mindful living

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic

 
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Did you know that about 8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into the ocean each year? That is more than the amount of fish that are in the ocean. Most of the plastic that gets dumped into the ocean is broken into smaller pieces from sun exposure and wave action, then finding its way into the food chain and being consumed by sea life. If we don’t start making a better effort to reduce plastic then before we know it, our ocean will be a flowing pit of trash and all of sea creatures will be dead due to the pollution.

Over the past few years as I’ve shifted to a more mindful lifestyle, I have become much more thoughtful about the impact I am having on the environment. I am nowhere near perfect or 100% plastic-free, but every small effort counts towards making a difference and I am proud of the steps I have taken to live a more sustainable life. In this post, I am going to share with you 3 simple way to reduce plastic in hopes that you too will feel inspired to live more sustainable and save our planet!


Reduce single use plastic.

There are several ways to reduce single use plastic that can really help to make a difference when it comes to waste and dumping plastic into the ocean. Some ways that I reduce my plastic use are by eliminating straw use or skipping a straw all together, bringing my own reusable water bottle or coffee cup, using my own shopping bags for groceries, and using reusable silicon baggies instead of plastic bags. 

A reusable water bottle, coffee mug, and metal straws are always a staple in my bag. If you’re looking to purchase some sustainable products to start reducing plastic, check out Ello Products!

 Buy food in bulk.

Instead of buying individually packed items, purchase food like cereal, pasta, grains, etc, use a refillable back and purchase these items  rom the bulk bins. Not only do you save money, but you reduce unnecessary packaging.

Recycle.

Not every plastic is recyclable, but items such as beverage bottles and plastic bags are recyclable. I would recommend researching or reaching out to your local recycling plant to find out what types of items are recyclable, then make it a priority to separate these items and recycle at home or work!


 
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5 Reasons Why I Use CBD Oil For My Dog

5 Reasons Why I Use CBD Oil For My Dog

It’s no secret I am a huge advocate of CBD Oil and use the plant-medicine on a daily basis for several purposes. So, it’s no surprise that I also give my dog, Lucy, CBD oil! To give you a little background on Lucy, she is an 11-year-old Pomeranian who I am lucky to say is in fantastic health. It’s actually quite impressive that for a pup her age she can do repetitive laps around Central Park or play fetch for hours on end. But she does struggle with some joint inflammation as well as quite a bit of anxiety. To elaborate, she still is a little skeptical of her food bowl that she has eaten out of for 5 years.

The Health Benefits of Drinking Celery Juice

The Health Benefits of Drinking Celery Juice

I first came across celery juice when my friend Remy and I were picking up some juice freezes at Pressed Juicery. Remy decided to order a shot of celery juice just to try and honestly at the time I thought it was disgusting. Well, after our trip to Pressed Juicery I started to notice celery juice popping up everywhere, especially on Instagram, so I decided I had to give it a second chance. It’s funny how our taste buds adapt over time because now I find myself drinking celery juice every damn day!

Keep an Eye Out for These 5 Wellness Trends in 2019

Keep an Eye Out for These 5 Wellness Trends in 2019

Holy 2019, where did the time go? One thing I know for sure is that 2018 fell nothing short of a year full of self-care. I mean just check out the hashtag on Instagram and there are over 10 million post of people sharing their workout routines, delicious looking smoothies and bowls, and cabinets full of clean beauty products. But none of this is going anywhere in 2019 and it’s only going to get better.

How to Create a New Moon Ritual

How to Create a New Moon Ritual

Do you follow the moon cycles? I remember as a kid, my dad and I would take his telescope out into the yard and gaze up at the planets and stars. I was fascinated. Sadly, as I got older and times changed the tradition stopped and my interest in our solar system slowly began to fade. That is until I found my passion as a well-preneur and I began to incorporate astrology and moon rituals into my lifestyle.

Self-Employment: Becoming My Own Boss and What I’ve Learned So Far

Self-Employment: Becoming My Own Boss and What I’ve Learned So Far

Never in a million years did I think I would be sitting here writing a blog post about self-employment. I guess that’s why they use the phrase “never say never” because hell I am my own freakin’ boss now! I should start by saying this journey to self-employment has not been easy and I am still learning through trial and error how to be my own boss every single day. Lucky for me, part of this self-employment gig for me includes being able to write this blog and share my experiences with you. And since I like to be real and raw with you, I want to be totally honest about the struggles, fails, and successes of being my own boss.

Book Club: The Self-Help Books That Actually Helped Me

Book Club: The Self-Help Books That Actually Helped Me

As a kid, I remember my parents encouraging me to read....a lot. At the time I would roll my eyes and try to come up with a million other things to do so I didn't have to read. Who knows, I probably willing did the dishes a few times just to avoid having to read? And SparkNotes were definitely top on the list in my Google history when it came to required reading at school.

New Year, New Intentions

New Year, New Intentions

HELLO 2018 & Happy New Year to you all!

Last year, I started the ritual of writing down monthly intentions for myself. This ritual was inspired by one of my favorite wellness bloggers Jordan Younger from The Balanced Blonde! If you're a wellness or spirituality junkie and don't already know her, I highly recommend checking out her blog! By taking the time to write down my intentions I have been able to stay focused and on the path to accomplishing my goals. My intentions aren't always focused on things such as conquering my forearm stand (although that is in the books for 2018!), but more focused towards ways I can better myself physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Farewell to 2017: My Valuable and Life Changing Experiences of the Year

Farewell to 2017: My Valuable and Life Changing Experiences of the Year

Every year about this time of year I find my self saying, "this year flew by!," but this year I am thinking "damn, 2017 you were a long one!". From major shifts in my lifestyle and career, to a lot of jaw dropping headlines in the news, and the loss of Tom Petty. A lot has happened. 

As I sit down to write this post I can't help but feel a little overwhelmed with the amount of content I could share here. But don't worry, I won't highlight everything because that could keep you here for hours and I personally am not one for too sitting long. So in honor of saying farewell to 2017 here are a of the valuable and life changing experiences I had this year.

Tips For Creating A Mindful Morning


"Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters the most." -Buddha


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We all know that mornings aren't always the most pleasant time of the day. Especially, these dreadful Monday mornings. For me, the hardest part is forcing myself to get out of bed when my alarm clock goes off instead of hitting the snooze button a time or two. In my high school and college days I was very much a night owl, dreading the sound of my alarm clock so much that sometimes I had to set 2 or 3 just to make sure I eventually woke up. But, as I have gotten older I have become more of a morning person. I actually appreciate rising with the sun and starting my day at a slower pace.

Since becoming self-employed, I have become more mindful of how I spend my mornings and have made an effort to say good-bye to the snooze button and create a habit of getting up by 7:15 AM everyday. It is amazing what I can get accomplished before the clock even hits noon! Aside from the productivity, my favorite part of waking up early is the time I have to really welcome the day. Instead of rushing to get ready in the morning (because I decided I just HAD to have those few more pointless minutes of sleep), I can now allow myself to get ready with ease without checking my clock every 5 minutes to make sure I am not running late. 

When I started to get the hang of waking up, I decided the next step was to create a morning routine to hold myself accountable to the 7:15 AM alarm clock. My typical morning routine consist of a few puppy cuddles with Lucy before rolling out of bed to make my first cup of coffee (our Ninja Coffee Maker makes the best homemade cold brew, highly recommend!). Then, Lucy and I walk to the dog park for a few rounds of fetch before I head to the yoga studio to spend some time on my mat. Finally, I take my morning shower and eat some breakfast. Then it's time to head out the door to conquer the day feeling energized and accomplished. 

Let me tell ya - since starting this routine I feel AHHH-MAZING!

Now, that I have become one of those cheerful morning people and experienced such a significance change in the quality of my day I want to share some tips with you on how to mindfully conquer the early mornings.

 

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Before enjoying that coffee you desperately need/want, make yourself a large glass of water with some fresh squeezed lemon. Not only will this get your digestive system kicking into gear, but it will also hydrate you.

 

Now, it's time for the COFFEE

If you're anything like me, your day does not start until you've had your cup of coffee. The delicious taste and caffeine are not the only reasons to drink coffee because the smell of freshly brewed coffee is equally appealing. 

 

Stretch it out.

Our muscles are naturally tight in the morning, but sometimes it is hard to have time to get on your mat and stretch it out. I recommend just taking a few moments in mountain pose, forward fold, childs pose, and bridge pose. It's amazing what just a few breaths in these poses can do for your body in the morning. 

 

Write your thoughts in a journal.

Okay, I am not going to try to hide the fact that I struggle with keeping this habit. Sometimes I am on a roll and journaling everyday and other times it will be weeks before I pick my journal back up. But, it's a great way to organize your thoughts in the morning and set intentions for the day. I personally am going to work at being more consistent with journaling!

 

Take a morning yoga or meditation class.

There is nothing I love more than an early morning yoga class. It is my favorite way to start the day! I always leave class feeling energized and more grounded. I also use my practice as a way to dedicate time to focus on myself. 

 

Eat a healthy breakfast.

There is a reason they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! A healthy breakfast gives you energy for the day, fires up your metabolism, increases your focus, and helps prevent you from overeating throughout the day. Try to avoid sugary breakfast!

 

Enjoy a refreshing shower.

As a New Yorker, I refuse to go to bed without showering at night, but I also need shower in the morning to help wake myself up. Whether you enjoy your showers hot or cold, there is something so refreshing about an early morning rinse.

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I hope that these tips help you to kick that habit of hitting snooze to the curb and encourage you to jump start your day in mindful, productive manner. You got this!

XX,

 
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The Beginning of a New Journey

Hello and welcome!

Lately, I have had the urge to share my story with readers. Maybe it’s because I have been paving a new path for myself in life and feel very inspired during this time. But, I also feel as if I haven’t truly shared my story with you. Sure, I’ve shared bits and pieces of what’s going on in my life through Instagram and other social media platforms, but I’ve never openly and honestly told my story on my blog. So, I figured what better time than now? A little disclaimer, I am still working on the whole openness part of this so bear with me. One day, I will be brave and learn to share all the juicy details.

Some of you have followed me on my journey from the beginning and some are just recently joining me, therefore I am just going to sum up my story and how it has led me to be here today writing this post. All through college I aspired to be some big shot in the fashion industry. There were many long nights spent in the studio sketching and sewing all sorts of designs. This is where blogging kind of started for me. I began sharing my outfits and writing about the ever-changing trends. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I’m that girl who has had multiple domain names: most recent being Planted On The Mat (insert eye roll).  Anyway, upon graduation, fashion brought me to New York City for an internship and eventually a career. Once I moved here for the internship, NYC captured me and I have yet to find anywhere cooler to live (except maybe a remote island). As time went on living in the city, building new relationships, and working in the fashion industry, I began to struggle with severe anxiety. This is when I discovered the practice of yoga.

Discovering yoga has changed my life in so many ways. After a couple of years of consistent practice, I decided to enroll in a 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training to deepen my personal practice as well as have the option to teach if I ever desired. During this time, things were becoming very difficult for me at work. I was struggling with a toxic work environment and a boss who created fear and angst. Eventually, it became too much and I made the scary decision to quit my job and say goodbye to the fashion industry.

The past couple of months have been a journey of highs and lows, but I do not regret one moment. This journey is what has allowed me to find my voice and courage to teach and share the benefits of yoga with others as well as launch my own wellness brand. It is what has inspired me to be sitting in this spot sharing this story with you. And most importantly, this new journey what has encouraged me to start walking the path of self-discovery and to continually seek true happiness through being my most authentic self.

If you ever have doubts or questions about your life, I encourage you to explore them instead of pushing them to the side without much though. You never know where they may lead you. 

 

XX,