An Evening of Inspiration with Bold Babes Co.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the launch party of Bold Babes Co, a brand and community dedicated to bringing women together to use their resources to help one another through skill sharing, mentorship, and guidance. The founder of Bold Babes, Shampaigne Graves, invited me personally and I could not turn down this opportunity after reading about her mission. To say this event was inspiring would be an understatement.
ANE_0269ANE_0337ANE_0273The theme of the night was collaboration. Every speaker touched on the importance of utilizing and building one’s network even when it may seem silly or discouraging at times. Collaboration is the best way to get inspired, to get your name out there, and, most importantly, to help someone else along the way. A way to make that happen is to also believe in the power of manifestation.

Mindfulness and manifestation are not new concepts, but many are skeptical of their results. I write a lot on here about my personal mindfulness journeys, but I am a lazy participant when it comes to manifestation. I wholeheartedly believe that what you put into the universe is what you get back, and I can sit all day long telling other people that. But do I do that for myself? Sadly, no. I succumb to confirmation bias, and just when I am ready to throw in the towel, moments like last night come along to remind me to continue on my journey.

I also thought it was incredible for Shampaigne to partner with Dallas-based businesses such as OWNEXT Media, who created the Bold Babes commercial, and Beverages in Bibs (BIBS) who provided us with refreshments. There were so many more vendors and sponsors, I was blown away that she rallied all of these people in a matter of a couple of weeks. If that isn’t a #girlboss move, I don’t know what is!

ANE_0336ANE_0350ANE_0352ANE_0351ANE_0357What I loved about this event was that everyone was there to support Shampaigne and in turn ended up supporting each other. I loved seeing everyone’s business cards being traded and the positive energy surging through the event as all these beautiful women (and a few men) were connecting to strengthen this network in Dallas. Everyone was proudly sharing their stories and it dissipated any fear I had to introduce myself as a blogger for the first time.
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I seriously cannot thank Shampaigne enough for reaching out to me about the Bold Babes Launch Party! Though we did not know each other personally before this event, I am so proud of her and feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to meet so many smart, creative people. ❤

Make sure you are following @boldbabesco on Instagram!!

xx, AE

Let’s Get Personal

I have been apprehensive to write this post. It is never easy opening up about personal struggles especially in a world where people my age have so much. I can already feel and hear the “What do you have to complain about? Millennials always want something for nothing,” sneers, but this is not complaining–this is a validation of my own feelings and experiences. I knew that I had been wanting to write something more personal while I have been on a second fly-atus, and funnily enough, it took listening to a track off of Ariana Grande’s new album, Sweetener, called “get well soon” to push me to write it. So today, I want to open up about where I have been mentally in the last three or so months.

I tried to articulate my feelings about my life in a post last year, but I have since deleted that post because I felt that I focused too much on trying to make it translatable to my readers rather than just being honest. However, I feel exactly the same now as I did then: stuck, disappointed, and unmotivated. I find myself in this mood more often in the summer months which really is a contrast to the common feelings toward summer: happiness, freedom, fun, etc. For me, it is a time when I am reminded of my physical insecurities which makes me feel uncomfortable in my clothes; which prevents me from wanting to socialize; which makes me stay indoors by myself; which further leads me down a spiral of being stuck with my negative thoughts about my choices with my life.

In a reflection about turning 24, I discuss how I am learning to accept that my youth is not over. People my age, including myself, freak out about getting closer to 30 because we have idealized that 30 is the age when everything should be in place. When you realize that 18 and 30 are the same distance away from 24, you are reminded of how much time has passed and how quickly you have been catapulted into a life of responsibility and routine. So when I am currently spending my three-day weekends sitting at a friend’s house in a different state (which is not as common as people think) or sitting at home doing absolutely nothing, I am torn between enjoying relaxing, and feeling guilty for not being out and living life to the fullest as a young 20-something. These feelings of confusion over what I “should be” doing are not new. Continue reading “Let’s Get Personal”

24: The Year of Letting Go

Yesterday, I turned 24! While that may not generally be a significant age/milestone, it has turned out to be for me and here is why.

Oftentimes, I find myself worrying about my youth. To others, 24 is not old and I by no means see it as old either, but I am constantly asking myself, “Where did the time go?” I graduated from high school six years ago and when I reflect on college just three years ago, I immediately think of all the time I spent studying, napping, and doing laundry. But what about the fun times? I would never downplay the priceless memories of living with seven other girls, joining my dance team, going abroad, and meeting people who will be my friends for the rest of my life; however, when all of those moments were taking place, I can’t help but feel like I wasn’t totally present. I was always one foot in, one foot out, constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop or prematurely mourning a good time because I didn’t want it to end. Of course we all want to hold on to great moments and if we could, we’d live them over and over, but I’m just talking about not allowing myself to be free and leave my worries behind.
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I feel like I lost a lot of my time during my late teens and early 20’s to fear, inhibition, and stress. If I had to explain why, you would be reading my autobiography, but I hate that I allowed that to happen. What I want from turning 24–and moving forward in the rest of my life–is to truly start letting go. I think I have actually written previously on this blog about “letting go,” but I am ready for the weight that I put on myself to be lifted off my shoulders. I spend so much time in my head and focus greatly on self-preservation and trying to build a better character. While there are great things about that, I am also hurting myself by not being physically present in everyday life. I need to just live my life in the way that makes me happiest. That includes reminding myself that nothing (and no one) is perfect and that I should not benchmark any part of my life against another person. It is time to stop punishing myself for not being someone else, and to start accepting myself for who I am.
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For me, the year of 24 is more than just being more outgoing and saying “yes” to things more often–it is about quieting that negative, doubting voice. It is about breaking down my own barriers and throwing away the hypothetical guide to life. What I expect, no, set for this year and beyond is more laughter, more openness to experience and others, and finally living with eyes and heart wide open. 24 is The Year of Letting Go.

xx, AE

What To Expect for 2018

I hope everyone had a productive start to the new year and stuck with their resolutions for at least the first month. I know I have which means it’s time to get back to seeing the world! After about three months of not traveling, I am going to kick off my first trip of the year this weekend in The City of Angels. ❤ L.A. is really a second home to me, especially considering how many of my friends live there, so you can definitely expect to see multiple posts this year featuring it. That being said, it is also time to discuss the new path that I plan to take this blog down. Continue reading “What To Expect for 2018”