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.

Writing: A Grounding Exercise

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than settling in, grabbing a pen, and putting your thoughts on paper.

I’ve always been a fan of a little rhyme or jingle, but tonight I also wanted to touch on growth, the lessons of the past few days, and staying true to my authentic self.

Thanks to an energy session, I’ve recently learned I need to do more grounding work; this means more time in nature, more meditation, more writing, and more sitting still.  As I become more balanced, I’ll think less and start sensing more.

Summer is the perfect season to connect with your root chakra, ground yourself, and spend time in nature.  I must admit, it’s been a challenge to stay grounded these past few weeks- but with a few techniques, it’s possible to improve your anxiety, concentration, and overall happiness.

We all have the ability to be free no matter what our situation- we are each responsible for our own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the world around us. 

It just takes practice.

Life truly is beautiful when we can calm our minds, sit still, and reflect within. ✨

Living Beautifully

I used to get tied up in day-to-day monotony, focused on all of the things I “had” to do or “should” do.

This was especially prevalent in New York. I didn’t always stop to enjoy the beauty around me or notice the little details that bring each day joy.

My life was so chaotic I didn’t enjoy the things I once loved, such as sitting to enjoy a smoothie, journaling, listening to the birds, painting my nails to coordinate with my outfit, or taking pictures of the sunrise. I rushed through life to get to the next moment; and that’s no way to live.

A rare moment of zen in Central Park

After leaving NYC last summer, I lived with family by the lake in a small Michigan town off exit 222, away from the modern conveniences of city living. It was the perfect “reset.” I enjoyed coffee in the backyard each morning, relaxed by the water, and actually enjoyed my meals- I stopped rushing and began to enjoy the moment.

That was when my true passion for mindfulness began.

Boating on Lake St. Helen

When I started this blog in the beginning of December 2016, I wanted to combine my mindfulness lessons with my love for style and living beautifully.  People have continually told me to relax and stop worrying about my makeup, outfit or hair- but those are things I enjoy.  It’s a part of “living beautifully.”

I believe there’s a fine balance between relaxing and simply feeling good for you.  Some days I want to run around in a baseball cap and flip flops, and others I want to wear my staple- the little black dress.  It all depends on the day.

Living beautifully is about balance.

Life in Boston has provided a perfect mix of city life and mindful living, as this historic city is so diverse with a mix of beauty, culture, and nature. Mindful in Style came naturally to me after just six short days, and I’ve enjoyed writing about my life of mindfulness, minimalism, style, and spirituality ever since.

What does living beautifully mean to you?