INSPIRE: Life’s a Lake

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This metaphorical piece relates a lake to life. I hope you enjoy this article by the artistic Jen as she takes you on an inspirational journey. 

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Growing up, most of my favorite summer memories were on the lake. I was one with nature and I was in my own paradise. I would just float in an inner tube for hours. Rain or shine, I was on the water. The lake would just set my soul on fire.  This is where I would be the most relaxed, where I was my true self. Being surrounded by gentle waves and warm rays of sunshine, adventure was endless.

“You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want.”  

Think of life like the lake. You are surrounded by all things good and natural. Every day is a new story, a new adventure, a new start.  You control the vibes the water send you. You are in control of letting the bad vibes drip down the pier and sink to the bottom of the lake. You will receive the vibes you give out. The lake is just a canvas, in which everyone has a piece. You can make your corner as clean and colorful as you want. Why make it dark and gloomy?

Sometimes things get in the way of our happiness in life. The water will carry toxic relationships, depression, or accidents. We let this pollute our lake. We forget how amazing our lives are and how fortunate we are to live in a world of adventure and love. The dark clouds of anger and hatred may cover the warm rays of sunshine, but we have options. Wait for the clouds to pass, or look past them to the horizon. Life is our lake, and we only have so many days to make the most of it! Don’t spend your days inside, hiding from the rest of the world.

“Take some time to focus on you.”

What does your lake look like? Do you need to clean up a little? Take some time to focus on you; it’s okay to take some time to clean up your lake. Come out and enjoy the sunshine. Life may get you down, but you can either stay at the bottom of your lake or swim up to surface. Surround your lake with only the best people for you. The water carries vibes both ways. This is just some inspiration for a lovely life.

 

Jen Wunder is a junior at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She is an Interactive Media and Web Design major with a passion for branding. Jen also writes for the Odyssey Online, and is currently interning with the River City Rascals. In her free time, Jen is usually found at hockey games screaming her heart out. She loves Disney vacations, Gingham’s pancakes at 3am, and heart-to-heart talks with her Tri Sigma sisters.

INSPIRE: A Day in the Life of a Marketing Intern

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This day in the life piece is written by yours truly. I hope you enjoy, share and spread the love. 

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Awhile ago I applied to be a Marketing/Public Relations intern on Nestlé Purina’s website. After a phone interview and a 4 hour in-person interview, I was hoping and praying that the job would be mine. A few weeks later I received a phone call from my (now) boss offering me the position! I was ecstatic and have been at the company for a 1.5 years (#purinaemp).

Since I was still in school, I was able to create my own schedule. I work around 25 hours a week and enjoy learning about the business. I’m the only intern in the department, so I’m treated like another member of the team. In a month I will be leaving this wonderful place to move to a new city for a new full-time job. To commemorate my time there, here’s a day in the life of a marketing/public relations intern.

7:45 am – I wake up after hitting my old friend the snooze button a few times. Rolling out of bed, I throw on running tights and a tank top and head out the door. I like to run a few times a week when it’s nice outside. Back at the house, I get in a few squats before stretching and call it a workout.

8:40 am – I stand outside my closet debating what I should wear. After a few outfit changes, I settle on my go – to: a pair of black trousers, a peach button down and wedges. I grab my sunglasses, lunch, work ID and backpack and head out the door.

9:00 am – I try to get coffee only a few times a week, and today is one of those times. I swing by Starbucks for an iced caramel macchiato and pay with the app (that app is handy!).

9:40 am – Traffic was light today so I get into the office twenty minutes early. Since I get to create my own schedule, I work three days a week from 10 am- 5 pm. Settling in, I turn on my computer, fan and Spotify playlist.

10 am – I check my calendar for the day, set up some meetings and make my to-do list. Summer is a slow time in the Public Relations world, so I’m mainly working on research projects for upcoming events. My boss pokes his head into my office to say good morning and to confirm our meeting for later.

11 am – The team I work with sends me a calendar invite for my own farewell lunch. I can’t believe I’m leaving in a few weeks! I send out the daily coverage update for the team and scratch it off my to-do list.

12 pm – I head into a meeting with my boss. We go over a few project details and talk about his recent interview for television.

12:45 pm – It’s absolutely gorgeous outside! I go for a quick walk in the company garden before heating up my lunch from home.

2 pm – I visit one of my close friends at her office. She just got back from a white water rafting vacation and I want to hear all about it. Her one regret is being severely sunburned. Wear sunscreen people.

3 pm – My boss sends me a long list of influencers that need to be vetted. These are celebrities and social media accounts that Purina could potentially work with. I scour the internet and do a basic background check to see if they fit with the brand. This project takes me until the end of the day.

5:15 pm – I send out my daily tasks to the team and shut down my computer.

6:30 pm – Getting home, I heat up a few leftovers and play hoops with my super athletic mother.

7:30 – I settle in to work on a few upcoming blog posts (there’s some good ones coming!). I grab a mug of green tea, my laptop and planner. There’s nothing like being organized. While typing a few emails, I turn on America’s Got Talent. That show is hilarious.

9:15 pm – I leave my house to go catch the new Pirates movie with a friend. It’s $5 movie night and I never pass up an Orlando Bloom film.

12:00 am – I finally get back home and am ready to catch some zzz’s.

 

I hope you enjoyed this tiny peek into my day-to-day life. Let me know in the comments below.

xx,

Rebecca

 

 

INSPIRE: This is Why I’m Single

Welcome to the first installment of the INSPIRE series. This ‘list-icle’ is a piece about being single written by the fabulous Kayla. Enjoy and share!

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I’m sassy, sweet, and most definitely single. In a world of random hookups, relationships, multiple marriages, and overall jumping from partner to partner I remain a constant independent being. Now, I have nothing against the dating world and those who inhabit it (people should live their lives the way they want), but sometimes I’m not the most eager to become a part of it. I won’t completely shut it out, but I won’t pursue it either.

My single-ness is often the center of many, many jokes (made by myself of course). If you can’t laugh at yourself, no one else will. Anyway, there was a point where after any weird joke or silly pun I would laugh and tell my friends “This is why I’m single.” It often made the joke funnier. I said that phrase so many times I was told I should just write a book titled This is Why I’m Single. But before I contact any publishers, this super sassy blog post will have to do!

So, here are the top reasons why I’m single:

1.) I’m different: I’ve noticed that teenage girls and young women my age stress themselves out about finding a partner. I’m not going to lie to you, I stress out about it too. But sometimes girls allow that stress to take control and they try to find instant gratification from guys. Searching for attention often leads to attention from the wrong people, which leads to a kind of pain no one should go through. To save myself from such horrors, I’ve decided to avoid that gratification.

2.) My time is precious: The only games I play are board games. I’m a full-time student, athlete, and sorority woman with a busy schedule and active social life. That means I don’t like to waste my time. If I feel like someone’s intentions are not pure I’m not afraid to say bye. Treat me like a joke and I’ll drop you like it’s funny.

3.) I got it from my mama: The first, most important boss lady in my life is most certainly my mother. She raised me to be independent, intelligent, and strong. She also raised me to live life my way and never let a man tell you what to do. My parents’ marriage is strong because they treat each other like equals and show each other love and respect. I expect nothing less once I enter in an adult relationship.

4.) Everything happens for a reason: “Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her” (Luke 1:45) I am a big believer in that everything happens for a reason. I have complete trust in God’s plan for me, and right now His plan is for me to be single. I know that when the time is right a nice Godly man will come into my life and the story will write itself. If it takes a few tries before I find said Godly man, I have faith that it will work out in the end. But for now, I’m okay with waiting.

So, there you have it, folks, my reasoning for being single. I praise those who have a healthy dating life and I praise those who choose to be single. This post isn’t meant to insult or give instruction on how to handle your personal life, it’s meant to give perspective on my personal thoughts. Maybe you’ll agree with me, maybe you won’t. That’s okay. But maybe, regardless of your beliefs, you’ll see this as inspiration for a lovely life. Because living the life you want to live is the most important part of living.

xoxo,

Kayla

Kayla Schimmer is young college woman who likes her coffee to reflect her personality: sweet, a little bitter, and fully caffeinated. Some of her hobbies include blogging, bowling, and binge-watching Netflix. You can check out her blog (Sassy, Sweet & Single) at sassysweetsingle.wordpress.com. She can also be found on Twitter @realschimshady_ and Instagram @kaylamsch and wouldn’t mind some new followers. She’s a people person! 

 

The INSPIRE Series

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Something new is brewing here at Lovely Dusk! I am very excited to announce a new article series called INSPIRE.

Through this past year I have felt a lack of inspiration. I have been going day – to – day feeling like there should be something more to life. Since then, I have started praying daily (or as often as I remember). During one of my prayer sessions, I felt the need to bring an inspirational and unique view to Lovely Dusk. Thus, the INSPIRE series was born.

The INSPIRE series will include articles from me and featured writers. Posts will range from humorous narratives to how-to columns. The goal is to embolden others to dream bigger, laugh often and life a life of inspiration.

Subscribe now to get the articles hot off the press.

Let’s get INSPIRED people.

xx,

Rebecca

 

Editors Note: If you’d like to be considered as a featured writer, please fill out the contact form

 

Trend Alert: Embroidery

Hi y’all!

I’m finally back from my trip to Europe. Beautiful sights, new friendships and amazing food made it a trip of a lifetime. Keep an eye out for a few posts about Ireland, Wales and England.

Right now let’s talk about a new trend that’s showing up everywhere; embroidery.

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Embroidered shirts are the new hot fashion statement of summer 2017. Cute button ups like this one can be found here, here or the exact one here.

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This style is perfect for those hot summer days when you need an extra edge to your outfit. Dress it up with a simple skirt or down with your favorite pair of blue jeans. Make it your own.

IMG_3571.JPGIf you want to see more photos, head on over to my Instagram here.

Do you have any questions or suggestions for future posts? Comment below or send me an email.

 

xox,

Rebecca