It’s Never Too Late to Turn Your Day Around


Hi! Is anyone else having a bad day out there? I hope you aren’t, but if you are, hey! I am too! Let’s talk about it.

So, the “bad day.” The most important thing to remember is that no matter what, it’s going to get better. Whatever issue you or I are having, it will be resolved. Every bad day comes to an end. Sometimes it feels like the only thing you want to do is go to sleep, forget about all of your problems, and wake up to a brand new day. That’s okay! But it’s also never too late to turn your day around. And this option is the one we should always aim for.

Let’s reflect on our negative emotions, figure out what is causing them, figure out how we can make things better, and start that positive mindset over. We all have our moments. Even the people who seem to lead the most positive lives have their moments. And that’s okay too. What am I going to do? I’m going to eat some Oreos, pause for some deep breaths, say a prayer, and then clean my room…which I’ll say a prayer for too. If you know me personally, you know I’m not the neatest person. But I really do believe that a clean space equals a clean mind and sometimes, that’s all we need.

So, do what makes you feel good. Go for a run. Try a new recipe. Buy that pair of shoes you’ve been wanting. There’s still 3 hours and 9 minutes left in the day.

bonus*Raw, bonus picture of Salem climbing on me as I write this…messy room, Oreos, and all…because just like our days, not every picture will be the the best. And that’s okay. 🙂

Celebrate Everything,



Smile at a Stranger Today


Hey, everyone!

Looking back, I have had a lot going on this year and man, 2016 has really tested me. But through it all, I am often reminded of my many blessings. Things are not perfect, and they never will be, but we must continue to make the best of any situation. The wall art that I found out about, posted above and written below, really speaks to me. It’s so easy to say these clichés (for a lack of a better word), but how many of us really put the words into action? And why is it so hard for most of us to do so?

“See, you and me have a better time than most can dream. Have it better than the best. So we can pull on through whatever tears at us, whatever holds us down. And if nothing can be done, we’ll make the best of what’s around. Turns out, not where, but who you are with that really matters.”

Last night, I was fortunate enough to be at an Astros game with tickets that I had won. I was sitting in the row behind a little girl that was crying; at one point, she turned around and saw me – so I smiled at her. She returned the biggest smile on her face! We kept exchanging little pleasantries like that and little waves throughout the game and it was the sweetest thing.

Every day when my mom would drop me off at school back in Elementary, Middle, and even some High school, before I got out of the car, my mom would tell me: Make sure you smile at a stranger today! and things like “You never know what kind of day they’re having…Maybe they don’t get to see smiles all the time like you do…It could turn their day around.” And let me tell you, I’ve heard her say these things so many times that I swear they are permanently etched into my brain! And I’m grateful for that. Thanks, Mom!

I had a great time volunteering last month and I’m ready to volunteer again with a different organization next week. I’ve had some really cool feedback from friends and strangers alike; I get so excited when I see that Nicessities has gained another follower! It seriously warms my heart. Please feel free to comment or send me a message if you’d like to join me next week! I’d love to have you.

I hope you all have had a great week and have an even better upcoming weekend! Lastly, don’t forget – smile at a stranger today!

Celebrate Everything,




A big thank you to everyone that has joined me on my new blogging journey! I spent the last few days in Boston, MA celebrating my 24th birthday and to say I’m lucky is an understatement. I met a former mayor, I went to a bar made out of ice, a Red Sox game, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Wahlburgers, Sam Adams, Harvard, the Mapparium, and even to Salem for a day trip…it was quite an adventure!

No matter where I go, though, I’m reminded that it’s important to recognize our blessings and to try to see the perspectives of others that might not be so lucky at the moment. I say “at the moment” because we all have a lot to be thankful for and we all have ups and downs. Our good days might not coincide, but a few bad days doesn’t make for a bad life. As a society, we’re only as up as our lowest is down. So let’s all get along, make the most, and hope.

With this blog, I plan to post a lot more than about my time volunteering on the 13th of every month. I want to spotlight different local charities. I want to pass along volunteer opportunities that I think y’all might be interested in. I want to feature the good that others do. I’m very excited for this new opportunity and I can’t wait to see the next twists and turns this roller coaster of a life has ahead for me.

Celebrate Everything,

Because Being Nice is a Necessity

May 13th, 2016. My birthday. With every year, I find myself reflecting on the preceding year; I tend to get emotional in the days leading up to my birthday. But why? The positives always outweigh the negatives by a landslide. I have an amazing family that supports any and everything I do (except maybe the tattoos – sorry, Mom and Dad!). I have my cat, Salem, whom rescued me just as much as I rescued him. I have a nice apartment in the best location with my cousin, who’s more like a sister, Rachel. I am fortunate enough to say that I am a graduate from The University of Houston. I have 13 wonderful, loving best friends – Kaylor, Lauren, Mindy, Sammi, Loary, Monique, Johnathon, Jon, Adrian, Kayla, Michelle, Nafferz, and Jessika.

And the bad? The bad doesn’t even matter when you really take a step back and count your blessings. There will always be people that have it better than you, and there will always be people that have it worse than you. With this blog, I hope to share my journey over the next year of trying to bring some light to others.

I will be volunteering on the 13th of every month. I hope to find a different local organization each month and spotlight them. If I can introduce a charity, even just to one person, then I’ll be happy. If this inspires anybody, even one person, I’ll be happy. I can promise you that this is not going to be the best blog you’ve read, but I hope you follow along with my journey. And I would love to have you join me. 🙂

Celebrate Everything,