Life Update: Where I Am At Now (& Yes I’m Back)

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple – Jack Kerouac

 About three months ago, I posted about a new series I wanted to focus on called the self-care mini series. I was really into it at first. I had tons of ideas swirling through my head and I was genuinely (or so I thought) excited about it. I did two posts, and I disappeared. I didn’t just disappear from here. I disappeared from a lot of social outlets, including my personal ones. I wasn’t as active or sharing as much because for me I was going through a bit of a blob of a few months. I was in this haze of a routine with eight hundred other things trying to pull me each way, and to be honest, I became a bit numb to it all. And that is not where I thrive.

I had some big things happen the last few months. Some of those were great, and exciting and new, and others were stressful, and hard to deal with. Looking back on it now, I was not in a good mental head space. It took me breaking down to realize that sometimes good things can be toxic, and sometimes we need to make the harder decisions for our mental health.

I really needed the time to focus on what and who I was. Not just for this blog, but for me.

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I don’t push content on here. I am not a brand and I don’t want to be a brand. I want to be genuinely me, and I didn’t feel that way. I want my content and what I put out in the world to be genuine, authentic and ultimately me. I thought that self-help series was going to help set me on the right track, get my mind focused and realigned, but it didn’t. 

I juggle a lot of things, as we all do, in life. But when one thing falls, my entire foundation falls and I had to stop letting that happen. I needed time to refocus and mend myself. 

Now, with that, there were also a lot of really amazing things that have happened in these last three months that I am excited to talk about, to share with you all, and just get back in that mode. I have some catching up to do, and I have so many good things lined up. I have some exciting wedding things to share, some lifestyle things I am into, more self-care because I think we all need to practice that more, tons of book recs and podcast recs, and of course some more personal posts. 

It all feels very right, and with that I will say: I am happy. I am healthy. And I am back. 

I hope you will stay awhile.

<3

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Night Time Reset – Self Care Series

For me, it can be hard to identify when I need to take a second and slow down. With balancing all aspects of life from work and school, to family and friends, and all of the in between bits that make up our crazy, wonderful life, it can be tough to slow down and reset.

I am doing a bit of a night time reset, or routine, if you will. I wanted to talk about night routines again because for me, it is one of the most important part of resetting myself. For me it’s all about setting time for myself to wind down, but also to mentally and physically prepare myself for the next day. Giving yourself that time is so important.

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Self Care – It’s a mood.

I think it is so important to just slow the heck down sometimes. As humans, I don’t think we practice that mindset of being in the moment as much as we should. I know there are a lot of posts and pictures glorifying what self care looks like, but what does it really look like? What does it really mean? Can you feel it, taste it, see it, embody it? I don’t know the answer, but I’m here to explore it.

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Summer Reading List!

Guys, it is officially SUMMER. Summer time is my least favorite season, ONLY because of the heat during the day. Everything else about summer I really love. I love having a break away from classes, vacation days, longer days and warmer nights, and of course, being able to read whatever I want.

It is funny to me because I actually read less during the summer season. I am not totally sure why, but I tend to slack off on my reading list. So here I am, making it a priority. 

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The South West 2.0

What a whirlwind of emotions this was to write. Traveling is emotional for me. I feel it deep in my bones, and I think that is why I love it so much. Being able to be in your head, on the road, cherishing moments with someone you love; it is priceless. This trip was so needed and came at such a perfect time. For me, being able to travel is like hitting a reset button; one right before you leave, and one when you come home.

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Grad School Diaries No.2

I took a much needed month off from The r|s edit. I missed it, but it was so necessary. I was finishing up my first year of grad school! And boy can I tell you it feels SO good to be done! The last month my desk has been a mess with books, stacks of papers that I spent more time looking through than doing anything with, spilled link (literally), blackout poems, and more coffee cups than I could count.

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Spring Reading List

Spring has sprung and it is about that time to get crackin’ on some pre-summer reads!

I feel lucky because Spring time means that I am almost done with my semester and I am right on the cusp of being able to read whatever, whenever – and oh what a joy that is! I still plan on reading tons of poetry, but for the sake of my Spring Reading List, I wanted to fill it with tons of goodies.

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OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast

Brunched my way, girl. Let me TELL you!

I recently attended OC Weekly’s Fresh Toast which brings together a bunch of the top vendors in Orange County for a big giant brunch festival. Literally, what could be better than bubbly, and brunch bites?

I am going to break this down into a few sections: venue, food & drinks, and atmosphere & aesthetic.

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Holy Grails: Skin Care

Skin care products has always been some of my favorite things to buy, to research, to test. However, now that I am a bride-to-be, it is more important than ever to lock in those holy grail products so I can be lookin’ glowy and fresh on my wedding day!

I had pretty okay skin (as okay as you can as a teenager) throughout high school, but it wasn’t until I started college that my skin started to get funky and demanded my attention. Ever since, I have been pretty obsessed with finding products that make my skin happy and fully locking in my skin care routine.

Skin care and routines can be really fun, but it can also be really difficult and sometimes stressful to find that right combination. We all have different needs for our skin, all live in different climates, all have different dailies that ultimately drive what we need out of a skin care routine. So – if you’ve been feelin’ down because trying to get the perfect skin care line up has felt impossible, don’t worry, you are not alone. We all struggle with it but I am here to hopefully add some really great products to your shelves.

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