Self Improvement

Find a Friend in Your City

Over the course of the last two weeks, I’ve been inspired to use …

Over the course of the last two weeks, I’ve been inspired to use my blog and instagram to help others, and it’s something I’d like to continue to do. After offering to help those of you who might need advice, I ended up facilitating the connection of a few girls in …

Self Improvement

How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

When things aren’t overbooked or crazy, when I don’t feel spread thin, and …

When things aren’t overbooked or crazy, when I don’t feel spread thin, and when I can work out at least 4-5 days a week, I feel great. But the last quarter of 2016 brought two moves–a new home and a new office. I returned from a 10 day trip to …

Self Improvement

How to Make the Holidays Happier When You’re Feeling Sad

Two years ago, I woke up alone on Christmas morning and last year, …

Two years ago, I woke up alone on Christmas morning and last year, woke up at my boyfriend’s mom’s house–everyone in matching Christmas pajamas. Proof that one lonely Christmas doesn’t mean a lifetime of lonely Christmases. This year’s feeling tough after what the sad news I received last weekend, but I’m determined to …

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5 Ways to End the Year Healthier

My recent move downtown inspired me to start start walking again–something I haven’t done …

My recent move downtown inspired me to start start walking again–something I haven’t done since moving to Chicago six years ago. So I teamed up with Amazfit to share a few things I’m doing to end 2016 a little healthier. To make sure I walk 10,000 steps each day, track how I’m sleeping, …

Self Improvement

On Finding Balance and Managing Stress

 It was never my intention to move 6 times in 6 years. It just …

 It was never my intention to move 6 times in 6 years. It just sort of happened to me. And less than a year after moving into my last apartment, I made the decision to move in with my boyfriend–something I’ve never done before. But change and taking on a lot has …

Self Improvement

Fewer, Better Things

Last week, I spoke on a panel with an amazing group of female …

Last week, I spoke on a panel with an amazing group of female founders. We talked about what Cuyana’s philosophy of “fewer better” means to us and how we apply it in both our personal and professional lives. The company’s mission is what it’s all about–being intentional in every aspect of …

Self Improvement

Why Everyone Needs a Rescue Dog

I grew up with rescue animals but always preferred cats to dogs. And …

I grew up with rescue animals but always preferred cats to dogs. And the dogs I liked were usually on the fluffier site. But if you follow me on instagram, it's pretty clear that I'm obsessed with my chihuahua min-pin (mix) rescue pup, Buddy.

Self Improvement

Social Media and Internet Etiquette 101

Let's say you follow someone on instagram. You see what they're up to on Saturday mornings, …

Let's say you follow someone on instagram. You see what they're up to on Saturday mornings, know what the inside of their home looks like, and have followed this person through numerous significant events in their life. So while you might not actually know them, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

Self Improvement

Comparison and Judgment on Instagram

An invite on a press trip to Iceland was an easy thing to …

An invite on a press trip to Iceland was an easy thing to say yes to, and as someone who had only left the country twice in her adult life, is something I did not take for granted. Shortly after things went into motion, I realized I’d be traveling with a group …

Self Improvement

Something’s Gotta Give

We live in an age of busy. And a  full life with exciting projects …

We live in an age of busy. And a  full life with exciting projects and great friends is a good thing, right? I’d probably get bored if it were any other way, but squeezing everything in just to get it done can leave you feeling defeated instead of fulfilled. And we can’t …

Self Improvement

How to survive the end of winter

Spring doesn’t begin for another 25 days, but Chicago will give us at …

Spring doesn’t begin for another 25 days, but Chicago will give us at least another 2 months of winter temps. The 60s felt like magic last weekend, but here we are back to snow and temps in the 30s. I’m pretty terrible at winter but thought I’d share a few things …

Self Improvement

That Balance Thing

Last September, I wrote a post about overdoing it. About my search for balance–something I …

Last September, I wrote a post about overdoing it. About my search for balance–something I spent a lot of time chasing. Turns out I was searching for something I didn’t know how to find and eventually learned that if I just took a few breaths and gave myself a break, I’d feel good …

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