July 6, 2017 Alina 5Comment

A few days ago, I came across something that I really didn’t want to see. My stomach dropped, my heart started beating fast, and anger overwhelmed my soul. I needed to forgive the same person all over again. I thought I had crossed that bridge already so why was I crossing it again? You think you’ve forgiven someone, you get past it, and then you find yourself back at the starting line searching your heart for that same forgiveness. Forgiving is hard. Something inside of us doesn’t want to let go of the pain & anger. It doesn’t want to…

June 16, 2017 Alina 2Comment

A lot of times, when someone shares their pain or problem publicly, it is easy to simply leave a comment saying “I’ll pray for you” and then go on about our day forgetting about the promise we just made. That was me my whole life. I’d make an empty promise as a condolence and never come back to that prayer. I’m sure I’m not alone in this either. It’s easy to forget things like that but it’s even easier when you never meant it in the first place. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been a big prayer girl…

April 27, 2017 Alina 3Comment

When my merely 4 month relationship ended, a few people asked me “But did you even love him?” My entire life I struggled to know what love was. I was such a snot-nosed kid with a huge attitude that kindness and love were the last things on my mind. I couldn’t even call myself a nice girl. In high school I remember trying to pin point what love was. I had questions like “does everyone have a soulmate”, “how do you know when you love someone”. Questions that everyone asks at some point in their lives. It wasn’t until the…

April 11, 2017 Alina 1Comment

Today I am starting my day off being grateful!! My sweet friend Lindsay from Rambles From Red does this thing called gratiTuesday and today I am taking a page from her book. I’ve been meaning to start a gratitude journal or something but I haven’t really gotten around to it. I have just been writing random notes in my planner of things that pop into my mind that I’m grateful for. This week, I figured I would do a gratiTuesday because I’ve had such great joy and peace the past 2 days. I was looking through all of the notes I…

April 10, 2017 Alina

I am a sucker for decorating based on the season and it doesn’t just stop at apartment decor. I love changing my desktop wallpaper from time to time and changing seasons give me inspiration and make me excited for what’s to come! Click on any of the pictures below, and it will take you to a new webpage for download! Enjoy everyone xoxo, Alina Breathe. Everything is Working Out I loved having this as my wallpaper for my last semester of college because it always reminded me how close I was to graduating and that I would get through all…

March 5, 2017 Alina

The past few weeks, the temperatures have been in the high 70’s (which is warm for February, in North Carolina) and it got me REALLY excited for spring and summer! We changed out our winter decor for spring decor in our apartment a few weeks ago and I realized I needed to re-make my succulent garden. I made one about 2 years ago and lately I haven’t been happy with it. I neglected it and killed most of the plants in it. Now that I am on spring break, I have enough time to make a new one. You can…

February 2, 2017 Alina 2Comment

These past 5 years in college, I have had a major faith transition and it’s been pretty heavy on my heart. As I entered college, I began to discover my own perception of God- separate from what my mom taught me growing up and separate from what I had always thought as a kid. I’ve had a strong religious background my whole entire life, with my strongest relationship with God being in high school. Being a believer was all I knew. Tattoos and piercings were out of the question. Drugs and alcohol were taboo. Sex was never even talked about…

January 20, 2017 Alina 4Comment

This past year, I have completely FALLEN IN LOVE with liquid lipstick. I have always loved wearing lipstick and trying out new shades so when liquid lipstick came out, I immediately got some. My favorite thing about them is that they are so matte and so long-lasting! I will be reviewing 3 different brands- Kat Von D, Kylie Cosmetics, and ColourPop. Also, none of these products are sponsored. I just really wanted to review them. (more…)

January 11, 2017 Alina

I was going to write a 2016 reflection and talk about how awful the year was until I realized that that wasn’t how I wanted to start 2017- my year of rebuilding. 2017 should start with positivity, love, and hope. Instead, I will write a letter for me to read a year from now containing my hopes, goals, and expectations. Dear 2018 self, In one year, I’ll be reading this and really appreciating myself for writing it. If 2017 changes me as much as 2016 had, I will be a completely different reader than I am a writer right now….

December 5, 2016 Alina

This weekend, my 2 girlfriends and I took a last minute road trip to Wilmington, NC to meet James Lafferty. So this circulated around Facebook a few weeks ago. As HUGE One Tree Hill fans, we joked about going and meeting James Lafferty (aka Nathan Scott) since Wilmington was only 3 hours away. December is a weird month where I try not to plan anything ahead of time since I am always so busy with holidays, work, and the wonderful finals week(s). Also, I really couldn’t afford to take any trips anywhere. We joked and joked (and really wished we…