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conscious living mental health self care

A Short Response to Mental Health Awareness

I have heard a lot of thoughts regarding the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this past week.  The most common is, “they had everything” or “their lives looked so wonderful.”

I have a lot of feelings about this.

Those with depression aren’t necessarily the ones venting on Facebook or complaining at work.  They’re not the ones who have bad luck, draw the wrong cards, or seem down and out.  Those with depression are often the people who smile, entertain, write, inspire, and laugh- all to cope.  They put on a face of strength.  They try to block out the bad.  But, sometimes, it’s all too much.

Happiness doesn’t come through wealth, vacations, relationships, or fame. Happiness is within your soul.

Without being fulfilled on the inside, the outside does not matter.  I started my blog after getting help in 2016, and I am happy to say I did not let my pride, reputation, or others sway me into avoiding it or sharing my story.  Instead, I learned that vulnerability only benefits others.  I don’t care if people judge me for sharing- if I can help one person, it’s worth it.

The world will not be the same without these two individuals who were both such inspirations and role models to me.  I can only hope they are finally at peace.

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mindfulness

Sharing My Stories

Boston Harbor

Over the past couple of months I’ve been having fun- I mean, a lot of fun- with my Instagram stories.

So, what do I talk about, you ask?  Honestly, nothing really. 

I walk around Boston and talk about my day.  I laugh at funny things and hope you’re laughing right along with me.  I show you cool things around the city, ask your advice on my style choices, and share my thrift store finds.  I share things I learn from others.  I connect- and that is what I love so much.

Whatever I happen to be doing, I am embracing every moment of every day.

Enjoying life is what living beautifully is all about, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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Glasses: Warby Parker “Raider Wide” / Top: Goodwill, Davis Square / Necklace: Kate Spade / Lipstick: Sephora #18- Flame Red (and it stays for hours!)

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self discovery

Boldly Facing the Future

Just when I was feeling a little off balanced, the death of Kate Spade put my life back into perspective.

One week ago today I cut my hair, feeling fresh, nostalgic, and ready for the summer.  However, part of that act gave me that same old feeling I had four years ago prior to moving to New York City.  It was a positive feeling- but another of pain.  It made me question my decisions, wonder if I made a mistake by leaving, and feel guilty for everything that went wrong these past four years.

Then, I stopped.

Everything happens for a reason.

Had I not left New York City in July 2016, things may have turned out much differently- and much worse.  Looking back and reflecting on my life, and the life of Kate Spade, I want to express the importance of getting help, self care, and mental health awareness.

I moved to New York as if the city were a band-aid; the magical cure.  I would step into a new life, forgetting old wounds, childhood pain, and inner struggles.  Instead, all of my wounds burst open- but I had another chance.

I chose to step back, take a break, and get help.

I started my blog 6 days after moving to Boston, which is a manifestation of my own journey, lessons, and appreciation for life.  I am beyond grateful to the people who have supported me on my journey and believed in me when I stopped believing in myself.  I haven’t been perfect since coming to Boston, but life has been much better than the Kristin I left behind in 2016.

So, here I am, downtown Boston- with new glasses, a new haircut, and a new perspective. No longer afraid to face the challenges of life, I can say with confidence:

Life is beautiful.

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self discovery

Quick, Curious, Playful, and Strong

Clinch Park Marina, Traverse City
Clinch Park Marina, Traverse City

Uptown Charlotte
Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Battery Park, New York City
2013 ShopStyle Campaign
2013 ShopStyle Campaign
Cherry Capital Airport
A very special secret trip to San Francisco to collect my things at my ex’s condo before moving to NYC. Yes, I had a key, and no, he didn’t know I was coming.
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Beyond Yoga X Kate Spade Launch Party
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The Palace of Fine Arts
Central Park Stroll
Central Park Stroll
Remembering Kate Spade
12/24/1962 ~ 6/5/2018

Thank you to Kate Spade for all of the moments of style and inspiration.

May we continue to live colorfully and curiously. 💞✨

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self discovery

Live Colorfully: Remembering Kate Spade

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12/22/2013 at 454 Broome Street

Today I was heartbroken to hear the news of one of my fashion idols, Kate Spade.

A true All-American icon, Kate Spade embodied a woman of class, inspiring the world to live boldly and of course, colorfully.

Her passing goes to show that no matter how someone’s life looks like on the outside, or no matter how much they have, you never know what they are going through.

Please reach out if you’re struggling- someone has been there, too.  I promise. 💞