Happy Birthday, Blog!

365 days and 135 posts (now 136) later, I’ve officially been writing mindfully in style for one year.

Where did the time go?!

I had only lived in Massachusetts for seven days when I started this blog, eyes wide open and excited for what the future would hold.  It took a lot of faith to pick up and move to a city I had only been to once, so I’m happy I was able to document my journey from the very beginning.

It’s been quite the experience going back to see my own transformation and growth over the past twelve months.  Sometimes I will read something and think, “oh, I wrote that? Right.”  How easy it can be to forget the lessons we learn along the way!

I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me this past year, and to those who have lifted me back up when I’ve been down.  Without the encouragement and love, I wouldn’t be able to write with such vulnerability and soul.

I can’t wait to continue to connect with amazing people from all over the world, hear the stories of others, and be able to inspire a little along the way.  Thank you again. ❤

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TBT: Holiday Sparkle

Two years ago I had the opportunity to work with a jewelry designer named Catherine Angiel.  Based in New York’s vibrant Greenwich Village, I met Cat right before the 2015 holiday season.  As I look back on the work I’ve done over the past few years, some of my favorite was with Cat.  I helped with social media, blogging, photography, and more- and yes, that’s my hand in the photos!

An advocate for the LGBT community, Catherine coined the term “commitment band” back in the ‘80’s.  Pretty fitting, considering her gallery is just around the corner from the Stonewall Inn!  Her style is apparent in her work (she’s also a rock-and-roll drummer), from gorgeous black diamonds to edgy monogrammed pieces.

The holiday season is an exciting time in the jewelry business.  The year prior, I was working with an online engagement ring retailer based in NYC, so I’ve seen a number of engagement rings designed for these special holiday surprises.

Catherine’s jewelry has been worn on Madonna, Taylor Swift, Bette Midler, Michelle Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, and many other recognizable faces.  Her designs have graced the covers of Glamour Magazine, and her black diamond earrings were even seen on Michelle Obama at the 2013 White House Correspondents dinner.

Getting to know the customers was another one of my favorite parts of working with jewelry designers.  I loved listening to their stories, capturing or collecting their moments, and being able to re-tell their tales for others to enjoy.  Catherine has been a part of endless engagement stories, and I have loved being a part of them.

If you happen to be in New York City this holiday season, please stop by Cat’s gallery at 43 Greenwich Avenue.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed by her delightful designs!

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Today, Time Magazine announced the silence breakers of the #MeToo movement as “Person of the Year.”  I couldn’t be happier about this.  

For far too long, women haven’t been taken seriously after these emotionally damaging incidents.  I know this was the case for me.  I learned to keep my mouth shut in fear of the consequences.  Even after having the police involved with an incident back in college, people told me it was “my fault” because I had been drinking.  This was in 2004, and it certainly wasn’t the last time I would be physically and emotionally attacked by a man.  

In the back of my mind, I did start to believe it was all my fault.

Are some men truly that threatened by a women’s power that they must try and strip it away? Do they feel that insecure about their own masculinity that they feel the need to knock us down, disrespect our bodies, and belittle the feminine?

I have encountered abuse in relationships, at the bar from strangers, on the steeet through cat-calls, and in situations where I couldn’t consent.  I have thankfully been able to push those memories aside, although many have come back to me through PSTD- especially throughout this past year.  Old boyfriends or dates have wondered why I had suddenly “snapped” out of nowhere; I didn’t know why either, until recently.  It never occurred to me that old abuse was hidden so deep under my core that it would bubble up out of the blue.

It’s never our fault.  I don’t care how intoxicated someone is- it is never okay to be taken advantage of.  It is very illegal, and very wrong- yet we were told we were the ones to blame.

Not any longer.

I hope you have the courage to speak up if you have ever been a victim of sexual abuse.  We are all in this fight together; your story could help someone share theirs, too.


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