Sunday, November 17, 2013

my girlfriend.

Circle of Influence (things you can affect directly) vs. Circle of Concern (things you care about) 

This was one of my favorite takeaways from the course ( 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ). To put it simply it's the concept of reframing your thinking to focus on the things that you can influence/ control, thereby expanding experience, knowledge and building trustworthiness in yourself. This causes the Circle of Influence to grow. 

Some examples would be: your happiness, your choices, the people you allow in your space, how you respond to the way people treat you, the time you choose to leave your house when there is a deadline/ your route taken.

When people use their time and energy to focus on the Circle of Concern, or areas in life that are ultimately uncontrollable their circle of influence shrinks. 

Some examples would be: a delayed flight, how others treat you, your upbringing, traffic, job security and other peoples weaknesses.

It can also be described as Proactive vs. Reactive focus.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A few shots from the LLULO trunk show held at Nubian Hueman in DC. 
1. The collection ( After much deliberation I went with the gray sweatshirt on the mannequin. )
2. Ms. LLULO herself, and I. 
3. & 4. The collection from another angle, the classic crop ( this will probably be the next to come home with me. )
5. I was obsessed with this pillow. Will probably return for it too.
6. Another must have come spring.

Check out her amazing handcrafted designs here

Friday, November 15, 2013

For the last three days I've been on the path to enlightenment with the amazing life course, "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" leading the way. The course normally costs thousands of dollars, (I was lucky enough to be able to attend for free through my job) and I can see why. It truly was eye-opening to learn different ways/ habits to expand your paradigm and begin living a truly fulfilling life. I'll post some of my favorite lessons from the course in the next few days. 

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 11, 2013

oh, what a night.
happy birthday Kim!

excuse the picture quality.. I really need to start carrying my camera places.
Jhene Aiko always delivers. 

Purchase below.

Friday, November 8, 2013

links we love.

Happy Friday!

Monday, November 4, 2013

I feel like I'm at a crossroads in my life. It's like I've come to the fork in the road where I either commit to leading this safe life of having a steady job and 401K and putting my real dreams on the back burner, or taking a leap of faith and going for what I really want out of this life. A quarter-life epiphany, if you will.

I've grown so much this year, and learned to rely solely on myself to fulfill any and all of my needs. It's been a very telling journey. My awareness has been amplified. Being on my own has taught me to see things a lot clearer for what they are... not what I'd like them to be, or is pleasant. I picked up a part-time for the first time in my adult life to help me get over the break up of my longest and most intense relationship. It helped in keeping me busy and filling any alone time that may have allowed my mind to wander. The extra money also helped out... a lot. I started 'We the TRIBE' in January and it has come a lot further than I ever imagined it to. I'm blogging more, living more, traveling and getting to know more about myself than I ever had time to before.

Looking back at the last 10 months makes me feel good about where I am right here in this moment. And I don't want you to get me wrong, this isn't coming from a place of unhappiness; it's more so a place of restlessness. I want more for myself. For the first time in a long time my main focus is on me, as selfish as that may sound (unapolegetically so), and trying to figure out what I want. So I'm going after it. As I mentioned in a previous post I'm laying out the blueprint and it's looking clearer and clearer by the day.

revisiting The Foreign Exchange x Authenticity.

Friday, November 1, 2013

I Hate You So Much Right Now

Halloween this year consisted of big hair, hot pink hair shadow/spray, a phony septum piercing and a bustier; and it was all cooked up in less than 24 hours. Thanks to my boo Tiff for the idea. I was channeling a unapolagetic vibrant haired Kelis circa 1999, the "Caught Out There" era. Needless, to say, I had fun with it. Flashback to the video below:

1. Push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. Go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. Push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable. 

3. Erase processed food from your diet. Start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. Use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. Get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. Fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. Sit and eat it and do nothing else. 

5. Stretch. Start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. Roll your head. Stretch your fingers. Stretch everything.

6. Buy a 1L water bottle. Start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. Buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. Write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. No detail is too small.


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