Realness

Don’t Waste Your Twenties Thinking You Should Have it All Together

By on October 16, 2017

There’s so much pressure in your twenties to know exactly what you want to do and to figure out your life purpose and your passion and yada yada yada.

Every day I see more and more books and articles and PDF’s to download to help you figure out your life. I’m a sucker for it too.

But I think I’ve finally realized that it’s okay to not have it all figured out and to now know what exactly what I want to do. Don’t waste your twenties thinking you’re supposed to have it all together. 

At one point, I worked a job that was 100% commission and as much as it pushed me to be my best some days, it was also very difficult when things weren’t so busy. I, like a lot of people, view success in my career as a very high priority in my life.

But I’m slowly realizing as I spend more long days at the office that life isn’t about money or success. Who really cares what your job title is or the highest position you achieve in your career if you’re a slave to your unrelenting job? The definition of success is different for every single person.

Yes, we all need to make a living to pay our bills. But happiness can’t solely be placed on how much money you make or your title at your job. Your happiness should depend on the little things in life. It should be about enjoying time spent with your family and friends.

The bottom line is – it’s okay to feel lost. It’s okay to say “I’m unhappy” or “this isn’t what I want to do.” It’s okay to let it sit, take a step back and reevaluate and remember that it’s just a job.

It’s okay to realize that maybe you don’t want a 9 to 5 and that maybe you want to work a few part time jobs while you figure out what you do want to do. At any point in your twenties, or your life, you can decide that you want to do something else with your life and to change directions. That is okay.

I’ve done a lot of stuff in my life because I thought it was what I was supposed to do or it was the next logical step in life, and I’m sure a lot of other people have too, but it turns out it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted.

I don’t want to sound like I’m giving people a reason to be lazy in their twenties and then think that in their thirties or at some point down the toad, they’re going to magically have it together. A lot of people seem to take away from social media that overnight success is common. My point is that it takes most people some time to figure their lives out.

Your twenties are a time to learn and soak everything up to figure out what you are interested in. Read, explore, go out of your way to meet people who do things you’re interested in.

Just remember that you are living for you. No one else has to live with your life and your job and your decisions. So do what makes you happy, keep exploring and learning and remember to enjoy your life.

Continue Reading

Beauty | Wellness

Why I’ll Never Wear Normal Deodorant Again

By on October 8, 2017

So I’ve been reading for a while about how horrible mainstream deodorant is for you. I’ve always heard that the aluminum in it is bad for you but I never really knew why so here’s what my research said:

“Aluminum salts—in the form of aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum hydroxybromide—prevent us from sweating when aluminum ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts, causing the cells to swell and squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out.” – Mother Earth Living

Aluminum is considered a neurotoxin linked to breast cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. The link above explains how exactly. Now I’m not saying that aluminum is going to give you breast cancer or Alzheimer’s, but if we can avoid any risks associated to breast cancer, why not do so?

A lot of people seemed to go through a ton of trial and error finding a natural deodorant – there’s sticks, creams, and other weird methods like not wearing any at all at first (no thanks), but luckily the first one I tried worked perfectly.

So here’s the gist on Schmidt’s:

Helps neutralize odors naturally
Plant-based powders absorb wetness without use of aluminum
Scented with essential oils; no artificial fragrance
Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, paragons and phthalates – well Katie, wtf are those?

Continue Reading

Eats | Wellness

Cleanse Pt. 2

By on October 7, 2017
My lunch smoothie, snack juice, kombucha and morning smoothie

So here’s what I got out of this cleanse:

When I woke up the third day of the cleanse, I finally saw the flat stomach I was looking for – no more bloat. The first and second days I was feeling a little blah probably from my stomach getting used to all the liquid. But on the third day, I felt good.

My main goal in doing a cleanse is to just feel better, a little lighter and to reset. I don’t want to see that I’ve lost a magical 5 lbs or anything because Lord knows I’m going to gain that right back the day after.

Continue Reading

Eats | Wellness

Cleanse, Pt. 1

By on October 3, 2017

So I decided to do a cleanse this week. It just felt right.

I know, I know – diets don’t work, cleanses don’t work. But I don’t do cleanses to magically lose weight. Yes, I do feel lighter and maybe a little skinner after doing a cleanse but I’m well aware it isn’t permanent.

I do cleanses to reset. I also try to cut down on caffeine while I do these because I’m always somehow drinking more and more coffee.

Continue Reading

Style

Work Wear – Fall Edition

By on September 21, 2017

So my current job is the first truly corporate job I’ve had where I need to keep it rather professional as far as what I wear – I’m talking no one dresses down in the slightest even on Fridays.

And since it’s finally fall, I’ve been shopping for fall work clothes to prevent the usual staring at my closet routine every morning.

Currently, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of shirts that H&M has that are perfect for work. I’ll share as I find more!

1. V-neck Blouse  // 2. Cotton Shirt // 3. Trumpet-Sleeve Blouse // 4. Viscose Shirt // 5. Wrapover Cotton Blouse // 6. Asymmetic Cotton Blouse // 7. Blouse with Stand-up Collar
8. Shirt with Appliques // 9. One-shoulder Blouse

Continue Reading

Eats

How to Hack Your Starbucks PSL to Make It Healthier

By on September 18, 2017

Inslee Farris Art

It’s that time of year again! I know – pumpkin spice latte’s are “so basic” said everyone ever. But if it’s basic, I don’t care because it tastes damn good.

Anywayyyys this article caught my eye in my morning email from Well and Good and I had to share because really, who wouldn’t want a PSL that’s a little less heavy on the calories? (Apparently it has 50g of sugar…)

7 ways to hack your Starbucks PSL order to make it healthier

Continue Reading

Fitness

Getting back into the gym

By on September 11, 2017

After an unfortunate extended hiatus (got a new job, got a crazy dog, etc.), I’m long over due to get back in the gym. No particular reason why I chose this week, it just happened.

It was kind of a leg day, kind of not. I just wanted to get back in there and do something.

So here’s what I did this morning:

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Friday Feels

By on September 8, 2017

A collection of people, places and things – or homes, outdoor spaces, cars, art, quotes, etc. that catch my eye.

 

Continue Reading

Style

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

By on July 23, 2017

So I started a new job in the last few weeks which is why I’ve been a little MIA but I finally have a 9 to 5 job which I am so excited about – more time for a dog (TBD), working out, cooking and this!

But the Nordstrom sale happened to come right in time to get some new things for work.

I picked these up for a few new staples:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shoes

Tory Burch Claire Ballerina Flats // Steve Madden Carrson Sandal // Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flat

^^ Two things. One – the Tory flats were much more comfortable than expected and I didn’t have to go through a horrible phase of blisters with the first wear.

Continue Reading