Reassess Your Relationships

Life Quote

You may have set out with a lot of goals for yourself this year, only to find that you haven’t achieved most of them and you’re at a loss for what to do. I found inspiration in the saying “when things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting”. Now, if my math is correct, we’re two seasons into the year. Clearly, dire circumstances call for extreme measures, and we need to start handing out pink slips now.

Sustainable Miami

One of the things I miss the most about my previous job, besides the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, is teaching science. I used to absolutely love exposing children to rotting plants and going off on tangents about how we needed to find ways to live sustainably. You would be surprised how many 4th graders in the inner-city had never planted their own seeds. Surprisingly, since I began exploring Miami more deeply, I have found that we are emerging as a sustainable city. If you don’t believe me, let me tell you about three amazing projects happening right now in some of the most unexpected places.

Spring Clean Your Life

SunflowerThe heat index hits a record high for the third consecutive day, the humidity brings out the natural in your hair, and you are convinced you’ve never felt this in love before in your life. It’s officially spring in Miami and I know exactly what you need- to spring clean your life.

Growing up my sister and I shared a massive closet. When we felt our stress levels at record highs, usually around this time of year, we would take every item out of the closet and make piles that covered every inch of space of our bedroom floor. We would sift through and determine what to donate, keep, and trash. Meanwhile, we would talk and work out the feelings we’d been hoarding in our hearts and minds as well. Three hours later, we’d end up with a clean closet, a clean mind, and resolved to achieve most anything.

So, today, I invite you to be my sister; let’s sift through our feelings and organize our lives together:

Find the Beer of Your Life: A How To Guide

Girl and BeerA girl walks into a bar. No, it isn’t a joke, it was National Beer Day! If you cringe at the thought of an entire day being dedicated to the drinking of yeast-fermented malt, I get it. You’re not alone. I too loathed drinking beer and scoffed it off as another phase I must’ve skipped in college like pledging a sorority and chugging Jager bombs in the fall. Still, I couldn’t believe I had made it to 30 without ever properly enjoying beer out of sheer ignorance. Was I missing out on some universal secret everyone seemed to know? I had to find out. So armed with a pen and notepad, I learned, or rather schooled myself, on the art of tasting beer. See, it turns out that finding the right beer for you is a lot easier than finding that one person you’re meant to be with for the rest of your life. And while you will find that all the same rules apply, there is a lot more quality beer to select from than there are fish in the sea.

So here’s how to find the right beer for you:

The Youth Fair

The Youth Fair MiamiWhen you’re in your thirties and mid-existential crisis, every day feels like going through adrenaline withdrawals and every moment feels like you’re seeking your next fix. And that’s because there is nothing like a near-death experience to make you feel alive. Fear is the reminder that you’re at the mercy of the things that occur to you, and your only control is the way you choose to experience them. When your addiction to feeling alive makes you a junkie, then you must know there’s an endless supply available at The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair[i].

Surviving the Hunger Games

Casabe 305You may remember that this past weekend I co-hosted my first ever event as a blogger. It was an intimate brunch at Casabe 305 Bistro, in partnership with Femme Realm and City Year Miami. I joined forces with five of Miami’s bloggers to host this “Brunch with a Purpose”. What brought such a varied group of women together? The idea that collaboration can trump competition (I know, this is a very new concept for me too).

Can competition be helpful? The fact is healthy competition can fuel your drive to succeed. It can spark a fire in an otherwise apathetic employee and even foster teamwork and camaraderie. It is no wonder employers use it as a strategy to incentivize their employees to accomplish a certain goal.

Spring Forward

Do you ever feel like you are in a rut, creatively? You may feel like your senses have been dulled and your creativity calloused. Like an extra-long winter of stagnancy, your brain just can’t seem to produce anything that feels fresh or progressive. You may feel you are stuck in a mood of dark gloominess that is blocking your creative light from shining. I know, I feel it too!

The Liebster Award

Liebster AwardYou guys, I am officially the recipient of a Liebster Award!!!

What is a Liebster Award, you ask? I had absolutely no idea what it was either, so I’ll go with what I was told. Liebster Awards are an online recognition given to bloggers by other bloggers.

Fearless in the Office

It is no secret that women are often overlooked in the workplace. We may complacently fall into the mistake of blaming men for this. I completely disagree. I think women are overlooked because we allow self-doubt and subconscious fears speak on our behalf by way of silence.

Social Media Etiquette

Computer Stock PhotosI’m a product of the 80s raised in 90s so, sometimes, I still yearn for the days of ozone-depleting and self-esteem enhancing hairstyles. I miss the days when it was okay to mix plaid with flower patterns and wear combat boots. I miss those days mostly because of how authentically we used to communicate back then.

For those who find it difficult to convey a message in less than 140 characters on Twitter, I challenge you to try confessing your love and adoration through encoded numeric messages on a beeper. Back then, we didn’t depend so highly on color themes and likes; our social following depended on our ability to write good letters and then fold them into complicated origami hearts and triangles.