December 28, 2017

I hope all of you had a wondrous Christmas (if you celebrate!) and if you didn't, I hope your days off were filled with good food, lots of love and plenty of laughs! As the year pulls to a close, I think everyone reflects on the highs and lows of the year. 2017 was a doozy. Outside of the national dumpster fire we all witnessed (anyone else feel like they need a glass of wine...or a bottle, to read the news?), on a personal note for me, it was a year of so many peaks and troughs.

Highs:

Travel: The year started in an ashram! I was in the middle of Amma's ashram in Kerala and it was a really peaceful place. I went to Florida with my friends in March. I moved to New York. I visited Montreal on a bachelorette party. I flew to Edinburgh for a long weekend. It was a beautiful year for seeing more of the world and expanding horizons.

A Big Move: In high school, I was so certain I'd live in New York City. But as time went on, the fear of the unknown and the "bigness" of the city became daunting....

October 24, 2017

Hi! Oh. My. Goodness. Friends, I am in 

desperate need of a massage and a cell-phone free day in a tropical place! On days where your brain is seeping out of your ears, I find a few different things help me survive. The best part? None of them involving you revamping your entire routine tomorrow. They're all things you can ease into.

1) Invest in a manual, old fashioned alarm clock. I know. It's revolutionary. BUT hear me out! It let me put my phone on my desk at night, away from me. And y'all, this little purchase has changed the game. While I am no longer waking up to high tech alarm sounds, I pop out of bed, get my day started with my morning routine and coffee, before I ever make it to my phone. Allowing that half hour to myself lets me ease into the day, gather my thoughts about what needs to be done, and put my game-face on before I ever hit the flurry of text messages or emails that have collected overnight.

2) Wake up early. Oh, you night owls and lovers of sleeping in are probabl...

October 18, 2017

HAPPY DIWALI, everyone! I hope this coming year brings you everything you could want. Now...what is Diwali? In India, it's the Festival of Lights--diyas or butter lamps light every nook and cranny of the home, gifts are handed out to anyone and everyone, and the food...Mmm, the food! If India didn't have a huge pollution problem and hadn't banned pyrotechnics, there would be fireworks equaling the Fourth of July celebrations in the United States :) Diwali is associated with the inner triumphs of good over evil--Indian mythology speaks of tales of victories in battle between gods and demons. But you don't have to be Hindu or even South Asian to enjoy the amazing aspects of Diwali. Here are some ways to partake in the festivities and expose yourself to a new culture rather than fearing something so new that you don't try!

1) Light a lamp. Lighting a firecracker or an oil or butter lamp is what everyone in India does to celebrate finding the light of goodness within oneself and in others....

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