10/15/2016

There & Back Again

There & Back Again: A Weight Loss Story

Back in December, I took a social media fast and completely erased what had once been a big part of my life: my Instagram account. I have deactivated and reactivated Facebook numerous times throughout the years, but I had never truly deleted a social media account. Gone. Forever. All my data, all my followers, all my memories. I feared becoming irrelevant. I feared being forgotten. I feared being out of the loop with my friends. I feared … [Continue reading...]

10/11/2016

A World of Octobers

Simplifying; Tidying; October; Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up; Minimalism; Minimalist

It is October, my favorite month of the year. The autumn air's crisp chill carries a sense of expectant, vibrant, and electric possibility, and yet somehow, also carries with it a gentle feeling of slowing down. Like a maple tree, I too feel something within me slowing down as the leaves begin to change. I go deeper into myself and watch as my true colors start to show. I want to drink, savor, and revel in every day of October. I want to burst … [Continue reading...]

09/20/2016

What Money Couldn’t Buy

What Money Can't Buy

Good morning friends! What do you think of when you think of the word, “poverty”? Have you experienced it? Do you know someone who is struggling, or are you struggling yourself? Maybe you don’t know what real poverty is, and that’s okay too. Perhaps the only kind of poverty you have experienced came through the lens of the television screen and the media. I am just going to lay it out on the table: I grew up with privilege. There’s probably a … [Continue reading...]

08/31/2016

Data Dump: Letting Myself Be (Empty)

Good morning friends! I apologize for having somewhat of an irregular blog-posting schedule. I’m going to try to get back to weekly Tuesdays, eventually… Recently, I purchased an Apple Watch. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, and I must say, I do adore this little piece of technology. I love that it monitors my heart rate and my activity levels, and most importantly, it pulses at me each hour to remind me to stand up from my desk and walk around … [Continue reading...]

08/19/2016

Why Self Awareness Is Crucial In Designing The Life You Want

Why Self-Awareness Is Crucial To Designing The Life You Want

Good morning friends! I want to explore something with you. Do you have a strong sense of self? Do you know your likes, dislikes? Do you make decisions with confidence and security? Do you feel stretched thin and unable to be confident in your decisions, especially when it’s a decision to say “no” to a social obligation, a request from a family member or friend, etc? And now be honest, in your mind, did you hesitate when answering these … [Continue reading...]

08/04/2016

Has It All Been Done Before? Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Has It All Been Done Before? Unlocking Your Creative Genius

Good morning friends! Do you ever feel like “it’s all been done before”? Do you have an idea trapped inside of you that longs to be expressed, yet you can’t seem to pull the trigger because what’s the point? Someone else has already done it, and they’ve probably done it better. Right? I struggle with this. I like to dabble in many different hobbies, my attention span usually doesn’t allow me to stay on any one given activity long enough to … [Continue reading...]

07/21/2016

An Open Letter To My Younger Self

An Open Letter To My Younger Self

7th Grade Portrait - The summer I got boobs and everyone at school teased me for stuffing my bra in these photos. Kids are the worst. Also same exact head tilt as my sidebar photo... kind of cracks me up to look at them side by side.  Good morning! For a while, I wished more than anything I could go back in time and start my life over, with the maturity and wisdom I have now (me, mature? wise? try not to laugh, try not to laugh...). Hindsight is … [Continue reading...]

07/12/2016

A Call to Love: United We Stand

Who is your neighbor? Be the change, be the light

Good morning friends! Today's post is delicate and may ruffle some feathers. But as soon as pen hit the paper, it all came flowing out of me...So thank you in advance for reading. Social media isn’t all bad, but over the last week, I had to just stop checking it. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what is “right” and what is “wrong”, and it seems everyone wants a piece of the “pointing the finger” pie. There has been a lot of public … [Continue reading...]

06/28/2016

8 Unexpected Life Lessons I Learned From Horses

8 Unexpected Life Lessons I Learned From Horses

Hey friends! I didn’t necessarily grow up with horses – I bought my first horse in high school – but I did grow up with a fascination with them. When I was 14, I used all my savings to buy my first horse – a Quarter Horse/Appaloosa (I call him a Quappy) named Bailey. 8 years later, when I was 22, I bought my second horse, a Foundation-bred Quarter Horse (from a reining bloodline). They were both gingers (I love me some red animals) but were … [Continue reading...]

06/21/2016

For The Days You Don’t Want To Make Your Bed… Or Maybe Even Get Out Of It

When You Don't Want To Get Out Of Bed

Good morning! I don't know about you, but probably the #1 thing I love about being a grownup is not having to make my bed. Because I'm just going to get back in it later...right? And honestly, some days I don't really want to get out of it (hello every Wednes(#Hump)day, you feel me?). But then I read this poem written by an adorable 107-year-old woman, Peggy Freydberg, and it's become my daily mantra of gratitude, remembering how lucky I am to … [Continue reading...]