Bring light to dark times


So, it’s been such a long time since I’ve last written on my blog

Being a writer of positive messages, I had too many negative events happen and felt ashamed of not being able to find a “positive platform” to share with you all.

I’ve been struggling to stay positive every day for the last three months

But then, I found something. Something that has helped me so much

It’s only been 36 days since I started but I have noticed some great changes

I started meditating

Meditating has helped me more than I could ever imagine

I wake up at 6:30 am every morning just to have enough time to meditate before work

Anyone that knows me, understands sleep would always come first for me

Not anymore.

What comes first for me is mental clarity and peace now

I feel like I found a constant in a life that’s always changing

I also started being consistent in other areas of my life (I won’t bore you with details)

It’s been such a positive for me

Of course, I’m not walking around saying I’m Buddha quite yet

But I feel pretty great

If you are looking for a platform to find balance again, be more self-aware, more grateful and positive

Try “Headspace”

It’s an app that you can try out meditation for free

And it’s what I now use every day

Start out with the “basics” for 30 days and then pick whatever you want to improve on

“Anxiety, self-esteem, stress” and so on…

I hope this helps bring light to dark moments you encounter in your life

And remember, dark moments don’t define you, they simply make you stronger




What is Black Mirror?

What is “Black Mirror”?

I watch t.v maybe 3 hours a week, two shows max and I’m hooked on this series!

This show speaks to our generation about the problems we are facing

Specifically, technology/social media.

We live in a generation where our “worth” is calculated by the number of “likes” we get on our pictures, and statuses.

We have turned ourselves into slaves of technology.

We spend most of our time online, completely “checked out” from reality, living someone else’s life. Why? Only to escape ours.

Some of us are willing to buy fake followers and likes JUST to feel valued as human beings! When is enough enough?

Black Mirror now has four seasons. Each episode is different and extremely intriguing. It’s sure to get your mind thinking.

I think it’s a “must-see” for a few reasons:

  • We are essentially forgetting what a real connection is and what it feels like
  • We can’t sit with someone for more than five minutes without checking our phones, maybe less than five if God forbid the phone buzzes during dinner
  • We look up to people we never met, instead of real people we interact with
  • Relationships are being RUINED by a virtual world
  • Our attention span has shortened because we aren’t fully invested in the “now.”

The list goes on…

We’ve never been so “off,” so robotic, so disconnected

Years from now, we will look back and wonder why we wasted so much time not living

If we don’t change, we will become known as “the generation of regrets.”

I hope this series helps people understand the consequences of their actions

I hope they start “disconnecting” so they can finally connect.

I hope we all stop existing, and start living.





New Years Resolution 2018: How to accomplish your goals

New Years Resolution 2018

 Every year, most of us come up with a list of goals we want to accomplish

But many of us never follow through

So how do we make sure 2018 is different?

What keeps us from accomplishing our goals?

Are our goals too unrealistic?

Last year, my goal was to get in shape before 30

I give myself a C- for trying

A+ for meal prepping all year round

F for planning my workouts

D for consistency

This year, I’m not adding anything new to the plan

I’m simply accomplishing what I couldn’t last year

And I’m doing it by noting what went wrong.

Ex: I meal prepped every week. But ate whatever I wanted on weekends.

So this year, I will plan my weekends better.

As far as consistency, I know with school & work.. I can’t overwhelm myself

Therefore, I will work out on Saturdays, Sundays, and twice during the week

Knowing this will help me gain control over my week (less anxiety)

In order for your resolution to be successful, you must know why it failed to begin with!

You must understand the things you need to work on

And finally, put a plan in place to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes

It’s honestly THAT easy!

Be realistic and honest with yourself this year

Don’t add new goals to an existing list, unless you’ve reached all your 2017 goals

Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself about last year’s goals

With everything we do, there is a lesson learned

This year, you are wiser and better prepared

Believe in yourself, and go after it!


Red Carpet N.Y.E event: Boston


New Years is JUST around the corner!

I’m not going to lie, every year it gets harder to find a great spot to celebrate

As I get older, I’m all about socializing with interesting/fun people

And this year, I FINALLY found the perfect event to do just that!

This New Years event will be hosted by Miss Massachusetts

But what I love the most about this particular event is how it will not only

be a great celebratory event for entrepreneurs in Boston. But it will also be

a great opportunity to mingle with some of Boston’s most prominent leaders.

I’m talking a broad amount of industries, from tech, to philanthropy, to social

good. Many non-profits leaders use this event to attend with their donors.

As well as, their supporters– to celebrate the amazing milestones they achieved.

This year, they will have a Red Carpet Black Tie event for New Years Eve.

And they will have some of Boston’s TOP entrepreneurs in the Fashion industry

This event will be curated with a “James Bond” theme

The theme will highlight the synergy between that iconic brand & the evening.

Oh, and because you follow my blog–

You get a special discount by clicking the link below!

The 10th Annual Timeless Black Tie Party

I hope to see you all there 🙂


Tips to control anxiety

Tips to control anxiety


It’s CLEARLY “that” time of the year again

The time we have a million gifts to buy and 100 parties to attend

Not to mention, our day-to-day activities (gym, work, school)

It’s no wonder my anxiety level went 0 to 100 real quick!

Balance is key for me, but extremely hard to find this time of the year

Can you relate?

So, with 2018 around the corner… (I can’t believe it either)

I decided to worry only about what I CAN control

With anxiety, I had to break it down by asking myself some hard questions:

“Why do I get stressed more so this time of the year than any other month?”

“What activities are causing me stress and why?”

“What can I do to change them? Is it something I can control?”

Reflecting and gathering information helped tremendously

Now I knew what my top 2 causes of stress were

Time management and holiday budget planning

Both my causes of stress were due to lack of planning

Which ultimately funneled down to lack of organization on my end

Planning can be controlled, so I checked these off as something I can work on

So what’s the solution?

2018 Planner from CVS Pharmacy

I actually found the same brand on Amazon for my prime lovers

CLICK HERE for the link

Simple, right?!

This planner has helped me stay in control and not let events control me

Some of you may be thinking, “why not google calendar?”

I’ve tried using phone apps, google calendar, ever note, outlook. You name it!

I found that I’m more engaged when I write things down on paper

I commit to it in writing and I deliver it

The first thing I do in the morning is check my planner

(P.S. Even though it’s “2018,” they have the last few months of the year 2017 included to get you started!)

I check to see how may day is going to go, what to expect, what I need, etc…

It’s just more “real” to me

Just like books, I need to hold a real book in my hand to read

I want to notice the smell of the pages & stack them up in a book shelf

I know not everyone is old-fashioned like me, but I love it!


In a world that is getting so advanced in technology, I need to feel more human

And less robotic

I feel it’s important to go back to the basics, sometimes

Like having a full on conversation at a dinner table without checking our phones

Or writing a letter to a friend, just because.

Whenever I look back to when I was younger, that’s what I miss

I don’t think I’ll ever look back and say I miss getting text messages

It’s so effortless, it doesn’t need much thought

I’m super old-school you guys! It’s insane.

But back to anxiety. I hope these tips will help you get control back

Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and think there’s no solution

We make the mistake to assume there is no solution to the problem

Next time your mind tries tricking you, just remember the above steps!


Happy Practical Happiness Advice Sunday!



The Confidence Gap

Hey guys-

Last week, I finished reading “The Confidence Gap” by Russ Harris

I want to talk about it with you because this book got rid of MANY myths for me

Including the myth that “confidence is something you are born with”

Umm.. say what?!

When I got my first “real” big girl job, I knew NOTHING about it

I walked in my first day scared shitless

Six months later, I walked in like I owned the place

What changed?

I learned, practiced, and took immediate action

Confidence comes AFTER we put in the work, not before

So what does this mean?

Waiting to do something until we “feel confident” makes zero sense

Next time your mind tricks you into thinking that way–acknowledge it

But then tell yourself, “I will only gain confidence by taking action first”

I’ve also learned I act out of emotion a lot

Let me explain…

Let’s say it’s Friday, I had the longest week and feel exhausted

SO naturally, I tell myself I’m too tired to go workout

Well, as much as we all have the right to skip a workout here & there

Making constant excuses out of emotion can be an issue

Since reading this book- my goals are greater than my emotions

I focus on what matters: my values (you will learn your values after reading it)

It’s an amazing feeling to be in control or to know you CAN be

If this sparks your interest- click here

It’s also a great gift to give to someone this holiday season! 🙂




Bucket list of joy

Once upon a time…

The Holidays were the happiest time of the year for me

I think a lot of my readers can relate to a time they felt the same

Every year since I moved to the United States, all I’ve done is feel sorry for myself

Every end of November is a reminder of what I no longer have

A huge family to celebrate the holidays with like I used to growing up.

This year, you could say it’s a bit worse

My mom/best friend won’t be here this year either

She traveled to Brasil to be with her mom, brothers and sisters

But I want to change my mindset this year and challenge you to do the same

We can’t change what’s changed (pun-intended)

HOWEVER, we CAN start new traditions

Start new traditions to look forward to that fit your CURRENT life

Because everyone deserves to feel joy this time of the year!

So here are some new traditions I will start this year

Let’s call it my Holiday Bucket List of Joy:

  • Try a holiday baking recipe every year!
  • Go to at least ONE holiday party that a friend throws (no exceptions!)
  • Donate to a homeless shelter or volunteer
  • Invite TWO people in your life to see one Christmas movie at the theaters
  • Wear Christmas PJ’S on Christmas morning or Christmas Eve
  • Go to Mass and thank God for all your blessings (at least once)

YES! So the plan is to have this list on my fridge as a daily reminder

And also, so I can check it off as I complete my traditions.

Obviously, yours may be different than mine

Or you may like what I have.

Either way, I hope this year- you transform your thinking and find joy.

(above pictures from Legacy Place in Dedham)

Great shopping plaza 😉




Mount Washington Hotel Review

Mount Washington Hotel

Let me just start by saying, WOW.

There really is no other word to describe the experience Ryan and I had there

But let me take a step back and tell you right off the bat, this isn’t a paid post

I genuinely enjoyed my stay there and wanted to share my experience with you

I’ve also stopped taking “paid” collaborations since I got back into blogging

I only collaborate with companies I’d recommend regardless of a collaboration

I want this to be a reliable place for my readers, as trust in blogging is decreasing

BUT, don’t take my word for it. I also got pictures to prove it 😉YES, you guys. Pictures don’t even do it justice

I couldn’t stop looking at the endless views, every angle I looked

Not to mention, this getaway to the mountains was a NECESSITY 

Ever just want to escape the city for a couple of nights and get your mind right?

But what’s a girl to do at Mount Washington Hotel?

WELL, I am GLAD you asked!

They have a variety of restaurants/bars/buffet/games/heated outdoor pool/Jacuzzi

As well as, indoor pool and Jacuzzi

They host an event every night, and have donuts or sugar cookies in the morning

FREE of charge. I kid you not.

Did I mention, views?

It’s honestly humbling.

But the real reason I wanted to write a post was because of their staff

I know how hard it is to get the right team to work in a gigantic resort like such

And I was WOWED every single time by their staff

They were so courteous, friendly, helpful, and cheerful

I felt like I was in a Hallmark movie for the weekend

They made Ryan and I feel like we were in a different planet

I’ll give you an example:

When we first arrived, they asked us what we were there for

Ryan said we were there to celebrate my birthday (hence the big gold balloons)


And later that night, we got a knock on our door. “Room service!

This nice woman was outside holding two delicious cupcakes

Two cupcakes with a happy birthday sign on them

It was the cutest thing.

I honestly didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to go back again.

SO, if you are trying to surprise your loved one with a weekend getaway

Or escape from reality for a bit

I highly recommend you check out Mount Washington Hotel

Lastly, a big shout out to the best boyfriend on this planet for planning this out!



Hello November

Hello November!

My favorite month of the year, my birthday month 😉

I think I might have overdone it this year.

But then again, I don’t believe in “overdoing” birthdays

I also don’t believe in counting Thanksgiving calories 😉 haha!

On that note, have you thought about what you are grateful for this year?

I’m grateful for a new chance to start over after taking a risk

I’m thankful for taking a risk and learning so much about myself

I’m thankful for my family and friends

I’m also thankful for comfy clothes and purple shampoo.

But let’s talk about this month’s box from Ellie

I mean, I have not taken this outfit off- it’s so freaking comfortable

And I have slept in that white shirt many nights

Once you touch it, you will understand. The material is SO SOFT!

But this month, we also got this cozy wrap that is SO versatile.

It’s so freaking soft too, and way too freaking fashionable for the gym

Like no, I’m wearing this out to brunch instead.
 And of course, this super adorable pair of leggings is also included.

SO, there you have it!

Ellie’s November’s box

CLICK HERE to see how you can subscribe for YOUR monthly surprise!

Thank you for stopping by & Happy Thanksgiving!




Wine Riot: Review

If you have Facebook, you have probably seen “Wine Riot” pop up in your news feed at some point this Fall

Wine tasting is always a good idea in my book. I mean, how can you go wrong? You can’t.

But Wine Riot certainly took it to the next level last weekend

I have to thank this gorgeous lady below– for bringing up the idea to go so we can FINALLY meet in person

(It’s pretty cool when you meet like-minded girl bosses in your area that aren’t afraid to reach out)

More on that later! 😉

What to expect at Wine Riot:

I tried endless amounts of wines, champagne (bubbly bar), and snacks (think humus, crackers, cheese)

In addition, they also had photo booths, and tattoo booths for all to enjoy

(above is proof that we were not ashamed to put on a cowboy hat, heart-shaped shades & try everythang) haha

You definitely get what you pay for at Wine Riot

And whether you are meeting a new friend for the first time, going on a first or 50th date- it’s guaranteed fun

(Below is a pic of Ry and I on our 50th date) 😉 haha

But let’s get to what we all really want to know:

My top 3 picks from all the wines I got to try last weekend (thank you for voting on Instagram!)

#1: Moscato by Doktor Mango (they have other flavors, too)

I’m buying it right now because this Moscato is a must-have.

 Prima Perla Prosecco DOC (Treviso) balances the taste out if you don’t like it too sweet

Great brunch drink for your Sundaze

They are distributed in MA, NH, RI, CT, NY, ME, and VT

You can find their site here:



#2 Pick: Lolea

If you like sangria, Lolea is your brand. They have anything from least traditional to most traditional

Their sangria are made with all-natural ingredients

The first one I tried was their white wine with elderberry flowers and wild apples

All three were delicious, I couldn’t pick just one

Take a peak HERE

You can find them at Whole Foods Markets, Kappy’s, and many other Boston area retailers


#3: Wine Trees: Rose

“Mad House Wife Sweet Pink”

Fresh watermelon and strawberry balanced with a crisp finish

Super nom! Wine Trees also deliver wine to your door. They have many options to choose from, your pick!

Take a peak: WineTrees

I felt the need to share this review and my top picks because I always have a hard time finding the “right” wine

And my bar lacks some yummy selections for when I have guests over 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

Yours truly,