Category: Home & Lifestyle


5 Home Comforts That are Luxuries in Shanghai

There were many things I needed to get accustomed to after my initial culture shock and lifestyle 180. During my time abroad, there were many things I recognized as home comforts that turned out to luxuries in Shanghai.


10 Things That Make Me Feel Luxurious But Don’t Break the Bank

I got to thinking about things that I enjoy that feel fancy, but are practical and affordable. Luxury does not have to leave a hole in your wallet. Everyone could use a little luxury. It doesn’t have to come at a huge cost, but it does come with thought and consideration.

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3 Avenues for Practicing Mindfulness

Treat yourself with loving-kindness. Be gentle with yourself. Give yourself time to get there and in the meantime, pat yourself on the back for where you are now, what you have accomplished, and get excited for what’s to come.


5 Tips to Prime Your Space for Inspiration

“Every space should feel like an oasis.” There are sources of inspiration all around us. We live on such a marvelous planet with vibrant creation and not to mention the rapid innovations with technological advances. It should be easy to get inspired, but sometimes we find ourselves… stuck. There are no sources of inspiration to be found. This is even made harder when looking … Read More 5 Tips to Prime Your Space for Inspiration


Don’t Forget to Take a Brain Break

Surprisingly, the one thing we were encouraged to have while kids, we get less of and sometimes ward off the older we get. After Kindergarten, there are no more nap times. After elementary school no more snack time or recess. Come high school breaks are scarce. College? Forget it. You’re falling asleep in class. Enter later into that 9 to 5 and you may be like me— wishing you could just pull a cot out at the office and go to sleep.


But First, Coffee: Creating “Me Time” First Thing in the Morning

The phrase “First, I drink coffee, and then I do things,” runs very true with me. It can even be said that I’m not doing anything, until I’ve had my coffee. I’m on auto pilot until that warm elixir runs down my throat. A mindless zombie, feeling my way around the house. A purple minion, if they delay is too long. But I don’t need coffee for the caffeine. “Coffee time is me time.”


Treat Yourself Like Every Day is A Special Occasion

There are numerous reasons to treat yourself like every day is a special occasion. Getting into the habit of treating yourself can foster positivity, a stronger mindset, promote goodness, and encourage appreciation of life, of things that matter most, dreams, and so much more.


10 Things to Do More of This Year

One of my biggest takeaways from last year is to do the things that spark joy and promote growth. For this reason, there are a few of these on my list of things to-do more of this year and perhaps you may want to as well.


5 Essentials for Vision Planning

Only by understanding what the vision is can it be wrought and subsequently actualized. It is future focused, taking into account goals and intentions. In this regard, a personal vision defines what you want in life, your future achievements, and hopes. It cannot stop there though.


Why I’m Not Settling for New Year’s Resolutions

Another year has passed and another has come. As we welcome in 2021, what does this mean? Will the new year treat us well? 365 new opportunities. New chances. New gym memberships? There always seems to be something about the magic “first.”


Don’t Forget to Stuff the Stockings

This tradition has changed over the years to being filled with candy and little knick-knacks; and, of course, different cultures have their own corresponding protocol for filling stockings. At home, my mom tends to be the one who fills our stockings with our favorite sweets and goodies—and no, I’m not too old for that yet!


5 Tips for Saving Around Christmas

One of the most cherished and celebrated holidays around the world is Christmas. The spirit of the season completely changes the atmosphere everywhere. Still, this holiday that brings joy and happiness also carries its share of dread and stress due to the one thing that causes everyone to pull their hair out this season. Money.