california love // 10 things I 💖 about LA (so far)

LA pin-01.jpg

Although I’ve fallen behind on my LA diary blog posts and vlogs (I’m planning on catching up this weekend!), I’ve been in LA for four months now! Inspired by Danielle Peazar I thought I’d post about 10 things I’m loving about living in LA. I plan to revisit this list at the 6 month and one year mark to see how I’ve changed-or haven’t! Continue reading “california love // 10 things I 💖 about LA (so far)”

numb // 5 ways to look after your strong friend

dallas clayton-01.jpg

I read (okay, skimmed…) an article recently about making sure you check in on your strong friend. I feel like we all have a friend that we look up to and admire and would describe as ‘strong’, together, confident and who always seems to go above and beyond. The kind of person whose theme song should be Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman.’ [Confession: I’d like to think this is my theme song.] The truth is that no matter how strong or together someone appears, life is tough and we all struggle. In the recent weeks there has been a spotlight on mental health, depression, suicide and the role that we can all play in looking after our friendships better. Continue reading “numb // 5 ways to look after your strong friend”

DIY // 5 ways to overcome creator’s block

creators block pin-01.jpg

For the last five years living in New York City I’ve looked forward to Thursday because it meant creative team night at my church. This was a night that everyone who served on creative teams (everything from musicians and vocalists to writers and graphic designers) got together to worship, hear from a creative leader in our church and learn more about our teams. There is something electric about being in a room full of people volunteering their time to be creative-it’s like the ideas are popping like fresh kernels on the stove.

But all too often I’ve found myself experiencing creator’s block where all of a sudden I have no great ideas, don’t know what I want to make, or can’t get started. Although I no longer live in NYC, it is Thursday so I thought it may be appropriate to share some ideas on how to overcome creator’s block and how I get the ideas flowing again! Continue reading “DIY // 5 ways to overcome creator’s block”

LA week 10 | it’s the climb

california dreaming

Week 10 followed the formula of many of the weeks prior. Alyssa came into town for the weekend and we had a relaxing and fun weekend planned. Saturday we went hiking at Runyon Canyon as she had never been before. We were choosing between lazing around the beach and going on a hike and the hike won out! We fueled up at a restaurant called ‘Eat This’, which was absolutely delicious. Nothing like getting ready for a hike in the heat with a huge breakfast burger, mimosa and cinnamon rolls! We celebrated our great choice with frozen yogurt from Yogurtland, as all smart people should. Post hike I had an incredible amount of energy so after we came back to my apartment I did a quick HIIT work out in my living room. Endorphins, yes please… Continue reading “LA week 10 | it’s the climb”