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Allyn Lewis  Blogging about style, mental health & imperfect moments. Also a fan of ice cream, jewel tones & deep convos. 💎 NEW: BEST PRINTABLE PLANNERS👇🏻


One of the most terrifying and exciting things in this world is going on a first date. There are so many different ways it can go, and we run through every possibility in our head before we even get there. Some of them turn out pretty well, while others are as miserable as possible. ⠀

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we want to hear about your funny first dates! It doesn’t matter if it was necessarily good or bad, just entertaining! We might even feature your story in a blog post on The Gem, with your permission, of course. Alright, so who wants to get started? 😁

Being an entrepreneur and business owner, I don’t really feel like weekends exist. Everyday is a work day for me because I’m always trying to do #AllTheThings. Although I have been spending this weekend babysitting my favorite kids, so that’s been a nice change of pace! ⠀

I know we’re always going to be busy running a business, but do all of you Gems feel the same way? I wish I could change it, because it can definitely make life feel overwhelming at times. Do you have any tips that are helpful to you?

@willyumphoto shared a Flashback Friday from this shoot and I couldn’t help but post one too! Going out to eat with this crimped hair after was definitely a blast 😂. ⠀

Photography: @willyumphoto
Gowns: @tidalcool
Models: Emily Elaine, @rachelschwieterman and me⠀
Hair: @taratwelchhair
Makeup: @ng_gibson

So I just posted a new blog that highlights some of my favorite printable planners for 2018 (head to hitthegem.com)! Not to be confused with my blog about my favorite physical planners that I posted last year. 😉⠀

I know the year has already started, but it’s never too late to start using a planner, especially since I consider it to be one of the most important organizational tools out there!⠀

Do you use a planner? Do you prefer writing in something physical, or is digital your preference. I tried digital last year, but it just wasn’t the same for me.

Calling all my #depressionwarriors! If you’re like me, the smallest issues can make simple things like showing love and compassion seem impossible (I know that sounds awful). In the same light, however, sometimes the smallest things can also take me out of a funk and reinvigorate my passion. ⠀

One of those things for me has been these gorgeous @seedsoflovebracelets. Aside from their beautiful craftsmanship, they’re also made with a purpose. You can find out more about them from the link in my bio!⠀

So, what small things bring joy to your life and pick you up when you feel like you don’t have much to give? It can be anything from food to clothes, or maybe it’s a product... literally anything. I want to hear all about it!

I was so caught up in getting our heat situation resolved yesterday that I totally forgot about my post for #TheTruthRebellion 🤦🏼‍♀️. BUT, the message of this movement by @ashley.beaudin of @imperfectbosses is so powerful that I’d rather show up late than never. ⠀

We’re dropping the heavy words we’ve been believing about ourselves and replacing them with truths. ⠀

I often tell myself I’m overwhelmed and then I get caught up in #allthethings to the point that I don’t feel capable of taking the actions I need to. But the truth is, I am capable. I am capable of so much more that I know. I’m capable of moving forward even in the stress. I’m pledging to allow myself to embrace capability. 💎 ⠀

So you tell me, what’s one word that describes what you want to let go of and what kind of truth are you replacing it with? ⠀


bracelet: @7charmingsisters #7charmingsisterspartner

Let me tell you, this gem arrived at the most perfect time. Our heat hasn’t been working for the past few days and the space heaters we’ve been using while waiting for it to be fixed are wreaking havoc on my skin. It’s even more dry than usual this time of the year.⠀

BUT @clinique’s Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator has certainly come to the rescue! I didn’t think a plump, dewy complexion was possible in the winter until now but my skin looks even more hydrated than before our current heat dilemma. ⠀

If you suffer from severe dry skin and want something effective without the heavy feel of most moisturizing solutions, you won’t regret grabbing this at the nearest Clinique counter 😉. ⠀

#Sponsored #RehydrateYourself #MoistureSurge

That’s it. I’m done. I would be totally fine if I never saw snow again. Okay, maybe I’m being dramatic, because I would like to ski again in my lifetime. However, it is time to move somewhere warm! I’m thinking Charleston, SC! ⠀
What’s your ideal location to live in? What factors play into your decision (weather, scenery, etc.), and are you currently living in your ideal location?

Forgive me if I seem a bit giddy, but I just posted my 21st vlog on YouTube! It’s a big achievement for me because 1) it’s my first vlog of 2018, and 2) 21 is a lot of vlogs!⠀

I’m up to 26 subscribers now, so I know my following has been eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series 😜. The bottom line: I do these vlogs as much for myself as I do them for everyone else. ⠀

Which brings me to my question for today: what little things do you do that might not necessarily advance your life in the eyes of others, but you continue to do because it feels rewarding to you?

I’m sitting here trying to figure out how the weekend is already over. Ugh. Does anyone know how to add more hours to the day?⠀

I’m curious to know how you Gems manage the hours in your day to stop them from flying by. I always feel like the end of the day comes so quickly and I had zero time to be productive. How can I stop that feeling?⠀

[PS - this look is now up on hitthegem.com! 💎]

I was sitting in my living room today and realized that our Christmas tree is still up.. and it’s January 13th 😳. Please tell me I’m not alone!⠀

When do you take down your tree, or do you even put a tree up at all? Do you think I’m crazy for still having mine up? 🤪

So, we just posted a new He Said, She Said post, and in it, I got pretty open and honest about where I thought I’d be in life at this point. It all started because @shaunnovakmusic needed me to wear a wedding dress for a music video he was filming (I’m not married yet, btw 🤷🏼‍♀️). ⠀

The whole thing got me wondering: does everyone feel like life has made its own plans for you? I mean, did you set dates/time periods for major life moments to happen for you? And, if you did, have they happened as planned, or has life taken you on a totally different path?⠀

📷: @bjsmithphoto
👗: @oeevening

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