Reflecting on Thirty

I can’t believe it’s already been a full year since my 30th birthday. Just 365 days ago I was on my way to Palm Springs, car loaded up with suitcases, pool floaties in the shape of swans and donuts, groceries, and of course some of my closest girlfriends. I had one of the most memorable and special birthday weekends of my life and I’m not sure I’ll be able to top that this year, but that’s okay. Thirty One is going to be different anyways. In a good way.

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Taking A Break

In more ways than one, and just in the last six months, I have stopped dead in my tracks, taken a deep breath, and changed gears. Slightly started walking a different direction. Because the path I was on just wasn’t working out.

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Remembering How to Feel Grateful

This last week proved to be one of the most personally challenging weeks I’ve endured in a long time. With the current events happening around our country; the protests, the anger, the discrimination, there has been even stronger acts of love, support, and strength towards those who need it most. And despite everything, I have run into my own set of hurdles that I am trying hard to get past.

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Why I Marched

I marched because I realized how fortunate I was to have a president for the last 8 years, from when I was 22 to 30 years old, who was as compassionate, as kind, and as presidential as he was. This was our first American president who openly supported gay marriage. He openly supported women’s rights. He openly supported every American. He allowed me to become an adult in a world where these things were NORMAL. And the threat of these things being taken away is too much to bear.

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The Cool Girls We Look Up To: Katie Austin

January is National Fitness month, so naturally, I spoke to the truly inspiring, Katie Austin, who, just in her early 20’s, is already starting her own fitness brand and movement. Get Fit With Katie motivates and inspires young girls to work out at home, eat healthy on a budget, and not worry about being the skinniest, but rather the most confident and empowering person you can be for yourself.

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Weekend Getaway: Laguna Beach

One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is the close proximity of dozens of mini-vacations on less than a tank of gas. If you travel one hour outside of the city in, virtually, any direction, you will find yourself in a completely different landscape, giving yourself the ultimate escape for not a lot of work.

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A New Year…

I rarely make New Years resolutions… Mainly, in the past, I’ve set unrealistic goals and have never really followed through with them. However, I think setting goals in general is healthy and today I’m feeling refreshed and at peace with my current life situation.

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Let’s Talk About: Career

Oh, the C word: Career. As a young girl, I knew that I would eventually grow up and become a “career woman”. That term was still kind of new to our generation. Most of the moms I knew, including my own, did not work. They were housewives, staying home and raising the kids. But looking back, growing up to not work wasn’t ever really an option.

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Women I Follow

For as long as the internet and social media have been around, I’ve always been drawn to follow incredible women who are making a mark in this world. Whether it’s founder of a tech company, fashion line, or even a mommy from the midwest, there are some serious girl bosses across the world who are totally worth following.

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Morocco (Part Three): Essaouria

When you think of Morocco you think of bustling medinas, colorful souks, camel riding in the desert, mint tea and tagine. What you might not realize is that Morocco has quite a few incredible beach cities, Essaouria being one of them. With castle like walls, blue rusted boats bobbing together in the harbor, and the smell of the salty sea mixed with Moroccan spices constantly enveloping the air, Essaouria was like no beach town I had ever been to. And it was the perfect place to end our adventure in North Africa.

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Morocco (Part Two): The Sahara Desert

There are some things in life that might be on your bucket list and will remain there for years. Those experiences that are just so far out there, too outlandish to truly make a reality. The things we know we want to do but we label them as “someday” because of money or distance or time. For me, riding a camel in the Sahara Desert to sleep under a blanket of stars was one of those experiences I truly never thought would come true.

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Morocco (Part One): Marrakesh

Exactly one year ago, I traveled to the most incredible place I’ve ever been to: Morocco. My boyfriend and I spent 7 full days getting lost in the medina of Marrakesh, driving through the winding roads of the Atlas Mountains, trekking across the Sahara desert on the back of a camel to sleep underneath a curtain of stars, and finally relax on the beaches of Essaouria.

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