9 Lessons I Learned From Mother Nature

Our world is buzzing with information.  Information from the internet, from the news, social media, podcasts, the radio.  Some of it’s helpful and some of it’s not.  But I promise you, the buzz that you get when you are enveloped in the outside world will always teach you something positive and useful. Mother Nature is trying to teach us every single day!  All we need to do is look around and pay close attention.

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Citrus & Sun Moments: June ’18 Edition

Happy summer, my friends!!!  I have been so thankful for these long days and warm nights. Anyone else??  In this edition of Citrus & Sun Moments, I am sharing my appreciation for yoga and meditation, my recently discovered love for photography, and why I am never taking off my new cowboy boots. Plus, scroll down to the bottom of this post to check out my June playlist!

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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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Creating a Vision Board With Intention

I have always loved documenting my days and experiences with images and words.  Growing up 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. 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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How To Use Mindful Listening in Everyday Life

In order to put our listening skills into action, 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? The language of listening comes down to 3 essentials: 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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