May is Mental Health Awareness month… continuing this series.
She’s your best friend; she’s been there through it all, she’s seen you at your worst and she still loves you to pieces. You may think you know everything there is to know about her until you realize, maybe you don’t.
When you come to find that your bff is going through some stuff and dealing with things you had no idea about, how do you help? How do you know what to say and what not to say? What is helpful and what is potentially hurtful?
The first and most important thing you can do is be present; listen, be there for her, and let her know that she is not alone. Sometimes it’s easier for her to push you away than tell you what is wrong, but make sure she knows that you are supportive no matter what.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say, but there is no harm in asking. If you are unsure about what your bff wants to talk about and what she doesn’t, just ask! Let her know that you have her back and you are there as much as she needs.
Another thing that never fails to make sure your bff knows you adore her; just do the little things. Send a text and tell her you hope she has a good day. Bring her a coffee to school or work, have a girls day: nails, shopping and food, of course!
Your bff is always there for you, so make sure she knows you’re always there for her too!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month…
I know from first-hand experience, how debilitating stress and anxiety can be during everyday activities. I myself struggle with driving anxiety often. Anxiety and stress are not something that can be cured; it is a battle that will have many high and low points. I wanted to share some tips with all of you in hopes that it can help someone going through a tough time:
- Acceptance- The first step to dealing with anxiety is to accept it for what it is. Realizing that my problems with driving were real and the effect of a mental disorder helped me so much in believing that my issues were valid and not crazy.
- Avoidance- Avoid situations that cause unnecessary stress. This doesn’t mean to avoid what needs to be done, but to try to abstain from stressful situations that will negatively impact your goals.
- Appreciation- take a step back and appreciate all the wonderful things you already have in your life. It can be easy to overlook the positive aspects of your life with all the stress of daily life taking your attention.
- Alleviation- Find something that you relaxes you for those days when life gets overwhelming and stressful. Whether that is taking a hot bath, journaling, working out, etc., whatever you need to do, do it!
Life can be hard and a scary place, but when you accept that, it will be easier to appreciate the good times. Remember to take life day by day, and believe that you can overcome anything!
Nikki and Stephen were married on March 31, 2017 at The Laurel. It may have been a windy day – but there was nothing that would stop these two beautiful people from marrying each other. The Laurel was a perfect location for their day and the little details they pulled together told their story just wonderfully.
She was a bundle of nerves the day of. I expected it though… this beautiful girl worried about every detail all along the way. I had already been telling her for weeks that her day was going to be perfect and we would handle anything that came her way. I walked in and she was full of smiles and she beamed with joy, as she should… she had made it to her wedding day. She was in the process of transforming into a beautiful princess and was surrounded by laughter and love. Final details were being taken care of, girls were getting pampered… and the guys were having fun being guys!
Meanwhile… they guys were just hanging out, being guys. They had a great day and were having a great afternoon by the time we met up!
Ready or not ladies… here we go! Bottoms up!
As they stood before their family and friends – they pledged their love to each other. They vowed to always be together, thru better or worse. Today, they became a team that will be unbreakable. They held each others hands and stood side by side and vowed that no matter what comes their way, they will face it together. They professed their love in front of the ones they cherish and their family became one.
Nikki looked absolutely stunning and all of her worries washed away as soon as she came back down the aisle. A quick stop for one more kiss and then off to the reception.
Toasts were given, memories were shared, laughter floated around the room. Nikki and Stephen celebrated the night away with those that loved them. We were so blessed to be able to document the day and the night for them. Their love is something to be seen. Stephen adores Nikki and she will always feel cherished when wrapped in his arms.
Their little girl Madison decided she was dancing as well. A first dance between husband and wife, quickly became a party of three. However, I’m pretty certain it was perfect and just the way it was intended to be.
Toasts were given and more memories were shared. We learned a lot about the newly married couple and the life they have joined and will share together.
Nikki and Stephen, I hope that your wedding day was all you dreamed it would be. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day. It was a complete honor to witness your love and the details of your wedding.
All my Love
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Northrup
Nikki & Stephen: March 31, 2017
Northrup_Wedding from Brooke Mathis on Vimeo.
I am so excited to introduce you to one of our 2018 Beautiful Evolutions Spokesmodels. Leighton attends Alvarado HS and will graduate in 2019. She has the most precious soul and is full of smiles and of course the most beautiful freckles. I love them, she doesn’t.
When I rolled out the Spokesmodel team for 2018 – I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted it to be. I didn’t want to restrict it to only rising Seniors… I wanted to bring in a select few rising Juniors as well. I wanted to make this group about something bigger than just pretty pictures and kids rushing thru their senior year. So, Leighton is one of my rising Juniors and I couldn’t be more blessed to have her on the team.
April and May has been reserved for each member of the spokesmodel team to have their own private Spokesmodel Shoot. Just me and them (and of course mom). These sessions were specifically created to showcase their interests, their passions, the things that are unique to them. One thing that I hope people will say is that each of my Spokesmodel and Senior sessions are unique. I never want everyone to look the same. I never want all of my sessions to be so similar they could have all been shot on the same day.
Ummm… can we just give a little shout out to Dad for having such an AWESOME truck!! I do believe you will another couple of appearances of this bad boy!
Here’s just a little about Leighton… I love that she already has a strong plan for her life. She’s leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at her age.
~ Leighton wants to attend NSU (Northwestern State University, Louisiana) and major in music education and dance.
~ Her faith in God and the love of her family has carried her thru some really tough times in her life. She is stronger because of them, however, she wants to show other girls that beauty is more than what you see on the outside.
~ Her laughter and smile just radiates from her. She is absolutely wonderful to be around!
Sweet girl! We are going to have a great year together and I can’t wait for the next time we shoot together!
2017’s Most Popular Necklace
First off, I’m not even sure if chokers are considered necklaces. But they’re so popular, they deserve their own category anyways. Everywhere you go, you’re sure to spot a girl wearing a choker. Their popularity doesn’t waver between a typical highschool girl, to Kendall Jenner.
There’s no limit to the chokers you might find, & they can add so many different dimensions to your outfit. Sparkly, leather, long, velvet, thick, lace, or with charms- the possibilities of chokers are endless! You can wear them with anything. Here’s a few ways I like to wear chokers- enjoy! How do you wear them?
–For a more “dressed-up” look: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlushesAndGold
–For a more “edgy” look: Lulus
–For a more “dainty/fun” look: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LAminiJewelry
How do you wear them? We love to see the little details that our girls bring to their shoots… what will you wear?