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10 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care

As much as I struggle with anxiety and depression, I’m really bad at practicing self-care and self love consistently. I go through phases where I’m really motivated (usually after a bout of panic or a really bad day) but then I also go through phases where I just can’t bring myself to do anything resembling self-care. I think part of it is that when I think of self-care, I think of these ambitious things like meditation, yoga or running for hours…

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Mental Health

An Afternoon on Roosevelt Island

Have you ever heard of Roosevelt Island? I hadn’t either, at least not until I moved to NYC last year. For those who don’t know, Roosevelt Island is a small island between Manhattan and Queens, named after FDR in 1971. It only took a year, but I finally made the short trip one afternoon with a friend and it was definitely worth it! Roosevelt Island: A little history For as relatively unknown that Roosevelt Island is, it really does have…

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NYC, Travels

Weekend Reads 03

Back for Week 3 of what you need to read this weekend! If you missed Week 1 or Week 2, it’s still not too late to check them out. Without further ado, this is what I loved reading this week: ~How Harry Potter Changed the World Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or are one of those people who doesn’t like the series), you know it’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. While we look back…

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Musings

Hiking Pinatubo: Exploring History and Untouched Nature

This is a guest post from my wonderful friend Angel. I’ve never had the opportunity to travel to Asia (yet) so I was honoured when she offered to write a post about her life-changing hike to the top of Pinatubo volcano in the Philippines. If you’re in that neck of the woods, I definitely recommend checking out this hike because it seems seriously worthwhile! The last time my family visited the Philippines was six years after Pinatubo’s historic eruption. Although I…

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Travel Guides, Travels

One Year in NYC: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Just over one year ago, I moved to New York City. Crazy, right?! I can hardly believe it myself. This marks the longest I’ve lived in one place since I finished high school. After I graduated, I went to Davidson, but it was that weird limbo where you live there for the school year and then go home for breaks. Then I lived in Paris, then in London. Then back in Davidson for one more school year. After graduation, I…

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Musings, NYC

Weekend Reads 02

Wow! I’m able to keep this going for two whole weeks…maybe this will actually be a regular thing?! Without further ado, here are my interesting reads for this week. I’ve been on a self-improvement kick lately (at least reading about self-improvement, I haven’t yet got to the actual self-improvement actions yet…) so a lot of the articles here reflect that. ~Habits vs Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life This article was a really interesting read for…

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Musings

Rainy Day Wanderings: AKA How I Got Bryant Park to Myself

Rainy days are incredibly varied for me: some days I wake up and feel motivated to clean my apartment and then spend the day exploring. Other days I just want to curl up on my couch with a nice cuppa and spend the day reading, writing or, more likely, watching TV. A few weeks ago, I was feeling much the latter state when I woke up to pouring rain with no end in sight. But, as luck would have it,…

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NYC, Travels

Weekend Reads 01

I’ve subscribed to some fantastic newsletters since I started my new job and I look forward to reading them every day when I take my lunch break (no rest for the wicked!). I get anything from empowering articles about female professionals to interesting reads on non-conformity and personal betterment to pertinent articles on current events around the world. I haven’t been into reading books lately—my most recent spree was my last. But these articles make for some great reading if you’re…

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Musings

The Morgan Library: A Book Lover’s Paradise

I can’t be the only one in love with old books, right? The Morgan Library has been calling my name ever since I came across it online. I finally got the chance (aka decided not to be lazy) to go over a long weekend and fell completely in love with the gorgeous library and beautiful old books. If you’re a fan of beautiful libraries with thousands of books, The Morgan Library is the place for you. It’s a MUST when you visit…

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NYC, Travels

Why It’s Important to Celebrate the Small Things

The Internet is filled with wellness tips and self-care advice these days. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic that people are starting to talk more and more about mental wellbeing. But what happens when those wellness tips like “go to yoga” or “meditate for half an hour each day” or “get outside and exercise” seem like way too much? There are days when my alarm goes off in the morning and the thought of getting out of bed and starting…

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