Citrus & Sun Moments: May ’18 Edition

May is in full swing and summer is on its way!  In this edition of Citrus & Sun Moments, I am sharing about my newfound love for essential oils, how The Cranberries (yes, the 90’s band) saved my daily commute, and my excitement for those incoming summer vibes taking over Chicago!  I’m also sharing my May playlist which includes all of the songs that I can’t stop listening to this month!

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The Thing About Spring

I know that it has officially been spring for almost two months now, but to me it feels like the season has only just arrived! Chuck and I spent our wedding anniversary weekend in Traverse City, Michigan this past week,  and it seemed as if the world was only just beginning to wake up from its long winter slumber.  The thing I have learned about spring is that if you blink . . . you might just miss the best parts of its performance.

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Sip Mindfully: The Tea Experience

I have always loved drinking tea, but rarely do I sit down to actually enjoy it, especially throughout the week when its sole purpose is to keep my eyes open.  It hasn’t been until recently that I have considered how I can use tea to create a moment in my day that is mindful and purposeful. Tea has the power to make you feel calm, energized, awake, relaxed, and even rejuvenated!  I’m so excited to share with you my newly discovered mindful approach to tea drinking with the help of some very special people!!

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Citrus & Sun Moments: April ’18 Edition

Happy April, friends! I am so excited to be starting a new monthly series on my blog! Introducing Citrus & Sun Moments, a monthly post where I will be sharing a little more about my life, my current favorites and inspirations, and a monthly playlist! The purpose of this blog is to find energy and meaning in small moments or things in your daily life and I want to share some of mine with you each month! Let’s get to know each other better and bond over life’s experiences and daily happenings!

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A Life Designed: Creating a Vision Board

I have always loved documenting my days and experiences with images and words.  I find visuals to be extremely uplifting and inspiring. I was always someone who had their notebooks in school covered with pictures, magazine clippings, and inspirational quotes.  There was always something so encouraging about seeing all of those pictures and phrases that represented how I felt inside, and what I enjoyed about life!  Reminiscing on my magazine-clipping days and reflecting on how much those images brightened my daily life inspired me to create a similar space for my current goals and passions: a vision board!

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The Language of Listening

It is said that in order for us to truly listen, we must be present.  Eliminate distractions.  Look the other person in the eye.  Clear our minds  and focus on what is being said. Easier said than done, right? Listening can sometimes be an abstract idea.  How can we stay focused in this fast-paced world? How do we manage our emotions and our ideas when they differ from another person’s thoughts? It all comes down to our brain, our heart, and our courage.

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And Then There Was Us

Relationships are the zest of life.  Whether your “us” is a friendship or romantic relationship or both, connections with others bring different dimensions and perspectives to your world. Some are more significant than others, but they all have one thing in common: one second that person was not in your life, and then the next second they were, and that is the moment your life in some way changed forever.

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Snow Day Surrender

A snow day is this magical occasion that seems to be suspended in time.  Our world freezes over, and we are presented with an opportunity to pause and surrender to this day of dormancy. Snow days remind me that some things in life are simply bigger than me and out of my control. They are a cue to step away from the cycle of everyday life and onto a merry-go-round of wonder and enchantment.

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Oh So Mindful and Bright

The holidays are in full swing and December days seem to come and go with every blink! This time of year always seems to go by so quickly.  All of a sudden it is January 1st and I’m left with a vacation hangover and Christmas decorations covering my home that I remember putting up like it was yesterday!   With all of the parties, traveling, family time, and entertaining going on this month, it’s easy for time to get away from us. This season, I’m trying to be more mindful of certain moments in order to capture these scenes as photographs in my memory.  In this post, I have picked out 5 times during the holiday season to pause and take a mindful look around at the holiday backdrop before you!

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December Details

December is bursting with busy days and quiet, cozy moments.  The days are festive and bright, and delicious and sweet.  The nights arrive a little sooner, but colorful lights illuminate the frosty sky and remind us that there is life and joy in the darkness. There are so many wonderful things about December that I enjoy, some from the past that have carried on into my adulthood, and some new that have blown in with the season. In this post, I am going over my top 10 list of “details” that I am loving right now about the month of December!

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Thankfully Rooted

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!  This time of year absolutely warms my heart and brings me back to so many different times of my life and Thanksgivings of the past. Every year around Thanksgiving time, I find myself feeling grateful for significant areas of my life including my health, my family, my friends, my job, and having a roof over my head and food to eat each day.  2017 has been a particularly reflective year for me, and I wanted to get a little deeper with these very important pieces of my life.

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Early Birds & Night Owls

Daylight Savings had me a little crazy this past week.  I loved gaining that extra hour of sleep. The sun is now up on my commute to work, and it has disappeared by the time I get home in the evening. This year the time change made me more mindful of the morning and the night, and the feelings, thoughts and memories that these hours bring to my mind.

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