Life’s Little Breaks: Getting Back on Track

The Holidays. Oh-so-loved by all for the rib stickin’ good food, hilarious times, and much-needed vacation that comes with them. There is really nothing like getting to spend quality time with fresh-baked pie, your loved ones, and (hopefully) yourself as you take in not having to go back to work until the New Year. But, now it’s over. Continue reading

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30 Day Challenge: 30 Days of No Makeup

This has been life changing. I had no idea how 30 days would change my perception of myself and who I am. (Never knew makeup could be so powerful, huh?) I sit here writing as a changed woman.

When I first started this 30-day challenge I was skeptical. I thought that I would still want to go back to my makeup. I would feel insecure about myself and the moment Day 30 hit, I would go running back to all my tinted lotions and eye-opening potions. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to get over the “incompleteness” that I felt when I looked in the mirror with nothing but my skin. (And mascara, but the reason why I didn’t give that up is in my other post…Continue reading

30 Day Challenge: Day 20 No Makeup

At this point in my journey, I feel like I’ve positioned myself between a rock and a hard place. I’m 20 days in and once I hit day 30, I’m not sure where I’m going to go from here. This whole entire experience has not been at all been what I expected and here’s why…

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Getting the Jump on 2018: Finishing Well

My mom and I were all snuggled up on my couch, full from downing some of my homemade chili, and taking a break from beginning the transformation from my everyday apartment to Christmas Wonderland. After browsing through what felt like hundred of curtains for her living room, the phrase “finishing well” came up in our conversation. The connection didn’t hit me until later that night when a Three Bullet Sunday email from David Bach came to mind. He took the time to share with his readers the importance of finishing 2017 well to jump-start the success of 2018.

Why is ending 2017 on a good note so important for the success of 2018? Continue reading

30 Day Challenge: Day 10 No Makeup

I am a third of the way through my makeup-free challenge! So, how’s it going? Well, I’ll start by saying that I came into this with a lot of skepticism. After wearing makeup almost every single day for the past five years, it was hard for me to initially go from what I thought was “fab” to “drab”.

How have I been coping? Let’s just say that Continue reading

Girls Who Lift: No, You’re Not Going to Look Like Mr. Olympia

This weekend I had a fun time sitting in a coffee shop listening to yet another person bash girls who lift weights. He dissed how awful it was to see women who were strong and muscular. Women lifting heavy weights and owning the weight room. It is important for me to share with you why I started lifting, the different lifting programs that you can follow, and the benefits of lifting that I have learned along my journey to Swolehalla. Why I became a Swole SisterContinue reading

30 Day Challenge: No Makeup

IMG_20171120_095534702.jpgThis is exactly what you think it is.

30 Day No Makeup Challenge

(disclaimer: except mascara, because love lashes)

Many of you may be thinking that this sounds like an easy challenge to crush. That waking up in the morning and just walking out the door might be exactly what you do and starting your day without makeup is another one of those things that comes naturally. But, for a lot of others out there, like myself, this isn’t easy.

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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. Continue reading

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? Continue reading

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 myself Continue reading