So, I spent the past week feeling a little blah. Have you ever gone through one of those periods where you’re questioning everything and feeling totally unsure of yourself? I’m guessing you have. We’ve all been there.

I noticed lots of old fears and anxiety coming up — feelings I thought I’d squashed long ago. I found myself getting caught up in a whirlwind of comparison, measuring myself against others who seemed more successful, more confident, more spiritually ‘connected’ or farther along in life than I am right now. I was telling myself things like, because my blog or business didn’t look like so-and-so’s that there must be something wrong and that I hadn’t truly arrived, and so on and so on. Blah.

Here’s the thing: it’s total crap.

When we waste our energy focusing on others and on what’s outside of us we lose our ability to truly experience and appreciate what we have. I realized that I was so focused on what I didn’t have that I wasn’t staying present and allowing myself to honor my own process — my process of growth in my business, in my spirituality and in my own life.

I’m not gonna lie, it got a little ugly (as in, hitting my knees for several moments while mascara-streaked tears ran down my face). But, sometimes, that’s what we need to truly see where we’re falling short of supporting ourselves. In that moment, I made the commitment to begin honoring my own process rather than picking myself apart and comparing myself to others. It hasn’t been a piece of cake, and it takes a moment-by-moment, conscious effort to remind myself to stay centered in that place (especially as negative thoughts and fears continue to creep up), however, in the end it all comes down to self-acceptance — acceptance for ourselves, no matter where we’re at in life, but especially during our struggles.


Now, being accepting of ourselves and our struggles doesn’t mean adopting a ‘that this is the way it is so I better accept it’ mentality. I know that idea trips a lot of people up, myself included. On the contrary, being accepting of our struggles is making a conscious decision to embrace our current circumstance with a more loving attitude so that we can move forward with grace and ease. When we resist, we stay stuck. Only by truly and lovingly accepting where we are in our own journey can move forward with any sort of significance.

Did this post strike a chord? I want to hear from you! Where are you struggling? Where are you not giving yourself love and acceptance for your own journey? Are you able to shift your mindset to appreciate, and maybe even cherish it? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a beautiful week, my friends. <3



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10,000 Smiles

by Kristi on September 15, 2014 · 8 comments

in fun stuff

Hi friends!

This post is long overdue.

A couple months back, I had the opportunity to partner with April Robert of 10,000 Smiles photography for a fun photo shoot. April reached out to me to see if I would like some photos in exchange for a review on my blog. It just so happens I was in the market for some new pics, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

10,000 Smiles is April’s Arizona-based photography company that specializes in wedding, engagement and anniversary shoots. April brings a unique blend of photojournalistic and artistic style to her photography (which you’ll see in the pictures below). Fun fact about April: she spent a year overseas teaching English to Chinese children while honing her photography skills by taking over 800 photos in one month. Pretty awesome right?

As a photographer, April was super professional and easy to work with. She put me at ease right away and made the photo shoot fun. (I was nervous!) I’m impressed with how effortlessly she was able to capture my essence and personality and the feel of what I’m going for with my blog and business. I’m really pleased with how everything turned out!

I would highly recommend April and 10,000 Smiles to anyone looking to commemorate a special event. If any of my AZ readers are interested in using April and her services, you can enter my LifeSprinkles promo code to receive a $50 DISCOUNT. (Offer expires 12/31/14. Note: Discount applies to wedding and anniversary photos only.)

Over the next couple weeks, I will be incorporating some of the images into the site, but I wanted to give you  guys a sneak preview of a few of my personal favorites from the shoot!







my fave!! <3


(That cat was just hanging around. Perfect photo op! :) )

Disclosure: As I mentioned, I received free photos for my participation and review of 10,000 Smiles but all opinions on April and her services are 100% my own. Hopefully, the photos speak for themselves.

Thank you for sticking with me as my blog continues to grow and evolve. <3

Have a happy Monday, my friends! :)



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