In life you’re always lucky. It’s up to you if you choose to take the time to realize and appreciate it, but that doesn’t mean those little blessings aren’t there. The most important thing is to live with a life of passion and place happiness at the center of your universe. No matter what that looks like for you.
My boyfriend and I visited my home town city, DC, to celebrate Easter Sunday with my family for our traditional holiday dinner at my aunts place. We stayed with my sister and her husband at their place in neighboring Laurel, Maryland. I was surprised at the things I saw in my city mostly because I barely even recognized certain areas. So much has changed so quickly and one can’t help but to look at the influx of people moving into the city.
It was so lovely and refreshing to be home again with all my loved ones enjoying each other under one roof. A familiar yet new feeling after finally making it home to a family holiday get together in a long time. Love filled the room along with the aroma of a delicious Sunday dinner, paired with wine and spirits and my aunt’s infamous pineapple upside down cake. It was a beautiful time.
This year I made a resolution that I would do more traveling and less of the routine going to work and coming home. It’s no way to truly enjoy the true value of your life. Taking time off from work was not only much needed for me but it was also beneficial for my boyfriend. He had a great time and he got to experience more of my background and the strong amazing people who are a huge part of who I am today. This was great for our relationship.
Sunday we went go cart racing then straight to my aunts place for dinner. The weekend was tight with only really one day to enjoy. After dinner, my sister and her husband took me and my boyfriend sightseeing downtown just a 20 min drive from my aunts place. We didn’t get to visit the memorials but we did see them from the lawn of the monument. It was a nice night with a beautiful sundown view over the water.
Life is beautiful. You just really owe it to yourself to stop and take time for the blessings all around you. Working hard is great but the true luxury of life is enjoying what you have while you have it. Nothing is promised so spend time with loved ones, visit new places, and talk to people and make connections outside of work!
All photos taken by Chanel
Red swimsuit H&M
Leopard Maxi Skirt alice + olivia
Shoes Helmut Lang
All the things that inspire you are the very things that will bring you success, if you stop and take the time to get inspired. Sometimes we get so caught up in the reality of things that we forget that faith and dreams are a huge part of creating the life we want to live. You’re working at your job that pays the bills, life’s problems occurring nonstop, and you are exhausted. Don’t forget to find your inner peace! A lot of times it’s so much easier to relish in your struggles than changing your mindset and searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Having the right mindset will make sure you are equipped for anything life brings you. Everyone goes through hardships in life, it’s a part of life. Focus on what you want out of life, what you need to do to get there over time, and surround yourself with a solid team. A solid team could be your roommates, friends who share your passion, your manager, or anyone who contributes to your growth on your journey of success.
Having a solid team is major when working towards accomplishing your dreams because there will be times when you want to give up and run as far as way as possible. Good friends are supportive, stimulating, and never pass judgement. They add to your ideas, and even inspire new ones.
With all these things, you are ready to step outside of your comfort zone and do all those things that keep you up at night. Go after what you want in this life. If you aren’t sure where to start make small strides. Everyone wants to be the best at what they do that sometimes being the best version of YOURSELF gets lost in translation. Stepping out of your comfort zone means asserting yourself, taking that extra mile on projects you come up with, and doing things that will put you ahead of the game. It isn’t easy doing such brave acts of professionalism but not doing so can keep you in the same place for the rest of your life. Don’t let your comfort zone kill you! Life has so much more to offer.
A place where the hustlers come to hustle and the dreamers get left behind. NYC is a place like no other. It just sucks you in. Whether its the gritty cobblestone streets of Soho filled with all the good vibes and killer fashion or the snooty conservatively dressed in household name designer residents of Upper East Side, there’s a place for any one. A beautiful energy of the unknown is what thrives in this city. The ironic beauty of the city is that it is indeed a grotesque place, but there is no place like New York City. It is that uniqueness that draws people in. So take a lesson from this great place and work to become a better version of your amazing, unique, smart self!
Here are a few tips to help maintain your best self :
Positive Affirmations – Say it loud and proud! Positive affirmations are magical. It is a ritual where you repeat uplifting and inspiring phrases over and over again to yourself. I usually complete mine first thing in the morning after I say a prayer, but really it is a powerful tool ready for use whenever needed. Sometimes you have to be your biggest cheerleader especially in a city like New York. My current positive affirmation is “I love money and money loves me!” I like to change it every week or so to keep a fresh perspective on where I am in my life as well as to continue the journey of growth. Start now! You will be happy that you did.
Control what you consume – This tip applies to all aspects of your life. Whether eating a healthy balanced diet, cutting back on binge watching the latest reality television episode, or even refraining from engaging in draining and negative conversations. If you come across the last scenario, it can be tricky only if you let it. Energy is a very powerful thing. It can change your entire outlook on your day, and we all know how valuable a good 24hrs can be. A key fact when rejecting bad vibes is maintaining your good energy and saying what you need to say when it happens. And then, that’s it! No need to harvest anything less than your best energy. My newest efforts at keeping a clear and concise planner has also been a huge self help for me. Staying on top of all the different areas of your life deserve conscious awareness. It can get a bit cliche’ but it is true what you put in is what you will get out. All #bossbabe #foodies, this next one’s for you. Cue Joe & The Juice, Dr. Shmood, and See by Chloe. These are a few of my fave Soho restaurants that have a great to go service, healthy, and delicious. They’re also vegan friendly. Try them out while your out in Soho.
Keep a journal planner – Again I can’t say this enough. Keeping a journal planner or notebook is the best way to have control of your life and not be overwhelmed. Of course things will happen unexpectedly, but for the most part with a planner you will be ahead of the game. Write little reminders, deadlines for projects, or even when a friend is visiting from out of town. No surprises here! Proactively using a planner will allow you to prepare, plan, and execute the steps to your best life. See mine below :
I snagged this Kate Spade journal at Papyrus for less than $20. A total steal! I love the cute gold stickers that come with the planner. Check out the store on Spring street for all your stationary and greeting card needs.
Be your best you and let the universe align the stars in your favor #bossbabes.