A Lesson on Waiting

These days I am no longer impatient about waiting.

It took 33 years for me to learn patience; idle time gives you a moment of peace to reflect, breathe, and notice the world around you.

As I write in my notebook and enjoy the sunshine on my shoulders, I’m full of gratitude for the world around me. This is a drastic change from my former anxious, nervous self. I used to expect doom, but now I expect miracles.

Those miracles come in many forms.  It could be a phone call from a friend I was just thinking of, the kindness of a stranger, or finding a small treasure on the street (this happens to me often!).

Miracles are all around us- we just have to stop, remain present, and connect with both the universe and the world around us.

When you’re more mindful, the universe delivers magical, meaningful moments. I hope you are able to stop and smell the roses today, enjoy the moment, and see life in rose colored glasses. 🌹

Minimal Winter Style

It has been a rainy, chilly weekend in Boston- not exactly the white Christmas I had hoped for. Nevertheless, the sun came out on Saturday afternoon and has been beautiful ever since. To survive the rain, I grabbed my umbrella, put on bright coral lipstick and hit the road in a warm coat and floppy hat. Rain (and gloom)-proof.

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I ventured to Somerville to do some shopping on Assembly Row on Saturday. Although it was raining when I left the house, it had stopped just in time for my arrival! Magic.

Assembly Row has a huge variety of outlet shopping… everything from a pretzel place to Saks Off Fifth. The good news was that I didn’t have to venture far to find everything I was looking for (including a snack).

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I set my sights on a pair of oversized black sunglasses at LOFT, a fun keychain and knick-knack tray… all 40% off, too! I had attached my keys to the zipper on my wallet a few days ago and didn’t have an organization method for my small jewelry (OCD in effect), so I felt these purchases were necessary.

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All three for under $20 at LOFT!

Buying “stuff” and having “stuff” all over my personal space has become a huge pet-peeve of mine, so I suppose my 2016 New Year’s Resolution of becoming more minimal has held true. I’ve been absolutely loving knowing where everything is, knowing what I own, and being conscious of what I actually need.

Leaving NYC was a big lesson; packing took days. I was only renting a small room in Astoria, yet I had years of memories stacked in the closet, under the bed, in drawers and hidden in bags. It was unmanagable and out of control. Who needs so much stuff?! Needless to say, I trashed and gave away half of everything I own. In the Great Purge of 2016 I also threw away a lot of my winter clothes- including salt-stained boots.

It was time for a new pair.

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I had been eyeing the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boots for years now, but I found this pair on sale for $45 (less than online!)! The Kenneth Cole store on Assembly Row is closing, so everything is a steal. If you’re in Boston, I highly suggest you head over there for this great sale.

Overall, my Christmas weekend of shopping was a success! Aside from a chic black outfit, a bright bag and a pair of oversized sunglasses, what does a woman really need?

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Fur scarf: ALDO, last season / Sweater: Primark / Leggings: Primark / Bag: Henri Bendel / Boots: Kenneth Cole / Sunglasses: LOFT, similar