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How to Not Hate Yourself Long Enough to Enjoy the Twinkle Lights

The holidays are exhausting in every way, good and bad. And for everyone they’re tinted with memories of the past, good and bad. No matter what, don’t forget that what Catherine O’Hara reminds the airport attendant in Home Alone, it’s also “the season of perpetual hope.” So, by jingle, I have hope that I won’t always hate myself. That’s my determined Christmas wish. In the last few years since graduation, I’ve come a long way. I was fortunate enough to have the time to tackle my anxiety, depression, and PTSD head-on. Skilled therapists, mentors, family members, and other close confidants helped guide my ambition away from external rewards and turned it inward to securing my mental health. No one close to me would deny how hard I’ve worked. [convertkit form=4951396] Overwhelmed at first, I broke it into sections. I remember the moment: my mom was sitting in the bathtub with

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The Comfort of Feeling Uncomfortable

Oh, comfort.  It’s actually quite a versatile word.  The number of things and situations it can be applied to is almost limitless: in terms of fashion (leave it to Allyn to come up with a metaphor involving sweater weather and your comfort zone), being around people, your position in life, how much of yourself you put out into the world, etc.  The phrase “stepping out of your comfort zone” is so overused and cliche at this point that it’s easy to dismiss as useless rhetoric.  But it’s not. If I’m being honest, I think it’s some of the best advice a person could ever receive.  Why?  Because, as humans, it’s in our nature to get comfortable and stay put.  Can I blame anyone for feeling that way?  Absolutely not.  I’m just as guilty of it as anyone else.  As a general example, I love to come home and immediately slip

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#GemFinds: POPSUGAR Must Have Box

Subscription boxes are fantastic. They’re such a great way to try new products before committing to full-sized or full priced products. From socks and meal ingredients to nail polish and treats for your pet, there is literally a subscription box for whatever it is that your heart desires. For me, anything with a tagline like, “Happiness Delivered” is welcome in my mailbox. So when the gems at POPSUGAR asked if I wanted to try their latest Must Have box, I couldn’t resist. As an adult, the FedEx delivery man becomes the equivalent of the ice cream truck driving through the neighborhood (the mailman on the other hand is always iffy because while he occasionally has boxes, he’s also responsible for delivering bills – yuck). When this bright pink baby arrived at my doorstep, it definitely made my day! Tis the season of backyard barbecues, weekend trips, and outdoor summer activities, which were the inspo behind

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Activewear Designed to Nourish Your Mind, Body & Free Spirit

To be honest, owning a business doesn’t leave me much time (or funds) to shop these days. So, when I do make retail purchases, 9 out of 10 times they are to buy activewear… I have teaching yoga and the current athleisure trend to thank for that. I’ve always lusted over Free People‘s carefree, relaxed, and bohemian vibe. Continuing to expand from the initial yoga line that launched in 2012, FP Movement brings comfortable and practical clothing with effortlessly chic styles to your favorite activities. Whether you are a (or want to channel your inner…) surfer, yogi, dancer, runner, or overall movement enthusiast, the variety of pieces certainly cater to all types of fitness tribes. Free People workout clothes hug the body in all the right places and are made for movement, making them go-to pieces for my daily routine… which is normally a mix of business activities and nonstop motion – whether it’s teaching yoga, heading to a barre class, or

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Decorating Your Home to Facilitate Success

Most of us here do not have a degree in the interior design world (unless that’s what your business revolves around), nor do we need one to have a home that benefits us physically and mentally. Often overlooked and left without intention, the structure and colors of your space do have a profound impact on your mood, which in return has an effect on your success. As you come home from work today or if you work from home, ask yourself one thing, “Does the space you live in benefit you?” You have surely heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is.” As true as that statement is, the color of your walls, the artwork on your coffee table, and the texture of your rug also play a role in staying inspired, fulfilled, and productive on your career path… Maybe not quite as much as where your heart is at, but they

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Spice Up Your Commute and Jump Start Your Creativity with Podcasts

Commutes can be such a drag. Whether you’re commuting on the subway, in your car, running errands or traveling, it’s so easy for those chunks of your day to feel like a total waste. But what if I told you that there’s an endless and totally free stream of amazing content out there that very few people are really taking advantage of that fits perfectly into your commute? Podcasts are my favorite secret weapon! Not only are they insanely addictive, they give you an entirely new way to process content from some of the best creative minds across multiple industries. RELATED: 7 Things to Actually Do on Your Commute Home via Career Contessa The best thing about podcasts–besides being free–is the diversity of genres, topics and styles that are (quite literally) at your fingertips. Despite the recent popularity of podcasts like Serial and The Message, most people have barely scratched the surface

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Anyone Can DIY These Simple Etched Wine Glasses

Gifts that are handmade speak straight from the heart. It’s the ultimate way of personalizing a gift for someone you love. Aside from having something tailored to your specific liking, this can be a super budget­friendly option – especially for people that have a long list of people to buy for. This simple, but elegant, project can be the perfect pairing for a bottle of wine that anyone would love to receive. For this project, you’ll need one bottle of Armour Etch, which is an glass etching cream product. I purchased my bottle at Michael’s Craft Store. You’ll also need wine glasses, a paintbrush, stencils, and tape. Get started with wine glasses of your choice. I love stemless glasses (these ones are $1.95 each!), they’re chic and an unusual alternative to your typical stems. After you’ve chosen your stencils, tape them securely onto the wine glasses. I chose to do these delightful, free­form, organic butterflies. After the stencils

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Do You Need A Niche For A Successful Blog?

The first blog I ever followed was a lifestyle blog that talked about fashion, recipes, workouts, etc. The first blog I tried to ever create was a lifestyle blog – I talked about 150 different things, and saw little success. Since I’ve niched down, my success has skyrocketed. But instead of just telling you “you need to do it,” I’m going to tell you why. Let’s start off with the basic agreement that your blog has the intention of being a business, or helping your business to grow. If you are honestly just blogging because you love writing and what absolutely no money, success, or growth – then disregard this post! Write whatever you want! RELATED: Are You Blogging for the Right Reasons? Blogging as Content Marketing Content marketing is a buzzword today, and you hear people throw it around quite a bit. Basically it is a marketing approach that involves

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