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Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas

It was around this time last year that I launched this blog. I remember it pretty vividly. I spent weeks putting it together- writing a few posts, playing with the layout, and picking out fonts. I was so excited about my new creative outlet that I worked late into the night, in bed next to my mom and sister while they slept. It was only when the sun rose that I’d quit typing and close my laptop.

Fast forward 365 days- I have a room to call my own and rent to pay every month. I haven’t blogged very much but my passion for writing/sharing/connecting is alive and well. It’s been a year and a half since I graduated from college, I’ve started my med school interviews, and I’ve left my full-time job. Life is a whirlwind… or a highway…

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But enough about that for now. The real purpose of this post is to wish you well during this season. I hope you find a little bit of peace today amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. I hope you find time to spend with those you love (your pets, your plants, and yourself, included). I hope that if this season should bring you pain, you find a way to work through it… or sit in it… or just feel it. Do what feels right.

And perhaps above all, I pray that if you’re in a position to spread holiday cheer, that you find a way to do so. Gratitude for everything you’ve been given is best expressed by sharing it with whoever you can. That’s the stuff that matters.

Happy Holidays, mi gente.

All love always xx

A Holiday Message from Me(z)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS MY PEOPLE!

Having the nerve to build this space was one thing, but the love and support you've given me has been the most incredible freakin' gift. It wasn't wrapped and sitting under my Christmas tree this morning but it's meant the world to me. Thank you for laughing with me. For tolerating my Instagram car-rides and bathroom music videos. For helping me spread kindness. For supporting female hustle. FOR BEING A HUSTLER YOURSELF. I appreciate you and I hope you find your own reasons to be happy and hopeful today.

I know sometimes the holidays can be so freakin' difficult. They're weird that way- joyful for many and not-so-merry for others.  I know that because I've been there... so I see you. I know what it's like to to put your younger siblings first. To open nothing on Christmas day and have to listen to your friends talk about everything they got. To have no special dinner or traditions. To feel left out. I get that... I SEE YOU. 

That's why I'm here to let you know that however you feel today, it's okay. If you're feeling #blessed, yaaas I'm happy for you. May this remind you of all the things in your life you have to be grateful for. Writing this has certainly reminded me. But if you're stressed or sad or lonely or "over it"- that's okay- I get you too. I've been there... so trust me when I say that things will get better. Find something to celebrate. Remember that you are here. Sometimes that's enough to humble you.

I'll be over here celebrating the fact that you've read this. For that I'll be forever grateful. 

All love and realness always, xx

Big ears since (before) '99

Big ears since (before) '99

Mom was too busy taking the photos, so here she is.

Mom was too busy taking the photos, so here she is.

A Gift Guide For The Last-Minute Shopper

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Happy Monday my people! Lord knows if you wait any longer to do your holiday shopping you'll have to face the wrath of a bitter-but-they-won't-admit-it parent, and a sibling that isn't afraid to tell you you suck.

But first.. let's take a second to acknowledge that Amazon Prime's free 2-day shipping was God's answer to every procrastinator's prayers.

7-10 business days?! I don't know how I ever had that kind of patience.

That's why every single thing I included in this gift guide is Prime-able, so you can still get it in time for the holidays without paying more for shipping than you did for the gift (because that's the worst). And being that I'm a broke twenty-something myself, there's something for every budget. From 0 to 549, real quick.

 

For the bookworm...


For the sound-obsessed...
 

 
 


For the gym rat or fitness newbie...


For the #HUSTLER...

 
 


For the die-hard smoothie drinker...

For the really pre-med pre-med...

 

For smaller gifts and stocking stuffers...

For me personally the most stressful thing about the holidays is having to ball on a budget. I'm always stuck somewhere between wanting to get the people I love really nice things, and needing to eat (lol). 

I'll leave you with this: no gift is too small for the dope people in your life. If you can't splurge on a VitaMix, then opt for a NutriBullet. If you can't afford a NutriBullet, then I'm sure they'd love new smoothie recipes. And if that's still out of reach for you (there's no shame here!), then try making your own recipe book with love ($0). 

Seriously. It's always better to go the "hand-made with love" route than to show up empty-handed because you were too embarrassed to make your gift and didn't have the funds to buy one. The people who truly appreciate you will love that you made the extra effort. And if your "friends" are upset that you couldn't afford bigger gifts, then maybe you should re-evaluate your friendships. #realtalk

Sending you all of my love and holiday cheer from the Big Apple... have a great week! xx