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A Letter To My Mother

Mom

Dear Mom, I feel like I must've done something really good in my past life to deserve a mother like you. I could not have picked anyone more suitable for the task of raising me, and "task" is putting it lightly. It was more like a never-ending, full-time, unpaid, vacation-dayless job, but you never quit You've always patiently listened to me as I rejoiced, cried, or yelled in anger at all of the things life threw my way. Never once were you judgmental, or overly critical. You empathized with me, and never saw me as a bad person. You never put me down, and you always celebrated my accomplishments with genuine excitement. You're always there to offer your advice, and whether I take it or not, you never say, "I told you so". You've always…

Lifestyle

Currently Reading: March

Book

One of my goals this year was to read more, so I saved up and purchased every book in my Amazon cart. If I can't find what I'm looking for at the used bookstore near my house,  Amazon usually gives me the option of buying it pre-owned, which I really like (reduce, reuse, recycle!) Here are three books I'm currently reading between classes and before bed:   HOW LONG IS NOW? This is like the sophisticated version of Uncle John's bathroom reader- this book answers questions you probably haven't even thought of yet, by credible sources. Interesting and thought-provoking, it offers a little something for everyone, from the human body to animals, automobiles to physics. Because who doesn't want to know why Zebras actually have stripes? Purchase here.   HAPPINESS THE MINDFUL WAY I…

Happiness Secrets, Lifestyle

Happiness Secrets: Experiences Over Things

happiness

The "Happiness Secrets" series will focus on small changes that I've started to implement into my own life, that I've found make me an overall happier person. "Wealth is the ability to truly experience life." -- Henry David Thorea (Inspired by this article written by Taryn Stenvei.) It has been scientifically proven that we are more satisfied after spending our hard earned money on experiences. It's not just the immediate satisfaction, but the lasting effect, that proves this. We are happier to collect stories and memories- we have more "storage space" for them in our minds than we have space in our homes for stuff. Problem I'm currently studying business in college, and one thing we've been taught is that consumers often experience buyer's remorse, aka, "the state of unease which exists in the customer's mind after…

Lifestyle

Inspired By: Women On Instagram

Mimi Liashiry

I love Instagram. I've discovered so many beautiful people, places, and products through my scrolling. Whenever I need a little creative boost (and I don't have enough time to explore), I can usually find it there. I wanted to put together a list of my favorite accounts, specifically run by women I admire. When feminine energy presents itself so boldly, magic happens. From entrepreneurs to artists, athletes to models, these 11 accounts emit the vibes that I adore the most.   @innikachoo Innika Choo is an Australian born, Bali-based designer that creates dreamy smocks and dresses (find them here). I love her Instagram not only for the stunning pictures, but for her insanely witty captions as well.   @thanimara Thani Mara is an artist based in Barcelona. She specializes in stunning pencil drawings, while her…

Lifestyle

The 5 Emails I Love Waking Up To

BLDG 25

The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. After going through and deleting the junk, I like to take a few minutes to read the emails I actually subscribe to- it's like having mini newspapers delivered to me while I'm still in bed. Their purposes range from informative to inspirational, and I wanted to share because I think you might enjoy them too! 1. BLDG 25 Anyone who knows me knows just how obsessed I am with the brand Free People. So naturally, when I discovered their blog, BLDG 25, I was quick to sign up for their email newsletter. BLDG 25 sends out a weekly roundup of articles that cover everything from beauty and fashion to holistic health tips, spiritual practices, and travel inspiration. Also, check out their monthly background…

Fashion, Lifestyle

Inspired By: Fashion Magazine Covers

I love magazines. I always have and I always will. I remember reading Cosmo Girl when I was 8, later graduating to Cosmo by 14. I then fell in love with Vogue, but after some time I developed a complete obsession with Porter. I'm drawn to the photographs, but it's the well-written articles that keep me interested. I tried switching to an e-reader once, but it's just not the same- I don't feel nearly as glamourous reading a Next Issue version as I sunbathe. I once asked my mom why the women (and sometimes men) in these magazines wore such vibrant outfits (I'm pretty sure I used the word crazy, not vibrant). She explained that these women (and men) usually didn't wear the outfits in public and that their purpose was to inspire people. I remember…

Featured, Happiness Secrets, Lifestyle

Happiness Secrets – Stop Taking It Personally

Happiness Secrets

The "Happiness Secrets" series will focus on small mentality changes that I've started to implement into my own life, that I've found make me an overall happier person. “It is not about controlling your thoughts, it is about guiding your thoughts more in the direction you are wanting to go in.” - Abraham-Hicks Why do we take things personally? It's really a combination of reasons, one of them being low self-esteem: people with low self-esteem will genuinely believe that someone's actions are a personal attack against them. For example; Friend A calls Friend B. Friend B doesn't answer because they're busy in a lunch/at work etc. Friend A is upset because they don't feel like they're important, and that Friend B must also share that belief. Friend A continues to believe these negative thoughts, while Friend…

Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle

Ethical Fashion + Free Leggings

Fast Fashion - noun refers to the expedited production process in order to get new trends into the market as quickly and cheaply as possible. Examples: H&M, Zara, Forever 21, Topshop   I love to shop, but I've recently learned that the garment industry contributes greatly to our ever growing list of climate issues. According to EcoWatch, it's the second largest carbon dioxide polluter in the world (oil is the first). Not only is our throwaway culture terrible for waste, but a lot of the methods used to make this type of clothing are extremely toxic to the Earth and to the industry employees. Another big issue surrounding fast fashion is the humanitarian issues. Sweat shops and child labor still exist- Thailand, India, China, Cambodia, Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam are some of the countries with…

Lifestyle, Travel

2017 Bucket List

At the beginning of each year, I'm usually the one with an extra long list of resolutions. These resolutions are always seeking to improve the "old me" in exchange for a "newer, better me". 2016 was a huge year in terms of my personal growth, so instead of setting up a list of "rules" to abide by in 2017 (that I probably wouldn't even follow, resulting in disappointment and self-loathing), I decided to simply love myself more, and to make a bucket list instead. You see, with a bucket list, you're setting yourself up with goals that you genuinely want to work towards. They're things that aim to bring you joy, even when it comes to putting in effort. And the best part about a bucket list is, if you don't complete everything on…

Lifestyle

Why My Bedroom Window Faces East

I have never been a morning person. I prefer to spend those early hours snuggled up under my comforter, with a good book or a string of Netflix shows to keep me content until I'm ready to get up. But recently, I've been feeling the need to be more productive with my days, as well as be more mindful. I wanted to be able to have enough time in the day to check everything off my to-do list, but I didn't want anything to feel rushed, hectic or overly stressful. I knew that if I was going to work this habit into my routine, I'd have to start waking up earlier and using my mornings to their fullest potential. Feel the Rhythm We've all heard of circadian rhythms. These rhythms are physical, mental and…