"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage." - Brene Brown
It's been a long and heavy week filled with tough decisions and high emotions. Not my favorite combo but then again, this thing called life ain't easy.
Stress has different effects on everyone. Some bury themselves in work for distraction. Some eat more...some eat less. Some emote...some bottle it up. This week got me thinking how stress manifests itself in me. I see patterns: I sleep less, I can be emotional, I take on too much and I'm often in la la land over-thinking the situation. I also get a horrible case of dark circles under my eyes and a fever blister on my lip. (same spot every time...why is that?)
What I've learned over the years isn't mind-blowing per se but I do want to share what helps me get over the hump. It's important to be cognizant of when your stress levels raise, when to push off more responsibility and most important of all, when to accept the fact that we all have no choice but to be vulnerable sometimes. There's no way around it.
Here are 5 tips that help me manage my stress levels:
- Work Out: Captain Obvious here but there's nothing like working up a little sweat and releasing some endorphins. You will never work out and feel worse. It's the reason I got back into the groove after starting my own company.
- Give It A Good Cry: I haven't cried that much lately which is surprising but it felt good to...well...allow myself to crumble a bit and get it all out. Not the ugly type of cry but the cleansing kind. I swear a good cry clears my head once in awhile.
- Go To Bed Early: Everything will be clearer with a good night's sleep. While you're at it...take a melatonin. They're all natural and will restore your body's natural sleep rhythms.
- Talk It Out: Weigh out the different scenarios with people you trust. Use your loved ones as a sound boarding and get their advice. It's free!
- Take 5 Minutes to Yourself Everyday: Walk away from the computer, the TV and your phone. Take a walk or just stare at the wall...read a book. Let your mind wander.
Being vulnerable is such an important part of our growth. What doesn't break us makes us stronger. Let yourself be that and then hug the ones you love. (thank you for your kind comments)
Hi! Happy Friday! Although somewhat risky, I thought we'd do a little exercise today! For the first time in eight years I want to open up the floor and answer all of your burning questions. I've never done this before but I thought it could be a fun way to connect as a community and I've seen so many influencers do the same. It really changed my perspective on the individual behind the brand. So...what do you think?
Sometimes I wish Lisa had permanent residency in my home. On those challenging days when nothing seems to be going right, I would take solace in the fact that Lisa would have a mean cocktail waiting for me as soon as the clock turned happy hour. This girl knows how to whip up a strong drink and not just one...but an entire collection of craft cocktails!
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
If you want the cut and dry of why the tech community loves Katy Lynch, see answer #10. Actually, that's why I love her, too.
I met Katy a little over a year ago and I was instantly inspired by her genuine support for my agency and her bubbly demeanor.
Everyday was a surprise in Guadalajara. And I mean that in every sense of the word. We'd wake up to beautiful breakfasts and come home to thoughtful gifts. It was unreal. Day 2 was just what the doctor ordered. Our itinerary included breakfast at Café Barra Café followed by a short trek to the landmark spa and boutique hotel, Hacienda El Carmen.
Bit my bit, and surely through my social media, I'm sure you are aware of the amazing trip I just returned from. A select few Chicago influencers were invited to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience the vibrant culture, art, music, cuisine and so much more that this magical city has to offer. And it was magic!
If you're just starting to think about your bikini bod for summer...it's time to get a move on! Girl - it's June! While achieving optimum health isn't an overnight sensation, my friend Michelle Amore is THE rockstar of the Chicago fitness landscape. Rock hard abs backed by science...yes, she has them but she can help you achieve them, too!
You know those days when you can't find a thing to wear in your closet. *raises hand...today!* Well, there isn't an app for that (or is there?) but there is a magical, unicorn of a human being who can certainly help and her name is Katie Schuppler! With over seven years in the business, she is the human version of a fashion app. She can pull accessories at the drop of a hat and purge your closet even faster. She's your go-to fashionista in a pinch and she's been werkin' the scene since inception.
Familiar with BaubleBar? Who isn't right? Ever wonder what it was like to launch and how it all began? *raises hand* I always find these stories fascinating and today my friend Nina - the VP of Brand Marketing and also one of the original crew, is here to share the scoop on a day in the life of this accessory giant and what lies ahead. Take a seat...you're in for a sparkly treat!
The best things in life are free. Laughter being one of them - most underrated gift anyone could give you. And, it just so happens that today's Fearless Friday feature, Janet, makes me laugh constantly. I've traveled with her, soon again, I've cocktailed with her, I've had long talks with her...shoot, the only thing we haven't done is work out but we've even talked about that, too! I will tell you, Janet cares and she is very much supportive of her girls. I've observed over the years. Even with everything she is balancing...motherhood, marriage, career, blogging, philanthropy ...she always makes time for her friends. And, she will always make you laugh. That is the best trait in a friend - better than 100 lattes or 1M pairs of Gucci heels. And well heeled, she is!