Yesterday was our first snowy Saturday in New York City, and I'm took advantage of it by decluttering my living room that we just redecorated. The update was mostly inspired by the fact that on December 1st, my new roommate moved in - so exciting! I wanted to update the space to represent both of … Continue reading ROOM MAKEOVER: Redecorating my NYC Living Room
My body gets so used to go-go-go pace that I tend to sacrifice REST. When writing my December Goals, I realized that in order to stay consistently mindful, productive, and present; I need to prioritize my recovery. A huge piece of my recovery is rest. There are so many things we may need a rest from: … Continue reading Importance of Rest & Sleep
Goodbye November: To be completely honest I'm relieved November is over. I had extreme highs and lows this month. Certain days I felt great, everything was going my way, and other days I felt competently defeated. I feel like I should be straightforward and honest about this, I haven't been mindful or utilizing basically any … Continue reading HELLO DECEMBER: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS + WHY I’VE BEEN MIA
I was on the subway this morning, and the two women next to me were talking about their New Year’s resolutions. I'm not the traditional New Year's resolution fan, partially because I brainwashed myself for YEARS that "this upcoming year would be my time to lose weight, get fit, and drink more water." Instead of … Continue reading Goodbye New Year’s Resolutions & Hello Word of the Year!
Thanksgiving and Holiday Season kickoff is officially upon us! For me, holiday excitement goes hand-in-hand with stress. Hosting, planning, budgeting, staying accountable, accommodating people, family drama, traveling, expectations, and the list goes on. Did you know too much stress can cause our bodies physical harm? When our bodies experiences stress, a surge of hormones is … Continue reading Holiday Stress Relief & Returning to the Present Moment
Whether you're hosting, visiting a relative, or eating out; you should never feel like you have to sacrifice taste to keep things healthy.
I had a realization this past weekend. I build a wall as a means of self-protection. I tend to lead from a place of defense, independence, and determination. I'm prepared to protect myself at all times and I hold a very high standard/expectation that I can do everything for myself. While I admire this quality … Continue reading Self-Protection, Balancing Independence & Letting him be the Man
When changing your habits in any way, shape, or form; one of the most difficult situations to get adjusted to is social outings. I'm talking parties, holidays, family nights, girls night out, vacations, road trips, even just a casual meal out at a local restaurant. While I always recommend checking out the menu beforehand, sometimes … Continue reading SUGAR & FLOUR FREE LIFE: TOP 10 TIPS WHEN DINING OUT
I spent this year's Halloween weekend in Austin, TX and it quickly made it's way into my Top 3 US Cities. If you're getting the travel itch to go somewhere with a positive atmosphere, good vibes and mellow thoughts - check out Austin! Let's taco ‘bout how good the FOOD is in Austin Torchy's Tacos: … Continue reading TRAVEL CHRONICLES: AUSTIN, TX
Arn't Sundays just the best? No matter where we are, our religious beliefs, political views, I think we can all agree the best Sundays are spent resting, rejuvenation, preparation, and reflection. It's the day to tell ourselves: “I am enough, I do enough, let me shut down for a few hours and do something to … Continue reading Self-Love Sunday Routine
Let me fill you in on a little secret I've learned in my 5 floor walk-up New York City apartment - having a teeny-tiny apartment doesn't decrease the opportunity for style and functionality! You can have ALL OF IT, even in a small space. See my top tips below for making a small space look amazing, … Continue reading Design Tips for your Small Apartment!
Goodbye October: It amazes me more & more how fast life goes by, and because of that I've been trying to take more time to enjoy the little moments. My three main goals in October were to make health a priority, structure my nights out so I didn't get drunk/hungover so easily (25 year-old probs) … Continue reading HELLO NOVEMBER: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS
There are the typical fears of heights, blood, spiders, etc; but today I'm going to discuss one of my deeper rooted fears. One that I didn't notice immediately and disregarded until I came face-to-face with it a few weeks ago (read about that here). Out of all of the fears I've overcome in the past … Continue reading Love, Unknowingness & Embracing the Fear of Losing Control
Back with another segment in my Sugar & Flour free life, you can find my first post about how why & how I started here. I am a HUGE snacker. I would snack all day if I could, but that would 110% lead to me constantly eating throughout the day, consuming way too many calories, and … Continue reading SUGAR & FLOUR FREE LIFE: SNACKS
I'm sitting at work reflecting on the last few days. My current situation has me all kinds of pouty, and I'm ready to choose a different mindset. On Saturday, I ran a 5K which went great! It was a beautiful day, good people & supported a great cause. I even went to a 45-minute cycling … Continue reading Staying Positive Through Injuries
There are thousands of thoughts that zoom through our brains daily. Decisions, ideas, rationalizing, emotions, and judgements. This is the first time I was hyper-aware of the judgements to myself and others.
There's a very good reason why I've been MIA the past week, and that's because I've been in ARUBA (AY! AY! AY!) It was a blast, and I'm definitely struggling right now getting back into the real life routine. While some would say this is the quintessential couples destination, I went with my BESTEST friend and … Continue reading TRAVEL CHRONICLES: ARUBA
I woke up this morning still feeling shaken from the Vegas attacks. Such heavy, tragic news makes you feel sad and depleted. Even feelings of guilt arise as I go about my day-today, preparing for vacation, celebrating my mom's birthday today, surrounded by the people I love; while others are in the hospital recovering, still … Continue reading A Sad World: Being Cautious Without Allowing Fear to Overcome
Circa 2014 I was addicted to sugar. When I was unhappy, stressed, bored, or judgemental of myself I would reach for drugstore candy, vending machine snacks, chocolate - whatever I could get my hands on. We'll save the emotional connection to food story for another day, but it became a serious problem. One that escalated … Continue reading Sugar & Flour Free Life: My Story + How to Start
Goodbye September: Well this month flew by and felt like an extra month of summer in the Northeast! It's been HOT. Looking back at my reflections from August, I almost was doing TOO MUCH (like on the weekends, overdoing plans, etc) and this month I was able to take a step back and relax a little more … Continue reading HELLO OCTOBER: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS
Do you find it difficult to say 'no'? Is it hard for you to say 'no' to someone without having to justify it? Does the phrase 'people pleaser' resonate with you? If so, WELCOME & please keep reading. Everyday we wake up with a certain amount of time and energy, it's up to us to … Continue reading Practicing the Art of Saying No
I've recently become obsessed with watching Marie Forleo's YouTube channel where she talks to gurus, leaders, and experts about a range of topics; usually in the realm of health, bettering yourself, mental health. Today I was watching Tony Robbin's episode and he talked so many delicious topics. I just scribbled down notes, quotes, and ideas the … Continue reading Life Lessons from a Guru
If anyone here was walking down Madison Avenue this morning and happened to see a girl in her mid-twenties sporting a black midi dress, huge tote on one shoulder, canvas bag on another (with chargers and papers falling out), a box of Dunkin Donut Munchkins in her left hand (co-workers engagement) and phone in the … Continue reading Vent Sesh: Surprise Expenses & Adulting
As a millennial woman, I know the comparison game very well. Most of us put on some type of persona when out in public and ESPECIALLY on social media. I'm definitely guilty of scrolling through peers and influencers profiles. I would ask myself: How are they living this lavish life full of materialistic things, travel, perfect … Continue reading Changing Your Perspective: Comparison
My favorite time of year is here my friends! You cannot beat September-November, especially in the Northeast. We love our deep autumn colors, cold weather accessories, third-layer pieces, leather, and boots. Along with that of course comes pumpkin spice, apple cider donuts, changing of the leaves, and so many cute Instagram opportunities - I mean … Continue reading Fall Fashion: Essentials & New Trends
On September 11th, 2001, at nine years old, I was at school two blocks away from the World Trade Centers. I was evacuated from my school, submerged in clouds of smoke, and separated from my parents for hours. My daily routines were utterly rearranged by the chaos; I was forced to go to school cities … Continue reading Experiencing Growth in the Wake of Trauma
You may be asking yourself, then why voluntarily go back to a place that seems so dangerous for your mental health? My answer being, it's complicated.
Goodbye August: I have to say this was probably the best, most adventurous, happiest, and freeing summer ever & I'm so sad it's over! My 25th birthday was this month, and it gave me time to reflect and appreciate those around me. Lifestyle: A little shaky this month just because I was so out of my … Continue reading HELLO SEPTEMBER: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS
Anyone else have hectic morning schedules like me? In my old position at work, I had time in the mornings to mindfully make my breakfast: a greek yogurt parfait, oatmeal, etc. These days, the moment I get into the office it's GO TIME with meetings, questions from co-workers, etc. Recently, I've started prepping smoothies in the … Continue reading Recipe: Morning Smoothie
Back tracking a few weeks to when I was in Chicago for a weekend! As I've wrote about before, my two best friends and I are now located in three cities on the east coast: New York, NY, Boston, MA & Tampa, FL. Every year we try to go on at least one #NewYearNewCity trip … Continue reading Travel Chronicles: Chicago, IL
Take a peak into the crazy 72-hours of a extroverted, millennial gal living in Manhattan trying to balance self-care, completing errands, a healthy lifestyle, and strengthening friendships!
I had the best dinner last night! I've been traveling so much this summer, it's been great to finally make a homemade dinner. And even BETTER - it's nutritious, delicious, easy, customizable & a quick clean-up. What else could you ask for!? Ingredients: 8oz Salmon Filet - I went with Trader Joe's Wild Sockeye Salmon … Continue reading Recipe: Quick Pan-Roasted Salmon & Veggies
Boundaries are the guidelines we're consciously aware of or make known to let our friends, family, co-workers, peers and strangers know how we want to be treated and set expectation levels. Ultimately, our boundaries align closely with our values to lets others know what is okay & not okay. Setting boundaries can help you feel … Continue reading Setting Boundaries with Those you Love
Have you ever had an un-explainable moment where something or someone suddenly appeared in your life at the right time? This happened to me last week, someone from my past reappeared in my life after three years of not communicating. It was my ex-boyfriend – for the purpose of this post we’ll call him ‘John’. … Continue reading Right Place, Right Time? Reconnecting with your Past
If there's one thing I've realized over the past few months it's to appreciate small things. There's a popular misconception that for something to be worthy, meaningful, successful or important, it has to be BIG, noticeable, monumental, etc. And while drastic changes are great, I’ve found that the best changes are the smallest. In my … Continue reading Fully Embracing the Power of Small
Goodbye July: How is the summer going by so QUICKLY? Not okay. But we're up to August which means I'm turning 2-5 this month (my thoughts around getting older .. HERE). July was exciting, bumpy at times, but I felt as though I let go of a lot of negativity around the usual summer suspects. Lifestyle: … Continue reading HELLO AUGUST: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS
Today I woke up feeling immense gratitude for life in general! Thankfulness is vital to joy, it helps us to see the good. Today I chose to focus on what I do have, and not what I believe I lack. I am thankful for: My Legs: This body is the only one I will EVER … Continue reading Saturday Thankfulness
Confession ... I'm in a funk. Mentally I am just not where I want to be and I can't seem to shake it. The past few days I've been dragging my feet, overwhelmed with waves of exhaustion, and drained of energy. I can usually pinpoint the trigger: work stress, low self-esteem, boy troubles, exhaustion, but … Continue reading Vent Sesh: In a Funk, Predicting Self-Sabotage & Showing Up
If there's one thing we can all agree on it's that Trader Joe's is one of the happiest places on earth (stealing Disney's tagline, not even mad about it). If you don't believe me, you obviously haven't been there or you were cranky that day because they have the BEST customer service, high quality … Continue reading Trader Joe’s Essentials
I went to Rhode Island with ten friends for the July 4th Weekend & to celebrate my BFF's 25th birthday. We were fortunate enough to stay at her family's house where we spent the majority of the weekend cooking, kayaking, walking on the beach, playing cornhole, frisbee, darts, pool & badminton. So be aware - … Continue reading TRAVEL CHRONICLES: NEWPORT, RI
Last week, something out of the ordinary, but pretty awesome happened. I was approached four times by completely different individuals, who expressed similar observations & questions about my career. They were impressed with my confidence at work, positive attitude, ability to clearly state my opinion, and take constructive criticism without letting emotions get in the … Continue reading Cultivating Confidence in the Workplace
This past weekend I went to Tampa, FL for a mini friend reunion. Backstory: There are three of us who have been going to Dave Matthew's summer tour concerts since freshman year of high school. Every year we try to come back together, and spend a night enjoying Dave's music and 'living our youth'. This … Continue reading Travel Chronicles: Tampa, FL
I've sprinkled the topic of my recovery here & there on the blog, but haven't really gone into detail. To put it simply, I am an addict. Sugar and carbs are my drug of choice. My battle with the need to control my food began age nine and developed into a Binge Eating Disorder. What … Continue reading Real Talk: Recovery Relapse
Goodbye June: This month was a doozy. Definitely didn't accomplish some of the goals I set for the month, including my goal of creating a morning meditation habit. Fail on my part. BUT, there was a lot of great stuff. The weather got better in NYC, I explored the city, fell back in love with the gym, … Continue reading HELLO JULY: MONTHLY REFLECTIONS & INTENTIONS
In 47 days I hit an exciting milestone, I turn 25 years old! As my dad would say, it's the year that marks the end of my adolescence since my prefrontal cortex is fully developed. As insignificant as that may seem, it's a little frightening. It's means change, making important decisions, and ranking what (and who) … Continue reading Getting Older & Embracing Change
Not gonna lie, for a while I though the whole idea of positive affirmations and manifestation was total bologna. Repeating a statement can't drastically change my life or guide me to some magical fairy place. On the other hand, I got to a point where I wanted something to look towards for guidance. I am not … Continue reading Thoughts on Affirmations & Manifestation
Recently, I felt the need to rewatch Iris Apfel's documentary on Netflix. If you don't know who Iris is, you are missing out! She is a fashion icon powerhouse who has a passion for timeless design and individual style. She preaches that you need to own your style, dress to please yourself and get risky! … Continue reading Breaking the Style Rules & Self-Exploration
Have you ever been sucked into the black hole of social media? You know what I mean, the mindlessly scrolling, losing focus on your life and instead constantly checking up on others? A few months ago, I would find myself endlessly scrolling through my Instagram Explore tab. This section of Instagram is supposed to be … Continue reading Time for a Social Media Cleanse
When summer comes around, my schedule fills up quickly. A week approaches, I glance at my calendar to see what's going on and surprisingly there's dinner plans, happy hours, gym times, meal preps, walks with friends, planned out for me by the hour. While this is great, I lose the flexibility to sprinkle some important … Continue reading Creating & Maintaining a Morning Meditation Routine