Last week, I turned a quarter of a century. Now, by all means, this does not mean I am a life hacking genius (even if I would like to think so). I have, however, learned a few things along this short road of life. These are handed down from other people, which have been shaped and molded to fit into my unique being. I like to call them my ‘mantras,’ but really they should be on everyones mental daily checklist. If these are not part of your daily gratitude log that you should me mentally ticking off, please, let them be reminders. I know some days these things are not easy… trust me, I know. Sometimes you feel like you have to drag yourself out of bed, and no amount of coffee is going to make you a decent person for the day. But, I must say, by following these mantras daily, these hard, dragging days are few and far between.
These are not groundbreaking; it is nothing we do not already know. They are just so important that I think reiterating them as an adult is something relevant. They were important when we were young, and they are going to continue to be important as adulthood continues. I challenge you to sit back and reflect with me on these, as it is something all of us can continue to learn from.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. So many fun festivities happen during the autumn months, that it is hard not to get excited! From pumpkin patches and spiced lattes, to a *very* full tummy on Thanksgiving, what is not to love about autumn? I love being out doors in the cool and crisp weather, but there is something about a hot apple cider, a fireplace, piles of cozy blankets, and a good book that is just all too appealing. Books make me happy and I love sharing my to read lists. Here are my current, and autumn reads.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
What a perfect read for this time of the year. Of course I needed to add in some horror! I have been wanting to read this, year after year, when my group reads it for our October pick, but I never got around to it. This year, I finally got it and I cant wait to finish it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
This has been on my to read list for a while. So many people have told me I need to pick this up and read it. Well, I finally did! I cannot wait to dive in deeper. I love books where you can place yourself into the character, and really actually learn something about yourself as well.
Podcasts are all the rage. There are endless lists of podcasts that talk about any topic you can dream of. It is safe to safe that I am a Podcast junkie. I listen to them when I workout, when I am working, driving, walking… basically, whenever I have time.
Without any further delay, below are my current top favorite podcasts!
We live in a world where we are constantly go-go-going, and we never stop. A factor of this feeling of a never ending cycle is stress, and it plays a huge factor in our daily life. Most of the time, we don’t really realize how it is negatively affecting our body and mind.
I wanted to share with you my ways of ‘de-stressing’ myself (+ some helpful apps, since… there is an app for that!)
As Summer comes to an end, so does our love and obsession for tropical… everything. Before the Summer light fades, and the leaves begin to fall, I have a quick and easy recipe you must try!
It is a really simple and fun dish. I mean, look how Instagram and Facebook worthy it is.
This dish is made to feed four (+ tons of leftovers, but minus the super cute pineapple bowls).
I remember going to the Drive-In Movie Theater as a little kid and the excitement I would get was unreal. My family and neighbors would pack into the cars and head down the street to one of the last standing drive-ins, The Westminster Hi-Way 39 Drive-In. What a time it was to be alive. To see classics and new favorites on the big, glowing screen was something magical. Unfortunately, drive-in movie theaters are few and far between, but those of us that were lucky enough to experience them have nothing but the fondest of memories.
Thanks to Hotel Irvine, I was brought back to my childhood this past weekend. Hotel Irvine, a lifestyle hotel in Orange County, is hosting a summer series: Movie Nights in the Backyard. This weekend, I ditched the couch, and chose a cozy blanket under the stars.
When it comes to skin care, I pretty much obsess over it. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day, removing all your makeup, and feeling fresh. While you have slayed the day in your perfectly pink blush and sexy cat eye, your skin has been counting down the minutes until it can breathe again.
Disclaimer: This post is not an AD, and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned below. I just really love these products.
I have vigorously pushed myself to become a morning person my entire adult life. Of course it is not easy, but more and more people ask me how I am able to wake up early, and get my mini morning to do list done. Some days are harder than others, but it is all about sticking to a routine that works for you.
A morning routine should cater to you and what you need to accomplish in the morning to get yourself feeling good and ready to tackle the day. Here are my tips and tricks on how I tackle each day like a #GIRLBOSS.