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But First, Coffee

Hi world. It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a moment to sit down and write a little something on my own blog. I’ve been busy writing for my adorable clients such as Splash of Teal and and Laura Fine Art

So today, I thought I’d start the morning off with a little post about nothing other than the cool, caffeinated beverage that makes the world go round: COFFEE.

As you can see, I’m already almost done with my first cup. 😉

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One of my fave at-home drinks to make is a simple espresso. {I found this adorable espresso maker at a local salvation army for $5.}

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When I visited The Simple Farm in Arizona, I learned the art of slowing down, savoring a cup of morning coffee, and just taking a moment to pause and thank God for a new day.

Things have been crazy lately. I wake up at 6am, rush off to my new office space in Fullerton, and sit down to work. I get stuck in these ruts of “work, work work” ~ and although working is wonderful, it’s important to find balance and infuse each day with a bit of rest too.

So this morning, I’m doing just that! I like to call it a little “beauty break.”

I hope you join me now {even if it’s for five minutes} to meditate on the things you’re thankful for today while sippin’ on a cup of joe. Even though life is messy, there’s still bits of beauty we can take time to focus on. ❤

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Friends with Benefits {It’s Not What You Think}

I’ve been thinking lately. Well, I think too much. {All the time.} But lately, the theme of my thoughts has been surrounding the idea of relationships.

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✧ Relationship with myself.

✧ My relationship with nature.

✧ And relationships that I desire, but don’t yet have.

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I’ve been discovering the many benefits of befriending myself. Who knew that solo coffee dates could be so fulfilling? Instead of seeking out the attention from a man {yes, sometimes my daddy issues arise} I’m spending more time with myself. And it feels just about as good as this coffee tastes. Which is really good.

Nature

On the subject of nature ~ the new greenery sprouting from Santa Barbara soil is certainly a “high” point of my weekend. I took a weekend trip to get away from the ordinary and take sometime to look within {and also check out some pretty neat surroundings.}

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Desire

Sometimes I say to myself, “this moment would be so nice shared with someone.” Like when I’m on a hike. When I cook alone. Or cuddle on the couch with a blanket and flip on some Netflix.

Honestly, I never thought I’d be 29 and single.

I look around me, and lately the only thing I see are:

✧ smiling, lip locked couples

✧ cute babies

✧ and ring fingers weighed down by one shiny ass, insensitive rock

But…I realize that my desire for a dream guy is normal. And the desire need not be rushed. If I rush the dream guy, I’ll most likely end up with the guy, without the dreamy factor. Or worse yet, I’ll end up with only a dream and no guy. {Which would be closer to a nightmare.}

I’d rather wait {and wait, and wait} for someone who is my equal. And in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying the benefits of alone time and breathing in the beauty of nature.

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♥ Bethany

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Asbestos Awareness Week: The Truth

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When the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reached out to me regarding Asbestos Awareness week, I was honored. Today I share a blog post in hopes to spread the news about the devastating effects of this poison. This post is not intended to scare anyone, but rather to shed light on the truth about asbestos.

As someone who has been deeply affected by cancer and its relentless mission to destroy, this topic is very sensitive for me and I do not take it lightly.

The term “asbestos” can be found in the well-known rap lyrics by Nicki Minaj – and we wish it would just stay there. Unfortunately, asbestos is much more prevalent than we wish it would be (and has been around far longer than Minaj’s fame.)

So what exactly is asbestos and how does it effect us? Let’s cut the sugar coating. Put simply – asbestos is a known human carcinogen that causes a devastating cancer called mesothelioma.

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Emily Walsh with the Cancer Alliance Blog writes:

The presence of asbestos is common for any home even a couple decades old. Asbestos can be found in any part of the house, from basement to attic, including:

  • Roofing and siding shingles
  • Insulation
  • Floor tiles
  • Around hot water and steam pipes
  • Gaskets on furnaces, coal stoves, and wood stoves

To read more about how to find hidden toxins in your home and preventative steps you can take, read more on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.