My 180: Sometimes Quitting is the Answer

A few years ago I was in a completely different place. I was working towards finishing my degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and heading towards a future with more school with a side of school and a dash of, you guessed it, school. I was on track to pursuing my PhD in Counseling Psychology and looking towards a life of research, students, and academic writing. It wasn’t until I finished my undergraduate degree, started my first semester of graduate school, and decided to quit that I truly felt like I was making a decision for me.

Making the choice to quit graduate school was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. I was essentially derailing any life plan that I had devised for myself up until that point and I put myself in a place where I had no idea where I was going. Read More »

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Making Your Own Adventure: NYC’s High Line

IMG_20170907_140028788_HDRVisiting New York City is one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far as a baby explorer within the US. From the architecture, to the incredible cultural diversity, and the uniqueness pouring out of every crevice. Every time I looked in a new direction I saw something different and interesting that caught my eye and made me thankful for the incredible adventure I was embarking upon. One of my favorite highlights from my trip was NYC’s famous High Line.

The juxtaposition between urban and natural makes for such a refreshing take on the city. In an area with such limited green space, the creativity put into this attraction is surely not to disappoint.

So, what is the High Line?Read More »

Who Am I: Me & All the Faces of Me

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Artsy photo of a mirror to illustrate self-reflection.

Over the years I have struggled with the same question: Who am I? Now, I know that is another one out of the big book of clichés, but I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that same question, even just once.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to reinvent who I think I am. Like everyone growing up, I have gone through the numerous stages of style and self-discovery that consistently lead to another reinvention of the one new and improved version of who I think I actually I am. One of the greatest parts of this journey has led me to believe something very important about myselfRead More »

Eat Your Garbage

For those who know me, I love my Garbage Pans. That’s right: I eat my garbage… well, sort of. Almost every week I end up throwing together a pan of whatever looks like it’s about to get funky (not-so) fresh in my fridge and whip it into excellence. Here, is how I eat my garbage…-ish.

First, let’s talk about exactly what I’m talkin’ about. I’m talkin’ about eating the stuff that is about to get weird in your fridge. Read More »

Don’t Cater Your Life to Your Diet, Cater Your Diet to Your Life

IMG_20170617_143439386_HDR.jpgEating what you want, when you want, while still doing the things you love. Yes, I believe in exactly just that. I believe that I can not only achieve my goals to stay healthy and fit, but I can do it all without sacrificing my love of food and adventure!

Back in 2013, I made the decision to lose weight and take control of my life again. After gaining 25 pounds after high school, I was feeling lumpy, unmotivated, and not nearly as photogenic as I used to. It was a picture of me and my little, petite friend Ally that woke me up to the “new me” that I had truly become. It was in that moment that I decided: I choose a healthier me.

Almost five years later and 30 pounds down (YES. I am in better shape than I was in high school!), I live my life to the fullest while staying lean and eating delicious food! Here’s how I do it.Read More »

Making Your Own Adventure: MKE Edition

I LOVE MY CITY! Milwaukee is my favorite city that I have lived in (thus far.) This place is full of interesting places, amazing things to do, and wonderful people to meet. Towards the end of this summer, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: being active and going on an adventure. This is the story of my self-made Milwaukee bike tour.Read More »

Be the Snowball: Generating Your Life’s Momentum

The Snowball Effect. We’ve all heard of it. The once little snowball packed by tiny hands at the top of the sledding hill suddenly comes barreling down larger than life. Little do most of us know: this is your life.

Have you ever just gotten into a habit without even realizing it? Just started doing something and then one day have a realization where you become conscious of the fact that you have begun touching the tip of your nose to avoid touching the rest of your face so that you don’t keep breaking out because of your dirty, grubby fingers and it’s actually kind of weird? (May or may not be a person example…) Well, it happens to a lot of us and it can be used to your advantage!

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The clock in my bedroom the constantly keeps me on time in the mornings.

I have a routine, or a string of habits, that I go through almost everyday when I get ready for work. I start byRead More »

It’s All About Me: Taking Time for (Thank) You

I call it craft time or writing time or cooking time or spa time or movie time or book time or sit next to my cat and binge Netflix time, but all the same it is what it is: Me Time. It is time that I dedicate all to me, something that I like to do by myself, for myself, and for the gain of no one else except for myself (sort of).

Now, I am an unmarried, female who lives alone (-ish, kitty counts), so getting some alone time isn’t that great of a feat for me. When someone asks if I have plans on my “Me Time” nights my answer is a well resounded “YES!”, because date night with just me (and some cameos of my cat) is a huge contributor to my overall mental and emotional health.

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My favorite doily and a proof of one of my favorite books, The Curated Closet.

This is all speaking from the perspective of someone who has established

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Living as Your Other Self: You, Your Past, and Now

Sometimes life can make you feel like you’re messed up. Like the version of yourself that you are currently living as isn’t the actual version of you that you should be. That who you are living as isn’t the person that you were meant to be, but there is this other person in your place that just can’t seem to get out of this funk. I get that.

Five years ago I wasn’t myself and even two seconds ago I wasn’t myself, but I accept that who I am because of what I’ve been through is the self that I have been meant to become. Now this may sound like a silly riddle to you, but that’s what it feels like living on after life strikes you in ways that you wouldn’t have asked for.

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When life comes at you with a vengeance so great that you think you must begin to question everything, you do just that: Question everything. You sit and second guess your Read More »

Goals: Purpose, Passion, and Blazing Eyes

Let’s start by reviewing some of the most cliché goal evaluations right off the bat: Where do you see yourself in five years? Where do you see yourself in ten years? Most answer these questions with where they see themselves in their career. I challenge you to do something bigger.

Today, I want you to start setting goals for your mind, body, and soul. I want you to start setting goals that use your career to propel you towards your passions. Goals that move you towards doing things that you love, stimulating your mind and soul, nurturing your body, and surrounding yourself with things that make your heart swell with gladness.

Today, I challenge you to make your passion into your purpose and your purpose into your passion.

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