Read This When You Feel Like Giving Up

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By Jillian Stacia

Keep going.

Sometimes, life is hard and crazy and full of ridiculous shit that makes you want to throw in the towel and ask “why me?”. But you can’t. You have to keep going. You have to put one foot in front of the other. The only way out is through.

Keep going.

Even when your head is pounding and your heart is tired and you just want to stop trying. You’re almost there. You’re at the breaking point. You’re reaching the top of the mountain. It’s all downhill from here. Continue reading

3 Intentions I’m Setting This Summer

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By Kate Kole

My favorite way to complete a fitness class or yoga practice is by taking a quiet moment to create and commit to an intention, focus, or vision for the rest of the day. I often notice that I’ll choose the same word – gratitude, joy, or love – or the same string of words – to live a meaningful life – for weeks at a time. It’s almost as if each month serves as its own mini season in my life. Setting aside the time to be still, I typically discover precisely what it is that I need more of as I roll up my mat and reenter the world.

In some ways, I gravitate towards the idea of setting intentions even more than I do towards setting goals. I love the way they encourage dedication to a way of being, without a concrete start/stop date. They aren’t as much about succeeding, or failing, but rather, persisting. With tomorrow marking the official start to summer, I’ve decided to set my sights on these 3 intentions over the next few months: Continue reading

How Meditation Has Changed My Life

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By Kristina Baltutis

Recently, my partner and I went on a two night camping trip with our dogs. The second morning, I was lying on a picnic table, looking up at the trees, and pondering the irony that this place was a beautiful spot to meditate, but I hadn’t stopped to meditate once. Letting out a wistful sigh, I commented as such to my partner.

You’ve been on vacation relaxing, I think you’ll be fine,” he responded.

Looking back on it now, his response doesn’t seem that absurd. He’s seen me meditating, and since we hadn’t talked about it, how would he know that within my quiet outward appearance, my mind is always a swirling war of distraction. But in the moment, I was very confused because his response didn’t make any sense. To me, relaxation and meditation are barely related. They’re more like distant cousins who occasionally see each other at Thanksgiving dinner. After a few moments of staring at him in confusion, my mind landed on the stunning conclusion: He has no idea why I meditate. Continue reading

10 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up the Third Trimester

By De Elizabeth

Let’s be real: the first trimester of pregnancy is pretty terrible, but the second is like a little vacation. You feel energetic and hungry again, and basically like your normal self. But then comes the third trimester, which is a whole other beast entirely. In some ways, you find yourself nostalgic for the first few weeks; sure you were nauseous as hell, but at least you could move around, tie your shoes, and sleep through the night without getting up seven million times to pee. You know, the good ol’ days. With that in mind, here are some gifs that just perfectly describe the last stage of pregnancy. Continue reading

11 Items To Stock Up On Next Time You’re At Trader Joe’s

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By Kate Kole

In college, Trader Joe’s was my most serious long-distance relationship. With 2 ½ hours between campus and our closest TJ’s location, my roommate and I would eagerly anticipate care packages full of our beloved goodies and we’d stock our backseats full of groceries to bring back to school after every break.

In the 8 years since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to live in places with closer proximity to Trader Joe’s. Meaning, my trips are much more frequent and my kitchen is rarely without my favorite finds. While I could undoubtedly create a list of 100 products worth purchasing, these 11 are the ones I buy in bulk. Because, God forbid I go a day without coconut oil. Continue reading

You Already Know

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By Kate Kole

Listen to your own voice, your own soul. Too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves. – Leon Brown

A few years ago, my mom created a memory chest for me. She filled it with high school yearbooks, significant newspaper clippings, cross country and soccer posters, report cards, and my favorite 101 Dalmatians hat that served as my primary wardrobe staple for the better part of early childhood. I have a slight suspicion that the chest came to be, in part, so I could have access to my most sentimental artifacts, and in (larger) part, so my parents could finally – and without guilt – say sayonara(!) to my shotty kindergarten “artwork”. Continue reading

10 Things No One Tells You About Your First Trimester

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By Jillian Stacia

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Pregnancy is different for everyone, but all can agree that it’s an intense, life altering experience. Having just made it through the first trimester myself, the one thing I appreciated the most was honesty. And because we believe in keeping it real, here’s a no BS, tried and true list of what you can actually expect during your first few months of pregnancy: Continue reading

7 Things That Were Worth My Time Last Month…And 3 Things That Weren’t

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By Kate Kole

I know that yes, technically I have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé. But even if that is true, I still don’t always feel like I have enough hours to do all the things I want and need to do. It inevitably seems like certain items on my TDL go left unchecked, and if I’m being completely honest, other tasks that didn’t even make the original list (ahem, a Modern Family rerun and a “quick” Target stop) manage to get crossed off.

For the sake of time management and better utilizing those same 24 hours in the day that Queen Bey and I share, I’m taking a closer look at what’s been worth my time lately, and what hasn’t. Continue reading

The Gifts I Gained Through Minimizing

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By Kate Kole

I’ve experienced the craving to live with less for a while. Not to create scarcity or restriction in my life, but rather, to live simply and more intentionally. Put in the kitchiest of ways, to have a place for everything, everything in its place, and for all of those deliberately chosen and placed items to have a purpose.

So, room by room, closet by closet, and drawer by drawer, I set out to trash, recycle, and donate all the excess stuff I’ve managed to accumulate in the last 30 years. When I habitually found myself unable to sleep at 4 am, I rolled out of bed and began tackling one project at a time. Surprisingly, the sorting, decluttering, and tossing became therapeutic. It felt freeing to quite literally let shit go. Continue reading

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Experiencing Imposter Syndrome

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By Julie Winsel

I started a new job three months ago. Everything about it was new to me: the industry, the responsibilities, and the goals of the position. In those three months, I have been trained, I have been active and successful in my job, and I have royally screwed up.

The screw ups are what trip me up every time. I immediately get flashbacks to my old job where I felt like I was stumbling and overwhelmed, like a failure. They create an immediate and powerful mental block where I feel like it would be best if I just snuck out and never came back. Continue reading