This morning I woke up to so many of the women I’ve connected through my social media making announcements about their ventures. And they’re killing it out there! These women are powerhouses and paving their own way through the world! I’ve got women on my feed launching their own businesses, raising funds, securing deals left and right, creating successful brands, startups, podcasts, digital talk shows, capsule clothing collections, initiating causes to help others, balancing their 9-5s with their side hustles, enjoying their motherhood and still managing to pursue their dreams… there is SO much inspiration around us and I don’t imagine these women stopping anytime soon (and nor should they because this is just the beginning) So, I just wanted to take this opportunity to say – kudos to you all for being able to keep pushing and believing in yourself. Thank you for not only paving the way for yourself, but for those around you as well. May your drives take you far in life and may you all continue to be successful! May you continue to inspire us all. Happy belated women’s history month. Happy Monday and Happy 1st day of April.
Next to diamonds, I’d argue that a good bag is a girl’s best friend. What else holds our entire lives, our on-the-go-life savers, and even some of our deepest, darkest secrets, like a trusty handbag?
Right now, my Kate Spade tote bag is in heavy rotation. My favorite thing about it is that it’s such a compact size. It just holds so much.
I’m the kind of girl who throws everything and then some – laptop, calendar, books, papers, notepads, earring (my favorite accessories), lip balm, a makeup pouch, wallet, change purse, pen pouch, snack bar, lotion, hand sanitizer, a bottle of water – into her bag, just in case.
Last 10 years I’ve traveled on my own whether its study of aboard across the world, or work travel. But I was so scared, overwhelmed and anxious last December to book a ticket to my new adventure. I wanted to be the best, but felt my worst. I wanted to lead, but also felt invisible. Paralyzed by fear of the unknown and frozen by the fear of failing. There is so much I want to be. For God and for me. I then began to realize if I kept pushing that date back, I’d NEVER make my dream a reality and if I fail at least I know I tried. It would never be in perfect condition so I just had to go for it. It will always be a work in progress, and that’s okay.
Starting is the hardest part. I think that holds true for a lot of things in life. Starting a job. Starting an adventure overseas. Starting new relationships. It’s the unknown that scares people. But fear is for people who don’t get out much, and me, I’ve learned to get out much.
To me, life is about the journey, where you want that journey to ultimately take you, and what you’re going to do when you get there. If you never start the journey, you’re ultimately doing yourself a huge disservice. This can also be paralleled with throwing caution to the wind.
I also learned to put my trust in God and that putting my words down and releasing them into the universe was therapeutic in a way. Maybe I’m not the only one thinking those thoughts, and that was some kind of weird therapy for me. Maybe that helps you, maybe it doesn’t.
To combat any fear within yourself, know that you will never have all the answers to your questions and that perfection does not exist, so find the good in the imperfections. They make us human and relatable.
Seriously, who doesn’t love breakfast? I love to cook and I could eat breakfast food everyday. But the worst part of breakfast is most of the time I don’t want to cook as soon as I wake up in the morning. I’m usually rushing to meetings or pretty tired.
Here are some delicious breakfast, I made over December break.
Last week of December I was lucky enough to spend time in Key West, including a day trip to explore the rest of the Keys! I (of course…) took way too many photos.
Taking a road trip through the Florida Keys was one of the best adventure I have done. The 110 mile stretch from Miami to Key West traverses the appropriately named Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges while taking you on a wild ride through one of the most picturesque, quirky and fun places.
While the drive to the Southernmost city in the United States only takes 4 hours to complete, you’d be at a total loss to miss the many stops along the way. Each island offers something different and sets the tone for your arrival into the fabled Key West, 90 miles north of Cuba.
I have a love/hate relationship with New York City. When I’m away, I think about the dirty streets, rude pedestrians, and unforgivable traffic… but when I’m back, I feel the life of the city. The burning desire of each individual with dreams and ambitions. That energy is undeniable. It’s like everyone has an agenda, some sort of story. And whether you’re going through a heartbreak or have lost yourself, New York is the ultimate escape to just live in the moment and forget about all your problems…
I’ll admit it, I’ve always loved big cities. I grew up in a small town in MN and I went college in Phoenix, Arizona. I always pictured myself moving to Los Angeles once I graduate and never really saw myself in NYC.
All that changed 2015 when I took a job with Estée lauder New York as a research scientist. It was my first time in the big apple. I’ve had a few Mary Tyler Moore moments walking through the city, popping into my favorite bodega for fresh flowers and actually making my way around without getting on the lost on the subway. But just beneath those really great moments is this: a pestering voice asking, “So you’re here. Now what?” That voice, though condescending, has a point. I didn’t want to simply be here to be my greatest accomplishment. I want to do more. I came to do more.
Coming to New York was instant gratification. I wanted to do it, and with one plane ticket, I did – no depending on luck or time. It happened as soon as I decided I wanted it to happen. For someone who is as horribly impatient as I am, it was perfect.