Say You Did It

Hi guys! First off, I want to thank you so much for checking out the newest features of my blog! I really appreciate your patience and your ongoing support!! It is so exciting to be back, and to be able to share some words of inspiration with you every week ūüôā I know I said to be on the lookout for my newest blog post, “Stop Waiting”, but after my latest trip to Miami, I felt intrigued to write about something else that was on my mind all weekend.

¬†As many of you have seen on social media, I’ve been traveling all over the country this year. This past weekend, I had the privilege of going to beautiful Miami for the 2nd time in the past 2 months with some close friends and family! How many people can just get up and go to Miami every month? This girl can, but you know what? Anyone can do it, not just me, and that goes for anything, not just traveling.¬†

While I was sitting on the deck of the apartment we rented while in Miami this weekend, I was thinking about how much I love being able to just do the things I desire to do in my life. I love positioning myself to be able to follow all of my dreams and get the most out of life. Of course when I tell people this, the first things they say is:

“Well you’re just getting out of college, you don’t have stress yet.” (Hello..loans?)

“Of course you can go where you please, you don’t have kids.”¬†

“You must not have bills. You don’t know what life is!”¬†

“You’re young, of course you can do these things, REAL life hasn’t started for you.”¬†

All of us have things in our life that we see as “reasons” for why we can’t follow our dreams, or why we can’t do the things we want to do. ¬†We call them our kids, going to work, “real life” (this is my favorite one), being too old, having bills to pay,¬†taking care of kids,¬†or what have you. ¬†I’ll be honest with you guys, I’m DEFINITELY not a fan of a 9-5 job, but I have one. I’m not a fan of bills, but I pay them. I’m not a fan of stress, but I have it. However, the difference between you and I is that I don’t let those things define me or become my life. We all have these responsibilities we have to take care of, we all have stress, we all have things we have to do that we don’t necessarily like or want to do. However, that’s part of life. It’s not ¬†life, I said it’s a part of life, and¬†for the past year, I have worked hard and am still working hard to position myself to be in a place where those things do not control my life, or become my life and you should do the same- so far it’s going well for me! ūüėČ

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“People are so afraid to enjoy life and follow their dreams. I say just go for it! Time is waiting for no one which is why I’ve positioned myself to be able to follow my dreams, achieve goals, take risks, and enjoy life! Jobs, bills, school etc shouldnt stop you from doing any of that! It’s your choice, everyone. I wont look back one day wishing I could have or should have, but will be able to say I did it” -Kayla¬†

 

There’s no excuse for why you can’t follow your dreams, achieve your goals, and change your situations. No matter how old you are, how many kids you have, how many bills you have, how much your job sucks- I don’t want to hear it! These things are gonna always be there, always gonna be a part of our life. I know that- we all do! ¬†However, these things will only be our life if we let them. The choice is ours. I don’t want to wake up one day and realize I’ve spent my whole life being consumed with the irritating inevitable, and neither should any of us! Even in the midst of craziness, judgment from others, stress, fear, take a risk and follow your dreams! Be able to say you did it! ‚̧

I’ll see you guys next week with “Stop Waiting”. Remember, you don’t have to be average, you can be extraordinary. You don’t have to be a rock, you can be a diamond ‚̧¬†

-Kayla ‚̧

 

 

Back with a Bang!

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Hi guys! I know I’ve been gone for¬†about 2 or so months now, but I’m so excited to FINALLY BE BACK! ¬†Being that this blog is all about encouraging people to achieve their dreams and goals, it’s only right that I took some time to start achieving mine! The past few months have been absolutely amazing, and I’m so excited to finally start sharing EVERYTHING I’ve been doing with you! A lot has happened, a lot has changed, and a lot of new doors have been opened, and it is so exciting! I will be sharing the juicy details of all of these wonderful things throughout the next few blog posts, but the first order of business today is to introduce you to the ever evolving¬†Diamonds and Dreams¬†blog and it’s newest features!!

As you can see, the look of Diamonds and Dreams has changed a bit! In order to properly accommodate all of the new features and sections, it was necessary to update the structure and design of the site. I also wanted to spruce it up a bit so that it accentuates the warm and welcoming atmosphere that the blog and myself possess!! Next, I created a pretty amazing logo for the blog as well (you will be hearing more about my graphic design endeavors soon too)Take a look at the logo here:

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If you look around the blog, you will also notice that there are a few new sections aside from exclusively blog posts! One of our newest editions is¬†Daily Diamond.¬†On Facebook, I always find myself posting statuses about people in the world today and how they should act, think, and present themselves in regards to relationships, physical appearance, self-esteem, and lifestyle. As a result of doing this, a lot of people began suggesting that I start a “Daily Devotion with Kayla lol!” ūüôā When I first started to seriously consider this suggestion, I wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate all of that into the Diamonds and Dreams blog! As flattering as the idea was, I didn’t really see a place for it on the blog. However, I felt that it was my duty to fulfill the desires of my readers so, after some deep thought, experimentation,and prayer, I came up with Daily Diamonds! Daily Diamonds is a platform to simply provide individuals with little gems of advice, enlightenment, and education regarding different aspects of personal development and lifestyle on a weekly basis. The goal of Daily Diamonds is to encourage everyone to improve themselves and their lifestyles which will in return,¬†make it easier for them to be confident and successful in achieving their dreams and ¬†goals. Check out the very first Daily Diamond, created specifically women, ¬†“You Attract what you Advertise”.

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When I first launched the Diamonds and Dreams blog, I received a lot of positive feedback, encouragement, and fans!¬†So many fans!!!¬†All of my friends and people I didn’t even know were Facebook messaging me, texting me, leaving me comments, and even emailing me to let me know that my words were inspiring to them!! To have this sort of effect on others was so amazing! To see people resonating with my experiences and thoughts was and continues to be one of the greatest ¬†feelings in the world. To know that I have inspired someone to follow their dreams and achieve their goals really brings the blog full circle for me. To create the ripple effect needed to implement this inspiration and instill this desire into everyone in the world, I created¬†Diamond of the Month.¬†The purpose of¬†Diamond of the Month¬†is to allow individuals who not only I have inspired, but have personally decided to take that next step to follow their dreams and achieve their goals to share their stories and tips, and to be an inspiration to everyone reading the Diamonds and Dreams Blog and are eagerly waiting to take a next step of their own! Be sure to check out the Diamond of the Month for November,¬†Whitney Hamilton! ¬†

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Lastly, I’d like to share the exciting news that the Diamonds and Dreams Blog has been given the honor of being a part of a number of Blogger Networks. ¬†Being a part of these blogger networks not only allows me to network with ¬†bloggers from around the world, but also gives me access to exclusive sponsored campaigns, networking events, brand promotion opportunities, and freelance writing opportunities. Overall, being a part of blogger networks will and has already allowed me to take my blog to the next level in both the social and professional worlds! Be on the lookout for my blog updates, posts, and travels from this opportunity! Big things will happening in the next few weeks in terms of campaigns, events, and promotions, and I will be sure to give you a play by play of it all!

I am very excited for the Diamonds and Dreams Blog, and the direction that it is going in. As excited as I am about my blog, there are still a million more things that are happening in my life outside of the blogging world that I will also be sharing with you guys in upcoming posts! Although it is going to take a lot of work to fulfill all of my dreams, I can definitely say that God has placed me in position to do JUST THAT! It is really amazing to watch your life’s journey and your dreams evolve right in front of your eyes! ‚̧

I want to thank you all for your ongoing support, I hope this blog will continue to be an encouragement to all of you. Remember, with the correct mindset, dedication, and self-worth, anything you want is possible in this lifetime! Feel free to explore the blog, and be on the lookout for my next blog post coming Sunday, November 22nd, “Stop Waiting”. Thanks guys!

“Remember, you don’t have to be average, you can be extraordinary. You don’t have to be a rock, you can be a Diamond.”

-Kayla ‚̧