2016 Reflections

Image of a cup of coffee, a book, and photos of Dahlia


I brought in 2016 alone in a hotel room in Iowa. I was following the presidential campaigns for my job at the time and I remember being a little sad because I was away from my family and friends, but also optimistic about 2016 would bring. So in my little hotel room nestled right next to the Des Moines International Airport I promised to work hard and be open to whatever came my way.

Did I work hard? Yeah.

I produced some of my best work.

Was I open to whatever came my way? Yeah.

2016 brought me more independence, a strong sense of confidence, discipline and patience; all characteristics I lacked the year before. I’m feeling more blessed and thankful than ever.

In 2017 I’m going to work much harder to manifest what I want in my life. Exhibit gratitude on a daily basis and take better care of myself.

All things that are easier said than done.

It’s going to be a journey, but that’s the fun part.

2016, peace out.

2017, Hey how’s it going? I’ve been expecting you.


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These Heels Were Made For Walkin’

These heels were make for walkin’ and that’s just what they’ll do!

The holidays are officially upon us which means endless parties filled with eggnog, white elephant gift exchanges and if you’re lucky dancing to Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas” for the hundredth time (TYD Holiday Playlist HERE). I don’t know what it is but once the eggnog and starts flowing people (mostly me) think they’re the best dancers in the world.  You’re wearing your favorite outfit and bomb shoes, so you’re feeling pretty good. It’s all fun and games until your feet starting screaming bloody murder and make you wish you never chose cuteness over practicality. This scenario happens all too often to me.

Luckily I have a small secret weapon…

Sole Patches.


Not to be confused with the small patches of hair on a gentleman’s face.

Sole Patches are cushion adhesives that you stick to the ball and heel of your shoes or feet. These little cushions are my new favorite thing, ever. They’re shock-absorbing, anti-microbial, odor and moisture repelling! This means your feet will remain dry and painless all night. ALL NIGHT. This means no more wearing your sneakers or flip flops until you arrive at you destination and quickly switch into your heels. Honestly, that’s just too much work. Carrying around 2 pairs of shoes? Nobody has time for that.

I first tried out Sole Patches with my favorite, yet very painful pair of boots. I put the cushions at the balls of my feet, since that’s where I feel the most pain. So I wore the boots to work standing and walking around for 8 hours, and guess what? NO PAIN. Usually two hours into wearing these boots I experience some serious discomfort, and by the end of the day I need to soak my feet. To be quite honest, I kind of forgot I was wearing them.

Naturally I tried Sole Patches with all my really uncomfortable shoes and I got the same result, no pain.

Do you know what this means?

No more two pairs of shoes!

No catching Uber’s a block from your destination because you can’t walk!

Dancing the night away without consequences!

It’s like a whole new world!

If you’re interested in bringing in the new year on the right foot (see what I did there?) check out Sole Patches!



This post is sponsored by Sole Patches. All opinions are my own. 


Gift Guide: For Him

Cover photo for the holiday gift guide: for him. It's an image of an apple, pinecones and a red latte with white hearts latte art
The air is kinda crisp (I say kinda because it was a solid 50-something degrees yesterday). Malls are filled to the brim, and ABC Family (I refuse to call it Freeform) has a certain theme going. It’s the Holiday’s!

As promised, I have created a holiday gift guide for the men in your life. There are a variety of items that can be used as stocking stuffers, under the tree presents and secret santa; there’s clothing, accessories and tech items! These guides are meant to lessen the stress of holiday shopping and find your loved ones something they’ll enjoy all year long! I had so much fun making this, and I hope you find this helpful.

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Gift Guide: For Her

Gift Guide Cover Photo. An image of a nicely wrapped present with polka dotted wrapping paper and a brown label on top.

The air is kinda crisp (I say kinda because it was a solid 50-something degrees yesterday). Malls are filled to the brim, and ABC Family (I refuse to call it Freeform) has a certain theme going.

That means it’s the Holiday’s! It’s easily my favorite time of the year. Spending time with my family, eating a lot of holiday themed food, it really doesn’t get any better than that. Although the holidays is a very joyous occasion, there can be some added stress especially in the gift-giving department. I’ve been known to fly a little too close to the cuckoo’s nest searching for the perfect gift for friends and family. If you have difficulties finding gifts for loved one’s please stay tuned for this two-part gift giving post. This post is focusing on a gift guide for the ladies in your life.

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