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There are few things better in life than those best friends you make in the bathroom at the bar, or the time you realize you’re instant besties with the girl who has the same nail polish colour.  This sparked my inspiration for my #girlswithcakepop idea.  Last night, I went to a party to celebrate my friend’s promotion (at this really cool restaurant in a museum) and there was 3 of us standing at the bar with the same shellac colour on.  So, I’m letting you know that cakepop is now my choice of colour permanently, unless there’s days where I need to switch it up and go for some red because I’m feeling fiery.  Most of the time though, know that I’m living these thoughts through blue eyes, and tan lines, and cakepop.  And yes, next time you’re picking your shellac colour you should pick cakepop and tag me in your cakepop travels & thoughts.

A stay at home .. Gen Y

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I follow some pretty kick butt stay at home moms on social media, one of my all time favs (and literally she probably has no idea) is the one and only PopTart Diaries.  I pretty much live vicariously through her and all the cool mom group friends she’s made.  You know, those Insta girls that end up becoming your Insta friend.

Anyways, I was thinking, how cool is it to have the label stay at home mom, it really has its own community.  And then I got thinking well, I actually get to be a Stay at Home Gen Y.. and that’s something you’ve probably never heard of.  Like ever.

I love what I get to do, and I love that I get to do my life first in and around my biz.. and then a lot of the times it becomes the perfect work life mix, all in one.  Stay at home Gen Y.. what’s the requirements for that?  And how is that even possible without a massive trust fund account?

Stay at home for all intensive purposes as a Gen Y means anything but that.. more like a go to the gym in the middle of the day, wake up early just cause you can, binge watch Making a Murderer on Monday Afternoon, join the 10 am Yoga class, working on a girls self-esteem charity, Starbucks Strolling, non-two week vacationer, read lots of books just because, Gen Y.

And that’s an option I wish was taught in school, the kind where you can have your cake and eat it too.  A life lived to the fullest on your own terms, and one where you can still give back.

And no, I don’t get to live off of a massive trust fund account.  Bring on the stay at home Gen Y.

love Brittney

Real Good Coffee.. Real Good Chat

As much as I have been attempting to kick my coffee habit goodbye, there’s something still so magical about a good cup of coffee and a great chat with new friends.  For some reason, I really want my Peach Tea to offer the same thing.. and most times I am still reaching for that blonde roast.

Last week, I met up with an incredible group of ladies who have started a book club journey with the book Think and Grow Rich.  It’s often one of the first books I recommend to anyone really serious about committing to their business and dreamin’ big.  Although I had set out to help them write out their goals, at their request, the conversation took a different direction.  I really do love when that happens.  It became very real, honest, and vulnerable for everyone.

As the ladies shared their stories with me, the feelings they had taking some steps outside of their comfort zone the past week.. it was as if everything I had been studying and reading about all summer long hit me in the face.  This conversation right here just made it all make sense for me.  Vulnerability.  That feeling where we are very real, and raw, and honest about our deepest fears and feelings.. that moment of sharing it with another person is ultimately how we are able to connect with each other and move past that fear.  What most of us were really scared about in that moment, is that nobody would be able to relate to how we were feeling, that it would make us very different, separate us from the group.  And in sharing these moments over coffee, we all realized the same thing. EACH one of us had felt the exact same way.  And how great is that to know you’re in the right place.. sharing the right experiences.

I loved every minute of our coffee chat, and am seriously so excited for this group of women to get out there and kick butt with their goals for 2016.

lots of love through blue eyes and tan lines.

6 Months Later

I started out in this blog really excited to share my thoughts with you … being vulnerable like this turned out to be a lot harder than I thought.  I stopped writing and made up all kinds of excuses for my absence.  Too busy, didn’t know what to write about.. that sort of thing.  Truth is, I had lots to say.  And then a really good friend shared this with me.

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Ever had one of those moments that just kind of hit you head on.  Yeah, this was one of them.  After taking the weekend to work on my business plan for 2016, I am happy to say I’m back.  And I have a lot more to say this time.

love & success,

Brittney

Lessons on Vulnerability

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Alright, if you haven’t fallen in love with TedTalks yet.. now’s the time to go check that out.  I had no idea what it was, I had always just scrolled past it on Netflix but, it’s a true gem I’m obsessed with now.

My first TedTalks I watched was “The Power of Vulnerability” by Brene Brown and it really put into perspective for me why people do what they do.   Why is it common place in our society to hide who we truly are, why do we feel unworthy of the best life possible?  Why are we constantly cycling through thoughts in our head that we aren’t good enough, skinny enough, smart enough, whatever it might be.  You know what I’m talking about.. we’ve all done it from time to time.

It really comes back to a fear of disconnection and the vulnerability we feel when we begin to start showing who we truly are, who we want to be.  It’s that voice in our heads, is there something about me that if people knew about it, I would end up disconnected from everyone, cast aside?

I’ve lived in this shameful place a large majority of my life.  Always doing what I thought others wanted me to do, not wanting to stand out too much, always looking for approval and acceptance out of this fear of being disconnected.  I’m sure you can relate.  I have been working so hard on this the past few weeks, and I want you to know it’s not going to magically change for you overnight- but it’s getting wayyyy better.  It’s going to take a little bit of uncomfort for a little while but it is all worth it.  Because when you are finally yourself, like I’m talking 100% unapologetically yourself, the way you want to be, the things you want to do, the hobbies you want to be apart of it- you’ll find you’re more connected and closer to people than you’ve ever felt before.  People find that INTERESTING about you! It doesn’t mean everyone is going to be your biggest fan, but that’s okay.   You’re going to step into your own and dare greatly, and I promise this is the most wonderful place in the world when you can fully embrace it.

That’s a #puretransformation

Do you gratitude journal?

I have heard a little bit about writing down what you’re thankful for in the past.. and honestly I just thought it was so that we could learn to “appreciate the small things” and that was it.  Just be happy you have food on the table because a lot of people in the world don’t, type of gratitude.

Through my last year and a half with Arbonne, I have come to learn a TON about gratitude journals.. and there’s a heck of a lot more to it than being thankful for your food so that one day you don’t wake up starving.  Through my mentors and the books I have read since starting my business.. it’s very evident:  being thankful for what we have allows rooms for more good things to come into our lives.

Seriously, there’s no magic here.  People have been practicing this for a very very long time.  If you’re new to this whole concept, I’d suggest you watch “The Secret” (yup it’s on Netflix!).  This will begin to make a whole lot more sense.  But I have officially filled my first full gratitude journal and going back to read through it was pretty awesome.  Some days it really was:  I’m so thankful that it’s sunny today, I like the sunshine.  Other days, a little more heartfelt:  I’m so thankful I have the opportunity to change so many peoples lives with my business.

Beauty in this, there’s really no wrong way to go about your gratitude journal.  So I’m just wondering, if you wrote in a journal write now, what would you be most thankful for?

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Lots of love,

through blueyesandtanlines. xo

My new obsession.. oil pulling

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I’m all about trying new things lately.. and I have been hearing so much about oil pulling in the last few months.  Since I am a huge believer in the beauty and health benefits of detoxing your body, oil pulling was next on my list!

So.. what is it?  I know what you’re thinking.. sounds more like something you’d do to a car.  I’m not totally sure why it’s been named oil pulling, all I know is it works and I’m loving it.
Oil pulling is detoxin’ your whole body through pulling the toxins out in your mouth, teeth, and gums.  Basically, in the morning you’re going to take a tablespoon of Organic Cold Pressed coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 20 minutes.  Many people who have tried this have experienced: whiter teeth, healthier gums, reversing cavities, preventing bad breath, increased energy, better sleep, decreased headaches, and.. my favourite.. clearer skin.
I’m on day two and I am already loving it!  This is definitely one I’m going to work into my regular routines.
The first time you try it, it is absolutely going to feel strange.  But give it a couple of minutes and it’s not so bad, I promise!  Do it while you’re scrolling through Facebook and Insta in the morning, we all know we pretty quickly waste 20 mins doing this every single morning.. so multi task with it!  After you’re done, make sure you don’t spit it out in the sink.. you’ll clog the drain.  Follow up with brushing your teeth, and find a natural based toothpaste for afterwards.  Using a regular toothpaste is just going to dump chemicals back in your body that you just worked hard to swish out for the past 20 minutes.  I use Arbonne’s Pure Mint Toothpaste, its phenomenal, and makes my teeth whiter than any crest white strips ever have before.  Win win!
Happy oil pulling!
lots of love,
Brittney

My first post

Wow!  Can I say thank you soooo much for checkin me out?  This year has been so incredible for me and I am now so friggen pumped to get going on my blogging!  I’ve met with some pretty cool people the past few weeks to get this up and rolling.  You know who you are- I love you to pieces!  I hope what I put out here in the world for you is in one simple word- useful.  Maybe it’s what you needed for a break in your day, maybe a piece to spark some dreams, or just that somethin’ you were really looking for.  Whatever it is, I hope I can be that.

I’m off now though to hang out with an incredibly talented group of men and women.  They are simply an inspiration to be around.  We’re going to be presenting an amazing opportunity, and they’ve asked me to be a guest speaker tonight.  Pretty cool, huh?  I’ll let you know how it goes later.

love & success, through blue eyes and tan lines

Brittney