▴ About The Girl

👋🏽  Hey, hello, nice to meet’cha! I’m Kaleigh.

24/girl/living in NE North Carolina.

I’m pretty average (I like clothes and traveling and cats and Hulu) but I’ve come to find what I’m really passionate about and that’s sort of what you’ll find on wildlight&lush.

BUT, LIKE, WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

wildlight&lush is the product of 4 solid days of constant brainstorming with a friend of mine. LOL. I wanted something that was all encompassing of my life, passions and spirit. One of my biggest passions is bringing sunshine to others when they can’t do it themselves. I want to help people. It’s not just gratifying for me, but it’s also where I think I fit in here. I feel like that’s my calling. That’s what makes me happy and allows me to make the change I wish to see in the world. Another thing I wanted this to represent was my free spirit – my gypsy soul – if you will. I always seem to wish I was somewhere else, doing something else, experiencing something else. And it’s not even that I hate where I’m at. I love my life. I appreciate where I am. But I just crave newness and changeWhich brings me to my last point – fullness. I feel fullness in my heart and soul. I feel immense happiness and contentedness with my life. I feel so rich in the most unexpected way.

I’m a product of 2 US Coasties: Born in Michigan, moving to New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, and then North Carolina! My parents are strong and they’ve both taught me so much from two totally different hearts and places given their individual life experiences. I’d say I’m pretty lucky to have the best of both worlds.

I’m  a sibling to 2: I’m the oldest of 2, Jordyn (21) and Dominick (16). I think we get closer the older we get and we find more and more to relate on and find in common with one another. It’s pretty sweet actually considering once upon a time my sister and I were pulling each other’s hair out and we were dragging our annoying little brother out of our bedroom by his foot.

I’m a girlfriend to 1: I live with my boyfriend, Kyle. He is a career firefighter, surfer, and the most positive person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He inspires me everyday to be the best version of myself, and find the happiness & good in every situation and person I encounter. He has genuinely changed my life for the better!

I’m a fur-baby momma: I grew up with cats in the home and I’ve always loved animals despite my allergies. When I moved in with Kyle we adopted a cat names Spicoli and not even a year later, we had to put him down. It was so heart breaking as I’ve never lost anything or anyone close to me before. The same day we put him down, we adopted again. His name is Maverick and with him and some time, things are getting better. I have such a big heart for animals and as long as our home is open, we’ll have them around.

I have a chronic illness: I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was 17. A few years later my sister was diagnosed, too. My mom and her two brothers also have a history of this disease. It’s brought on a lot of anxiety, depression, and other issues – which I blog about a ton in hopes of maybe helping someone else that’s suffering,  too.

I love my forever-changing style: I’m a hot ass mess when it comes to how I dress, sometimes. Or at least I feel like it! I always joke that my style is somewhere between hobo and boho. I love relaxed fit clothing that I can move in, but still look cute and put together in. I love fun shoes and accessories, natural colored makeup with too much mascara and matte lipstick that doesn’t match my outfit.

I like to travel: I mean, who doesn’t? I just want to do things in my life that are fun, exciting, and happy. If that means finding something near me to do or driving to NYC, then so be it! I’m not a planner though. I read a quote once that said, “the best adventures can be planned on the back of an envelope” and I live by that. Tell me where to go, how much money I’ll need and where I’m staying. That’s all I need!

I’m a speech therapist wannabe: I am currently working at a preschool assisting Kyle’s mom, who happens to be a speech-language pathologist – what I want to go to school for! I have the best job EVER, and work with some of the most caring women you’ll ever meet. And not to mention the sweet children! I love kids and working with them (or observing, at least!) I am planning to go back to school to get my SLPA degree and then go for my actual therapist degrees! Animals and children really do heal the soul. I have never had a “bad day” at work.

I’m a strong believer in transparency and being yourself: Sharing all parts of you and your life, because that’s what’s real. The ups and downs, and showing yourself in all of your authentic glory and just owning it. There’s nothing wrong with that!  People need to realize that you can have a perfect and happy life while still experiencing the good and bad things that come with it. Life and balance is about accepting every single part of your life as it is. Allowing ourselves to process our emotions, good and bad, and reflecting on it. Turning negatives into positives and squeezing whatever good you can out of every situation life throws you into.

This blog is my life. I have issues with my self esteem. I love to explore new places and then rave about them. I know what it’s like to feel without purpose and direction. I know what it’s like to lack motivation. I’m learning about loving myself for who I am as a person and not what I look like. I’m doing what I want. I’ve felt heart break. I’ve had debilitating anxieties. I Like to have fun and do spontaneous things. I deal with chronic illness. I grew up with an amazing, supportive family. I have an understanding of who I am and what I want. I’ve learned what it is to be treated well. I can appreciate life and the small things. I pride myself on being able to  accept that I’m just a real ass bitch tryna live my real ass life, OKAY?

 I’m becoming my own person and learning what’s worth putting up with and what’s not. I’m leaning that it’s okay to shed parts of an “old life” or “old me” in my constant evolution as a person. I’m finding where my priorities lie and what’s deserving of my attention.

These are my thoughts, my creations, my life’s happenings and adventures, all while learning to navigate my way through adulthood. Learning about myself + how to love myself & others. Learning about self-discovery. Finding peace, and happiness in every day. How to contribute to my community and live a life free of judgement.

Being in your twenties is hard. It’s hard to figure out where you’re supposed to be, what you’re supposed to be doing, and what kind of person you are. Especially if you aged into your 2nd decade already lost, confused, and with no guidance going into it. (ahem, me.)

So follow me, hear my voice, see this world through my eyes and my words. Let me inspire you to find your own, and to appreciate, and love this life. Because it’s a beautiful thing, and we can’t waste the time we were so graciously given being anything but ourselves, and anything but happy.

Positive vibes. Spontaneous adventure. Smiles. & Photographing it all.