Om & The City | A Wellness & Lifestyle Blog by Jules
Om & The City is a yoga lifestyle blog written by Jules. Focused on all things wellness, Jules takes on a balanced approach to living and cultivates content from real life experiences. From yoga, beauty, travel, food & inspiration, Om & The City promotes self-love, positivity, and empowerment.
Hi, babes! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my favorite apps, so I thought I’d pop in and share. I love staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest tech to increase productivity, mindfulness, and spark creativity. These are always changing, but here are 5 of my current favorite iPhone apps that will bring some magic to your life, and your Insta feed.
1. Get your inbox to zero.
If you suffer from inbox overload like me, then you’ll love Astro. It uses AI to intelligently organize and prioritize emails, tell you what to follow up on, and overall help you clean up your inbox. It has been such a time-saver for me, and I no longer have to weed through mass marketing to get to the good stuff.
2. Move out of your head and into your mind’s eye.
Headspace is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to cultivate a regular meditation practice. It essentially teaches you ‘how’ to meditate through guided meditations. It costs $12.99 a month, which is less than the cost of one in-person meditation session. I’ve tried a few different meditation apps, and this one feels more personable and conversational. I’m a member of Parsley Health, which snags me a free one-year membership. Woo!
3. Keep up with your to-do list.
Asana is a catch all of your to-do list, your calendar, and your future. You can collaborate with team members, assign projects to multiple people, and set deadlines for each piece of a project. Each task can have its own to-do list, team members, calendar, deadline and links to resources and Google docs. It can be used for a team of 50 or a team of 1. It is a dream if you love keeping organized.
4. Amp up your Insta-Story game.
To really personalize your stories, Unfold is one of my faves! The beautiful and minimal templates allow you to take storytelling to a whole new level. It’s an elegant way to still share your raw clips, but in a visually curated way.
5. Bring a little fizz, crackle, and pop to your feed.
Okay, okay, so this is the app that has the most interest from you. If you’re wondering how to add a little sparkle to your photos, PicsArt is a fun one! Tip: be mindful of where and how you’re using the brush tool, so you don’t overdo it. Think, simple is better. Just the smallest edit makes the biggest difference!
I’ve had quite a few inquiries about whether I’ll start selling my Lightroom presets. The answer is: I’m not sure. I’m always tweaking things, and I haven’t quite landed on what I want visually. I suppose if there is enough interest, I might.
Alright, my friends! Those are the apps doing it for me right now. I’d love to hear from you! Do you use any of these apps? If not, what are some of your favorites?
I dream of a world where clean and safe beauty is the gold standard. But, for that day to actually arrive, we need to vote with our dollars and support business that are pushing the cosmetic industry forward. Skin is our largest organ and our protective barrier from illnesses and disease, so what you put on it matters, just like the food you eat matters. Is beauty really worth the cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting toxic ingredients? Nope. It really isn’t. And I betcha, you’ll find that these clean beauty alternatives work just as well, if not better.
My Road to Clean Beauty
Many people think yoga was the start of my wellness journey, but in actuality, it began with coconut oil. In 2012, I started using coconut oil on my skin to heal my cystic acne. From there, I was motivated to clean up other areas of my life. I switched to a non-toxic skincare and beauty routine (and wrote about it in this article). I adopted cleaner eating habits. I let go of toxic relationships. I started to love and appreciate my body through the practice of yoga. And alas, my wellness journey began.
Since the cosmetics industry is quite unregulated, companies are free to throw around the words natural or green with no government reinforcement or clear definitions. All the while, they are filling their products with toxic chemicals that over time can f*ck with our hormones, irritate our skin, and contribute to infertility and cancer. Not to mention, our planet is suffering (read this).
“The European Union bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. In comparison, the United States has only banned or restricted 30 chemicals from cosmetics.” – The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
As consumers, we must exercise our due diligence and read labels. Don’t let luxurious branding or a high-dollar product fool you. Just as you would read labels on food products, I recommend you read every new skincare product you purchase moving forward.
The Dirty Dozen
Where it’s Found / Why to Avoid
It’s the foaming agent and was used as an industrial degreaser. You don’t want to strip your skin of all it’s moisture anyways.
Phthalates (aka Fragrance)
In almost every product with an artificial scent like shampoos, perfume, moisturizer, and more. May smell like roses, but it’s a carcinogen and hormone disruptor.
Makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers, and even our food. These type of preservatives keep bacteria and yeast from growing in your foundation, but they are also linked to an increased risk of breast cancer when soaked into your skin.
Nail polish, nail polish treatment, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleansers, and eyeshadows. At its best, formaldehyde causes allergic reactions. At its worst, this chemical was deemed a human carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) linking it to occupational related cancers.
Sunscreen chemicals (benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and octyl methoxycinnamate)
Products with an SPF and in most sunscreens. These products are easily absorbed into the skin, in turn, cause damage to your skin and cancer in your body. Yuck.
Coal-Tar Dyes (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) or naphthalene)
Shampoo, hair dye, lipsticks, and cosmetic products. Derived from chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil, and gasoline, making them undesirable to swallow or absorb in your skin.
BHA and BHT (butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene) synthetic antioxidants
Lipsticks and moisturizers. These chemicals mimic estrogen causing infertility, can cause allergic reactions in your kidney, thyroid, and liver, and can be cancer causing.
DEA Compounds (diethanolamine)
Foundations and cleansers to make products creamy and foamy. These babies can f*ck with your hormones and cause fertility issues.
Petrolatum (also known as petroleum or liquid paraffin)
In products that make your hair shiny and/or moisturizers. Deemed a possible carcinogen in Europe.
Antiperspirant deodorant, cleansers, hand sanitizers, laundry detergent, facial tissue, and classified as a pesticide. If it being a pesticide didn’t give it away, this chemical can interfere with breast development, thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and overall hormonal issues.
Moisturizers, sunscreen, makeup products, conditioners, shampoo and hair sprays. It’s a skin irritant known to cause hives and allergic reactions.
Toluene (may be listed as: benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene)
Nail polish, nail treatments, and hair color/bleaching products. This stuff is used in paint thinner and can severely affect your respiratory system and cause major damage to an expecting mother and her baby.
My golden rule of thumb:the fewer ingredients, the better. Aim for at least 90-95% natural for items you use on your skin every day. But, don’t sweat it if you want that not-so-natural winged eyeliner for the occasional night out. Baby steps.
This kind of transition doesn’t happen overnight, so remember that before you go and chuck everything you own. We do not support being wasteful regardless of the intention. So, here’s a good place to start:
1. Find a clean beauty source you trust.
My go-to is Credo Beauty, which is basically the Ulta or Sephora of clean beauty. The staff is so knowledgeable and will help you find brands you’ll love. You can also find clean beauty products at Whole Foods, Target, Madewell, Free People, and more. Download the Think Dirty App to check items before you buy them or familiarize yourself with the ingredients mentioned above.
2. Swap one item at a time.
Swapping out all of your products at once is overwhelming and expensive. Stress isn’t good for your health either, so let’s minimize that. As you run out, replace it with a cleaner option.
3. Don’t let fancy branding fool you.
Cruelty-free or vegan does not mean clean. A luxury price point doesn’t mean clean. Don’t let branding mislead you. Read the labels, the fewer ingredients the better.
^Featuring Credo Beauty’s selection of clean makeup brands that I use regularly.
Brands I Love, Trust, and Support
It’s incredibly intimidating to memorize a scientific list of ingredients to avoid. The secret? Find brands you love and trust, and become a loyal customer.
My Current Favorites:
*Please note this list is always growing and changing. As a wellness blogger, I’m often testing out new products to share with you all. Anything I mention below is tried and true products I’ve used regularly.
bioClarity // it successfully clears acne without the harsh chemicals and yucky ingredients. It completely cleared my hormonal acne I was experiencing post-birth control pill. So, now I only use it as needed! Get 50% off with the code: OMCITY
Cocokind Skincare // very reasonably priced. I love the matcha stick for moisturizer (I even put it on my eyebrows, which helped them grow!), chlorophyll mask, maca beet lip tint. I’m obsessed with this brand and the badass founder Priscilla. You can find it all at Whole Foods!
100% Pure // I’ve been using this brand the longest. I recommend absolutely everything from their site. They have literally everything clean beauty you can imagine.
Highlight: Biossance, a clean beauty brand raising the bar
I’ve been using Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil since July of last year (see blog post about it here), and it’s still a staple in my daily ritual. My mom has also been using it since then and loves it!
Our bodies naturally produce a version of squalane, but the amount we make and retain decreases over time. So, Biossance has created a 100% plant-based squalane that is sustainably harvested from sugarcane. It helps reverse damage from free radicals as well as helps reduce the signs of aging by replenishing the natural moisture that is lost. Biossance has a free sampling program so you can give some of their products a try by clicking here.
If you made it this far…
Thanks for sticking with me! At the end of the day, striving to make cleaner choices with greatly benefit you in the long run. Remember, little by little one walks far, so if you can make just one tiny change you’re already making progress.
I spent over six years hustling my butt off in NYC, and now I’m writing this while sitting outside by my pool in Austin, TX. Moving to Austin was a form of self-care for me, and it was my way of taking control of my situation to channel a healthy hustle that is both lucrative and sustainable.
There’s a time and a place to kick it into gear and go, but I might have saved myself a few mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks had I channeled my hustle from a place of peace instead of urgency and fear. What do I mean by fear? Well, when you really love what you do, the fear of not being enough or falling short might creep in. Am I right? And if everything you need to do is urgent, then how do you ever prioritize or stop working?
We’re all striving to live our best lives and to just be better as humans. Once we realize we are the only one standing in the way, that’s when things get simpler. We can crack that. So, here I am… still hustling, but implementing systems that have me feeling so much more calm, clear, and productive than I have felt in a long while. It’s a feeling. It’s a flow. It can’t be measured or analyzed in likes or follows.
We’ve gotta create space to create abundance. So, here’s how to find that healthy hustle, so you can attract all the good things that are awaiting you:
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1. Remember Why You Started
When I’m feeling stuck or thrown off-course, I sit back and reflect on why I decided to purchase the domain omandthecityblog.com back in 2013. I’m instantly reminded of where my heart was before social media and before algorithms. Get back to basics and remember why you started (watch my blogging story on YouTube).
Take Action: Ask yourself, what inspired you to begin your journey in the first place? What motivates you to keep going? Why is it important? Write it down. Perhaps along the way your M.O. has shifted or has even completely changed. Whatever the reason may be, sit down and have a heart to heart with yourself.
2. Ditch that Scarcity Mindset
The world likes to pit humans against each other, especially women. But the reality is, there’s room for everyone. One person’s success does not take anything away from you. In fact, it has nothing to do with you. So, don’t worry about it. Stay true to who you are and only put out work that you’re proud of. You will start to tap into the world’s abundance and attract the right people and opportunities into your life.
Take action: A little friendly competition might help get you motivated, but don’t let it consume you. Unfollow accounts that trigger negative feelings and follow more accounts that inspire you and lift you up. Comparison eats up your creativity, kills productivity, and just wastes time. Spend less time scrolling and more time creating – Give your undivided attention to your passion and watch it flourish.
3. Commit to Your Morning + Evening Rituals
Beginning and ending each day with strong intentions is a game changer. Sandwich your day with empowering rituals, so no matter how messy all the things in the middle are, you can go to sleep knowing you did your best with what you can control.
Take Action // Mornings: Consider waking up an hour earlier to start your morning ritual. Make a soothing morning drink like a superfood matcha latte (my recipe here), pour-over coffee, or a nutrient-packed breakfast smoothie. Take time to meditate, stretch, journal, write your to-do list – just find a flow that makes YOU feel good (read my quick guide to introspection for some journaling prompts).
Take Action // Evenings: Wind down and shut off technology at least an hour before bed. Clear your head by journaling or reading, or engage in some good ole conversation if you share a space with someone. Evenings are especially important for decompressing and de-stressing so you can rest soundly through the night.
4. Accept that You Can’t Be Everything to Everybody
You can’t be everything to everybody or you’ll end up being nothing to nobody. Find your niche and really hone in on those skills. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a watered down version of your business. You will be so much more impactful and intentional once you focus your lens on where you think you can really serve.
Take Action: Stop trying to do everything, and do what you’re best at. Write down all of the things your job requires you to do. From that list, circle what you enjoy doing. Then, separate your likes and dislikes into two separate columns. For the tasks you dislike, can you outsource? The goal of this exercise is to do more of what you LOVE. So, find an accountability partner to check in with you. Do what it takes for you to find your focus so you can hustle with intention instead of burning the candle at both ends.
5. Visualize Your Best Life & Trust the Process
Dream it, believe it, achieve it. In order to get what you want, you have to visualize already having it. The below visualization exercise is one that I personally do when I’m feeling stuck, and it freaking works. It’s helpful to absolutely anyone trying to manifest success, happiness, and fulfillment:
Take Action: Write out a dream ‘about me’ bio in the third person. What words are you using to describe yourself? What titles or awards have you earned? Where are you residing? How much money are you making? Don’t hold back – Be specific in imagining this future you, and write it out as if it has already happened. I can’t tell you statistics or scientific facts for why this works but it does.
At the end of the day, finding a healthy hustle is all about trusting that you have time to accomplish what you want. You are worthy. You are enough.
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New York, I love you. We’ve been together for almost eight years. You’ve shaped me, challenged me, pushed me, and enabled me to make my dreams a reality. I’m saying goodbye for now, as I’m entering a new chapter of my life in the Southwest. But before I go, I want to take a trip down memory lane to share my journey from a small town in Kentucky to the Big Apple and also to not forget the magic that happened here.
My New York journey began in the Fall of 2011. I was studying away for a semester at my school’s fashion studio and interning in the bridal fashion industry. I lived in a tiny triple lofted dorm in the New Yorker Hotel, and I met one of my best gals Natalie.
Hot summer nights and a whole lotta Thai food…
I returned to NYC that following summer for another internship. Since I didn’t really have the funds, I ended up borrowing $1500 from my Uncle. I shared a small room in Hell’s Kitchen with Natalie and slept on a Japanese futon mattress on her floor. I just remember eating A LOT of pad thai that summer, because it was cheap and the large portions lasted me a couple meals. Despite my frugality, I started running out of money after two months, so I put up flyers to walk dogs in our building. It tied me over for a bit, but sadly wasn’t enough. So, I left my internship a few weeks early and back to the midwest I went!
Officially makin’ NYC my home
I finished up my last semester that fall, graduating a semester early. I landed a job with the same company I interned with that summer and permanently relocated to the city a few months later. April 2013 marked the official start to my life in NYC!
I hustled in the fashion world for several years working in wholesale, traveling a lot for work, moving into design and production, then transitioning into marketing and social media strategy. I spoke a little bit about my time in the 9-5 grind on the Munchin’ with Mogul’s podcast. Every opportunity was a stepping stone leading me to what I do today. It’s funny how life sets you up that way without realizing it in the moment. I used to feel like my experience was too broad, and I didn’t specialize in anything. Looking back, now I see my experience has really set me up to run my own business, because I understand it from all angles.
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Om & a New City // Why Austin?
So, why Austin, Texas? If you follow me on the ‘gram, then you probably already know how much I love the city of Austin. I’ve had my eye on the city for a few years now ever since my mom and I visited, but it was on this trip in 2016 when I was completely sold. Quite simply put, it felt like home. I hadn’t felt that way about any other city since NYC, so it was incredibly exciting.
I always knew NYC wasn’t forever. I crave s p a c e. Not just physical, but also mental space. I want sunshine, nature, hills to hike, and yes, eventually a home to own. My drive and productivity is all from within, and I don’t need the hustle and bustle of a large city to channel it. Austin is the perfect mix of city meets the great outdoors, it’s ridiculously dog friendly, and the wellness scene is about to explode. I want to be a part of that.
Another amazing perk: I have extended family nearby in Houston and Dallas. This is probably my favorite part about moving to Texas. I want to see my grandparents, my uncles, my aunts, my cousins, and I want MY MOM, DAD, AND BROTHER, to move here too! HINT HINT… Hey, Mom & Dad. You with me?!
So, here we are. Our awesome Roadway movers picked up all of our things over the weekend, and Andrew and I head out on May 1st. We are now left in our little studio apartment on the 20th floor overlooking all of Brooklyn with a few suitcases and our pup Luna. It’s surreal that we’re finally leaving, but to say we’re ready to go is an understatement. We can only handle transition-mode for so long.
To all of the beautiful, inspiring, and brilliant people we’ve befriended over the years:
Thank you. Thank you for sharing your light. Thank you for your love, your support, and your friendship. It’s the people that make life so wonderful, not the place. You’re always welcome in our new home of Austin, Texas!
You guys, I wish I could tell you all of the things I’m working on for this year. I’m taking this business to the next level, so I can’t wait to let you see it all unfold.
Transitioning into a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, when people approach it from an ‘all or nothing’ standpoint, that’s when expectations fall short and feelings of failure set in. I believe every little bit counts. Doing SOMETHING to help the planet is better than nothing at all, and imagine the difference we would make if we ALL did a little something. Nobody is perfect, so don’t strive for perfection. Strive for progress.
Here are 3 simple ways you can go green today and everyday.
1. Reduce your consumption of single-use plastic.
At first this task will take some thought and planning, but once you get the hang of things it will become second nature. The most common single-use plastic goods are plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups/ lids, plastic straws, plastic grocery bags, plastic utensils, and the list goes on.
Before deciding whether to purchase something, ask yourself the following questions:
Does this item add value to my life?
Does this item make my life easier or better in some way?
Is this item of quality and will it last?
Whatever your reason is for purchasing something, make sure it’s not just out of impulse. When I buy clothing, specifically, I go for quality over quantity. I am always aiming to shop more responsibly, and although I’m definitely not perfect, I do the bulk of my shopping with retailers that are considered socially responsible.
This is no surprise, but Athleta is one of my staples for all things yoga, lifestyle, and travel. Did you know they are now a certified B Corp?* That’s huge step forward for a company a large as them. Athleta is leading the pack and setting an example for other industry players to step up their game.
*What is a B Corp?
A B Corporation (B Corp for short) meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.
Collectively, B Corps lead a growing global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Through the power of their collective voice, one day all companies will compete to be best for the world™, and society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity for all.
3. Recycle correctly, and donate regularly.
One of the easiest ways to do your part and go green is to recycle correctly. Here is a handy article that tells you what you can and cannot recycle. Even if you think you’re doing it right, I find it helpful to have a little refresher now and then.
Aside from recycling, consistently donating is another wonderfully easy way to make an impact. Every month, I clean out my closet and make a pile to donate. I send my gently-used or never worn clothing to my teenage cousins, my loyal blog readers (like you guys), and to organizations like Girls Inc. through Thred Up. If you live in a city or don’t have a car, I highly recommend Thred Up. All you need to do is order a free Clean Out Kit. Once your kit arrives, you fill it up with all the clothing you’d like to donate and just ship it out with the prepaid label! Easy peasy. Note: I’ve never sold clothing through Thred Up – only donated.
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This post was written in partnership with Athleta. All thoughts and opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting me and the brands I love!
I’ve called New York City my home for the last six years, and it has been an incredible journey of growth and transformation. This city ignited something deep within me – something that continues to grow stronger with each passing day. Every year my goals get bigger, my list gets longer, and I feel so empowered when I get to check things off that list.
These last six years have been nothing short of life-changing. Since moving here, I’ve experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and life lessons: I felt stuck. I switched career paths. I left jobs with nothing else lined up. I started a blog.I traveled the world. I rediscovered my passions. I figured out what I’m really, really good at. I took my blog full-time, and to this day, I continue to move full-speed ahead leading with both my head and my heart.
And for the past two years, my heart has been telling me that my time in NYC was coming to a close. My heart was craving somewhere new. Somewhere I could really connect with who I am to my core, establish my own path away from the noise, while continuing to take my relationship with Andrew and my biz to the next level and beyond. We’ve officially found the city we will call ‘home’ as of May 1st. Any guesses on where??! I can’t tell you how excited we are that it’s finally happening!
Watch our vlog below to find out WHERE we are moving, WHY, and see behind-the-scenes of our apartment search:
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This is just the beginning of a larger plan that is about to unfold. I’ve got new, exciting things currently in the works for this brand, so you can see it evolve along with me! Thank you for all of your endless support, love, and encouragement. Without you, I couldn’t do this job that I hold so dearly to my heart. You’re the real superstar.
Hey hi hello, beautiful friends! I’ve been caught up lately – Caught up in strategizing, trying to make my blog more SEO friendly, and just totally missing the point of WHY I started thing dang thing over four years ago. While SEO, business strategy, and content calendars are important, my heart is with writing and connecting with my community. So, today I’m saying screw you to SEO and OVER-planing. I just want to WRITE what’s currently on my mind. I figured what better place to start than to just share what I’m loving lately. Here we go!
7 Things I’m Loving Lately
1. Prioritizing my gut health
For the past several months I’ve worked with a functional medicine doctor at Parsley Health to heal my gut. I finally figured out my food allergies and sensitivities, and while it’s not easy to restrict things I used to love, I feel so much better than before. I found my groove in the kitchen. I’m taking vitamins and herbs to boost my system. I’ve even quit hormonal birth control, which was a silent contributor to a lot of my gut issues. Read more about what happened when I quite HBC here.
2. My dog Luna
I’m so in love with her it’s ridiculous. I love taking her out to the park and walking around the neighborhood with her. She reminds me to take a break from the screen and live in the moment.
3. Connecting with people IRL
The community that surrounds me is such a blessing, and I just want to connect with you amazing people beyond Instagram. So, I started hosting meaningful events and meetups in NYC, along with other cities I’ve visited like LA, PDX, and Cincy! It has been a while since the last AWAKE event, but I promise there’s a reason for it and that reason will be known very, very soon.
4. Making my own nut milk
Most store brands have all of the gums and added sugar, so I enjoy making my own nut milk at home. It’s actually very easy if you have a quality high-speed blender like Vitamix and a nut milk bag. I make weekly batches of cashew milk, and it’s just as therapeutic as making my morning matcha lattes (watch my Morning Matcha Latte Tutorial).
5. Investment + Money Managing Apps
At an early age my dad ingrained the importance of money management and investing. It’s empowering to be able to handle this on my own, but it can be intimidating if it’s not your forte. So, here are a few apps that I like: Quickbooks Self-Employed to help with tracking expenses for tax filing, Betterment for short and long-term investing, and tracking spending habits with Truebill.
6. Domestic Travel
I used to book a trip out of the country every chance I could. However this year, I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling within the USA, and I have a newfound appreciation for it! There are so many cool cities to explore – my two favorites are Austin, TX and Portland, OR. I hope to make it back to Arizona and Colorado next!
7. Having more fun
I am prioritizing having as much fun as possible in everything I do. It’s easy to get caught up in stressful moments, but I do what I do for a living because I love it. My friend Remy (@veggiekins) recently inspired me by saying we need to rephrase all that we HAVE to do, and think of it as all that we GET to do. I think that’s very clever and couldn’t be more true!
Can you live a healthy life on a budget? This is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is yes. Yes, you can absolutely eat healthy, exercise, and live a full life all while living within your means. I moved to NYC six years ago with a salary of $35,000 and no paid-time-off. I lived in Astoria, Queens with two roommates, paid $850 a month for rent, and commuted into midtown everyday for work. With that said, I ate super clean, practiced yoga regularly, traveled, AND managed to save $10,000 that year.
While my income and lifestyle has drastically changed from six years ago, I still believe in living within your means. If you’re on top of your finances, set boundaries, and practice self control then you can do it.
So, how, how, how do you do it? I’ll tell you how.
Cook more, and eat out less.
This is the #1 reason I saved as much as I did that first year. I lived about a 12 minute walk from the subway, so getting to and from places wasn’t the most convenient. I took advantage of my big kitchen (perks of living further out) and cooked up all kinds of yummy meals! I would bring overnight oats to work for breakfast, packed a salad for lunch, and cooked at home for dinner. This allowed me to have more money for when I did want to go out to dinner with friends! For a little dinner inspo, check out my go-to dinner recipe.
Pro Tip: There are many ways to cut costs, but don’t skimp when buying animal products. Make sure it’s organic, hormone & antibiotic-free. Shop local if you can. You don’t want endocrine disrupting additives in your food so, to me, it’s worth the extra cost to invest in your longterm health.
Do most of your shopping in the produce & bulk section.
Grocery bills begin to rack up when you’re buying bags of chips, containers of ice cream, jars of tomato sauce, nut butters, etc. My advice is to make as much as you can yourself. So, buy some tomatoes and make our own spaghetti sauce. Utilize the nut grinder at places like Whole Foods and make your own nut butter. Better yet, buy your own nuts and grind it yourself at home. It’s better for the environment, healthier for you, and it ends up being a lot cheaper.
Take advantage of free online workouts + community classes.
Surround yourself with friends who live a similar lifestyle.
We all have those friends who somehow convince us to spend WAY more than we should on a night out. Luckily, I lived with roommates who equally enjoyed cooking, hosting game nights at our place, doing our own nails, and watching movies together in our living room. There wasn’t a pressure to spend a lot, because we all had a budget to adhere to.
Track your finances with a budgeting app.
I use Clarity to track my spending but there are so many out there, so choose one that resonates most with you. It should tell you how much you spend on food, entertainment, bills, and monthly subscription services (which can really add up fast) at any point in time. Set boundaries. Stick to them.
But, that blogger told me I need all of the fancy potions, powders, and supplements…
There will always be new and innovative products to try in the wellness world. My best advice to you is to listen to your body. Do you NEED collagen peptides in your coffee everyday? Well, that’s up to you. Hopefully, if you’re able to work in the money-saving tips above then you’ll have more dollars to spend on quality products that enhance your lifestyle.
Pro Tip: If you’re going to buy supplements, superfood powders, matcha, and more… don’t skimp on the quality. You always want to get the highest, purest quality, so you get the full nutritional benefits with no yucky additives or artificial ingredients. Otherwise, don’t even buy it. If you’re a matcha drinker, here’s a video of how I make it at home.It saves me lotsa $$$.
Living a full and healthy life doesn’t mean you have to rake out the big bucks, you just have to choose what’s important to you, track your spending, and listen to your body. I can’t stress that enough.
Where my female entrepreneurs at? In a world where we’re all hustling hard for our dreams, here’s your friendly reminder to pause, take a breath and make sure you’re still doing things you love outside of work (even if you love your job!). Despite what you might think, it’s possible to run a successful business and still have time for things you do ‘just for fun’. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably know I passionately believe that having more fun makes you more successful. But how do you take a step back and remember what those passions are?
1. Connect back to your roots.
Think about what you enjoyed before you entered the ‘real world’. What were your hobbies before there were bills to pay and before Instagram took up all of your spare time? For me, that’s an easy one. I was big into singing and recording my own music since I was a child. I actually have decent recording equipment, and I like to whip it out once in a while and create something. Once I get started, I’ll be at it for hours and hours. I get completely lost in it. I’m prioritizing doing more of this – not to necessarily share publicly, but because it fills my heart up! After a jam sesh, I feel more creative, calm, and ready to tackle my work with a fresh perspective.
There’s no one who knows me better than Andrew. He encourages me when I doubt myself. He grounds me when I’m being unrealistic. He hears me out on every.single.crazy idea I share each week. Your success, your sanity, and your growth is directly impacted by who you surround yourself with. The energy you let in is the energy you send out. So, think about that.
3. Do things that make you feel confident and comfortable.
For me, sometimes this means getting a manicure, going to a yoga class, or buying a new outfit that makes me feel refreshed. Cute, but comfy clothing is definitely a way I like to treat myself when I’m stuck in my head. Lou & Grey is a brand that totally gets my lifestyle, whether I’m working at home or running to meetings and events. From the softness of the fabric to the confidence I have when wearing them, Lou & Grey gives me all the feels.
These are a few of the things I do on a regular basis to make sure I’m taking care of myself amongst this fast-paced, go go go mentality. It’s so important to have as much fun as possible, and to hone in on your passions.
So, think about what each of these mean for you. Always make time for yourself and the things you love!
You all know how much I love my morning matcha lattes, and soooo many of you have asked what I put in mine! There are endless ways to get creative with the ingredients, so I’ll tell you what ingredients I typically use, and WHY I use it.
Side note: It’s also funny, because I used to be big snobby coffee drinker. I still enjoy coffee, but for some reason I haven’t been craving it for the past few months. I’m just going with the flow, and right now, all I want is matcha.
My Matcha Latte Recipe w/ Turmeric
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Ingredients + Why I Use Them
1 cup of heated nut mylk I make homemade cashew mylk every week – recipe coming soon!
1/2 tsp of turmeric-collagen blend
Totally optional! It’s super good for you, so why not sneak it in if you can? I use Live 24K, because it is nutritionally optimized. This blend helps tame my gut inflammation majorly. It can also help if you have a headache. Just make sure you get a blend that includes black pepper in the ingredients. Read more about why here.
1 tbsp of organic coconut butter This is really the ingredient that knocks matcha lattes out of the park! Sooo many good brands for this. I like Nutiva Coconut Mama + Artisana Organics has a good one too. Coconut butter is a healthy fat that helps balance hormones, keeps you full longer, boosts immunity, and so much more.
1/2 tsp of organic cinnamon Cinnamon is one of the healthiest spices for you. It helps decrease inflammation, can lower blood sugar levels, and boosts immunity. I always find a way to sprinkle it into my day.
1 tsp of gelatinized maca powder
Maca is one of my favorite adaptogens. It helps balance out hormones, boosts energy, and can even potentially boost libido. I get Navita’s Gelatinized Maca, because it’s easier to digest than raw maca.
1/2 tsp of coconut nector or manuka honey This is totally optional. Somedays I want to sweeten things up. Other days, I don’t. I choose coconut nectar, because it has lower glycemic index than maple syrup. I like manuka honey for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities.
Then, blend it all up in a high-speed quality blender like Vitamix for one minute! ENJOY!!!