January - Life Lately

Hello lovelies, how has your week been so far? I swear, this month is just flying by for me. The weather here in Dallas has made quite the turn around, and I couldn't be more excited to see 70 degree weather. Today it's supposed to be 78! I can't believe that...it's mid January and it'll be nice enough to wear a maxi dress! I used to HATE January in Maine, it's just so cold, and the snow was never ending! The winter months in Maine were the absolute worst, up until I made the conscious effort to hit the gym daily, I suffered from seasonal depression. A few weeks ago, I realized the gym has made an even bigger impact on me, not just the way my body looks, but my mind as well. Today on the blog, I'll be sharing with you how the month of January is going for me and what exactly I've been up to this month. 



This January, I'm still on that "New Year" kick. I've made it my priority to begin goal setting, and trying to find my path. As much as I love the beauty industry...and I mean I LOVE it, I truly want to get back into school, or studying a new subject, getting a degree/certification, whatever comes of it. Growing up, I just couldn't afford a 4+ year college, it just wasn't possible. That is precisely why I put my education on hold and shifted my focus to one of my greatest passions: the beauty industry. With my Cosmetology license, I can do A LOT of different things. In the past four years, I have done just that: a lot of different things within my license of course. I love that the beauty industry is so diverse and I can work in a salon, spa, or where I'm at currently: Sephora. Don't get me wrong, I love Sephora, wholeheartedly, it's given me a ton of knowledge, confidence, and allowed me to practice my skills in a fun, beauty obsessed setting.

To be honest: I'm ready to further my education. I'm ready to broaden my scope of knowledge. 

I'm ready to give myself a knew set of skills, to learn, grow, and get myself out of my normal routine.

It's taken me years to get to this point, and I'm so excited to begin a new journey. I love that the beauty industry allows me to encourage self love, acceptance, and I get to help others boost their confidence on the outside, as well as touching on inner beauty. I want to take that set of skills I've acquired and take it a step forward. I want to concentrate on educating women on the importance of taking care of their inner, as well as outer beauty. I want to begin studying in the field of Health and Nutrition. Really, all things wellness to be exact. I believe I know my next step, I may acquire a certification first, and then begin studying towards a degree. The other day I was reading quotes from Oprah (yes, I'm a huge Oprah/Dr. Phil fan) and she said it's so important to not get caught up in trying to figure out the rest of your life, you must just figure out your next best step. So that's exactly what I'm going to do, and this would be my next best step in the right direction. 

Lately, I've been really sick, and dealing with a lot of stomach related issues. It all happened when I went on a dairy related binge, from pesto, to mozzarella, to straight up whole milk. Over the years I have noticed that dairy is not my friend, though I LOVE it. It wrecks havoc on my skin - leading to acne. It kills my stomach - leaving it bloated, cramped up, and keeps me constantly headed to the bathroom (tmi, sorry!) This month I made a really hard, but well thought out decision. As much as I love all things dairy, I've got to cut it out of my diet. I'm surrounded by a ton of  friends who are vegan, and they've been incredibly helpful in this area of my life. I talked with a friend who suggested substituting my dairy products for non-dairy alternatives, and I went for it. I took a trip to Whole Foods and stocked up on non-dairy cream cheese, almond milk, non-dairy creamer, ect. To my surprise, everything is good, not as good as normal dairy, but my skin, and body as a whole is MUCH happier. This is definitely going to be a struggle to keep up my dairy free diet, but I've got to do it. I'll make a post on it soon, explaining everything I'm doing for sure. But for now, wish me luck on leading a dairy-free life!




For anyone of you who knows Dustin and I personally, you know that we make the perfect duo. We're both spontaneous, fearless, and always willing to go on an adventure. I think that's what makes us such a good team, we're always pushing one another to conquer our fears, and become the best versions of ourselves possible.

This January, Dustin and I have made it a point to get out of our apartment, out of our heads and into the heart of Dallas. 

I no longer want to sit in my apartment, cleaning, or mindlessly scrolling on Pinterest,  I want to begin really seeing everything I can, right now. 

Everyday I'm choosing to live life to the fullest, to not have regrets, or any sadness when it comes to moving, or being homesick. I'm making the conscious effort to make the most out of this big, wild move.

Lately, we've been just hopping in the car and going wherever the wind takes us. This past weekend we ended up exploring downtown Dallas, and looking at all the art throughout the city. Dallas is seriously the most interesting/diverse place I've ever been, and I can't wait to just see more of Texas. I'm not going to lie, lately I've been pushing myself to go on "solo adventures" because driving in a new place, especially the city scares the hell out of me. But, I've  managed to do it. I keep pushing myself to do it alone, and do it often, so I can get used to this new, unfamiliar place. Every time I do something like that, that takes guts, I reward myself, because, why not? Life is short, and you can't have enough vanilla sweet cream cold brews! This month, my fiance took me somewhere I had been wanting to go since Christmas when he surprised me with a gift card. He took me to North Park Center (our mall) and we went to Fossil, one of my favorite places for all things wallets, bags, watches, ect, they're just such a great company, constantly giving back to others. We walked around for a bit, and something caught Dustin's eye and he instantly pointed to a wine colored watch. He knows I'm obsessed with the color burgundy, so I quickly knew that was the watch I wanted. The lady that helped us picked it out said I should definitely get it engraved as well, so of course I did! On the back of the face it reads "Laura Beth Holt" just in case it gets lost. I'm OBSESSED with how beautiful it is, and just how well it looks on my pale skin. It was definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts I've received and I love looking down at my arm, as strange as that sounds. 





In the beginning of January, I came home to a strange package on our doorstep. It was addressed Mr. & Mrs. Allen, and I was instantly confused, we're not even married yet. So I quickly assumed it was something to do with getting married. When I opened it, there was a card, and it was from Dustin's aunt, and then the confusion slipped away. We assumed it must be a late Christmas gift and I dug into the box, to pull out another box. The box was black, and I could tell it smelled like pine, or something quite familiar. When I opened it, I instantly burst into tears, which surprised me. I didn't think I was that homesick...... the candle read "Homesick, fill your house with home" and that's what got me. It was the nicest gesture for her to send us a little slice of home, all the way across the country. When I saw the outline of the state, so many memories rushed back, and I couldn't stop sobbing.

I was homesick, and home is where the heart is...and my heart belonged to Maine. 

Everyone I knew, and loved was more than 2,000 miles away, no longer at an arms distance away. 

I couldn't just race up to my dads house if I needed help with my car anymore. Or really, any kind of help.....

It was obvious, in that moment that I was terribly homesick. I knew that, but I didn't know just how much I missed the state that I called home for the last 23 years. I loved that place, so very dearly, it's people, really everything about it. Moving away from Maine, I told everyone, it wasn't because I hated the place I grew up in, I had to move, because it was something I just had to do. I know that someday, Dustin and I will move back home, and find a house to make a home, and settle down in. But for now, it's time to wander. Time to explore, to see the south, to explore the west coast, and to experience life.