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Girl Talk Tuesday Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous
What I learned this month August 2018 Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

GTT: What I Learned This Month: August

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Last month I rounded up July with this post, sharing the three things I learned that month.  Y’all seemed to really enjoy it, so I decided to wrap up August with a similar style post.  I had originally schedule to post this, but NYFW and all that madness happened which is why it’s so delayed.

I’m in such an interesting season of life right now.  I’m watching MacKenlee learn something new every day and, in turn, learning new things right along with her.  This past month with her as been a bit of a turning point for us.  Up until she was six months old, she required a lot.  Like so much attention and eyes had to be on her every moment she was awake.  That hasn’t changed dramatically, but what has changed is she is now at the age where she is entertaining herself for short spurts of time.  This bouncer keeps her occupied with all the fun lights and sounds.  This walker has been a favorite of hers the past couple weeks and she’s walking herself all over the house.  It makes my heart ache seeing how fast she’s growing and changing.

The need to rest is real.

If you caught this Girl Talk Tuesday post then you know I challenged myself and my Gorgeous Girls to make time daily to rest.  We live in such a busy world that it’s become hard for us to unplug.  When was the last time you were alone with your spouse or your thoughts with zero technology?

One of my favorite ways to rest is to get lost in a great book.  If you haven’t already, think about joining our Hello Gorgeous Book Club on Facebook.  We just wrapped our August book, “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin and for September, we’re reading Rachel Hollis’s, “Girl Wash Your Face.”  We have a fun community of women where we can all connect and chat about our common lover for reading.

Never stop learning.

Every spare moment I have, I spend feeding my soul.  I try to find time daily to listen to podcasts or non-fiction books.  Read this older post for some of my podcast suggestions.  Recently, I’ve really been enjoying Steven Furtick’s sermons.

My skin will not take care of itself.

I’ve listened to my mom talk about the importance of skincare my whole life.  Mawmaw always warned me to stay out of the sun and especially out of those derned sun beds (tanning beds)…  But I didn’t listen.  I worked at a tanning salon throughout high school and college and I was nicknamed, “Malibu Barbie” for my tan.  So. DUMB.  Why do we think we’re invincible when we’re young?  I never believed that what I did to my skin then would affect my skin now… WRONG.

Now, I’m spending my 30’s trying to undo all that dang sun damage.  I’ve been testing out some new products, brands and a new routine and y’all…  My skin is soaking up all the TLC.  It’s amazing the difference I’m seeing in my skin, especially my décolleté.  I’ve challenged myself to do this new routine for 30 consecutive days.  If I continue to see great results, then I plan to film a video.

What did you learn the past month?  I love learning things through you too!

PS- watch my review of my Gucci belt in this YouTube video.



GTT: 7 Goals To Live A Better Life

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First off, the most important question of all…  Do you love, or do you LOVE, my Pretty Woman dress?  If you don’t know what I mean by Pretty Woman dress, what the what?!

Okay, on to the real life stuff.  The stuff Girl Talk Tuesdays are all about.  We’re into a new(er) month, and almost into a new season, so it’s a great time to make some new goals.  Hopefully, these goals we set will turn into {purposeful} habits.

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep.  Some of you may read this and think, duh.  Others may read it and think you could only dream of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  I’ve been in both boats…  Currently, I’m in the latter and I need to make some changes.  MacKenlee has been going through this amazing sleep regression which means shorter naps and night wakings…  The days either/both of those occur, I can barely get anything done.  My remedy?  An earlier bedtime.  Starting tonight, my 12:00 bedtime is getting moved up.  7am rolls around really fast, so I’m challenging myself to be in bed by at least 11pm this month.
  2. Drink more water.  I’m actually pretty good about drinking water, but I definitely have days I forget to stay on top of it.  You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces daily for so many reasons.
  3. Read my Bible daily.  Baby girl wakes up at 7am every morning, so I want to get in my quiet time before she wakes up…  Which is another reason why #1 is so important.  My days and attitude are so much better on the days I begin with devotions.  A positive start to the day = a positive flow throughout the day.
  4. Drink a cup of green tea daily.  Around 5pm, I’m ready for a second cup of coffee.  Most days I don’t give into the craving, but the craving is almost always there.  Instead, I’m making myself a cup of green tea.  There are so many benefits to adding tea to your day, just google it!
  5. Cut down on the carbs.  If you recall, I did the keto diet back in May, and I saw quick results.  I was able to keep off the weight, but I realized last week that my diet is almost entirely carbs and protein lately, which is terrible.  So more fruits and veggies are on the menu for this girl.  Tonight, I chose two veggies for sides instead of our usual one veggie and one carb combo.
  6. Read two non-fiction books a month.  I love reading, or rather listening, to audiobooks.  I have a list of non-fiction books I want to read and I’m setting a goal of two books (minimum) per month.
  7. Stop comparing.  It’s easy to slip into the comparison trap.  You can be scrolling through Instagram and then end up down a rabbit hole of of photos and accounts that make you think your life is miserable in comparison.  It’s oh-so-easy to get down on yourself after seeing or hearing someone else’s good news…  But you have to remember, social media (and a lot of conversations too!) are just highlight reels.  Chances are, they have problems just as big as yours.

Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.



DressStorets {c/o}  |  HeelsCharles David  |  BraceletKendra Scott {c/o}

GTT: How To Rest In A Busy Season

GTT: How To Rest In The Busy Season

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Dress: Who What Wear Wedges: Steve Madden  |  Earrings: Kendra Scott {c/o}  |  Lipstick: NARS “American Woman”

Is it just me, or does life seem to get busier (and crazier) with each passing day?  Most nights, when headed to bed, my mind is still spinning, my to-do list is still long, my inbox is still full…  Everything is still…  So.  Busy.

As I’m writing this post, I’m two days behind my (self induced) writing deadline and sitting at my computer at 10pm wishing for normalcy.  And yet, here I am trying to play catch up on my never ending list of daily/weekly/monthly to-do’s.  I’m not writing these words to complain.  Quite the opposite.  You see, I love writing.  I love opening my laptop and pouring out my words, thoughts and heart into a post for other women to enjoy.  I’m writing this to allow you in on the imperfectness of my life.  I’m calling out, “All aboard the Hot Mess Express!”  If you’re on that same ride with me, then keep reading sister.  I’m about to school myself (and possibly you too) about what life is supposed to look like.

Life isn’t supposed to be lived at 100 MPH.  Time is fleeting.  We will never get back the time we’ve already spent.  My question is, are you stewarding your time wisely?  If your answer is no, girlfriend, you are not alone.  I’m standing right along side of you, scratching my head and trying to understand how it’s already 10pm and where in Hades this day went.  Here’s the problem with me, I know that time management is my issue, and yet here we are.

Are you surviving or thriving?   One of my favorite takeaways from “Magnolia Story” was when Joanna realized that she was merely surviving instead of thriving in her life.  I had the ultimate ah-ha moment when reading those words.  I know I’m currently in survival moment, along with so many other mamas in this world.

So, how do we change this cycle?  Where do we begin?  That’s easy.  We say one of the most universally understood words: no.  If you’re in a crazy season of life like me, then you most likely are over-committed and are under-delivering, right?  Since there is no possible way to add more hours to the day (trust me, I’ve tried) our only option is to minimize our commitments.  If you’re a chronic people-pleaser like I am, this will not be easy.  But nothing worth having ever is easy.  And reclaiming your sanity, time and peace is worth it.

So here’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to take a look at our calendar for the next week and schedule in time for yourself each day.  No exceptions.  We would never back out of time scheduled with someone who was counting on us, but each day we’ll break promises to ourselves, crazy how that works.  The buck stops here.  We need to make ourselves a priority moving forward.  Your time each day is just that, your time.  Schedule whatever it is that you enjoy…  A nap, massage, reading, whatever it is, make it enjoyable.  But do not break your commitment to yourself.  You can’t serve others well if you aren’t well yourself.

Another thing we’re going to start doing?  Making a bedtime.  Oh, and actually sticking to that bedtime.  Lady, you need your precious eight hours.  Whatever you have going on will be there in the morning.

Rest: what is it?  Rest is ceasing work; rest is relaxation.  We can’t give 100% at anything is we’re exhausted.  I can’t be the best mom, wife, entrepreneur that God created me to be if I’m burnt out.

I recently decided to schedule out my days, scheduling specific jobs, tasks and chores for specific days.  Two of my days are rest days.  Just in case you need a reminder like I often do, here’s what the Bible has to say about rest:

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2

Basically, work while it is day, but when night comes it’s time to sleep.  Funny how I chose that scripture for this post, right?  That’s the great things about being open and honest with you, is it gives me an opportunity to examine my own behavior.  I’m able to see the areas of my life that need some help.  That’s why I’m giving myself two rest days a week.  Will I actually rest both days?  No, but I’ll purpose to slow down and enjoy those days instead of packing in the one million items on my to-do list that week.

Self-care is key.  If you’re not caring for your health, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.  The days I take 10 minutes to do yoga are my better days.  I’m caring for my mind, body and spirit when I take time to do something for me.  No one else can care for you, you have to help yourself.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you are going to take the challenge this week with me to schedule time for yourself every day.  Now I’m heading to bed…  But first, pumping and Season 5 of Downton Abbey. 🙂

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