December 31, 2016

5 Links Worth Clicking

Well the weekend is here and so is the last day of 2016. I hope you all had a wonderful year and if not, embraced the things you learned to have a better year. Here are 5 links that I found over the course of this week and thought you might like them too!

Happy New Year's Eve!

An Introvert's Playlist: 15 Songs That Will Help You Stop Overthinking

Born Hatin': Why Some People Dislike Everything

Maybe Success Just Feels Like This

Trust is a tricky thing

Have a wonderful day!

December 29, 2016

My Biggest Communication Pet Peeve

We've all been there. You answer the phone or walk through the door and before you can get out a single thought, an hour has passed by. At first you were engaging and attentive, but as time slipped by, so did your attention span and level of patience. By the time he/she finished, you're exhausted and forgot what you wanted to say and end the "conversation." On one hand you want to be there, but on the other hand you realize this is a one way conversation...and it keeps happening. The concept of a dialogue has been lost, forgotten and abandoned at sea.

So clearly I've experienced this and still do on occasion, but I'm happy to report there is a solution..well kinda. So let's begin with how you address your beloved chatterbox. The first thing to realize is they probably have no idea they're doing this. Most people wouldn't purposefully make another (especially a friend) feel excluded. My friend is a great example. There have been times when I set the phone down, walked away, went to the bathroom, cooked a gourmet meal, cleaned my room, typed this blog post, and she was still going when I came back. I might have exaggerated a tad, but you get my point and besides this frustrating habit she's a great person.

So with that in mind, you can say how you feel and be mindful all at the same time. You can start by interjecting yourself more into the conversation. That way the topic is about both of you. I'd like to point out, there's nothing wrong with talking about oneself. The issue arises when that's the entirety of the conversation. Next you can simply let them know how you feel. Yes, it's uncomfortable, but it's better than letting it continue and harboring negative feelings.

At the end of the day communication is key on both ends and takes effort, patience and understanding. Too often people stop talking over a misunderstanding that could’ve been resolved if they were open with their feelings. So with that in mind, let’s all take steps to being better communicators with ourselves and one another.  

Have a wonderful day!

December 26, 2016

Signs You Are Starry Eyed

As a small girl creating stories, drawing and daydreaming has shaped who I am today. The beauty of being starry eyed is I can see the silver lining in most situations and find creativity on the most mundane days. Everything has the making to be an incredible story. A huge downfall of looking at life through rose colored glasses is I can lose track of reality. While dreaming is fun, it can't be a top priority all the time. There are to-do lists that need to be checked off, work to do and classes to attend.

In spite of being a bit too idealistic,  I can honestly say it has influenced me to keep me going. This mindset kept me persevering, inspired and hopeful during rough times. Best of all, it inspired me to create this website. Sometimes we have to learn to work with our personality and not against it. I've found ways to use my weaknesses to my advantage.

Check out the list below to see if you share the same starry eyed characteristics

1. You enjoy going for long drives with no destination

2. Your notebook is filled with more illustrations and doodles than actual notes

3. You miss half of what the professor is saying because you're daydreaming of an amazing idea

4. You can see the beauty and silver lining in every situation

5. Your walls are covered in sticky notes and fairy lights

6. You love light and airy music

7. You personify inanimate objects (maybe that's just me!)

"Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground"


Have a wonderful day!

December 23, 2016

When No Leads You to Yes

Graduating from college was a moment I’ll never forget. Four years of typing papers with tired fingers, hours spent studying in the library and commuting to an internship by foot all lead to this moment. It rained all morning, but nothing could dampen my mood. I was ready to walk across that stage and shake hands with the university’s president. It was a defining moment that showed I could accomplish anything. 

Shortly after, those feelings dissipated. Constant resume revisions, follow ups, and emails lead me to a brick wall each time. Receiving one rejection email after another had me reflecting on the past and regretting every opportunity I didn't go after. Suddenly I felt inadequate and hopeless. Eventually I got a temp job that I couldn't stand, but it was a start. Anything was a start.

I decided to go after something I said I wouldn't for at least a year...grad school. The thing I didn't want I got into with practically no effort. I paid the fee, sent in my application, took the GRE (which I barely studied for) and was almost instantly accepted. A week later I moved and haven't looked back since.

The very thing I avoided has been one of the best things to happen to me this year. I'm working towards making my dreams a reality. Recently I completed a social media/marketing internship with a magazine based in New York and learned so much! My blog has grown and now I'm submitting my work to my favorite magazines. Everything is falling into place.

Although those months where I felt like my world stopped spinning hurt, it lead me to right where I needed and wanted to be. All the bad pushed me to pursue better.

"Rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success."- Bo Bennett

Have a wonderful day!

December 21, 2016

Phone Cases for the Aspiring Mermaid in Your Life

At some point in my childhood, I went through a mermaid phase. We can thank Ariel for that, as well as her singing sea creature friends and dreamy love interest, Eric. There's nothing I wanted more than hair that stayed perfect in the water and a sparkly tail to guide me through the depths of the sea. 

I'm so grateful for these memories. It was a time where many of us sought exploration through our imagination. Something money couldn't buy. That same spark is still in me and you, we just have to dig a little deeper. 

While I'll never have cute fish friends or the ability to live underwater, a girl can still dream... and make purchases to feel a little closer than before! If you have any fellow wannabe mermaids in your life, these phone cases would make a great gift especially since Christmas is right around the corner! 

Let me know which one is your favorite! 

Liquid Flowing Glitter Case
Shell Phone Case
Seafoam Faux Glitter Case
Moroccan Tile Print Case
Mermaid Scales Case
Mermaid Bling Fish Scale Case
I'm Really a Mermaid Case
Mermaid Tail Case
Mermaid Kisses, Starfish Wishes

December 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Tech Lovers

My biggest weakness when it comes to spending would have to be tech products. I love editing and creating on the computer so I'm always searching for add-ons, plugins, textures and anything else that could help me with the design process. I recently purchased a class from Brit + Co to sharpen up my Adobe Illustrator skills. It was so insightful and well worth the money.

With all this in mind, I knew I had to make a gift guide for my fellow tech lovers. I think people shy away from buying tech products because there's an assumption it's going to be really expensive. Hopefully there are some products here that won't break the bank and bring a smile to your loved ones' face.

What products would you like to have from this list?

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Have a wonderful day!