The promise of a new year is often one of hope and inspiration, with many of us praying that a new year will also bring bigger and brighter things. In the wake of the garbage fire that was 2016 in can be easy to want to pin our hopes on a better year ahead, but after watching 30 new years come into being, I’ve found there’s little magic that happens simply by flipping the calendar. Continue reading
By De Elizabeth
“Self-care” has gotten a lot of air time in 2016 – and for good reason. This year was depressing, exhausting, terrifying, and maddening – and that’s just taking the election into consideration. But practicing self-care is going to be even more important in 2017. We’re all anxious to leave 2016 behind, but I have a sinking feeling that next year won’t be much better – from a political standpoint. In just 20 days, we’re saying goodbye to Obama and hello to Trump for four years. Continue reading
I am a New Year’s resolution pro. Not in that I successfully keep to all the resolutions I set, but rather, in that I’m really practiced in setting them. I’ve forever viewed those well-intentioned commitments as my opportunity to become a heathier, happier, more successful, and generally better person across all boards. Resolutions satisfy the perfection craving part of my soul. Continue reading
One of the best things I did this year was join a women’s indoor soccer league.
I know, I know, it sounds sort of lame. The teenage version of myself cannot stop rolling her eyes. A bunch of grown women out there on a Friday night flailing around on the soccer field sounds incredibly pathetic. I get it. Continue reading
By Abby Flynn
In 2013 my roommates and I hosted possibly one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties of all time. Sure afterwards our carpets were stained with red wine, we found random hair extensions all over the house, and our ears continued ringing for days after. But that’s all just part of the experience, right? Not to mention a super hunky blonde haired guy showed up that night who just happens to now be my husband. Continue reading
The other day on my way to work, I got an email back from an editor who liked an application I submitted to write for her site… a year ago.
I laughed out loud but it wasn’t that funny.
See, a year ago, I was a wreck. I was 23, out of college, and trying to get articles placed in any outlet that would take them on top of managing a spa and doing freelance massage therapy and English tutoring. All I wanted was to be a full-time reporter and that was all my parents – who texted me every morning with some variation of, “Job?” – wanted, too. Continue reading
By Eliza David
To say that 2016 was a rollercoaster is an understatement. We went through a lot this year: violence in the streets, endless high-profile deaths, and – of course – the most polarizing presidential election in recent history. One thing, however, that remains constant for all girlbosses is the grind. The hustle never sleeps but it needs to recharge before we usher it into the New Year.
With the holidays, family commitments, and festive celebrations taking up your already-packed schedule, how do you find time to map out your grind for the New Year? Continue reading
Oh 2016, you were a hard one. I achieved some important goals, failed at others, and suffered through one too many anxiety attacks. I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I ruminated. There were times when I felt like the happiest woman in the world, and times when I felt like the world was about to disintegrate. But through it all, I never stopped learning. Here are some of the biggest lessons and bits of wisdom I learned from 2016: Continue reading
Winter gets such a bad rap. Most people face it as a trial they have to go through in order to finally reach the glory of spring. I respectfully beg to differ. Having grown up in Georgia and North Carolina I love having four distinct seasons, winter included. After living in north central Florida for a year and a half where winter lasted for about a week and a half and native Floridians put on winter parkas as soon as the temperatures dropped below 65, I knew someday I wanted to move somewhere that understood the concept of four distinct seasons. Thankfully, my wish came true and this past summer my husband and I moved to North Carolina. As we enter the winter season, I am reminded again why I love it so much, even on the days I whine about it being too cold. Continue reading
I myself, much like De, fell in love with the silver ombré hair trend and decided to give it a try. The ombré is an excellent hairstyle because it requires very little salon maintenance. It can grow out and still look pretty much the same. Unfortunately, committing to this hairstyle meant bleaching my hair more than once. Bleach is extremely damaging to the hair as it strips it of its color instead of directly dyeing over it like regular hair dye.
Although the ombré style is great and requires very little in-house upkeep, I do have to put an extra amount of care into my at-home hair routine. I worked hard this past year to keep my hair moisturized, as I wasn’t about to give up my hair health for a single trend. Through that maintenance, I’ve discovered these 5 techniques that, despite all the bleaching, have helped to keep my hair as healthy as possible: Continue reading