I’m currently in the process of trying new things including beauty products. It’s so refreshing to switch things up every so often so I don’t get stuck in the same routine. Also, true story, I keep most of my products on my nightstand because they’re just too pretty to keep hidden.
Jo Malone – ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’ Perfume
Currently my signature scent; smells like a campfire and sage all in one.
Origins – ‘Sensory Therapy’
Before I go to sleep I dab a little bit of this on my temples and behind my neck for instant relaxation.
Burberry – ‘Liquid Lip Velvet’ in Black Cherry
Easily one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve ever purchased. Goes on smooth and doesn’t smudge.
Diptyque – ‘Mimosa’
Okay so not entirely a beauty product, but Diptyque candles just make any room feel amazing so that’s enough for me.
No Social Media after 9PM
Social media has taken over our lives and our brains. Unfortunately, we can get caught up so easily in all of this because it gives us that instant gratification that we all crave. I realized I started to become obsessed with checking every app for notifications and I finally had enough. I’ve limited my cell phone usage throughout the day and when I get home I make a conscious effort to stop checking it after 9PM.
Meditate Every Night
The Headspace app has become my new best friend. I usually meditate right before I go to sleep so I’m relaxed and have a clear mind before I hit the pillow. Mediation benefits include increased focus, reduced anxiety, reduced stress, increased compassion, reduced depression and emotional balance.
Get Rid of Bad Relationships
Any friend or boyfriend that is mentally draining, toss ’em. If someone isn’t making me happy in any way then there’s really no point in keeping them around. I’ve realized that it’s better to have a couple really good friends then a ton of ‘meh’ friends.
Spend More Time Outside
Pretty simple. I’ll Ride a bike, take a walk, run on the beach or even lay in the grass. I try to do something outside every weekend and leave my phone in my bag.
Write in a Journal
Every morning every night. I write about my day, my goals, my hopes, my fears. Seeing my thoughts written out on paper makes them much more clear and helps me get a better sense of self. I keep one next to my bed at home and one on my desk at work.
Feeling the book in my hands and getting lost in a story for hours completely relaxes me. I’ve made it a goal of mine to read one book a month and to be honest it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I feel like I’m learning so much from each book I chose.
Along with meditation, yoga has so many benefits of clearing the mind and better focus. It helps me relax after a long day and have a better night’s sleep. At the end of each class I feel a sense of calm.
I love sending my friends letters in the mail for no reason or sending hand-written ‘Thank You’ notes. Receiving something in the mail means so much more than a text or an e-mail. I don’t ever want to forget that feeling.
ClassPass has been such a time saver when trying to find new work-out classes in my area. The app shows me what studios are around me and what classes they offer. With a click of a button I can be signed up for any work-out class of my choosing. Also, there’s a cancellation fee so I never miss a workout.
Do Something New Each Month
I’ve realized that the only way I’m going to grow is by trying new things all the time. I love to check out different art museums, attend live discussions, try a new workout, cook a new recipe, travel somewhere I’ve never been. It can really be anything that challenges me and gets me out of my comfort zone.
First Stop: Berlin, Germany
Highlights: This city is full of so much history, while still being so modern at the same time. I fell in love with the architecture, the kind people, the nightlife and the eccentric style. Being able to stand next to the Berlin Wall was a very surreal feeling which I am so happy I got to experience. I also cannot forget to mention the amazing food and beer!
Second Stop: Prague, Czech Republic
Highlights: The architecture! This city survived the destruction of 20th century Europe, meaning all of the original buildings are still in tact. I’ve never seen such romantic and picturesque castles. My favorite thing we did in Prague was the river cruise on the Vltava River. We drank, ate and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the city.
Third Stop: Vienna, Austria
Highlights: Being in Vienna felt like I walked into a palace. The whole city is so glamorous with chandeliers, delicate architecture and class. My favorite thing we did in Vienna was dinner and a classic Mozart show at the Schonnburn Palace.