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Here we go again…

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Are you noticing a pattern here? I’ll get really into the blog for a while and then go radio silent for months. Well, I’m not making any promises, but I’m hoping this time it will stick. You see, I’ve been doing some soul-searching over the past few months…

I started a new job back in April, which has been a great change for me. I’m a creature of habit and routines, so the structure and steady paycheck of a corporate job is definitely what I needed. As with any big change, it takes some time to get into a groove and that’s where the blog fell to the wayside. But because I can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes, the itch to get back into a creative outlet has been nagging at me for a few months now.

I debated for a while whether or not to start the blog again. I didn’t want to start it up for a month only for it to fizzle out again. But over the summer, I discovered some really great books and podcasts (and several glasses of wine shared with Kevin) that led me to do some needed self-reflection. I realized that in the past, I looked at my blog as a way to get out of an unhappy situation (usually a job) that I was in. I would put so much pressure on myself to make the blog successful and get new business, thinking that would make me happier. But by trying to be like these uber-successful celeb status bloggers, I was just feeling worse about myself. Nothing I had was ever good enough, and even when I reached a certain level or acquired whatever item I was lusting over, there was always something else to be had. And so I just got burnt out. Keeping up with Joneses is a tiring game.

This isn’t to say I’ve completely figured out life and don’t care about what people think of me anymore – my vulnerability to the comparison game always has and probably always will be one of my greatest flaws – but I have started to develop an awareness of when that icky Jones-y feeling kicks in, and it’s usually after reading those perfect fashion blogs or Instagram and feeling like I just have to have those Valentino shoes.

So I decided if I was going to start blogging again, I would want it to be a place that would still inspire people, but not in a way that would make people feel bad about themselves. I hope that my recipes, workouts, and entertaining tips will inspire you in a way that is attainable, not aspirational. I want to share content and ideas that will help elevate the everyday with what’s already in your home, so that you can savor and enjoy what you already have.

This has always been a personal struggle for me – accepting myself, savoring and enjoying what I already have – so we’ll see how this goes. Won’t you come along for the ride?

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Lady Project Summit Words of Wisdom

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Apologies for being M.I.A. over the past couple days! We had a picture perfect weekend in Rhode Island, but of course hit insane traffic in the Bronx, ended up getting back later than we expected, and the past 2 days have felt like we’re playing catch-up after being away. In any case, I’m back and excited to share some AWESOME tidbits from my amazing weekend at The Lady Project Summit in Providence. This was my second summit and I was seriously impressed. Hosted at the beautiful venue The VETS in downtown Providence, big name sponsors with lots of great freebies, and free hair-styling and massages, this was my kind of networking event. But besides the great swag, snacks, and wine, I took pages and pages of notes from all of the incredible speakers and workshops. The first keynote speaker was Jennifer Romolini, the Editor-in-Chief of Zooey Deschanel’s website HelloGiggles. When she finished, it was clear that she knocked everyone’s socks off. My favorite part of her speech was her “dirty dozen” – her tips to success and happiness that she’s learned through lots of success (and some failures) along the way. Most of these you’ve probably heard somewhere before, but her story and energy made me want to get down on my knees and start worshipping her words after this. So without further ado, PREACH:

  1. Find your easy talent. Do what comes naturally to you, don’t force yourself into something you’re not or don’t like.
  2. Dream big, set your sights high, but be prepared that your dreams might change. I dealt with this one recently when I was deciding if I should leave a more unconventional career path in catering for a more corporate, conventional career path in marketing. 
  3. You’re the only thing that’s holding you back. There’s a solution to every problem. I’m totally guilty of always finding something else to blame for my problems, rather than taking control of the situation. 
  4. Always be hustling. Don’t be complacent.
  5. Competition and ambition are not dirty words. Don’t be afraid to ask for and get what you want! I did a FANTASTIC workshop about being assertive – something I really need to work on – I’ll be sharing more about that in the coming weeks!
  6. Get out of your own way. Don’t overthink things. Avoid drama. Don’t care about what other people think. Again, I’m totally guilty of this one. 
  7. Ignore the jerks! Something I’ve definitely started to learn in the past couple years…
  8. When you’re no longer challenged it’s time to move on.
  9. Never leave money on the table. Always ask for 5-10% more than the offer.
  10. A bad boss will teach you as much as a good boss. I can definitely attest to this one, though it’s usually hard to see when you’re in it. 
  11. To be a great boss, be compassionate and empathetic.
  12. Be yourself. You want genuine chemistry between you and your coworkers, not a facade you have to put on every day.
  13. Build your life resume at the same pace as your job resume. Take time away from work.

Your Perfect Girl Power Weekend

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It’s that time again: your perfect weekend! This week went by pretty fast over here and even though it’s raining today, I am seriously enjoying this nicer weather we’ve been having. I’m also PUMPED for this weekend, not only because we’re heading up to Rhode Island, but because I’ll also be attending my second Lady Project Summit In Providence! The Summit is an all-day event of awesome speakers, professional workshops, networking, and just a whole lotta girl power – it’s all women! I attended last year when Kevin and I were considering moving to Rhode Island (we’d still love to some day) and I was feeling a little uninspired at work. I left feeling so energized, excited, and inspired by all these women who were running their own businesses, whether it be full-time, part-time, or on the side of a full-time job. Did I mention that one of the workshops was called “Find Your Inner Bey”? We danced to Beyoncé and it was pretty much my favorite thing ever. Even though I normally hate networking and schmoozing, the Lady Project Summit is not your typical networking event. It’s all a pretty long day, so here’s what I’ll be bringing to ensure I have the most Perfect Girl Power Weekend!

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top // dave’s coffee // water bottle // lara bars // dv by dolce vita booties // notebook // pens