Work, life, repeat. Lately, it seems balance has been that one word I’ve been trying to take to heart. Last month it was mindfulness as I took a break from social media and focused on being present in each moment. This month my word is balance; more specifically, work-life balance. We all know we need it, we all thrive from it, but often everyday life happens and balance can get lost in the midst. The truth is, finding a work-life balance varies from person to person. What one may consider the perfect balance between the two, may be drastically different to someone else. Personally, I believe that’s what makes balance so beautiful. It’s finding that balance in your own soul to where you feel accomplished and happy in all aspects of your life.
Confidence; in its most basic of elements is a combined feeling of trust, belief and certainty. And for 99.9% of humanity, confidence isn’t something that comes naturally. Fortunately, it is something we all have the capacity to gain with the right tools. In whatever area of life you seek that confidence — love, sports, school, work, passions or finances — the tools are fundamentally the same. Today I’m partnering with Capital One to share my fool-proof tools for gaining confidence so that you’re prepared for anything life throws at you!CONTINUE READING
Meet my friend, social media — the one relationship that manages to push me forward and hold me back at the same time and the one that I have a true love-hate relationship with. You may have noticed my absence of blogging for over a month now. Where have I been? How have I been feeling? Well, I did something I never thought I’d realistically be able to do. I took a break from my good friend social media. And guess what? I actually liked it. That’s not to say I didn’t miss my friends and the honest social connections I have made throughout my blogging journey. However, I knew that if I was going to continue this job that I truly love so much, that I needed to take a creative break. I’d like to say that this social media break was for my followers so that I can keep producing great content, but I will be fully honest with you: it was for myself so that I can move forward in this journey of building and accomplishing my dreams daily.
2016 was certainly one for the books! As I reflect on what the year was for me, one word in particular comes to mind — fearless. I learned many valuable lessons this year and almost all of them revolved around being fearless. I had to learn to be fearless in my work, my mindset, my relationships, my decisions and my life overall. I’ve conquered many battles, made it through situations I never thought I had the capability of overcoming, and came out stronger on the other side. As I recall the wonderful things that happened to me in 2016, I share them with you. More than just my accomplishments, these are lessons learned — which we all know to be an accomplishment in and of itself.CONTINUE READING
I’ve seen it repeatedly in my own life in one of two ways. Either I’m going through tough trials and a friend later finds out the pain I was in, or I’m the one witnessing it in another and think to myself later, “I wish I knew then what I know now.”
I remember this vividly happening during a blogging event right after my husband filed for divorce. Clearly, I was devastated and going through something no one should have to bear alone, but I decided to put on my brave face and try my best to show up and be present. Although I was there and doing my best to smile, I can admit I just wasn’t myself. I was on the verge of tears at any moment and probably appeared unfriendly to people. One of my very good friends now didn’t know me that well and thought I didn’t like her at the time. After becoming friends and finding out later the details behind that awkward first meeting, she came to me later saying “if I only knew…” The truth is, you never really know what someone is going through.