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5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space

Posted in Lifestyle
on October 19, 2016


Prior to beginning my journey with minimalism, my office space was unnecessarily cluttered with unused organization, papers I didn’t need, and trinkets that wouldn’t fit in the space. Now, I’ve transformed my office at home and at work into an organized, minimal space. I’m sharing five things you can remove from your office space to achieve a more minimal, clean space for you to work and have a productive day!

1| Unnecessary organization

If you have five file organizers, but you’re only use one—why keep the rest? Do you have a drawer organizer for supplies you don’t use? Donate it, or find a way to use it in your home. When you keep unnecessary organization items, you’re giving yourself a reason to have more clutter in your home. Don’t give yourself a reason to get more things you don’t need. Remember, eliminate instead of organize.

2| Papers and receipts you don’t need

I am so guilty of this because I keep my receipts until I know everything has been processed in my bank account or until I pay my credit card statement. But sometimes this leads to me not throwing out receipts from several months ago. Don’t hoard paper clutter of any kind. It’s distracting and leaves you unproductive because you’re focused on a mess at your desk.

3| Things that don’t belong

Do you have random storage in your office space like old photos you haven’t looked at in 10 years, makeup, jewelry, and everything in between? Get. rid. of. it. Make sure your designated office space only has the things you need for your office. The rest of the items can go where they belong. Don’t make your desk a place to store other things in your house.

4| Extra, unnecessary supplies

There is no reason any human being should keep pens that don’t work, or any other extra supplies when they don’t use them. I simply don’t need or use tacks and paper clips. Guess how many paperclips and tacks I had? Way. Too. Many. It didn’t make sense. Instead, I kept the essentials, and made sure to remove anything I didn’t use regularly or even sparingly. Trust me, you’ll love only keeping items you need.

5| Clutter

You know the type of people who have their desk filled with so much stuff, you wonder how they even have space to work at their desk? Don’t be that person! You don’t need a stack of magazines, three plants, a jewelry stand, your makeup supplies, a mirror, and other random items on your desk for decoration or to fill space. Only keep what is necessary for you to work, and remove the rest and put it in a designated space.

What do you need to remove from your office? What other things would you remove from your office space that weren’t on this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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10 Ways to Improve Your Mood (in 10 Minutes or Less)

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 30, 2016


Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to be going right? You’ve been trying to turn your day around, but you can’t stop thinking of that stressful work meeting, an important project for school. Or, maybe you haven’t had enough time for yourself recently. Today, I’m sharing 10 ways to improve your mood in under 10 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about taking up a ton of your time.

1| Compliment Someone and Mean It

One of the easiest ways to reduce a little stress and improve your mood is by giving someone a genuine comment. Think about it: it makes you feel good when someone compliments you, so why not give an honest compliment to cheer someone else up? You’ll feel the happy affects just as much as the person you’re complimenting.

2| Watch a Funny YouTube Video

There are millions of quick, funny videos you can find. If all else fails, and you can’t find a video, type in: “Funny cat videos” or “funny dog videos,” and I’m sure you’ll find more than enough content to get you through 10 hours. Just remember not to get too carried away if you decide to watch a video on your break!

3| Call a Friend/Family Member

Call a friend or your mom for 10 minutes on your lunch break to have a chat and catch up on your day. I always talk to my mom and dad on my drive to work, and I find that I’m happy when I go into work because I’ve had connection with a loved one before I begin a long, stressful day.

4| Focus on Your Breath

If you want to remove any stress and improve your mood immediately, follow this breathing patterns: 1. Breathe in for four seconds 2. Hold your breath for seven seconds 3. Breathe out for eight seconds. Repeat this two or three times. You’ll naturally feel less stressed and your mood will improve with ease.

5| Set a Timer for 10 Minutes and Clean Something

Clean something in your home. Make sure you set a timer for 10 minutes, so you don’t get too involved with cleaning.  Cleaning your space helps you cross of some tasks off your to-do list, so you’re not going to worry about it later. And, a clean space means a clean mind, which means an easy way to add a little bliss in your life in a short amount of time.

6| Journal

You can search a writing prompt online, or you can you write anything on your mind. Or, maybe you want to make a list of things you have to do for the week. Writing can help improve your mood especially if you’re writing about things that have been bothering you. Use it as stress-relieving method.

7| Take a Power Nap

One of the most underrated things you can do is to set a timer for 10 minutes and allow yourself time for a power nap. If you’re having a long, exhausting day, a quick nap can improve your mood and give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. Power naps were my go-to activity in college when I was on the go from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

8| Make/Play a Calming Playlist

Have a playlist on your phone or computer that you can play whenever you’re feeling upset, stressed, angry, etc. Compile a collection of songs that will lift you up and make you feel good. No matter what negative mood you’re feeling, you’ll be able to turn it around with your customized, blissful playlist.

9| Think of What You’re Thankful For

Better yet, write down the things you’re thankful for. Then, whenever you need a reminder to lift your spirits, you can reference all your blessings in life to put everything in perspective. We all can get lost by worrying about the little things, but the reality is—you need think big picture and not stress so much.

10| 10-Minute Workout

“Is a ten-minute work even worth it?!” YES, girl—it is! Whether you decide to stretch in your office for 10 minutes, or you throw together a work and easy workout in your dorm room to do before your next class, working out releases a happy-mood endorphin. Whatever type of day you’re having, your mood will improve immediately after a little workout.

What other tips do you use to help improve your mood? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Ki Signature



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10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on September 26, 2016


Whether blogging is your full-time career, a side hustle, or a hobby—it’s important to give yourself some time for self care throughout the process. Today I’m sharing some self-care tips I practice as a blogger, and how you can incorporate them into your routine. For my fellow bloggers, you will be able to add a little bliss to your life knowing you’re balancing your blog and everything in between.

1| Don’t let blogging get in the way

By this I mean, don’t let blogging become your only focus. There is so much more to life than your blog. Don’t let it become priority over your children, spouse, family, friends or your well-being altogether. It’s important to love your blog and give it your all, but don’t lose track of the big picture. Remember to balance your blog, family, friends and time for yourself.

2| Step back when you’re stressed

If posting five days a week stresses you out, and you haven’t been able to sleep well for weeks on end—change your posting schedule to three time a week. If you have a lot going on in your personal life, take a step back from your blog and focus on what you need to focus on in your life. It’s okay to time when life becomes too much. Your readers will be forgiving!

3| Take social media breaks

I take my social media breaks on the weekends. For me, taking a break from social media is important because it can be the most stressful component of blogging. Having two or three days where you’re not worrying about Twitter chats, relevant hashtags, and creating gorgeous, Instagram-worthy content is helpful for your self-care routine as a blogger.

4| Unplug consistently

Whether you set an alarm for 8 p.m. and unplug, or you don’t go on social media at all two days a week—make sure you unplug from social media. Blogging isn’t just about writing posts and taking photos. It’s all-consuming with the addition of social media. Don’t feel like you need to be “on the clock” with social media seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Give yourself time when you unplug from the digital world completely and rest.

5| Be mindful and focused

When I talk about “mindfulness,” I ask that you are present when you’re blogging. Stay focused when you do set aside two hours for writing that new post you’re excited about. Don’t let your mind wander, play YouTube videos in the background. Have no distractions so that when you’re done blogging, you will feel accomplished and satisfied.

6| Have a schedule

Many bloggers work on their blog every day for more than eight hours a day because there are posts to write, photos to edit and social media content to create. Instead, focus on creating a schedule for blogging so that you’re not over-working yourself. For example, work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on everything blogging-related, then give yourself time to focus on cooking, cleaning and other life commitments.

7| Stop comparing yourself

Don’t look at another blogger and play the comparison game. “She has such a beautiful Instagram theme. Maybe I don’t have as many followers because my theme isn’t like hers.” This is only one example, but there are so many ways you can compare yourself to other bloggers in the community. Remember, your blog, theme, and posts are completely original to what YOU want and that’s wonderful. Don’t compare yourself and put yourself down.

8|Schedule off-screen time

Between your laptop, iPhone, TV, etc. there is so much time we spend staring at a screen. Make sure you have time every day when you’re away from your electronics. Get outside for a walk, do a workout at home, read, go out for coffee with your friend, have a spontaneous date night, or visit family. Enjoy time offline and don’t forget to have a life outside of your blog.

9| Take time/days off

How many bloggers do something for their blog (even if it’s only 30 minutes of work) at some point during the day. You need time off. You deserve time off and you deserve a break from blogging. You won’t hard every day, and you need to let your mind recharge from its work. Schedule days off when you don’t work on your blog or stress about your blog either.

10|Take time for yourself

While you’re juggling your blog, work, family, friends, and everything else in life, don’t forget that you need time for YOURSELF! Schedule time for self care whether that’s treating yourself to a massage, creating a workout routine, or having a hobby you enjoy. Don’t forget to give yourself a little love because you’re doing great even if you don’t think you are. Remember that!

What tips would you add to the list? Make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Ki Signature



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5 Ways to Succeed at Work in Your 20s

Posted in Lifestyle
on August 24, 2016

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As a Marketing Director, I’ve learned a lot about my position in the field over the last few months. Recently, I’ve been given positive feedback from corporate management on how I’ve handled this job. I want to share how you can be a 20-something, get noticed and succeed at your job even if you’re first starting out. If you have any additional tips to share on this topic, make sure to leave a comment below on how you’ve been succeeding at your job!

1| Do the tasks no one else want to do.

I know what you’re probably thinking. “Why would I want to the tedious, busy work no one wants to do?” It’s simple: it shows you’re willing to put in the work. You should even do this if you’re in a position of power. Even though I’m a Marketing Director with an assistant and interns, I would never ask them to do a task unless I’ve done it myself. I believe it’s important as a leader to show you’ve done the time-consuming tasks that no one wants to do. When an intern accepts these tasks willingly, I think very highly of them.

2| Come in early.

Don’t be the 20-something employee who strolls in at 8:33 a.m. If there’s one quality I admire in a leader or worker, it’s someone who is willing to come into work 15 minutes early to make sure they’re all set and working by the time work begins. It shows you’re committed to your job and you’re ready to begin the day. When you walk in late, take extra time to get settled into work and don’t start until 8:50 or later, that’s something I noticed as a negative trait. Go to work prepared for the day.

3| Ask for more work.

If you finish a project at 3 p.m., don’t wait around and catch up on social media and pretend to be busy for the last two hours of work. Instead, go out of your way to ask for more work, or to begin a new project a little earlier than you anticipated. You’re showing that you’re capable of more responsibilities and you’re able to complete projects in a timely matter. This will make a positive impression at work.

4| Learn when to speak up and shut up.

I say this with the kindest intentions. It is so important to share your thoughts and ideas at a company; but it is equally important to know when to keep quiet and listen to others as well. Know when you should or shouldn’t talk in meetings. However, if  you’re directly asked to share your ideas for a project—speak up! You will be recognized by your coworkers even if your idea isn’t necessarily used.

5| Dress/Work for the job you want.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” It’s equally important to work for the job you want as well. If you’re starting out as an assistant, but you want to work as a director—make sure you’re working toward that goal. Dress professionally and work professionally so that your coworkers or boss can see you’re a qualified candidate to move up within the company. Don’t do the bare minimum at work. Work hard and you will see the results of that hard work.

What tips would you add to this list? How have you worked to get yourself noticed at your job? Make sure to leave a comment below!


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5 Ways You’re Washing Your Face Wrong

Posted in Beauty
on June 20, 2016


I’m going to be honest—I take my skin care routine very seriously.

I’m the person who can’t even get into bed without taking off her makeup and washing her face. And I’ve been that way for so many years. Growing up with acne problems in middle school and early high school was rough, so now that I have perfected my skincare routine, I appreciate having clear skin.

My friends ask for skincare advice and tips all the time. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of my favorite skincare tips with you.

1 | You Wash Your Face Twice A Day

You’re probably thinking…what?! But it’s true. You might be doing more harm than good if you’re washing your face twice a day. You only need to wash your face at night because your skin is exposed to bacteria, which is why I recommend removing your makeup and then washing your skin thoroughly. Washing your skin again in the morning might be causing dryness and irritation to your skin. Skip your morning face wash in the morning. You will notice a difference!

2| You Use The Wrong Products For Your Skin Type

I am a big advocate on educating yourself to learn about your skin type and what products you need to use based on your skin type. If you have dry skin, you shouldn’t be using a regular toner. If you have oily skin, you should make sure your skin products are appropriate for oily skin. I find it amazing how so many people don’t know their skin type, and they don’t realize they’re using products that are causing breakouts, dryness and irritation. It’s important to learn about your skin, so you can treat it properly.

3| You Don’t Moisturize Afterwards

I feel like I shouldn’t be writing this because it’s so straight forward, but so many people don’t use moisturizer. It baffles me maybe because I’ve been so crazy about my skincare routine for so long that it’s second nature to me. Find a moisturizer that’s good for your skin type and use it daily. And don’t skimp out on moisturizer at night! There’s a common misconception that you don’t need to use moisturizer if your skin feels hydrated and healthy, but that’s simply not the case. For other people, it’s comes down to be lazy. Please don’t be that person, and moisturize your skin.

4| You Wash Your Face With Hot Water

Girl, I feel you. The LAST thing you want to do is to wash your skin with freezing cold water at the end of a long day doesn’t sound fun at all. But, if you’re looking for how you can improve your skincare routine, this might be your best bet. Hot water is another way you might be drying out your skin or irritating your skin, which can lead to breakouts and redness over time. Instead, wash your face with cool water (don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be ice cold) at night to better your routine.

5| You Don’t Wash Long Enough

It’s like brushing your teeth, we all don’t brush for the full two minutes. Well, maybe some do, but that’s besides the point. The average person washes their face for about five seconds. Only five seconds! That’s not enough time to remove the makeup, bacteria and dirt from the entire day. You need to take a full 20 seconds to clean your skin thoroughly. Because you’re only washing your skin once a day (see tip 1) you need to ensure you’re getting all the dirt and bacteria out from your skin. Make sure to rinse your skin with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

What skin tip did you learn from this post? What other skin tips do you have? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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