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The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase

Let me start with a disclaimer: I don't believe in suitcases; I only pack carry-ons thanks to Delta-Gate 2013, an infamous airport run-in I had in Sarasota, Florida while on spring break my senior year. Unless I'm going on a super long, far-away trip, which hasn't happened since I vacationed in Europe back in 2000, I prefer the safety and reinsurance of keeping my luggage with me at all times.   It's just better that way.   So what this post actually is about is how to pack the perfect carry-on...

Tips for Being Productive While Working From Home

Working from home is a wonderful opportunity to explore what makes you tick. You find out how you work best in which kind of environment. I've been freelancing, working from home for seven months now and I've learned so much about my work ethic, skill set, and the environment that I personally thrive in.   When I was working 9-5 in an office setting, I really struggled. Not at first, but as the years went on, I had more and more difficulty with small things. My anxiety...

Turn Your Bedroom into a Calm, Inviting Space

The key to a peaceful night's sleep is turning your bedroom into a sleep-only environment, a haven of calmness and serenity, an environment conducive to catching some meaningful shut-eye. But how exactly do you do that? There's tons of literature splattered all over the Internet, claiming how to sleep better, but is it really worth the hype?   Your bedroom is your safe space, a place where you can wind down and relax. It shouldn't be a space that your mind associates with work, stress, or other...

The Key to Stress-Free Travel

If you struggle with stress or anxiety, then putting yourself in a situation with a lot of unknowns and variables — like traveling — can potentially be a tricky situation. I know firsthand because I've dealt with anxiety for a long time; though it's seared its hand upon my life, I try my best to not let it impede me from doing things I really want to do, like going to new places.   Traveling should be a fun, exciting experience — a time when happy memories are made, new cities...

Love Goodly Subscription Review April/May 2017

I tried it! When Love Goodly, a vegan beauty subscription service that delivers boxes of cruelty-free products to your door every other month, sent me a sample of their April/May box, I was so ready to get my hands on it.   If you've followed my blog for a while, you may know that I've been vegetarian for seven years. I've long been wanting to transition into a fully vegan lifestyle (which I practice about three days out of the week, currently). So naturally, the opportunity to work with...

The Perfect Acai Bowl Recipe

Acai bowls (pronounced ah-sy-ee) have a lot of buzz right now, thanks to the amazing efforts of YouTubers, bloggers, and influencers on Instagram. And there's a reason. Acai bowl recipes — which originate from Brazil — make up the trifecta of all good things: not only are they healthy (made from the superfood acai berries that pack a good-for-you punch), they are visually pleasing, and to top it off, they're super, super delicious. What more could you want from a breakfast dish?   If you're not located in a major...

How to Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude makes us healthier and happier people. (It also makes us sleep better!)   The University of Texas Health Science Center reports that, "a growing body of research shows that gratitude is truly amazing in physical and psychosocial benefits." Such benefits include exercising more often, establishing and maintaining more meaningful relationships, and a reduction in "toxic emotions" like depression, anxiety, and more. Sounds good, right? With gratitude basically being the elixir of life — a key component in living a fuller, happier, and healthier existence — how could...