December 31, 2016

Cheers to 2017!

Happy New Year's Eve!! I have always found something so magical about New Year's Eve and ringing in a new year. It is a holiday I have always been extrememly fond of because I truly believe in eveything it represents - new starts and fresh beginnings. I most definitely romanticize New Year's because I just can't help but love celebrating the passing of another year, toasting to a new one, sipping champagne, and kissing at midnight. Auld Lang Syne will forever give me chills when I hear it and more likely than not watching the ball drop will bring a tear to my eye. It is magic.

However, it is a holiday that is so much more than just sparkles, parties, and champagne. No holiday captures the spirit of hope quite like New Year's does. It is my wish that you are of course doing whatever brings your heart happiness this New Year's Eve, but it is also my wish that this New Year brings you a little bit of hope. Hope for a year filled with love, peace, and happiness. Hope for this ever changing world we live in. Hope for all that is yet to be. And hope that this new year will be a little bit sweeter than the last.

I want to wish you the happiest of New Years. I hope twenty seventeen brings you all the blessings of health, happiness, love, and well-being. I hope the fresh start that a new year provides inspires you to chase all of your wildest dreams and to never settle for less than what sets your soul on fire. Before the year is officially over, I want to take a second to say THANK YOU. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the overwhelming support you have given me this past year. I am truly blessed to be able to share this little corner of the internet with you all. Cheers to a new year. I cannot wait to see all that is in store for twenty seventeen!

xo. G

December 30, 2016

Thank You 2016

I talked in my very first blog post ever about how some years throw everything they can at you and then some. They are every bit as challenging and trying, as they are enlightening and full of life. They are often years that provide the biggest personal growth and they are full of learning. Although it may not seem like it, they are just as beautiful as any other year, you just might have to look a little harder to find that beauty.

2016 you were just that.

I think the biggest thing I learned this past year was that life just keeps on going. You aren't meant to stay in one place forever, as much as you would maybe like to. And this doesn't just mean literally being physically in one place forever, but even just a single situation, role, or relationship. Things end and this is okay - they teach you what they need to teach you, provide you with exactly what you need, and then they end. On to the next thing. Twenty sixteen provided me with many endings, but we must not forget that endings are often synonymous with beginnings. More often than not new wonderful, beautiful things cannot begin without something else coming to a close.

What's important is to not mourn what we have lost, but to instead recognize what they have left us with - a bigger heart, memories to light up the darkest of days, new friendships, and a deeper understanding of this world we live in. The list of things we gain from those things that evade us goes on and on, and is deeply personal, but this is what is important. This is what matters.

I may no longer be a student, but I have finally reached the culmination of many years in school. The conclusion of that role has opened up the door to the beginning of a career as a nurse. It is my hopes that I will touch the lives of at least some of the people I encounter throughout the course of my career, and even if not, I am so lucky to even have the opportunity to do so.

I may have graduated from college in twenty fifteen, but twenty sixteen most certainly did a good job of solidifying the fact that there is no going back to those oh so wonderful years. That is a time in my life that is gone forever, but the closing of that chapter represents a whole life ahead of me that I get to live. The beautiful thing is, all the friendships I made in those years get to come with me on my journey through life. The people we have by our side throughout life make us lucky, and I will forever be thankful that those four years brought us together.

I may have have lost a love and best friend, but I now know what it feels like to love with my entire heart, and for that I am blessed. The ending of relationships are often painful, but if you look beyond the hurt, I promise you will learn something and walk away better than you were before. I was left with irreplaceable memories and the knowledge of what it means to love. I will search far and wide for a love like that again, and I will refuse to settle for anything less.

All of those things may have ended, but they have provided me with both wonderful memories, invaluable lessons, and most certainly a strong foundation to begin not only a new year on but also the rest of my life. I couldn't have timed the culmination of all of those endings better if I had tried. Twenty sixteen may have closed a lot of doors, but twenty seventeen's door is wide open, bright, and welcoming. The ending of this year is providing me with a completely clean slate, and I cannot wait to see what is waiting for me in the coming year. Having no restraints, nothing and no one holding me back, is a really beautiful thing. I can go wherever I want, do whatever I please, and become exactly who I'm meant to be. What could be better than that. And to think that it is in large part because things ended. I'm telling you endings are really just beginnings. Embrace them, let them teach you, and move forward with excitement for what's next.

I'm not sure what it is - whether it's the fact that seventeen has forever been a lucky number of mine, or because it feels like a complete and much needed fresh start - but I have a really strong feeling that twenty seventeen is going to be a really good year.

It doesn't feel right to say goodbye to a year without taking a moment to say thank you to all it has provided you with. So to twenty sixteen I say thank you. Thank you for letting me begin a career that will allow me to go and make a difference in people's lives. Thank you for so many new and beautiful friendships. Thank you for teaching me so much about what it means to love. Thank you for allowing me to create something I am so very passionate about and for allowing me to explore a side of myself, that for a long time I didn't know existed. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to see and explore the world, and for adventures and memories to last a lifetime. I am eternally grateful. Merci, grazie, danke, gracias. Last but not least, thank you for all the endings, that come to find out, are really just beginnings. Twenty sixteen, you weren't all that bad after all. Thank you.

xo. G

December 29, 2016

2017 Planners

Nothing represents a fresh start quite like a new planner. Every year I look forward to not only picking out a new planner, but also to the many crisp, empty pages just waiting to be filled with new adventures, celebrations, and the day to day happenings of my life. Those empty pages represent not only a fresh start but more importantly a new year and endless potential.  

My love for planners (and the organization they provide) developed way back in middle school when they gave them to us, and I have been using one ever since then. My first 'real' planner was my Lilly planner, which truth be told is what I have used since my freshman year of college up until this past year. My many Lilly planners served me very well, and I will miss the playful color and fun they brought to my day, but I decided it was time for a change. 

As the years go on, what you need out of a planner changes as your needs in life evolve. For the past five years the use of my planner revolved around school and being a student. Since that chapter came to an end, I was looking for a planner that would work best with my new roles and responsibilities, and I think I can say I successfully found one!

Sugar Paper and Target have once again impressed me and left me wanting everything in their collaboration! I spent a solid twenty minutes in the aisle going back and forth between different planners but decided to go with the Signature Planner. I loved the crispness and simplicity of the design, but what sold me was the setup of the weeks. My favorite features are the 'This Month' and 'This Week' pages at the beginning of each month and week. Perfect for staying organized and on top of it all! I am so excited and have been waiting patiently to start using it. It is the perfect planner for me! 

Of course, that's just the thing with planners - there is the perfect one for everyone and there is no 'one size fits all'. What works for me might not work for you and vice versa. It is all about finding one that fits your needs and works best with your lifestyle. The perfect one for you is out there, it's just a matter of finding it! To help you do just that I have linked a handful of different planners below. If you haven't already found your 2017 planner, check them out below. Enjoy and happy planning! 

December 27, 2016

Year End Reflection

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and holiday this past weekend filled with family time, rest & relaxation, and of course lots of yummy food! It is so hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already, and that the new year is quickly approaching. As twenty-sixteen draws to a close, I find myself looking back on this past year and taking time to reflect on all that has happened - the good, the bad, and everything in between. I think it is so important before the year comes to a close to look back at your year. Take a moment to reflect on lessons learned, challenges overcome, goals accomplished (or maybe still in progress), and who you are and where you're going.

I think it's sometimes easy to get wrapped up in the happenings of day to day life that we forget to take a moment to pause, reflect, and really look back on how far we've come in a year. It's amazing how much personal growth can occur in what is really a short amount of time. If for no other reason at all, take a moment to reflect on your own journey, your own growth, and your own lessons learned.

To me, looking back at the year as it draws to a close always puts life into perspective. Throughout the year there are days, weeks, and months that aren't always as easy as others, and yet when I look back on my year, those aren't the things that stand out to me. Despite how awful some of those times felt in the moment, they are not the ones I remember. They do not define 2016. What I do remember when I look back on this past year are all the beautiful memories made, friendships created, goals accomplished, and adventures lived. Those are the things that are important - the one's worth remembering. Most importantly, as years come to a close, I am always reminded of this - regardless of how I felt the year went, it was another year I got to live, love, and explore. And that is something not everyone is lucky enough to get. For that reason alone, I am extremely blessed.

To help kickstart your year end reflecting, I wanted to share some questions with you that were written by one of my favorite writers, Maxie. I have talked before about how much I love Maxie and all she has to say, and this is just another reason to add to the list of why she is so great. I read and answered these questions myself and so many light bulbs went off in my head. It was amazing. I hope that by answering these questions you all have some of those 'ah-ha' moments as well. Reflection is a great way to prepare yourself to say goodbye to the old year and hello to a new one, and with 2017 less than a week away there is no better time to do just that!



1. What am I the most proud of?

2.What have been my three happiest moments?

3. What is the biggest lesson I’ve learned?

4. What do I still want to do that I haven’t started?

5. What was I worried about at the beginning of the year that worked it’s way out?

6. What is the most synchronistic event that happened this year?

7.Who did I spend the most amount of time with? Has that been energizing to me? Or has that been draining?

8. When was I the most fully expressed version of myself?

9. What have I accomplished? And what’s still unfinished?

10. When did I feel a total fire in my belly?

11. What money has been the best spent? And what money was wasted?

12. What is one attachment, belief, or person that I am finally ready to let go of?

13. What is one thing I’ve been doing that makes me feel really really good about myself?

I hope by answering these questions you found some clarity, inspiration, or motivation as you head into the new year! And if you're looking for more inspiration be sure to head over to Maxie's website. I promise you'll find it there! 

Happy almost 2017!

xo. G

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I'm sure you are all currently spending time with loved ones, but I just wanted to take a quick second to wish you all a very merry Christmas. May your day be filled with endless love, joy, and happiness as you all celebrate surrounded by all the ones you love and who love you. I hope you count your blessings twice, cherish the moments and the memories, and most importantly I hope you never forget what this holiday is all about.

Merry Christmas! 

xo. G

December 16, 2016

Friday Finds No. 12

End of Year Reflecting // As we approach the end of 2016, I find myself looking back and reflecting on this past year. I think reflection is good for the soul year round, but most definitely important as we prepare to enter a new year! I was thrilled when I found this article that spoke about end of year reflecting by my favorite writer, on one of my favorite blogs (!!). I urge you to not only check it out, but also to spend some time looking back and reflecting on your own 2016. Two weeks left my friends, there's still time!

Midwives Can Change the World // If I can influence you to do one thing today please watch this! Regardless of whether you are in the health care field or not, this is so important, especially if you are a woman. I think some of the issues brought up during this talk are things many people didn't even know were issues. As someone who is going into maternity nursing this is an issue dear to my heart, and I hope that with increased awareness this country can make strides to better not only the outcomes for women in this country but also their birthing experiences.

Holiday Destinations // With the Christmas season upon us & everything decked out for the holidays,  I have been thinking a lot about what the Christmas season is like in other cities around the world. I think this in part due to my recent travels - I can't stop thinking about how magical Paris would be this time of year. I think Paris at Christmas time is most definitely getting added to my bucket list! However, I'm sure Paris isn't the only beautiful place at Christmas time. I would gladly take a trip to each and every one of these holiday destinations! Check them out & join the wanderlust club.

And just in case you still need ideas for some last minute gifts!

December 15, 2016

Holiday Plaids

Nothing screams Christmas to me quite like a tartan plaid, and in the weeks leading up to Christmas I am all over it. Every season I look forward to breaking out all my holiday plaid shirts, and I always get excited when I start to see the merry print popping up in stores, magazines, and catalogs. I'm not sure if this year there has been an even bigger plaid push going on or I've just been more aware of it, but I feel like it is everywhere. I love it! With Christmas only a week and a half away, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites that I have found this holiday season. It is such a fun print for this time of year, and it makes almost anything just a little bit more festive!

Shop here... 

xo. G

December 13, 2016

Christmas To-Do List

Is it just me or can anyone else not believe that Christmas is in twelve days!? Yes, just twelve short days from now we will be celebrating one of the most magical holidays. I feel like the Christmas season just began, and yet at the same time I am panicking a little bit because I feel like it's almost over and there is still so much I have yet to do. Not so much to do in the shopping/gift giving department, but more so just in the fun holiday activities that I love to do year after year! I guess when I stop and think about it, I really have almost two weeks to still enjoy all things Christmas. I plan on doing just that - making the most of the season and enjoying it before it's over. I'm sharing below what's on my to-do list, which are things that bring me happiness this time of year! Enjoy!

My Christmas Wishlist

After sharing my holiday gift guides, I thought it would be fun to share what's on my Christmas list this year. I have a hard time making a gift list for people because in all honesty there is nothing I really need, and I feel bad asking for things that are more often than not very frivolous. I could get nothing for Christmas and be perfectly fine!

December 08, 2016

Stocking Stuffers

Come Christmas morning, one of my favorite traditions is opening up our stockings. In our house we have always saved the stockings for last, opening them up after we have unwrapped all of our other gifts. I'm honestly not sure why we do it this way, but it is what we have done ever since I was a kid and I have grown to love it. Having to wait for the stocking, makes it that much sweeter when we do open them! Knowing that there are a few small goodies left for you makes opening up your last gift a bit better. Stockings are perfect for all the little gifts, which are often some of the best. As they always say "the best things come in small packages."

I wanted to round up and share some items that I know I for one would love to see in my stocking, and that I feel would make the perfect stocking stuffers! A stocking is the perfect place to gift those small beauty products - a lipstick, hand lotion, or nail polish. I love love love this rosebud salve, it is one of my go-to and most used beauty products. I literally use it for everything from chapped lips, to dry skin, and even to tame fly-aways. Every woman should have this in her beauty arsenal. Anthropologie sells the best hand cream this time of year. It is the cutest packaging and literally smells like a Christmas tree, which makes it so festive this time of year! Jewelry is another perfect stocking stuffer. J.Crew Factory has the best jewelry at a price that won't break the bank. I recently purchased this chunky necklace and these jewel cluster earrings, and think they would make the perfect holiday gift! A pretty candle or a nice parfum are also nice and unexpected little gifts - perfect for a stocking. Oh, and how could I forget a pair of socks or two!

Shop here... 

xo. G

December 06, 2016

Athleisure Gift Guide!

All my yoga lovers, running fanatics, and gym buddies out there, this one's for you! Take a moment to look over these amazing athleisure gifts and then share with anyone and everyone who may be shopping for you this year. I think the real show stopper of this gift guide is the Apple Watch for Nike+. It just launched a couple months ago, so it is relatively new and totally a hot gift for all the fitness lovers out there. As a runner myself, I can say that this is the perfect running watch. It easily lets you track your runs with a built in GPS - say goodbye to running with your phone! It's also super sleek and still has all the original Apple Watch features. As far as the other gifts go, I am also loving these Saturday pants and this bralette, and a yoga mat is on my Christmas list this year! I have linked all the above gifts below, and I added an entire other list of fun fitness gifts. Check them out! 

Shop here... 

And some more... 

xo. G

December 01, 2016

Hello December!

How is it already December!? This year has absolutely flown by - I cannot believe that in one month 2016 will be over and we will be onto a fresh, new year. Twenty-seventeen will be here in no time! However, I intend to enjoy and not rush through the next month. December first really officially marks the Holiday season being upon us, and it truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year. It is a month filled with so much love, joy, and giving - it's hard not to be happy. I hope you take the time to enjoy this holiday season, spend quality time with family and friends, and never forget what the holiday season means to you!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season. Enjoy!

McGee and Co. Holiday // I discovered Studio McGee about a year ago and was immediately attracted to the bright and clean aesthetic of their designs. I'm seriously obsessed. If I could sign up now for them design my future home, I absolutely would. Lucky for me, since that probably won't every happen, they have a design shop, so I can bring that same aesthetic to my own home. Since it is the holiday season, I wanted to share their special holiday shop that they released last month. I am loving this gold & white trayhobnail pitchermercury glass ornaments, and faux holly. Not only are these great things to add to your own collection, but they would make the perfect gifts!!

Burberry // Does this not seem like a trailer for an amazing movie!? I'm sad to report it isn't but still such a creative ad looking back at the history of Burberry's founding. Such a great cast and amazing cinematography - how fun would it be to work on an ad like this? I'll just have to keep imagining up my own ending for how this 'movie' would end if it were up to me!

Christmas Traditions // I love these classic Christmas traditions. I think it is easy to get wrapped up in the consumerism of the season, and forget about the simple things that make the holiday season so special. I am all about classic traditions, so I loved finding this list of Christmas ones. They're all great but my favorites are baking from scratch, mailing holiday cards, and of course dressing up! Do you have any timeless Christmas traditions that you follow? I'd love to hear!

Things I'm Loving... all things plaid! 

Holiday Gift Guides...

xo. G