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Life Update: Summer 2018

HELLO friends and family! I wanted to give you all a little update on my life the past year-where I’ve been, how I’ve been, etc. First of all let’s start with…

School:
I’m currently in my senior year of college, studying my bachelors in psychology. I have this summer quarter left and then two more classes! I was initially supposed to be done this summer but ended up not being able to get into a class because I was taking the prerequisite at the same time (thanks academic advisor) anyway…so I dropped another class in order to have a lighter summer load and will be graduating in October.

It’s so close yet seems so far. I keep having to remind myself that it’s not a race or competition and that I am already about two years ahead but impatience is just a cornerstone of my personality (UGH LOL). 😩

I’m honestly not sure what I want to do once I complete my bachelors. Maybe go on to get my masters? However, currently I am interning at a local police station and I am LIVING FOR IT.

Internship:
That brings me to the second huge thing going on in my life at the moment-interning at a police station. I started last week and it has already been an amazing experience. I feel like there is just so much knowledge to gain on psychology and dealing with people that I have trouble absorbing it all.

I’m enjoying every second of it, even though it involves getting up early than I’m used to and being on my feet for long periods of time. It makes me feel like I am making a difference in my community.

Work:
I’m still a nanny full time and let me tel you it can be tiring-but it is also very much rewarding. I see these little girls being shaped into great people everyday and it makes me feel so wonderful to have an influence in their lives and growing up. I also feel like it is preparing me for future motherhood.

Some days I feel like I have it down. I think I could have a kid anytime now and do awesome. The girls I nanny are behaving great and I’m feeling good about making an impact. Other days, I feel like I never want kids and literally just need a Venti Latte with about five shots of espresso.

I’m not sure what life has in store for me in the next few years career wise but I do know that currently I enjoy where I’m at.

Relationships:
It’s super hard having a long distance best friend. I had always heard that but never really experienced it until Victoria went off to college. It was a ROUGH adjustment. I felt super alone for the longest time without my best friend here.

It’s still difficult but I have found it is easier when I spend more time investing in my relationships with people here when I feel lonely.

Jonathan and I are still dating! We’re coming up on two years this August and he has continued to be one of my biggest supporters through these last years. I am so high strung and get stressed easily and he is the exact opposite which is very calming for me.

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I believe that’s all I have for a life update right now!! I really want to blog consistently but realize that I am also horrible at it! 😅 I have so many things I want to write about though and would love to hear your thoughts! Should I write more about nannying, being an intern, surviving college and working full time? Long distance friendships? Send me a message or leave a comment on what your think I should write about!

Xoxox,
Ruby Marie

 

 

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How To Love Yourself!!

Hey it’s Ruby & today I wanted to share with you all something that I have been working hard on the past few years of my life, & that is: LOVING YOURSELF!

I feel like in today’s society, especially as a young woman, there are so many standards we are pressured to meet. Whether that is how we should look, how we should act, what we should wear.

Society is out here telling us we need to look like models with a small waist, tan skin, big assets if you know what I mean.

Society is telling us that we shouldn’t show too much skin, we’re chastised if we do but at the same time don’t cover yourself up too much because then they’ll say you’re insecure or submissive.

Society is telling us to voice our opinions, but not too loudly. We’re told to love ourselves but if you do you’re labeled as being conceited….

So what should we do?

Honestly, we should say SCREW THAT, screw stereotypes, screw stigmas, screw labels. Screw anything that doesn’t speak love. Be you and unapologetically you, because YOU are WORTHY of LOVE.

YOU were created to be loved.

YOU were created not to envy others but to appreciate the beauty of all, including yourself.

So how can you do this?

  1. Eliminate Negative People From Your Life. You will have a hard time appreciating your beauty and uniqueness if there’s people whispering in your ear that you’re not that great. This can come in the form of a friend who just puts you down, whether that is in the form of actual insults, or just not supporting you in your goals and dreams. This can come in the form of people who comment negatively on your social media, I mean why just not block these people? They’re not even worth your time of day. Whatever it is, whoever it is, no one deserves to be in your life if they aren’t adding to it positively. It will be hard to grow and flourish and love yourself if you don’t surround yourself with people who encourage you to do so.
  2. Include Self Care Time. We all need time to unwind, to remove ourselves from the world and just be alone. I like to do this by taking a long shower, napping, going on a walk with my dog, painting my nails. Whatever it is, make sure you include time in your week to just let your mind be still and do something that you enjoy. This can greatly reduce your stress levels and give you time to do something that makes you feel good.
  3. Do Things That Inspire You. It’s important to feed your soul. To do things that make you feel excited and adventurous and truly happy to be alive. Do things that make you appreciate how beautiful life is and fill you with joy, because when you’re joyful it’s hard to be down on yourself. 
  4. Always Give Yourself Grace. I can’t emphasize this enough. We so often act as our own harshest critics. I know I constantly overthink things I say and do when other people probably don’t even think twice about it. It’s easy to tell ourselves that we aren’t worth it, that we aren’t good enough, when this isn’t true. Self love starts from within. If you want to love yourself, you have to give yourself grace. You’re human. We all make mistakes. Life can be really hard and screwed up and we can be part of it, but as I said before YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE. Even from yourself. Especially from yourself. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post & I hope you enjoy my new niche. I’ll be posting every Monday, or at least trying to! Enter your email to be notified about new posts! 


Xoxox, 

Ruby Marie 

 

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Fashion Blog Collab // Blogmas Day 5

Happy Blogmas Day 5! Today has been the best day. First of all, it snowed & that just makes me happier than anything! Second, I had the opportunity to photograph Hannah Read, a local fashion blogger! I am very excited to start working together & doing more collabs in the future, so stay tuned for that! You can check out her site here: xoxoblissfullybrunette.com

These are just some of my favorites, you can check out the whole shoot on my Facebook page here: Ruby Marie Photography

Let me know what you think & what you would like to see more of!

xoxo,

Ruby Marie

 

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Long Overdue Update on Life // 05/18/16

Hey guys! I’ve been MIA and I apologize. Life has just been so good lately, and by good I mean the crazy-busy-fun-not a second to stop and breathe kinda good. A lot of exciting things have happened lately so here’s an update,

Mexico: 

I got back from Mexico a little over a month ago and I just have to say, I miss it so much. It was a life changing experience, being in the Mexico dirt for a week, with wll distractions taken away: no cellphones, no trying to look good, no concerns except Jesus. It was a refresher. I learned so much, I grew so much, and I made relationships through Christ that I know will last a lifetime.

I HAVE A SISTER!? 

Yep, yep I do! Recently I got to meet my biological sister and her daughter. They were the sweetest and it was an absolutely crazy experience for me since I’ve never met anyone I’m actually related to! It has made me very excited about what the future has to hold with all my siblings and our relationships!

My sister & my niece! (Who happens to be older than me, lol)

SPRING HAS SPRUNG, Spring photography:

I wasn’t sure whether to include this part since it’s not really an important update more of just a fun one, but I decided to just go for it! Lol! So, it’s spring and that means it’s time for one of my favorite things: FLOWERS! More accurately, picking & taking pictures with flowers haha. Anyway, I have had the most fun doing little photo shoots involving pretty spring flowers lately.

MY GORGEOUS BEST FRIEND:


LUKE & TAY:

(when they read this they’re prolly gonna kill me, but when they get married I’m taking their wedding photos here ;)…)

#sorrynotsorry


Lol….well that’s all for now! 

I am really hoping to become a more consistent blogger once school is over & it is summer so stay tuned!

Love, 

Ruby❤️

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Off to Mexico

Days like today remind me of how blessed I am to be alive.

I went shopping with Victoria and Anne, where a lady who worked there told Victoria and I that we were too big for the sizes we were about to try on. (Even though they fit just fine.) but ya know what? It didn’t phase me for more than a a couple minutes.

Cause honestly screw our western beauty standards of size zero girls being ideal, I like my not size zero body more than I ever liked being stick thin. As Anne would describe it we’re “curvy and wonderful” lol

But moving on from that whole ordeal I ended up finding a pretty prom dress with time left over to go to Panera before Younglife. Which always makes it a good day.

Another thing that makes a good day, even a good Monday: Younglife! I was so happy to give the talk tonight on how there is a bigger purpose for the pain in life. (Which I might post more about on here later.)

After this we all went to McDonald’s and I just gotta say, I feel so blessed by all the Junior High girls I know. Like dang. I wish I had been that mature/nice/thoughtful etc… when I was their age.😂 They are seriously blessings to my life and bring me so much joy.

And finally, something that is also bringing me joy today is the fact that I leave for Mexico TOMORROW!! I cannot believe it’s already here and I am so looking forward to this little road trip with Tay. It is going to be a blast & I will be sure to keep you all updated❤️

Love,

Ruby Marie