Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween…

IMG_5527…and welcome to the 3rd installment of my bad-luck saga.

I literally feel like I’m walking around with a rain cloud above my head. I’ve been an emotional wreck for the past few days but I’m desperately trying to find some humor in it all. And I’m hoping that [if I stay positive] things will turn around soon. Until then I’ll be eating Lucky Charms, avoiding black cats, and taking extra precaution around salt, mirrors, and ladders. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Disclaimer: I’ll be back to my regular posting schedule as soon as things settle down again. Promise.

Here’s to finding some luck on the ‘unluckiest day of the year’…


I’m not having the best day week. 

Between being sick, my car not starting, having all of my bills roll in a once, and just feeling blah, it has been a rough few days. I had a little breakdown this morning and now I’m moving on. It’s okay to feel defeated and exhausted sometimes, we all do. What’s important is that you pick yourself, brush yourself off, and keep going. Life’s balance always restores itself somehow. Thank God for that.

IMG_0024You may have noticed that the theme and content of Build Your Bliss has shifted over the past few months. I used to share workouts and fitness advice on a regular basis but, to be honest, that’s just not where my heart is anymore. I want to have a voice. I want to help people realize that they deserve bliss and freedom, no matter what. I want to write about things that interest me, things that fascinate me. I want to focus on living and sharing every aspect of these beautiful opportunities I’m given. Are health and fitness still important to me? Of course. But I’ve found a balance between happy and healthy that I didn’t have before. My priorities have changed and my blog is following suit.

I can’t tell you exactly what’s to come (I don’t even know yet), just know that the winds of change are blowing and I’m really, really excited about it. My goal is for Build Your Bliss to be a place where anyone and everyone can come for inspiration, laughs, a peek into my life, or merely to be reminded that things are never perfect. We all have bad days and that’s what makes the good ones so special.

I’m ready for this blog to grow and I hope you’ll join me for the ride.

Here’s to the future of Build Your Bliss…


Disclaimer: This is not a ‘peek into my week’ post.

I apologize, I really do. I take pride in the fact that this blog is a direct reflection of me and today I just wasn’t feeling it. This week was filled with major ups and downs: I spent a day with my best friend shopping and giggling like we were back in high-school, I invested in an iPad, I met/signed with a commercial print agent, I had another small photo-shoot this morning (see below)…all wonderful things. I also rear-ended someone, went over my minutes on my cell-phone, paid a lot of bills, and watched my family issues escalate….not so wonderful. But, these things will pass. They always do.

IMG_5484So, despite the highs and lows, I’m smiling. You should too. Whatever negative energy you’re holding on to, let it go. Channel your inner happiness and then spread it. It’s amazing what a smile can do.



Here’s to embracing a wonky week…


I’m not going to lie, I had a completely different post drafted for today. I wrote it, edited it, and was seconds away from hitting “publish” when I came across this image…

34a387a511b31135cd79b366bf3bbf80My skin crawls with goosebumps and I get tears in my eyes every time I read that.

I’ve spent so many days, months, and years with laser-beam focus on my career. I was conditioned to believe that happiness came from success and success came from hard-work and a steadfast dedication to work. I was wrong. Working hard and striving to reach a particular goal is important, but without family, health, friends, and integrity the success you achieve doesn’t have much of an impact. 

Find happiness and allow that to fuel you on  your path towards success. Not the other way around. The most important things in life aren’t bought or earned, they’re within you and all around you. 

Here’s to the important things in life…


Something major took place this weekend…

IMG_5448Hello, beautiful.

Yep, I bought a 21.5″ iMac computer. And as I sit here typing, I still can’t quite believe it. I decided to bite the bullet and finally invest in a new computer for a number of reasons;

1. My Macbook Pro was 7+ years old and the software was out of date
2. I’m planning to expand my blogging and [hopefully] move into filming/editing videos
3. I need to start building credit

Woah, what? What does buying a computer have to do with my credit?

I’m in my early 20’s and I have yet to have a credit card under my name. Now, I’m perfectly okay with that- I’d actually prefer to go my entire life without one- but society doesn’t work that way. Having a good credit score is crucial if I ever want to buy a car, buy a house, get a loan, etc. and I need a credit card to do that. So, I’ve been weighing the options with my mom over the past few months and was trying to come up with the most practical solution. Enter my need for a new computer…

After doing some research, I discovered that Apple offers their own credit card. If you’re approved, you qualify for 12-18 month no interest financing on any in-store purchase. Um, yes please. I applied for their credit card, bought my iMac, and will be making payments on it every month. #imabigkidnow

This year has been all about growing up for me: I turned 21 [became legal], started paying all of my own bills, experienced working 2 jobs, got a credit card, and began to discover the things that truly make me happy. I’m so different from the girl I was on January 1st and I love how far I’ve come.

Growing up can be overwhelming but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We’re conditioned  to believe that adulthood is solely filled with stress and anxiety but it’s really a matter of perspective. The responsibilities grow but so do the rewards. If you find reasons to be happy, you will be happy.

7ebfa309200ac7bbb268333496dd0458Here’s to growing up…


Yeee! We’ve made it to another Friday. I wish that meant relaxing time but, for me, it just means prepping for a weekend of work. Anyone with a job in the food industry can relate, I’m sure. My bank account and I are definitely not complaining though. The bills never stop rolling in…

Busy weeks always fly by- it’s a blessing and a curse. I love it but simultaneously wish time would slow down a little bit. The happier I get, the more I want to hold on to each precious moment.

Alright, I’m done rambling. Here’s my week in a nutshell- hopefully you’ll link up so I can see yours!

PeekIntoMyWeekLinkA Peek Into My Week 10/12-10/18:

Things I Did:

1. Had installment #3 of girl’s night

It was Shelby’s week to host and she whipped up goat cheese & spinach ravioli (YUM), salad, and garlic bread. Wine, Clueless, and lots of gossiping rounded out the night. Perfect.


2. Busted out the autumn colors

It’s still not cool enough in LA to bring out the heavy jackets and knit scarves but I got in the autumn spirit by wear warmer colors (orange, brown, maroon, etc.), light scarves, and boots.

IMG_54353. Used my crock-pot 

Yeah, I’ve had it for 2 years now and finally took it out of the box this week (#lazygirlprobs).

4. Discovered a new favorite lunch spot 

My friends have been raving about this place for as long as I can remember but I never ventured in until now. I’m officially in love. They’re vegetarian menu is awesome and this kale ceasar rocked my world.

IMG_54325. Ran

On Thursday night I had a horrible dream and, when I woke up, it was impossible to go back to sleep. I had the random urge to run so I headed over to the gym and did just that. Holy smokes…First of all, frustration must have fueled me because I have no idea how I squeezed out 7 miles after not running in forever. Second of all, my legs currently feel like lead. If you need me, I’ll be foam rolling.

Things I Learned:

1. Chipotle finally has vegetarian-friendly pinto beans (source)

2. It’s a record when NYC goes a week without murders (source)

3. The government is back…at least until January 15th (source)

4. The hunt for Christian Grey continues (source)

5. When you’ve done all you can do for someone, it’s okay to step away

5185c527484ac1b4cc3b4d85e47e73beAnd now it’s your turn! Remember that there are no rules for these posts. Share whatever you’d like, in whatever format you’d like. Have fun and I can’t wait to take a peek into your week!

Here’s to loving the life we’re living…


I talk about happiness a lot on this blog. I established in my first post that bliss and happiness go hand-in-hand and we’re all on a journey to discover that. From our friends and family, to our careers, to our hobbies and beliefs, it’s crucial that we’re always in tune with what we want and what brings us joy. When it comes to creating happiness, we have full control- we just need to learn how to use it.

Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere shared a post the other day that I absolutely loved. It’s a simple list of 8 things that “happy” women have. Emily got inspiration from this post and then created her own list and I was inspired to follow suit. I highly encourage you to do the same for yourself!

8 Things Every Happy Woman Should Have:

1. A go-to drink: Red wine (favorite: cabarnet sauvignon) or beer (favorite: IPA’s) and I never say ‘no’ to a good sangria or mimosa. I’m generally not a fan of hard liquor and tend to steer clear of it.

2. A go-to karaoke song: Miss Independent by Kelly Clarkson

3. A uniform: Straight-leg jeans (dark wash), white t-shirt, boots, and lots of jewelry. 

4. A hair stylist they love: Tasi at Eclectic Chic. Always and forever. 

5. An exercise routine: Gym 3-4 days/week and walking. 

6. A hobby: So many. Writing, reading, exploring, shopping/thrifting, blogging, etc. 

7. A best friend: I’ve been blessed with a handful of amazing best friends; a few from high school (Shelby, Claire, Melissa), a few from work (Rick, Tara, Ryan), and a few from college (Desiree, Tiffany). And, of course, my mom and sister will always be my two best friends in the entire world. 

8. A healthy sense of self: This is something I’m constantly working on. I can say that I’m more confident and happy now than I’ve ever been and I’ve truly begun to discover myself over the past few months. Certain circumstances have helped put life into perspective and I’m thankful for that. I’m rediscovering my sass and spunk more and more each day and I love the way it feels. 

IMG_5397Obviously the majority of these answers are ever-changing but, regardless, they say a lot about the person that you are at this moment in your life. They show what (and who) matters and what doesn’t. We’re all different and that’s what makes us beautiful. Stay true to you. Make yourself happy.

side note: don’t forget about the “peek into my week” link-up this friday! I’d love for you to join!

Here’s to being happy women…