We leave for Amsterdam today. And a couple days after exploring the city, we will be on our way to Africa—Tanzania and then Rwanda, to be more specific. For almost 3 weeks. I can’t believe this trip is finally here. Over a year ago, the first seeds of the trip were planted, and this little trip spawned a ripple effect of changes.
Interviews can be extremely stressful. I can attest, because I have been interviewing and changing jobs on what feels like a biennial basis. When I heard my younger brother say he had an interview for a graduate school program last week, I racked my brain for something tangible or words of advice I could offer him. I settled on sending him a video clip. It’s the same one that a dear friend had sent me a few years ago before an interview. It has become part of my go-to routine before any interview, and it has significantly boosted my confidence and eased my anxiety.
I wrote earlier this week about my resolution to strive for balance this year. I decided that it would be easiest for me to make small changes each week to gain momentum. This week, I opted for 3 simple healthy changes that I knew could be achievable and would produce noticeable benefits in my week. Since I ended up feeling more relaxed, yet energized this week, I thought I would share these 3 changes with you.
I learned a lot in 2016. I learned a lot about my work, my relationships and the world. And most importantly, I looked inward (a lot.) and learned a lot about myself. If I could sum up 2016 in one word, it would be awareness. Awareness of strengths, my flaws, my insecurities, my potential and my impact on those around me. Although none of these experiences were brought on by significant traumas or terrible crises, the situations I put myself in this year were catalysts for exponential change within my own life.
Andy and I did not get around to taking, or sending out Christmas cards this year. Although, I was still able to take a few snapshots for someone else’s cards. My sister asked if I would take photos of her cute little family, and I happily obliged. I was a mildly nervous, since portraits are a new territory for me. We lucked out with the weather and Hank, their German Shorthaired Pointer was the perfect model. I was beyond happy with how they came out and thought I would share a couple of my favorites with you.
There is something so special about this time of year. While we were in Iceland, despite it being November, the streets and storefronts were lined with Christmas decorations (and a light dusting of snow to boot). It made the experience of walking through Reykjavik that much more memorable. I really enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit all December long and taking full advantage of each and every cookie, cocktail and movie I can until January 1st. We already put up our tree, sticking to our tradition I talked about here, and additionally, I compiled a personal list of various Christmas related things I would love to do the remainder of the month.
I don’t know when I became such a fan of online shopping, but it happened somewhere between my detest for malls and crowds and my love for being in yoga pants with a glass of wine doing my favorite form of cardio, online shopping. I probably do 95% of my clothes shopping online, which also contributes to many trips to the post office to make returns, but it pales in comparison to being hangry and dependent on an annoyed salesperson to help me find my size. With Christmas right around the corner, and all of this talk about Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday upon us, I thought I would share my tried and true online shopping tips to save money during the holidays.
Earning extra cash is always nice. Whether you’ve been eyeing a new Marc Jacobs clutch, or planning for an upcoming vacation (in my case, it’s both), having more spending money is clutch for those months leading up to big purchases. Especially with Christmas right around the corner! I stumbled upon Poshmark recently and it has proved to be a win-win for me. I have been trying to minimize the amount of clothes in my closet, but felt that many of my items still retailed their value. I discovered that with snapping a few photos, I was able to convert unworn clothing into cash. Instant game-changer.