December 31, 2017

New Year New Me

Okay, before you chuck this to another clique "New Year's Resolutions" list, I've got a bunch to share with you. 
About two weeks ago I did an Instagram Live giving you all a quick life update and let you in on some big things I'm working on for the new year and promised I would write a synopsis on my blog is it. 

What I Was Doing:
I started this blog in July of 2016 when I moved to Hawaii to attend my Discipleship Training School (If you're new here, feel free to go back a read up on my adventures HERE). My intention was to create a space where I could process my discoveries and revelations and share the miracles I was witnessing throughout that season of my life. 

I titled the blog Bohemian Candor because I wanted to always strive to be transparent in my writings and what I share through social media. Honestly and openness were both things I built upon when beginning this whole thing. 

Upon returning home I decided that I wanted to continue to write here. I discovered how great of a tool it had become when processing and sorting through so many thoughts and experiences. I moved to South Carolina around the same time and was living on a beautiful farm overlooking the foothills of Asheville, NC (you can read about that HERE). I started selling my artwork to make some extra money and just continued to write and reflect (the introvert inside of me was recuperating from living in a house with 15 people for 3 months in Cape Town, South Africa). 

I then stumbled into fashion blogging and collaboration with brands. It was an extremely huge creative avenue for me but I quickly realized that WAS NOT what I wanted to do. I felt that there was too much noise around the entire subject and though I love fashion and expressing individualism through style, it wasn't what I wanted to focus on. Influencing happened very quickly for me and I would be happy to share pointers and what I did to get access to so many partnerships with any of you interested in pursuing that arena. 

So What Are You Doing Now Anna?:
(i'll tell you *smirk*)

I'm currently studying Esthetics (we're the skin gurus in the Cosmotology world). I originally was in it for the makeup, but I quickly realized that wasn't what I wanted to focus on either (they say the early 20s is a lot of "figuring stuff out"). I fell in love with skin care! I fell in love with the idea of building up an individuals self esteem, whether they were 16 years old and acnetic or 65 years old fighting years of sun damage and scarring. I wanted to come along side and support ones on the journey of recovery and healing....I quickly learned that that can be done hundreds of different ways. I was back to the drawing board in the sense of figuring out the pathway I wanted to pursue. Was it Medical Esthetics? Was is dropping out and getting a nursing degree (that was short lived because I'm scared of needles)? Was it building a business from the ground up and starting my own spa?
I was STRESSED to say the least. 

Around this same time I have been battling some sickness. I have struggled with digestion "issues" for the past 2 years and my gut health has definitely taken a toll. My mom being the wonderful mother that she is, has done countless amounts of research and gone the extra mile in helping me get better and we have narrowed it down to a handful of main causes and things that have helped aid in the process of overall wellness. Along with that, after recently turning 19, I've noticed a WACKO change in my hormones. The last few months have been a roller coaster. I've wrestled with crazy, random waves of anxiety and depression and lots of junk I want no part of, which has sparked some new passion to understand and find help, however that might look (I'd be happy to go into more detail about both of these things in another post, but for now that's all I'll touch on that). 
Basically, I've seen the most results in natural medicine and homeopathic remedies (shout out to all you tree huggers and naturopaths). 

That being said ^ 
I opened a door to a world I didn't even know existed. 
I didn't want just simply accept a prescription or pill for every ailment and sickness (not writing off western medicine, I think it is necessary in many cases). God placed things here on the earth for us and gave us access to so many things that can help us through our day to day.

I ultimately found my solution to both my career decision and my overall health...I decided I was going to do my research and make some changes.
I wanted to pursue overall NATURAL health and wellness in pretty much everything. 
I found an app called Think Dirty (go download it right now). 
I began scanning all of my beauty products and cleaning products and realized that the majority of the things I was using were full of toxic chemicals including reproductive/developmental toxicity and get this...HORMONE DISRUPTORS!
I learned that I could make these products myself with 100% pure grade essential oils and that they would actually benefit me in ways that these other products weren't; cleaning my bathroom and building up my immune system while purifying the air I breathe? Yes Please!

All natural skin care, all natural beauty, all natural cleaning supplies, all natural laundry detergent, the list literally keeps going. I decided this was the avenue I wanted to pursue, in both my personal life and in my career. I also want to share it with you, obviously throwing out all of my beauty products and buying/replacing it all tomorrow isn't ideal; it's going to be a process and I want to share that process with you, and maybe you'll even join me in it too?

So, here's a heads up, content will be changing a bit here on the blog. I'm not saying no to fashion posts forever but I'm definitely going to be taking a break and a different approach down the road. 
My artwork will continue and I'm going to be sharing more of it with you. 
I'll be sharing more skin care tips, tricks, and DIY recipes for you all along with answering any skin care questions you might have. 
And lastly, I will be sharing more of my day to day struggle to love Jesus with my whole heart, mind, and strength. I love you guys so much and this little community we've created. Thank you for sticking by me and keeping up with my life as I try to figure out what this thing is called "Adulthood" and "Life"

We'll talk soon

December 1, 2017

The Gift Of Giving- Jord Wood Watches

Looks like we are now in full swing "holiday mode" and in the midst of all the craziness and preparation I wanted to touch on something very dear to my heart. 
We all have different strengths and different weaknesses and I truly believe that God gave us gifts to express His love daily. For some it may be servanthood, your gift is to serve others and you express love through acts of service. For another it may be words of affirmation and you express love by knowing how to encourage others or pinpoint the best in an individual. Mine happens to be gift giving! I know that sounds silly, but I love to buy gifts for others, it is a huge way I show love. And if we're getting technical...I also love to receive gifts. 
Now that I'm living in North Carolina and adjusting to life "on my own" I have had to become creative with the gifts I give, sometimes its a candy bar and a little note, other times its a cup of coffee when I would so love to lavish the people in my life with shiny, new, beautiful things. It's not difficult to conclude that Anna absolutely loves Christmas, but in order to give all the gifts I want to give, I've got to stay within a budget... and that's what I want to talk about. 

If you've begun making your list and checking it twice, make sure you have a 100% natural, hand-finished wood watch from Jord on there too. 

This company goes above and beyond in crafting the most beautiful, unique timepieces that I have ever seen. 
Even their packaging is superb!

They carry a variety of styles for both her and him! 

Have a peak:

I tend to teeter-totter between simple/outdorsy and boho/chic which causes a little problem in my jewelry and accessory department. Many of my pieces hardly see the light of day because I just don't wear jewelry very often. This watch is perfect for a girl like me. It can be dressed up or down and is the perfect accent to any outfit. 

I'm wearing the Fieldcrest in Zebrawood and I can't tell you how many compliments I've gotten on it. Every time I wear it someone is either asking where I got it, or ranting on how original and beautiful it is. Because it is! 
Go ahead, do some shopping:

Here's the best part! Jord gifted me a 25% OFF coupon to share with all of you! For all of us who love to give gifts and show love, we can now do it within the budget. Imagine finding this in your stocking Christmas morning!

(code expires 12/19/17 so spare no time friends)

The hardest part about buying a Jord watch for someone special is not caving and buying one for yourself as well.
All of my love, Happy Holidays and Happy shopping!

 Special thanks to my honey and wonderful photographer Austin Comer 
Go give him some love:

Luxury Wooden Watch

November 8, 2017

Take To The Mountains

There are hundreds of things I love about living in North Carolina, one of them is having the mountains only 3 hours from my house. 
Thankfully Jesus gave me a boyfriend that enjoys driving and creating memories. 
We loaded up our Sacajawea, 3rd gen. 4runner and took to the parkway.

As I stood here, overlooking the vastness of His creation- the way the mountain peaks overlap, the stillness in which the earth waves goodbye to the day and welcomes the night; my very being felt so completely small. I began to search myself and the deep intricacies of my thoughts, I uncovered a hidden longing within that I had so desperately tried to suppress. It is in my human nature to long to grow, to flourish; but sadly I have yet to master the seasons of hybernation; the autumn and winter of the soul if you will. What is it about "the waiting" that is so challenging? Is is jealousy? comparison? covetousness? What ever the cause may be, I somehow wiggled my way into unhappiness because I convinced myself that I was lacking something. As I stared out into the open space, as the sun blinked before finally shutting her eyes for the night, I realized the only way I will ever truly flourish in the God intended, purest design, is to replace what’s “mine” with His; to separate from my will and receive his will. If every good and perfect thing is from Him, then there should be no fear in giving up what’s “mine”.
His time is always perfect, and I must learn to live through seasons like these (autumn and winter) to experience seasons like those (spring and summer).

This topic has remained on the forefront of my mind since this trip. I'm learning how to grow in time, He's teaching me patience and I'm soaking in all I can. 

On to the outfit deets::::

This darling corduroy blazer I scored in my latest thrift haul. It goes with me everywhere. I've instantly transformed into Jackie from That 70s Show. 

Oh these boots. You know me and my Franco Sarto. As soon as I pop these boys on, I'm on cloud 9. 
I've got a kick in my step that's for sure!

And lastly, this chunky knit sweater from Romwe. The neckline is perfect and its thin enough to layer over as well. I love the cut and the hem, it's definitely a staple in my closet. Another perk is the price, so if you're looking for affordable sweaters check them out: Romwe


Corduroy Jacket: Thrift Store

Khaki Sweater: Romwe 

Black Leather Booties: Franco Sarto

Black and White Striped Turtleneck: Thrift Store

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