Staying Grounded

Staying Grounded

Grounded: the feeling when everything is in balance and in place. You feel calm and sure. Many things can bump us off our rhythm, and it can be hard to get back in the groove when you just feel off. Some days, my headspace feels totally hyperactive and impulsive, bouncing from one thought to the next without completing the previous thought or task. Then I forgot all about it for a while until it bounces back, and inevitably disappears again. This happens when life feels busy or overwhelming. So often, we are focused on the “hustle,” but I prefer to sink into that steady place in which I feel grounded.

And so, when you feel the world is a little off-kilter, and you need to return to the true you, here are some ways that I remind myself of who I am and why I am here. Hopefully, these might inspire you to find your balance when you are feeling a little floopy (Friends, anyone?):

Put your phone in another room

Sometimes, those funky feelings arise when we are spending too much time on our devices. If you find yourself in one of those patterns where you keep compulsively checking your phone for one reason or another, just put it away. Place it in a drawer, or in a separate room.

Track your phone use

Better yet, download an app like Moment that tracks how long you are spending on your device. I use it, and after being horrified at the amount of time I was looking at my phone, I accepted the truth and have been able to significantly lessen time on my phone, by as much as an hour or more each day.

Read, write, or color

Reading makes you a better person. It just does. It feels good, it makes you smart, it makes you empathetic. Writing can be therapeutic if you need to process an experience. In fact, I journal every night before bed. Drawing in an adult coloring book, too, is incredibly mesmerizing and soothing. (Note: put your phone away while you do any of this.)

Connect with another human

I am introverted, so generally my go-to for restoring my balance is a solo activity like reading or coloring, but if you are extroverted, you might consider spending time (phones away) with a loved one. Grab a coffee, talk it out. Find comfort in a close one.

Get a breath of fresh air

Going for a walk always makes me feel better. Maybe it’s solo or with a friend. Or perhaps for you, it’s a run. Even eat your lunch outside if you are able to. Whatever it is, soak in that fresh air.

How do you stay grounded?

Love, Bee

prep for spring

prep for spring

Guys, I am so excited, because this week, March happens! I don’t know about you, but I have been embracing these warmer temperatures in Nashville. I am fully ready to say goodbye to February and hello to spring.

And so, here are some easy ways to prep for a season switch:


1. Put the winter decor away.

I know, it’s technically still winter. But when it’s March, my mind thinks spring. I have already stored away all snowflake-scented candles and wintry decor. I have floral candles back out and placed fresh blooms on countertops. I finally stripped away the rest of the Christmas lights (yes, I did have some strands still out…just white lights!) Refreshing your home means refreshing your mind.

2. Switch out your closet.

I still have sweaters and coats at the forefront of my closet. But with temperatures rising, I need my warm-weather clothes! I will keep some sweaters out for cold spells, but I am ready for my springy tees and dresses to be back and prominent.

3. Do a deep clean.

Spring cleaning means literally cleaning, guys. I get a little lazier about my home in the wintertime (I blame the weather). I have been cleaning, sure, but lightly. Sometimes just vacuuming but not mopping, for instance. Now is the time to take it up a few notches. I mean clean out all those crevices you normally avoid. Clear away all the dust (this will help with allergies, too). Scrub the tub. Wipe down the refrigerator. Do what you don’t want to do, and then feel awesome that you did it. I personally prefer to take a morning and do it all at once while playing some favorite music to keep me moving, but do what works for you.

4. Declutter and donate.

Whatever you did not wear or use this past winter season, say goodbye. Don’t just store it away, once again, if you aren’t really utilizing it (whatever it may be). Declutter, let go, and breathe a sigh of relief!

5. Refresh your bedding.

I love to have separate winter and summer bedding. It feels so nice to switch out thick blankets or comforters for lighter ones.


Making these changes feels good because it signals to your brain that spring is coming, and spring just makes people happy! Enjoy switching it up, and spread that spring fever!

Love, Bee

5 ways to get out of your winter funk

5 ways to get out of your winter funk

Around this time of year, I usually get into a funk. I am tired of the short days and the cold. I crave spring, and the longing for it gets stronger every day. If you feel like you are going a little crazy indoors, I am sharing some tips for coping with your winter blues!

1. Move.

You have to get moving. It can be so easy to go straight from work to the couch and Netflix. I know I easily fall into this pattern. However, as soon as you get home from work, change into active gear. Do not check social media yet. Get moving right away to ensure you make it happen! Perhaps you go for a brisk walk or head to the gym. Maybe you do a home workout, like a yoga video on YouTube or something quick like the 7-minute workout. Do something.

2. Considering investing in a sun lamp.

Sun lamps, or light therapy boxes, mimic natural daylight. They create a simulation of sunlight that lifts your energy and your mood. I use one in the morning at work for about 30 minutes, and it always gives me a little boost.

3. Choose Emergen-C over more coffee.

When I am dragging this time of year, my instinct is to drink more caffeine. However, instead of that second or third cup, I find it better and more beneficial to opt for something like Emergen-C, which gives you a boost of vitamins and immunity support.

4. Avoid sugar.

I know this is hard to do, but I find that avoiding sugary treats and snacks, and eating a piece of fruit or some veggies + hummus instead, replenishes me and gives me more energy. Particularly at this time of year, having more sweets just makes me lethargic.

5. Wash your hands + sanitize your phone.

Everyone is sick at this time of year. Wash your hands often, but do not wash your hands and then get on your phone or computer while you eat lunch. Think about all the germs that are stuck on those electronics. I avoid touching my phone while I am eating, and right after work, I give my phone a disinfecting wipe-down. I do this every single day. Not getting sick = feeling better and avoiding the winter funk.

How do you deal with the winter blues? Hope my tips help!

Love, Bee


5 ways to make life a little sweeter this january

5 ways to make life a little sweeter this january

Most years, I do not enjoy wintertime. I am usually partial to warm weather, sunshine, and beaches. However, this year I have been enjoying winter way more than usual! Maybe it is just getting older, but I have been relishing the cold and the coziness. If you are someone who counts down the days until spring, I would encourage you to try embracing this chilly month and making the most if it. Here are 5 ways I am making life a little sweeter this January:

1. Listen to feel good music while you work.

One of the ways I put a little pep in my step is to listen to upbeat music while I write lesson plans (I’m a teacher), especially when it looks extra dreary outside. Whenever I am on my planning period, I typically pop in my headphones and give myself a burst of energy with happy tunes while I work. This makes me feel motivated and alert.

2. Wear comfortable shoes.

I am just a happier person when I wear comfortable shoes. When I am in my ED by Ellen DeGeneres sneakers (best shoes in the world y’all) I am 20x more likely to have an awesome day. I can bounce around, light on my feet, and feel free and flexible.

3. Start an at-home yoga practice.

Yoga with Adriene keeps me moving through my days with intentionality and awareness. Each January she guides viewers through a free 30-day yoga practice. It’s not too late to begin TRUE, her latest yoga journey! It is for all levels and free on YouTube. Give it a go!

4. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet.

It can be so easy to coast through January on indulgences. But you will feel so much better adding in an extra serving of fruit and veggies in your day, especially if you are less active than you would be in the warmer months.

5. Go for a brisk walk.

Sometimes, there is nothing more refreshing than crisp winter air in your body. Even if it is cold out, getting outside for even 10 minutes each day will enliven your spirits! Just this morning I took a short, bitter stroll in the snow in Centennial Park, but it was totally worth it just to leave the house for a bit.

How are you feeling this winter?! Tell me how your January is going in the comments!

Love, Bee

4 things I’m not shopping for (and the 1 that I am) in 2018

4 things I’m not shopping for (and the 1 that I am) in 2018

After reading Ann Patchett’s “My Year of No Shopping” in the New York Times, I started thinking about the reality of not shopping for an entire year. Would I want to do that? Could I? It sounded liberating to me – a year without more stuff. And yet, what would I do if I needed something? Worse, how would I handle it if I wanted something? Still, this idea – this saving of both time and money – really appealed to me.

And so, I concluded that I would give it a go, on my own terms. First, I would eliminate the “want” this year by not browsing. I figured, if I was not whimsically shopping – if I did not visit any retail sites or stores – I would not see anything to buy and thus would not want to buy anything. That, I think, is the key to this goal. Removing exposure. Not shopping. Then, I decided I would allow myself to buy something, only if I really needed it.


Here are the 4 things I’m not shopping for in 2018:


…unless I need something for my trip to Europe (more on that below). I’m not going to type in on my computer this year on a whim. I will only buy something if it will make my trip easier and more pleasant (like comfy shoes).


…until I finish the ones I have already bought. Too often, I shop for books when I still have recently purchased ones that I need to read!

Beauty items

…until every half-empty item in my bathroom has been used. I know you feel me. There are all kinds of partially-used lotions and washes hiding under my sink. I put them there because I did not “like” them. But you know what – those things are fine. And I’m using them.

Home goods

There’s no “until” or “unless” here. I can be bad about buying an excess of candles and mugs and cute things for my home. I love home goods. But I know that I do not and should not need anything new this year. I just moved into a new apartment last spring and bought all sorts of things for it. It is going to be hard, but I know I should be just fine not buying anything new for my home in 2018.


Here is the 1 thing I am spending money on in 2018:

Travel & Experiences

I have a significant trip to Europe planned for this summer (!!!) and that is my priority. I will spend all sorts of time browsing accommodation, restaurants, and activities for this trip. By saving money on clothes, books, beauty and home items, I know I’m going to save – in part to increase my savings – and so that I can make my dream Europe trip a reality!


So far I have succeeded with this list, and I am determined to keep it up the whole year! How you are prioritizing your time and money in 2018?!

Love, Bee

8 Ways to Alter Your Life in 2018

8 Ways to Alter Your Life in 2018

Pictured Above: Parnassus Books

For the most part, New Year’s Resolutions can be unrealistic. They are often lofty goals such as “eat healthier” or “work out every day” without a plan and can easily lead to nothing. I have been thinking often about how to take resolutions and actually start fresh and plan to be my best self in the new year. Here’s what I’ve come up with:


1. Create a Habit.

It isn’t enough to say you’ll work out 5 times a week. How are you going to do it? Habits are created by performing the same task when something triggers you. For instance, maybe you’ll exercise as soon as you get home from work. To form a habit, you need to consistently exercise at that precise moment. It helps to have some sort of closure after completing the task, like a reward. Perhaps as soon as you finish exercising, you have a snack. Thus, the task is bookended – it begins with a trigger and ends with a reward. And the task becomes a habit.

2. Be Intentional.

Once you’ve set a goal, avoid going through your new task (like exercising) with the mindset of, “I need to get through this.” If you force it and complete it mechanically, you won’t feel positive or excited about it. Notice what you’re doing. Be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions while you are exercising (or eating healthy, or meditating, or anything else). This is something I’ve learned through yoga – not to go through the motions, but to be intentional with every move I make.

3. Treat Yourself with Kindness.

Being kind to yourself is just as important to being kind to others. If you slip up, simply be aware of it. Acknowledge that you slipped up, and try to create a new habit. Maybe change the time of day if it wasn’t work for you. Alter what you need to. Self-love, y’all.

4. Eliminate Distractions.

It is so easy to go down the technological rabbit hole – whether it be Instagram or Buzzfeed or Internet browsing. I have started setting a timer on my phone for the length of time that I am allowed to browse, like, and comment on Instagram. As a blogger, I could spend all the time in the world on that app. While it’s important to make connections and expand your network, it can easily creep into most of your day and eliminate extra time when you could be completing that yoga video or writing that novel you’ve been dreaming about.

Try timing yourself for any number of minutes that suits you and when the timer goes off, force yourself to close the app and move on with your day. If you erase even 20 minutes of every day that you spend on social media, that 20 minutes becomes 140 minutes per week and 7,300 minutes (over 121 hours) per year.

Time is precious. Be aware of how you spend it and with whom you spend it. Which brings me to…

5. Be Present.

When loved ones are in the room, and they’re talking to you, put your phone down. Look them in the eye. Your phone is not your priority. People are. You’ll regret the time you wasted on your phone instead of being present with the people around you.

6. Read More.

Reading books opens the world for us. Whenever I get into a groove of reading a lot, I feel like a better person. I feel as though my perspective has expanded. I feel more empathetic, more caring, and more aware of the world around me. Reading is one of the most valuable and important ways that you can enrich your life.

7. Immerse Yourself in Nature.

You know the benefits of spending time in nature. Taking a walk outdoors is one of the best ways to refresh your body and mind. It’s also an opportunity to meditate – Did you know you can meditate even when you’re walking?

8. Give to the Universe.

You get out what you put in. Wish everyone well who you meet. Seize opportunities to make others feel good. If anything or anyone is bringing you down, let it go.


2018 is here. And I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

Love, Bee

Dealing with Post-Christmas Letdown

Dealing with Post-Christmas Letdown

You know the feeling. Christmas is much-anticipated and -prepared for. Quite a bit of work is done and numerous festivities are had leading up to the big day. Then, Christmas Day often feels still and precious. It is a peaceful and fleeting day. And finally, waking up on December 26th, you might be a little hungover from food, drink, and fun, and a little disillusioned as the magic feels over.

I am a person that loves celebrating holidays, and particularly, the Christmas season. I try to do everything, to fit everything in – to watch every film, go to every light show. December is packed full of joy. And then, it’s done. And I feel melancholy watching trees come down before New Year’s. I personally prefer to keep the spirit alive, at least through the new year.

And so, I’m sharing a few ways that I’ve learned to deal with this post-Christmas letdown:


Don’t go cold turkey

Truly, the letdown is worse when you go from 100 to 0. Let yourself continue to listen to Christmas music and maybe even watch another movie or two after December 25. Leave the tree up through New Year’s Eve. Allow yourself to continue enjoying the season. The past few years, my family has chosen to go to Cheekwood Holiday Lights after Christmas, simply to keep the spirit alive.

Stay positive

The long winter months can feel gloomy and depressing. This often starts to set in after Christmas. Keep yourself positive by staying busy or focusing on something fun in the future. I always become absorbed in completing jigsaw puzzles right after the holiday, and it makes me feel relaxed and satisfied. I also love planning a trip soon after Christmas so that I have something exciting to look forward to. Consider, too, doing something as simple as taking the time to think of or write down things for which you are grateful.

Set goals

New Year’s resolutions are easy to skip or not take seriously, but they can be wonderful ways to start off the new year right. Set attainable, reasonable goals that offer you the opportunity to work on a meaningful project or cross something significant off your list. By keeping busy and planning goals, we can start off this cold season with an optimistic mindset.


I hope this helps! How do you best deal with post-Christmas letdown?

Love, Bee