Monday, January 31, 2011

MASTINSAYS

It is very easy to give. It is very good to give. In fact, it is a Uni-versal Law that says it is in giving that you receive. This not new information. But if you take a closer look at the Uni-versal Law, you will see that it is a two part process. The first part is giving. It is in GIVING that you receive. But the second part is just as important, and the Law is not complete without it. Seen another way, the Law reads - it is in giving that you RECEIVE.


Receive. That is the other part of the Law that is many times looked over by Seekers on The Path. If there is anything lacking in your life and you are giving what you want away to others, be it love, prosperity or otherwise, you aren't lacking what you are giving because you aren't giving it. You are lacking it in your life because you have not remained open and receptive to receive it.


Why? Most likely because on some level you feel unworthy of the love, unworthy of the money, unworthy of the attention and so you stop the manifestation of being returned to you. Another possibility is that you feel if you did in fact get what you wanted that you will be abandoned and let down, AGAIN!


In doing this your head and your heart are headed in two different directions, and thus you remain stuck. Your heart knows that you are worthy. Your heart yearns to love. Your heart yearns for connection, contribution, growth and love. Your heart knows you live in an infinite Uni-verse and that you can create any kind of life you want. But your head, oh, your head tells a much different story! Your head pays attention to what other people are doing, your head focuses on what was and assumes that is what will be, your head observes your circumstances and is held prisoner by them.


So the creative and loving visionary that is your heart see's the possible and your head talks you into believing it's impossible. "True love isn't real", it tells you. "I'm just going to get hurt again", it says. And the most debilitating thought your head can think is, "I'm not worthy of love, happiness and prosperity."


Follow the vision of your heart. Give away your love. Show up for friends and lovers. CHOOSE WISELY who you show up for, but when you decide, go for it with all you've got! Then, once you've started to give away what you wish to receive, that is when you real work begins. That is the moment you gotta become willing, courageous and fearless enough to let love, prosperity and all the good stuff in.


Use fear to your advantage by knowing you are not your fear and that fear just means you are outside of your comfort zone and that you can now grow.


Open up, let it all in. Affirm to yourself daily that you are worthy and you are lovable. As you open up, express yourself and let yourself receive, you will be met with the right people, in the perfect time and begin to know that all is really well. When things don't work out the way you want them to, know there is a lesson and that life is working out the way you need it to, which, in the end, is always better than the way you want it to.


So, can you be courageous enough to receive today?

{via thedailylove}

Friday, January 28, 2011

ever have days like this?



i'm having one today.

i'd just prefer to be sleeping in my warm bed rather than sitting in this cold office.

TGIF, right?

and thank goodness for peppermint mocha coffee creamer :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

this time



I am a fan of all types of music. Typically, I get eye brows raised at me when someone goes through my iPOD. I just love music. One of my favorite musicians happens to be the super talented john legend. His soulful voice is so beautiful and melts my heart. I was listening to my iPOD and this song happened to play and made me think of some things. And, unfortunately, there’s no “real” video for this song, so I had to go with this one. I always find it amazing how some songs can just speak to you…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

a real man.

A real man is a woman's best friend.

[i want him to be my bff and some]

He will never stand her up and never let her down.

He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her after a bad day.

He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret.

He will enable her to express her deepest emotions and give in to her most intimate desires.

He will make sure she always feels as though she's the most beautiful woman in the room and will enable her to be the most confident, sexy, seductive, and invincible.

No wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine. It’s wine that does all that......

Never mind.



cheers! happy hump day :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

i wish i could shop in kim k's closet for a day.

so, its pretty obvious miss Kimmy is one of my fashion icons.

the girl can dress.




 [my favorite outfit]





Friday, January 21, 2011

the 2011 happiness project.

after reading dani's post today at http://www.okdani.com/. i was truly inspired. 

so, thank you dani :)

prior to the new year, i made a promise to myself that i was going to do better. be a better person than i was in 2010. grow. become the best version of me. i know this is possible. i have something called faith. ever heard of it? it works! anyhoo, back to the main purpose of this post...after reading dani's post, i googled 'the happiness project'...after watching the video (below) and looking into the whole story be hide this project...something spoke to me...telling me...you need this in your life...



pick a one word theme for the year.

learn.

definition of LEARN.
  • to gain knowledge, comprehension, or mastery of through experience or study.
  • to acquire (a change in behavior) by learning - (transitive verb)
  • to acquire a behavioral tendency by learning - (intransitive verb)
i have several reasons for choosing this word. for me...if i'm learning, i'm growing.


i need to learn...


+ to trust in Christ more
+ to be more consistent in all areas of my life
+ that i am a true reflection of myself
+ to be a better listener
+ apologies mean nothing if mistakes are repeated
+ not to dwell and complain about things so much

most importantly...i need to learn the art of patience.

God has this way of making you take the same test over and over until you get it right. what a concept. a teacher that lets you keep retaking the test until you've mastered the material...

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen R. Covey

Habit 1 : Be Proactive
Your life doesn't just "happen." Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you.The choices, after all, are yours. You choose happiness. You choose sadness. You choose decisiveness. You choose ambivalence. You choose success. You choose failure. You choose courage. You choose fear. Just remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently to produce more positive results.


Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can't keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able." They don't blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior. Reactive people, on the other hand, are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn't, it affects their attitude and performance, and they blame the weather. All of these external forces act as stimuli that we respond to. Between the stimulus and the response is your greatest power--you have the freedom to choose your response. One of the most important things you choose is what you say. Your language is a good indicator of how you see yourself. A proactive person uses proactive language--I can, I will, I prefer, etc. A reactive person uses reactive language--I can't, I have to, if only. Reactive people believe they are not responsible for what they say and do--they have no choice.


Instead of reacting to or worrying about conditions over which they have little or no control, proactive people focus their time and energy on things they can control. The problems, challenges, and opportunities we face fall into two areas--Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.


Proactive people focus their efforts on their Circle of Influence. They work on the things they can do something about: health, children, problems at work. Reactive people focus their efforts in the Circle of Concern--things over which they have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather. Gaining an awareness of the areas in which we expend our energies in is a giant step in becoming proactive.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
So, what do you want to be when you grow up? That question may appear a little trite, but think about it for a moment. Are you--right now--who you want to be, what you dreamed you'd be, doing what you always wanted to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty--successes that have come at the expense of things that were far more valuable to them. If your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster.


Habit 2 is based on imagination--the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It's about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen.


One of the best ways to incorporate Habit 2 into your life is to develop a Personal Mission Statement. It focuses on what you want to be and do. It is your plan for success. It reaffirms who you are, puts your goals in focus, and moves your ideas into the real world. Your mission statement makes you the leader of your own life. You create your own destiny and secure the future you envision.


Habit 3: Put First Things First
To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes along is okay. There's no need to overextend yourself. All it takes is realizing that it's all right to say no when necessary and then focus on your highest priorities.


Habit 1 says, "You're in charge. You're the creator." Being proactive is about choice. Habit 2 is the first, or mental, creation. Beginning with the End in Mind is about vision. Habit 3 is the second creation, the physical creation. This habit is where Habits 1 and 2 come together. It happens day in and day out, moment-by-moment. It deals with many of the questions addressed in the field of time management. But that's not all it's about. Habit 3 is about life management as well--your purpose, values, roles, and priorities. What are "first things?" First things are those things you, personally, find of most worth. If you put first things first, you are organizing and managing time and events according to the personal priorities you established in Habit 2.


Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Think Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.


Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing--that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Life becomes a zero-sum game. There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it's not fair, and I'm going to make sure you don't get anymore. We all play the game, but how much fun is it really?


Win-win sees life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. Win-win is a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-win means agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying. We both get to eat the pie, and it tastes pretty darn good!


A person or organization that approaches conflicts with a win-win attitude possesses three vital character traits:


1. Integrity: sticking with your true feelings, values, and commitments
2. Maturity: expressing your ideas and feelings with courage and consideration for the ideas and feelings of others
3. Abundance Mentality: believing there is plenty for everyone


Many people think in terms of either/or: either you're nice or you're tough. Win-win requires that you be both. It is a balancing act between courage and consideration. To go for win-win, you not only have to be empathic, but you also have to be confident. You not only have to be considerate and sensitive, you also have to be brave. To do that--to achieve that balance between courage and consideration--is the essence of real maturity and is fundamental to win-win.


Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?


If you're like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you're listening, selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. So why does this happen? Because most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up. And consequently, you decide prematurely what the other person means before he/she finishes communicating. Do any of the following sound familiar?


"Oh, I know just how you feel. I felt the same way." "I had that same thing happen to me." "Let me tell you what I did in a similar situation."


Because you so often listen autobiographically, you tend to respond in one of four ways:


Evaluating: You judge and then either agree or disagree.
Probing: You ask questions from your own frame of reference.
Advising: You give counsel, advice, and solutions to problems.
Interpreting: You analyze others' motives and behaviors based on your own experiences.


You might be saying, "Hey, now wait a minute. I'm just trying to relate to the person by drawing on my own experiences. Is that so bad?" In some situations, autobiographical responses may be appropriate, such as when another person specifically asks for help from your point of view or when there is already a very high level of trust in the relationship.


Habit 6: Synergize
To put it simply, synergy means "two heads are better than one." Synergize is the habit of creative cooperation. It is teamwork, open-mindedness, and the adventure of finding new solutions to old problems. But it doesn't just happen on its own. It's a process, and through that process, people bring all their personal experience and expertise to the table. Together, they can produce far better results that they could individually. Synergy lets us discover jointly things we are much less likely to discover by ourselves. It is the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. One plus one equals three, or six, or sixty--you name it.


When people begin to interact together genuinely, and they're open to each other's influence, they begin to gain new insight. The capability of inventing new approaches is increased exponentially because of differences.


Valuing differences is what really drives synergy. Do you truly value the mental, emotional, and psychological differences among people? Or do you wish everyone would just agree with you so you could all get along? Many people mistake uniformity for unity; sameness for oneness. One word--boring! Differences should be seen as strengths, not weaknesses. They add zest to life.


Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:


Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service


As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?


Feeling good doesn't just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It's all up to you. You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal--a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.

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hey dolls, i found these seven habits enlighten because we all need reminders sometimes. we are growing everyday. our actions, words and thoughts mold us into who we are. trying to do better is not always an easy process, but on the other hand if you keep positive thoughts and have the support of those who love you...then anythings possible. right? right :)

your thoughts become things. - The Secret

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

yoga is for posers.


i'm proud to say...i just signed up for my first yoga class.

yep, that's right! me.

along with running, i'm looking to spice up my exercise routine a bit. yoga, has always been something i've been interested in, but just never attempted to try. until now...that is. today, is my first class. very excited, but a little nervous at the same time. why? because...i'm doing this by myself. usually, i'd drag a friend with me. but, i'm putting on my big girl panties and doing something alone for once. yoga, boils down to achieving a state of eternal bliss. the meditation part of yoga is known to be refreshing for the mind and body.

are you aware of how many benefits there are to yoga?
there are a lot people.

yoga is extremely effective in:
increasing flexibility
increasing lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons
massaging of all organs of the body
complete detoxification
excellent toning of the muscles

i'm sold. i'm definitely looking to tone up these muscles of mine, a little detox never hurt nobody, and what man doesn't want a woman whose flexible? lol. hey, just being honest.

hopefully, my body won't hate me too much tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

last one i promise....

okay, normally i don't talk about my birthday so much.
last post i promise.
just wanted to share some of the pictures from my birthday dinner.

 my delicious butter cream and strawberry birthday cake.
 i was good and only had one slice.

two of my favorite ladies:
beautiful cousin Jamie and my lovely mommy in the background 

my wonderful mom and me. she's my rock! 

my bestie randy and me.
 i finally found someone shorter than me! haha. 

shelley and me. love her! 

 kristi and me. love her too!

miss laurel and me. ain't she a cutie. 

miss petula and me.
very blessed to have her in my life.

 blowing out the candles and making a bunch of wishes. lol.

love all of these ladies and very grateful to have them all in my life.
especially when they buy me presents :)


i've definitely been m.i.a for a hot minute. hope you ladies didn't miss me too much.
i missed you guys. definitely gotta catch up on my blog stalking. lol.

enjoy your tuesday.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

twenty-six never looked this good.



today is my birthday.
twenty-six.

happy birthday to me!

WOW....

its finally set in that i'm getting older.
{yikkkkees}

this morning i woke up to my phone vibrating in my ear...
happy birthday text messages, calls, facebook messages, blogger comments, and emails...
and they keep coming...love it!!!

i definitely appreciate the love and feel very grateful for something as simple as a happy birthday wish.
as you get older and wiser, the little things in life bring out your child spirit.

today has been a great day so far.
just not being at work makes any day great!

my birthday celebrations officially start on Saturday...
homemade delicious birthday dinner made by my beautiful mommy
and then out for drinks with some of the best friends a girl could ask for.


and, i'll be sure to make a very special birthday wish.
guess that's my child like side coming out.
i do believe in blowing out the candles, closing my eyes and making a wish.

thank you to everyone who has made this day truly special.
from the bottom of my heart...i love y'all.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

bye bye twenty-five.


as i say good bye to twenty-five...
i welcome twenty-six with open arms. 
i'm extremely grateful and blessed to see another year of life. 
learned and experienced a lot last year 
and can honestly say i have no regrets. none.
this year i'm making it my priority to do better and and grow as a person.
i must say...i'm pretty darn proud of myself so far 
and can't wait to see whats in store for me...
c'mon twenty-six...bring it! i'm ready for ya, man!


happy birthday to me!!!
january 13, 1985
pretty excited about my birthday celebrations this weekend :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

typically, i don't eat like this...i promise.


...but, being snowed in makes me crave food like this...


 love me some dd. 

ihop, ain't got nothing on this. what! 

 cheesy pie...yes, please!

 i like my twist soft serve yogurt.

 salty heaven in your mouth.

 sweet. cavities anyone?

okay, at least i have fruit here.


can you imagine, if i did eat all of this
...damn...i would be a house...

i really should be running right now, but just can't find the motivation.
at least i ran yesterday and i'll run tomorrow.
pinky swear ;)


{pictures found at weheartit.com}

Monday, January 10, 2011

i wanna get away...

from all of this cold mess...
{ please note: i'm exaggerating just a bit...north carolina is not this bad right now...}

and maybe get kidnapped, and taken to this place...
{toes in the water, oh yeah} 

okay, totally kidding about the kidnapping part.

however, these beautiful mama's are calling my name...

{Ashhhhllleyyyy, commmeee drinnkkkk meeeeeee!!!}

see you heard them too...i know i'm not going crazy :)
 there's absolutely no way you can catch a cold chillin' here...germ free!!!

 but, you can definitely get a killa tan laying out there.

i just ask to please look like this while doing so...

so that about sums up my 3 wishes:
vacation, tan and a Vicky hush hush body...

GENIE, WHERE ARE YOUUUUUU???
{pictures found at weloveit.com}

Friday, January 7, 2011

running a 5k

THE PACK RULES: RUNNING A 5K
advice from runners and readers on how to run your best 5k.

1. Sign Up, Already

Chances are, no matter where you live, there's a 5-K nearby soon. It's the most popular race: 7,500-plus 5-Ks held in 2006 drew more than 3 million runners. Why? "It's only three miles!" says Mike Mahan of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Well, 3.1 miles, but so as long as you're logging three half-hour runs per week, you can complete a 5-K this weekend, says Tommy Tomlo, fitness director for the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., the nation's biggest 5-K series. And you can run a fast 5-K with as little as six weeks of concentrated training.


2. Just Have Fun
"5-Ks are a great way to meet people and stay in good shape," says Lois Wims of Mobile, Alabama. And they're newbie-friendly. "I was so afraid that the 'real' racers would be annoyed with a novice," says Eileen Doherty of Phoenix. "The opposite was true! The local running group cheered me on."


3. Use 5-Ks for Speed
Runners training for a longer event, like a half or full marathon, can use 5-Ks in place of speedwork, says Teri Garzon of Ontario, California. "I run a 5-K almost every weekend in the fall," says Cara Hawkins of Jefferson City, Tennessee. "It's a good way to race into shape." Mark Goldstein, 75, who has run all 114 5-K Races for the Cure around the world, runs every other day in between events when he's racing a lot. "I run a little slower than race pace and for about 20 to 25 minutes," he says.


Here's how Chuck Roose of Tampa trains and runs a 5-K (or other distance) every weekend:
SAT: 5-K race
SUN: Easy run, mid-distance
MON: Rest day
TUE: Speed session
WED: Easy run, longer distance, or rest day
THU: Speed session
FRI: Rest day or easy run with last half mile at race pace


4. Eat a Little (Maybe)
You don't need additional calories before you run a 5-K, but if you're used to eating breakfast, you might feel hungry. "Your body needs some calories to help you wake up and keep going, but don't overdo it," says Sherri Abbassi of Gainesville, Virginia. "Just half a bagel with peanut butter, half a banana, or gel/sports beans/shot blocks is enough." Gabrielle Rubinstein, who hosts a running club out of her shop, Joe Coffee, in New York City, always has her cup of coffee. "I can't get going without caffeine," she says. Others prefer to wait for the postrace bash. "I see no reason to eat before a 5-K, as they all have real food afterward," says Jill Merenda of Brooklyn.


5. Drink a Little (or Not)
It's telling that most 5-K races have only one aid station, usually located about midway. "That should be enough liquid for you," says Abassi of Virginia. Steve Burns of Simsbury, Connecticut, points out, "Any water you take in during the race won't affect your performance because the race is just too short." Christian Taylor of New Holland, Pennsylvania, believes that stopping for water only slows you down. That said, if it's hot out, grab a cup at the aid station. "Don't drink the water, but splash it in your mouth or dump it on you," Burns says.


6. Warm Up Wisely

"A proper warmup will improve any performance," says Jerry Cuellar, from Middleborro, Massachusetts. He does a slow jog 15 minutes before the race, followed by a few 50-yard sprints. Warm up on the racecourse itself. "You can preview the race," says Tim Guimond of Evanston, Illinois, and get a handle on where the hills and turns are.


7. Cut Corners
Race in the lightest running shoes that work for your foot type, says Andy Clark of Morristown, New Jersey. Studies show that if you lighten your load by six ounces (swapping training shoes for racing flats), you'll run one to two percent faster. For a 24:00 5-K runner, that's 14 to 28 seconds. "Don't neglect the benefits of drafting behind other runners, especially if you're running into wind," says Clark. "And run the tangents--the shortest distance between two points." Think of creative ways to motivate yourself to go faster. "For every person that passes me after the one-mile marker, I tell myself I have to pass two," says Bob Kaufman of Windsor, Wisconsin.


8. Take It Easy--At First
Even though it's short, it's still possible to start out too fast and run out of gas. "Your breathing pattern may get messed up, and then you have to stop or walk to catch your breath," says Susan Harmeling, race director of the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, one of the largest 5-Ks in the United States. "Start out in the middle or back of the pack, force yourself to run slower, and wait for that first mile split to determine your race strategy," says Kaufman of Wisconsin. Jim Dolan of Princeton, New Jersey, suggests "running moderately fast at a pace that feels faster than your daily runs, but not so fast that you feel that you'll need to stop soon."


9. Or Start Fast
"At a recent race, I decided to start much stronger than usual and see if I could hold on for the entire race. I beat my previous PR by 59 seconds!" says Taylor of Pennsylvania, who ran 10 5-Ks last year. Starting fast helps you beat the pack in more than one way. "You don't get trapped near the back," says P.J. Van Beurden of Los Osos, California. "It takes a lot less energy to start fast than it does to weave in and out of people."


10. Finish Strong and Celebrate!
"Once the finish line is in sight, kick with everything you've got and leave people in the dust," says Van Beurden of California. The short, concentrated amount of time and distance means the race can be over before you know it. "If you finish using every drop in the tank," says James Vaughan of Twin Oaks, Oklahoma, "it doesn't matter if you're first or 200th, you've already won." And then pat yourself on the back. "It is absolutely necessary to drink a pint of a fine brew afterward!" says Tom W., of Allston, Massachusetts. "What's a race without a postrace party?"

article found at runners.com (stinky link is not working right)
p.s. my first run with the running group was last night.
one word...WOW.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

dont forget to...


yeeesssss, one more day till friday!
and you know what comes after that....the weekend party people!!!

so, how is 2011 treating you lovely ladies so far? i'm pretty much convinced this is my year! i'm officially making 2011 my year to shine! don't try to steal my thunder either! kidding. i came into 2011 with a brand new outlook on a lot of things. i'm making moves people! it all comes down to being the best version of you. and, yes there is a weeeeee bit work involved with achieving that goal. but, i'm in it to win it! so far everything is going pretty darn good for me. okay, so enough with the ego boost...

go shorty, its yo birfday...we gonna party like its yo birfday. not yet....next week. next thursday to be exact. my ohsowonderful mom is throwing me a nice birthday dinner and invited some of my closest friends. isn't she just the bestest? that's why i love her! thanks mommy! <3


in other new news...i joined a running team. who knew my work had a running team...i sure as heck didn't. until now. so, i start running after work with a group of people i don't know. if any of you "really" knew me...like in real life that is...then you'd know, i'd probably never do anything like this. but, no more "socially akward" ashley. i've gotten addicted to this running thing...i'm striving to beat my time and build up my endurance. speaking of which has anyone tried the workout DVD called insanity? i'm about to start...a little nervous.

 just because i love these gorgeous gals...

they are just too pretty for their own good. i'd love to be in their circle.
i admit...i'm a kardashian groupie. yup. love 'em. sue me!
pretty excited about kim and kourtney taking over new york! woo hoo!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

who wore it better?

happy hump day, dolls.

how about a little...who wore it better?

gotta love celebrities and their fashion...lets begin. shall we?

vanessa hudgens vs. halle berry

i'm diggin' the jean shorts on halle. she can make anything look good!

kourtney kardashian vs. colbie caillat

i'm a fan of both of these lovely ladies, but this number fits colbie like a glove.

kristin cavallari vs. annalynne mccord

i'm a kristin fan, so she wins. in plus, she has a little more meat on her!

 isla fisher vs. christina aguilera

isla simple look with the dolce & gabbana dress is cute. sorry x-tina!

 vanessa minnillo vs. olivia munn

the future mrs. nick lachey to-be wins this one! she is so pretty!

nicky hilton vs. jenna dewan

jenna gets my vote! loved her in step up! and, her hubby is a hottie!


who do you think wore it better???

{pictures found at people.com}

Sunday, January 2, 2011

he put a ring on it.



my bestest friend ever got engaged on new years eve. 
and, guess what? she asked me to be her maid of honor. of course! thats a given. 
i'm super duper excited and soooo very happy for her!