Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Mari Andrew

Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Mari Andrew

Mari Andrew was instantly my friend when I came across her Instagram account. Every day, she publishes an autobiographic - humorous - relatable illustration by her own hand; a practice to which she's maintained dedication for more than two years. To start the year off with a bang, Mari's book Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood published on March 27. 

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Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Lindsey Tramuta

Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Lindsey Tramuta

Lindsey Tramuta's life in Paris has spawned numerous articles, a blog called Lost in Cheeseland that's been around more than half a decade, and a recently-published book titled: The New Paris. What is the New Paris, you ask? Lindsey moved to Paris to attend college and stayed, despite what you may think you know about American's living in Paris. In the decade since, she's become acquainted with the cultural rhythm of the City of Light, cataloguing its modern renaissance through food, craft, tourism, and beyond. Lindsey's hard work helped her build a massive network, connecting her with creative minds, established pillars, and the change-makers bringing modern flair to her adopted hometown. In The New Paris, Lindsey breaks down the different facets of a changing city, evolving to meet the rapidly globalized culture and reforming its identity beyond what we could have ever romanticized. 

Learn more about Lindsey and The New Paris: 

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A Short Guide for Being Kind

A Short Guide for Being Kind

As a part of my 100 Days of Grace project, I am researching the qualities that tend to accompany true grace. Generosity. Lightness. Ease. Kindness.

To let an off-hand comment roll off your back. To let someone in as a lane is ending on the highway, when you know they may have rushed up just to cut the line. To not take it personally if someone doesn’t hold the door or greet you when you walk into a business.

Read on for inspiration, circumstances, and optional responses for imparting small kindnesses in your everyday life. 

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With Your Theme as Your Guide, Prepare for 2018

A peek into my "set it and forget it" lifestyle.

This may be the first time I admit this but here we go: I'm a sporadic creative. If I don't set myself up for success, I will inevitably fail. Some mornings I wake up completely unable to make decisions, comprehensively organize projects, or manage communications. On these mornings I make mistakes. I miss deadlines. Calls that were supposed to take place get missed and apology emails go out after I've already let someone down. 

Read on for activities you can implement in your own life to "set and forget" the actions to take to bring make your 2018 priorities your reality! 

 
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The Complete New Year's Checklist

The Complete New Year's Checklist

Planning frenzy! Last minute Christmas shopping! Keeping it all together, oh my! 

With enough people telling you how to set goals, what accessories you will need in 2018 (queue eye roll), and the overwhelming quickness of the holiday season, I've put together a concise and comprehensive checklist that even only half completed will set you up for a killer 2018. 

Read on for a series of checkboxes to start your year on point! 

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How I Plan for a New Year

How I Plan for a New Year

It's no secret that I believe in planning as a tool for any endeavor: Project management, grocery shopping, a lifelong bucket list, getting Christmas shopping completed on-time. That's why December has seen more of me face down in my notebook more than any other month. 

Read on for a suite of activities to guide your 2018 planning. 

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#FollowFriday: Five Authentic Lifestyle-Livers to Follow on Instagram

#FollowFriday: Five Authentic Lifestyle-Livers to Follow on Instagram

Each week, I share a small themed collection of people curating accounts that inspire me. I keep my follow count low so I can be sure I'm getting to see each person I follow on a regular basis. 

This week, I'm highlighting five ladies whose accounts may not look as "branded" as some of the highly followed 'lifestyle' accounts, but whose eye for beauty in the ordinary sets them apart from the masses.

Please check out and enjoy these five authentic lifestyle portrayals on Instagram. 

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5 Slow & Simple Living Accounts to Follow on Instagram Today

5 Slow & Simple Living Accounts to Follow on Instagram Today

I will be the first to admit: I follow a sum total of 5 - 7 friends on Instagram, out of my 200+ follows. I do that simply because I see all of these folks' posts on Facebook and prefer to save my Instagram as a place of artistry, curation, and inspiration. 

These five slow living accounts are my favorites, each for their own reasons.

Some have under 1000 followers while others are popular and run widely-read blogs. I'm not concerned with their audience, more how they choose to share their lives. Each of them inspire me and hopefully, will inspire you too.

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Why We Celebrated the Feminine Mystique

Why We Celebrated the Feminine Mystique

Menstruation is the only reason why babies exist. Without menstruation, there are no pregnancies, therefore no people. One of the best things I learned through the creation of this fundraiser was that in ancient human societies, women were worshiped for their blood magic and respected for their sacred ability to create life. I doubt anyone was laughing then. 

On May 28, 2016, Mahila Partnership held a fundraiser at the Station House. Our goal was to raise awareness and gather support for our programs that support women’s health and hygiene in Nepal, Haiti, and India. 

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5 Female Travelers to Follow in Instagram Right Now

5 Female Travelers to Follow in Instagram Right Now

I get my wanderlust momentarily satisfied via these lady travelers from the comfort of my couch.

However I came across each of them, their individual journeys touch me in ways that spark my excitement and anticipation of what is possible. Whether traveling for fun, for lifestyle, for work, or once in a while on the weekends, the exploration of new places ranks high in my priorities. 

These women inspire me to go out and see the world my own way. 

It certainly doesn't hurt that their photography and creative style skills are off the charts! 

 

Photo of Freya Dowson found on Pinterest via Free People.

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Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Michaela Cisney

Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Michaela Cisney

To start, tell us a bit about your organization, Priyam Global:

Priyam Global is a movement to affirm the value of children affected by disability. We are a registered nonprofit with the mission of improving the quality of life for children with disabilities in poverty by investing in the women who raise them. Currently, we work in Chennai, India, where we are running a comprehensive economic empowerment and family support program for mothers of children with disabilities.

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Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Arielle Zadok

Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Arielle Zadok

Share a bit about your life before you decided to move your whole life to New Zealand:

Before I moved to New Zealand I literally had no idea where it was. I actually thought it was a Scandinavian country (don’t tell my Kiwi mates that!). I had a friend who did a semester abroad there in college but besides a few MySpace photos (yes, I’ve just dated myself) of her having fun at someone’s house saying it was New Zealand, I had no idea it even existed.

I would never have thought of myself as adventurous or as a risk taker throughout my life, but I think at heart I always had it in me. I’m the daughter of two immigrants, and even more immigrants before that. It’s in my blood.

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Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Livia Gil

Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Livia Gil

Share a bit about your life before becoming an international dancer:

I always wanted to explore more than my own country in the arts scene. In Brazil, there are few possibilities for dancers, while in Europe there are so many ballet companies and lots of investment in the arts and culture. I knew giving up living at home would be a challenge, but if I wanted to make a more interesting career in dance, with better opportunities and to gain more recognition, coming to Europe would be the right choice for me.

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Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Manuela Baron

Women Taking Leaps: Interview with Manuela Baron

About the Women Taking Leaps series:

This blog - my life - would not be what it is today without the inspiring women in my life. Near and far, close friends and new acquaintances, incredible women have come into my life in my later years and opened a realm of possibilities for me, simply living by example. This blog series is the first of (hopefully) many to highlight the females that are forging onward, creating lives they love, and making a positive mark on this world.

To start this series, I am proud to introduce Manuela Baron, also known as The Girl Gone Green. Manuela hosts a thriving YouTube channel and Instagram community about conscious living through minimizing waste and being mindful of our impact on the environment.

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5 Alt-Living Instagram's Inspiring Me Right Now

5 Alt-Living Instagram's Inspiring Me Right Now

I might spend too much time loving on skoolie - tiny house - alt living Instagram accounts.

It's the perfect time to join this budding community. People of all ages from all over the place are taking the plunge into mobile, alternative, off-grid living not as an escape, but as an opportunity for total freedom. The best part? Each person (or couple, oftentimes!) is making their living/way on the road in a totally unique way. 

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Wild Ginger, and why my 2017 book list is changing

Wild Ginger, and why my 2017 book list is changing

Wild Ginger by Anchee Min pulled me out of a fearful funk. I have unsuccessfully begun six books since the beginning of the year, and one of them I deemed "finished" even though I can't confidently say I read most of the pages. 

As an avid reader throughout my life (and getting a lot of my childhood validation from being exceptionally literate), my lack of a draw to reading had me fearing for the worst. What if I didn't love reading anymore? What if I've fallen into the pit of technology addiction and I can no longer enjoy books? 

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