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conscious living

Fashion for Good: Style During the Coronavirus

Hooray for PAIGE helping to keep the community stylish and safe!

In an effort to preserve supplies for medical staff, Paige Denim joined LA Protects and Mayor Eric Garcetti to produce non-medical masks in their to help protect non-essential workers. They’re also donating a pack for every 4-pack sold! Whenever I shop these days, I’m always conscious of the social good the company is doing- and want to be sure others know, too.


You can shop the Paige masks here, and check out 91 more stylish selections from Vogue for this “new normal.”

I’ve loved seeing how designers, brands, and social media teams have helped bring people together during this time. From music to inspirational talks, it’s been amazing to see how creative the world has been!

We truly are in this together.

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empowerment

Find Your Constants

What’s your constant?

It could be picking up your guitar, going for a swim, cuddling up with a good book, or spending time with a pet.

A constant is one of those things that just makes you feel good, no matter where your head is at.

For me, spending time by the water and enjoying the fresh air always brings me back to center. Whether it’s journaling with my morning coffee or snapping photos on an afternoon stroll, there are many constants that helped me learn to sit with self- and to enjoy life right as it is happening.


While living in Boston, I spent the majority of the time by myself. From exploring the city to writing in my studio apartment, the majority of my time was spending writing, reflecting, but most of all, healing– and I was able to do so through art.

During my free time, I started painting sayings from the blog as well as symbols that meant something to me. Painting, writing, and art has always been a constant in my life- no matter how I’m, feeling, I have an immediate sense of purpose when I get my messages out into the world.

No matter how small, it’s the little things in life that can mean the most.

A few weeks ago I started gathering rocks and painting them in gold, capturing the same phrases I once painted on blank canvases and in notebook pages. From evil eyes to red balloons, I began adding new colors to my golden rocks- and started scattering them around town.

Spreading light has been another constant in my life- one that not only benefits me, but can help brighten someone’s else’s world, too. Although Goldie Rocks aren’t a solution to our issues today, it’s a gesture that helped light my own way when the road was dark and grim. The simple words can mean so much in times of worry- and I hope my rocks have brought a smile to someone’s day.

When I had nothing and was feeling alone, painting balloons and a few joyous words gave me a glimmer of hope in an otherwise uncertain world. As my light began to shine, others would try to put it out- but others, the ones who appreciated my light- needed me to continue to shine even brighter.

I needed to continue to shine for myself.

Remembering to take care of yourself is so important during this quarantine- and every day of the year. Prioritizing your own needs and daily joy is imperative to living a balanced life, whether it’s a simple constant or indulging in some major self-care.

When you shine for yourself, you shine for the world- and maybe your constant will brighten someone else’s day, too.

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mindful at work self discovery

Creators Create

Over the weekend I did one of my favorite things- I took myself to a movie.  Solo.

Solitary adventures are one of my most treasured pastimes.  Not only do I have the opportunity to recharge my introvert self, I gain an immense amount of inspiration from mindfully roaming through the city, finding new hidden gems, and taking in the beauty around me.

I went to go to “Where’d You Go Bernadette,” partially due to my love for Cate Blanchett.  I seem to be one of the few who didn’t read the book, but I went in intuitively know I’d enjoy the film.

As I watched a fellow introvert self destruct, I realized an important message:

Creators are meant to create.

I remembered that not only is my precious solo time beneficial to maintaining my energy, it’s crucial to my creations.

With each photo I take, piece I write, and lesson I learn, my creations are keeping me sane.  They’re keeping me grounded.  They’re keeping me connected.

Sharing what I see and what I have learned with the world keeps me going.  Being able to carry a message to another person or using my own experience as wisdom or lessons for others is a purpose I know I was meant to fill.  Self destruction is inevitable when one doesn’t feel a sense of purpose, passion, or belonging- so I am glad to be reminded to live beautifully and create each and every day.

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mindful at work self discovery

Twists and Turns: Opening To A Fresh Page

I’ve never been a fan of routine.

In an effort to add some excitement to my morning walk to work, I took an unusual turn.  Instead of walking down the same street, looking at the same storefronts and sights, a little voice in my head told me to do something different today.

As I strolled down the tree lined street, I noticed something shiny on the ground.  I walked toward it, noticed it was a notebook, and picked it up- wet and all.  Wiping off the morning dew, I opened it, expecting it to be filled out; left on the sidewalk as trash.

It was brand new.

Not only were the pages blank, but it matched my aesthetic: blank and rose gold, complete with a heart.

I thought about the feminine design, symbolizing my own willingness to open my heart- and to open to a new page.

We may hold onto the past or regret decisions we have made, but every twist, turn, and detour has a deeper purpose.  These turns may have an unexpected outcome or a beautiful surprise, but when we live in the present moment, we will discover an important lesson:

Our true purpose is to live in the joy of our everyday journey.

Sometimes we just have to start our day off a little differently and be open to what comes our way.

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conscious living mindful at work

Sunday Self Care: The Importance of Taking a Mental Health Day

We are a society always on the move.

We go to work, fill our schedules, and tend to the everyday tasks required to be productive and responsible people. More often than not, “self care” isn’t on those to-do lists.

Today, self care is #1 on my list.

It’s Sunday, and my alarm went off at 7AM. As I heard rain falling outside my window, I began resenting the things I had planned for the morning. I couldn’t remember the last day I got to spend simply caring for myself. I looked around my room and spotted the book I was reading and thought, “wouldn’t it be nice to just stay home to read and journal all day?”

So that’s what I’m going to do.

It’s important to stop and pause when we begin to feel restless or irritable. The two questions you need to ask yourself are:

Why am I feeling this way?

What have I done to care for myself?

You’ll probably find a correlation between the two answers; and it’s likely you’re caring for others better than you’re caring for yourself, whether it’s your family, your job, or other responsibilities. When your intuition tells you it’s okay to just stay home, say no, or relax, listen to your inner voice. It’s a gentle tap on the shoulder to remind yourself that it’s okay to sit still and take a break.

Self care Sunday is a perfect way to reset for the new week and to recharge your batteries. Whether you choose to do some yoga, enjoy a long meditation, enjoy a sea salt bath, or go for a walk in the park, these moments to yourself are crucial to living a happy, balanced life.

You’re the only one who truly knows what you need, so I hope you can take some time out for self care today, too.

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self discovery

Mindful Moments in the City Lights

The Public Garden is such a magical place in Boston. I spent my last evening of the long weekend strolling the park and taking in the beautiful city lights glistening on the pond. With my journal in hand, I sat on a bench and wrote out my intentions for the week.

Preparing for the days ahead by centering myself has been so helpful in staying grounded through stressful times.

Whenever I’m feeling uneasy, I just go back to my intentions and remember all the beauty around me.

Living with intention is key to a purposeful life- so don’t forget to take in those mindful moments of sitting in the park or enjoying the city lights. ✨

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conscious living

Gemini New Moon Intentions: Everything is About to Change

This New Moon is special.

It’s time to stop and smell the roses- for life is beautiful.  Society is what makes life stressful.  Not life itself.  We all have the power to live the life we love- the problem is, most people don’t realize this.

Falling under the sign of Gemini, associated with communication and the conscious mind, today’s June 13th New Moon at 3:43PM EST is the beginning, and the end, of the rest of your life.

Sounds kind of drastic, doesn’t it?

Honestly, not really.

These changes are internal.

Remember how you used to hold back as a kid, second guessed the things you said, or avoided creativity for the fear of what others may think?  Well, everything is about to change.

Big projects will come to fruition, you’ll gain confidence to use your voice, and things that used to scare you won’t any longer.

You’ll stop numbing your feelings and start using them as strengths.  You’ll use your struggles as lessons, and you’ll stop making the same mistakes twice.

Rushing will be a thing of the past, because you’ll start to recognize that what’s for you will not pass you.  Missing the train, rejection from a job, getting dumped by your boyfriend- these are all for reasons.

There is something bigger and better for you on the horizon.

So, sit back, and relax for once- with clear intentions, hard work, and clear communication, you will make your mark.

Just wait.  Trust the process.  Life is about to become even more beautiful.

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self discovery

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!)