Life’s New Adventure

You know how the saying goes, ‘Life is an adventure.’ Well it’s true. Each day is never what you exactly plan out. Yesterday I was so excited to announce that I’m officially the Editor-in-Chief of Original Piece Magazine. It’s a digital online magazine features fashion trends, beauty favorites, inspirational messages, and daily articles about life.
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I was so excited to find out about this new adventure. It’s something I’ve always worked hard so and something I’ve been doing for a while. What some people don’t know is I love writing. Writing about anything and everything and one day hope to publish a book. So what better way to put one of passions into place than with the digital magazine.
I shared the photo above on instagram to announce my promotion because it shared the excitement and dare to be yourself message the overall magazine has. It’s titled ‘A Pocket Full of Sunshine’ because of the bright flower used in the photo.
I had to give a huge shoutout to Ralphi from Ralphi’s Photography for this amazing portrait photo. She achieved such an amazing photo for me.
So life is an adventure embrace everything that comes your way. Good or bad make your day how you’ve decided to make it. If you have to change your plans I’ve learn to, go with the flow.
Check-out Original Piece Magazine by CLICKING HERE. Comment below what YOU think of it! I’d love to hear from you all!

xoxo- HeyitsCarlyRae

Puppy Love

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a ‘diary entry’ for you guys so here is one today. In case you guys didn’t know I got a puppy dalmatian {almost} five months ago at the end of the month. I’ve heard the saying ‘a puppy is a lot of work,’ or a ‘puppy will be your kid.’ But I never actually though twice about it until I got Gatsby my puppy dalmatian.
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Gatsby is definitely a full time job. He is the cutest and sweetest dog and is very loyal but he takes work 24/7. I don’t even have time to watch T.V. or sit peacefully between working and taking care of him. He is already over 35 pounds and is definitely only going to get bigger. He is full of energy and I have walk him everyday and he is teething to bones are a requirement.
I enrolled him in puppy training at Petsmart and we are working on the first set of training exercises this week which he has been doing awesome at. I have what they call a ‘clicker’ which helps keep him focused when he’s training that work amazingly.
I’ve had a hard time with toilet training but I’m going to try a bell at the door so he knows to ring it when he has to go.
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Overall having a puppy has been awesome, but also comes with a lot a lot a lot of work. If you aren’t prepared to take on a huge a responsibleΒ that will required all your time I don’t recommend getting a puppy. A lot of people think dogs are easy but they aren’t. You have to work with them in a healthy way and take care of them 24/7.
Gatsby is definitely a blessing, but is definitely in his terrible two stage.
Do you have a puppy?! What kind of puppy do you have?

xoxo HeyitsCarlyRae

Inspired by our Miss Original 2017

Today I had the honor to do watch Miss Original 2017’s photoshoot! She truly is an inspiring person and I’m so excited to have her as our Miss Original 2017. A lot of you might not know what Miss Original is. Miss Original is a person who represents throughout the entire year her originality and spreads her confidence and happiness to everyone she comes into contact with.
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Brittney has faced many hardships a struggles in her life and could have easily just said forget everything and decided not to do anything with her life. But instead she decided to take her hardships and set an example and be a role model to many people. She writes her own Β story and shows her ‘warrior princess scars’ and there to inspire.
She truly puts a smile on anyones face and is so kind hearted that I’m so lucky she is our Miss Original. You can follow her journey on: www.ShopOriginalPiece.comΒ She writes weekly blogs and each on has an inspiring message behind it.
Definitely love knowing Brittney, who has more strength and courage than a lot of people I know.

THINK PINK

It was Original Piece’s Think Pink Event at their Flagship location this past weekend in Florida. I was so excited to have the chance to go and of course I wore an all pink dress I got from them last year! I decided to pair it with the denim jacket I have had for years and it gave it a casual twist.
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I showed my support in honor of someone special to me who is a survivor of breast cancer. I wore pink in honor of her and was so excited to attend such an amazing event.
I had the chance to paint a pink ribbon pumpkin to show my support too! It’s actually a lot harder to paint a pumpkin than you might think! I had to spray paint it first then decorate it.

Have you shown your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Wear PINK to show your support!

Dear Diary… Road to Recovery

So some of you who follow me on Instagram (@HeyitsCarlyRae) or Snapchat (HeyitsCarlyRae) might have seen I was at Mayo Clinic for surgery this past week. I’ve had tons of people write in and message me about it and wonder if I was okay! Which I appreciate all the love!

Pre-Surgrey Selfie
Pre-Surgery Selfie

I had to undergo an eardrum replacement surgery. No one really knows but I’ve grew up having over ten operations on my ear due to a hole in my eardrum that in turn never got fixed. But through the years my hearing and health of the ear has decreased so I had to undergo an operation to fix it.
It was a long three hour surgery with hours in recovery but after a day I got to come home. So far the surgrey has been successful and even though there is a lot of bruising and numbness I am starting to feel like my old self again. It will be over a month until I do physical activity which as you know I love fitness so that’s going to be really hard!!! But I’m thankful for the entire staff at Mayo Clinic and how amazingΒ the ear surgeon was and all of the nurses. Each and every one of them were so nice and so caring! I admit I was really scared for the surgery! You start freaking out about everything, but the entire staff was amazing and they did an amazing job of keep my family updated of everything during and after surgery.

4 Days Post Surgery!
4 Days Post Surgery!

I am so thankful to now be home and to get my ear that is now without a hole healed! I will definitely keep you up-to-date on everything. You won’t be seeing too many new selfies or posts yet, but as soon as I take one I’ll be sure to share it with you all!!! It was a long road trip home but definitely worth it!!!

xoxo- HeyitsCarlyRae

Photo Session With Ricky Skaggs

Flashback Friday in my diary to the photo session I got to do with the legendary Bluegrass artist, Ricky Skaggs.
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I was in Nashville, TN on a trip and for the day I got to go see where all the country artists get headshots done and I got to meet and spend the day with Ricky Skaggs.
The day was spent at a photo studio and photographers got to spend a few hours there learning lights etc. Ricky was there do be a ‘model’ for the shoot and I was lucky enough to be there. I offered to get a photo with him and got to be paired with him for a photo session and it was amazing!
Ricky Skaggs is very nice and it is amazing knowing all his accomplishments he has done and meeting him. Being an aspiring country/bluegrass singer it was a true honor to meet him, let alone get in on a photo session with him!! It was awesome!
Fingers crossed there will be another time for another photo session with this amazing artist! What is your favorite Ricky Skaggs song?!