Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy

Plants always choose the light.

Houseplants are wonderful. They clean the air, purify the energy of a room, and brighten up the space they occupy. My grandma has three big, beautiful jasmine plants in her living room that fill the space with lush greenery and—a few times a year—the sweet aroma of jasmine flowers. She must have one of the greenest thumbs in the world; sometimes, I’m actually convinced she’s goddess of abundance incarnate. It’s incredible. She’s the reason that, about nine months ago, I decided to start nurturing some plants of my own. She really inspired me. Continue reading “Make like a Plant: On Choosing Joy”

On Living Purposefully

Everyone can find a way to make time to engage in activities that make them come alive.

/ˈpərpəsfəl/
adjective
Having or showing determination or resolve; having a useful purpose; intentional.

 

One morning about a month and a half ago, I was taking a shower, getting ready for work. It had been a long and exhausting summer at work, and although I certainly enjoyed aspects of it, I felt that every moment of free time was consumed by my exhaustion. I was burnt out, and it was difficult for me to put time and energy toward the things that brought me alive. Some of my creative endeavors—one of them, writing—were falling to the wayside, and I began to feel like a robot whose sole task was to go to work every morning and come home, exhausted, every evening. It was a hopeless, numbing feeling, and I did not feel like I was living intentionally, wholeheartedly, or purposefully. This is one of the reasons that, in the shower that morning, I simply decided that I needed to quit my job. At least for a while. Continue reading “On Living Purposefully”

3 Lists to Make When You Don’t Feel Centered

Get centered, focus on what’s important, love yourself, and live your purpose.

Hi there!

Happy Thursday, and welcome back to my little blog. Today, I want to share a technique with you that can help you center yourself, focus on what’s important in your life, love yourself, and live your purpose. Continue reading “3 Lists to Make When You Don’t Feel Centered”

30 Quotes to Help You Love Yourself as You Are

“Babe, you are the universe.”

Hello!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Mine consisted of taking in the beautiful fall weather, hiking, spending time with my loved ones, and writing for this little blog of mine! Speaking of this little blog…can I just say I LOVE working on it? It makes me feel so modern and artsy and chic (at least in my head!). It keeps me centered, for sure. I hope you guys love it as much as I do. Continue reading “30 Quotes to Help You Love Yourself as You Are”

13 Secrets to Living a Happy Life

There is pretty much no possible way you can do these things and NOT be happy.

Hello, Sunshine!

Hopefully you’ve been having a week full of love and joy! There has been so much laughter and heart-opening in my life lately that I don’t even know what to do with myself. I’m so grateful for great times with great friends featuring great music in my great town. Life is good. Continue reading “13 Secrets to Living a Happy Life”

7 Benefits of Listening to Music

Music actually does make you happier!

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So let me start this out by saying that I have always had a love for music, as most people probably have. As a child, I was a competitive dancer and loved to make music using my tap shoes, and later on, I played the piano. When I was in middle school and high school, I did choir and show choir, and over the years, I have often looked to positive, uplifting music to help me boost my mood. Continue reading “7 Benefits of Listening to Music”

5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in the Morning

A mindful morning will prepare you for a wonderful day.

Hello, Sunshine!

Is it just me, or are mornings sometimes *a little* hard to handle? Even if I don’t have to go to class or work until 9 or 10 o’clock, I find myself staying in bed until the last possible moment, until I eventually roll out, brush my teeth, grab a granola bar, and head out the door. In my mind, I reason that staying in bed as long as possible will help me be nice and rested for the day ahead. But unfortunately—as I’m sure we have all figured out at some point—this is not the case. Continue reading “5 Ways to Practice Mindfulness in the Morning”