Monthly Archives: May 2014

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wisdom from maya angelou

yesterday the world lost an amazing lady – poet, activist and influencer of love and strength, maya angelou. i’ve always been inspired by not only her words, but her actions, to make the world a better place. here’s just a few of her wonderful reminders to look on the bright side of life, to live bravely and courageously and to always, always, always love. RIP.

have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.

love recognizes no barriers. it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

nothing will work unless you do.

shine on! let nothing dim the light that shines from within.

never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

you may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

i know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.

no sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn.

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launch i love: fifty coffees

“focus on your life path, more so than your career path.” – dan johnson

“only good things come from gratitude, love and giving of self.”  – michelle welsch

“you don’t need to have everything figured out in order to be thriving, cheerful or in love.” – caroline zwick

i’m excited to share another launch i love post today! i recently discovered the awesome blog/website fifty coffees, authored by lindsay ratowsky. inspired by this article about the importance of coffee meetings, lindsay launched her site to document her conversations and lessons learned from people she called friends and looked up to. the three quotes above come from different ‘interviews’ she had with different individuals. my favorite part about each conversation she shares on fifty coffees is that she highlights her discoveries – what she learns from each person and what she takes away from the conversation. she shared with me a bit of background on fifty coffees and what she hopes to achieve – read more below!

also – fifty coffees was featured by daily life, australia’s #1 women’s magazine! the feature does an awesome job highlighting lindsay and her mission with the site. check out fifty coffees here and on lindsay’s twitter here!

Why I started the site – I was (am) in a transition period. I reached a ceiling at the job that brought me to NYC three years ago, and was ready to explore a new and different career direction. Prior to working at charity: water (an incredible NY-based non-profit organization bringing clean water to communities in developing countries), I worked in entertainment in LA. My work and life experience during my 20’s was weird and wild and my time at charity: water was a huge growth period for me. I was ready for a big career move, but I didn’t want to just jump into the next thing — I wanted to be as intentional as possible about my next work experience. I feel a lot of life momentum, and wanted to be thoughtful about my path. This feels like an important career moment. My network is strong, I live in the center of the Universe in New York City, I do not yet have a family or children to provide for, and I’m in a position where I can take a risk. I know that won’t always be the case. fifty coffees feels like me, preparing to leaning in.
What I hope to achieve – You know when kids are asked in 3rd grade what they want to be when he or she wants to be when they grow up? Well, my answer was never as clear cut as some as the aspiring firefighters and nurses in my class. There are a few important driving forces in my life that I hope to pull together in my future work: build community, think creatively, and make the world a better place. I don’t know exactly what the job looks like, so my aim is to talk to people I admire and respect to broaden my definition of what’s possible.

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lovely links

happy friday! i’m in ohio this weekend visiting my fam and celebrating my cousin erin’s wedding. i wanted to share a few of my favorite reads from the week in case you are looking for some inspiration articles, recipe and travel ideas or info on cool things happening in the world. enjoy your long weekend! xo

awesome kickstarter campaign to fund ’embrace’ documentary to help women love their bodies

the yummiest spring recipes

“every life is marked by dimensions of length, breadth and height. length refers to self-love, breadth to the community and care of others, and height to the transcendent, to something larger than oneself.” – excerpt from this awesome article about going beyond doing what you love

an awesome comic and story

the do’s and don’ts of mix and match swimsuits {thanks for passing along gracie!}

anyone else want to book an airbnb in europe?!

i’m so inspired by my friend from ohio university, molly. she got a preventative double mastectomy lowering her risk of breast cancer from 85% to less than 5%. follow her journey on her new blog the molly effect.

facebook un-friending – kind of love this {and agree…}

and a fun giveaway from target!

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home for a wedding! and #targetwedding giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to the randomly selected winner, Sarah from Her Pursuit of Sunshine! Thanks to all who participated!

i’m super excited that i’ll be in ohio/michigan today until monday visiting my family and celebrating my beautiful cousin erin’s wedding! in september, i was in my first ever wedding and it was a blast and i’m so honored to be erin’s maid of honor this saturday.

living across the country, i wasn’t able to attend erin’s bridal shower, but i was super excited when i found out she registered at target. i know i’m not the only one who agrees that target is the ultimate go-to for just about everything…annnnnd you always end up walking out of the store of checking out online with more than you originally planned to purchase. oops! it was super awesome to be able to quickly and easily access the gifts erin and her soon-to-be-husband j.c. hoped to receive.

one of my favorite gifts from Target’s Wedding Registry is this colorful beach blanket. i love the idea of gifting someone with something like a beach blanket, plus a picnic basket and bottle of wine. or pair the beach blanket with some camping gear, like this lantern. these type of gifts are my favorite to give because they celebrate an experience the couple can take together to celebrate their new beginning.

do you have a favorite type of gift to give someone – whether it’s a friend getting married, having a birthday, or just needing a mini pick-me-up? target is giving one reader a $25 gift card to shop. to enter, simply visit the Target Wedding Catalog and comment below with your favorite product. the contest is open from today until monday, may 26. i also like to find gift ideas on pinterest – here’s a few recommendations!

Previous #TargetWedding posts here and here.

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*this is a sponsored post through target‘s influencer network

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if i were 22

have you seen or heard about linkedin’s influencer series called ‘if i were 22’? the series shares photos from 80+ influencers who discuss life lessons and what they would have done differently in their youth. while i haven’t had time to read all of them {but want to!}, i really enjoyed this one from guy kawasaki and wanted to share with you today! hope you have a great one! xo

Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Accepting the known and resisting the unknown is a mistake. You should do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Now is the time to take this kind of risk because you have less to lose and everything to gain. Great things happen to people who question the status quo.

Be brief. Contrary to school, in the work place there are few minimums. In my entire career, I can count on one hand the instances when an email, presentation, or report was too short. The perfect length for everything is when it is “complete”—more is less, and “shock and awe” doesn’t work in business or war. Here are guidelines: email—five sentences; presentations—tens slides and twenty minutes; report—one page.

Tell stories, do demos, and use pictures. The most enchanting people tell stories, do demos, and use pictures to influence and persuade others. They do on belittle or berate. They paint a picture in people’s minds whether the medium is social media, email, in-person presentations, phone calls, or video conferences. There is only one Steve Jobs, but if you want a shot at being the next Steve Jobs, learn to communicate using stories, demos, and pictures.

Don’t sweat your first job(s). Over your lifetime, you’ll probably have five to ten jobs in two to three industries. Your first job is not going to be your last. It’d be great if your first job was to be the fifth employee of the next Google, but the odds of this are small. The only mistake you could make is taking a first job where you couldn’t learn anything, and if you can’t learn anything, it’s probably your fault. Just get in and work hard and stop thinking about finding the perfect first job.

Live in the present, work for the future. The day after you start work, no one is going to care what school you went to, what your grade point average was, if you were captain of the football, robotics, or debate team, or who your parents are. All that matters is whether you deliver results or you don’t, so work hard to make your boss look good (see next).

Make your boss look good. Your job is to make your boss look good. The theory that you should make your boss look bad so that you can advance above him or her is flawed. Trying to do so will probably make you look disloyal to your boss and stupid to the rest of the organization. You want your boss to succeed so that you can draft behind him or her.

Continue to learn. Learning is a process not an event, so you should never stop learning. Indeed, it gets easier to learn once you’re out of school because the relevance of what you need to learn becomes more obvious. Indeed, the day you graduate is when the real learning begins.

Don’t get married too soon. I got married when I was thirty-two. That’s about the right age. Until you’re about that age, you may not know who you are. You also may not know who you’re marrying. I don’t know anyone who got married too late. I know many people who got married too young.

Obey the absolutes. When you were young, it was absolutely wrong to lie, cheat, or steal. When you enter the workforce, you will be tempted by the to think in relative terms. As you grow older, you will see that right and wrong seems to change from absolute to relative. This is wrong: right is right and wrong is wrong forever.

Enjoy your family and friends before they are gone. Nothing — not money, power, or fame — can replace your family and friends or bring them back once they are gone. You probably have delusions of immortality right now — that’s natural. At least consider that while you may be immortal, those around you are not.

One more thing. When you were a child, you thought your parents were always right. Through high school and college, you thought your parents were always wrong. After college, you’ll realize that your parents were often right. And then, believe it or not, you’ll eventually become your parents. Wrap your young mind around that..

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habits of happy people

APPRECIATE LIFE: Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don’t take anything for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

CHOOSE FRIENDS WISELY: Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. Friends that have the same ethics as you will encourage you to achieve your dreams. They help you to feel good about yourself. They are there to lend a helping hand when needed.

LEARN CONTINUOUSLY: Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Don’t wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don’t let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it’s almost always right.

ENJOY LIFE: Take the time to see the beauty around you. There’s more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don’t live in the past or the future.

FORGIVE: Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.

INVEST IN RELATIONSHIPS: Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don’t break your promises to them. Be supportive.

OPTIMISM: See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It’s there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.

LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY: Accept others for who they are. You don’t put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.

BE PROACTIVE: Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don’t waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.

SELF CONFIDENCE: Don’t try to be someone that you’re not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don’t second guess yourself.

excerpts from my original post 21 habits of happy people here
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10 life lessons

1. Spent as much time with family as possible.

2. Go out of your way to be nice to everyone…even the people who aren’t nice to you!

3. You will not be the same size now that you were in high school. So stop comparing yourself to that.

4. When in doubt; wear red lipstick.

5. Say yes to every opportunity and adventure.

6. It’s okay {and necessary} to acknowledge something is stressful, upsetting or hurtful.

7. You deserve to be treated with integrity, respect, kindness and love! You won’t settle for anything less.

8. There is way, way, way more to life than money, success, job status.

9. Life goes by realllllllly quickly. Invest in relationships. Enjoy seasons of time as they come along!

10. Joy is mind over matter.

– Excerpt of my 23rd birthday blog post {over 2 years ago!} sharing some of life lessons learned. Here’s a few of my favorites that are very much still relevant, important and things I’m reminding myself of daily even now. And…for fun, a #throwbackthursday photo from right around my 23rd birthday – putting on red lipstick of course. xo!