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New Blog!!!

So.

Tomorrow my new blog domain is launching! I am super excited to get over there. It already looks sooooo much better and I have way more control.

What to expect on my new blog (stay tuned for the link coming tomorrow!):

  • Daily posts. Just like on this blog, I will be posting every day!
  • Daily themes. I’ll keep the same themes for each day of the week! In case you don’t remember, those are: Sunday: Philosophical musings > Monday: Motivational > Tuesday: Outside Content > Wednesday: Beauty/Fashion > Thursday: Education/Learning > Friday: TGIF > Saturday: Miscellaneous
  • Hopefully more inspired blogging. Already, I’m having way better ideas and my blog is going further in my head. It’s crazy how much a good-looking blog can help with inspiration and motivation!
  • The same me. Hopefully you weren’t worried about that. I’m still the crazy-ass lady I’ll always be.

Do you have a blog? Leave the link in the comments below!

See you tomorrow!

Love Aubry

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Street Art

I’m flipping excited for my new blog domain that will be launched on Thursday (in honor of my 100th post, actually). I’ve just put a couple of hours into it and it’s coming together. So stay tuned for that!

A few weeks ago, I came across this compilation of street art. Street art is some of the most inspirational stuff to me. Number one, it was done by anyone, you just don’t know really. Number two, it was done for the love of the thing, not because anyone external was pushing it. Catch my drift? Well these stunning pictures I found are super awesome! I don’t think I was even able to get through the whole thing, actually. It’s definitely something I’ll be going back to for inspiration whenever I need it!

So here are a few of my favorites:

Street Art

Street Art

Street Art

Street Art

This one reminds me of my brother doing his hair. It made me laugh:)

Street Art

 

 

To see the rest of them (and there are a lot!), click here.

LOVE;

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It’s About Time

I’m burned out, you guys. Today, as I was looking through my scheduled posts for the next month and a half, my entire being stopped wanting to do anything. Having a million other things to do doesn’t help the situation, and all I want to do ever is scroll through Facebook even though it makes me feel more like crap (my inner Marketing nerd cringes at the thought of Facebook, yet I’m addicted). I blame everything on the emotional things that have been going on in my life, because it’s easy, because I don’t want to get bitter and shove it down, because it’s at the forefront of my mind every single day. I will be the first to tell you that I love everything that I’m doing. Actually all last year, I dreamed that this year would be exactly how it is turning out. But I didn’t factor in two things: Number one, that I would be bogged down in so much STUFF, and number two, that my heart would feel this rachet.

I don’t want to complain. I feel like I complain too often on this blog. The reality is though, there are probably a butt load of people who feel the same way, and maybe it would help to know that I feel like crap too.

What am I going to do about it? There has been more than one time in the past two weeks that I have either watched a video or read a blog post that have encouraged people who are sad to get busy. Does this really work? Is it a short-term fix? Maybe it is. But I’m more than ready for something to change in my life. I’m done with expecting my life to get perfect any time soon. NEWS FLASH: My life will never be perfect (until I die and go to Heaven) so I better get used to it.

On the flipside, I have a whole dang lot of dreams going on right now. It is time for me to stop focusing on the one thing in my life that absolutely SUCKS and start focusing on the dozens of things in my life that absolutely DON’T SUCK. (And by “don’t suck”, I mean are completely fantastic.)

What would happen if I listed all of those things? Even just listing ten would help me understand the reality of my situation right now. I’ve never really thought about this before (because of the cliche factor and everything), but I think I’m going to do it. And on top of that, I’m going to make sure I remember all of those things and possibly even act on each of them every single day.

Why would I do this? I’m not doing it to hide the sadness, I’m not one for that. I’m not doing it to make myself feel better. I’m not doing it to make myself appear to be happier than I really am. I’m doing it because God has blessed me and I’m just not seeing it these days. One thing God has taken away from me. Just one. And He’s given me so much more. So why the heck am I not seeing it?

That’s why I want to make this list. As soon as possible actually. To thank God for everything He’s given me because it’s about time.

P.S. I’m switching my blog to a domain on Wednesday so stay tuned for that! I’m super excited to get over to that, it will be a blast! And I half-promise not to switch the design every third day, hold me to it, okay?

LOVE;

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Spending Time on Yourself

You know how I said I’d be journaling all last week? Yeah, well that didn’t happen.

Here’s how last week went.

On Monday, my super awesome friends Ali, Christiana, and Jessica came to my house to sleep over. The next morning, we woke up at 3:30 to get to LAX. Our flight left at 6:25.

We got into Denver that afternoon and took a bus to Estes Park (why the heck am I giving you all these details???). ANYWAYS, we went on a Capstone trip for our leadership classes we’ve been taking that was in beautiful Estes Park. (P.S. Our friend Joseph from Oregon also came and he’s super awesome too.)

These classes are designed to be intense and this one is no exception. Almost all day for three days we were in sessions either listening to a lecture or collaborating with other students. On top of that, I was also trying to get registration up, attending meetings, and writing content for the CPE3 (the CollegePlus event I’m planning for September). And half forgetting that I have a blog and I’ve promised to post every day. I think I got no more than 5 hours of sleep every night (which I did that last semester and my body all but refuses to cooperate when the same need arises, HA!).

So there are the excuses for why I didn’t journal at all.

Okay. So my goal is to journal this week. My plate is still as full as it ever was, but I need to have times when I can just disconnect from the world and reflect on it. However, that takes discipline, something I’m really lacking right now.

Do you feel the need to disconnect like this and concentrate on yourself? One thing that kept coming up in sessions was the fact that I need time to recharge. Journaling provides a unique and purposeful way to spend time with God and to give myself time to relax and rebuild my energy.

If you are struggling in the same way, hopefully this post encourages you to do what you can to fix it! Comment below!

LOVE;

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#Capstone2k14

 

I’m writing this late on Tuesday night, and didn’t have time to edit any of the photos, so just beware. I’m in Colorado right now (which you probably know if you follow me on Instagram) for my Leadership Capstone for the Dr. Jeff Myers Signature Leadership Courses. I’m hoping against hope that I’ll actually be able to enjoy this thing. I’ll be honest with you and say that today was one of the more stressful days I’ve encountered, I’m hoping tomorrow is much better. Crossing my fingers. Still have a couple things I need to do tonight before I go to bed and get four hours of sleep, so I’ll leave it here. Today was a traveling day, with a little bit of session at the end of the night. I’ll be posting pictures from the whole trip on Saturday, so stay tuned for that! I don’t even remember what else I have planned for the week. This should be interesting.

I literally felt like I was in the fifties with that flight attendant.

I literally felt like I was in the fifties with that flight attendant.

Waiting in the airport.

Waiting in the airport.

Ali got bored.

Ali got bored.

Coolest ever instagram photo by Christiana. Go like it! Her instagram is @christialiceana.

Coolest ever instagram photo by Christiana. Go like it! Her instagram is @christialiceana.

Then we had food.

Then we ate food.

Oh yeah. Meet Joseph. He's our fifth person. I won't go into all the scenarios we've thought up.

Oh yeah. Meet Joseph. He’s our fifth person. I won’t go into all the scenarios we’ve thought up.

It's supposed to snow on Thursday, which is only exciting to me because of the pictures I'll get to take. But the snow-dusted mountains are still gorgeous!

It’s supposed to snow on Thursday, which is only exciting to me because of the pictures I’ll get to take. But the snow-dusted mountains are still gorgeous!

LOVE;

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Great Artists Eat

How do you get creative?

Great Artists Eat

Do you ever feel like you have to think everything up on your own? That it’s a crime to feel inspired by someone else’s work because that would be stealing? Or even that if you can’t be creative purely without anyone else’s ideas, you aren’t actually creative? I definitely have these thoughts. All the time. Underneath, it’s embarrassing when I finally feel inspired only after seeing or hearing the work of someone else.

Whenever I listen to Sarah Bareilles (my musical hero), all I want to do is sit at my piano and write a song (which is hard because usually I listen to music late at night #oops).

I’m starting to read other blogs every day and I’m noticing that, oh, suddenly it’s easier to write. Weird.

As I venture into the YouTube world with CollegePlus, there are certain YouTubers that I always watch before I film a video. The Vlogbrothers make me energetic and able to think and talk fast. iiSuperwomanii and Grace Helbig make me witty. Is that cheating?

Great Artists Eat

IS it cheating? Who knows, but I do know that I’m a better artist and more creative when I surround myself with skillful people. Isn’t that the design of things? God commands us to spend time with other Christians. Can’t it be the same with creativity?

All I’m saying is that yeah, “Great artists steal,” but great artists also eat. They feed off of the work of other artists. Or at least they can.

Great Artists Eat

And I say, why not?

LOVE;

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For the past few weeks, I have been completing the third course in a series of Leadership Courses taught by Dr. Jeff Myers. First>> If you haven’t heard of Jeff Myers, you need to. Stop. Click here.

Practice Makes 1000% Improvement. Read more at https://twothousandfourteen.wordpress.com

Anyways, in a lecture I was watching today, he talked about how scientists have found that after 200 hrs. of intense practice, a person can increase their competency in a subject by 1000%. Three zeros. Dr. Myers began to explain that 200 hours is not an infinite amount of time>> if you think about it, it is only 10 hours a day, every weekday, for 1 month. Actually pretty doable, if you ask me.

I began thinking about when the heck I’ve spent that amount of time on anything and I realized that I have. Learning! Haven’t we all? Here’s the thing, last semester I increased my ability to learn by a lot, and here’s why>> When I sat down to learn something, I didn’t just force it into my brain haphazardly. I really made myself figure out how to learn efficiently.

For a while, I’ve firmly believed that anyone can change a “bad” quality about them just purely by practice. For instance, I was a stereotypical introvert, hated talking to anyone (still do sometimes). Now people honestly believe that I am one of the most extroverted people they know. Another example is the fact that I am one of the most undisciplined people I know. I haven’t improved in this as much as in talking to people, but I’ve gotten a whole lot better, and I can look back every month and see improvement.

What am I doing differently? In all three of these examples, I am not haphazardly living and hoping that I get better at things that are really hard for me. Every time I sit down to learn, or go out to talk to people, or manage my time and stick to it, I am practicing. Each of these subjects are skills to be learned, however intangible they may be.

What is a skill you want to practice like this? Maybe it’s intangible like my examples. Maybe it’s been on your bucket list to learn the piano (in which case I can help with that). Start dedicating hours to practicing a skill every single day!

LOVE;

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Generation Like

A couple of weeks ago, my dad told me about a documentary that he watched that was on Social Media. Being the documentary junkie that I am, it was really a no-brainer for me to watch it. Social Media is kind of my thing anyways, so I watched it. Going into it, I knew it would come at it from a somewhat negative perspective, but I still wanted to watch it because, yeah, however much I love social media, I am aware that it can have a negative impact on people. I’ll probably do a commentary on this sometime this weekend (because I’ll actually have time) so in preparation for that, go watch the PBS documentary for free, here.

Thanks for bearing with me in this crazy time for posting! I really haven’t been the best at that, but now that I won’t be working, I’ll have lots more time! Stay tuned for some exciting things I’m planning!

LOVE;

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On Friday and Los Angeles and George Washington

I feel like every day at this point is like,

Oh man, thank God it’s Friday.

Except 6 out of 7 of those times, I’m like,

Oh wait. WHY ME.

On a lighter note, I’M GOING BACK TO L.A. on Tuesday! I mean, okay cool, Spokane you have some pretty amazing people to boast about, but other than that, your weather sucks, your drivers are slow, your freeway is like an hour away from my house, and your businesses close at like 7. I have a million things on my to-do list and I’m not getting anything done and yes, I’m blaming it on Spokane.

It sounds stupid, I know, but just watch, once I drive at the 50mph speed limits, yell at some idiot for driving too fast, get stuck in traffic, go for a walk in the Paseo along with crazy people and their too-small dogs (in strollers, yes that happened), eat at In ‘N Out, shave my legs finally because I’ll have a reason to, dig out my swimsuit to lay in the sun, go to The Getty or Universal Studios with some friends, go for a run with my dog in the nice weather, and hit the beach (and grab Little Caesar’s on the way back because tradition), I will feel like a new woman and all that getting my school done and planning ahead for my blog and doing marketing for the CPE3 (which, if you’re a CollegePlus student, YOU’RE COMING) will fall into place and I’ll actually be working between the hours of 8PM and 12AM instead of watching YouTube videos and eating junk food.

That was probably the longest sentence since George Washington. Actually I have a story about that. But it’s really not that interesting.

Anyways, there’s just something about hustle that I desperately need in my life, and I’m extremely excited to get back to it!

Hope your Friday is SPECTACULAR (hope mine is too) and I hope this goes out in the morning rather than the evening (I’m writing this Thursday night, look at me go) (Hahahaha, well THAT didn’t happen).

LOVE;

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