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Finding Friendship and The Wing

Back in November I found myself in a situation where I had to make a choice. I could choose to join a conversation in which two women were blatantly putting down another woman’s Instagram photos, or I could choose to encourage empowering words as opposed to degrading.  The…

What Happened to Ellie Jai?

Ellie Jai was a dream I conspired when I was nineteen, mind wandering at my first marketing internship in college.  At the time I carried my text books in a vinyl, multi-colored backpack, wore university themed VS Pink gear, and jetted between classes on a neon blue moped covered in Roxy stickers. It’s…

Empowering Others With More Than Words

After what felt like a never ending trek across lower Manhattan, I ducked into Fulton Street Station with my hood up and head down because of the rain. I knelt down on one knee to dig through the sea of candy corn, 3 uncharged portable phone chargers, and scribbled on writing pads…

5 Powerful Words I Used Over and Over This Month

Whether it was a text message, letter in the mail, or a phone call, I’ve left my recent conversations with a full heart, feeling thankful for meaningful exchanges with the ones I love.  I have to assume the nature of my conversations has changed because they happen less often and of…

My Favorite Quotes from #GIRLBOSS the Novel

Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow…

Q&A with Lauren

Can you tell me a little bit about your participation with the Iowa Fashion Project? My blog was the initial conversation starter between myself and IFP co-founder Amanda Lesmeister. We became friends and she invited me to serve as a stylist in the Frost the Runway fashion show…

A Guide to House Plants for the Challenged But Eager

People are drawn to plants for so many different reasons.  Some are born with dirt under their nails, able to speak ‘plant’.  Some are simply the happiest when surrounded by greenery and the outdoors. Some want the benefits of ‘air purifiers.’  Yes, plants really do improve the air…

Layers and the Seasons

Sitting around the office, coworkers and I avoid productivity by discussing our favorite seasons.  Because of who I am, when asked about my favorite season I instantly articulated why I love each season solely based on clothing options.  Stranded in the middle of the Midwest where weather changes dramatically between seasons, it’s only…

A Few Thoughts on Confidence

You find yourself in room full of good looking strangers who seem so close they might as well have known each other since grade school.  A rush of “oh shit” thoughts run through your head as the adult sorority sisters across the room have you immediately feeling inferior.  “I should have stayed…

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Five Realizations a Midwest Girl will Have in NYC

This is it. My exact thought as I lifted my airplane window shade and took in the huge city below me.  I chose my seat wisely when booking tickets, because I had anticipated this moment.  For the following minutes until we landed I sat with my head pressed against…