10 Reasons To Be Thankful by Kayla Pickrell

10 Reasons To Be Thankful by Kayla Pickrell

I’m here to present to you Kayla Pickrell who is the Founder & CEO, Lucky Dog Mail Club and she’s sharing 10 reasons to be thankful. I think this goes perfectly, hand in hand with her company and message that getting cards and stationary isn’t a lost art and will make people happy and thankful that you thought of them in any situation. If you know this blog then you know I am a VA for Shield Sisters Initiative and they are all about self-care and fostering encouragement in others. And really caring for yourself could be as simple as writing a note to someone else. Journaling and meditation are my two favorites! Keep reading and check out these awesome products that Kayla has for us.

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Everyday, I write down 10 things I’m thankful for as I journal – along with my biggest task of the day, what I’m looking forward to the most, and whatever else my little heart thinks of. I write down what or who I’m thankful for because it brings clarity, focus and a sense of something bigger than yourself.
Everyday, you do a set of tasks and get caught up in the list and just getting things done that you often don’t look at the bigger picture. But the bigger picture is where it’s at. It’s why you do what you do every day. Looking at the bigger picture allows you to channel what you love and enjoy doing.
I challenge you to stop what you’re doing (or whenever you can) and write down the ten things, people, animals, etc. that you are thankful for at this moment. The more you do this, the easier it comes. They don’t have to be big things either. Sometimes I write, “I’m thankful it’s not raining,” because I was excited for mine and Odin’s walk for that day (Odin is my three-year-old Border Collie/Black Lab and the face to Lucky Dog Mail Club). Sometimes it’s, “I’m thankful for coffee,” because I am so tired I can’t think of being fully functional without it.
Track this list, and yes, you are allowed to repeat items. In fact, there are no rules. This is your list, your reasons to be thankful. No one needs to see them but yourself.
Later on, or even immediately depending on how it works for you, start sending thank you cards to the people on those lists. If you take the time to write one thank you card a week, I promise you, it will be worth it. Not only does this transform your thoughts into actions, but it transforms the lives of those you send a card to.
I know what you’re thinking, “How does one single card transform someone’s life?” Think of the last time you received a handwritten card in the mail. How did that make you feel? Did you smile, laugh, maybe you even called that person? I don’t know about you, but I keep a shoe box of all of the cards that have ever been sent to me. Wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel that way simply for helping you out or being there for you?
A card is so intentional and real and pure emotion that it sets itself apart from everything besides being in-person. It starts or continues a true relationship. It puts you top of mind with the person on the receiving end.
So why aren’t people doing this more often?
Cards were so quickly replaced by the digital world (texts, emails, digital pre-written cards, Facebook, etc.) that the personal connection stopped being there. Now communication is so lackluster that it doesn’t provide meaningful communication.
The likes and comments don’t mean a thing to a relationship, and it definitely shouldn’t take the place of them. The digital world is magnificent, but so are the real people in your life.
Set yourself apart and make a difference in the world, no matter how small. You’ll notice that these changes creates a change within yourself, as well as others.
Kayla Pickrell is the founder and CEO of Lucky Dog Mail Club, a stationery subscription box tackling the snail mail revolution by promoting gratitude outside the digital world and building intentional relationships. Kayla has been in the graphic design industry for six years in some way, shape or form. Starting out in the wedding industry, she created pretty paper goods for all things love. While she still does this, she finds joy in creating thank you and greeting cards that brightens someone’s day in their mailbox. Kayla’s favorite things: coffee, kayaking and ice cream. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram or email.

5 Ways I’ve Become A Happier Person

5 Ways I’ve Become A Happier Person

Lately, I’ve been working incredibly hard on my personal development. I’m starting to put into practice the few things that I knew brought me peace, patience and sense of self for lack of other words. I feel like this might be a more common thing when you’re a homebody or stay at home mom and/or wife. Any combination of these things are totally normal. If you’re feeling funky and can’t shake it then try some of these tips and see if you feel better. I’m just trying to become a happier person by incorporating these into my day, week, month… 
Listen To Music/Podcasts
Don’t just listen to your regular chosen music. If you can choose something new or put it on random/shuffle genres’ and simply let it play! I’ve found so many new songs I love or that really resonate with me because I let them play. If you don’t like one- you can switch it but try not to. I even have some mixes from college friends and I never knew what was what. Now it’s my favorite to listen and not immediately know every word. On the flip side, sometimes learning the true (i mean the real lyrics, not the made up ones) lyrics is a fun thing. By reading through you may have never known it said a “star ridden sky” where you maybe thought it said something totally different. It can make you happy knowing you’ll know what to sing in the car or next time at karaoke. I believe in positive uplifting music lastly, so if there’s any song that is on your heart- LISTEN TO IT. But don’t drown yourself in upsetting ballads if you just broke up with your boyfriend, choose instead “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry to jump on the bed to. Always sing loud too even if you’re a horrible singer, it makes you feel great! Also I have a stockpile of great reading materials on Kindle, Audible and saved podcasts- if you want a list or recommendation, let me know in a comment below or tell me if you’d like a post about it. I’d be more than happy to do that! 
Writing It Out
I just recently discovered how helpful this has been to me. It’s incredible how 2-3 sentences will change my day. It makes me think of things I wouldn’t have otherwise contemplated on. In some cases it even helps me remember a lot of what my memory has lost by forcing my brain to get working. Sometimes it is emotional but it helps me feel what I need to work through in tough times. Lately, I’ve been using the “Instant Happy Journal” (you can find it here) and it has changed my life. It’s not anything specific about it but it has great prompts and the fact that it’s now a dedicated part of my day is just great. I write the date in and all in the same pen. I was trying to be all neat penmanship and now I just flow. The thoughts come out of my pen ‘like word vomit’ literally sometimes I write clearer and quicker than my thinking is. I used to be big into daily free writes in classes I took and now it’s not so easy for me but if you have a lot to spill then go for it. I love to make to do lists daily and weekly and see how many I can really get achieved. I treat myself with something small if I complete everything. Another book I’ve gotten lots of calm use out of is the “52 lists project and the 52 lists of happiness” by Moorea Seal. They are easy and still very thought provoking yet fun to jot down.
Monthly Goals
 I have an ample amount of time where I’m free to really choose what I want in my life. Because I have an open schedule and I’m a stay at home wife and blogger who doesn’t have a job. I like to only add a few things per month to focus on. And I noticed if I choose too many then I don’t have a clear connection to what I’m trying to accomplish. I pick a couple areas  like Blog, Health, Faith, Entertainment, Personal usually with 2-3 (but no more than 5) which is still a lot. I try to keep reminding myself about those goals and sometimes I can check quite a few off unless I lose track and then I will just keep rolling them over to the next month. Things like reading for me are harder even though I want to, so I make reminders and carve out time at night or mornings to make sure I’m doing it. 
Meditation/Brain-Training
I have enjoyed things that are healthy and good for my mind and soul. So taking these deeper, I found the Calm app when I was having a hard time dealing with stress and needed an out. One day I tried an emergency meditation and I felt like a whole new person. I had never meditated before and I didn’t think I was capable or even if I believed in it at all. So after using the free version (which is fine and gives you plenty) I went ahead and bought the paid version (*not sponsored) and loved it. I use it to this day whenever things are outta control in my world or if I need to take some deep breaths again.
Brain training is a bit different but just as awesome. People do this different ways; some people study subjects or do crosswords or Sudoku. But I found Luminosity app and I really liked it! I thought some were dumb or hard at first but they are supposed to be hard to make you think and train that brain of yours. When you push your limits and try new things, it makes the brain ‘grow’ in new channels and helps you think quicker and clearer. I try to do this as often as I remember to. I open it when I see it on my phone screen- if I’m in a waiting room, it’s perfect for a quick 5 minute session. I bought the paid version for this too but I have gotten the value out of it in a few sessions. It relieves the foggy feeling in my head, much like clearing the cobwebs out from not being in school and watching too much television. 
Community/Friends/Tribe
I would say this is maybe the most important! My close friends (online or in real life) always have found a way to drag me out of my gloom and show me the light. It’s not that I was depressed but I wasn’t being my true, happy-go-lucky self. But if you have a partner in crime, a best friend, a rescue-me pal or whatever you wanna call your “person”- then you’re good to go. You don’t have to have many but you have to have at least one. Join a club, game online, start a blog or go meet up with friends you know from school or work-strike up a conversation and get to know them. Once you do make sure to tell them how much they mean to you-because well you just never know what could happen tomorrow. If you are sad or just not yourself and you don’t have a sad day buddy- I will be your fast friend. You can always come to me and I will listen and/or offer my two cents. So let me know if you need me, I want to be here for each of you. Without a tribe we become too inward and contemplative then soon it gets us nowhere but the bottom of an ice cream tub. And as fun and delicious as it sounds:
Try getting out of that ice cream tub without a ladder or a friends’ helping hand. It’s not easy! 
*I’d like to thank and give love to: Pamela, Raewyn, Tausha, Krysten, Laura and Katie. You all are my tribe and everyday I’m grateful for all the ways you continually support and love me from afar. I love you ladies so much! 
I really truly wanted to write this to help you. I was once there and am right now trying all these new and different tactics to make my life happier and more complete. The better you take care of yourself the better you’ll feel. 

Quotes to be Inspired by (on hard days)

Quotes to be Inspired by (on hard days)

Do you have days when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Are you feeling down in the dumps or perhaps a bit depressed? Feeling somewhat anxious or stressed out? When you maybe had a bad dream the night before but can’t shake the feeling? When you have a bad day is it really hard to recover from? Well hopefully this post will shed some inspirational light on you in any of these situations. Usually I find some personal answers in a quote- I’m a huge fan of sharing my faves on social media so be sure to tag me in them so I can see them (@noraspaulding on Instagram/Pinterest). I often find that browsing quotes on Instagram, Pinterest or the general web is a great way to find my motivation and become re-inspired. They help us express ourselves and explain our feelings in a way maybe we can’t verbalize in that moment. Take a peek!

I hope that some of these are new to you- I picked them all for their deep meanings that resonated with me but I want them to be useful to you too. So if you enjoyed, please re-pin them or comment down below. I could spend hours on Pinterest looking at just Q U O T E S. Words have power and it can be used for good or evil. Today say one nice thing to a stranger. I think you can do it! I believe that hard days are just like tests- to see how well we score and can measure up to those tough times and endure. Then to be able and open for all the blessings in our lives. Quotes and sayings by famous people or not, have gotten me personally, through some very rough periods  in my life and I know they can do the same for you. If you ever want to talk about  anything I’m always here to listen and offer my advice.

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Who Should You Be Keeping in Your Life?

Who Should You Be Keeping in Your Life?

Sometimes I need something new on the blog and I don’t often get offers to share guest posts about anything new like health, fitness or self care (although I’m writing more of that now). Here I have Alicia from The Happy Hippie, she is a easy going, happy, healthy person and I wanted to feature her here on the blog. She reached out to me after I asked for guest posts in the Blog & Biz BFFs Facebook Group. I’m excited to see what she has for us today and I hope she becomes a new friend here and you all can go follow her and subscribe to her blog.

This quote speaks to me in a lot of different ways.  I try to always be the best version of myself that I can possibly be and I try to surround myself with those who bring out that side of me.  In my 21 years of life, I have found some amazing people who do just this.  I have also found people who have brought out the worst of me, those people are no longer in my life because that is a version of myself I never want to see again.  It is so important to take yourself out of toxic situations.  How do you know if it is toxic?  You might find yourself asking this question right about now.

Stress
This quote brings this word right out in the open.  If someone who you think is someone important to you is just constantly stressing you out, they aren’t actually bringing out the best version of you, they are bringing out the stressed version of you.

Negativity
If you are always feeling negative around this person, or as if you are being brought down, leave.  No one should ever make you feel bad about yourself.  We are all unique human beings who deserve to feel empowered on a daily basis.  No one should take this away from you.  If they do, walk away.

Feeling the Need to Impress
If you are feeling as though you always need to impress someone, they probably aren’t the right person for you to be spending your time with.  You should be able to feel confident in who you are as a person.  You are unique, which is something no one can take away from you.

Toxic people can secretly be making your life worse.  You should feel confident and empowered around those who are put in your life to bring out the best in you.  What does this kind of relationship look like?

Confidence
No matter the relation to someone in your life, you should feel confident around them.  You should be able to be yourself.  They should love you as much as you love yourself.  You shouldn’t feel embarrassed or afraid.  You should feel happy and confident.

Empowerment
I have talked about feeling empowered a lot, but what does this actually mean?  This word can be taken in a lot of different contexts but I feel as though someone who empowers you, is someone who supports you and has confidence in whatever you are doing.  These are some of the most positive people you can be around.

Support
We are going to have bad days.  Someone who brings out the best in you is going to support you, be a shoulder to cry on, give you advice, tell you the truth, even if it is not what you want to hear.  These are the people you can depend on!

In a world of billions of people, it can be hard to find your people.  But when you are trying to decide whether a person is meant to be in your life, take a look at this post.  If they fit into any of the first three categories, they are probably better off not having the honor of being in your presence.  But, if they fit into the bottom three, keep them around, they have to be pretty genuine to make such an impact in your life.

And never forget, positive vibes only!


Hello! My name is Alicia and I am so glad to meet you! I am a 21 year old girl who wants to make the world a better place in any way I can! I am an aspiring teacher who does not go anywhere without her pup Brindle.  I love to cook what I think is sophisticated food and binge watch Bob’s Burgers.  To learn more about me and my positive vibes, check out my blog www.the-happy-hippie.com


Thanks for letting me feature you and show everyone about self love and how you can easily “cut the fat” so to speak. I think you have a great blog and we will be fast friends in no time! Until next time!



20 Things To Do Instead of Sitting on Social Media

20 Things To Do Instead of Sitting on Social Media

Now we’ve seen these posts everywhere right and they’re somehow all different. One is geared towards being totally disconnected, one for being productive, spending more time with your kids and so on. This is a generalized one. So that is you’re any kind of person this can be a useful list of ways to get off the social media frenzy for at least 30 mins. It’s not entirely healthy to just sit and waste all your days on social media and it’s not good on your self esteem usually either. Which makes me a hypocrite because I’m always on social media but hey, we always need a break. So I’m taking my own advice and I’ll be applying these tips too!

1. PLAY A GAME
2. READ A BOOK, NEWSPAPER OR BLOGS (better yet, my blog)
3. DRAW OR ADULT COLOR (color with your kids!)
4.LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOK
5. DO SOMETHING FROM PINTEREST
6. SELF CARE (LONG BATH, DO YOUR NAILS, HAIR OR FACE TREATMENT, EAT CHOCOLATE)
7. JOURNAL OR WRITE SOMETHING (letter, poem, free write, story, play etc)
8. CALL SOMEONE
9. PRAY/MEDITATE
10. EXERCISE
11. WATCH A SHOW (NETFLIX BINGE)
12. WATCH OR START A YouTube CHANNEL
13. DOWNLOAD NEW MUSIC (Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music etc)
14. WRITE YOUR TO DO LIST
15. MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK
16. GO PICK UP YOUR MAIL
17. LEARN/TEACH YOURSELF/ OR SOMEONE ELSE SOMETHING NEW (LANGUAGE, COURSE OR SKILL)
18. PLAY WITH YOUR PET, OR ADOPT A NEW ONE (adopt don’t shop!)
19. SING OR DANCE
20. TAKE NEW PICTURES (for your social media)

BONUS: Go a whole day without updating, checking or posting. See if you’re strong willed enough to do it. (I’m going to attempt it too, PROMISE! Then that will be an upcoming post.)

Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and reflect on what “real life” is. And I have a hard time with it because I’ve become so entrenched into social media and putting so much weight on it. I love to connect with you as friends, clients and just souls meeting for the first time and social media let’s us all do that. But it’s not the only way, so if you ever wanna email or send me snail mail just gimme a heads up and I’m all for it!
I hope these pointers for avoiding or taking time away from social media will help you stand alone and reflect on what other things you enjoy doing in life. Take every morning by the horns- each day is unique and genuinely all your own.

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