Being CIVIL!

If you recall, one of my New Year resolutions was to indulge in more books! Based on my schedule I set the “lofty” goal of one book a month!

So let’s jump right into my first read of January:

I was so thrilled to finally get my hands on this amazing gem by THE Karen Civil entitled Be You & Live Civil. (Sounds like something that’s pretty simple and easy to do right?) Through her social media accounts, you would think that she’s been that way her entire life. She always hosts the most lavish events with the most stylish outfits. But in reading this book, I have been able to see that she is indeed human. She shared her many adversities. She shared how she was able to overcome them. Step by step, she showed readers how she became the head strong women we see.

I don’t want to ruin anything for those that are interested in reading this book, so I will not spill too many of the beans here. I will, however, say that this is absolutely a great read for men and women, alike, that are aiming to find their passion. Everyone has been issued a gift, you just have to discover what it is. You have to:

  •  Ask for guidance
  • Discover your gift
  • Build on it
  • Conquer your dreams

I was able to to gain knowledge from Be You & Live Civil that can be applied to life! Of course I want to share with you guys what I learned. Here are a few takeaways…

  1. Believe in myself & brand the same way I believe in GOD
  2. ALWAYS progress and try my hardest to not regress
  3. NEVER put a limit on my success

I hope that this inspires you to want to be the best version of you! This book absolutely provoked my soul. It had me yearning for more. It ignited my passion for AKCESS & its followers. So, let’s make things shake and allow our brands to SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!!


New Year, New Who?

Happy, happy New Year to you and your loved ones! I still can’t believe that it is really 2017! The year 2016 literally flew by and yet still found the time to be pretty amazing! I mean seriously, 2016 brought about so many good times, things and memories that I am going to find it pretty hard to top. Well, I take that back….It won’t be hard to top but it just makes my expectations for 2017 that much greater!
2016 was jam-packed with blessings, lessons, memories, laughter and so on! I quickly want to reflect on one of my biggest accomplishments of 2016! I know that you probably already know what I’m going to say!  My greatest and most rewarding accomplishment in 2016 absolutely is AKCESS! To start from being only a small thought in my mind to becoming one of the projects that I am 1000% passionate for is so major for me. I remember, leading up to my launching date, not even a month ago, being so anxious! My emotions were running in every direction. It was out of control! Thankfully, I had the support system needed to say, “Kristen, JUST GO FOR IT!” Just talking about it gives me chills now! Hands down, this is one of the greatest things I’ve done!

I am welcoming 2017 with open arms!

For the past two or so years, my husband and I have brought in the new year socializing with close friends and family. Nothing changed this year! We decided to be very low key and stay in with the family. It was important to be with them as the entire family was able to receive such wonderful news recently (it’s a secret, shhhh)!

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With this being day 1 of 2017, I want to create a new tradition for myself – – and no, you are never too old to begin tradition – – I want to actually write my new year resolutions down, and here’s the tricky part: STICK TO WHAT I WRITE DOWN! I’m sure we have all done this. We say and talk and go on and on about changing this, doing more of that, being apart of this, but we never ever stick to it. Hash: it is time for a change! Here are my resolutions!

My 2017 Resolutions
1. READ more
2. Be a better DOER
3. Consistently stick to my gym regimen
4. Be a better GIVER

I am totally committed to this list of change and can only imagine what my thoughts will be at the end of this year! I am absolutely prepared to TAKE ON 2017!


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 What are you taking the time to work on or improve in the new year?  Big or small, I want to encourage you to stick to it and make it happen because small changes lead to greater impact! So, in the words of Oprah Winfrey, “Cheers to a new year for us to get it right!



Christmas Cheer

Can you believe that it is Christmas Day?  I am still blown away at how fast this year has gone by!  Most times we only want to talk about what we are thankful for and how grateful we are during the Thanksgiving holiday but I really believe that it should be an every day type of thankfulness.  We just “present it” or “post about it” when it is holiday time.  And the crazy part is….I am guilty of it.  A small take away from this is to share and celebrate life’s small and big blessings year-round and not just during holiday season! Soon you (we) will love celebrating your (our) own & others victories!

 So to all – – my readers, the people that are following, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU reading this right now, MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope that you got all of the items your heart desired but I also pray that you were able to be with your loved ones and share some Christmas Cheer! Here are a few photos from Christmas Eve (day) and  “cozies by the Christmas tree” (night) for you to see!


“Love the giver more the gift!” – Brigham Young

Christmas tree décor provided by my Auntie Beverly and cousins

PJs: Target//Mug: Starbucks
Pajama set =MY ALL TIME FAVORITE for the holiday season

Starbucks mugs and the featured designs are always changing and this one is from last years holiday line. Tons more are available here

The greatest present that you could gift to me is to like this post and/or leave a comment describing your Christmas 2016 experience in a word or several! *wink* 


Throughout my entire life of birthdays and celebrations, this very moment in time absolutely has to be the best one yet. It feels completely different from the rest. I am allowing myself, as well as my readers, the opportunity to be open, honest, and viewed in raw form.

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As the book of life has been amazingly and abundantly good to me, I can feel in my spirit that this next chapter entitled “27” will allow so much growth to take place.  I have never felt this type of emotion on my birthday so this is sort of different and I am figuring out the best way to approach it.  I am so grateful and thankful for all of the minor and major hardships and doubts that took place in chapter 26.  You may be asking yourself how or even why would someone be happy that they experienced rough times?  I am so thankful for those times because if I had not experienced them, I wouldn’t be doing, pursuing, nor acting on something that was once just an idea or dream to me.  Pushing the envelope & beating the odds is something that I am willing to  do more so than I ever have in my life.  I want to learn to not live for others but to live for my TRUE self and I am envisioning so many good things to come in life.  James 1:6 tells us, “but when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”  This speaks volumes and mirrors the strength and feeling I envision to take place in this chapter.  I acquire the belief and am refusing to doubt anything.


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In the midst of writing this, I wanted be sure to share with you

TWENTY-SEVEN Things That I Am Thankful For…big and small.

  1. Life
  2. My personal belief in my Higher power
  3. Marriage – my husband
  4. All of my family
  5. My career & the steady income it provides
  6. Wisdom that comes with age
  7. Opportunities to build others up along with times that I have the chance to be built
  8. Dinners prepared
  9. Gamecock football
  10. Atlanta, GA
  11. Obtaining and maintaining great health
  12. The Bible verses that come to my phone daily
  13. Henry’s Carolina Burger
  14. PSL
  15. The Golden Girls
  16. Phil 4:13 & the power it holds
  17. Apple products
  18. Being of sound mind, body, & spirit
  19. Luck Nail Supply
  20. The option of freedom of speech
  21. Life lessons in the midst of mistakes
  22. Kindness from strangers
  23. Arlenis
  24. Challenges
  25. Simple pleasures
  26. my readers, viewers, critics, & subscribers
  27. aKcess