january recap

I decided to bring back an old recap feature I had on my old blog before I switched over to WordPress. Instead of just doing a photo round up, I wanted to expand and really get into some of the things that I noted or enjoyed from each passing month. Not only will it help me share my thoughts, it’ll also help me really reflect on the positives (even when I might not have thought there were any)! I think it’d be a good opportunity for me to set an intention for the upcoming month as well, so I can try to stay focused and accountable.

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Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>
Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>

matcha power smoothie
Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.

I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.

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girl power

Today was the Women’s March on Washington. In case you’re not in the know, the march was put together as a show of solidarity, a protest of inequality, a strong and peaceful demand for change, for freedom; it was a strong and resilient statement made around the world that we will not take things as they are. Seriously, go look how many cities had marches and tell me it isn’t mind blowing the powerful strength that is displayed in coming together peacefully with a common goal. Apparently it was the largest Inaugural Protest in history, with at least 50k people in Philadelphia alone!

I decided to put together a collection of songs that I felt were empowering and strong, to help us continue riding on that female strength. It’s a solid mix of new and old, but all of them make me feel that YES GIRL vibe. And all of them are performed by women. Enjoy! View Post

6 tips on how to be productive so you can start accomplishing more. 6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>

being productive

I’m going to let your guys in on a little secret behind the method to my blog madness: I’m not just writing for you, I’m writing for me. Yea, I want everyone who comes to my blog to find something that inspires them, is useful, or thought provoking, but that really only works if I write about stuff that is interesting or useful to myself as well. A lot of the time, we’re totally learning about a subject together, which I think is super rad (we’re totally bonding).

That said, from the end of 2016 through till now, I’ve found myself really struggling with being productive. I don’t know about you, but I expected the new me (that I became January 1st, obv) to just kinda get with it. To help us both switch gears with this fresh year, I decided to put together a list of tips to help us stay on track. Here’s some things that are tried-and-true for me, and some new tips that I hope are helpful for you:

1. LIST IT OUT

It’s way easier to figure out how to manage everything you need to get done if you have it all laid out in front of you! Even having the most basic outline of the tasks you’re setting out to accomplish is better than nothing at all, and just the act of writing it out will help you to feel a sense of mental order so you can start on your way. Plus, writing everything out helps you to pick actual tangible goals, which makes the list more effective, and can help you remember everything you want to do. View Post

seasonal depression

I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.

Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?

This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:

• low motivation
• insomnia
• fatigue
• apathy
• weight gain
• moodiness
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating

Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥ View Post

healthy egg sald

healthy egg salad

Okay I can’t even lie, before I’d made this I’d never eaten egg salad before. I’ve always associated egg salad with a gross mayo-filled gas station sandwich and there was just never any appeal. Last month when I was in the Toronto airport coming back from Paris I saw those sandwiches at every little side-kiosk, and texted my sister asking if I was wrong about my assumption, and if they actually tasted like deviled eggs on a sandwich. Now that was something I could get behind.

I basically became obsessed with trying egg salad, but because I really just don’t mess with mayo (seriously, just look at it guys), I decided to take it a healthier route. After a little trial and error I came up with this recipe, sans mayo, just for you. Let me know what you think!

Healthy Avocado Egg Salad

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paris

paris

In the beginning of December I took myself on a solo trip to Paris. If you missed the first part of my photo recap, you can take a look at it here. I definitely made the same mistake I did when visiting Kenya and took a little too long to get around to editing my photos, which is an absolute killer of motivation. Get things done sooner rather than later people!!

That said, it was nice to come back to these photos after taking a holiday break. It was like visiting an old friend, which frankly is how I think I’ll start viewing Paris every time I visit. While I may have not had the best time visiting recently (, the first time I went was amazing, and I cannot even pretend I won’t be back! There were too many little side streets that I noticed I hadn’t explored my last night in the 11th Arrondissement to not return!

Here’s the second half of my visit to Paris, both in pictures as well as a video I put together for ya!

PARIS, PART 2.

parisThe river Seine.

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letting go

As we’ve arrived at a new year, and for many, a proposed “fresh start” (new year, new me, right?), I felt it was only apropos to share a post on how to truly move on. I’m writing this for anyone who has something they want to move forward from, whether it be a relationship (friendship or romantic), a bad job, or just a bad mental place they want to shake themselves out of.

The problem in this day and age is that letting go and moving on from anything isn’t as hard and fast as it used to be. Things don’t just disappear when they no longer serve you, but instead relocate to the recently deleted folder, to the archives, or to the stranger side of a friend request. No, moving forward from something takes a little more now. I decided to reiterate the mindset I talked about here, which I used to get over my loss from my break-in earlier this year, and hope these tips are helpful in general for growing forward/upward/outward.

letting go

Tips for moving forward:

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