5 Things I learned in 2019

Hello Darling,

Happy 2020 darlings. It’s hard to believe that it is already the New Year. I have been reflecting recently, on this past year. Putting everything aside, I have learned a lot this year. I am excited to see what 2020 brings me. Being sick most of 2019, was very difficult and taught me more lessons than I’ve ever learned. I’m grateful for the ones who stayed in my life and those who didn’t. Words that stand out to me from 2019 were, fear, strength, hope, courage, faith, trust and disappointment. Words that I am putting out there for 2020 are, fun, positivity, trust, patience, dreams, compassion, understanding, and self- acceptance.

I pray that 2020 brings you health, happiness, love and lots of fun!

If I learned anything, it was that YOU are in charge of your own happiness. No amount of clothing, money, materialistic things, Gucci belts, concerts, NYFW, or relationships will bring you that happiness. It’s so important to remember that and fuel yourself with the things that bring you the most joy.

GIRL you are STRONGER than you even know. Trust me when I say this. Unfortunately, it took me too long to realize it. As most of you know, I battled a very bad case of Lyme disease. Over time, I found that my strength didn’t come from a person, a thing or a medication; it came from within. I just needed the courage to believe it. Now don’t get me wrong, all of those things are amazing and helpful to help you during tough times. Remember, you are stronger than you know!

I think this one speaks for itself. I am the type of woman who loves to give, give and give. I sometimes forget to love myself first.

EXACTLY this! This goes for friends, significant others and even relatives. It’s so hard to stop caring, but worth it for your heart in the end.

Oh man darlings, this one hits so hard. Let’s be honest, things tend to look PERFECT in our imagination and on paper. It is so important to trust the timing of your life. Whether you lay your faith in the lord or the universe. You can NOT force the timing of your life.

Let’s make 2020 the best year of our lives. We will look back and realize we grew even more.

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A special darling message this Christmas

Hello Darling,

I want to start off this post by saying, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and New Year to all! We have been so wrapped up in shopping for gifts, who has the prettiest tree/decorations and living room garland; that we tend to forget the REAL meaning of Christmas. I wanted to share some scripture with you, that means a lot to me this Holiday season. I hope I can encourage at least one of you to find joy in the dark moments of our life. This is a real, raw and vulnerable post for me, so thank you for allowing me to be 100% Meghan. In the comments, leave a comment as to something you would like me to life up in prayer for you.

Even though it may not seem like it on my feed, and I haven’t shared too too much on my struggles- I endured a lot of hardship this past year. I struggled more than ever in my life. I hit rock bottom and lost who I was. I lost the bubbly, fun, loving and sweet woman I once was. It is important to me that I inspire at least one person with my story. I battled Lyme disease back in March of 2019 and unfortunately dealt with a lot of loss over the year. Friendships, jobs, relationships, and goals suddenly slipped away. I am not looking for sympathy, but rather to inspire those in need of faith/hope this Holiday season.

As I am sitting here, reflecting on this past year and it feels like such a blur to me. The best metaphor I can use to describe my past year is this: Last week I suffered from a minor eye scratch/infection and have been wearing my glasses for a week now. I struggle because the glasses are my old prescription. As I would drive, I noticed I had to squint and signs were SO blurry to me. Once I was able to put in my contacts again; it felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I could suddenly see again. It didn’t seem as blurry anymore and everything began to read clearer again. I know this is a cheesy metaphor, but it felt like I was looking through blurry glasses over the last year. Unfortunately, I suffered from illness majority of the year and missed out on opportunities, jobs, family functions, and many more important life moments. BUT, I also found that I was able to accomplish some major goals for my business and made beautiful memories. I hit goals I DREAMT of reaching for the blog. I am SO BLESSED. To be honest, those accomplishments mean that much more to me because I reached them while being very ill.

In 2019, God really put in a very uncomfortable place in my life. But, I have a beautiful home and so much love. I am still thankful for this difficult season and what I went through. It has opened my eyes to life and I am FINALLY starting to feel alive again. I still have bad days and I don’t feel amazing, but I LIVE and LOVE life as much as I can. If you are struggling and are battling chronic illness, I wanted to let you know that you can do anything your heart wants. I reached TREMENDOUS milestones, from doctors offices, hospital beds and visits. I never gave up and that’s what means the most to me. I did not allow the illness to win. This year I have relied heavily on my faith and my family/ loved ones to carry me through. If you do not have a family or friends; count me as one.

I have grown closer to the lord and I wanted to share more of my faith with you darlings. I’m grateful for every single one of you here and pray for you all. 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I don’t know who needs to hear this this Christmas, but there is hope. Have faith that god is guiding you to your final destination. If you are hurting, if you are ill, if you are heartbroken, If you suffer from mental illness, fear the future, feel alone and lost- please know you are not alone. You are never alone. I am sharing some of my favorite verses of hope in the second picture.  I hope you have a blessed Holiday season, no matter what you celebrate, who you celebrate with and where you are. Just know I pray peace and health on every single one of you.

Merry Christmas from our darling home to yours <3

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UPDATED⋆⋆⋆Living Room+ Office Reveal

Hello Darling,

WOW! Major decor update alert here at #yourdarlinghome . We have officially been moved in for two months. I can hardly believe that two months have gone by already. I am LOVING the opportunity to share with you our updated home decor living room + home office. I have been working so hard to get everything set and finished. It took me FOREVER to find the perfect living room couch pillows. No joke- it took me a month to find the right ones. I will link everything below for ya’ll. As always, you can always shop everything you see- in the liketoknow.it app or click the shop tab in the menu up top! Thanks for tuning in and I hope ya’ll love our completed living room. It’s been so much fun decorating. I can’t wait to see it decorated for the Holidays.

My little home office all finished! I am LOVING how it turned out!

It has officially been one week since we moved in to our new home! Mr. Darling and I are completly ecstatic and proud of our new place. I am so excited to share with you the details, of our living room thus far. As we add more things, I will share them on the blog. For now, this is what we have completed. I LOVE our bright and open space that is so cozy and a place we can call home. So excited for our new beginning here in the darling home. I will be adding new things to the blog weekly. I look forward to decorating and adding the final touches to our home. It has been a dream of mine to create a space like this and design everything the way I wanted it to be. I feel so grateful and blessed for what God has given me. We need something for over the couch. Any suggesstions?Everything is linked and I look forward to you following along.

Home Sweet Home Darling….

We wanted to keep the living room neutral with pops of grey and beige. It was so much to see our living room transform into this neutral-toned space. The coffee table is VERY affordable and $100. It is the perfect rustic grey with a darker grey tabletop. The flower arrangements were made by moi. It honestly was a random after-thought. The table needed something to make the room pop and I had trouble finding an arrangement I wanted. I knew the exact colors I wanted and decided to take it into my own hands and make my own. Tutorial on that, will be coming shortly. It took me about ten minutes to make. The couch is the perfect size for us and the neutral tones were perfect for our aesthetic. Would you believe me if I told you the couch was under $600? The pillows came with the couch, except for the HOME pillow. I can’t link that, but found it in HOMESENSE. The tray and tic-tac toe board made the perfect accents for the table. Clearly, I love anything rustic! The wall clock was one of the FIRST decor items I picked up from TJMAXX. I am unable to find it online, but linked a similar one here. The blanket ladder was a perfect idea for us to store our cozy pom blankets. Mr. Darling has the sectional side of the couch, so clearly I needed something for my feet. I fell in LOVE with this pouf. Last but not least, is the rug. I knew EXACTLY the rug I wanted for my home. It fit perfectly and we are loving the pop of grey.

Tic-tac toe anyone?

I loved making my own floral arrangement. A tutorial will be coming soon.

View of the living room when walking in the front door.

Coffee Table// Chanel Book// Basket// Similar Clock// Blanket// Tray (in neutral)

When life gives you lemons, put them in a rustic cart….LOL

Okay y’all know that I needed this cart. How stinkin’ cute is it? We are not entirely sure what we will put in it yet, but so far we LOVE the character it adds to our kitchen/living room hall.

Farm Fresh Cart// Fake Lemons// Wall Decor

Thank y’all so much for your well wishes and sweet comments. We are SO happy to be moved in and “home” sweet home. Be sure to follow our home hashtags #yourdarlinghome !

xo,

M

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LIFE UPDATE: Where I’ve been, My launched Line & What’s Next?

Hello Darling,

 

     This post is going to be very real, emotional and honest. I have endured some of the hardest months of my entire life, but also have had some of the BEST. I launched my own brand, I am currently working with brands I LOVE and working in a career that I ABSOLUTELY love. I also have been extremely unhealthy, emotional and visited more doctors with names I cannot even remember. I have not been on an audition or sung since Christmas. There have been so many amazing highlights, but also living with so many unknowns, fears and struggles. On social media we only see a small percentage of someone’s life. We rarely get the opportunity to see the WHOLE picture. I am not here to ask for pity, but rather here to inspire, share light and positivity; that even in the darkest of days we can achieve great things. 

Where I’ve Been?

    I have received more DMs than I thought, asking where Ive been? Why I am not in NYC everyday? Why they don’t see me performing or auditioning anymore? Unfortunately due to the circumstances of my health, it was very important that I took a break to focus on healing, getting well so that I may continue to perform.  I need to get to the root of what has been causing my illnesses and what I need to do to feel 100% myself again. There have been so many disappointments and frustrating days where I wanted to give up. Days I felt that I wasn’t enough, that I couldn’t do my try-on hauls. But, You know what? That is a SILLY way to think. I decided to re-center myself, stop focussing on the what-ifs and live in the present. I decided to fully let go and give my life to god. To allow God to guide me, hold my hand and lead me where I belong.  Once I realized that, I was able to find happiness and joys in the small things. I started to have faith and I started to find ways to cope with my illness. I also realized that God has me exactly where I need to be. If I was not home sick and I was away traveling doing a show; who knows if I would have had the time to start my line? For that, I am grateful.
      There are many things that have been helping me to cope with my struggles such as Himalayan Salt Caves, cryotherapy, Reiki, board games and puzzles (lot’s of them), CBD oil (huge advocate of this), Vitamin D and B12, my family, Taylor, friends, my blog, my line, and most importantly Jesus. I recently joined a new church (Genesis LI) and I LOVE it. I feel at home, I have found a community that supports me, is there for me and has welcomed me with open arms. These things worked for me and they are not for everyone. I can only hope that if you are struggling you can find things that help you cope with whatever you are dealing with.

 

My Line

     Wow….that is all I can say. I woke up one day from a dream of my Grandma speaking to me. She said, “Floral and scrunchies” in the dream. I remember calling my mom screaming, “Scrunchies! That’s what I am going to do! Scrunchies!”  I felt that it was a sign from above and what I needed to do. I was so sick and pushed myself to make it happen. I stayed up for days designing, creating, contacting the right people to help me make my vision come to life. Last week, I achieved one of my lifelong goals and dreams. With the major help of my mom, Taylor, Melissa and Ciara; this was possible. It happened! I launched SHOPYDS ! We sold out of a pattern in just 7 hours. It was so cool and it made me feel so grateful and blessed for the opportunity. God has opened a door I PRAYED for. It was exactly what I needed in my life. And he knew that.

 

Where am I going?

         I am continuing on the path of healing, attending doctor visits, creating, blogging, working and most importantly living. It truly is SO important to think mind over body. The more I tell myself I can, I actually can. It may not be easy, and it may be SO hard, but in the end I will look back and be stronger because of what I went through. This has all made me so appreciative of even the small things. I will NEVER take anything for granted and I want to live life not in fear, but in gratitude, excitement and adventure. I hope this inspires you to continue on your path and to not give up. I know I will be back up on that stage singing, sharing my light and dancing until I drop. Until then, I will continue to live.

 

 

xo,

M

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Man

Hello Darling,

   This week, I received so many DMs  asking me to round up some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your man. Now; I’d be kidding if I said I have Mr. Darling’s Valentine’s Day gift ready…I clearly do not. I think I have made my final decision on what I am getting, today. Below are Mr. Darling approved Valentine’s Day gifts; so y’all know these are good picks.  On another note, I picked up my final samples of my line! I am OVERFLOWING with excitement. Things are about to get so real and SO BUSY!

 

  1. Scrapbook with InstaX fujifilm Printer and stickers. Okay, so I showed y’all this idea on my stories this week. This has been a HIT! I just bought a blank notebook from Michaels and printed our photos from my phone using my Insta fujifilm printer on polaroid paper. This is a cute, vintage and sentimental idea for you and your man. 
  2. Puzzles and Board Games- How cute would it be to make a basket of his favorite games and a puzzle to work on together. Mr. Darling and I are very into Clue and Trouble right now.This is perfect for a date night in!
  3. Duffle Bag and matching backpack-I love the brand Herschel. I bought Taylor this for XMAS and he LOVES LOVES it. It’s great for work, travel and everyday.
  4. Video Game- Mr. Darling is DYING for the new Disney Kingdom of Hearts Game…..hint hint Meghan lol 
  5. Sports Tickets and Jersey to a game of his choice- This is such a thoughtful and the perfect experience gift idea.
  6. Nike Joggers and Sneakers to match- I mean you can’t go wrong with Nike…
  7. Record Player with a hand written note inside saying you owe him a home cooked meal and wine with music.
  8. Slippers- Ugg makes the BEST slippers for men. These are great for the homebody and weekend cuddles.
  9. Hot Sauce Making Kit- This is the COOLEST thing for your man if he LOVES to cook. I know this will be a hit with Taylor. Shhh don’t tell him. It’s too too cool not to share with y’all.
  10. Engraved Watch- If your man works corporate or always on the go, this is the PERFECT idea for him. Engrave your anniversary date on the back or initials. Such a cute idea and a timeless classic ;).
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