I’ve sat down to write this blog post SO many times in the past 72 hours, and I can’t seem to find the words. I guess that’s the best way for me to describe 2017… it has been quite an indescribable and pivotal year. Next week marks my one year anniversary since quitting the 9-5 grind to be my own boss. Of course, I was nervous not knowing how this would pan out, but I weirdly felt a sense of calm and comfort in my ‘risky’ decision. Looking back, that was my gut telling me everything would be alright if I just let go. Since then, life has kind of felt like I’ve been hitting all of the boost pads in Mario Kart.
About six weeks ago, I began my gut healing protocol as prescribed by my new functional medicine doctor at Parsley Health. Starting with the elimination diet, I cut out gluten, dairy, and refined sugars. However, I also knowingly have negative reactions to corn, soy, and eggs, so those were out as well. As you can imagine eating at restaurants has been incredibly challenging and holiday gatherings are a bit, eh, unexciting since I can’t partake in all of the cheesy creamy goodness and holiday sweets (see my vegan cheesecake recipe that’s elimination diet friendly). I’ll survive, but damn, it’s teaching me some real discipline.
-MEET THE FOUNDER OF MINKA BROOKLYN- I had the honor of meeting Aki, founder of MINKA Brooklyn, about a year ago. Since connecting with her, she has inspired me probably more than she knows. From being a badass mama to three beautiful children to using her spiritual gifts to help others feel more connected and to dig deeper, she’s one gem of a human. Read more about Aki and her journey through spirituality, entrepreneurship, and navigating the balance between business and motherhood.
Since January, I’ve found myself slowly, but surely transitioning into a minimalist. Now more than ever I realize that less truly, truly is more, and it makes me a much happier human. Having less gives me more space to breath, think, move, create, and best of all, connect with what I already have and truly value it.
Each day is a fresh, new start, and we decide how we’re going to make the most of it. I’m such a firm believer in mindful morning routines – it’s what gets me centered, focus, and excited for the day ahead. I’ve spoken a lot about mindful mornings on Instagram and a few times on Insta-Story Takeovers, but I wanted to dig a little deeper on the blog to show you what a ‘mindful morning’ looks like for me.
Been waiting 26 years to turn 26 on September 26th! WOO, I MADE IT. Also, ironically enough as I’m writing this (technically wrote this yesterday), it is 8:26am and I currently have 26 unread emails. Coincidence? Haha… I don’t know what to say, except that I feel incredibly grateful. It has proven time and time again that everything in my life happened for a reason and has led me to this present moment. So, I want to walk you through a pretty personal timeline that really shows how much of my path was a result of two significant beings in my life: Andrew + my blog, Om & The City.