Nonnegotiables

Can you believe it’s almost August? I certainly can’t. This summer has flown by in so many ways. I’ve developed remarkable friendships so quickly. I’ve fallen in love with Washington D.C. so quickly. I’ve grown into a new version of myself so quickly. I’ve gained such clarity in my career ambitions so quickly. But this summer hasn’t flown by in …

The Stories You Tell Yourself

It’s often said that change is the only constant in life. In the month that’s passed since my last blog post, this sentiment has been my biggest point of reflection. Every day, I wake up before the sun rises and I am alone with my thoughts. I find myself gravitating toward the same introspection each morning, the same yearning for …

@Fleurdelisspeaks from Instagram Shares How Handwritten Self-Love Notes Have Changed Her Life

On January 9, 2018, life came crashing into me out of nowhere and rocked me to my core. Literally. I was hit from behind in a motor vehicle accident on my way to work that morning, sustained a concussion, and a traumatic brain injury. And I haven’t been the same since… It’s crazy hard. To type. To read. To accept. To …

When Our Self-Care Instincts Fail, There’s Mom

First and foremost, I’d like to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there! I have no idea how you ladies do what you do on a daily basis (although I have a lingering suspicion that there’s some kind of magical, superpower-type thing at play here). Seriously, I’ve seen my mom handle some pretty difficult challenges over …

The Power of Intentionality

Happy April, 1N5 family! We are leaving January, February, and March behind, which means that the first quarter of 2019 is officially over. At least in Columbus, we’re finally having some less frigid and snowy days. The sun is starting to shine a little brighter and the air is starting to feel a little warmer. I wouldn’t say that spring …