A PIPn Movement

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Ahhhhhhhhh! Enough is enough, already!

Over the past few months I’ve slowly watched my newsfeed evolve from announcements of babies and engagements and weddings to, instead, posts that are negative, unsupportive and, in some cases, just nasty. And I’m done with it. I’ve never contemplated removing myself from social media as much as I have in the past week.

I’ve watched articles and personal posts pop up on my timeline and have cried tears of both fear and compassion. Fear for the future of this world that my friends and family will grow in. Compassion for the people who have been affected by recent events and compassion for those who share my fears.

Many of us will never know the pain and anguish and fear that others are feeling right now, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t imagine what it would be like to be in their shoes. That doesn’t stop us from helping them to bear the weight of their troubles to show them compassion and kindness. Why is it that in time when we are all so connected to current events and “connected” to other people should anyone in this world feel so alone or afraid? They shouldn’t.

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So, today, I’m putting my foot down and asking for you to help create a movement of kindness, compassion and humanity. Branching out to others with actions of love and hope.

A movement of action. A movement of PIP (positively impacting people). A movement of kindness. A movement of compassion. A movement of happiness.

A PIP for a PIP, if you will.

Starting today, anyone who uses the #PIPnAllOvertheWorld between now and next Monday will receive a PIP straight from the Palace. Post a picture of your PIP or any act of kindness or send your story to me in an email to amber@weareneatbeat.com. No PIP is too big or too small to share. Please, I’m begging you to fill my inbox and newsfeed with fun, light-hearted, kind, positive stories and messages!

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It’s easy for us to sit back and keep quiet about what’s going on, but that’s not what we were born to do. We are shakers and we are movers and we have a voice. A voice that matters. A voice that can stand up to all of the negativity and influence kindness in world where it is easier to throw shade. It is going to take like-minded people, like us, who pump love into this city and this world to push out all of hate.

Share this movement on your page. Share it with your friends, your family, your co-workers or the cashier at Kroger.

Cheers!

 

 

Caution: Approaching Burnout

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We’ve all been there.

You start this new great daily routine, you show up every single day, your grind through the weeks, everything is honky-dory and then, without notice, you hit the great wall of a burnout. You slack on your daily routine, you can’t focus on your work, you feel like you’re endlessly grinding away at menial tasks and you end up having a meltdown because you couldn’t get your messy bun to look “cute messy” today.

The truth is, burnouts are more obvious than we give them credit. If we pay close attention to our emotions and our ambitions, we can tell when one is right around the corner. And, with any luck, head it off before you ugly cry in public… or book a trip to Mexico, 5 days before your flight leaves….

Before you start to experience any of the symptoms of an approaching burnout (you know, hitting the snooze button 8 times every morning, showing up late, spacing out in conversations, lack of focus, lack of enthusiasm, etc. etc.) try a few of these ideas….

Change up your routine: Add in meditation or morning rituals, change the time that you do them (sometimes I like to get ready and then sit down to do my morning rituals…other times I like them to be the first thing I do in the morning). Find a new flavor for your coffee. Or a new go-to meal for breakfast. Instead of working out in the morning try working out in the evening. Find a new route to walk your dogs. Or a new route to take to work. Yea, maybe that means you have to get out of bed a few minutes earlier than normal, but it will help kick your day off the right way.

Ask for new projects at work: If you’re feeling like you’re just grinding away at silly tasks all day, ask your supervisor if there’s a project that you can help with or take off of their plate. Having a new purpose and something different to work on is a refreshing challenge.

Write down your goals: But keep them short term. What do you want to accomplish this week? This month? The next three months? What are some things that you want to see changed in your life, in the near future? Give yourself something to look forward to and something to focus your efforts towards. That way, when you wake up thinking “the grind doesn’t even matter” you can remind yourself that it does and that you’re working towards a much bigger picture!

Hit the pause button: Every few weeks or months, you need to step back and breathe. For some of us, that means packing a bag and heading out of town for a week. But it doesn’t always have to be that extreme. My favorite way to “pause” is by spending a day or a weekend at my parents house. It’s a gentle reminder for us to slow down and breaks up the monotony of our day to day.

Consult your person: Sometimes you need a gut check or just to get the feeling of the oncoming burnout off of your chest. Talk to your person, let them tell you if you’re being crazy or if it’s okay that you feel like you’re losing your mind. Let them console you. Let them give you advice. And if you pack a bag and head out of town, let them ride shot gun. It’s easier to get through a burnout when you have someone next to you who is supporting you and encouraging you to be resilient and push through what seems like a hard time.

Unplug: Set aside time each day to close your laptop, power down your phone and just be in the present. Soak up the moments with the people around you and enjoy the right now.

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Burnouts are almost inevitable. But they don’t have to last forever. And they don’t have to end in a flurry of tears.

If you leverage your burnout correctly, you can use the momentum to launch you into a new source of motivation and see your grind in a whole new light.

Cheers!

 

 

Choose Sunshine

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Each day, when we wake up, we’re faced with a load of decisions to make.

Can I hit snooze one more time and still have time to do my make up?

What outfit am I going to wear to work?

Is it okay to use dry shampoo four days in a row?

Heels or flats? Heels or flats? Flats.

Should I use my cheat meal today or tomorrow? But there’s donuts today….

Of all the choices and decisions that we’re faced with, the most important ones start with ourselves.

Are you happy?

Are you gracious?

Are you thankful?

Are you forgiving?

Are you motivated?

Are you flourishing?

Are you surrounding yourself with people who support you, laugh with you, who show you grace, who take care of you and who genuinely love the crap out of you?

Are you choosing to be yourself?

I made a post on Sunday, that read something like:

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That’s some real stuff right there. If each morning we’re waking up and we’re not choosing to be ourselves and live our lives then what we we doing to our happiness? If we’re constantly worried about the grass on the other side of the fence then how can we focus on watering our own? If we’re stuck in this endless tunnel of “oh em gee, I really hate my job and I don’t want to go to work today” then how do we expect to be motivated? Or if we’re constantly looking back at what so-and-so did to us a month ago, then how do we expect to be forgiving and show grace to others?

If you find yourself waking up choosing to be anything less that your perfectly made self or choosing to throw shade over sunshine, then isn’t it time for us to take a look at in the mirror and whip ourselves into shape?

Happiness is an inside job.

We have to wake up each morning with the conscious decision to choose happiness and to choose ourselves.

Confession: At least once a week, during my morning rituals I write:

ITF: Getting to be me and having this life.

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Why? Because I’m the only person in this world who has my group of friends that stand by me regardless if there’s sunshine or clouds. I’m the only person in this world who gets to share so much laughter, adventures and feel love from my boyfriend. I’m the only person in the world who has my job and my relationship with the people that I’ve met throughout my career. I get to have the most supportive and funny and loving family. I get to wake up every day and bust my butt at the gym and see all my hard work pay off. I get to laugh until I cry, almost every day. I have people who genuinely care about me. A place that is mine. Puppies. And a thousand other reasons and experiences that make being me ah-may-zing.

Confession #2: Sometimes I struggle with this. Some days I wake up feeling stuck or like I’m not moving forward. Or I’m not motivating myself (because that’s an inside job, too). And when this happens (disclaimer: I believe in God but I don’t expect you to, if that’s your choice, but hopefully you do trust in the Universe or some supreme super-power-like thing) I have to calmly remind myself that there is a bigger plan and that God is working on my heart and the intentions that fill my soul. And I count on Him to help me through the days when I’m not super happy or gracious or forgiving or motivated.

Ask yourself out loud: Am I choosing to be me? Am I choosing happiness? Am I choosing to be thankful?

I hope that your answer to each of those was a firm yes. Because when you choose yourself and you realize that you are enough and you have been given every tool and power to make you a happy and successful human, that’s when the sunshine will be most apparent in your life.

If you answer was no, don’t give up. Know that the Universe is working for you and there’s a plan for each of us. We were brought here to flourish and be happy. Meditate. Write your thoughts in a notebook. Wake up tomorrow and choose yourself. And choose to see the sunshine amidst what might feel like a storm. Most importantly, don’t give up on yourself. There’s always sunshine, if that’s what you choose to see.

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Cheers!

My Cozy Bubble

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I love living in my bubble. My nice little cozy bubble that’s full of routines and puppies and coffee and smiles and sunshine, it’s my place and it’s where I’m comfortable. I know, I know. Nothing good every comes from our comfort zones (or my bubble).

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So you should know, more often than not, life likes to barge in like a big bossy troll, burst my bubble and fill it with difficult decisions, people and conversations. And initially, this really annoys me and makes me want to throw my hands in the air and give up. That’s about the time my inner warrior peeks out from the edges of my tattered bubble and quietly whispers “Not yet, you were given this for a reason, let’s figure it out.”

As I find myself trudging through some of the toughest weeks that I’ve had in a long time (mentally, physically and professionally) I can’t help but also find myself quietly thankful for having these challenges in my life and finding the motivation to overcome them and fight on. Because, when our lives are flipped upside down and we’re left to reorganize the mess that is left for us, that’s when we, as humans, begin to stretch and grow and learn and see a multitude of prisms that we never knew existed.

When we find our selves learning to deal with someone who we find difficult, our hearts start to grow. We learn to dive into these personalities and look for pearls that we can love on. We begin to appreciate new ideas and perspectives, that once rocked the ground we so firmly try to stand on. We become aware of the perception of others, our tone of voice, our body language and we find the holes in our own game that these people help us learn to fill. Yea, maybe you’ll feel like you’re hugging a cactus some days, but by learning to open our hearts and diversifying our minds and our “corners” helps groom us to be more loving and empathetic humans.

There’s times when we feel buried by the weight that some decisions carry with them. And this is where we have the chance to learn about ourselves. When faced with situations that aren’t ideal or involve a tough decision we start breaking down who we are, piece by piece, to find our way out or identify the answers to our questions. We make lists of pros and cons, we meditate, we pray, we cry, we consult our closest family and friends and after all of the information is on the table, we turn and consult our instincts. It’s here where we learn what our non-negotiables are (read: Essentialism), what fuels our fires and what keeps us awake at night and we learn what we’re willing to sacrifice.

And out of the fires that burned the precious bubble to the ground comes growth; a person who has a better understanding of themselves and the humans in their life. Someone who is confident in their ability to make decisions, take leaps and bounds of faith and know that there will always be a soft place to land. We’re handed hard times so that we can become who we’re supposed to be, so that we know what it’s like to fall on our faces and learn to stand back up, so we can kind and accepting hearts.

When we search our souls and we uncover what’s important to us and we heed the advice of cacti, I mean people, around us, we can stand in front of a very raw image of our self and our lives. We can pick up the pieces and press forward with our choices and our growth and rebuild our bubbles.

So, if you’re going through some stuff, remember we’re given these situations so that our inner warriors can come out on the other side, all bright an shiny (I imagine Hercules, the Disney version, when he saves Meg, arises from the river of death and turns into a God. To each their own). If you know someone who is having a hard time, write them a note, let them know that you’re proud of them and you support their choices, let them know you’re praying for them and that things will work exactly as they should.

I’m Thankful for My Momma

I’m Thankful for My Momma

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I might be the only person in the city of Louisville writing a blog during Derby week that isn’t about Derby. But, that’s because a much more important (to me) holiday falls on the Sunday after the ponies run… Mother’s Day.

And I’m sure you’ve all ready 26 different blogs about “reasons why my mom is thebomb.com” and I can’t promise you that this one is much different. But please hang tight and let me tell you just why I am thankful for my momma (and hopefully you can relate).

She taught me to show up

You know who doesn’t have enough hours in the day? A momma of 4 kids, with at least two of them playing sports all the time, who works 2 jobs and still manages to be a killer wife, sister, friend and aunt. Making the time and showing up can be the hardest things to do. But, she showed me that it’s possible. Even if you catch the last 15 minutes of the game or you can only be present for a few minutes. She always managed to show up when and where she was needed, for the people and the things that meant the most to her.

She embarrassed the crap out of me

And showed me it’s okay to laugh at yourself and not to take life too seriously. 13 year old me wanted to stick her head in a bush anytime she did something silly in public or in front of my friends. But now, I find myself doing those same things… just for the purpose of keeping myself sane or making my friends laugh. She found the humor in little things, made terrible jokes and never apologized for being herself.

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When I was a kid, she pushed me outside (mostly so I wouldn’t drag dirt in her house) and made me explore and be creative and play and learn and defend myself against my older siblings, teachers and coaches. She taught me to stand my own ground and not to back down when I believe in something.

When I decided I wanted to be a grown up, she supported me, but she never held my hand. Countless times over the past few years I’ve called her in tears asking “who in the heck let me be an adult??” or “what should I do?? I need you to tell me what to do.” or asking questions like “what’s an HOA?? do I have to pay that?” and she would calmly remind me that “You made the decision to be an adult and I can’t tell you what to do, you have to make this decision on your own, but whatever you decide to do, just know it’ll be alright.” She always has my back, even when I’m about to do something stupid, but she never makes choices for me and most certainly doesn’t put in the work for me.

She didn’t put me up for adoption during my teenage years

Bless my momma’s sweet, patient, loving heart for having to deal with my sassy little self from the ages of 13-18 because I was a terror. Instead of shipping me off to some third world country or my grandma’s house, she did her best to show me patience and kindness and love…even when I was the most unlovable.

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*See “she didn’t put me up for adoption during my teenage years”

But she didn’t just show this love to me. She showed it to my three siblings, my dad, her siblings, her parents and her friends. She set an example of how to be love and receive love, how to patient (even if you’re just constantly working on the act of being) and how to stay true to your people. She showed us that even when someone might make you want to pull your hair out, if you just take a few breaths, dig deep and remind yourself why you love them and why they’re important to you, you’ll find the patience and the love in your heart again. She comforted us in our sorrows and helped us to celebrate our victories (big or small).

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And she made herself irreplaceable. There’s no one in the world who can calm me like my momma, call me out like she does or laugh with me like she does. Happy Mother’s Day to the lady who taught me how to be a lady, be a good friend and sister, to stand my ground, laugh at myself, be optimistic, and keep it together even when I want to go off the deep end. Thank you for always supporting my absolutely ridiculous dreams and ideas and loving my furbabes and pushing me to be a better person.

WE WANNA KNOW… WHY ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR YOUR MOMMA?

Leave a note in the comments below or tag us in your post on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a FREE Blowout and Neatbeat experience for yourself and your momma!

 

Spring Cleaning

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Ahh, the trees are blooming, everything is turning green and it’s the perfect time for us to hit the rest button on our lives…figuratively and literally. One of the most common things that everyone wants to do as the warm change of the weather graces our lives is Spring Clean! But does that mean you just clean out your closest? Get rid of those cobwebs behind your fridge? Nah. This is the perfect time to deep clean your life and set yourself up to bloom!

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Clean Out Your Closet

I have a real hard time letting go of clothes…especially if they have a special memory. My favorite rule to follow is “Have I wore this or THOUGHT about wearing it in the past year?” If the answer is “no” then it goes in a pile to donate. Yea, that was the shirt that I wore on the 4th of July when we went to a concert on the Waterfront and had the BEST time ever, but I haven’t wore it since then because it has a hole in it and it shrunk… the shirt needs to go, the memories don’t have to.

Our favorite drop-off places to donate:

South East Christian Church

The Center for Women and Families

Clean Up Your Contact List

Sit down, this might take a while.

Open up your contact list and clear out those old numbers! Bad dates, ex-boyfriends, acquaintances that you met once but never followed through with “coffee”…clear them out to make more room for the people that really matter!

While you’re there…reach out to that friend that you keep meaning to make plans with, call your relative that you’ve not seen since Christmas, message that person that helped you through some stuff a few months back… start making connections that can help you thrive!

Unfollow and Unfriend

Facebook. Snapchat. Instagram. Get rid of the people who aren’t serving you. That person that you talked to once in high school and constantly posts negative messages or complains on their page, let gooooo of them!

We’re all SO active on social media, so what sense does it make to let our news feed be filled with posts that bring us down or don’t serve us? It’s your news feed! Get rid of the people who “annoy” you and keep the ones who fill your news feed with things like puppies and yummy recipes and love and inspiration!

Clean Up Your Diet

Okay, so we alllll made a resolution on January 1st that we would only eat pizza once a month and get help with our addiction to donuts (oh, everyone didn’t do that, that was just me?? hmm…). But for whatever reason, we never really stuck to those “resolutions”. Stop putting it off! Clean up your diet today, make a promise to yourself to eat healthy(ier) throughout the week so that on the weekends you can enjoy a date night or drinks with your friends and feel less guilty. You’ll thank yourself for this when the pools open in a few short weeks :)

Get Your Act Together

April Showers bring out my sassy pants and all I wanna do all day is whine and sleep. I’ll admit- I’ve slacked on my morning rituals and haven’t been diligent about my reading or self-development. And that’s not doing me or anyone around me any good. So, if you too have found yourself in the quarter year rut, it’s time to get yourself out.

Reorganize and prioritize your time so that your focus is on those things that fill your cup so that you can serve others with the overflow. Write new goals for the next part of the year so that you have something to drive you through the Summer. Turn your face to the sun and remember all of the good things that you have.

By ridding ourselves of clutter and shedding our winter coats we’re ultimately setting ourselves up to bloom as Spring and Summer enter our lives. This is THE PERFECT time to reorganize not just your closet and your home, but your life and your mentality. When you feel less cluttered at home and in your mind, you can truly focus on the things that will boost you to the top!

Get Out This Weekend

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Spring has sprung and our city is coming alive!! One of the great things about living in the city of Louisville is there are so many local, fun events and venues to visit almost every weekend! Here are a few of our favorites…

Douglass Loop Farmers Market: Located in the Highlands, Douglass Loop Farmers Market is the best place to go to grab locally grown produce and handcrafted goodies! This place is packed with vendors offering authentic products with a Louisville flair. You’ll find everything from fruits and vegetables to honey to locally brewed beers and yummy ice creams! They’re there every Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm! 

The Flea Off Market: This is one of our favorite places to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon or relax on Sunday. You’ll enjoy tons of local foods, beers and treats while you hunt for treasures and some killer deals! The Flea is within walking distance of some great bars and restaurants in NULU, too! Visit them this weekend or checkout their Facebook page for their Spring schedule!

NULU: Best known for it’s specialty shops, antique stores, art galleries and a variety of local restaurants and bars, NULU is one of our favorite places to visit! Whether we’re sipping coffee and enjoying chocolate chip cookies at Please and Thank You or laughing over cocktails and pizza at Garage Bar, there’s always a great time to be had in NULU. Their website includes a full list of shops and restaurants…most of which include the perfect outside seating area :)

The Goat: Okay, so not only does this place have a KILLER drink and food menu, but they also have a calendar of super fun events! This is one of our favorite places to sit outside and sip some yummy cocktails while listening to live music. The Goat also hosts a sand volleyball league for those of you who have a more competitive side. This is definitely a place that you’ll wanna check out…you won’t be disappointed!

Parks: Our city is packed full of beautiful parks to enjoy! Whether you’re looking for a quite place to read a book and practice yoga, if you want a fun place to run or walk your dogs or if you’re just looking to enjoy some nature there’s the perfect park for you. Click the link above for more information on all the parks in Louisville and to find one near you!

Trolley Hop: Sponsored by Republic Bank on the first Friday of each month local shops, restaurants and galleries are open extended hours offering specials on bites and refreshments. This is a great way to explore downtown on the ZeroBus, free of charge! Hop on the bus for a ride around and enjoy more than 50 unique local vendors!

Waterfront Wednesday: The Louisville Waterfront Park is the perfect place to visit and enjoy free, local, live music! Check out the link above for information on who’s playing and when they’ll be there!

 

Palace Rock Stars

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We are SO excited to announce that 3 of our Brigaders will be receiving promotions for having completed all Continuing Education that Neatbeat requires and successfully hitting their benchmarks for the past year!

With this promotion, these gals will be experiencing a price increase effective, April 1st (and after Jude’s arrival for Alexa).

Our groupies are our top priority and we appreciate you supporting our brigade! However, should you find that the prices of your favorite artists no longer fit into your budget, please let us know! We will be happy to help refer you to another Neatbeat artist- they’re all rock stars in our eyes!

We are so proud of their accomplishments and thank YOU for always supporting us- we couldn’t be successful without the love from our amazing groupies!

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Dani has been slaaaying some hair this year and has been killin’ the education scene! Some of her major education accomplisments include Vidal Sassoon ABC Advanced Cut Training with Travis Smith, Advanced Men’s and Short Women’s Cutting with Jay White, Pureform with Jacqueline Stack, Forum and Function Men’s Cut Training, Aveda Color with Karen Whitty and with Aaron Horsewood.

Women’s Cut $42
Men’s Cut $ 27
Cut 8 & Under $ 21
Cut 9-13 $ 30
Color $ 83
Color Retouch $ 63
Color retouch/Full $ 182
Color retouch partial $ 145
Full Highlight $ 106
Partial Highlight $ 83
Full Ombre $ 130
Partial Ombre $ 106

Terri

This girl has reached each of her benchmarks set by Aveda and has some killer education under her belt. That includes Advanced Men’s and Short Women’s Cutting with Jay White, she’s now a certified Beauty Coach by Nikki Lee and Riawna Capri and Terri participated in the 2016 NAHA Photoshoot.

Women’s Cut $60
Men’s Cut $34
Cut 8 & Under $23
Cut 9-13 $25
Color $98
Color Retouch $77
Color retouch/Full $202
Color retouch partial $175
Full Highlight $125
Partial Highlight $98
Full Ombre $149
Partial Ombre $122

Alexa

Okay, we couldn’t be more proud of Alexa and all of her hard work and dedication behind the chair! She has worked her tail off for the past two years and has met and exceeded the benchmark goals set by Aveda. We can’t think of a person more deserving of this recognition! She has also completed My Aveda Product Knowledge, Systems and Solution for color, Customize Color with Regina and Advanced Men’s and Short Women’s Cutting with Jay White to help further her education with technical skills.

Women’s Cut $35
Men’s Cut $23
Cut 8 & Under $18
Cut 9-13 $25
Color $70
Color Retouch $53
Color retouch/Full $146
Color retouch partial $123
Full Highlight $93
Partial Highlight $70
Full Ombre $117
Partial Ombre $93

Attitude of Gratitude (that might sound cheesy, but I don’t care)

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By a show of hands, how many of us have ever caught ourselves alone with our thoughts, whether it’s when you’re driving to work, enjoying coffee on the porch, walking your dogs on a gorgeous day or standing in your kitchen cooking dinner, and you’ve become so overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for everything in your life that you get a little emotional about it (okay, so maybe you cry about it)?

Good, and just so you know, I raised my hand, too.

Of all of the Brigaders, I’m definitely not the first to start crying in the group. But, every once in a while I’ll find myself counting my blessings, in the middle of beautiful day or a not-so-perfect day, and I can’t control the overwhelming emotions when I think of all the #goodgood that I have been given in this life.

Why?

I still remember all of the time that I spent praying and I never want to take the relationships or my talents or the opportunities I have in my life for granted or not give appropriate credit and gratitude to everything that fills my cup. Which, can be easy to do, without realizing that you’re even doing it.

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The act of being #grateful helps keep me focused and keeps my heart in check. It helps me to appreciate people in my life even more and realize everything that they bring to the table. It encourages me to use the talents and resources I have to be successful. And it reminds me that at the end of the day, I have the necessities that I need to have a really good life; amazing friends and family, a safe places to call home, food in my fridge and clothes in my closet.

So, each day, I make it a point to practice being grateful, because it’s something I think you have to work on each and every day.

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If you come into my house on a normal day, there’s a good chance your gonna see a hot pink flamingo notebook sitting in my kitchen, where every morning I drink my coffee and write down things that I’m thankful for. I’m sure you’ve heard Heather Yurko talk about this a million times, but I promise you it works and it makes such a huge difference in how the rest of your day goes!

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Sometimes I write down things that have happened, different people and relationships, sometimes I’m thankful for things that I’m working on or that I want to happen in the future and other times I write down conversations that I’ve had or advice that people have given me that I want to remember. Regardless if it’s one thing or ten, the act of physically writing what I’m thankful for helps keep the rest of the day in perspective.

Did you get stuck in terrible traffic on the way to work this morning? Oh, that’s okay, because you get to go home to a super fluffy, funny puppy who just loves you so much!

Love Notes

This is my favvvve-orite! First of all, snail mail is so underrated these days. I absolutely love when people send me mail! And even more, I love sending snail mail!

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I always keep blank cards and stamps at home. That way, whenever I feel the need to, I can write up a little love note and send it to someone special! Now, these love notes aren’t always to say “THANKS FOR DOING SOMETHING FOR ME!” but sometimes it’s to say “You’re such a good friend” or “Hey, I know you’re going through some stuff but I really love you and think you’re awesome” or “Hi, thank you for inspiring me by cultivating a killer lifestyle”.

You never know what these love notes might mean to someone. For example, a faraway friend received a diagnosis with a terrible disease that she would have to manage for the rest of her life. Rather than sending her a text or an email, I wrote her a note letting her know that she inspires every day as I watch her overcome adversity and continue being a boss, running her own business. After receiving my note, she emailed me the next day and said “Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to let me know how much I’ve inspired you. I don’t know that anyone has ever done that for me! I’m going to frame your letter and put it in my office as a reminder that everything I do is inspiring someone else whether I see it first hand or not. Thank you!”

I might have cried a little when I got her response….

Remembering to Say Thank You (and giving real hugs)

Okay, so that sounds super easy and you’re probably like “well, duh, you’re supposed to do that anyway…”

But how often do we accidentally forget to thank people for something that they’ve done for us? Whether it’s thanking your best friend for reminding you what true loyalty is or your co-worker for making you laugh so hard you cried or your boss for taking time to talk one on one with you and give you some really good feedback or your momma for reminding you to use your Kroger points before the end of the month…all things that sometimes we forget to tell people we’re really thankful for.

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And real hugs. Okay, so for a really long time, I wasn’t a hugger; hugs were weird, uncomfortable and had the potential to be super awkward. That was until, I can’t remember exactly what had happened that day but it was  really hard day for me, and one of my friends (not a super close friend either, just someone the I’d chat with at the gym, when we saw each other) came up to me that day and wrapped me up in the biggest most sincere hug and told me she was sorry for whatever was going on with my day. I turned into a puddle. A little, baby puddle of tears. Who knew that a big two armed hug held so much power.

Now, it’s nothing for me to run up to a friend or someone I hadn’t seen in forever or even someone that I meeting for the first time and give them a huge hug. Just because I want them to know how happy I am to see them and have the time to spend with them!

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Because at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what things we have, how much money is in our bank account or what title we have at our job. What matters are the people we roll, the company we keep and relationships that we nurture.

Try adding some of these practices to your life. I promise, you won’t be disappointed :)

 

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Think of last time that someone gave you a compliment; I mean like a real sincere compliment, whether it was about your hair, your outfit or telling you what a great job you did on a certain project.

Remember how that made you feel?

Think of the last time someone did something nice for you, when maybe they didn’t have to. Did they hold a door open for you when it was raining? Pay for your coffee? Surprise you with a FaceTime date when you had a rough day or while you’re out of town? Leave you a hand written note wishing you the #BestDayEver?

Remember how that made you feel?

Now, think of the last time that someone told you how thankful they were for you, how grateful they were to have you in their corner or how much they appreciate your help or your willingness to be their person or their sounding board.

Remember how that made you feel?

Those feelings that you just felt, all over again, even after the moment has passed, that’s the reason that we love PIP and the reason that we choose to live this lifestyle every day. PIPn impacts and affects people long after the moment has passed or the day is over.

The feelings a person has when they’ve been PIPd never go away.

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As avid PIPers we make it a point to spread love and goodness as thick as we would spread Nutella, because we realize what a difference it can make in someone’s day, week, month or year. And the great thing about PIPn?

PIPn doesn’t cost you a single thing.

Let me elaborate.

Okay, yea, so you decided to pay for the person behind you at the drive through and they ordered 4 Trinta Double Whip Latte’s with an Extra Shot…but did you look through your rearview mirror and catch them frantically waving “thank you” and smiling from ear to ear?

You had to pay for the postage when you sent a card to someone in the mail…but remember that huge, good, two-armed hug they wrapped you in the next time they saw you because that little card made their not-so-awesome day a bazillion times better?

You held the door open for the person walking behind you when it was raining and you got stuck outside a little bit…but remember the smile and most sincere “thank you” they gave you?

PIPn pays YOU. Because just as awesome as it feels to be PIPd, it feels even more amazing, rejuvenating and rewarding when you do the PIPn.

That’s why we choose to spread love through PIP. Every day. Every month. Every year. It’s a lifestyle.

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One of my most favorite quotes from one of the nicest, funniest gals on TV, Ellen DeGeneres,

“I have to say, it’s a little strange to actually get an award for being nice and generous and kind which is what we’re all supposed to do with one another. That’s the point of being a human.”

We wanna know how YOU #PIP! Spread some PIPn goodness this month and snap a picture of it or yourself, tag us in your pic on Instagram so we can share and re-post your story. Anyone who shares their #PIP story with us by February 29th will be entered to win some fun products and Neatbeat swag!