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    Mental Health

    Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    I don’t remember the first time I felt inferior to someone, I only know that it started when I was really little, and it’s something I continue to struggle with to this day. I couldn’t put words to it until a few years ago, when I first heard about “imposter syndrome.” Also known as fraud syndrome, it’s commonly classified as a feeling of being consistently inadequate, even after a series of successes, which ultimately leads to a damaging cycle of self doubt that has the potential to prevent someone not only from taking advantage of valuable opportunities in life, but on a base level, from ever having an accurate picture…

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    5 Delicious Takes On The Classic Burger

    Yes, those are my hands in this latest featured image. I wish I remembered to repaint them before taking photos, but hey- this is a blog about putting real life back into lifestyle blogging, so I figure it’s just par for the course. Those of us in the U.S. take Memorial Day weekend for all it is- a long weekend, but more importantly, a time to reflect and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation. While we might choose to honor and remember specific relatives or loved ones, the way we celebrate has largely remained unchanged- the weekend is synonymous with family get-togethers, pool parties, and…

  • Travel

    10 Affordable East Coast Vacations

    So, my 3-year anniversary is coming up, and this year Mike and I want to do something special! We always go to dinner, but I think it’s time we get out of the state (not that there isn’t plenty to do in New York- but I’m sure you guys will be able to read all about that on the blog later)! Having spent my childhood in New England, I have a particular fondness for the coastal towns of Maine, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, but I also know that the “East Coast” covers a much larger swath of states than that. I thought it could be fun (and great for my…

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    My Brother’s Graduation

    Saturday, May 19, my oldest brother Aiden graduated with his bachelor’s in Organic Chemistry (yes I know!!!) I struggled for awhile because initially I had a bunch of non-personal post topics scheduled, but then I decided wanted to figure out a way to express my pride and admiration for my brother’s amazing achievement outside of a short-form social media caption. After all, so many are graduating from college this spring, and it’s so great to be able to see the ones we love win and be able to share that with the world! I figured no one reading my blog would mind if let my rambling keyboarding fingers coast my…

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    How To Take Criticism- And Learn From It

    No one’s perfect. Nevertheless, it can be tough to hear from a superior or peer that your work isn’t up to par. As embarrassing and demoralizing as it might be to receive feedback about room for improvement, you cannot allow that to derail your path to the C-Suite! There’s tremendous value in a well-placed bit of constructive criticism, as long as you are able to keep the following in mind: It’s not personal.  Really, it isn’t. I totally understand how easy it is to get defensive and resentful; it’s only natural to react instinctively to receiving less-than satisfactory information about yourself. But if you take a beat to just stop…

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    5 Ways to Jumpstart a Healthy Routine

    So New Year’s has come and gone, and with it, your fleeting ambitions of being the healthier, fitter you, “you but better.” Let’s face it- resolutions are kind of pointless. And who wants to be better, anyways? You just need to be consistent.  Now that spring is well under way, and as we hear the first whispers of summer sliding on through, it’s easy to feel discouraged, even easier to put off pursuing health for another day, another month, another season. I know this because for most of my young adult life, that was me. The last six months have been a revelation for me, but only in the last…

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    6 Questions With Body Positive Sculptor Eileen Fioramonti

    Today, I want to highlight an amazing friend who is making waves in the local art scene for her fearless body-positive artwork! A crazy-talented artist, Eileen has recently been selected to exhibit her piece, Anomalous, at the Made in NY Show at the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  One of 76 pieces chosen (out of a total 472 submitted works!!!), Anomalous is part of a larger portfolio of work tackling themes of body image, beauty, and the obsessively destructive behaviors reinforced by today’s society. An artist whose work explores ideas about beauty and self-esteem using the human body as subjects, Eileen often creates headless forms that give the viewer a chance to relate…

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    What The Heck is Hyaluronic Acid? Unpacking Beauty’s Hottest Trend

     PSSST- Follow my blog with Bloglovin 🙂 A new day, a new “best kept secret” in the world of beauty. Well, while it may seem like there’s too many trends out there to keep up with, and too much that doesn’t live up to the hype, there have been a few buzz words I’ve heard a lot lately that I just had to check out. Enter hyaluronic acid. Sounds like a mouthful, right? (not to mention something you might not necessarily want to go around slapping on your face).  So, when I heard it being touted as the dry-skinned individual’s saving grace, you know I had to do some beauty…

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    The Skinny on Dieting

      Hey, all. I learned while researching health observances for work that today, May 6, is “International No-Diet Day“. According to the National Eating Disorder Centre (NEDIC), the day is meant for us to “encourage people to engage in healthy lifestyles”, “increase public awareness of the dangers and futility of dieting”, and “celebrate the beauty and diversity of our natural shapes and sizes”. I have, as (sadly), many of you reading this probably have, some firsthand appreciation for this stance. A growing digital trend, body positivity and diet-shunning has come about as a reactionary solution to a society that has long peddled “fad diets” as ultimately harmful ineffective or short-term…

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    My First Post!

    I feel like when I come across a blogger’s first post, and am struck by how funny and engaging it is, I always catch myself comparing myself to that person. How can I say that, but better? Why can’t I think of ideas like that? What I’ve realized over the last year is how pervasive social media is in our everyday lives. How we, almost without realizing it, have built a culture in which people constantly measure their own worth by what they perceive others to have, tear each other down to make themselves feel better, all the while living lives entirely separate from the life they choose to “share”…