How To Be Parisian

I just finished reading the book How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas

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…and I think it’s safe to say this book will be staying on my bookshelf forever!

It was so uniquely written that I felt like I was reading someone’s journal. The tips and quirks of a Parisian woman were enlightening and delightful to learn about. One of my favorites was the clip about a Parisian being late to work!

I think it is the perfect guide to being Parisian because it covers so many topics and because it advocates the concept of loving yourself & your natural beauty.

While there are aspects of their lifestyle I would like to adopt, such as their fashion sense, it also left me happier about my own quirks and habits that I don’t want to change. Overall, gaining insight into the lifestyle of a Parisian was a pleasure! It reminded me how much there is to learn about the world and the people in it.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to inject their life with a little more Parisian flair!

Au Revoir!

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Vegan Lifestyle

Lately, I’ve been looking into the vegan lifestyle to see what it’s all about, why some people do it, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and what the food pyramid consists of. After what I have seen thus far, which is mostly personal accounts from bloggers and vloggers on the internet, I am considering trying this out next week.

Why next week, you ask? Well I’ll be moving to Seattle next week and once I’m there, I will officially be in control of the food that I eat every day. Not that I’m not in control of what I eat now, but while I’m at home, it’s difficult for me to drastically change my lifestyle & such a fundamental thing about myself. So it’s not a big deal for me to wait another week. It also helps that I’m sick and going through some other health problems at the moment. That is another reason to wait to change something like that.

I’m extremely excited and yet strongly apprehensive about doing this…I’m worried I will get too lazy and not eat the right foods – particularly when around other people or when I’m out and about. Also, I’m not 100% convinced this lifestyle is for me. But I am definitely going to try because I am curious and would like to see for myself the benefits/drawbacks of being vegan. Hopefully, there will be some positive changes going on! I will be sure to document as much as I can.

The past week has been spent searching for some good recipe ideas that I can work on. I am definitely planning on consuming a TON of fruit and veggies as my main source of food. But I also want to mix things up a little so it’s not the exact same foods everyday. I ALSO understand this will be an investment, for sure. Particularly because I plan on going to farmer’s markets and such to find these delicious fruits and veggies. I want my food to be organic and delicious!

Anyway, just thought I’d share my tentative plan. Since I will be near a readily available gym when I move to Seattle, I will also be exercising much more frequently. That doesn’t mean intense training sessions, but ideally I’ll be “moving” hopefully 30-60 minutes a day. This plan gets me excited for the big changes that are ahead in my life!

Wish me luck!

They Say Confidence is Key

…and they are right!

Almost every self-help book or website you stumble across will tell you that you need to have confidence in yourself to help you make things happen.

I completely agree. If you don’t believe that you can lose those last 5 pounds or that you can win the promotion at work, who else is supposed to? By having that confidence, you’re letting the Universe know that you’re ready for whatever it throws at you and that you’ll succeed.

I say this because I’ve been watching previous Hells Kitchen episodes over the last week. Each competitor talked about the confidence they have in themselves, which can come across as cocky on occasion, but is still important to helping them succeed! Without believing in themselves, they wouldn’t make it any further in the competition.

It has been truly inspiring because I have been going through a few confidence lapses over the last few months. Things are changing in my life and I’m trying my best to stay positive throughout all of it because I know that will help me come out on top.

I just want my message today to be: believe in yourself! You are worth it and you have so much potential!

Why Parks and Recreation is My ALL Time Favorite

If you have watched this show, you absolutely know what I’m talking about. After binge-watching Seasons 1-6 twice I could not believe I had gone so long without these characters in my life!

Whenever I am in a sour mood or want to take my mind off something (and I have 20 minutes), I turn to Parks and Rec. This show has humor, it comically reveals the truth about human behaviors, and its characters welcome you in with open arms.

I may be taking this show too seriously, but all I know is how much it helped me get through the last 4 months. It’s not the healthiest option as a form of distraction, but sometimes you can’t be picky. Overall, I just seriously recommend you watch it! Some may say to start at season 2 because season 1 isn’t that great (I have mixed feelings about this). But if you’re going to watch it, why not start with season 1??

Here is when you should watch the show:

When you’re in a bad mood because Andy’s ridiculous comments or Ron Swanson’s extreme beliefs will be so absurd that you can’t help but laugh & forget why you were ever upset.

When you have 20 free minutes because why not? If you want to exercise, do some squats, push ups, and lunges while you watch. It’s a great mood booster!

When the world seems too pessimistic because it helps put things into perspective. It honestly helped me to watch Leslie Knope kicking butt at her job and loving it. While it didn’t help solve my problems, it gave me a new angle to view a job situation.

When you want to crack up because it’s impossible not to laugh when Andy puts his mouth over an entire water fountain spout or goes to multiple doctors in a day & gets his “ankles microwaved”.

Also, a little tip – head to Youtube and search for “Parks and Rec bloopers” for some hilarious clips from each season! Now go watch and laugh your butt off!!

This Will Blow Your Mind

In all my research for motivation, positivity, inspiration, and happiness…this TED Talk was by far the most impressive. It almost brought me to tears, it made me laugh out loud, and it opened my eyes to finding my own happiness.

Recently, I’ve been so convinced that I would be happy if I moved or if my surroundings changed. Shawn Achor tells us this is absolutely false. Simply changing where I am located won’t make me happy. I have to change the way I perceive things and the way I think naturally.

In his talk, he provides you with a “To-Do List” of sorts to help you work on improving your happiness. I won’t spoil them because I want you to actually watch his talk. It’s only a little over 12 minutes long and well worth it!

Let me know what you think of his talk – I’m curious!

What Would You Do If Anything Was Possible?

No, seriously. What would you do?

This question gives you permission to daydream fearlessly and to imagine a world without boundaries or limitations. Would you become President? Would you own your own dive shop in The Bahamas? Or would you direct movies? Your imagination has no limits – it’s logic that hold you (and me) back.

There are a million different things I would do if I just had the courage to take the first huge leap. Instead, I feel like I’m stuck in cement at the bottom of the ocean (…that may be a little dramatic, but it’s not wrong!)

The crazy part is that I put myself in the cement at the bottom of the ocean. I didn’t listen to my heart and got caught up in things that don’t really matter in this life. Now it’s up to me to bring myself out of it and create the positive world I so strongly desire.


Kris Allen’s song (see below) really gets me in the mood to take charge of my life.

So does this song by OneRepublic


They give me goosebumps!

Since I am not following my heart at the moment, I can’t exactly preach to you all about it. But I can tell you it’s worth trying when you find the motivation – even if it’s 5 minutes every week. Something is better than nothing.

…now go listen to those songs!

Finding Your Passion

You may have seen this title probably on every single lifestyle/inspiration blog on the planet. Now I have looked at my fair share of these as well and while they can be helpful, if you are not in the right mindset, they are meaningless to you…

What I mean is if you are feeling a bit depressed, like myself, and you go on to read 10 different “passion” articles, you’re still going to feel just as lost. All of those posts may tell you to take action somehow or to dig into your past to find out what you love. Well I’m here to tell you that PATIENCE IS THE ANSWER.

Yeah, I hate being patient just as much as the next person…but I think it’s what got me to an excited perspective on job hunting and life. I was trying SO hard to force passion into my life that I became blind to all the specific things I love in life. With a little time and space (from my own mind), I realized a few handful of things that I’ve always found interesting and would love to explore more in depth.

One of these is painting! So with my 100-day-project, I’m going to work on enhancing my painting skills (thanks to youtube and possibly a few classes here and there). This isn’t going to be super easy but I have faith that it’s possible!