Adventures with Aiyana

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No better way to brighten up a gloomy day then to have lunch and coffee with a new friend. This is Aiyana! (@aiyana.davis) She also has a blog (www.simplyaiyana.com) 

We met while waiting for a photoshoot a couple weekends ago.

For brunch we hung out at the “Hi-Lo diner” in Minneapolis. (4020 E Lake street) .

It was amazing! Of course we started with dessert. Who doesn’t love pie at 10am? 

Then I had the eggs Benedict:….and it’s the 🎤best I’ve ever had🎤…. (Drake vibes). 

Really though, if you haven’t been you need to check it out! A fun place with a fun coffee shop right across the street “Dogwood coffee” So. Cute. We shared some lattes, stories and laughs. Overall, a great way to spend a Wednesday. Aaaaaand it’s time to hit the gym 😂

Love always,

Maddy k

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Bounce back. 

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Hey upper east siders. 

This is your one and only source to the scancelous lives of manhattens elite. (Channeling in my Gossip girl obsession)

Anyways….. 

the blog is back! 

Typical Maddy, Bad timing could be my middle name. It just so happens I decided to start a blog (back in August) in just about the busiest/ weirdest time. 

But hey. I’m here and I’m ready to bounce back (I hope you know that song). 

I really enjoyed blogging but I had a lotttt on my plate and I feel like a lot has changed with me, myself and I since then. Oh wait…. a lot HAS changed. 

2016 was a very fun, very interesting and very telling. I had a lot of amazing experiences and a few not so amazing (Which is ok) 😊. 

Quote of the day: “I believe in PINK. I believe laughing is the. Eat calorie burner. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day. I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

Song I’m obsessed with right now: “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish 

Love always! 

Maddy 💖

You’re pretty.

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Happpppy Thursday. We are officially half way through September. So crazy. This week I am talking about the most impactful, yet simplest random act of kindness I know of. That is to never ever keep a compliment in your head! This is really important to do, because just by speaking the truth of what you are thinking, you can completely make someone’s day. I have witnessed it first hand multiple times.

Let me create a little scenario here:

You’re Girl #1 and you are walking through the halls at school. Coming from the other direction is Girl #2 with such a cute outfit! You think this in your head instantly. When she is close enough, with a big smile on your face you tell her “Hey I really like your outfit! It’s so cute”. She smiles and says “Thank you!” and you two carry on your separate ways. That may have seemed so simple for you but what you didn’t know is that Girl #2 has been feeling down about herself and she doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror (We have all been there). But what you did, that little innocent compliment, was so much more. Girl #2 needed to hear that. This may not completely change the way she views herself, but how awesome to have a random person, another GIRL for the matter, compliment you.

Have you ever been Girl #1? Of course you have. We all have a little voice in our head all day that says little things. Like “Omg how many hours till I can nap”, or “Please don’t call on me, please don’t call on me” or “Wow, she is SO pretty!”.  A compliment is pointless staying in your head. Period.

Have you ever been Girl #2? Feeling down about yourself? No matter what you put on that day, nothing feels good? Have you ever had someone compliment you? How did it make you feel?

I’ll bet you felt pretty warm and fuzzy on the inside.

I know because I’ve been both Girl #1 and Girl #2.

As Girl #1: Whenever I think something in my head that is nice about someone else, I always challenge myself to speak up! Because what can you lose? Nothing really. This may be a little out of your comfort zone, especially if it is someone you don’t know. But, this will not only have a positive effect on the person that you compliment, but it will make you feel good on the inside as well (Major flashback right now to the “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” episode when Joey tells Phoebe that every act of kindness is selfish somehow, if you don’t know what I am talking about, go watch every single friend’s episode RIGHT. NOW.)

As Girl #2: It’s the worst. We’ve all been there. Feeling down about ourselves, everything we put on is just bleh. We don’t like what’s in the mirror but we still have to get up, get out and get stuff done. When I am feeling this way, and someone says something nice to me, it is really a day maker.

How amazing is it that you have the power to make someone else feel happy and good about themselves? A little bit, or a lotta bit you are being kind and that is what we need more of. Especially at school! The energy can be so down in the halls and in class sometimes I swear it feels like everyone just got bad news.

Please do not keep complements in your head. Challenge yourself everyday to say something kind to at least one person.

Xo,

Maddy

Stay in your own lane.

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Happy Thursday lovely reader.

This week I am talking about THE most important thing I have learned in this little life of mine. I am going to try not turn this into a novel, but I could seriously talk about this for days.

Lets just begin by stating that everyone has a unique path in life (Cliché… I know).What the best decision is for someone else, may not be what is the best decision for you. This was a huge struggle for me my senior year of high school. Because college… meh.

I think there is a huge problem with the way a majority of people view “Community College”. I’ll admit, before my senior year I definitely had a negative view on “Just going to AR”. But in reality, it has been my smartest move yet. I think there is some sort of expectation that is planted in our brains way back in early high school that you graduate and then go to a 4-year university or you are a slacker. Some may think otherwise, but this is just from my experience.

Looking back, choosing Anoka-Ramsey was not the hardest part. I always had this gut feeling that going away to a 4-year university right after high school was not the best decision for me. Dealing with negative people sharing their irrelevent opinions was the hardest part. I let them get into my head and then I would question myself and my decision.. which was so wrong!  But, Once I realized that in my heart I was happy with my decision and in my head I knew this was the smartest decision for myself, I gained so much confidence. I am so proud of myself for choosing Anoka-Ramsey and can confidently say that I made the right decision! Which feels so awesome.

Don’t hear me wrong, I am not saying going to a 4-year university right away is a bad thing. It is probably the best decision for a lot of people. But, that is their life and they have their own path.

The most important thing I have learned is that it does not matter what other people are doing. All that should matter to you is what you are doing. Yes, support others but do not compare yourself to them. STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE! Not just on the road 😉 But in life! Put up those blinders and do you *Clapping hands emoji*. This goes for seriously everything, but college is just a major example.

Always remember that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses; it may just take one person longer to figure out theirs than another person. Do not get yourself down if you are not where someone else is. Listen to what your head is telling you, pay attention to what your heart is feeling and you will be exactly where you need to be.

If you want to ask me questions, need advice or seriously anything… Please reach out to me! It Doesn’t matter how well we know each other or if we know each other at all. I want to help others who are struggling with this decision, conquer it.

Xx,

Maddy

 

Having a Grateful Heart

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Hello!!

Ugh. Yessss. September. The beginning of my favorite season! Saying I am obsessed with fall would be an understatement. Yet, I cannot believe how fast August went by and how I am already finishing up with my second week of classes for fall semester. Some of you are in the same boat as me but some of you will be starting back up with school shortly here. With that being said, I wanted to start off my 2nd blog post with one of my number one go-to’s, get back on track motives, and just an all around great way of living the day to day life and that is….

Having a grateful heart.

Life can get so busy, stress can seriously take over, and the days will fly by. But nothing is more refreshing than spending just a few moments to take a step back and really analyze the blessings that you have in your life.

During the weekdays I wake up at 4:30am and go to my kickboxing class (Well..most mornings). From the gym I go straight to school and start my classes at 7am and on most days have class until 12:15pm. Following school, I go to work and once I get home from work I start homework. At the end of the day I am absolutely exhausted and exhaustion can sometimes lead to negativity for me. Who wants to do 150 math problems after a long day like that??? Ahhh. Some days my head feels like it might explode, but what I have come to learn is that when I take a step back, analyze my life and realize all of the blessings that I have it can completely change not only my mood, but my mindset too.

Laying in bed at the end of my day before I fall asleep, something that I try to do every night is write down in a notebook at least 3 things I am thankful for that day. It can honestly be anything from chocolate-chip pancakes to your bestest friend to the way the sun feels on your skin. This helps open up your mind to all of the hidden blessings in your daily life.

For example,

Today I am thankful for having a car, friendly people, and COFFEE.

I am thankful for the sound of my alarm because it means I have woken up to see another day. I am thankful my health and ability to work out every morning (ehh), I am thankful that I am able to go to school and have the access to an education. I am thankful for my different jobs because I have learned completely different skills from each one. From being a nanny, I have learned patience, perfecting Mac N Cheese, and a love for children I did not know I had. From working at a salon I have learned how to professionally communicate over the phone, what the heck a Balayage is and major scheduling skills. From working at a retail store I have discovered my own “personal style” and I have learned so much about different clothing/brands.

After going through a stressful day, this has been such a successful outlet for me and I triple dog dare you to try writing down at least 3 things you are thankful for everyday in a notebook. In the above photo you will see the book that I write in every night.

Thank you so so much for reading. I will meet you here again next Thursday. Make this month a turning point in your life by having a grateful heart every. single. day. Always feel welcome to contact me with any questions, comments, and/or suggestions.

Xo

Maddy

P.s. Song of the week: WILD by: Troye Sivan ft. Alessia Cara. On repeat.

Jello Hello

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To start off this little introduction, Hello! My name is Maddy Kirchen, born and raised in Ramsey, MN. Coffee addict, dogs are everything, and halloween obsessed. I enjoy trying food that other people make, fall weather, and laughing. I like to say im athletic, but my friends and family might say otherwise. I am a full time student at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for my second year ((GO RAMS.)) to complete my generals with a plan to transfer to a four-year university next fall. I am SO proud to go to a community college. I spend a lot of my free time dog-sitting (not kidding), listening to podcasts, and kick-boxing! I work as a receptionist at a salon, a sales associate at a retail store and nanny three wonderful little boys during the summer.

I am so happy that you clicked on my link and are here. Thank you!!!  I’ve always considered starting a blog, but I kept thinking too much about it and got too annoyingly nervous to start. After having this thought in the back of my head for seriously SO long… Im just going to roll with it and have fun.

This is going to be a place for me to share my tips, advice and “knowledge” on what has worked for me over the past years in handling a busy life. Being a student, with multiple jobs and attempting a social life is hard and exahsting at times but there are ways to do it while staying happy and some what sane 🙂 Whether I can help one person, twenty or one hundred it will be so worth it to share. I want to help others because I have been there and am still there. Hours of school, hours of homework and then hours of work? ick. not fun. But, I have learned and am still learning new things everyday that inspire me and keep me going. So why keep them to myself?

If you’re liking the sound of this, Join me on this new journey and meet me here every Thursday.

xo

Maddy