have people we look up to for guidance, but please never let yourself get caught up in what everyone else is telling you to do. Trust yourself and don’t every try to fit into a mold.

You are not too much or too little of anything, especially if you are being yourself. Do not let others, internet and magazines included, define you. EVER. Once the expectations of who we should be are gone, we can strive, as ourselves! No judgment. No guilt. PLEASE!

Wow. See? I already feel better. This is why I blog 🙂

Love y’all, Taryn xoxo

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Quick brag: We sold our first painting on Etsy! Of course, we were ecstatic, but I was mostly excited because our first sale features my personal handwriting, that I have always disliked. See?! We gotta stop hating on ourselves 🙂