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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.


Getting That Summer Glow in the Winter Time

For all those who live in places with real winters, how do you face the cold? My first real winter, the hair and skin terrors hit me hard. The winter only lasts a few days in Florida and when I say winter, I mean 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Facing the cold, I concluded the only way to make it through winter without coming out like jerky is to stock up on those holy grail beauty products that would leave my face glowing, hair shining, and skin soft to the touch as though I were sitting on a beach in December.


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.


30 Things I’m Grateful for This Year

There are reasons to be thankful every day of the year. Sometimes we forget and recollect the traditional sayings of family, friends, and fortune on the “big” day; which, by no means, we should not be thankful for.


From “All Hallows’ Eve” to “Halloween”

Tonight, many of us will go out and binge on our favorite candies and festive foods and turn on the TV to watch marathons of scary movies or shows. Why do we do this, though? Sure, it’s fun and a great excuse to get a sugar high or get close with a significant other. However, just like many other modern holidays, the celebration of Halloween is nowhere close to its origins.


Fairy Tales are Really for Adults

Don’t let the dark nature of Grimm’s Fairy Tales turn you away from the delight of reading them though. If you love grand tales and history, this is the perfect collection for you. No story is the same and the length is just right to encourage you to press forward with one story after the other. The writings are full of mystical and unpractical things that could never happen in real-life, but somehow relate to the real world with life lessons anyone can benefit from.


10 Cautionary Myths for Prideful People

There are several myths and rhetoric from Ancient Greece and Rome that focus on the concept of Hubris. Hubris, extreme pride and arrogance, was a common “Hamartia”, or tragic flaw, for many tragic heroes and main characters of myth, whose downfalls relayed a moral lesson. These moral lessons, though, came with dire consequences that warned its audience to never be prideful.


Spirituals: The Cornerstone of Black Music

Spirituals may arguably stand as a focal point, or key element of African-American culture and life—a building block if you will. It goes without saying that music is integral to the lives of Black Americans.


12 Classic Books to Make Sure You Have on Your Shelf

In looking for my next read, there are books that have a permanent spot on my shelf. If there is anything avid readers must have, one should be a printed collection and two, a printed collection with classics.


Say “Hello” to Modestly Miranda

Hello and welcome to Modestly Miranda.  I am thrilled that you have stopped by my blog.  Are you wondering what’s in this small space of the world wide web?  To answer simply, “Modestly Miranda” will be a sum of eclectic musings.  Life is composed of varying aspects.  Interwoven in these aspects are numerous principles and values.  We are all trying to live this life … Read More Say “Hello” to Modestly Miranda