Wellness

01.03.23

Hope and Goals for the New Year

For the last (almost) decade, I have noticed a shift in the way …

For the last (almost) decade, I have noticed a shift in the way I set goals. In actually doing what matters to me. Back in 2013, one of my goals or resolutions was to find love. I suppose that would belong on a vision board – it would be a …

Self Improvement

01.01.23

Hobbies To Try This Year

We all spent a lot of time at home the last couple of …

We all spent a lot of time at home the last couple of years. Some people were really into sourdough. Others started at-home workouts. Had I not been without childcare while attempting to work (that was fun) a hobby could have been really nice. A new hobby can be a …

Personal

12.13.22

10 Life Lessons I Learned This Year

How you live your life, spend your days, treat others, and how you …

How you live your life, spend your days, treat others, and how you treat yourself matters more than anything. Those are the things people remember, and they say everything about you. We put such an emphasis on a salary, title, financial success, material things, and state of your home. I …

Wellness

04.04.22

Finding Peace in the Waiting

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for …

There are periods of life that feel unsettling. We find ourselves longing for more, or waiting for something to happen. This in-between can come with some very complex emotions, and it can feel so lonely. I’m trying to find peace in the waiting while counting down the days to a …

Self Improvement

03.13.22

How to Deal With Burnout

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your …

You can only handle so much stress before it’s too much for your mind and body. When something that shouldn’t push you over the edge does, it’s time to think about whether or not you may be experiencing burnout. We feel the overwhelm, get less sleep, eat poorly, feel fatigue, …

Wellness

03.10.22

9 Simple Things You Can Do To Feel Better Today

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your …

There are those days when everything goes your way. The sun shines, your coffee tastes better, and you have a productive day at work. Then there are the days (or even weeks) when everything’s off. I always allow myself to feel whatever I’m struggling with but try to turn things …

Wellness

03.02.22

7 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

The last few years haven’t been the best for our mental health, but …

The last few years haven’t been the best for our mental health, but there’s hope. We’re finding a new “normal” together. Pandemic and world/social issues aside, my daughter’s cancer diagnosis hit our family hard, and understandably so. Going through treatment while isolating from everyone we know and losing any sense …

Wellness

02.07.22

Advice To My Younger Self

I spent most of my twenties and thirties worrying. I worried about being …

I spent most of my twenties and thirties worrying. I worried about being enough. About not being enough and about what others thought of me. I worried way too much about things that were completely out of my control. And about the little things, too. It was only a few …

Self Improvement

10.28.21

How I Slowed Down and Found Happiness

Life took some major turns for most of us since the spring of …

Life took some major turns for most of us since the spring of 2020. Things are still wildly different from anything I ever could have expected. Loneliness and peace – life is slower and simpler. I thought I knew what matters but now, I really know. 2021 has been a …

Wellness

10.19.21

Social Media Strategies to Improve Your Mental Health

Chances are that you follow a lot of people on social media. Some …

Chances are that you follow a lot of people on social media. Some bring joy to your life. Maybe they inspire you, their stories resonate with you, or they’re friends you enjoy following. But – and this has happened to all of us – what happens when that’s no longer …

Childhood Cancer

08.04.21

Why I’m Tired of Being Told I’m Strong

This might be a controversial post, but I owe it to the moms …

This might be a controversial post, but I owe it to the moms I’ve met on this journey. I owe it to those of you who want to best show up for the people you care about. So today, I want to talk about why I’m tired of being told …

Personal

08.01.21

The Lessons I Learned Starting Over in a New City

It’s been 11 years – more than a decade since I moved from …

It’s been 11 years – more than a decade since I moved from Los Angeles to Chicago. Most of the people I know who relocated made the move for a job, partner, or had some sort of connection to their new city. Then there’s me. I made the somewhat irrational …

Self Improvement

07.07.21

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some …

We are halfway through 2021 and the last 365 days came with some big life changes. Like many of you, I spent most of 2020 just trying to get through the year. The pandemic forced us to slow down and take a closer look at how we live. It took …

Style

03.15.21

How I’m Taking Control of My Anxiety

I’ve touched on having some issues with anxiety but haven’t really talked about …

I’ve touched on having some issues with anxiety but haven’t really talked about it. So let’s dive in. Sharing the real stuff is never easy but it’s always cathartic. And it’s these posts that really connect us, isn’t it? The details of my home, what I’m wearing, and the toys …

Relationships

01.30.20

How to End an Unhealthy Relationship

It took almost ten years, but the fog finally lifted and I found …

It took almost ten years, but the fog finally lifted and I found myself on the other side of my nearly decade-long relationship. For the first time in what felt like forever, I was happy and alone, the label I feared more than anything. Over the next few years, there …

Self Improvement

01.02.20

New Year Resolution Ideas

Happy 2020! Every year, I write out a list of goals to try …

Happy 2020! Every year, I write out a list of goals to try to focus on in the new year. I always call them goals and not resolutions because goals feel less lofty, and less like big, crazy things (work out 5 days a week, give up sugar, and lose …

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 …

Self Improvement

01.14.18

What I Wish I Knew in My 20s

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

I don’t obasess 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 …