be your own inspiration

no one has it together

This is the photo you see on social media. This is the edited, selective portion of ourselves we choose to put out there publicly.

no one has it together

This is the reality. The behind the scenes. The dirty dishes—the skeletons in our closet.
Absolutely no one on this earth is perfect and absolutely no one airs all of their dirty laundry, or hidden secrets, or unspoken chapters online. I tell you guys a lot–I open up and allow myself to be vulnerable because my lessons and mistakes and triumphs can help other people. But that in no way means that my everything is online for you.

No one has it together like they appear to on the internet. Everyone has awkward moments and gets embarrassed. The person who posts their vacation photos probably saved for months or years for it. They have bad hair days or they hate their nose. They get in fights with loved ones. They lose their car keys.
Maybe it’s even more than that.  
Maybe they struggle with depression, or anxiety.
Life isn’t all white walls and perfect eyeliner. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone is a work in progress.

Don’t let your happiness or your self worth be determined by other people. If you wait for the approval of others, you are wasting an opportunity to approve of yourself and move forward in life. You don’t need anyone’s permission to live, or grow, or love. Don’t let the world tame your heart. Don’t live like you’re waiting for something.

no one has it together

You don’t need to prove your worth. If someone puts you in a box, that’s their mistake. You’re still capable of doing great things.

Until next time,

Jamie

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my iPhone life || april 2016

my iPhone life || april 2016

Here is what I know about April. It was busy. I had very little down time and I worked A LOT, but I also had a lot of fun. A lot of things changed for the better, I got more involved in church, and I met some quality new people. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Coco gets giddy and childish with excitement whenever I come to see her. I can barely get inside the door before she is trying to climb in my lap.

my iPhone life || april 2016

I played three Sundays at church in April and I am starting to feel pretty comfortable on synth and with the band. I feel very blessed to play with them, and am learning how special a group they are–not just talent wise, but especially in their heart and passion for God.

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I finally pieced my vanity together. I have some ideas about how to improve it. First step is probably to get a bulb for my lamp (anyone else always forget to buy lightbulbs?). Beyond that, my general theme for home decor is nautical so I will eventually head in that direction. Stay tuned.

my iPhone life || april 2016

Band practice.

my iPhone life || april 2016

These gems (AKA stamps) pretty much made my life. I have always been super proud of the McHenry name. It legitimately distressed me as a child that my dad hadn’t had any sons because no one would carry on the name for him.
I think the history of my last name is pretty cool–Fort McHenry is where the flag from “The Star Spangled Banner” was gallantly streaming, after all.

my iPhone life || april 2016

All about that synth life.

my iPhone life || april 2016

This was an epic girls night that turned into me crashing my friend’s husband’s homecoming night. Luckily M and B are two of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life and it was a really good night.

my iPhone life || april 2016

Once again, Cocobutt can’t keep her face off my face when I come to see her.

my iPhone life || april 2016

I learned a lot in April. I grew a lot in April. And I’m excited to keep chasing life.

Until next time,

Jamie

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dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

In April, the owner of the company I work for invited me to a charity event put on by NC CEED called Dancing With the Fayetteville Stars. She had somehow found herself being one of the dancers for the night and as a result our company eagerly filled three tables to support her and her incredibly adventurous spirit, all for a great cause.

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[pre-face and pre-hair hello]

dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

I definitely send the obligatory photos to my ladies before events so that they can help me pick an outfit. These were the top three contenders.

dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

Hair and face did.

dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

Finished product.

Click here to find out more about CEED. It is a non-profit organization that “serves as a regional resource and advocacy center for individuals and families, which enables restoration of personal dignity and economic empowerment. [They] are dedicated to assisting individuals and families gain skills to help themselves.”
We were able to raise over one hundred thousand dollars at DWTFS.

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Some of the dancers were really phenomenal and had clearly been working on perfecting their art form for a long time. I have always been a lover of dance and can really appreciate how much time and hard work it takes to be a dancer.
Personally, I really enjoyed the dancers who clearly didn’t know much about what they were doing, but they were going all out for a good cause.

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This was a father-daughter couple and they were ridiculously good and adorable.

dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

Apart from the dancing, quirky judges, food, and wine, I got to sit with some wonderful people who I really love and admire.

dancing with the stars // fayetteville style

What am amazing night all around. It was a true delve into the culture of Fayetteville, a really wonderful night with coworkers, and a successful and well done event by NC CEED. My girl Trisha won in my heart, hands down.

Until next time,

Jamie

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