Staying Grounded

Staying Grounded

Grounded: the feeling when everything is in balance and in place. You feel calm and sure. Many things can bump us off our rhythm, and it can be hard to get back in the groove when you just feel off. Some days, my headspace feels totally hyperactive and impulsive, bouncing from one thought to the next without completing the previous thought or task. Then I forgot all about it for a while until it bounces back, and inevitably disappears again. This happens when life feels busy or overwhelming. So often, we are focused on the “hustle,” but I prefer to sink into that steady place in which I feel grounded.

And so, when you feel the world is a little off-kilter, and you need to return to the true you, here are some ways that I remind myself of who I am and why I am here. Hopefully, these might inspire you to find your balance when you are feeling a little floopy (Friends, anyone?):

Put your phone in another room

Sometimes, those funky feelings arise when we are spending too much time on our devices. If you find yourself in one of those patterns where you keep compulsively checking your phone for one reason or another, just put it away. Place it in a drawer, or in a separate room.

Track your phone use

Better yet, download an app like Moment that tracks how long you are spending on your device. I use it, and after being horrified at the amount of time I was looking at my phone, I accepted the truth and have been able to significantly lessen time on my phone, by as much as an hour or more each day.

Read, write, or color

Reading makes you a better person. It just does. It feels good, it makes you smart, it makes you empathetic. Writing can be therapeutic if you need to process an experience. In fact, I journal every night before bed. Drawing in an adult coloring book, too, is incredibly mesmerizing and soothing. (Note: put your phone away while you do any of this.)

Connect with another human

I am introverted, so generally my go-to for restoring my balance is a solo activity like reading or coloring, but if you are extroverted, you might consider spending time (phones away) with a loved one. Grab a coffee, talk it out. Find comfort in a close one.

Get a breath of fresh air

Going for a walk always makes me feel better. Maybe it’s solo or with a friend. Or perhaps for you, it’s a run. Even eat your lunch outside if you are able to. Whatever it is, soak in that fresh air.

How do you stay grounded?

Love, Bee

4 Reasons Wooden Watches are My Must-Have Spring Accessory

4 Reasons Wooden Watches are My Must-Have Spring Accessory

I have crazy spring fever, and I am so ready to switch to my spring wardrobe for good! I have already discovered my latest accessory that I cannot wait to show off: my new JORD wooden watch. Here’s why I love it!

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  1. The Fit

I have never been one for wearing anything on my wrist because I have tiny wrists. I avoid bracelets, and I have never found a watch that feels right for me – until now. I gave JORD my custom size but was still a little nervous about its fit. However, it fits perfectly! It is comfortable and doesn’t bother me on my wrist, as most accessories do. But what particularly sold me is the fact that this watch is wooden.

  1. The Wooden Band

I am all about natural pieces and colors – in accessories, clothes, and my home. My coffee table is wooden. My bar stools, my mirror frames, my floors – all wooden! I love whites, grays, and natural blues and greens. My apartment is filled with plants. It may sound silly, but my JORD wooden watch just fits my aesthetic. It is totally my vibe.

  1. The Sleek, Minimalist Face

I am obsessed with the champagne face of my watch! Champagne is my dream spring and summer shade. It also goes with basically any outfit! My women’s watch is just so pretty, unique, and versatile for spring.

  1. Unique Men’s and Women’s Styles

 Sure, I love my watch. But JORD has so many gorgeous wooden watches! Shop their whole collection of men’s watches and women’s watches and find a variety of styles, aesthetics, and colors, from vintage rose to ivory, emerald to mint, ebony to slate.

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Love these watches as much as I do? You have an opportunity to receive a $100 gift code to use on the JORD watches site! Enter the contest here, and know that everyone who enters will receive a code worth 10% off once the contest is over! (Contest closes 04/08/2018.)

Happy spring accessorizing, y’all!

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Luxury Wooden Watch

4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

Happy March! I am super excited because this month brings spring, and I love spring. With spring comes fresh blooms, sunshine, longer days, and my birthday! Plus, I am a teacher so we are nearing the end of the school year, in which the kids have come so far, and we can celebrate their accomplishments. All runs pretty smoothly this time of year, and the general mood of the world feels joyful.

I am sharing 4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring this month in Nashville. These are things that I do every year, and I want to share them with you! If you live here or if you’re planning a spring trip, I recommend these activities and events:

Cheekwood in Bloom

The most beautiful time to visit Cheekwood, in my opinion, is spring. I love viewing their over 150,000 blooms and soaking in all the bright colors and scents. Plus, they host themed weekends like the Spring Art Hop on March 31, a perfect outing for families. And every Saturday during Cheekwood in Bloom, which runs from March 17 – April 15 this year, the Beer Garden hosts food trucks, live music, seasonal beers, and craft cocktails.

Bunnies at Phillips Toy Mart

Every year, a few weeks before Easter and through the holiday, Phillips Toy Mart brings in a group of floppy-eared bunnies to hop around an adorable (and elaborately designed) pen in the store. When I was young – and for generations before me – rabbits were brought into the old department store McClure’s every spring, and it was such a treat! I love that Phillips has continued this longstanding Nashville tradition, and I continue to go see the bunnies even as an adult.

Afternoon Tea at the Cafe at Thistle Farms

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Cafe at Thistle Farms daily from 1 – 3 pm by reservation, and I think it makes the perfect spring outing. Spend an afternoon sipping seasonal hot or iced tea and munching on savories and sweets. Plus, Thistle Farms empowers and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

Nashville Predators Games

Y’all know I love the Preds, and really any time of the year is fun to go to Predators hockey games, but now is especially important as we are nearing the playoffs! There are amazing games throughout the month, so check them out and go!

Have a lovely March, everyone!

Love, Bee

prep for spring

prep for spring

Guys, I am so excited, because this week, March happens! I don’t know about you, but I have been embracing these warmer temperatures in Nashville. I am fully ready to say goodbye to February and hello to spring.

And so, here are some easy ways to prep for a season switch:


1. Put the winter decor away.

I know, it’s technically still winter. But when it’s March, my mind thinks spring. I have already stored away all snowflake-scented candles and wintry decor. I have floral candles back out and placed fresh blooms on countertops. I finally stripped away the rest of the Christmas lights (yes, I did have some strands still out…just white lights!) Refreshing your home means refreshing your mind.

2. Switch out your closet.

I still have sweaters and coats at the forefront of my closet. But with temperatures rising, I need my warm-weather clothes! I will keep some sweaters out for cold spells, but I am ready for my springy tees and dresses to be back and prominent.

3. Do a deep clean.

Spring cleaning means literally cleaning, guys. I get a little lazier about my home in the wintertime (I blame the weather). I have been cleaning, sure, but lightly. Sometimes just vacuuming but not mopping, for instance. Now is the time to take it up a few notches. I mean clean out all those crevices you normally avoid. Clear away all the dust (this will help with allergies, too). Scrub the tub. Wipe down the refrigerator. Do what you don’t want to do, and then feel awesome that you did it. I personally prefer to take a morning and do it all at once while playing some favorite music to keep me moving, but do what works for you.

4. Declutter and donate.

Whatever you did not wear or use this past winter season, say goodbye. Don’t just store it away, once again, if you aren’t really utilizing it (whatever it may be). Declutter, let go, and breathe a sigh of relief!

5. Refresh your bedding.

I love to have separate winter and summer bedding. It feels so nice to switch out thick blankets or comforters for lighter ones.


Making these changes feels good because it signals to your brain that spring is coming, and spring just makes people happy! Enjoy switching it up, and spread that spring fever!

Love, Bee

published poem

published poem

The anthology is here, and I am so thrilled! I had a poem published in Tennessee’s Best Emerging Poets. The poem in this book is one I actually wrote a few years ago, when I moved back to Nashville, my hometown, after being away for college.

I have been writing poetry since I was very young and was an English and Creative Writing major in college. My thesis was a collection of poems. Throughout my whole life,  I find that I always return to poetry at certain periods. Sometimes I am not reading or writing poetry at all, and then something happens, some event, that inspires me to write again.

Now, I feel so grateful to see my work in print. If you have any interest in poetry, if you are a southerner yourself, or if you simply want to read something that might inspire you or make you think, I would encourage you to get a copy of this lovely little collection. Topics range from life and memories to love and heartbreak to nature and the outdoors. There is something for everyone, and I truly feel you might find something meaningful to relate to in this book.

You can find it here. Read and write on, my friends.

Love, Bee

5 real ways to spread love every day this week

5 real ways to spread love every day this week

My ED by Ellen shoes

This week we have Valentine’s Day, a day both observed and rejected by many. For me, Valentine’s Day has always been about feeling gratitude for the love in my life. Not just romantic love, but all kinds of love. Love for friends, family, pets; love for the ocean, the grass, the sunshine; love for moments in time. I spin this so-called “Hallmark holiday” (although it is actually based on history, and it has a pretty dark origin) into a celebration of all love.

And so, instead of just placing emphasis on cards and chocolates, here are 5 ways to really spread love every day this week:


Monday: Think good thoughts about others.

Wish everyone well who crosses your path. Just in your head, think something like, “I hope something really awesome happens to you today.” It will make you feel more positive and spread good vibes to those around you. What you give is what you get. It was Roald Dahl who said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Tuesday: Write a note.

Write a letter to someone who needs to feel loved. Maybe it is a thank you note (even just a “thank you for being you”) or something you love about them. It might even be a sticky note that you place on a co-worker’s desk with something funny that will make them smile.

Wednesday: Call your parents.

On Valentine’s Day itself, call your parents (and your grandparents if they are around) and tell them you love them and appreciate them.

Thursday: Give flowers to a friend.

I have a friend who gardens, and she often surprises me with a little cup of flowers that she grew. It always brightens my day. Flowers and plants are wonderful mood lifters.

Friday: Do something kind for a stranger.

Buy their coffee. Pick up something they dropped. Smile at them. We know that the tiniest things brighten the days of others, but often we are too absorbed in our own thoughts (or our phones) to pay attention to strangers around us. Notice them.


This week, I encourage you to go about your week by intentionally spreading love through thinking, writing, calling, giving, and doing. Show others that you care. Be aware.

Happy week of love, y’all!



5 ways to get out of your winter funk

5 ways to get out of your winter funk

Around this time of year, I usually get into a funk. I am tired of the short days and the cold. I crave spring, and the longing for it gets stronger every day. If you feel like you are going a little crazy indoors, I am sharing some tips for coping with your winter blues!

1. Move.

You have to get moving. It can be so easy to go straight from work to the couch and Netflix. I know I easily fall into this pattern. However, as soon as you get home from work, change into active gear. Do not check social media yet. Get moving right away to ensure you make it happen! Perhaps you go for a brisk walk or head to the gym. Maybe you do a home workout, like a yoga video on YouTube or something quick like the 7-minute workout. Do something.

2. Considering investing in a sun lamp.

Sun lamps, or light therapy boxes, mimic natural daylight. They create a simulation of sunlight that lifts your energy and your mood. I use one in the morning at work for about 30 minutes, and it always gives me a little boost.

3. Choose Emergen-C over more coffee.

When I am dragging this time of year, my instinct is to drink more caffeine. However, instead of that second or third cup, I find it better and more beneficial to opt for something like Emergen-C, which gives you a boost of vitamins and immunity support.

4. Avoid sugar.

I know this is hard to do, but I find that avoiding sugary treats and snacks, and eating a piece of fruit or some veggies + hummus instead, replenishes me and gives me more energy. Particularly at this time of year, having more sweets just makes me lethargic.

5. Wash your hands + sanitize your phone.

Everyone is sick at this time of year. Wash your hands often, but do not wash your hands and then get on your phone or computer while you eat lunch. Think about all the germs that are stuck on those electronics. I avoid touching my phone while I am eating, and right after work, I give my phone a disinfecting wipe-down. I do this every single day. Not getting sick = feeling better and avoiding the winter funk.

How do you deal with the winter blues? Hope my tips help!

Love, Bee