Holiday

New Year’s Resolutions Every 20-Something Should Make

We are just 12 short hours from a new year which means many of us are busy reflecting on the past one and setting our sights higher for the next. Whether you set “resolutions” or “intentions” or decide to focus on a single word in 2019, I have always been of the opinion that every new day, week, month, and year are all opportunities to just be better. Not better than anyone else, but better than you were before. And YES. It is 100% possible to love yourself while you work on yourself.

I’ve got all kinds of goals for this year but 4 resolutions have been on my mind. I think they’re the kind that every 20-something #femalehustler should consider, so I thought I’d share them with you in hopes that you might join me in making one or two (or all!) of them your own.

Boots  are  ON SALE ! YAAAAAAS.

Boots are ON SALE! YAAAAAAS.

1. SPEND TIME OUTSIDE, EVERY DAY.

It feels like everyone is making a dream career out of their side hustles and I couldn’t be more excited. I joined the ranks of the “self-employed” myself just two months ago, but the loss of my 30-minute commute to work has drastically reduced the amount of time I spend in the crisp NYC air. Important: fresh air is good for the soul. So in 2019 I’m making the extra effort to spend a few minutes roaming the concrete jungle everyday. If you work from home, Uber everywhere, or lock yourself in the library for hours on end, you should definitely consider joining me on my quest to become #outdoorsy (ha).

2. EAT MORE PLANTS.

Whether you do it for the environment, the animals, or your health, there’s a lot to be gained from a plant-based diet. I won’t scare you with the v* word, but there’s a 30% chance you need to increase your veggie intake. I’ve been trying to keep meat, dairy, and eggs out of my kitchen for a few months. It’s not full-blown veganism* but it’s easy and affordable. So in 2019 I’m keeping my #plantkitchen habit around and this invitation for you to join me will really kick it up a notch.

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3. INCREASE YOUR FINANCIAL LITERACY.

Finances - the bane of every 20-something-New Yorker’s existence. I grew up in a home that experienced a lot of financial instability. Pair that with the fact that I’m a rich person stuck in a poor person’s body, and I’ve managed to develop some pretty bad spending habits.

THAT’S WHY IN 2019, I’M STACKING MY PAPER.

I’m talking budgets, bank statements, savings accounts, and personal finance books… while I continue to live my best life.

First few books in the queue? You Are A Badass at Making Money, Refinery29’s Money Diaries, and Money Is Everything.

4. GET INVOLVED.

Join your neighborhood council. Go to your community meetings. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Speak up for your co-worker. Speak out about injustice. Help your aunt’s friend’s sister’s daughter ace the SAT. Be a mentor.

Your 20s are supposed to be selfish years, but that doesn’t mean every moment of them has to be. In 2019, I’ll be actively searching for ways to pay everything I’ve been given forward. Join me.


All love always xx


Boots  are  ON SALE ! YAAAAAAS.

Boots are ON SALE! YAAAAAAS.

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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