Is there any poet more known for nature and winter than Robert Frost? I thought it would be appropriate and fun today to share one of my favorite poems about winter, since last week’s snowstorm is still fresh in our minds, the temperature outside is still way below freezing, and it snowed again a couple days ago! I gotta say, I love winter, but can it take a break for a couple days? 😉
Are you the kind of person who makes new year’s resolutions? I always do, but I try to frame them as goals instead. I feel like it keeps me motivated if I’m eager to check off a box, so I try to be specific when I make resolutions. Last year, my resolutions were to be healthy, learn how to cook and how to dance, and to travel. So how’d I do?
Hi all. Thanksgiving is over and now I’m in full Christmas mode. I get very excited this time of year and spend a lot of time decorating, and then lounging around enjoying those decorations. Here’s a mood board I put together capturing the spirit of the season, as well as some seriously amazing decor and fashion inspiration that’s getting me even more excited!
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It’s only a week until the official beginning of the holiday season, and if you’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, that means presents. Now, of course, gifting and getting presents are only a teeny part of this beautiful season, but if you’re like me, you actually enjoy giving gifts and you’re eager to get the perfect gifts for a good price. For me, that means saving early and making really good, budget-friendly choices. Here are some tips to save money and scale back on spending this season.Read More »
Oh boy, if life has been stressful and getting you down lately, like it has for me, then odds are you need a pamper night. You need to de-stress, regroup, and do something nice for yourself. I’m always a little bit hard on myself, eager to get my to-do list finished completely by the end of the week and giving myself no excuses when I miss something. It can be a lot to handle, and it can pile up in small ways you don’t notice until you crack. Here are three simple ways to take care of yourself this week.
1. Take the morning off work to do nothing.
Hi all! This past year has been an awesome one for me so far. I got a new job, hit some milestones in my blogging career, and managed to meet a huge goal of mine: publishing a short story. I’m so proud of my insane work ethic this year, and I know we all struggle to stay focused, work hard, and meet goals. I know there is literally nothing I like better than sitting on my couch with a huge bowl of popcorn watching Food Network, but most of the time I’m working, even after hours!
I thought I’d share with you some of the ways I’ve learned to organize my life and start to work efficiently to meet goals—because at the end of the day, isn’t that what our lives are all about? Making our dreams come true? Here’s what I’ve learned.
Have a Dedicated Workspace
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Every year I go to the Renaissance Faire, and almost every year I pick up a little vial of lavender essential oil, and every year I run out because I use it so much. Essential oils are like little bottles of magic and utility: they can help in small, everyday ways that can, nevertheless, make a big difference to your daily routine. Recently, I tried a new brand of essential oil, the Nature’s Truth® Aromatherapy brand available at CVS, and I thought I’d share three awesome, easy ways to start using essential oils every day to relax and unwind.
I bought three products at CVS:
- Lavender Mist Spray
- Lavender 15ml Essential Oil
- Tea Tree 15ml Essential Oil
I found them in the vitamins/digestive health/cold & flu aisle on a top shelf.
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Here’s what’s inspiring me right now, clothes and life-wise:
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I have big news! Yesterday I published my first work of fiction, a short piece called “The Sirens,” over at a lit mag called Visitant. This is a huge accomplishment for me, and I could not be happier. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know how long I’ve wanted to be a published writer and how much I love stories. Writing consistently is one of my challenges, especially with both a full-time job and blogging, and publishing in my 20s was always a goal for me. Now that I’ve started, even in a small way, I hope I never stop!
The piece is a re-imagining of the classic Greek myth of the sirens, and I loved writing this myth with a modern point of view. I have always loved mythology, folklore, and fairy tales, and writing something like this felt natural to me. I hope you like it!
Here are some photos of a recent boat ride around the city. I’ve been on several of these cruises in my life, but I never ever get sick of the views. It reminds me of everything that makes this country amazing, and how lucky I am to be an American (and a first-generation one!). It also reminds me how much I love New York, and that I get to spend every day here (even if it is stuck in an office 😉 ). Hope you enjoy these shots!