THE MAGIC OF FLOWERS AND WHY I NEED THEM IN MY LIFE

I never really thought I would devote an entire blog post to flowers, but, here we are. And it’s not because I think talking about flowers is basic and boring and obvious. Although, that might be what you think about flowers, initially. But it’s more because this topic is so powerful and profound for me, I’m quite intimidated to tackle the subject. It honestly took me a really long time to choose my featured image for this article. It had to be just right. And no words or images can really convey the magic of flowers and why I need them in my life. But, in this article, I’m going to try to explain. Continue reading THE MAGIC OF FLOWERS AND WHY I NEED THEM IN MY LIFE

DELICIOUS MID-WEEK MEAL WHEN YOU JUST DON’T GIVE A DARN

Every Sunday, I cook a semi-extravagant meal for the week. It might be a fancy pasta dish, or a meat dish with tasty sides. And for every Sunday meal, I cook it with the goal in mind that I want it to last us as long as possible…so I don’t have to cook again during the week. However, inevitably, Wednesday rolls around and our leftovers are pretty much made up of unsubstantial nibs and nubs. After hours of denial and resistance, I finally accept the fact that I need to go to the grocery store again mid-week (something I abhor!). However, once I calm down and give it a bit of thought, I am usually able to come up with something pretty awesome. I try to concoct low-maintenance, thrown-together-but-doesn’t-suck meals whenever possible. So, here is my “delicious mid-week meal when you just don’t give a darn” idea for this week. Continue reading DELICIOUS MID-WEEK MEAL WHEN YOU JUST DON’T GIVE A DARN

THE DAZZLING BLOGGER AWARD GOES TO ME!

I’m not going to lie. I wouldn’t say that humility is one of my strong traits. However, I do think there is a huge difference between having confidence in yourself, and being obnoxious and conceited. And I don’t believe I ever venture into the obnoxious realm of self-confidence. I like to celebrate when things go well for me, and I think that’s a good thing. To me, it’s much more honest to say, “Yes, I kick ass, thank you!” Rather than saying, “Oh no, please, not me, no thank you.” When really, everyone wants recognition and love. So, without any humility or apologies, I’m happy to share that The Dazzling Blogger Award goes to me! Continue reading THE DAZZLING BLOGGER AWARD GOES TO ME!

IMPROVE YOUR LIFE BY LEARNING TO LISTEN

I am a decent listener in some aspects. In other areas, not so much. First off, I love to talk. I love to express and I love to share. You would think that would make me a terrible listener. However, I ultimately enjoy making authentic connections with others, and I know enough to know that you can’t connect with people unless you REALLY listen to them and take a genuine interest in what they have to say. It’s called “being a good conversationalist” and I think I have that on lockdown. However, there is always room for improvement. Continue reading IMPROVE YOUR LIFE BY LEARNING TO LISTEN

HOW BLOGGING CHANGED MY LIFE

My life changed when I started my blog and the story is really rather inspirational. I never really put the pieces together when I first began blogging, but sometimes you need distance from something in order to see the magic of it. I have been blogging for almost four years now, and I love it more than I ever thought I would. Continue reading HOW BLOGGING CHANGED MY LIFE

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY, THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

I will start off by saying that I mean no disrespect to The Mediterranean, and apologize in advance for my American-ized version of Mediterranean food. Mediterranean culture and cuisine make my soul burst with joy! So, I hope my food ideas come across as more of an ode than an insult. Here is my interpretation of The Mediterranean Diet in one day. Continue reading WHAT I EAT IN A DAY, THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

LEARNING TO LOVE SUMMER

I am one of those backwards human beings who hates summer and loves winter. There are others like me, I am sure, who don’t do well in the heat (my beloved, deceased grandmother), but in general, I think that people trend towards the season of summer, and I am definitely the exception. However, over the last few years, I am learning to love summer. Okay, maybe not love, but accept??? Continue reading LEARNING TO LOVE SUMMER

I’M HORMONAL RIGHT NOW AND I CAN’T HELP IT

Yesterday, I was just not myself. I’m usually very goofy, upbeat, happy, energized, and very open. But yesterday, I was quiet, reserved, subdued, and almost numb. Yesterday also happened to be my late mother’s birthday, and I wondered if I was feeling blue because of that (she passed in 2017). But I’m still feeling rather blue today, and my menstrual calendar tells me that my feeling-like-shit-feelings are happening for a reason. Yep. It’s a week before my period. Continue reading I’M HORMONAL RIGHT NOW AND I CAN’T HELP IT

6 WAYS TO CURB YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION

I am definitely a sugar addict and I struggle with my sugar intake on a daily basis. However, I do think different people struggle with varying levels of cravings, and I consider myself lucky, because when I finally decide to wean myself off of sugar (I go in cycles and never really, truly give it up all together, but instead drastically reduce my intake), I really do make a commitment. The tips in this article are all specific and thoughtful examples that I have personally used to curb my sugar addiction. I hope you find them helpful as well. Continue reading 6 WAYS TO CURB YOUR SUGAR ADDICTION

WHAT I WEAR TO FEEL LIKE A GODDESS

This is another lifewithlilred inspired post, and I have to say, lilred moved me slightly out of my comfort zone for this one–which is why it’s a perfect Goddess Attainable topic. The life of a goddess is not about remaining static and staying stuck (although of course, that’s always part of life, so don’t panic if you’re feeling stuck), but rather taking chances, embracing opportunities for growth, and essentially, risking making a complete ass of yourself. Continue reading WHAT I WEAR TO FEEL LIKE A GODDESS