Life & Thoughts

Kelly sits on stairs and reflects what it means to be scared to become a mom.

Confession: 10 Reasons I’m Scared To Be a Mom

You read that title right - I am scared to be a mom. Let me give a little backstory first. Growing up, I loved babies. I loved being around them, holding them and playing with them. I thought I’d be married and be a mom by the time I turned ...
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Kelly smiles thinking back on her first year of blogging.

9 Realizations I Had My First Year of Blogging

Believe it or not, it's Lipstick & Ink's first birthday this week! It’s incredible in just one year how much I’ve learned and grown from this crazy exhausting, but extremely rewarding experience in blogging. There's been a lot of realizations along the way, and I thought it couldn't be more ...
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Lightbulb sits on a chalkboard.

Defining Success & What It Means to You

It wasn’t until I had a conversation with one of my oldest best friends over Thanksgiving that I really thought about the meaning of success. She and I randomly got on the subject after a late night out at the bar (I always dig a #realtalk convo IRL, even after ...
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Pen and paper are critical when setting goals.

Setting Goals + 5 Ways You Can Stick To Them

With a new year, comes new goals. And with each year, we set those goals for things related to our careers, our health, or our lives in general. It's easy to say "I have a goal!" but when it comes time to actually pursuing it, we often get caught up ...
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Kelly looks down and smiles.

6 Life Lessons I Learned in 2018

At the end of every year, I like to take the opportunity to reflect. As I reflect on 2018 in particular, I am overcome with happiness and pride. My goal this year was to really take advantage of opportunities and pursue my passions. In doing that, I think I grew ...
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Kelly sits by the fire and Christmas tree.

7 Reasons Why Christmas is My Favorite Holiday

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it was fitting to write about why it has always been my favorite holiday of the year. While I can definitely appreciate holidays like the 4th of July and Thanksgiving, there’s just something magical about Christmas that gives me all the warm, ...
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Adam on his knee and proposing to Kelly.

Our Engagement Story

Who doesn’t love a good engagement story, am I right? Three years ago today, Adam proposed to me. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. Isn’t it crazy how some memories are so vivid? Anyways, in celebration of our engagement-versary, I thought Adam and I would recount how ...
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Our First Year of Marriage: What Worked For Us

Our First Year of Marriage: What Worked For Us

Growing up, I read in magazines, heard on talk shows and even heard from those older than me that the first year of marriage is the hardest. Hearing that always felt pretty ominous and I ended up imagining nasty fights, stressful conversations, and moments of despair. I wondered, what could ...
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