Birthday Post: Remembering that ALL Things...

Birthday Post: Remembering that ALL Things...

Every birthday I take time to reflect on the past year by thinking about lessons learned and insights I gained.  I turned 33 last Friday and just looking back 10 years in the past, I am such a different woman today than I was at 23. I am more confident, more sure of my intrinsic worth and more aware my values. The woman I am today came as a result of growing pains, self-reflection, and  intentionally deciding to engage in personal development.  T

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What I Wore to Diner en Blanc, Long Island

What I Wore to Diner en Blanc, Long Island

Last Friday, I attended the inaugural Diner El Blanc, Long Island.  Diner El Blanc is a formal outdoor picnic where attendees wear white attire.  It was my first time attending a Diner el Blanc event, so I jumped at the opportunity to go after seeing the beautiful photos from other Diner el Blanc events populate my social media feeds from time-to-time. It looked like a sophisticated all white affair that I wanted to experience so I started planning my outfit as soon as I registered. 

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Thoughts on Self-Care: Why I prioritized Taking Care of Myself

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Over the past couple of years I started paying more attention to taking care of myself. As a woman, I am socialized to put everything and everyone else before myself often neglecting to take time to replenish my mind, body and spirit.  As a result, I've had points in my life where an overly full schedule meant I was often exhausted and drained.

I made a decision to do better and I did.  I developed a self-care routine which included gym time, quiet time, time spent with loved ones and time to pursue hobbies that fulfilled me. My routine isn't perfect and at times, I don't always make time for all those things, but I don't focus on doing it perfectly. I simply became intentional about incorporating at least some of those things when I can. 

Prioritizing self-care can feel odd in  our achievement oriented culture, but how successful are we really if achievement comes at the expense of our well-being.  Thanks to books like Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes, which I wrote about in this post, I've let go of the idea of superwoman or trying to compartmentalizing my life into perfect little packages. I value working hard and doing t my best in all areas of my life,  but balancing requires compromise, which mean that sometimes I am my best in one area in my life at the expense of other areas. That my friends, is human. Take care of yourself!

On Sunday, I spent the day with my boyfriend brunching, hanging out in Soho and enjoying ice-cream. How's that for self-care? 

On Sunday, I spent the day with my boyfriend brunching, hanging out in Soho and enjoying ice-cream. How's that for self-care? 

12 Items to Update Your Work Closet this Fall

12 Items to Update Your Work Closet this Fall

September always signifies new beginnings for me. Perhaps it's all those years I spent in school, and September marked the begginnig of a new school year, which meant new goals, new friendships and new possibilities.  Although I'm no longer a student, I still look at September as a month to turn a new leaf and begin anew. I usually spend some time at the beginning of the month reviewing wins and accomplishments, thinking about lessons learned from previous challenges and setting new goals.

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Books for Women Who Want to Win

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I created this video series because book have been integral in teaching and giving me insight into information on how to achieve my goals and also growing as an individual in all areas of my life. In this series, I'll be sharing five books that have had a profound impact on my life. Here are Books for Women Who Want to Win! The first book in my series, The Slight Edge, is available on Amazon here, http://amzn.to/2gRNsZS   Enjoy the first video in my series below!