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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. Overwhelmed at first, I broke it into sections. I remember the moment: my mom was sitting in the bathtub with the door

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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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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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A Special Thank You (+Save Lots of Money)

Hey Gems! I have some really wonderful news to share with you! Yesterday, I nearly DOUBLED my previous record for most page views in a day on my website (which was set two years ago when I shared this really personal story). So why the traffic this time? Well, 1) you guys are the most supportive, fantastic community a gal could ask for and 2) people have been sharing this post, and this post like crazy! Along with keeping an eye on my adventures from NYFW. The ultimate goal for my website is to provide a place for rockstar entrepreneurs, like yourself, to shine, thrive, and be inspired while also providing YOU with a platform to get your business the exposure it deserves.  So, to celebrate our success, this weekend only, sidebar square feature brand ad spaces are 50% off. Yes, that wasn’t a typo – literally HALF OFF. 1 Month Regularly $85.00 – NOW

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Eating for Flawless Skin, Be Your Brightest + Create Your Own Confidence

Staying positive keeps you inspired, which will impact you both professionally and personally. Here are a few fab tips for surrounding yourself with inspiration and positivity. (via That Working Girl) Yay! You’re having a baby! Now that your bundle of joy is on the way, it’s important to figure out what your maternity leave will look like. Knowing how many weeks you’ll have off work and what kind of financial benefits you can expect will help you plan and budget accordingly. If we stop rushing for a moment to truly consider what we’re putting into our bodies, is it really worth it? Check out these 5 foods to eat for flawless skin! (via Elliven Spa) You’ll thank us for this one. Have you heard about Rocksbox yet?! Created to help women everywhere enhance their style through an ever-rotating selection of jewelry, chosen for them and sent directly to your door. Be your brightest and try a month for

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Spring Cleaning Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps

Do you look at your old blog posts and cringe with embarrassment? Or maybe you’ve been too busy to look at ancient content and you haven’t even realized how truly awful it is? Just like spring cleaning your house, getting an oil change for your car, checking in on your relationship and updating your wardrobe, blogs require maintenance. Here’s how to keep your blog in full bloom this season: Remove dead links: You’ve got great content and you’ve got the science of genuinely engaging your reader to click on valuable links down to a tittle. Imagine their disappointment when they eagerly click on a link that’s no longer there. #blogfail Remove unused WordPress Plugins: When I’m looking for a new site development feature to add to my blog, sometimes I try 3-4 different plug-ins before I find one that works the way I want it to. If you’re also a culprit of this,

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How To Handle Situations Like Olivia Pope

Working at Olivia Pope & Associates is nothing short of stressful. Each day presents new murder mysteries, sex scandals, and DC disgraces. While most of us will never have to deal with these dramas, we’re all dealt our fair share of dilemmas in our own lives. No matter how big or small, here’s how to handle them like Olivia Pope. Keep cool No situation will ever be resolved by a raised voice and a scowl. Getting upset and visibly frustrated is the easy thing to do, but Gladiators never take the easy way out. The best conflict managers are cool under pressure and never let anyone see them sweat. Take a deep breath and stay calm, collected, and level-headed. Approach the situation with an open mind and be ready to put in the long hours it may take to find a solution. Be honest Olivia is infamous for her brutal

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Own Your Fire & Change The World With #fireworkpeople

The Internet is full of critics, cynics and complainers. We’ve all seen nasty tweets from trash talkers and have that one Facebook friend who feeds off of fights. It’s a rarity to log in after a long day and find anything other than a negative newsfeed. But not for the ladies of #fireworkpeople. #fireworkpeople is a sisterhood of dreamers, hustlers, and change-makers. It’s a space for women with fire in their hearts and a passion to leave the world better than they found it. What began as a Tuesday night Twitter party exploded into something much bigger than founder and visionary Ashley Beaudin ever imagined. “We found that we struck a chord among women who want to use their life to make a difference and to really truly design a life they love and are hungry for.” In under a year, the community has grown to be a home of

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