The One Morning Habit I Stopped Doing & Why


I’m sure you all have been guilty of it. You’re not quite ready to get out of bed to begin the day, so you decide to let yourself wake up a little easier by scrolling through Instagram or catching up on your friend’s Snapchat stories.

20 minutes go by and now you’re running late, which puts you in a bad mood and you have officially ruined your morning before you get out of bed.

This is one of several reasons why I stopped checking social media in the morning.

I found that I wasn’t in a good mood and less productive throughout the day because I began the day admiring someone’s trip to Costa Rica. I didn’t want to get out of bed once I began scouring social media because my personal motivation quickly dwindled. Not to mention, I was more interested in checking everyone’s lives rather than beginning my day. To put it simply: beginning the day with a social media session meant that I wasn’t going to get anything done in the first hour of my day and it meant that I was going to be behind.

So why don’t we just stop going on our phones? Of course this is easier said than done because who doesn’t want to pin recipes and blogging advice at 7 a.m.? Personally, I realized that when I check Twitter and Pinterest before I begin the morning, I feel like I’m behind and feel negatively about the day ahead because it’s beginning the day on a stressful note.

Instead, I have successfully woken up every morning for the past few months without feeling any urge to check social media on my phone.

So what happened when I quit this horrible morning habit?

1| I’m ready to have a productive day

When I used to check social media in the morning, it would make me feel lazy, unproductive and lose my motivation all together. I was essentially setting myself up for failure before I left my house for work. When I removed social media from my morning, I got up in a good mood and ready to begin my lengthy to-do list.

2| I have more time for myself in the morning

I used to spend an extra 15 or more minutes in bed just scrolling on Instagram and Facebook. That put me behind with my routine every morning. This meant I was stressed out, rushing my morning and skipping out on my favorite time of day. Now, I take my time, and make time for breakfast and coffee at home before I leave for work.

3| I enjoy my mornings more

Now that I have more time for myself in the morning, I find that I love my morning routine. It’s a wonderful to enjoy the quiet mornings. It’s those quiet moments I enjoy to myself before heading to work to begin a long day of projects, emails, phone calls and event planning. It’s nice to give myself that time to prepare before work.

I hope this post will make you consider removing social media from your morning routine! Make sure to leave a comment below saying why you do/don’t go on social media in the morning!

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My Night Routine For A Better Morning


I’m sure you’re thinking, “How does my night routine affect my morning routine?”

It’s simple—the less you do during your night routine, the more stress you’ll have in the morning.

Now, I know there are days where you’ll feel like you’re not going to have time to get all of this done. But it’s possible if you plan in advanced. Here are five ways to update your night routine to have a stress-free morning:

1| You have tomorrow’s meals prepared

I am big about making sure I know what I’ll be having for breakfast, my lunch is packed for work, and I know what I’ll be making for dinner when I come home the next day. It’s one less thing you have to worry about preparing in the morning. Plus, if you plan your meals ahead of time, you’re less likely to spend money going out to lunch, happy hour, or dinner for take out.

2| You have your bag packed by the door

I keep my work bag with my purse all packed and ready to go next to my outfit for the following day. That way, I know where my keys, water bottle, and files are for work the next day, and I’m not rushing around in the morning stressed out about leaving something behind. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

3| Your outfit is picked out

I hate deciding what I should wear on any given day. Also, I find that I am much more indecisive in the morning, and it takes me so much longer to pick out what to wear. It’s simple: have everything laid out and ready to go before you go to bed, and you won’t have a thing to worry about in the morning but getting ready and beginning the day.

4| You cleaned up after dinner

There is nothing worse than waking up to a dirty home that you left a disaster the night before. Don’t leave dishes in the sink or leave the living room a mess. Pick up after yourself as you go along with your night routine, so that you wake up to a clean home in the morning. If your home is messy, you’ll feel stressed out easily before you begin the day.

5| You unplug before bed

I will admit that I have a hard time doing this myself, but it’s something I’m working on every day. I try to stay off my phone for 30 minutes before going to bed. Why? It gives my mind time to relax before going to sleep. I also feel like I have a better night of sleep when I’m not staring at my phone in bed for two hours while I’m on Pinterest. This makes for a more enjoyable morning.

Are there any tips you would add to this night routine? What does your night routine look like? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Healthy or Harmful? Where to draw the line on #Fitspo


You’re having a day where you feel more fat than normal, and while aimlessly scrolling on Instagram, you search #fitspo. You’re in a sea of 120-pound bodies that are lean, beautiful and every other adjective you’re not, you begin to feel more sad and disgusted with yourself.

You think to yourself, “I’ll eat what they eat.” “I’ll work out more.” “I’ll be better than I am today.”

Sooner or later, the obsession with searching #fitspo on all social media platforms becomes an all time high. It’s all you think about. You’re constantly weary of whether or not you’re eating healthy enough or if you should work out a little longer. This harmful desire to be like these women spirals out of control, and you’re left questioning your self worth altogether.

Or there’s the alternative.

You’re ready to make a change. You’re ready to give up the cookies, the chips, the beers. You want to eat better and work out so that you feel good. It’s not about body image for you. You simply want to live a healthier lifestyle so that you can feel better.

You search #fitspo on Instagram and Pinterest for motivation: learning about quick, 10-minute workouts, or easy, vegan recipes to make for less than $5. #Fitspo becomes your daily motivation to keep track of your fitness and health goals. It’s a positive reminder that you are strong and capable of living a balanced, healthy life.

Social media has such a large impact on our self esteem and our lives in general. Whether we want to be inspired with beauty, fashion, and lifestyle information or motivated to make a healthy change to our diet our fitness routine, we tend to use social media as our end-all-be answer for what we need.

Although it’s great we have the ability search workouts on Instagram and healthy recipes on Pinterest, there is a line where fitspo can become harmful to one’s life. In a world controlled by social media, women are questioning their worth and comparing themselves now more than ever. Fitspo is adding to the low self-esteem women already have in addition to adding to the obsession of achieving unattainable body standards.

But where do we draw this line on when this is healthy or harmful? I would love to know your thoughts on this in the comments, so make sure to share your thoughts below!

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10 Things To Learn In Your 20s


Your twenties are a beautiful time where you’re learning more about yourself each day. Yes, that sounds cheesy, but it’s true! This is a time in your life where you’re constantly growing and evolving into the person you wish to become.

I think it’s important to be aware in your 20s, which is why I’m sharing 10 things you should learn during this period of your life. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what YOU think I should add to this list!

1| Learn where you came from

Family is everything. I think it’s important to find out where you come from and your family’s history. Are your parents first-generation citizens? What are some stories from your family’s past back in your home country? My dad’s side of the family has created a family tree book where they trace back our family history since the late 1800s in Italy. This was a 10-year project, and it’s something I hold onto dearly. Learning about your family’s culture is so important, so learn about the stories from your grandparents—you won’t regret it!

2| Learn how to master an interview

Point blank: you’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life for jobs, so you need to learn how to handle an interview properly. Learn what questions to ask, and what questions you shouldn’t ask. Learn how to wow your potential boss with answers that will blow him or her away. You want to know how to make a great first impression in an interview? Practice that handshake, and work on that elevator pitch (see 6 below). You will walk out of each interview confident but humble.

3| Learn when to say no

And when to say yes! The problem is that Millennials are having a difficult time saying no. We tend to take on too much, and we aren’t sure of our limits. As important as it is to say yes to golden opportunities, it’s equally important to learn when to say no and how to gracefully decline an opportunity that you simply don’t have time for. Learn that it’s okay to say no because you are only one person, and you can’t do it all. But that’s okay!

4| Learn how to be happy for others

It’s easy to get a [little] jealous of the girl who landed her her dream career in New York City, or the couple who got engaged before you. These moments can have you asking yourself: Am I not where I need to be? Should I be engaged? Should I make a career change? This leads to questioning your self worth, which isn’t necessary. Learn how to be happy for someone regardless of your current situation. Don’t feel the need to compare yourself either. We’re all going through life at our own pace.

5| Learn 10 solid dinner recipes

Because who isn’t searching “easy chicken recipes” on Pinterest every night? Don’t be the graduate who eats cereal and take-out for dinner every night. Learn a handful of recipes you can make quickly and easily while staying on a budget. I was always worried about making meals for myself, but I learned 10 or 12 recipes I love and I stick to those when I need to make dinner in a pinch. You’re taking care of yourself now, and it’s important you’re not eating PB&J every day. Follow the recipe, and learn from your mistakes if you don’t get it right the first time.

6| Learn your elevator pitch

“So tell me about yourself?” Ugh. It’s that dreaded question you hear at a networking event or an interview. It’s an opportunity where you can fall flat on your face if you don’t know about your goals and passions. An elevator pitch is a 30-second bit about you, your work, your passions, future aspirations, etc. What words you would use to describe who you are and what you’re passionate about? Find those words, recite them, and use that pitch when you meet someone professionally.

7| Learn how to be alone

I find that there are so many people who don’t know how to be alone with themselves. If they were told they couldn’t leave the house for two days, most people wouldn’t be able to handle it because they need to be around others. While I agree you shouldn’t cast off all your friends and family, it’s still beneficial to be content with your own company and to not be defined by other people. You learn so much about yourself when you spend time alone, so make the time to read, treat yourself to lunch, etc.

8| Learn how to take care of yourself

I feel like there are so many #adulting questions and problems that arise the minute you graduate. How do you change your license or address when you change states? How often do you need an oil change? And what can you bleach/not bleach in the wash? But really, there needs to be a Life 101 class prior to graduation about taxes, laundry, self care and everything in between. When in doubt, Google it, buy a book, or ask your mom and dad. I can’t tell you how often I’ve been calling my mom for cooking help. (Thanks, mom!)

9| Learn your passions

I know some many people can feel lost post-graduation, but all you need to do is ask yourself: What brings you joy? What makes you want to get up each morning? P.S. it’s okay if you have more than one passion! Write down all the things you love and make sure they are part of your routine and life. If you’re working at a job you hate, leave and find a job you love. If you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life. If you love traveling, take time off to go see the world! If you want to become a author, start writing every single day. Find your bliss, and let your passion bloom in your 20s.

10| Learn about your relationship with yourself

I can’t stress this enough. Learn about yourself, and learn how to have a relationship with yourself. Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have. If you’re hateful and negative toward yourself, that same energy will come from other relationships in your life. Learn to love yourself, and learn how to have a happy, positive relationship with yourself. If you don’t like something, accept where you are today and take the steps to change it tomorrow!

What tip is your favorite? What other tips would you add to this list? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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Why You Should Travel NOW


The last year has been a little spontaneous for me in the travel department. I had amazing opportunities to visit Pittsburgh, Albany/Saratoga Springs, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Austin and more! For me, traveling is one of the best experiences you can give to yourself.

“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”

I can’t express how true these words are. When you spend money on travel, you’re offering yourself new experiences, adventures, opportunities to learn about a different culture and city. Traveling is worth every penny, which is why I’m sharing why you should travel now instead of waiting until you’re settled in life.

You’re Young And Able:

Personally, I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to wait until you’re retired to travel. When you’re older, you may have had children, some surgeries, and other things that cause wear and tear on your body. You won’t enjoy walking 15 or more miles a day exploring a new place. You’ll spend all that money just to hang out in a hotel room. So why not go when you’re in perfect health and have the ability to enjoy all aspects of traveling?

Money Isn’t Your First Priority:

Money is all relative. Hear me out. When you’re in your 30s and 40s, you have children to worry about, you have their college funds to worry about, you have a home and mortgage to worry about. Your financial responsibility at that stage of your life is massive, so traveling might seem impossible or not a priority. When you’re young and in your 20s, you’re mostly responsible for yourself. Now is the best time to travel. Don’t get me wrong, you should focus on your savings account, but you should treat yourself to a trip or two to explore and visit a new place.

Nothing Is Standing In Your Way:

Children, marriage, buying a home, moving a for your career, and so many other things stand in the way of traveling. I’m not saying these things are a reason to not travel, but they definitely become a priority in life over traveling. So, why not travel beforehand and then focus on the next steps in your life? I feel like people think it’s easier to wait until you’re completely settled with these aspects of your life, but it’s far easier to travel without worrying about the other priorities you have.

You Won’t Regret It:

You’ll never regret traveling, but you especially won’t regret it when you’re young. Being a college graduate, it can seem IMPOSSIBLE to find the funding for travel. It may seem difficult, but I promise it’s possible. Yes, you might have to sacrifice some money in your savings to make it happen, but you won’t have to spend your entire savings in one trip. When you’re young, traveling is the best experience you can take advantage of. Not only will you cross a place off your bucket list, but you will also have stories to share and a new appreciation of a different place.

Don’t sit back and wait to travel and visit all the places on your travel bucket list. Make a plan, save up some money, and go explore the world. There are far too many beautiful places in the world, and they are worth seeing.

What are your top three places on your travel bucket list? What has been your favorite trip in the last year? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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