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Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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I loved this book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing company that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful. Her mom has done an amazing job with it. I think the book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

I have had a girl-crush on Jessica Simpson since 1999 when she announced she was going to stay a virgin until marriage. Something was different about her than Britney and Christina and I took a liking to her. I drew her in my art class, tried to constantly dress like her and was completely inspired by her. When NewlyWeds premiered, to say I was addicted was an understatment. I never missed it. I bought all of her CDs and knew all the words to every song.  


My friend Gina and I went to see her at a concert at Washington Township high school, we had front-row seats and I was in AWE!!! Then in 2004 my friend Debbie and I saw her at Walmart (which she talks about in the book). At this time she was definitnely on the rise in season 2 of NewlyWeds and the release of "With You". We literally went from a flight from Cancun right to Walmart to see her haha. Sadly the line was SOO long to meet her, we got pictures of her though and had to leave. So I never met her ° so sad. When NewlyWeds ended, so did her and Nick which of course I was heartbroken. I followed her career and love-life avidly for years. Her country album, Do You Know released in 2009 was easily my favorite album of hers. 

LOL this was 2009 in Las Vegas!

I loved her show in 2010, The Price of Beauty. My friend Rosaana and I would watch religiously every week. If that wasn't on we would sit in her kitchen, drinking wine, doing our nails and would BINGE re-runs of NewlyWeds. Also this year, my cousin told me her boss was Jessica's hair dresser and she had hung out with her MANY times. So Christmas that year my cousin brought me a back-stage pass with Jessica's autograph° yup I was 26 years old and still in awe. 

At this point, she had started dating Eric and I became infatuated with following them on Twitter. She was the first and almost only account I followed for a while. Haha. I loved how private her life was, even when it wasn't. Rumors flew about her and Nick, Johnny, John and Tony but nothing was ever confirmed. Which is why when she announced she was releasing a tell-all I was like YES now we will all know the truth.

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I pre-ordered the book in November for a February 4th release. I came home from happy hour that evening and read for 4 hours, I finished it the next night. Yes 450 pages in two days, I was cross-eyed. My initial feedback was that the writing was a little rocky at first but it became smoother after a chapter or two. I like how she opened the book, talking about the worst day first, the "intervention". She was very open and honest about her actions, what she felt and her friend's responses. Ironically, my cousin's boss, Rita Hazan, was there doing her hair during the inter-friention, I of course did not know this until reading the book.

I felt like I already knew a lot about Jess (yes I call her Jess haha) since following her from the time she was 17 years old. But she admits a lot that was not exposed until now like her sexual abuse or the details of her cousins death. I always knew she was faithful growing up in a very religious home, but the fact that she has carried that strength throughout her 39 years was really evident in the memoir. After her cousin passed away (so tragically and shocking) Jessica began journaling on the regular, and I am obsessed with the idea. I blog which is great but a lot of the time I don't put that personal of information or a daily prayer on here, which I should!

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Nothing from the beginning of her stardom really shocked me. "Lose 15 lbs, show more skin, become sex object"° yes all seems about right to me. Even the reason for the divorce did not shock me. He seemed to become jealous of her rising fame and ended up disliking her almost to the point of hate. I actually went back and watched a few episodes of NewlyWeds and was like WOW it really is evident he did not like her. She said they became their roles even in their lives, which I would imagine was easy to do considering the first through 3rd year of marriage was all on TV for the world to see. But I will say this, she was herself in the beginning and America took a genuine love to her open and honest-ness and we all fell in love. Instead of Nick being a happy supportive husband he was jealous of her video budgets, and constant being on the road. At this point, 98 Degrees was no more.

The part that affected me the most was her relationship with John Mayer, or "relationSHIT". Again, we have all heard the rumors, especially about what a shitty person Mayer is° see Katy Perry, Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift. But I was more upset that she let it go on for so long and allowed the abuse. He never hit her, but verbally abused her time and time again and ruined special moments for her. But eventually I thought Ok Jess now it's your own damn fault. They broke up 9 times in about 2 years. Then she started dating Tony Romo, who seemed to be a little insecure telling her she could not kiss men in any movies she was cast in.. LOL ok. She realized she did not love him enough to give up her career and I feel like she probably would have ended it anyway but he broke up with her the day before her birthday because he went through her phone and saw an email from JM talking about the BBQ at her parents. She was there, she did see him but she did not tell Tony. She left Tony's and ran right to John's after he told her in front of her whole family how much he loved her and wanted to be with her, she too was in love with him. When she got there, he basically told her he was grateful she was back because he could not come up with any good musical content without the emotional ups and downs of their relationships° basically she was a muse and that was it. He did not love her. It was really sickening and sad to read. Then he did an interview calling her sexual napalm and saying how he wanted to snort her. He was infatuated and addicted to her, not in love. She felt dirty. I would too.

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I love the way she met Eric, just a casual night at her house for a basketball game. They start talking about pooping pigs (you just have to read it lol) and talked for hours. They slept together the first night° look at that ladies° see some guys are not children and can handle a mature sexual relationship! He moved in two months later and they both wanted to start a family and started trying right away. Jess had some medical issues early on and had an ovary removed, so she could only get pregnant every other month in a nutshell. Well with both her kids, she got pregnant on that "off month". The egg somehow jumped over to the other falopian tube, the one she had, to be spermed haha. She was happy and shocked both times. They seemed perfect, her life seemed perfect but no one knew how intoxicated she was° well until the Ellen interview, yikes. She was consistently taking sleeping pills since 15, and then was prescribed a stimlant (she never says which but I assume adderall) so she should drink for hours without getting tired or passing out. Until the Dr. said, the stimulant or the Ambien, I cannot give you both you are killing yourself slowly with the drugs and alcohol. This all took a head when she was going to have a tummy tuck for stretch marks and loose skin. In 2017 on Halloween she began drinking at 7:30am and does not recall who got her kids ready. She was trashed. She had an emotional conversation with her father and completely shut down. That was the day she stopped drinking. Well technically 11/1/17 was her last drink. 

I loved Open Book. I love her, I love her honesty and she inspired me to walk away from toxicity and to hold onto faith beacause God is always working behind the scenes. We may not feel it through the pain, but we need to go through it to get to where we are meant to be. Her book sold out on Amazon and was #1 on the iBooks list the first week of the release. I am so happy for her. She built an amazing clothing empire that she threw herself into during times of pain and it has been so successful... a billion dollars successful. I think Open Book will help a lot of people face their past, confront their ghosts and hopefully move on with their heads held high with a new horizon in sight.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Valentine's Day (for me Galentine's) is upon us. I for one, do not celebrate but I know a lot of you lovelies out there do! You have 5 days, did you shop?! Well, luckily if you are an Amazon Primer, you still have a change to get some amazing gifts for your loves!

Valentine's Day (for me Galentine's) is upon us. I for one, do not celebrate but I know a lot of you lovelies out there do!

Below I am sharing two low-key celebration looks along with accessories for cupid's day!

I bought this shirt last year at Nordstrom Rack and it is of course gone but I am linking some cute red Amazon Prime tops that you can snag on the fly!

All my jewelry is from Erika Williner Desgins in Tampa Bay!

Shop below's look-a-like style here.



This Lauren Conrad top is about 5 years old and I am obsessed with it! But again linking some cute pink tops for a date night with yo man!!! This necklace is awesome because you can take the pendant off and wear it plain or put it on another necklace. So versatile.

Shop look-a-like styles here.

You have 5 days, did you shop?! Well, luckily if you are an Amazon Primer, you still have a change to get some amazing gifts for your loves!

Some of my fave items are as follows!

For your wifey/GF:

Bath Bomb Set for the ladies who need a minute
Kiss Wine Glasses for the wine lovahs
Pink Coffee Maker for the coffee lovahs
Bose Headphones for the runner in your life
The makeup/product organizer is AMAZING so is the brush/blowdryer!
Jessica Simpson Open Book Memoir-- just because I love her!

For the Kiddos:

A fabulous snack/candy basket
Heart Sunglasses
V Day Books

For yo' man:

Bar Cart
Globe Whiskey Decanter
Portable Speaker
UGG Slippers
Shaving Kit

For your Galentine:

FRIENDS Candle
Personalized Necklaces
Heart Socks
Wine Glasses

Links below will take you to everything pictured!

VDay Gift Guide PT 1
VDay Gift Guide PT 2

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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Ah the first Friday & blog of the new DECADE. Can you believe it's 2020?? Wasn't it just 2000.. I'm confused. Well I can say in 20 years I have learned a LOT. If you haven't, you may wanna take a look at yourself. haha. 

I had a convo with my friend a few weeks back and she was saying how she was not sure if she wanted to have kids because of her anxiety and letting other people control her emotions too much. This was me a few years ago. When I say a few, like TWO. 
I was always emotional and let other people's actions control my emotions, it was not healthy. I had to stop and realize it was me, no one else who was making me feel the way I was; a rollercoaster of anger, depression, anxiety and rejection. 

 

Ah the first Friday & blog of the new DECADE. Can you believe it's 2020?? Wasn't it just 2000.. I'm confused. Well I can say in 20 years I have learned a LOT. If you haven't, you may wanna take a look at yourself in the mirror and say "I'm a lyin'...". haha. 

I had a convo with my friend a few weeks back and she was saying how she was not sure if she wanted to have kids because of her anxiety and letting other people control her emotions too much. This was me a few years ago. When I say a few, like TWO. 

I was always emotional, let other people's actions control my emotions, and took everything personal. It was not healthy. I had to stop and realize it was me, no one else who was making me feel the way I was; a rollercoaster of anger, depression, anxiety and rejection. 

I started therapy, went on some anxiety meds and since then have learned that if you let go and let God control things around you, it makes your life and body much less stressed. I learned I can't worry about anyone else's actions or opinions of me because that is not a reflection of who I am. I am who God says I am, period. And I deserve what God says I do.

For a while I was really sad about being single. Then Dan and I started dating and it was nice to have someone but I think through the year I just really learned to grow and love myself more than anything. In the beginning of December we called it quits for mutual reasons, but we are still BEST FRIENDS. While it seemed like a good idea on paper, our chemistry was more friends and we wanted to keep it that way. When it ended, I wasn't sad... I was SO happy because we got SO close as friends again and we had some amazing experiences!

When I left the relationship what I realized was I never lost myself, so coming out of it wasn't difficult. In the past I lost myself time and time again. I will NEVER do that ever again. I learned that not everything is meant to last forever and not everyone is supposed to be in your life forever. It is what it is. The people meant to be there, will always be there. The one's who are cruel with their words, and have evil in their hearts are the ones you need to shake your head, roll your eyes at and just walk away. 

STRESS creates wrinkles ladies, LET. THE. SHIT. GO!

Also,  I learned to embrace being single and give more time to God, to better my body, my mind and my experiences without having to answer to anyone else. And I am LOVING IT.

Embrace where you are in your life, because you may not be there again.

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Tips if you are going through a tough break up:

1. Find a show you can relate to that makes you lose yourself in it. Mine is always One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl or Grey's Anatomy.

2. Music. Make a playlist for however you are feeling and play it over and over again. I like angry girl music such as Miranda Lambert or Ariana Grande.

3. Get dressed up and go out with your girls, even if it's nothing fancy. Make yourself feel alive again.

4. Find a new hobby whether it be working out, writing, reading a new book or starting a blog!

5. Don't rush to find someone else. Take this time to heal and mend your soul with family and friends and things that bring you joy!

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Set Goals, Sleep, Wake up, Crush Goals, Repeat.

Goals are important. Yes it's kind of like planning but not really. The difference is, most goals can be controlled by YOU where as plans for your life are mostly controlled by GOD. I mean out of my top goals I hit this year, falling in love with my life is defintely my fave! What kind of goals are you setting for the new decade?!

Sucesses in 2019

Went to NYFW
Hit my personal financial goal
Hit 10k followers
Fell in love with my life 
Running 3 miles without stopping

Traveled to 4 new places:
Asheville, NC. Berlin, Germany. Prague, Czech Republic. Amsterdam, Holland!
Not too shabby of a year!!


Goals for 2020

Watch my beautiful sister get married
Exceed my personal financial goal 
Read 3 classic books, watch 5 classic movies 
Beat my mile time by 2 minutes 
Visit a new country/place (I try to do this every year, I think 2020 is going to be a few cities in Italy :) :) :) stay tuned)


 

Photos by Christina Jones Photo

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

I am a planner, always have been but in 2019 I kinda threw my hands up in the air & have gone with the flow & it's been the best year yet. Life wasn't meant for us to stress or cry over, it was meant to be lived everyday doing something that brings you joy. It doesn't have to be work, but take time everyday to do something you love doing. Don't do anything that doesn't bring you happiness, it's a waste of your precious time.

Surround yourself with people who make you belly laugh. My girl friends, sister and Dan are those people for me. They make me laugh until I am red in the face and cramping in the belly.


Fall in love with a new hobby, for me it became working out and drinking tea.. is that a hobby?? Enjoy the chaos, appreciate the surprises & accept when things don't go our way. When I am acting a fool over something so silly I say "Jenn people are dying, this is nothing, please slow your roll." And I remember that work is work, I don't cure cancer, no one is dying on my table.


 I give everything the best effort & most attention I can, shit happens we are all human & made beautifully imperfect! Once you can accept that & roll with the punches life becomes a lot more fun promise!!

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Jenn

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They understand your unrealistic emotional rollercoasters. We all know the female breed has a whirlwind of emotions bundled up just waiting to burst out at any given moment and men just are not equipped to handle it. If we want to cry, we accept it; if we want to scream; let it out girl; if we want to complain about something that in the grand scheme of life, doesn't even amount to a grain of sand, we're here for ya! We are more accepting to breakdowns, devilish outbursts and shutdowns, it's what we are good at!


1. They understand your unrealistic emotional rollercoasters. We all know the female breed has a whirlwind of emotions bundled up just waiting to burst out at any given moment and men just are not equipped to handle it. If we want to cry, we accept it; if we want to scream; let it out girl; if we want to complain about something that in the grand scheme of life, doesn't even amount to a grain of sand, we're here for ya! We are more accepting to breakdowns, devilish outbursts and shutdowns, it's what we are good at!


  1. We are good listeners. We know most men just nod their heads and pretend to listen to what you are saying while tackling something around the house, but they didn't listen. They heard you, but listening is not their forte. Women listen, accept and give meaningful advice in return. I feel women have experienced more than men because when they go through a difficult time, they actually feel it, talk about it and release it. Most men hold things in and never really re-cover. I am NOT bashing men here, I am just stating my opinions on why having girlfriends is so important!


  2. Most women are self-less, at least the women I hang around. I know if I needed any of my girlfriends they would drop everything they are doing to be there for me in a second. Not saying Dan wouldn't do that, but it may take some begging. If i want to cry, if I need a drink, if it's something so silly my girls are on board with whatever I need. If I say "hey I need to get out of town!" They say "where to?". Last year, Marissa and I were both in bad places and out of nowhere we said "Let's go to Texas!" And two weeks later we off to Houston and Austin to leave our probs behind.


  3. You can be yourself. Sometimes with guys you have to hold back a little or pretend. With your girlfriends you can 100% be yourself. It's comfortable and stressfree. Women all have weird things they do they like to hide from men, but you would totally break that weird shit out in front of your GFs. For instance, I like to start watching Hallmark Christmas movies mid-October, Marissa is on board, Dan is not. I am pretty much myself in front of Dan because we were friends for so long, but I still can't say certain things to him I can my girls.


    5. Women are loyal beings and won't cheat on you! They are fa life. Mostly. I feel like the friends you have in your 30s will most likely be your friends forever. You should have boiled all the bad eggs by this point. Yes some people grow apart but once you get to 34 the friends you have are legit. You are more selective when choosing them, and the ones who made it this far from childhood passed the loyalty test years ago. It's much easier to forgive your babes than a man sometimes.

    Photos: Christina Jones Photo

    XO, Cheers
    Jenn & my Girl Gang

 

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Well, I already wrote, copied, pasted photos and links for this blog and I completely LOST IT!!! UGH. I am so mad at myself because I know how tempermental this Mac is and I do not save my work as much as I should. Ok, sorry, real life vent sesh for a moment.

HAPPY OCTOBER

Well, I already wrote, copied, pasted photos and links for this blog and I completely LOST IT!!! UGH. I am so mad at myself because I know how tempermental this Mac is and I do not save my work as much as I should. Ok, sorry, real life vent sesh for a moment.

I wanted to get a blog done for you "real quick" so you can see some of my top picks for fall. I have about 90% of what I am going to share with you the others are wish list items. This year I am a big fan of work out clothes ESPECIALLY the Zella leggings from Nordstrom but I am doing a mostly Amazon//affordable blog post for you here. I am also really loving the bike short trend. I like to wear them with oversized shirts or sweaters. OK enough of me, here they are :) enjoy. I hope you find something you like!

If the text is white, click on photos of items to take you to site. If text is teal & black, click on the teal to take you to the link!

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Happy Fall Y'all!
XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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So... about a year ago I joined the new relationship 15 lb club! You know, the "we're having fun let's eat and drink all we want" . Well, two months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and was like "omg what happened?!?!" Of course Dan is always like "you look great" lol but this wasn't for him or anyone else it was for me. I felt like crap!


So... about a year ago I joined the new relationship 15 lb club! You know, the "we're having fun let's eat and drink all we want" . Well, two months ago I looked at myself in the mirror and was like "omg what happened?!?!" Of course Dan is always like "you look great" lol but this wasn't for him or anyone else it was for me. I felt like crap!






So I started a 30 day plan with AtmosEffect (gym on wheels) and my friend -slash- trainer Kerven! I told him, "I need carbs, I like wine & sweets HELP!" Kerven helped to get me on a weekly workout routine six days a week & also helped me diet without having to cut things the things I love!! [my sister swears by macros eating & it really does work people]!! Macros eating is a healthier way to eat for your body. I have anxiety so cutting carbs was not good for me, it made me gain weight. So for instance here was my macros diet plan:

130g protein
90g carbs
50g fat

My daily meals would look like this:

Workout
Protein Shake

-Breakfast-
2 eggs with cheese


-Snack-
Celery with almond butter

-Lunch-
¼ cup jasmine rice
4oz grilled chicken

3oz green veggie

OR

Salad with chicken, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, balsamic vinaigrette

-Snack-
Chobani less sugar Strawberry greek yogurt

-Dinner-

Salmon or Chicken
Sweet potatoes
Veggies

-Snack-
¼ cup Halo Top
OR
5oz glass of Cabernet

I do drink a lot of coffee and teas as well without any creamer. In my shakes for a meal replacement I will add banana, almond butter, clean protein obvi, and some frozen berries. I also like making chia pudding, which is 3 TSP of chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk; chill it overnight then add berries in the morning.



The last time I had a trainer I dropped weight FAST I was also 28. Being 34 it took longer but at 4 weeks I dropped 4 inches in my waist, at 5 weeks I dropped 2 more. My legs are stronger and more cut, my butt is lifted & I am a size 4 again!! I still have a lot of work to do - especially with these arms [sore subject]— but I now have a new mindset and healthier lifestyle!! We all fall short sometimes and have to reset and reboot. Don't get down on yourself, just start somewhere!

 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I think in some ways I have always considered myself an influencer. I have always been strong willed, strong minded, and adapted very well to change. I am very decisive and pretty much know what I was and go after it right away; I have always tried to empower other women to follow their dreams, take chances and follow their hearts.




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I think in some ways I have always considered myself an influencer. I have always been strong willed, strong minded, and adapted very well to change. I am very decisive and pretty much know what I was and go after it right away; I have always tried to empower other women to follow their dreams, take chances and follow their hearts.

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If you would have asked me what an influencer was five years ago I would not have described it as someone who lays out their personal experiences and shopping trips on social media for everyone to see and admire. I feel like there is a very fine line between influencing/inspiring and just bragging about the crap you have. 
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The longer I am emerged in this industry the more I have changed my interest in the people I follow and spend time engaging with. I am not a big LTK'er, I don't buy stuff just to post it so people buy it and I make money. The fact is, I don't do this for money at all. It's definitely a nice perk, but I do it because I genuinely love sharing my life experiences and I love writing. I love fashion as well, but it's not my focus-point on my platform anymore.

"it's about being God's vessel to share your miracles"

I have immersed myself into God's word and am really seeing the importance of the life we live here. It's not about what we have, or the money we make, it's about being God's vessel to share your miracles, share your wow-moments and lead people to a fuller life with love, faith, hope and kindness. That's what I am here for. 

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My blog is not one of those that exploded over night by feeding your brain with clothes and junk you don't really need. In fact is has taken me 3 years to get to 9300 followers because I did not jump on the LTK bandwagon, and also because I don't want to spend every spare second I have behind a phone.

I have a really great relationship that I like to be present in and also there are times I want to remember moments in my brain and not document. Unfortunately, to become "successful" in this industry means selling yourself to the IG devil and probably developing an eye disease from sitting behind a phone or computer for hours.

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I read blogs from the gals who have 100k+ followers and they all said the same thing, their free time was spent on their blog, behind the phone, creating content. I love this blog and would love for it to be a full time job, but I am not willing to sell my mind, my fragile emotions and mental health or relationships for it.

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It has to be a good balance between blog and real life. So if you are looking to get into this industry do it because you love it. Sometimes, I do get jealous that I don't have 100k followers or even 10k yet, BUT, I have an amazing job, a great guy, wonderful friends and life experiences that I appreciate everyday. I am willing to share those with all of you, and love doing it but I won't sell my soul to become "friends" with 100k people I don't know.  

"they are real and organic and those are the relationships I want to keep and nurture"

I have made some great friends and built some great relationships doing this though, and I know they are real and organic and those are the relationships I want to keep and nurture! So thanks to all of you who do love me and support me and follow me for being me, love you back babes!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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What does independence mean to you? After traveling to Europe and hearing the history of Berlin, Germany I have become more grateful for my freedom than ever. Could you imagine not being able to see your family for years because they were on the other side of a wall? Or being told what to believe, how to live etc? American politics are not really something I ever discuss because it's not part of my platform, but I know there are opinions, laws and ideas that I do not agree with.




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THE IMPORTANCE OF I N D E P E N D E N C E

What does independence mean to you? After traveling to Europe and hearing the history of Berlin, Germany I have become more grateful for my freedom than ever. Could you imagine not being able to see your family for years because they were on the other side of a wall? Or being told what to believe, how to live etc? American politics is not really something I ever discuss because it's not part of my platform, but I know there are opinions, laws and ideas that I do not agree with. I am a feminist and I believe that women can do anything, be anything and deserve complete equality. I am dating someone who doesn't see eye to eye with me on that completely but he has the freedom and right to believe what he wants. That is the beauty of independence.

One of the reasons I have been single for so long is because I love my independence and freedom. I love being able to do what I want, when I want, with who I want. But, the beauty in finding someone else is seeing eye to eye on THAT! Opinions can differ but you have to be agreeable on the relationship. I would never tell Dan what to do, or vice versa. I never feel like I need to keep tabs on him or ask where he is 24/7. We don't have that kind of relationship because we both believe in independence. We follow the same morales, and have the same relationship wants at this point, so it works.

I love having independence to create something beautiful like my blog. Where I can openly voice my thoughts and opinions kindly and truthfully. In this society we have so much freedom to be who and what we want to be and I am so thankful for be a part of this lifetime.

At work, I came from a place where I was constantly watched, constantly checked up on and needed to be at the desk 8-5 everyday even if my work was done. I am a type-A personality, my shit is handled. At The Hartford, they are firm believers in work/life balance, and working however long or short to get your job done and done well, period. I love that. Because when people start to get pressure put on them, or start being watched they shut down. You have to give people the freedom to work how it works best for them. Not everyone finds success the same way.

The point of this blog is to tell you how lucky we, as Americans, are to be able to have our own opinions, our own thoughts, ideas and voyage in life. We are FREE, and for that we are blessed.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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