For the four years I was a fashion and beauty editor, I don’t think I bought toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, lotion, or makeup even once. When I left my full-time editing job, I worried that my access to all these free products would go away. I thought I would get FOMO seeing other editors get […]
Whenever people write posts about their daily schedule, I’m always fascinated. I love reading about the intricacies of people’s routines. Something about it feels oddly intimate, like dumping out the contents of someone’s purse and going through it all. Despite the mundane details, it always feels revealing to me. I know rationally that how someone […]
If you’ve been following me for the last six months or so, then you know that I quit my job at the end of March. After almost four years of being a fashion and beauty editor for Bustle.com, I decided to go out on my own. I’ve talked at length about why I quit my […]
In my experience, reading is one of the purest experiences there is. It’s you, a book, and an entire world that you get to enter, (mostly) free of charge. It’s how I calm my anxiety and quiet my mind and, hey, it’s also just plain fun. My 2019 reading list is pretty long, though I […]
If there’s one question I get more than anything else, it’s where I get my rugs. In emails, Instagram comments, Instagram story replies, and everywhere in between, there is almost always someone who is curious about where I shop for the colorful, patterned rugs that are in pretty much every home in my room. And […]
I make a lot of lists. And not just your, “Let’s jot down 12 – 392 items we need at Target” activity-specific type of lists. No, I may daily lists. I make lists on weekends. I make lists for my lists. When I don’t make my daily list, I feel weird. They’re not exactly necessary […]
I launched this new site on a couple days ago with an email. I decided to send that email out to the hundred or so email subscribers I had at the time rather than the 14,000 strangers following me on Instagram or in a public blog post because it felt like too much to say […]
When I decide I want to do something, my first instinct is always: all in, right now. An idea or a thought or a goal plants itself in my brain and roots itself in there in a way that feels like I have to address it immediately with full force, or it will simply go away forever. For a long time I felt like unless I was all the way committed to something — anything — I was already giving up on it.
If you meet me in real life, I am probably not the same person you know from Instagram. I don’t sound the same. I don’t talk the same way. I probably don’t even look quite the same. I never have, and I guess there’s a chance I never will.
But that’s OK with me now.
I love a good routine. Love.
It’s not that I’m not flexible or can’t deal with not being in a solid routine when it comes to my day-to-day life (although I have my moments), but more that I know I am generally better, happier, more relaxed when I have routines figured out that work for me. This doesn’t mean I do these things every single day, or that every morning, noon, and night is exactly the same. In fact, I probably only do these routines in their entirety maybe 60 percent of the time. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not really about consistency at all as much as it is about creating a place to go back to when things start to feel overwhelming, or stressful, or just simply off. It’s not that doing my morning routine every day will revolutionize my happiness, but that the comfort of knowing that if I start to feel stressed or off or unlike myself, I can go back to all of these steps and start to feel a little more centered is priceless.