Congratulations, Hoda!

I used to be a part of AOL’s Style Network (once called StyleList) of bloggers while living in New York.  One of the perks was attending exclusive events, including the Build Series.  Two years ago this week, I had the pleasure of attending Hoda’s talk, who was at the AOL Headquarters promoting her book Where We Belong (I got to see Sam Waterston that day, too!).  The book came at the perfect time, as I had accidentally deleted my fashion blog six days before (a happy mistake), wondering “what now?”  My fashion-focused self had been much of my identity for years, but I knew it was time for something more meaningful and authentic. Little did I know, January 2016 would be the beginning of my actual writing career… or at least the foundation of it.

I took Hoda’s talk to heart that day; her stories of strength, failures, and divine timing hit close to home.  Sometimes opportunities fall away or push you out, all because they weren’t in alignment with your soul’s passion.  I identified as a fashion marketer and blogger for so long, that I didn’t even realize that is was okay to chose a new representative.

On to the good news!  This morning it was announced that Hoda will be replacing Matt Lauer on the Today show!  I couldn’t be more thrilled.  Hoda will bring amazing energy to the show; even in just the short hour I was in the room with her, she had the ability to make everyone feel like her friend.  That’s exactly what Today needs after Lauer’s departure… and is further proof that the future is definitely female.

Congratulations again, Hoda! From a small town girl in Virginia to a news reporter in Mississippi, she is a true inspiration to anyone following their dreams.  You never know where the path will take you… but keep following your heart.

Wherever You Go, There You Are

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The other day I was chatting with someone about the joy in living simply (and how I wasn’t always this way), but expressed my concern about not establishing “roots” in any one place over the past decade.

Although I’ve experienced many different things and lived in some of the most exciting cities in the country- San Francisco, Austin, New York, Chicago and Boston, from time to time I wonder what my life would look like today if I had committed to one place and “established” myself; whatever that means.

Sometimes I think this means working at the same job for several years; other times I think it means buying a house or starting a family.  What exactly have I been doing the past ten years, anyway?  My mind started to wander.

The response I received made me feel 100% better:

“You don’t need roots. They’re an identity. Attachments are a false sense of self we are addicted to.”

How accurate.  I realized the wealth of life lessons that I have experienced over the years and felt extremely grateful.  I also reached an important conclusion: wherever you go, there you are. 

I’d much rather have a strong sense of self than a bunch of stuff.  I may not have my own house, but I can take myself anywhere and still be content.  I may only have a few pieces of luggage, but I have peace of mind.

I also have been thinking back to where I was a year ago today, and funny enough, it was a rainy, windy day in New York City- just like today in Boston.  At this time last year, I was struggling with finding my focus within my career (or lack thereof), holding on to a negative relationship that wasn’t going anywhere, living with unmanageable anxiety and wondering where my next paycheck would come from.  It was no way to live.  Looking back, I only remember the happy memories though- like the beautiful blossoms on Reade Street, the amazing friendships I made and the inspiration all around me that influenced me to start writing and stop feeling sorry for myself.

You find yourself within yourself- not where you set your “roots.”

While I still have no idea what my life will look like next year, today I feel a little more confident in knowing that there’s a plan for me, as long as I stay mindful, positive and am open to possibilities.

Today, I just choose to be happy.

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