Everyday Updates

  • Thursday Updates

    Hi, friends!

    If you've been hanging around for any time at all, you'll notice our sparkling new website redesign. We are so, so excited about it! Click around, check it out, and take a gander at our new "about" and "our contributions" page. Y'all are the best!

    IMG_1441And this is how we feel about tomorrow being Friday!

    Photos // David Wallace, Model // Charles Matthews, Apparel // men, women, Web // Deatherage Web Development
  • A Tuesday Pick Me Up

    Everyone always complains about Mondays being hard, but sometimes, Tuesdays are just as difficult. Here at the Live It Everyday HQ, it's raining and we're running crazy to get everything ready for Christmas. 'Tis the season!

    If you need a pick me up today and haven't already seen this, I'm totally obsessed with Humans of New York lately. I'm a writer, so I love stories ... especially those that are real. Here's my favorite.

    The caption is: "He does math problems out loud in his sleep. She collects vintage teacups."

    It's such a cool site, guys. Go check them out here & read some of the sweet/sad/awesome/uplifting/totally crazy stories. On your lunch break, of course (;

  • Live It Everyday Is Going Social

    We're a fan of social media. It connects us to our families, our favorite sports teams, and friends. We love it most of all, though, because it connects us to you!

    In preparation for the new line that drops in just a few weeks (EXCITEMENT), we've gotten social. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, and now, keep up with all of our shenanigans  on Instagram! Want a sneak peak of what we've been working on? You're going to want to follow us!

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    We follow you if you follow us -- we'll say it again -- we love being your friend!

    Have a great week!

    Haley & the Live It Everyday Team

  • We're Back!

    It's been a while since we've last blogged, but we miss you! In the coming weeks, we've gotten some SUPER exciting things planned, so make sure to stay tuned!

    For the last couple of weeks, we were in London, England. Here are some snapshots we love.

    1 2Mike (Chief Cook & Bottle Washer) and the business brains of the family, Liv (youngest of the fam) at the Roman Baths in Bath, England.3They listened to these audio guides like it was their jobs. Chief Cook & Bottle Washer and CFO at your service in Edinburgh, Scotland.4

    This picture was 100% necessary.

    Happy Hump Day! Haley

  • It Feels Like Home: An Update On Cara's Trip To Costa Rica

    I've told you before that Cara's a nut for traveling. Not only traveling, but mission work. We think she's awesome.

    Here's a couple of photos from her Facebook and an update from her personal blog!

    Click here to check out her blog, Ankle Deep where she talks about how she feels more and more at home in Costa Rica as she continues to travel there!

    Costa Rica Missions CR Update 2

    I just think it's the coolest that Cara was celebrating the USA win along with us, even though she's, like a gazillion miles away in Costa Rica! Read our commentary on the game here!

    Remember to continue sending thoughts, prayers, and good vibes her way!

  • An Everyday Trip: Costa Rica Mission Work

    There are some people who I just love to be around. They're an encouragement. An inspiration. Rarely are these people my age. I find inspiration and encouragement and knowledge from those who are older than me, who have done more than me. That is not the case with Cara.

    Cara and I have been friends for years. We met in the seventh grade at church when she and her twin sister were placed in our small group. We became fast friends -- there were times and still are that we look at each other, laugh and say, "we're the same person." I wish that were true.

    Cara 1 We were never up to any good.

    You've read a lot of Cara's posts already. She's shared some pretty amazing memories and stories with you and, believe me, there are many, many more to come. When we were younger, we used to try and figure out who was going to end up where. Would I be a novelist like I'd hoped? Would Johnny be a pro basketball player? When we played those games, there was never any doubt that Cara would work in the mission field. From day one, she was a fighter. A rebel. Someone who challenged status quo. Brave. Courageous. We fell apart naturally as we both went to college, but recently got to meet up, which began her contribution for Everyday Conversations. I've never been so happy as to hear that she was continuing her passion -- she had colorful and inspirational stories of her times spent in Costa Rica, her love of the children she met in Gabon in Africa. One instant, she is a college grad, spending time working at a local restaurant and frozen yogurt shop. Another, she's explaining the ramifications of sex trafficking all over the world. It's inspiring, a little scary, and really hard to keep up with.

    And always willing to have a blast. And always willing to have a blast.

    Today, Cara leaves for Costa Rica on what seems like her 2709th trip. She fell in love with it when we were in high school. What I can't possibly wrap my head around, though, is how Cara described this trip to me. She leaves soon for Uganda, where she will be working at an orphan care center. She'll actually be the director (which, we like to remind her of when she scowls and crying babies in public..."my kids won't cry." We'll see how long that lasts.) and work with children who have been affected greatly by Joseph Kony. She's headed directly in the line of fire -- and no one would expect anything less. When she told me about Costa Rica, though, she said "I wouldn't have planned a trip to CR so close to my trip to Uganda, but I'm happy I have. It'll be so relaxing." Relaxing. That word is used for beaches. What will Cara be doing? Manual labor. Ministering to children. Building churches. Construction work. "Normal stuff," she says.

    So, on her way to Costa Rica today, let's make Cara feel the Live It Everyday love. We're sending prayers, thoughts, and good vibes your way, Cara. We're thankful for people like you!

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    Until next time, Haley & the Live It Everyday Team

    PS - check out Cara's personal blog, Ankle Deep, where she posts regular updates about her traveling experiences and walk with the Big Man. You'll love it.

  • A Weekend Recap -- Show Hope's Family Fest

    Happy Monday! It seems like we hardly got a break this weekend! We had a ton going on, but all of it was so exciting! On Saturday, Adriane (Owner & CFO) and I got to travel to Nashville, TN to visit Show Hope, a charity that we work with! It was such a great event and we loved every second of it! Especially the ice cream when we were so hot, we thought we'd melt.

    Here are some sneak peak photos from the event; we'll have more up this week and a couple of other surprises from the day. Hope you guys have a great Monday! SHFF 1 We loved getting to meet Mary Beth Chapman, President and Co-Founder of Show Hope! Also Steven Curtis Chapman's wife. She's literally the coolest person.

    SHFF 2Don't mind us; we're just trying to find any way possible to cool off.

    SHFF 3 This is a hint for our surprise later this week... (Do I look cross eyed in this picture? Maybe...)SHFF 5What good is a family fest without a proper photo booth? I was laughing so hard, I could hardly smile!

    What were you guys up to this weekend? Leave us a comment!

    Photos // Kyser Lough, Apparel // menwomen
  • A Rainbow In The Clouds: A Tribute To Maya Angelou

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    A great voice and inspiration in our generation has passed away. To hear that Maya Angelou had died at 86 yesterday was heartbreaking for me. Of course, I didn’t know Maya personally, which makes that statement sound rather silly, but I have met her. Two years ago, I was working for my campus newspaper, The Murray State News. When we got word that Maya Angelou was giving a speech as a part of our annual Presidential Lecture Series (which has brought in speakers like Spike Lee, Ben Stein, and Bill Nye (you know, the science guy)), I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to meet and interview her. Excitement soon led to unashamed nervousness as I realized I would get to not only be in the same room as the woman whose works I had poured over in high school, but that I would get to speak to her personally. Amazing. I did my research -- I examined interviews from Maya in her younger years; I looked for interviews from her more seasoned years. I watched the way she really spoke to her interviewers; I focused on her ability to impart wisdom.

    When the day came that I was to meet her, I was sick. No part of me wanted to go to work, to put my heels on, and pull out my recorder. It was a great opportunity, I knew, but there were other things to do. Lay in bed, actually, sounded the best at the time. But, I was working. It was my job. I ran across campus in my wedges which later rubbed blisters the size of quarters in my heels. Every time I wear those shoes, I think of that day, sprinting through the parking lot in a dress. I was warned that tardiness would not be acceptable (that's a bit of a problem for me). I waited outside the concourse that led to the room where she apparently was waiting. In the mean time, I met one of my very best friends, who I'm still incredibly close to today. Maya had interviews with the local newspapers, The Murray Ledger and Times, The Paducah Sun, they were all there and much more versed than me. I looked at my prepared questions, and began to tremble. This was a big deal. She was a big deal. She is a big deal.

    “What’s your name?” she asked me as I walked in the room where our student body president, our adviser, my soon to be best friend, a cameraman who I'm also close to, stood. My pen jiggled in my hand. I told her my name.

    “And you have questions for me, Ms. Russell?” What could I do but stammer yes?

    My first thought when I saw her was that she was much older than I had anticipated. She was on oxygen, and was continually on the cameraman to “put that thing away” when it strung up to her nose, intertwined in a long, gold necklace. She did so nicely, of course. The woman doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. Her eyes were masked by shaded lenses, but she looked at me as she spoke slowly and deliberately. Her hands were manicured and laid delicately across her brown dressed lap. She was in a wheelchair. She was 84 years old.

    Looking at my notebook, which fit perfectly in the palm of my left hand, I read my first question. I could hardly hear myself I was so nervous. But she began talking, and that made all the difference.

    She told us to be an inspiration, no matter what our age. The words she used? A rainbow in the clouds. She explained that our age didn’t matter. “Not enough adults tell you that you are the best we have,” she told me. “We need your courage; courage is the most important of all the virtues.” I scribbled, my hand still shaking. She was the kind of woman you wanted to drink coffee with. I wanted to absorb what she was saying, never forget it. What Maya Angelou said to me that day was insurmountable. What I remember, though, is the way she said my name every time she answered a question. Her answers were long and thoughtful and as she looked at me, spilling out words of reassurance, she said my name. And she told me, quite simply, to be a rainbow in someone else's clouds.

    Today, I am sad. Maya Angelou is gone. But, her words will be with us always. They have changed and shaped the nation and forever, I am grateful.

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    Maya Quote

    “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”

    “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be bettertomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that everyday you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    “Listen to yourself and in that quietude, you might hear the voice of God.”

    “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

    “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”

    “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

    “Nothing can dim the light which signs from within.”

     

    Maya, you were quite a woman. And you will be dearly, dearly missed.

    Haley

  • Throwback Thursday: Live It Everyday's Birthday

    July 4th means a lot to us. One reason (of course) is the celebration of our nation. Another? Well, July 4, 2008 is when Mike, my dad and the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer (also the writer of the weekly playlist posts) came up with Live It Everyday. Just a teeny tiny idea.

    We were celebrating the Fourth with my uncle, my dad's brother, in Fort Knox where he was stationed. He'd just gotten home from a deployment and we were pumped out of our brains to hang with him and his family (after all, they bought the real sweet tea ... dad insists on diet). We're based out of Lexington, Kentucky, so Fort Knox is about an hour and a half, two hours away. We had a long (ish) trip in front of us and an impatient dad hanging out in the living room, waiting. He does that a lot. Our bad?

    Savannah Picture

    Brian, my uncle, is in the back behind his wife, Ashley and her daughter Emma, on the left. They're both active in the Army. Beside Brian is Liv and in front of her is Josh, Brian's son. Beside Liv is Adriane, my mom, Financial Guru for Live It Everyday, next to her, my dad (Chief Cook & Bottle Washer), then Summer, and me. This picture was taken in Savannah, where they're now at Fort Stewart, about two years ago.

    The night went gloriously. We ate, we laughed, we played. Our fireworks...well, we've had better years (we refuse to allow neighbors to upstage us anymore). But, it was an awesome day. On our way back, though, dad said a few things to us that really seemed to make a lot of sense: when we do something, he said, we need to do it everyday -- you know? Well, yeah. The girls and I played basketball growing up. My mom cheered through college and my dad, well, dad played about three sports at any given time and still has a flawless fadeaway jumper that is downright impossible to defend (I'm not bitter about that at all or anything). We were no strangers to playing everyday, whether we wanted to or not. Of course, we said. Doing it everyday is commitment. That's how you get good. (Unfortunately, no amount of commitment would make me enjoy playing post...but that's another story.)

    Soon after, we were drawing logos on the patio that we affectionally call the "Tiki Village" (for the standing candles, porch swing and good vibes it produces, of course). We had big dreams, dreams that are still very real to us today.

    Today, in honor of Throwback Thursday (sorry, Cara...I know you hate hashtags), I'm introducing you to my favorite design, one of the very first we ever came up with. We worked and reworked this one. You've seen me wear it when I went to Nashville last month, and no doubt you'll see me wear it again. I live for this shirt. Well, that might be a little much. But...anyway.

    Here's the first version, round one. We threw this in the "heck no" pile. Our focus groups, though, kept pulling it out. We were like, ummm, that's the trash pile. Little did I know they were pulling out one of my favorites.

    Throwback 2

    Here's the second version. I seriously cannot get enough of this design. The best part for me, too, is that 11% of the sale goes to Show Hope, one of the organizations with whom we work. I love them. They're an agency who works with orphans, addressing both their primary needs (food, clothing, etc.) and their need for a family. We have some unbelievably awesome things planned with Show Hope later (ten days to be exact.....). Seriously. You're gonna want to stay tuned for this one.

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    Throwback Thursday is fun! I love looking back at how Live It Everyday has progressed, grown and changed. What about you guys? Do you have a favorite design?

    Happy Thursday!

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  • What's Up? Nice To Meet You.

    We understand you’re busy. You’re working, training, fighting, focusing and perfecting. We get that. But, we just wanted to say hey and introduce ourselves.

    Welcome to Live It Everyday’s Everyday Conversations, where we, you know, have conversations. I'm Haley, the Content Manager and Editor of Everyday Conversations. We work with several writers and contributors and will be here several times a week giving you updates on all things Live It Everyday.

    DSC_4334-KyserEditThat's me on the left, hanging out behind the scenes at a Live It Everyday shoot.

    Our company’s belief is based off the passion that drives us to do the impossible -- to work at something everyday. We don’t do anything half-heartedly and don’t expect you to, either. We outfit the Everyday Warriors, and here, we talk to and about of those Warriors -- warriors in jerseys and soup kitchens, warriors in camouflage and running shorts. Here, you’ll be introduced to some awesome people, people from all over the country and globe who are not only Living their passions Everyday, but also changing the world around them. All day, everyday.

    So, hey. We’re glad you’re here.

    We can’t wait to share some totally awesome stories with you.

    Don't be shy -- introduce yourself in the comments! 

    Haley

    Photo // Kyser Lough, Apparel // men, women

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