You Are What You Repeatedly Do

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” —The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Change your habits, change your life. I’ve proven this to myself in ways that have often surprised me. I quit smoking one day at a…

On Grief and Loss

Grief has resurfaced in my life in the past week. Subtle, quiet, it sneaks in and sidles up beside me, comfortable like a well-worn pair of shoes, though not nearly as loved. I was 22 years old when my mom died. Two years, eight months and two days have passed since then. I’ve had some time…

It’s Called Consumerism Because It Consumes You

At last, my friends, the resolve to pull myself out of the pit of debt I created has finally come to fruition. But as I take a moment to appreciate this hard-won victory against my credit card and spending habits, I know it is only the beginning of a longer life journey. True, eight months…

Not Selfish, Just Self-Empowered

What is it that makes someone an adult? Is there a defining moment in your life? I know it’s not age. Contrary to what I believed during my entire childhood and adolescence, it has nothing to do with having the freedom to do whatever the hell you want. I didn’t give it much thought during…

ReKindle-ing My Love of Reading

Buying a Kindle changed my life. Too dramatic? Ok, so maybe it had less to do with the Kindle and more with the fact that I gave up some bad habits in exchange for some good ones. I have always been an avid reader. The kind of girl who would check out five to seven…

Change Your Life, One Day at a Time

To preface this, I should have started this blog a long time ago. I wrote my first post with the intention to start a blog in 2014. Seven months later, and I am finally picking up where I left off. It seems only fitting that I write about how much has changed over the last year,…

Hate traffic? Put that time to better use!

You settle into the driver’s seat after eight hours at a desk and prepare yourself for the rush hour commute. It’s stressful. You hate it, and maybe you avoid it at all costs. But if you’re one of the more than 280 million Americans who drive to work1, chances are there is no getting around…

2013

As I spend the last day of 2013 reflecting on where I was last year when it began, I realize how much has changed. My thoughts are always about my shortcomings, what I need to—and haven’t—improved. But when I stop to really think about where I am at in my life, I realize I have…