Why That Fairy Tale Mindset Needs to End

Almost every single childhood fairy tale story or movie has the same storyline: woman needs rescued, man saves the day. The end. After recently re-watching this Sex and the City episode and simultaneously reading a chapter in Shauna Niequist’s Bittersweet titled “Princess-free Zone” I got to thinking about how destructive this fairy tale mindset actually is. One simple line from the chapter stuck out to me: “It drives me bonkers when women depend instead on their sexuality or their fragility. I think there’s a better way.”  I couldn’t agree more. We women grew up watching movies and reading stories and playing dolls where the male figure sweeps in […]

5 Things Your Habits Say About You

Happy happy Monday lovelies! How was your weekend? This past weekend was one of my favorite couple of days I’ve had in awhile {stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post for more details!}. Over the weekend I also read this RELEVANT Magazine article about our daily habits – and how they affect our interactions and experiences with other people. Habits are patterns of our daily decisions and repeated behavior and I think it’s really important to analyze whether the habits you’ve formed are beneficial and healthy or toxic and destructive. Over the years, I’ve discovered it’s much easier to break a positive and life-giving habits {say, […]

advice for today.

It’s no surprise that I love reading inspirational and advice-focused pieces on the Huffington Post {evidence here, here and here} . This recent article by life coach Christine Hassler is no exception. She shares that 20-somethings are often bombarded with pressure, expectations, confusion and anxiety and writes a letter to a 20-something version of herself. I loved the her honest and empowering advice and the whole article reminder me of my Dear Young Me letters {here and here}. Find the article here. Please don’t be so hard on yourself. Be gentle. Speak to yourself in more loving and encouraging ways. Your inner dialogue is the […]

What You Deserve

My lovely friend Maddie passed along this article from Thought Catalog that left me speechless to be honest. The author, Chelsea Pagan, shares her eloquent and compassionate reminder that you deserve so very much out of life – to feel beautiful, to love your body, to appreciate yourself and your everyday life, to accept love, to accept other people, to try your very best and to be okay with just being okay. You magnificent queens deserve all of these things mentioned in the below article but that doesn’t mean they will happen with the snap of your fingers. I hope you remember you do indeed […]

the opposite of loneliness

Below is an excerpt from a Yale Daily News article by recent Yale graduate Marina Keegan. She passed away last Saturday a week after graduation- I found the words in her article inspiring and haunting at the same time. She has some important reminders for those graduating college, but also anyone embarking on a new adventure or phase of life. Hope you enjoy as much as I did!  — We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, and what I’m […]

there is enough time

A little over a year ago, I was gifted the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. The book documents how and why to be thankful for the “here and now”; to live a life counting blessings. It’s definitely a favorite – I still find myself flipping through the book at random times! I found an excerpt of her book recently posted on her blog and knew I needed to re-share. We live in a culture that is so focused on rushing, on being in a hurry to get to the next place in life {both literally and figuratively.} Today I’m working on breathing deep and […]