Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Feels: Survival Mode

On working through my issues, talking of personal stories and lessons, and giving you more insight into who I am.  This Friday Feels I talk about what put me in survival mode and how I realized I need break out of surviving and work on thriving. – #fridayfeels #personalessay #survivalmode #personalissues

Today I am introducing a new segment on the blog - Friday Feels.

I've been talking about posting some more personal pieces here, but I had no idea how that would manifest itself.  I was going through some things this past weekend and decided to write it down. And since I am applying the motto of "Just do and don't second guess" to 2018, I thought I would go ahead and post it here.

It won't happen every week, but when I am feeling so inclined to work though issues or share more personal stories or feelings, it will be on a Friday.  I feel like I'm taking a huge leap because I don't often share these types of feelings with anyone other than my husband Sean.  It may be messy.  It won't always have a tidy ending or any resolution, but I think I'm ready.

So without further ado....

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Road Trip: Wildlife Safari & Coastal Views, Oregon

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you along on the last two days of her journey.  From California through central Oregon for the Wildlife Safari and on to Lincoln City, along the Oregon coast, a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and home! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #oregon #oregoncoast #wildlifesafari

It's the second to last post wrapping up our Oregon/California Road Trip!  Today's post covers Days 5 and 6 of our trip as we drove back through Oregon, stopping to visit the Wildlife Safari, and on to the coast at Lincoln City before heading home the next day.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Road Trip: The Redwoods, Elk Sighting, & The California Coast

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you hiking through the Redwoods, to the Elk Meadow for some elk watching, and for a lovely sunset stroll along the beach! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #california #northerncalifornia #redwoods #elkmeadow #crescentcity #crescentharbor #demartinbeach

On Day 4 of our road trip, we explored the Redwoods a little more and took a leisurely drive along the coast.  This was our last day with the trees, so we wanted to just enjoy it as much as possible.  We stopped at the Elk Meadow for another chance to see some elk, and watched the sunset.  You can read about Days 1 and 2 in Bend and Crater Lake, and Day 3 of our trip at the Redwoods, previously on the blog.

Again, this was before we had the "good camera" to get better quality photos, but I also made sure to take some videos so those will be scattered throughout the post.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What I Wore: Sassenach

In today’s post, Hailey’s putting the sass in Sassenach and donning an Outlander-inspired look, featuring two pieces from Torrid’s 2017 Outlander collection – the Lace Trim Sassenach Top and the Tartan Skirt. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #Outlander #Outlanderfashion #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #CobbHill #Zulilyfind #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual

My first outfit post of the new year!  As you know, I love the Outlander series - both books and television.  Ahead of the start of season three, Torrid released another collection inspired by the series.  Of course, I had to have it!  I'm finally having some opportunities to wear these pieces and photograph them for you.  Let me know if you'd like to see a separate At Home Fitting Room with all the pieces I purchased as a few items are still in stock.  You can check out the pieces that are still available on Torrid's website.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

State of the Blog Address

State of the Blog - 2018 Goals -

Happy New Year!!  At the beginning of the year, bloggers all over the Internet put out surveys for their readers about what they would like to see in the coming year.  I've done this before.  And while it can be a helpful tool in focusing one's post topics and finding out what people respond to the most, it can also be a source of stress and self-doubt.  I'm not doing a survey this year, but instead I want to talk with all of you about my goals for the coming year, what effect that will have on the blog, and how I'd like to change things up to promote a more positive mindset.

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