Monday, March 21, 2016

INSPIRE: HELLO MONDAY?


Hello All :-)

So yesterday I started a new Instagram for House of Cramel (exciting!). The purpose of it is to take a more focused approach to things I want people to see from me rather than just seeing random post (but if your still into my random post I still have that IG account: Cramel_The_Great). Anyway I set out to do my first motivational Monday post and I have to admit it was a little bit of a struggle. So many of the images and quotes were so negative! And then I thought no wonder we Mondays are so mundane, we're going at this all wrong! Don't get me wrong I get it, many of us are coming off fabulous weekends of doing everything or nothing and Mondays are hard to face. However, Mondays don't have to be so bad. We just need to change our approach to the dreaded Monday. My suggestions? Glad you asked! Here they are even if you didn't:

1. THINK OF MONDAYS AS A FRESH START

I can't tell you how many times in life I've just wanted to hit the reset button on so many things. Think of Monday as the RESET button! You have the chance to start over...EVERY WEEK!

2. BE POSITIVE

If you start the week with a negative outlook, the likely hood that you'll have a positive outcome is a little lower. Yes many pull it off, but it's never pleasant. So make a conscious effort to start positive and you just might FINISH POSITIVE. Not so "Damn I'm glad this week is over."

3. PREP! PLAN! PREPARE!

If there's one thing I've learned time and time again it's that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. So many of us approach Monday blindly every week and we wonder why it takes so much for us to get going! On most Fridays before I leave work I make a list of anything I have pending or need to remember to follow-up on when I come back in. I do this because my work brain is pretty much off during the weekend and it's hard to recall everything on Monday. Another thing I do on Sunday evening, I take about 30 minutes to glance at my email to see if there's anything pressing I need to jump on Monday. I know, I know, it's the weekend, it's the last day. But that 30 minutes of checking my email the night before is my saving grace for some Mondays. I'm not caught off guard and I'm prepared to take on the fire drill (believe me we have a lot of them where I work). 

Thanks all loves, hope this helps you next time you're manic on Monday :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Style: SCAD Brings High Fashion to Atlanta



Gown worn by Taylor Swift

Back in October I had the pleasure of being among the first people to view one of the most exciting fashions exhibitions. Savannah College of Art and Design, affectionately known as SCAD, opened it's newest museum at its Atlanta campus called SCAD FASH. SCAD FASH debuted with a phenomenal exhibition of the works of the late Oscar de la Renta.

The museum was filled with some of the designers most infamous designs, many worn by prominent public figures and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Beyonce!

Gown worn by Sarah Jessica Parker
SCAD FASH will transform it's new museum at year's end. Don't miss out on viewing this fantastic exhibit.

Gown worn by Beyonce Knowles-Carter



Worn by Oprah Winfrey
                 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Inspire: Know You Before There's No You


Okay, So I'm single. It's not a secret, it's been about a year. Of course it was a struggle for me in the beginning, but the days have gotten much brighter and there are so many things that I've learned being in this phase of my life. One of the biggest things that I learned about myself is how dependent I became on someone else to make me happy. This was evident in the degree of turmoil I experienced after the break-up. And it's interesting because I would have never admitted or realized that while in the relationship. While I understand there is a level of heartache that I would experience after this happened, I felt so lost, so lost it was sort of irrational. And everything I'd accomplished up to that point felt like it was for nothing, because I no longer had anyone to share it with. This was a serious problem. Why did I feel like this? The desire for companionship is natural, but needing damn near complete validation? That's not okay.

For the majority of my high school, college, and post college years I was in relationships. There's was maybe a little over a year of time where I was actually single, but that a lot of time to always be "with someone". Being single as an adult has allowed a lot more time for growth. I know a hell of a lot more about what I want, what I expect, and most of all more about myself. I'm actually a pretty dope individual with or without a man LOL, seriously I am!

I listened to an interview that Keke Palmer gave on The Breakfast Club, she addressed being single. I couldn't have summed it up better myself. Basically she states being single is fun because you find yourself. And you develop a self love that so great that you don't depend on another individual for happiness. And once you do find yourself in another relationship you able to give love without expecting the other person to fill certain voids. Do I think she saying you shouldn't expect love from anyone else your in a relationship with? No, but what she is saying is that someone else's love for you shouldn't validate your happiness. Listen to the interview here,

To sum this up, and get to the title of this post, get to know yourself. Whether your single or not it's important to know who you are, as a single human being. Learning who you are, accepting yourself, and most of all loving yourself are essential and creating the healthiest relationships with others. You won't just have happiness, but you'll have something even greater: Joy. So get to know yourself before you lose yourself in someone else.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Motivation Monday: Be Unique!

Happy Monday everyone! This Monday's motivation came from the monthly newsletter sent out by my job. At the end of every issue is an inspirational quote and I really liked this one. I mean it's hard to argue with Coco Chanel!

Ms. Chanel says be different, to me this means be you. Last time I checked everyone was born as their own unique being. I also really like the quote "Be you, everyone else is taken". You won't stand out in the world mimicking everyone else. Being inspired is great, but at the end of the day make sure you are still true to yourself.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Modern Girl Struggles: Milestone Birthdays


It starts around your 25th birthday, you look around and you start to question everything you've done up to this point and many of us realize we haven't accomplished what we thought we would by this age. Then you start to freak out! You soon return to normal until the next milestone, then it gets worse. I've experienced this myself, even dreaded it, but I learned how to celebrate these miles stones again and appreciate them with these three gems of advice.


1. THERE IS ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE

I know this may seem a little grim, but it's definitely real. I was speaking with one of my cousins about my birthday and how I was "adjusting", and he simply said, "you know there's another alternative to getting older. That definitely changed my perspective on things.  So many people don't get to live in the moment that your living right now, so if your having trouble with a birthday, just start there. And with all the breathe in your lungs, blow out those candles with gusto!


2. USE IT AS MOTIVATION!!

I know you guys are like, why are you showing me a cup?? Well this picture in general represents a lot. When I turned 25, I had what I call a "quarter life crisis". I was just not where I thought I would be in life AT ALL!! So after a few minor break downs and some soul searching, I set out to change it. After all, I was still breathing so it wasn't too late. And guess what? I accomplished those goals!! So instead of having a pity party, just acknowledge that you want to be better and do more, and then GO DO IT!!!


3. DON'T FORGET TO PARTY!!

After all it is your birthday! Go celebrate and live it up! And yes, I'm 30 :-) More to come about what I did after in a later post! XOXO