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Fall Favorites

There is nothing quite like fall. The smell of PSL’s (Pumpkin Spice Lattes) in the air, the sound of walking on crisp leaves, the chill that touches your skin, the sweaters, the boots, the pumpkins, the fall festivals, the movies and decorations. I mean what is there not to love about fall? I am lucky to live in Tennessee, where fall happens to be beautiful! When fall comes, everything is coated in an array of colors from golden yellows, burnt orange, and deep reds. The landscape is vivid and bold and the temperature is cool and crisp. Here are just a few of some of my favorite fall things from fall movies, to activities, to clothing and food. This post is guaranteed to get you in the mood for all things fall!

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Why You Should Elope… Kinda

If you are in the midst of wedding planning, you are probably stressed beyond your mind, trying to find venues, trying to make everyone happy, and trying to not spend a fortune on your wedding (not to mention the pressure of dealing with COVID!). Well that’s what pushed us to elope. We finally realized that no venue was “us”, that we couldn’t make everyone happy, and that we didn’t want to spend a fortune on a wedding. After months of searching, I finally found the company Simply Eloped. Read on to learn more about our elopement, helpful tips, and pros and cons of modern eloping.

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Unveiling Imposter Syndrome

I remember my first experience with Imposter Syndrome. It was not fun, it was confusing and led me to lots of self doubt. Well apparently, I am not alone! Actually, tons of people, even people like Melinda Gates and Michelle Obama have confessed to feeling like an imposter. So what is Imposter Syndrome? Read more to learn more about what it is, who it affects and how to overcome it. Let’s bring out the best version of you after reading this article about unveiling Imposter Syndrome.

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A Letter to Women

A letter to you, to women. May you spend a moment reading a letter of encouragement and advice and find the time to reflect on what you would write to other women, to young girls or even a younger version of yourself. Leave your note to women and girls in the comments.

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Book Review: Learn about Women’s Issues in a New Light by Reading ‘The Moment of Lift’ by Melinda Gates

I read Melinda Gates’ book, The Moment of Lift, twice. Which is a first for me, I don’t ever read books twice! Not only did I read it twice, but I have gone back to reference it multiple times, with more sentences highlighted then I wish to admit. Gates’ writing is poetic, her stories awe inspiring, and her knowledge and passion contagious. In this book you will not only learn about the impact of empowered women on all of society, but also how to institute change management in societies where culture, norms and religion have overridden science and equality. The book directs you to root causes you never thought of, presents eye opening data, challenges you to find creative solutions to persisting problems, and leaves you wanting to jump out of your seat to make a difference.  Whether you are a man or a woman, you will be delighted and educated on many topics while reading The Moment of Lift. Read my blog to get a sneak peek of some key takeaways from the book.

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Routines or Chaos… or both?

Have you ever been on a vacation or a summer break and thought to yourself “I can’t wait to get back into a routine again”? For many, this is the case, after periods of inconsistency, or chaos, we start to crave a habitual routine. Everyone talks about the power of routines and the power of habit, others talk about the power of rest and vacations, but what about the power of planned ambiguity and chaos. As humans, it is clear that we thrive on routine and the power of habits. What if routines are only possibly, only beneficial when used intermittently, when used with periods of ambiguity or perhaps even chaos.  What if the only way to get into a routine, to crave routine, to thrive off of routine, is to intentionally plan periods of ambiguity and chaos between periods of routine. Read on to learn more about my approach to routines and planned ambiguity.

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Work-Life Balance and Toxic Work

Work-life balance cannot be a one-size fits all, but the phrase has definitely been used in that way lately. When an individual says “I need more work-life balance”, it can mean a plethora of things from “I work too much” to “I miss my family” to “I am unhappy at my job”. So let’s dive into this feeling of imbalance, identify if a toxic work environment is a leading cause, and see if we can help you find NOT “work-life balance” but instead contentment in your current place of life.

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Setting Goals that Stick

According to Inc.com, approximately 80% of people who make New Year’s goals have quit pursuing them by mid-February. If you’re one of those people, you are not alone, but let’s help you identify your opportunities to improve your goal setting because I bet you have some pretty awesome goals. You can and will achieve all the goals you have set out for yourself!

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How to Set a Personal Budget

Setting a personal budget can feel like a huge task to accomplish, however I’m here to argue that it can be pretty quick and simple with major life benefits. With basic tips you can start taking off into a world of financial freedom. Setting a personal budget will give you better understanding and control of your financial habits, give you the tools to prioritize your spending, assure you are saving for the big things you want in life, and give you peace of mind. So let’s get to budgeting!

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Quick ways to De-stress

Stress and anxiety is a problem that practically everyone feels at one point in their life, and some more regularly and more intense than others. Let’s walk through five quick ways to lower your blood pressure right now and get you in a place of inner peace and contentment. Now, take a deep breathe and read on.

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At Home Workout: No Equipment

Enjoy this free 45-60 minute at home no equipment needed workout! This full body workout will strengthen your arms, legs and abs as well as get your heart rate up and lengthen and stretch those muscles. You will definitely be sore even with no weights!

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Book Review: Challenge the Way You Think by Reading Think Again

The book Think Again, by Adam Grant, is incredibly relevant as it addresses the polarization in our society and how we all could be a little more open minded by thinking more like a scientist every day. In a constantly changing world, Grant challenges us to rethink everything we may have grown up learning in school or stereotypes we may unconsciously hold. You will learn how to have a real debate, the joy of being wrong, how you could change someone’s mind on a passionate topic, our tendencies of binary bias, and how your future life plans may not be right for you anymore. I recommend reading the book, but I have provided some great takeaways for you to enjoy for now.

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Your 10 Minute Daily Stretching Routine

The benefits of stretching is about being able to pick your kids up without pulling out your back, being able to sit at a computer desk all day and avoid getting neck strain and headaches, it’s about taking a moment to breathe deep and slow every day to relax and push out all the anxiety and chaos of the day. When you stretch, you get blood flowing to not only your muscles, but also your brain, delivering necessary oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. So here is your daily 10 minute full body stretching routine, guaranteed to make you feel better today.

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How to be an Anti-Procrastinator

Procrastination. We’ve all been there, we can’t get ourselves to write the paper, make the doctor appointment, finish the shelving in the garage, get our workout in, do the laundry or write the email until perhaps it’s absolutely last minute and the consequences are too high not to do it. This post will help give advice to procrastinators on how to actually get that work done you keep saying you will. This post may also help some of my anti-procrastinators stay curious about their procrastinating friends and family members.

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Daily Mantras for Women

Self love and acceptance is so important, but not modeled a lot. When we have a world full of women who are confident and love themselves, we will be an unstoppable world, a world full of less bitterness and competition, but filled with growth and empowerment. When we stop believing the lies in our head and the lies in society, I believe women can rise together and change the world as we know it. We must address those lies and be reminded daily of the truth. Here are a few mantras I want you to say out loud, then follow a journal prompt and repeat your truth throughout the day.

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Rainy Day Activities at the House

April showers bring May flowers. It’s spring time, which means spring showers and being stuck in the house on a rainy day. Although being stuck inside isn’t the most exciting, especially after all this quarantine, maybe rainy days don’t have to be so dreaded. I have come to really enjoy rainy days. I see rainy days as opportunities to take a deep breath and get creative on new activities. Here are 15 of my favorite rainy day activities.

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Must See Streaming Documentaries

I love a good documentary, especially one that leaves you thinking or pondering the things you thought you knew. During quarantine many of us were able to catch up on TV shows, movies and documentaries. I definitely had the chance to catch up on a lot of shows and documentaries. These are some of my favorite documentaries and docuseries, all on Netflix unless otherwise stated. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!

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