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FebYOUary: A Month of Bliss

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on January 29, 2018

I’m so excited to finally tell you what I have coming up on the blog this month.

FebYOUary: a month of self-care posts where you can focus on living your most blissful life!

Y’all I’ve been excited about this idea, and I’m pumped for you to focus on YOU all-month long. Here’s what you can expect to see over the next month on the blog:

1| Self-care posts.

2| Healthy living posts.

3| Self-love posts.

And everything in between!

I know that you have been working SO HARD in the first month of 2018. I’ve seen your tweets and Instagram Stories where you share how much time, effort and energy you have been putting into your dreams and goals. That. Is. AMAZING. But, it’s important that you also take time for yourself, so if you find that you went a little too hard on work and didn’t spend enough time resting—stop back every Monday and Wednesday for new posts. You won’t regret it.

I’m sure you’re thinking, Kiara, do I really need this whole “self-care stuff” in my life?

YES. Yes, you definitely do. You deserve you take care of yourself and make yourself a priority. When you don’t make yourself a priority, you begin to lose motivation and inspiration to continue working on your dreams and goals. It’s best when you do take time for yourself consistently, so that you always feel refreshed and ready to take on your new projects that you’re working on.

Before you make any excuses, let me tell you a few things:

1| It doesn’t cost anything to practice self-care and self-love.

2| It doesn’t take a ton of time to practice self-care and self-love.

3| It doesn’t hurt anyone to practice self-care and self-love.

Now that we got that out of the way, you don’t have any excuses to NOT join me. This month will be all about good vibes, good energy and a whole lotta bliss. So who are these posts good for? The answer is: anyone who is human.

Let’s be honest. We ALL have felt drained, overworked and mentally/emotionally/physically exhausted, but all we do is roll into bed for some sleep to start all over again instead of many changes to our lives for consistent self-care.

I’m hoping that this month will open your eyes to the beauty of frequent self-care and self-love. I’m hoping this month will show you that you deserve time to rest, recharge and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. I’m hoping this month will show you that you are worthy of loving yourself the way you love others.

The truth is: I want this for you because I know what it’s like living a life where you’re constantly working on another project. You’re rushing through a meal without enough nutrients and drowning in cup after cup of coffee. You’re on edge from lack of sleep, and you find your motivation slowly slipping. My goal with these upcoming posts is to inspire you to take care of yourself first because that’s the only way you’re going to take care of your dreams and goals.

How do you practice self-care and self-love? Do you think you could work on adding more self-care to your routine? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Habits for a Productive Weekend

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 24, 2018

I’m sure the last thing you want to do on the weekend is more work. The week can feel long, tiring, and stressful sometimes, so the weekend is a time to relax, unwind and chill out for 48 hours. Although this is true sometimes, the majority of our weekends may feel JUST as busy and scheduled as a typical weekday. So how do you balance meal prepping, time with family and friends, and doing all the things you need to get done? If you want to take your weekends back so that you can enjoy time with family AND get things done, then keep reading for five habits you’re NEED in your life ASAP.

1| Start Early

I know you want to sleep in, but this is what can make or break your productive day. If you typically wake up at 7 a.m. for a workday, wake up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday. I know, you hate me. But TRUST ME when I say that you will be amazed at how much you can get done straight away in the morning on a Saturday. Make the most of the hour by baking the chicken you left thawing overnight after you throw a load of laundry in the washer. Make it your mission to cross off 3-4 big tasks for the day.  You will get things done in the morning and it will have you feeling amazing about the day ahead.

2| Time Block + Prioritize

What are the TOP SIX things you need to get done today? Make sure you get the hard things out of the way first, so that you aren’t dreading them all day long and continuously putting them off. Find the big things you’re not looking forward to, and get them done. Time block in section of two or three hours, so the day feels less overwhelming. That way, you can focus on the two hours ahead of you rather than the entire day as a whole. Continue prioritizing your tasks for the day based on what needs immediate attention and what can be put off for tomorrow. And don’t forget to include breaks and family time! Write in time for a movie night and hanging out with the family from 7 to 10 p.m., so that you know you have to be done with everything before 7 p.m.

3| Pomodoro Technique

I SWEAR by this method because it makes a huge difference in my productivity. Every weekend is different, of course, but some Saturdays, I try to crank out some blog posts if I can to stay well ahead of my schedule. The goal of this technique is to work on ONE task straight for 25-30, and then take a break for five minutes. For blogging, it’s the perfect amount of time to sit down and get a good outline and starting draft before the time is up. Then, I’ll set my timer for five minutes for water, take a quick walk around the house, or call my parents. You want to cherish those five minutes because then you’re going back to work for another set. It’s amazing how focused you become when you have a countdown in tour head every 30 minutes. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, blogging, or running errands, this technique is so helpful for a productive day.

4| Batch Tasking

Batch tasking is something else I swear by not only for blogging maintenance, but also for my home. I batch task with meal prepping for about two hours on Sunday, which gets most of our meals for the entire week. Now, I’m not spending time every single day worrying about what we’re going to have for lunches and dinners. The goal of batch tasking is to only focus on one task continuously. For blogging, I batch task by creating Instagram content, drafting tweets for the week, or editing posts. Once that hour is up, you’ll have meals for the week, or all of your social media content prepped for the week. Essentially, you’re saving yourself tons of time for the upcoming week, which is NEVER  a bad thing!

5| Don’t Stress Yourself Out

If you’re reading this post, you might be very much like me: type-A personality, hyper-organized, and very hard on yourself. Although it’s easier said than done, remember not to be so hard on yourself and not to stress yourself out. Don’t set crazy expectations for yourself if you have a lot going on in one day. Remember to take breaks throughout the day and spend time with your loved ones. Don’t only make the weekend about getting things done and working another 10-hour day. Be realistic and set time aside for all your meals and even more breaks in between. You GOT THIS and you can get everything done! And, if you don’t get everything done, it’s perfectly okay. Don’t stress, and enjoy your day off as well.

Ready to have a productive weekend? What are your tips for getting things done on the weekend? Tell me what your plans are for this weekend? Is it a Netflix-binge-kind-of day? Or, do you have a lot on your to-do list that you’re trying to get done? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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Blissful Bits: Everything I Loved in January

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 22, 2018

Can you believe that we’ve already made it an entire month into 2018?

I’ve been extremely happy in the new year, which is mostly to do with the fact that I’ve been feeling SO inspired with new content for the blog. P.S. Next week, I’ll be sharing an exciting announcement that will give you an idea of the type of posts you’ll be seeing on the blog in February. Needless to say, I’ve been cracking down on this content to give you something to look forward to all month long, so I hope you’re ready for it.

Today, I’m sharing all the things I loved in January from blog posts to things happening in my own life and a mix of everything in between. Make sure to tell me what you loved this past month. I would love to read everything in the comments below!

1| House projects + Housewarming party

January was a month where we got to focus on some small house projects before we had our housewarming party. It’s amazing to see the changes you make to your own home. I truly have loved being a homeowner, and it has been wonderful to work on projects to make it our own. We also have been preparing for our housewarming that was this past Saturday. We invited family and friends to see our place or to see the updates we’ve made over the last month. There are still many projects we are planning for the rest of the year, but we’re very happy with how much we have been able to do since we’ve moved in. Are you working on any house projects in your home?

2| Getting organized

Because it’s not a new year unless you’re planning your life away, right?

What I’ve been loving about January is that I have felt this motivation to really organize my life. You know, like going through high school awards and asking myself why I was holding on to such silly things. I’ve also been considering using a bullet journal to keep everything in one spot rather than having appointments in my phone, a work calendar at the office, and a planner for a mix of everything else. So, if you have a bullet journal would you recommend it? If you have any posts to share on creating one, drop those links in the comments for me. I would love to know your thoughts if you’ve been using one.

3| Wedding planning

Wedding planning went on a full-blown hold in November and December. With moving into the house, working during a busy season, and enjoying the holidays, there wasn’t time to commit to wedding plans. Now that the new year hit, I’ve been in planning mode for the bridal showers, bachelorette party and some last-minute things for the big day. Between plans with a florist, and booking the hair and makeup artists for the big day, I’m happy with how much I’ve accomplished over this month. I always believe that planning ahead will always benefit you because then we can fully enjoy the other plans we have for the next several months.

4| Cozy sweaters

If I could buy 10 different sweaters that were similar to the one above, I would SO do it. We had a temporary heat wave in PA for two days, but now we’re back to 10-degree weather and praying for spring to come around. To make the cold a little more tolerable, I’ve been loving my biggest, coziest sweaters this month. I’ve also been indulging in hygge. It has really become trendy over the last few months, and you can read more about why you need this danish term in your life. I definitely recommend it if you’re a lover of good food, good company and all those cozy vibes.

5| Dreaming of our honeymoon

Although I’ve been trying to make the most of winter with hygge, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t dreaming about our honeymoon to Playas Mujeres in Mexico. It’s the first beach vacation where Josh and I will be able to relax for a full week together without working on the house, work, or any other commitments we have. All of the trips Josh and I take together have been city trips like Boston, D.C., etc. I realized the last time I was on a beach was in the ninth grade in Florida, so you can see why I’m pumped for a luxurious getaway.

6| Feeling Inspired

In January, I cut the excuses and made things happen. Instead of wishing I would wake up and eat healthier, I woke up and began doing it. I’ve been writing down everything I eat each day, and it has been great to see the progress of my decision-making when it comes to food. I never feel guilty for treating myself to something I want to eat, especially now that I’ve been tracking every day. I’ve also been CRAZY inspired to blog. One day, I sat down and cracked out six blog posts in one day. Now, that doesn’t count editing, creating images, social sharing, etc. But it feels SO GOOD to get hit with that inspiration and motivation. I’ve been loving all the feel-good inspiration that has been coming my way; and I’m holding onto it for as long as I can.


Blog Posts you NEED to read other bloggers:

1| How to Create Content Consistently (FINALLY): Coming up Roses

2| 7 Ways to Refresh Your Blog for the New Year: Coffee with Summer

3| 31 Day Adulting Challenge:  The Confused Millennial.

4| 10 Ways to Live More Purposefully This Year: Daily Dose of Design

What have you been loving this month? Make sure to share any blogs posts from your blog that you have loved, or let me know what have been your best memories from the first month of the year!

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5 Tips to Simplify Your Morning Routine

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 17, 2018

I feel like winter slows us down sometimes because there’s a lack of motivation with less sunlight (TBH Seasonal Depression is very real) and we’re constantly searching to make our lives a little more simple and easy just after the new year. So, today I’m sharing five tips to help simplify your morning routine. If you’re looking to add a little bliss back to your mornings (even when it’s 8 degrees outside) keep on reading!

1| No snoozing.

I’ve never been one to hit snooze three or four times in the morning before actually getting out of bed, but I know there are tons of people who struggle with this. Not everyone is a morning person, so you may simply not like getting up in the morning. Make sure your phone is out of reach, so that it’s not physically possible for you to press snooze. You physically will have to get up and shut off your alarm. By the time you’re standing up, you’ll already be slightly awake to carry on with your morning.

2| Put. The. Phone. Down.

Girl, don’t pretend like you’re the only one who is running late all the time because you “don’t have enough time in the morning” when the real reason is because you got lost scrolling through four days worth of Instagram content (no thanks to the horrible algorithm) after pressing snooze four times. You do have time in the morning, you’re just not spending time the RIGHT way in the morning. Refrain from picking up your phone. It’s one habit that will seriously save you so much time every day.

3| Prep the night before.

You might not want to hear this, but you’re probably stressed in the morning because you don’t prep anything the night before. To simplify your morning routine, you need to eliminate any unnecessary things that can easily be done the previous night like setting out your outfit for the day, having your lunch prepped in the fridge, and packing your work bag and leaving it by the door. The less you have to do in the morning, the better and less stressful your morning will be.

4| Streamline your beauty routine.

My beauty routine in the morning has become a science. I wake up at 6:50 and I’m able to get the following done in 30 minutes: brush my teeth, moisturize my skin, do my makeup, curl my hair, get dressed, make the bed, and get my breakfast shake made. I removed any unnecessary steps from my beauty routine to save time. Simplifying your makeup and beauty routine is such a great way to save time in the morning. Also, don’t play any music or videos while getting ready. I’ve found that I would waste an extra 10-15 minutes because I would watch YouTube while doing my hair. It only slows you down in the morning. Plus, now you can use that time to enjoy a cup of coffee with your breakfast before work!

5| Keep your life organized.

The saying definitely holds true in my experience: “when your home and space is cluttered, your mind is cluttered.” Work on simplifying your life and home with decluttering and organizing your space around you. It’s hard to get ready in a bathroom where you don’t have enough space. First, eliminate instead of organize. Then, once you have eliminated everything you don’t need, you can focus on organizing what you do have in your home. Consider creating a “command center” near your entryway when you can keep your work bag, mail, keys, phone, etc. so nothing is misplaced. You won’t worry about searching for your keys and wallet if you know where everything is! It’ll save you even more time in the morning.

So, how can you work on simplifying your morning routine? What are some tips you want to incorporate into your routine? Or, what are some tips you have that I may have left out? Make sure to share everything in the comments below!

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How To Stop Beating Yourself Down When Rejection Strikes

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 15, 2018

Hey there, friend! 

This topic has been on my heart a lot recently because I’ve witnessed it first-hand with friends, family, coworkers, and even with myself. I felt compelled to write a blog post about it because I’m hoping to help you if you find yourself struggling in the new year. So if you find yourself struggling with beating yourself down in the midst of rejection, keep reading for a little bit of bliss.

Let me tell you one thing us humans know how to do very well…

Beat. Ourselves. Down. Relentlessly. 

I’m sure you can relate to this regardless of the season of life you may find yourself in. You’re working on a huge project you’ve been putting all your time and energy into only to find out that your corporate doesn’t approve. You’ve been dreaming and working hard because this is something you’re incredibly passionate about pursuing, and everything comes crashing down once you hear that rejection. This, unfortunately, leads to a negative spiral of you questioning your worth, intelligence, and even your skills in your position. You’re left devastated and defeated.

Or, you’re a mom who is juggling work, family, taking care of kids, all while trying to stay afloat with every other commitment—and you find yourself beating yourself down on how you should sleep less, so that you have more time to spend with your family after working 40 hours each week. Guilt settles in, and eventually consumes your entire mind. Now, you’re left thinking your a bad employee, horrible mother and a less-than-perfect wife.

There are a million more examples I could list out, but the point is we have all been there whether it’s related to work, family, a passion project, and everything other situation in between. Even I have a difficult time accepting that I’ve restlessly torn myself apart with criticism and negative words, and it’s NOT  good place to be in. So, why do we allow ourselves to beat ourselves down whenever we face rejection?

Rejection is part of life. Not everything is going to go smoothly, and life is a long journey of peaks and valleys. But, when did it become normal to be so negative toward ourselves to the point where we question our self-worth simply because we are in the midst of rejection? When did it become acceptable to beat ourselves down to the point where we don’t even like who we are in that moment or situation?

I don’t know about you, but that’s not the way I want to live my life, and you shouldn’t want to live your life that way either. 2018 should be a year where we focus on self-care, self-love, and working on the best relationship with ourselves. It we truly aren’t happy with the relationship we have with ourselves, how we expect to have a good relationship with our friends and family? Once we invite more love and kindness when working on ourselves, the better we will be.

Here are some tips to NOT beat yourself down when facing rejection:

1| This too, shall pass

Remember that this moment of rejection will not last forever. It most likely will not matter in the next five years, or maybe it won’t even matter in the next five days. Although it can be difficult to move on when you feel like you messed up, it’s essential for your well being. Don’t let yourself linger in the negative feelings that follow rejection. Allow yourself to feel them for a certain amount of time, so then you can move on feeling good about yourself again. Better yet, USE the rejection as motivation to go back and learn from the rejection, so that you can conquer it next time you face that challenge.

Use your past to make you better, not bitter.

2| Let go of perfectionism

2018 is the year we should let go of perfectionism. Granted, this is ALWAYS easier said than done because perfectionism is a tough disease to fight through. But, not only will this help your mental health in the long run, but it will also help you focus on being kind and compassionate to yourself when you’re in the wake of rejection. Remember that no one is perfect, and you’re not an exception to this fact. The bad thing is that MANY of us struggle with this, so next time you see a loved one getting caught in the perfectionism trap, remind them that they are only human, they are doing the best they can; and they are more than enough.

3| Focus on self-love

Self-love is something we should be committed to working on in 2018 because without it, perfectionism takes over the mind like a wild fire. Then, you’re left soaking in the rejection while your relationship with yourself is deteriorating. Remember all the other times you faced rejection, and you thought that you weren’t going to make it through? Well, you made it. Not only that, you probably grew from the experience and it made you become even more wonderful than you already are.

So, believe in yourself and remember that despite everything you have been though, you are still standing. You are a force to be reckoned with. You will not let rejection destroy your self-esteem because you’re too good for that.

Related: 5 Reasons to Make Self-Love a Priority

The next time you face rejection, remember that it’s okay to feel upset or angry. But don’t let those emotions turn negatively onto yourself. Remember that every human will face rejection and mistakes because it is part of life. That doesn’t make you any less of a human being. If anything, the experiences should humble you being a reminder that YOU ARE human and it’s okay.

When is the last time you faced rejection? Do you find yourself struggling with perfectionism when it comes to your work? How do you handle rejection, or how can you better handle rejection next time it comes your way? I would love to her more about your experiences in the comment below!

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