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Happy Friday! Got anything fun planned? This is going to be a fun and relaxing weekend – aside from a movie and pizza night, the weekend is completely unplanned. I hope you enjoy your time too and be sure to check out this week’s Five Links Friday…
1) 16 chic IKEA hacks.
2) 30-day spring cleaning plan.
3) Nail tips from an expert.
4) 10 words every woman should learn.
5) This is awesome. The meaning of your name and how it impacts your future.
Have you ever tried infused water? It’s healthy, hydrating and so good. It’s also really easy to make. You could buy an infuser, but don’t let not having one stop you from trying it. You can achieve the same results if you toss whatever mix of fruit you want in a tall glass or pitcher. The most important thing is to try – trust me, you won’t regret it.
My favorite mixes of moment are strawberry and pineapple and strawberry, blueberry, mint and lemon. With the weather heating up, I’m looking forward to branching out and thought I’d share 15 recipes that are on my “must try” list. Just keep this in mind – you don’t have to get fancy or follow an exact recipe. Slice up or if appropriate, muddle some fruit and add some fresh, crushed herbs if you’re in the mood. Fill a bottle, pitcher or tall glasses or mason jars with cold, filtered still or sparkling water and garnish with some of the following flavor combinations:…
My friend and I were hanging up after a long conversation and she told me to “take care of myself.” I smiled and absent mindedly said that I would. Then she paused and said, “Cristel, I mean it, take good care of yourself. There’s a lot going on right now.” My friend’s insistence made me stop. It made me think. Then it made me consider all of the ways, large and small, that I really could take better care of myself. Since running away to the beach isn’t an option, I decided to make a list of 10 simple pleasures that make life a little sweeter and more relaxing. I hope you’ll find one or two ideas that you can incorporate into your life too: …
Got anything fun planned this weekend? The next couple of days will be busy – we’re doing some serious spring cleaning today (a perfect way to celebrate the last day of winter). Tomorrow we’ll be cheering on our 13-year old at her track meet. Hopefully, Sunday will be all about enjoying the rain and a little R&R. Cheers and check out Five Links Friday below…
1) Atlanta’s getting a BHLDN store – I’m obsessed.
2) Quotes, quotes, quotes…can’t get enough. Here are some inspiring thoughts to ponder by Sarah Blakely.
3) Boss School is a real thing.
4) 10 fashion trends for Spring 2015.
5) How to be a good friend.
If it’s not obvious by now, I love quotes. I read them all the time to stay energized. The source doesn’t really matter – it’s about the message. It’s comforting to know that there’s someone in the world with a similar mindset and a willingness to share and encourage others. Lately, I’ve been gravitating toward quotes about perseverance and a positive attitude. They’ve been an important source of inspiration in the first three months of this exciting and tumultuous year…which brings me to my blog. One of my last posts was all about how life was settling down and that I was ready to pick up my regular posting schedule. Then things flared up again.
Honestly, I was ready to shelve everything until things got better and then I had an epiphany – things might not get better. It was time to accept the fact that life can be unpredictable and if my blog was important, I needed to figure it out. I needed to go. So that’s what I did….
Got anything fun planned this weekend? It will be rainy and cold this weekend so I’m staying in and doing some organizing. I love all things beautiful and in their place, so the next couple of days should be a pretty relaxing. Have a good one and Five Links Friday options are below…
1) The top 12 destination spas in the world.
2) Great way to start the day – breakfast smoothie bowls.
3) Fun for your feet.
4) Just in case you’re on an organizing kick too – 52 ideas.
Have you ever felt passion for someone or something? Think about it. Wasn’t it amazing? Now think about work. Have you ever had these feelings for your job? I’ve been in nonprofit for years and care deeply about my work – but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I felt that spark of passion. I was assigned a short-term fundraising project that was so big it felt impossible to complete. Once I got over my fears, I mapped out a plan with my volunteers and we got to work. Something about the nature of the project, its mission and potential impact moved us – we were determined to be successful. The days flew by, each one better than the next and new opportunities and ideas were flowing – I had never felt more alive.
It was a struggle after the project was brought to a successful end. I found it difficult to continue showing up at work without that deep sense of engagement and passion. I now knew that it was possible to be excited about my job. I also knew that I was capable of far more than I had ever realized. It was a wake-up call to take control of my career and look for work that would allow me to make a difference and reach my full potential.
How much energy do you have for your job and organization right now? If you’re stuck, how do you figure out what you’re passionate about? Here is an interesting article about passion at work and five questions you can ask yourself to figure out how to ignite that spark:
1. What do I love to do?
2. How can I be the best version of myself at work?…
Hey there! Sorry for the radio silence. This month got off to a fast start, but not quite in the way I expected. I sat on a jury for a fascinating, but mentally draining civil case and our home life has undergone some happy but dramatic changes. It’s been hard to see little movement on my 2015 goals – but I’m back on track and will be posting regularly again. I’m also slowly making progress on other goals I want to achieve this year. I share all of this to encourage you (and myself) to keep moving. The unplanned life events that cropped up serve as gentle reminders to remain focused, persistent and most important, flexible. This isn’t the first and it certainly won’t be the last time I’ll get sidetracked for reasons beyond my control. Staying the course, however, is a choice I can and will continue to make each day. I’m keeping Isak Denisen’s wise words top of mind, “when you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”
Image: Wana Sekander
Happy Near Year! I love fresh starts and this year feels like it’s going to be special – a lot of hard work, but special nonetheless. It’s almost time to return to everyday life so I hope your weekend is relaxing and restorative. Why not kick things off by checking out this week’s Five Links Friday options? Cheers!
1) Kev and I will be in Los Angeles this summer and I can’t wait to try the restaurants in Oh Joy’s food guide.
2) 22 ways to simplify your life.
3) Easy French detox to cleanse your body for the new year.
4) How to make a crisp waffle.
5) A Clean Slate – La Dolce Vita’s mix of inspiring quotes and gorgeous interiors/apparel.
What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? I hosted a party last year and we had a good time so we’re doing it again. You might have noticed that I mention spiced cider in older posts – it’s because I love it. Kevin makes the absolute best cider and he’s whipping up a batch tonight. Here’s his very simple and tasty recipe:
4-5 cups cider, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 3 ounces spiced rum (optional), cinnamon sticks to garnish. Bring it to a simmer and turn the heat on low or pour into an insulated dispenser.
Otherwise we’ll have the usual fare – beer, wine, non-alcoholic holiday punch and of course, champagne. Be safe, be merry and Happy New Year!
As you look ahead, have the things you think are important in life, also known as values, changed? What do you want to experience and achieve? Take some time to dream about every aspect of your life. If you couldn’t fail, what would your life look like as it relates to your physical and mental health? What about your home and family, spirituality, finances, career, and social life? Writing your goals down creates a map that can keep you on your custom designed path to success.
You can accomplish a lot in 12 months -believe it. Here are 6 goal setting tips that can help make your dreams real:
1. Write your goals in a positive or affirmative voice.
First, promise to write your goals down. Please do not skip the step. It’s also important to write in a positive voice. The beauty of dreaming is that you automatically focus only on the things you want – not on what you want to avoid. Writing goals in a strictly positive voice is critical to the process. Your conscious mind is at work during goal setting, but your subconscious mind benefits most because it is designed to carry out instructions. It doesn’t judge or determine what’s right or wrong, it just works. Start off strong by making sure that the goals you create are written down and positive.
2. Give yourself something to reach for.
Don’t cheat yourself here – create goals that make you stretch. Create goals that make you excited and maybe even a teeny bit scared. Shoot for the moon!…