Self Improvement

05.14.18

How to Recharge and Connect During the Work Week

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? …

How many times have you answered “how are you?” with the word busy? It’s something I try not to do, but things always feel so nonstop that it often feels like the only thing that makes sense. After all, launching a second website, managing my blog, prepping to have a …

Self Improvement

02.07.18

Stop Living Up To Other People’s Expectations

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm …

A few years ago, I was walking down the street on a warm summer day, talking to someone on the phone. She asked how dating was going after yet another breakup and I let her know I made the decision to take a little break. To use that summer to …

Health

Self Improvement

02.02.18

How to Make and Keep New Friends

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in …

When I first moved to Chicago in 2010, I didn’t have any friends in the city. Except Buddy, of course. To make things even more interesting, I also worked for myself from home and could have easily gone days without any human interaction. And sometimes I did. I had no choice but to …

Self Improvement

01.14.18

10 Things I Wish I Knew in My 20s

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking …

I don’t pine over the mistakes I made in my 20s, but looking back, there’s so much I would have done differently. It’s amazing to think about how much life has changed from my 20s to my early 30s and now, my mid-30s. Here are a few things I wish …

Self Improvement

12.12.17

8 Habits to Ditch In The New Year

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I …

The new year is just a few weeks away and no – I can’t believe it, either. Whenever a new year rolls around, I try to set some goals and intentions for the new year but can’t be clear enough that they’re not resolutions because those usually seem lofty and …

Self Improvement

11.07.17

How To Stay Positive When Things Aren’t Going As Planned

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you …

It’s easy to feel down when you’re not exactly where you think you should be. Ending a relationship, not being where you imagined in your career, and not checking certain travel destinations off a list can leave you feeling like you’ve failed in one way or another. And social media …

Self Improvement

Wellness

09.04.17

The Things That Won’t Complete You

Whether it’s reaching a certain point in your career, owning a home, buying …

Whether it’s reaching a certain point in your career, owning a home, buying a that designer bag you’ve wanted for forever, starting a family, or gaining more instagram followers, there’s always something we want or think we need in order to be happy. When these things don’t happen exactly when …

Self Improvement

08.25.17

The Importance of Saying No

It’s in our nature to be kind to others, so it’s no surprise …

It’s in our nature to be kind to others, so it’s no surprise that saying no can leave us feeling like we’re the worst. Saying yes when you want to say no doesn’t feel much better. It’s a big, swirly mass of feelings that all completely contradict each other, and …

Self Improvement

07.31.17

What was the hardest part about moving from LA to Chicago?

After going through a year of relationship rollercoasters, I’m wondering if finding a …

After going through a year of relationship rollercoasters, I’m wondering if finding a job in a new city is just what I need. What was the hardest part about your move? What would you do differently? Last week, I talked about how moving to a new city alone changed my …

Self Improvement

07.18.17

How Moving to a New City Alone Changed My Life

Moving from Los Angeles to Chicago–a city where I knew no one–helped me …

Moving from Los Angeles to Chicago–a city where I knew no one–helped me grow more than I ever could have imagined. I had no idea who I was or what I really wanted in my 20s – those years were spent in finishing school just 90 minutes from my hometown …

Self Improvement

06.16.17

Realizing Your Self-Worth

I am tired of sabotaging my relationships. I’ll be 34 this year and feel like …

I am tired of sabotaging my relationships. I’ll be 34 this year and feel like I need to better appreciate my amazing partner and to finally understand (and believe) that I am worthy of being with someone wonderful. As a classic over-thinker and sometimes find myself focusing on the negative rather than allowing myself …

Self Improvement

03.08.17

Find a Friend in Your City: March 2017

Over the course of the last two weeks, I’ve been inspired to use …

Over the course of the last two weeks, I’ve been inspired to use my blog and instagram to help others, and it’s something I’d like to continue to do. After offering to help those of you who might need advice, I ended up facilitating the connection of a few girls in …

Self Improvement

01.20.17

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

When things aren’t overbooked or crazy, when I don’t feel spread thin, and …

When things aren’t overbooked or crazy, when I don’t feel spread thin, and when I can work out at least 4-5 days a week, I feel great. But the last quarter of 2016 brought two moves–a new home and a new office. I returned from a 10 day trip to …

Self Improvement

12.02.16

How to Make the Holidays Happier When You’re Feeling Sad

Two years ago, I woke up alone on Christmas morning and last year, …

Two years ago, I woke up alone on Christmas morning and last year, woke up at my boyfriend’s mom’s house–everyone in matching Christmas pajamas. Proof that one lonely Christmas doesn’t mean a lifetime of lonely Christmases. This year’s feeling tough after what the sad news I received last weekend, but I’m determined to …

Health

Self Improvement

11.21.16

5 Ways to End the Year Healthier

My recent move downtown inspired me to start start walking again–something I haven’t done …

My recent move downtown inspired me to start start walking again–something I haven’t done since moving to Chicago six years ago. So I teamed up with Amazfit to share a few things I’m doing to end 2016 a little healthier. To make sure I walk 10,000 steps each day, track how I’m sleeping, …

Self Improvement

10.17.16

On Finding Balance and Managing Stress

 It was never my intention to move 6 times in 6 years. It just …

 It was never my intention to move 6 times in 6 years. It just sort of happened to me. And less than a year after moving into my last apartment, I made the decision to move in with my boyfriend–something I’ve never done before. But change and taking on a lot has …

Self Improvement

09.27.16

Fewer, Better Things

Last week, I spoke on a panel with an amazing group of female …

Last week, I spoke on a panel with an amazing group of female founders. We talked about what Cuyana’s philosophy of “fewer better” means to us and how we apply it in both our personal and professional lives. The company’s mission is what it’s all about–being intentional in every aspect of …

Self Improvement

08.15.16

Why Everyone Needs a Rescue Dog

I grew up with rescue animals but always preferred cats to dogs. And …

I grew up with rescue animals but always preferred cats to dogs. And the dogs I liked were usually on the fluffier site. But if you follow me on instagram, it's pretty clear that I'm obsessed with my chihuahua min-pin (mix) rescue pup, Buddy.

Self Improvement

08.09.16

Social Media and Internet Etiquette 101

Let's say you follow someone on instagram. You see what they're up to on Saturday mornings, …

Let's say you follow someone on instagram. You see what they're up to on Saturday mornings, know what the inside of their home looks like, and have followed this person through numerous significant events in their life. So while you might not actually know them, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

Self Improvement

03.29.16

Comparison and Judgment on Instagram

An invite on a press trip to Iceland was an easy thing to …

An invite on a press trip to Iceland was an easy thing to say yes to, and as someone who had only left the country twice in her adult life, is something I did not take for granted. Shortly after things went into motion, I realized I’d be traveling with a group …

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