A Grace Period (or How to Channel Your Sadness Into Love)

A Grace Period (or How to Channel Your Sadness Into Love)

This past week has me feeling heavy. I’ve felt heavy with the devastating news of recent school shootings in the U.S. and horrific stories of Syrian refugees abroad trying simply to survive. I’ve been struggling to process and understand the loss I see perpetuated on my television screen, on my Facebook newsfeed, in the chatter of colleagues and neighbors.

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Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this platform, or at all for that matter. It’s been a while since I’ve shared my thoughts on current events, my favorite travel destinations or my stream-of-consciousness musings on the synchronicity of life. What once was a flurry of travel-related articles and how-to pieces and reflective posts morphed quickly into a vast, blank slate disguised as a clean white Word Document with a blinking cursor.

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Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

I’m not an outwardly political person. I don’t often weigh in on news, celebrity scandal or major jury decisions via Facebook or other social media sites. I tend to skirt the subject of politics when talking to people with whom I’m not extremely close. I worry about how others will perceive me if I voice my concerns over controversial issues. 

But, like so many other Americans, I cannot stay quiet right now. I feel compelled to speak out in the face of recent decisions over Eric Garner’s death.

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Why You Should Have a Daily Gratitude Practice

Why You Should Have a Daily Gratitude Practice

A few weeks ago I was in a slump. The slump consisted in part of me feeling confused about how to establish the type of career as a writer that I want—or at least the type that I think I want. That is, a career that is intellectually stimulating, creatively challenging, fulfilling, collaborative and fueled by my passion for travel, self-development, mindful living, books or something else I can get behind. It would also be nice if there were some type of salary involved.

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6 Lessons I Learned from Oprah's "The Life You Want" Tour

6 Lessons I Learned from Oprah's "The Life You Want" Tour

This past weekend I attended Oprah’s “The Life You Want” tour in Seattle, Washington with my mom. I sat mesmerized as I listened to speeches from Oprah, Mark NepoElizabeth GilbertRob Bell and Iyanla Vanzant. Oprah and her team created an equally intimate and fun space to discuss “the things that matter in life…things like joy, resilience, awe, connection and gratitude.”

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Monday Mantras

Monday Mantras

Keep the promises you make to yourself

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying something new. I’ve been waking up at the exact time I said I would when I set my alarm the night before. I have not swiped my finger across my phone screen only to roll over and snuggle into my sheets, assuring myself that because getting out of bed feels so difficult I must desperately need the sleep. This is logic I’ve used for years, despite the fact that I generally sleep around 8 solid hours every night.

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Monday Mantras

Monday Mantras

1. Embrace the uncertainty of the future

It’s far too easy for me to become bogged down in the uncertainty of the future. Just yesterday I was having a conversation with my friend Sarah about this. She admitted to feeling anxious about not knowing what her life would look like in ten years, while I said I would be anxious if I did know exactly what my life would look like in ten years.

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