Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy Tunes

Hello lovelies! 

Today I just want to share some of my favorite songs that I'm loving right now. I've been focusing on listening to more uplifting and positive songs and I can tell a huge difference! Positive mind equals positive life right? <3 Anyways, I hope you enjoy... and if this isn't your cup of tea-- well, come back tomorrow or Tuesday! ;)

1. "The Fighter"- I absolutely love this song! Carrie Underwood is so adorable in this video and it's just a fun tune to sing along with! 

2. "There's a Girl"- Such an adorable song. It took a couple of listens for this song to grow on me but it's quickly becoming one of my favs! (P.S. Had no clue he won the last season of American Idol until tonight! There's a little random fact for you!)

3. "God, Your Mama, and Me"- Omgsh! Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet boys together? This song AND music video is adorable any way you look at it. (Not sure why this song is only letting me post the link to the video but oh well.. Click below to watch!)

4. "We Should be Friends"- Oh, Miranda.. Gotta love her! That's all I'll say! ;) Haha

5. "Holdin' Her"- I know a lot of people don't like this song but I find it to be super precious! Chris Janson seems like a super sweet and down to earth guy. I really love the story in this song! <3 (Once again, it's only letting me post the link.. You're killing me blogger!)

6. "For Her"- Last but not least, this video is the cutest things I've ever seen! This song... and his voice! Ah! Just listen to it! Ha!

Well, that's all for now! Hopefully I can figure out why it will only let me post the links to certain videos on here! (But I'm super computer challenged soooo that's doubtful! Haha) 

Love always, 

"If at first you don't succeed, fix your ponytail and try again"

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Year of ME

Hello lovelies!

It's a foggy Wednesday and I am sitting at home, with my favorite candle lit and 'Gossip Girl' playing on the TV in the background. I didn't go to work today because well-- I still feel like crap! I called the doctor back yesterday and told them I was having the worst ear pain/pressure EVER so they called me in some antibiotics to take. PTL! After giving it much thought (because I hate missing work), I decided to stay home and rest up so I can (hopefully) go back to work on Thursday feeling like a new woman! ;) I hope you all are ready for a monstrous blog post today! Whoops!

In my last post, I said I was going to blog at least twice a week. Although this still is my goal, I've decided I'm going to blog as much as I can/want from here on out. (I'm thinking daily, woo!) Lately, I've been putting so much time in to other people and so much effort in to insignificant things that I've totally lost focus on myself. I'm changing this. Today! I'm going to focus on ME. The good, the bad and everything in between.

Yesterday, I did something that some may call "drastic" or just straight up "dramatic". I have zero cares, honestly! (..which may surprise people who know me well..I tend to care TOO much..but we will come back to that in a minute!) Anyways, I deleted my social media accounts. (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) ALL of it. I know, I know.. What am I going to do with my life right? Ha! It's been a long time coming. There's quite a few reasons why I chose to delete these accounts but I had one main reason in mind: I. Have. Goals. What does having goals have to do with deleting my social media you ask? I have literally spent countless hours scrolling through people's drama, politics and whining, that I could have probably already made some of my goals a reality. Now, I'm not saying all social media is bad. Heck, I will more than likely create another Instagram at some point just so I can stay connected with the people I care about. However, I'm over it for now.

This year, I am setting goals for myself and I will accomplish them. This blog being one of them! I've told myself for years that this is something I want to do and I'm sticking to it. This is MY outlet and I plan on taking full advantage of it. (Even if no one really knows it exists.. heh.)

A few more of my goals this year are as follows: 

  1. I'm going to read one book per month! Hold up. Whhaaaaat? But Charity, you haven't read a book since high school!? As embarrassing as that is, it's something I'm ready to change. I actually picked up two books yesterday. "You are a Badass" and "The Little Paris Bookshop". (Sorry mom if you see this, just overlook that first title haha) But--I've already read the first few chapters and I'm actually really enjoying it.
  2. I'm really going to buckle down on my health and fitness! Although I've already lost 30 pounds and have made huge improvements, I want to take it to the next level. Starting in March, I'm going to start a huge cut and I plan on losing 10-15 pounds before vacation. (Yay for bathing suits right? Ha!)
  3. Concerts galore. I plan on going to as many concerts as I can this year! I really enjoy live music, probably more than I should! haha I already have John Mayer and Chris Stapleton in the books and I'm about to add Lady Antebellum, along with Kelsea Ballerini. :)
  4. TRAVEL. Now, this is a sensitive subject for me at times. I love love love going to new places but my husband is more of a homebody. However, I am currently working out a master plan on how to do as much traveling as possible. More details on that later! ;) 
  5. Photography Skilllllz. So, I have a SUPER fancy camera that is just sitting in the other room--not being touched! I absolutely love photography and really want to start putting some focus on my interest in it. I'm going to try and take a photography class this summer and I am SO excited about it! 
  6. Get a puppy! YEP. I said it! One of my main goals this year is to get a little fur creature! Not only am I ready for the responsibility, but I am looking forward to having a little buddy to snuggle with at night! <3
  7. So this last goal is kinda of cheesy/embarrassing/stupid.... BUT, I'm going to stop listening to "sad" music. I don't know why but I've always been drawn to depressing styles of music. haha One of my best friends at work has finally talked some sense in to me. I'll be sitting at work listening to something and my mood will change in an instant. He tells me "CHARITY, just stop listening to it already! What the heck woman!?" And he's totally right. Why am I putting myself through that? I want positivity and joy in my life and music is a huge influence for me! 
I hope this blog post hasn't come across as "rude" or "snappy"-- that really isn't my intention. However, (back to my earlier statement on me caring too much), I have cared about what other people think about me or what other people think is best for me for far too long. I have lived in a small bubble my entire life, afraid to take chances...afraid to find my OWN happiness. I intend on focusing on the things most important to me from here on out. 

Anyways, I hope you all have a wonderful day! I'll insert a picture of my super cute books that I'm reading! ;) 

Love always,

'You are worth finding, worth knowing, worth loving. You and all your one million layers. Always hold that close."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunny and 75

Hello lovelies!

I can't believe another weekend has come and gone! Where did it go? The weather was absolutely beautiful and although I was sick, I was determined to *try* and enjoy every minute of it. Here's a little recap: 

Friday night wasn't too exciting, honestly! I wasn't feeling great so I stayed in and watched youtube videos for hours and hours. (Which I'm totally cool with.. I tend to do that more than I would like to admit! Ha!) Saturday, I finally decided it was time to take my butt to the doctor. My ears were starting to feel stopped up and I didn't seem to be getting any better. After I left the doctor and got my prescriptions filled (yay for sinus infections), I went and watched "Lala Land" at the movie theatre. I've heard mixed reviews on the movie but I really enjoyed it. Anything with music, dancing, and a love story.........well, it gets me every time! ;) After the movie, we headed to eat with the family for my sister-n-law's birthday. When I got home, I took some of my (freaking expensive) cough medicine and hoped to fall asleep fast! HA! I wound up not falling asleep until 2 AM. #mylife 

That brings us to today! I woke up later than I wanted to but it was probably for the best... This girl has trouble sleeping (obv!) at times so I was probably overdue on some sleep! Whoops! Anyways, the weather was so nice (again) that we decided to cruise around with the top down on the car. We did a little shopping and then decided to watch another movie! Side note: I never EVER go to the movies. But that's TWO movies.... in TWO days! Who am I? This time we decided to watch a comedy-- "Fist Fight". It was hilarious! Then again, I do have a pretty weird sense of humor and now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I was the only one in the entire theatre that was laughing hysterically. Heh.

Now, I am home... Adulting! I have a load of laundry going and I'm trying to convince myself that I really should meal prep for the week. 0:) 

I hope you all have a fantastic week! My plan is to try and blog at least twice a week... Let's see if I can actually make that happen! ;) 

Love always, 

Oh, and what about a little country tune to go with this amazing weather, eh? <3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"One Hand Fraaands"

I've been sitting here for 30 minutes staring at my computer screen... There are a ton of things that I could talk about but my heart just isn't in the mood to write about them. I'm currently lounged in my massive, oversized leopard chair with a box of tissues at my side. My nose is completely stuffy, but also running like crazy (how does that even happen??) and I've been coughing up my lungs all day-- BUT I refuse to let that stop me from keeping up with this blog!

I've been thinking a lot about friendship. What is a friend? As dumb as this sounds, I went to the actual dictionary and Urban Dictionary (just for fun) to see what the definition(s) were. (Ha! Don't judge me!) In case you were wondering what they said: 

[Friend]: A person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. 

Urban Dictionary: 
[Friend]: People who are aware how retarded you are and still manage to be seen in public with you. People who make you laugh till you pee your pants. People who cry for you. When you don't have enough money to get ice cream, they chip in. They know all of your internet passwords and they would never make you cry to just be mean.

I've always heard that "when all is said and done, if you can count all your true friends on one hand, you're a lucky (wo)man". Now, I'm lucky enough to have many good friends in my life that I love dearly. However; today, I want to focus on my "one hand" best friends. I am the type of person who has never really had a "best" friend in life. I am selfish at times and tend to push people away before I get close to them or before they can get close to me. If someone ever finds their way to that part of my life, I know they are there for a reason. Does this mean every relationship is perfect? Of course not. Does this mean that you will never argue? Ha! You'll probably wind up arguing more if we're being honest. Sometimes, you may even have to take a short "break" from these people but you never stop loving them... Ever! (It only makes you stronger!)

I guess the point I'm trying to make with this post is to cherish your friends. Forgive them. (Even when they don't deserve it..) Love unconditionally and never take them for granted. 

Anyways, I hope you all are having a fantastic Tuesday! And here's to me feeling better sooooon! Can I get an amen!? :) 

Love always,

"Best friends: If you find someone who makes you smile, who checks up on you often to see if you're  okay, who watches out for you and wants the very best for you, don't let them go. Keep them close and don't take them for granted. People like that are hard to find."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Let's Try This Again...

Hello World!

It's me- Charity Leigh! (Aka: Cherry Tea, ChaCha, Churty... Well, you get the idea!) Welcome to my blog: "Cherry Tea & Charm"

So, I created this blog in October of last year and NEVER actually made a post! (What!?) I'm a super big chicken and talked myself out of the whole "blogging thing". I didn't think I was interesting enough OR as smooth with words as most people are who do this sort of thing on the regular. BUT- my goal this year is to get out of my comfort zone so here we go! Yay me! ;)

The goal of this blog is NOT to be super fancy with words (obv!) but to have somewhere I can come and talk about my days, travel, fashion and just life in general. For those who may be interested in any or all of the above, I hope I can brighten up your day even if it's in the smallest way. :)

(Just a heads up, I tend to use a ton of smiley faces and will probably post an overwhelming amount of pictures! Ha! Don't say I didn't warn you up front!)

Anyways, cheers to my first post! I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday and I shall be back sooner than later!