Tag Mindful Monday

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.” [Tweet “You are the purpose. Things will connect and happen naturally, so have patience. – @a_bariii”] 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 my purpose

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Sometimes it is Okay to Be Miserable

Most people live their lives with a specific routine and others live in a state of misery. Your brain tells you to feel pity for yourself, but I do not believe the heart wants you to stay there. You can go from feeling on top of the world one minute to saying “Why me?” the next. In my opinion this is completely normal. We need to feel miserable, angry and sad. In fact, these feelings teach us how to feel the joy of feeling happy, loved and grateful. Happiness would not exist if no one knew what it felt like to be miserable. [Tweet “”Happiness would not exist if no one knew what it felt like to be miserable.” – @a_barIII”] When you feel a moment of absolute misery, ask yourself these questions: Why do you feel this way? Is what you are going through life changing? What steps can

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The Right Way to Get Over Making a Mistake

Honestly can anyone say they know a perfect person, one who has never made a mistake, also known as a “saint”?  Oscar Wilde once said, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future”.  I am here to tell you that just because you make a mistake does not mean your life is over and it can be possible to move forward from it. I also understand that some mistakes are bigger than others, and it is what we do with them that matters most.  In fact, mistakes can turn out to be the best kind of teachers. Allow me to share a little story with you about recently making a mistake. In the scheme of life it was not a disaster, but it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a freezing body of water, as it were! Recently, on an excursion to Venice, Italy – the land of water and

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Home is Truly Where the Heart Is

Family. You can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them. In all honestly, I have never appreciated my family more than right now at this very moment. I have been away from them for only two months now and it has helped me realize what a home truly is. A house is not a physical place at all in my mind. Home is truly the people you have in your life that love you unconditionally. While living away from my mom, dad and grandparents I can hear all their advice whirling around in my head when I am going about my daily routine; Especially while walking alone at night or when I am buying groceries. “Be patient. Be aware of your surroundings. Work on having a budget. Take care of yourself. Don’t let the water run. Use your common sense. Make a new friend everyday. Be kind to

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The True Cost of Today’s Fast Fashion Industry

It is time to take a step back and think about being a sustainable consumer. I love asking people questions and this week I have a lot of them. How many of your clothes do you actually wear in your closet? Do you know where most of your food, clothes and material items are made? How many times do you buy things that you do not need. These are questions I simply ignored until last night because I did not know the answer to most of these questions. Last night, one of my teachers for my Field Experience fashion class played a video called The True Cost. During this video I realized I am pretty sheltered when it comes to the cultural news of the world. In all honesty, when the movie was over I realized I consume more than I really need to. Something I never really thought of

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Miss Independent

I am given the wonderful opportunity every other week to write to you all about something to be mindful of during the week. Yet lately, I feel like I have been in quite the rut. I am living in a different country, traveling every weekend and meeting new people from all over the world. So why is it that finding inspiration and writing to you all about it has been so hard for me? I feel as if my brain cannot comprehend all of the places and people I get to see and meet. Sometimes I feel like I am watching my life through a television screen. Then something happened. Just earlier this week living in Florence started to seem more real to me. It was random how these events fell in to place but I would like everyone to try and be mindful of what I am going to

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Inspiration Comes When You Stop Looking For It

It was around 6:30 p.m. on Monday in Florence when I started making my way to school for a mandatory speaker event. I was feeling very ungrateful, tired and hungry as I was being forced by my professors to hear some lady talk about flat shoes and feminism. All I could think about was how these two things went together and when could I go home to eat. I know I sound like a completely ungrateful child, but I also know we have all felt this way at one time or another. So as I arrive fashionably late to the event, and I am forced to take a seat in the very first row right in front of the speaker’s podium. I did not know it then, but a flow of inspiration was coming my way. Nicole Still, founder of Viajiyu Shoe Company, is a girl from Loveland, Ohio who

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The Power of Manifesting Dreams (and How to Do It)

When was the last time you checked off a dream or accomplishment on your life list? I say life list because I think a bucket list puts a time restriction on your goals whereas a life list gives you a positive outlook on your time left. Think about your dreams you had as a young adult. Where did your imaginations take you when you went to sleep at night or when you were supposed to be working but pictured being anywhere else instead? I think the power of manifesting is imperative to having a well-balanced life. You have to work at it, but please do not be discouraged, for the work you put into this will bring lifelong rewards. It is the feeling of accomplishing something you thought could never be done that makes you feel all fuzzy inside. In my life I have manifested one of my biggest dreams, traveling Europe. Sometimes when I walk down the

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