Think back on your life two years ago..

What were you like? What things interested you? Caused you stress? Brought you joy?

Now look at your life today…

I don’t know about you but, for me, everything is different. In the past two years my world has been emptied and filled, kicked and hugged, tossed and turned, flipped upside-down…I consistently preached that “everything happens for a reason” but never believed it– until now.

I gave up fear and gained life. I discovered a new career path, more friends, a greater appreciation for family, a better relationship with eating and exercise. The list goes on. The person I was two years ago would have panicked at the thought of doing what I do today. Every day is different and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve fallen in love with living and that brings tears to my eyes.

I don’t have it all figured out– anxiety and stress still plague me sometimes– but isn’t that normal? The key is to deal with those feelings as they come rather than living in a constant state of “safety” to avoid them. If you’re unhappy with something in your life, crave change, desire freedom…make it happen. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. You have control. Own that shit.


PS: I’m not even going to pretend to come up with an excuse for my lack of blogging. Le sigh. But I’m definitely still here and a picture-heavy July Favorites is coming your way very, very soon. In the meantime, feel free to stay in contact via Instagram and my slightly-sassy Twitter.

Here’s to a little more life…


I’ve resurfaced from the depths of insanity…yet again. I’ll save the sob story (…there isn’t one) and apologies and skip right into the good stuff. Yesterday, I made the executive decision (while under the influence of coffee) to start filming videos. While I may not have the time or energy to sit down and write posts, I can definitely whip out my phone or camera and document whatever may be happening in my life. Is that awkward? Slightly. Or maybe that’s just me. But it’s worth a shot, eh?

Now that you’ve listened to me ramble for 4+ minutes, I’ll bombard you with photos. A lot happened over the past few weeks; I got drunk ‘celebrated America’, moved into my first solo-apartment, started exercising again– minimal cardio, lots of weights, ate good food (duh), and managed to squeeze in a 24-hour trip to visit my family and get my hair done. Cue picture vomit.

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Here’s to a happy, healthy life…


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Whew. This month

The past 30 days are kind of a blur. From finding a new apartment and preparing for my move (this weekend!) to starting a new job and dealing with major car issues, a lot has happened. Everything is coming together though and I’m so excited about this new, unexpected chapter. Life is beautiful. 

June 2014 Favorites

Fashion & Beauty:

outfit repeating // tank tops // natural makeup // messy buns // bright nails // not shopping (at all)

June Favorites

Food & Fitness:

snack bars // the stair master // squats // mimosas // salad bars // new cafes // sweet potato fries

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working (a lot) // home decor shopping // reading // organization // sleeping in // family visits

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Another month filled with an assortment of amazing memories.

I hope you’ll forgive me for my lack of posting this month. With both my magazine internship and PR job being computer-based, it’s hard for me to stare at the screen any longer than necessary. But I’m definitely not going anywhere. I love Build Your Bliss and I’m so thankful for all of the friendships and opportunities that have resulted from it. Thank you for sticking with me.

Here’s to a month of change…


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This. This is the chilling truth.

Our time is so limited…so precious…and yet we continually wish it all away in a search for comfort. We live with a false assumption that happiness lies in tomorrow or the next day. It doesn’t. It never will. Happiness is within us right this second, we must simple learn to feel it.

Here’s to treasuring today…


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Routine used to be my best friend.

Every day was planned, calculated and executed in a particular way. I always woke up at the same time, did the same workouts, ate the same meals, worked the same hours, and made sure I was home early enough and in bed when the clock striked 9. I lived my life on repeat. Why? Because it was comfortable. I feared the unknown and thrived off of the safety my routine provided.

Looking back, I can’t believe it. I have very few vivid memories from that time in my life because there was nothing to remember. Everything was the same.

I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened but, somewhere along the way, I realized that I didn’t want to live like that anymore. I wanted freedom from the monotony. Like waking up from a really long, bad dream, I began to see clearly again and rediscovering the beautiful world that I’d forgotten.


Do I eat a perfect, balanced diet? Hell no. Do I work out as often as I used to? Negative. Have I gained weight? Yep. Do things get messy sometimes? You bet. Do I always get the recommended 8-hours of sleep? HA. But do those things that make me irresponsible? No. They make me human.

We’re conditioned to believe that ‘perfection’ is synonymous with ‘success’. It’s not. The only measure of success is your happiness and the only judge of that is you. Stop convincing yourself that you’re not good enough, smart enough, healthy enough, etc. You are. Get out there and own it.

Here’s to waking up…


I’m alive. Promise.

This is the longest ‘break’ I’ve taken from blogging since Build Your Bliss began over a year ago and, I assure you, It was far from intentional. Like I mentioned in my last two posts, things have been a little crazy over here and my head is forever spinning. But you know what? I’m happy. Really happy.

I also hinted at a few potential changes that I didn’t want to share until they were confirmed…

1. I’m moving

2. I got [another] job

I’ll delve into more detail about each in a future post but I figured it was about time I share the news. I’m not leaving LA, merely moving into an apartment of my own. Ah! Words cannot explain how excited I am. The job opportunity presented itself completely unexpectedly and, after one short week, I can say that I absolutely love it. I’m now working part-time as an account executive for a beauty and lifestyle PR company….along with my internship for the magazine and job at the restaurant. Whew.

And with all that being said, cue the picture vomit…

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Here’s to loving the crazy…


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Remember how I mentioned that everything seems to happen at once? It’s still happening.

After having a mile long to-do list all week, I finally feel like I’m [mostly] caught up on everything. I promise I’ll have more details to share soon and I’ll be back to my regular scheduled blogging asap. For now, I have two days off from my day job and I’m heading out for an overnight escape.


Here’s to the beauty of a little rest…



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