• The Mind

    The Power of ‘What If?’

    What if… Two of the smallest words in the English language, and yet when you put them together they become two of the most powerful. Have you ever stopped to think about just how strong this one phrase is? It can stop or start action or thought, bring a new invention into creation, or spark an amazing new relationship. Any of this can come from just two little words: What if? I have said ‘What if’ many, many times throughout my life. Both good and bad decisions have been born because of a ‘what if’. What if I move out on my own, whether I’m ready or not? What if…

  • Health & Fitness,  The Mind

    Five Bad Habits to Kick This Fall for a More Rewarding Life

    When I say bad habits, your mind probably automatically thinks of things like biting your nails, smoking, overeating, or talking during movies. Maybe you spend too much money, or perhaps like me, you have a tendency to run late sometimes. (Let’s be real, if you read my post Granting Myself Grace then you know I’m late for almost everything. I’m working on it, haha.) While these are all bad habits that should be replaced with better ones, they aren’t the kind of bad habits I want to talk about in this post. A bad habit is a negative pattern of behavior that has been repeated so frequently it has become…

  • Reflections,  The Mind

    Granting Myself Grace

    This post is inspired by a book called Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy written by Emily Ley. To read more or purchase your own copy, click here. (Please note this is an affiliate link, which simply means that if you make a purchase using that link, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.) Have you ever wondered why it’s so easy for us to see the good in others, yet it’s so hard for us to see the positive in ourselves? We can seem to explain why someone else deserves grace, but are ruthless when it comes to granting ourselves even the smallest…

  • Around The House

    Are You Hurricane Ready?

    Hey y’all! If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently (and probably even if you haven’t), then you’re probably aware of Hurricane Florence hanging out in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of the Carolinas. At the time of this writing, she is a Category 2 Hurricane with winds around 120MPH. For those who don’t know, I live in central North Carolina so we are on alert and paying close attention to any changes and emergency alerts that may come out. I want to put out a quick post and give some tips for readers on how to get “hurricane ready”, even if it’s last minute. How to…

  • The Beginner's Guide to Walt Disney World
    Reflections

    A Beginner’s Guide to Disney World

    THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS(*), WHICH JUST MEANS THAT IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING THROUGH THAT LINK, I MAY EARN A SMALL COMMISSION AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. PLEASE SEE DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR MORE INFORMATION.   My husband and I had been talking about a family vacation to Walt Disney World for years. Like many families, it was something that we thought would just be way too expensive for a family of six. We’ve been paying a lot more attention to our finances and decided that this year, if we could create and stick to a savings plan, use some of our tax refund, then we could totally make our dreams…

  • The Mind

    30 Things That Make Me Happy

    We live in a world where it’s really easy to find the negative, but it seems like it takes a lot of effort to find the positive. There are external battles going on in society, in our community, maybe in our homes. If you’re at all like me, there’s also an internal battle going on inside the mind. Stress, anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder can make for some very dark days and moments where control seems to slip away. Luckily, I have learned and am continuing to learn to seek out the light in the midst of the darkness. There’s always a reason to smile. When I think of the…

  • Blogging

    Versatile Blogger Award

    Hey y’all!! I’m so very excited to tell you that The Most Rewarding Life was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. I want to say a big thank you to Lauren, who runs things over at Bustin Out Beauty. She is an amazing writer, a big encouragement for me, and she can rock a hat like nobody’s business! Be sure to check her blog out and show her some love. I was also nominated by Victoria from Wake Up To Wanderlust and want to send a big thank you to her as well!! She runs a travel and experience blog that you must check out!! Thanks, ladies!! So what is…

  • Blogging

    The Most Rewarding Q&A

    Hey y’all! Since I’ve started writing here at the Most Rewarding Life I’ve gotten to know a lot of amazing writers. So I decided to do a Q&A for my Twitter followers to give them a chance to ask some questions in order to get to know me better as a person and as a blogger. You can find their questions and my responses below. Let’s begin! From Theresa @ In Sight: Full Life – “What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a blogger?” Haha I see what you did there. The Most Rewarding experience I’ve had as a blogger has honestly been getting to know some amazing writers…

  • Around The House

    Declutter or Bust: Cleaning Out My Closet

    THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS(*), WHICH JUST MEANS THAT IF YOU PURCHASE SOMETHING THROUGH THAT LINK, I MAY EARN A SMALL COMMISSION AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. PLEASE SEE DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR MORE INFORMATION. We’ve all done it. It’s time to get ready, to get dressed, so we walk to the closet or to the dresser and open it up and stare blankly for a second. Then we say those five little words that couldn’t be further from the truth: “I have nothing to wear.” I know I say this on at least a weekly basis. The truth is I have wayyyy too many clothes. There’s my small…

  • Relationships & Family

    A Letter to My Only Daughter

    My Dear Baby Ruth, You are growing so fast right before my eyes, and as much as I wish I could, I can’t slow it down for even a moment. It seems like just yesterday I was taking laps around the labor and delivery ward hallways because you wanted to take your time. You have always done things at your own pace and somehow seem to amaze me more and more every day. In just a few short months you’ll be turning two, and while I know you can’t read this just yet I wanted to let you in on a few things. First and foremost, I love you to…