Category Inspiration

Behind the Scenes with Yes Supply Co.

At the end of 2015, I connected with Reese Evans, the founder of Yes Supply Co. As Reese puts it, Yes Supply was created to get rid of the glossing over of how to live a life on purpose, a life that you choose to completely and full-heartedly say yes to. Yes Supply aims to get rid of the “oh I just fell into the job & life I love” rouse, and does so by sharing “real advice from cool, smart and creative women (and a few cool dudes) who aren’t afraid to bare their souls and share the obstacles, and insecurities that they overcame to get their yes supply.” I spoke with Reese about her thoughts on doing a mental health check-in alongside New Year’s resolution and goal setting (more on that here), and along the way learned more about the path that has taken her to where she

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What the Path to Living Authentically Looks Like

We all have moments in our lives where we were not true to ourselves – when we aren’t living authentically. Times like when we agreed to helping someone out when we would rather stay at home reading a book on our day off, or took a job that felt really uncomfortable but needed the money. Being inauthentic, means acting in ways that aren’t congruent with our values, preferences, and abilities, and it leaves us feeling empty, confused, exhausted, and adrift. The concept of being authentic is simple – it means being true to yourself. Authenticity is the ability to acknowledge our own values and then base our decisions on those values. Mike Robbins, a corporate trainer and the author of Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken, says on authenticity in an article with Gaiam, “It is important because it liberates us from the pressures of always trying to be something else, always trying to be perfect.” People who

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10 Empowering Office Accessories to Keep You Inspired

The only way to stay your most ambitious, brightly shining self is to surround yourself with inspiration. Why not start with your workspace? 1.) ‘Party Dots’ File Folders (Set of 6) ($14.00) // 2.) Dream On Dreamer Notebook ($6.95) // 3.) Petal Lane ‘Adventure Begin’ Magnet Board ($90.00) // 4.) ‘Shine Bright’ Mug ($16.00) // 5.) Office Tackle Box ($36.00) // 6.) Emily + Meritt Gem Bookends ($69.00) // 7.) Pink and Gold Printed Pencil Set ($3.00) // 8.) Start Something New Scented Candle ($40.00) // 9.) Things to Do Tumbler ($22.00) // 10.) ‘Stay True Love More’ Glass Trinket Tray ($14.00)

Finding My Mantra for the New Year

Ho ho ho, and just like that, it’s over. Another Christmas over, another holiday season wrapping up, another end to another year. What was 2015 like for me? A year of great change- we moved from Toronto to LA and it was really all about settling into a new city, learning to parent without the support and security net of my own parents and parents-in-law, but mostly figuring out what I want to do with all of the new opportunities in this new city. What do I hope for in 2016? It’s something I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately. I know blogging-as-a-career is an ambition of mine that I hope to push into high gear. I know getting fit and healthier is another one. On a larger scale though, I want to marry a strongly held conviction with a mantra I’ve been turning to more and more as

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Rethink Your Resolutions: Writing Goals With Soul

I love to talk about Magic and to see how people react. For me, it is a way to weed out from my life the insane, out-of-touch, and downright crazy people who don’t believe in Magic. You see, Magic is very, very real. I believe Psychology, when understood and utilized, is Magic. I believe that my iPhone, when I think about what it is and what it can do, is Magic. And I believe the force that aspirates my lungs, grows my fingernails, and sprouts a small seed into a mighty tree must be some sort of magic. It is too wondrous not to be. Roald Dahl wrote: “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” To me, magic is simply a frame of mind, and when you look for magic in everything, you will find it in everything. In that spirit, I would like to propose writing

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The Connection Between Passion and Purpose

As a young child, we are asked multiple times what we want to be when we grow up. But how many times were we asked what our passion was? If you were lucky enough to be asked that question, I am sure your answer was simple for a young mind. Passions are uncomplicated and give you life, and then eventually they become a purpose bigger than you could ever imagine. So if you were to ask me how to you align your passion with your purpose I would say this, “You are the purpose. Things will connect and happen naturally, so have patience.” You are the purpose. Things will connect and happen naturally, so have patience. – @a_bariii Click To Tweet I am a young woman who has no idea what she wants to do with the rest of her life, but I do have an inkling as to what

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Manifesting: The Gap Between What You Want & How You Feel

Love and Career: The two areas in my life where it seems I am on a never-ending journey. Ah! The beauty of the human condition: We never get there. We are all striving. We are all growing. But, how is it that in some areas in our life we can be joyfully tolling our soil, while another area feels like swimming in a serious swamp of suffering? Why does growth in some areas excite us, while in others seeing the gap between where we are and where we want to be, feels like crossing the Grand Canyon? The suffering I’m talking about stems from a psychological phenomenon called Cognitive Dissonance, that is not unlike creating a Grand Canyon in your mind. It is the discomfort we experience when we perceive an unmanageable gap between where we are and where we want to be. Now, not everyone that wants to be

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Find Your Brave and Keep It

I walk into a room comfortable in my own skin. My posture gets a little straighter; my smile a little brighter. I can look you in the eye and know who I am; shake your hand and tell you my story. I am Ludavia. I stand tall. I can hold 32 pounds in one arm, 15 in the other with a 10 pound bag slung across my shoulders, and 6 grocery bags balancing on my fingers… and still I am able to open a door. Strangers, I see you staring at me with your jaws hitting the floor. Thank you for the admiration, but I’d rather you offer a hand. I may be strong, but, “Hey, help a girl out.”. I am Ludavia. I am strong. When the moment calls, I can climb a mountain even if I feel defeated. I can endure great pain and find the positive within

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