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When the barista simply asks if you’ve got a long day ahead… ❤️ #excessive #necessary

When the barista simply asks if you’ve got a long day ahead… ❤️ #excessive #necessary



Continuing my summer wedding series with an outfit for a garden wedding.  Check out my blog for more details on my http://www.shapelychicsheri.com/2014/07/plus-size-summer-garden-wedding-guest-dresses-curvy-fashion-blog.html

Cute summer outfit for a wedding guest (or the bride or bridesmaids!)

For those of you that do not know of my personal experiences with ALS, please feel free to come to me with any questions you may have about what it is and why this is so important.

I came across this video on Facebook and felt pulled to share it here as well. <3


We’re baaaaaack <3


Here are some bloopers from Day 1!

on the ice bucket challenge


my dad died from ALS when i was 3 years old. he was 36. my mom was 33. that was 30 years ago. now i’m the same age my mom was when my dad died. and there is still no cure for ALS.

this is what happens when you have ALS: your muscles slowly stop working, one part at a time….

My grandfather was diagnosed with ALS when I was three. He passed away by the time I was five and shortly after that my mom, an ER nurse, left her job and joined the ALS Association, Orange County Chapter. At that time, the only people who knew anything about the disease were people who unfortunately had been surprised by its attack on themselves or a loved one. For the next ten years my incredible mother gave every day of her life to raising awareness and helping loved ones learn to care for those who seemed to slip away so quickly. Since then, my mom has chosen to step into the field of Hospice, but she is still the one they call on whenever a new ALS patient comes onto service. I am no nurse, I am no fundraising guru, but I am a granddaughter who never got to hear her grandfather’s stories firsthand… No matter how you feel about the challenge, please remember that there are real people suffering and anything that calls attention to fixing that is a good thing. Miss you grandpa. ❤️


What an inspiration

"Nineteen things I’ve learned before I turned nineteen.
1. Always carry $5 and a lighter with you (even if you don’t smoke).
2. Ask every person you meet how their day is going. Genuinely ask with the sole intention of learning how their day is. Ask the coffee shop employee. Ask the person next to you in line at Walmart. Ask your distant friend. Ask everyone.
3. Take many photos of yourself. Take photos of yourself when you’re happy. Take photos of yourself when you’re sad. Take photos of yourself because there are millions of trees in the world, and we all look at the same sky, but there is only one of you.
4. Stay in contact with your parents. Try not to hate them. They are the reason you have the ability to feel anything at all. Try not to hate your parents.
5. Opening your skin will not set your demons free. Open your heart. Open your mind. Open your hands.
6. Nobody knows anybody completely. That’s okay.
7. Be gentle, but be aggressive. Take a stand. Nobody hears your voice if you stay silent.
8. Respect everybody. We are all humans trying to survive. We all deserve respect.
9. Wearing black will ALWAYS make you feel better about yourself.
10. Always give tips, whether it be a couple extra dollars or a piece of mind. You never know how much you could be helping someone.
11. Change is the only thing consistent in life. Do not allow that bother you. Embrace chance and move with life, whichever direction it chooses to take you.
12. Smile often. Smile at strangers. Smile at your friends. Smile when nobody is looking and you’re alone in your bedroom. Smile when somebody is rambling to you.
13. Body image means nothing. Your body is merely just a seatbelt in the car. Your body is here to protect you. You choose the direction you go, and your body will not hold you back. Only you can hold yourself back.
14. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t allow yourself to hate anybody. Forgive them. Learn to love them for the person you never got to see them to be. Believe that a beautiful human exists in that person. Wish them well.
15. Drink orange juice. Lot’s of it.
16. Don’t allow the opinions of others to choose your destiny. We are all simply trying to live our own life.
17. Sing all the time. Sing off key. Sing in a silly voice. Sing like you’re on stage. Sing no matter who is around. Singing is breathing for the soul. Sing.
18. Take time to think. Write your feelings down. Write letters to the people you love. Texting is overrated and not as heartfelt as a nice handwritten letter.
19. Live for yourself. Breathe for yourself. Do everything in your life for nobody but you. This is your life. This is it.

- Katey Chrest (via florida-sounds)