My Etsy Shop!

Hello Darling Hearts!

As promised, my Etsy shop is now open!

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It’s been an interesting journey, and I’m happy to move onto the next step in that journey.

To visit the shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurenCeallaigh

BUT WAIT! Don’t forget this super special celebration discount code! It’s for 30% your purchase, whether that’s an already created canvas or a custom made one. Use this: GRANDOPENING 

I hope you enjoy!

Love always,

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Late Night Write

Hello Darling Hearts,

There are some nights that I just can’t sleep. Or I wake up on the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep.

Either way I wind up staring at the darkened ceiling, waiting for sleep. Sometimes it comes quickly, other times not so much.

But I’ve found a bit of a remedy for that.

I write.

I’m not the best writer, but I am a writer.

That doesn’t mean anything except that I love writing. It gives me a sense of peace. And I adore it.

And sometimes I’ll write everything out, fall asleep, and not think about the next morning.

So finding this in my Google Keep on my tablet was a bit of a surprise.Read More »

I Never Wanted To Be Skinny

Hello Gorgeous Souls

Today I’m going a bit personal. It might get a bit ramble-y who knows? But I’ve got some stuff that I want to get out there, so here goes.

Let’s talk about that word.

Skinny.

What does it mean exactly? Websters dictionary defines it as “very thin”. Society defines it as a requirement. For me, it’s defined as an annoyance.

I never wanted to be skinny.

I have heard that word my entire life. People have called me skinny, a skinny-minny, barely there, said that I was built like a dancer, and so on and so forth. And I have hated it. I hate it.

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Little Notes: Summer Days

Hello Darling Hearts,

Summer often brings to mind lazy days spent in the sunshine (or in front of the A/C 😉 Texas, people, Texas!) I prefer those days to be spent with a book in hand, sipping on iced tea. And those are good days! Everyone needs to experience lazy days. They are so enjoyable. “What did you do today?” “Abso-fruit-ly nothing!” Because all of those “nothings”, all of those little things are actually important things. They’re the things you choose to do. You aren’t working and doing the things you are “supposed” to do. You’re making a choice to do something you enjoy. Which means that it’s probably something you need to do. Whether it’s reading a book just for fun, crafting just for fun, napping because you want to, baking for enjoyment… etc. Whatever it is, you’re doing it for you. And that’s awesome!

So what am I doing? Well, I’m trying to blend Summery laziness and important productiveness into one thing. I’m writing, videoing, editing, blogging, creating, changing, and enjoying. And it’s extraordinarily fun! Some days it doesn’t go as planned. Some days I’ll be thinking about how much I need to write a blog post/make a video/do SOMETHING and decide not to do…. anything. And I usually get angry at myself for it later. But, I’m learning. I’m learning to just get out there and DO it. It’s SO much easier that way. And I’m getting there.

My productivity is getting better and better. And things are getting better. I suppose I’m starting to finally realize just how connected those two things are. I can’t expect things to change unless I’m the one changing them. I can hope for change, but I have to be prepared to accept that it isn’t going to happen unless I make it happen.

I’ll write more later.

Love always,

Wren

 #RainyDays soothe my #soul 💧💧💧😊💧💧💧

I Am Enough.

Hello Darling Hearts!

This is insane. This is almost impossible.

But it happened.

And I have to share it with you.

Because last night I came to the greatest realization I’ve had in life so far.

I finally said it. I finally believed it.

I Am Enough.

I felt like I was on top of the world.

I said goodbye to Lauren the negative self critic.

Because I realized that she was my worst bully.

She hurt me more than anyone else ever has.

I said things to myself that I would never, in my cruelest moments, say to someone else.

But I took it as if I deserved it.

As if I deserved hate.

And you know what?

I don’t.

There is enough hate in this world already. There are enough people to hate me. Why be one of my own enemies.

Not anymore.

Never again.Read More »

#100HappyDays – Why I Am Doing It

Hello Dear Ones!

If you’re following my Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I have begun the #100HappyDays Challenge.

The challenge is simple, or so it appears.

Post one picture of something that makes you happy every day for 100 days.

No biggie, right?

Except that it kind of is.

So much so, that 71% of the people who started this challenge weren’t able to finish it.

The excuse was that they were “too busy” to find the time for happiness.

71% of people are too busy to be happy!

To me, that is a big deal!

And I was almost one of the 71%! When I first heard about this website I thought: “That’s really cool! But 100 days….. that’s a lot to ask. Would I even remember?”

Thankfully, after reading the website, I changed my mind.Read More »

Vlogging and My YouTube Channel

Hello Dearest,

If you follow me on Twitter you already know about my new YouTube channel, but I’d like to share more about it here. Perhaps in a bit more than 140 characters. 🙂

I have decided to do this in a Q and A format, so that I can be sure to answer any questions you might have.

When did you get the idea to start vlogging?

When I first began blogging I had no intentions of starting a YouTube channel. I had (still have some) pretty bad self esteem issues with cameras. So, trying to talk in front of one was pretty much impossible.

But, by trying to accomplish one of my 2015 goals of being less self conscious about pictures and videos of me, I decided to give this a shot.Read More »

Welcome To WordPress

Hello Darling Hearts!

Welcome to my new WordPress.com site!

I hope you like the change, and are able to easily navigate and find what it is you need.

I registered this account a bit ago and have been trying to decide which blogging platform was best for me right now.

After careful comparison I decided to switch over to WordPress.com.

I’m using .com when I say that, because as some of you may know, there is also a WordPress.org.

That is my goal.

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My Gratitude Journal

Hello Darling Hearts,

One of my Christmas presents from Granny was a gratitude journal.

Waverly and Catherine also received one.

I really love this journal.

It isn’t hard to find the time to write in it, you have two lines per day, plus a page a month.

It is filled with quotes and tips on writing and gratitude. Just the motivation you need.

I’ll tell you the truth, sometimes, I forget to be grateful. I do.

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My 2015 Book List

Hello Darling Hearts!

I recently purchased Leonie Dawson’s 2015 Create Your Shining Year Workbook and so far I am loving it!

There are so many amazing pages full of inspiration! (A preview of those pages)

One of the recent pages I filled out was the “Books I’d Like to Read” page.

Last year I read one of the best books I have ever read. It was called Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It was probably one of the craziest emotional roller coasters of a book I’ve ever read.

I usually hate sad endings. I feel this way because I think that there are enough sad endings in the world already, and I usually want to read a book that gets me away from all of that.

But Little Bee was different.

I found that book sitting in the $2 section at the Galveston Bookstore. (Funny isn’t it? I would pay $20 for it now, having read it.)  I read the back and felt the need to buy it. So I followed my instinct. And I’m glad I did.

After reading Little Bee, I decided I wanted to read more books that made me feel. Books that made me think. That inspired me to be better.

So I started looking.

I found so many books that I can’t wait to start reading. I hope they will be just as great as they sound. I thought I might take a minute and share some of my list with you now.

So, let’s begin!

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