Well, I made it! I hit the ground running these first two weeks in LA, and I have been playing catch-up. A lot of projects for work, Lady & Like (it’s getting bigger!) and more.
I can’t wait to share some of the photos of my trip with Emari across the US. New Mexico is truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. These are just a few we took along the way. More to come!
Also, here are just a few notes from the move thus far:
Building Ikea furniture by yourself should be a millennial’s right of passage. Usually with a glass of wine or coffee. Pick your poison.
Los Angeles can, and should be, known as the “land of the hidden freeway entrances” (and also epically fast lane changes)
The addition of Criminal Minds to Netflix is a gift to us all. Praise the Lord for split screen.
Someone (maybe myself) needs to develop a stellar and sexy app for tracking freelance hours. All of the ones out there are stuffy and cluttered. Developers welcome.
I love being in a city where I can get juice all day e’ry day. These are my people.
Making new friends is an intentional process entirely up to you. Take the time.
Toddlers continue to remain the funniest humans out there. Keep on keepin' on, tiny humans.
Sometimes it means quitting your job in March and using all of your savings so you can go to India for the Spring and teach to little ones that your heart longs to know.
Sometimes it means moving all of your things out of Boston and back into your parents home in Pennsylvania, because honestly, you don’t know where you’re going to go next.
Sometimes it means spending a summer being one of the 36% staying at home with their parents while you scour the market for a job.
Sometimes it means painting apartments for 2 weeks, for 14 hours a day, so you have the extra cash to cushion your cross country trip to your new home: Los Angeles.
Friends, I know that social media and blogging can make it look like we have a picture perfect life (literally), but I’m going to be honest with you and tell you that we, and I, really don’t. I launched One Year One Dream in April in hopes that it would encourage you to fearlessly pursue the dreams you have in your heart, and I am doing my best to do that. But I want you to know, that it requires sacrifice. Spending half of the year in limbo, not knowing where I was going to be next, or what I was going to do, was (and still is) scary, but the reward is so much greater. So far, the year 2014 has been nothing but an adventure, and the richness I have gained is worth every moment of unease.
If you are pursuing an #OYOD, as I know some of you are, know that you’ll be required to sacrifice convenience, and comfort. You may even be confronted by some of the ones you love the most, as I have been. Some of my dearest friends didn’t understand why I wanted to go to India, but I had to remind myself that my convictions and passions are real and essential to who I am, and only I can be responsible for making them become a reality. Remain gracious and gentle in those times, because at the end of it, one of you will see clearly and the relationship will still be standing.
I can’t wait to start new things in LA. Since spending a Spring semester there in college, I have been itching to go back, and I’m finally doing it! My friend, Emari, will be driving across the country with me, stopping in these places along the way:
Let us know on Instagram if you want to meet up, using the hashtag, #EandAgotoLA. (E and A go to LA- it rhymes, obvi.)
Can’t wait for coffee dates, and instameets, and adventures all over the coast. Let’s hang out!
Hats are a favorite accessory of mine. There is a small collection starting on the shelves next to my closet, but as per usual, most of them are too big for my fun sized self. I have some travel plans coming up in the next few weeks, and you better believe that there will be photos in front of canyons and epic midwest fields.
So excited to share this little gem of a recipe with you today! It is insanely easy, all you need are the ingredients and a food processor. (I used a Ninja blender) They are packed full with all the good stuff: chia, flax, nuts, dried fruit, and obviously our favorite, chocolate. These are great for energy, or to satisfy that chocolate craving without all the extra fats. I’ve bean eating one after my morning workouts and they are just what I need. Full of flavor and healthy too!
As of 2 weeks ago, one of my sisters is now officially a stylist! She knows everything you need to know about hair, makeup, skincare, all the good stuff it takes to making us ladies look ladylike. ;) I thought I’d share some of the little things I’ve learned from her, and some of my favorite products!
Just a couple of quick things (a full beauty post coming soon!):
ALWAYS exfoliate. This one can be a bit tricky, as some are more harsh than others. All the ladies in my family tried the Vitamin C Microdemrasion a few nights ago and we are all singing it’s praises! Definitely worth a try.
ALWAYS moisturize. Maggie, my sister, does an exfoliant and a cleansing/moisturizing mask every week. And I must say, her skin glows.
Toner really does work. I’m not one to use it often, but for some skin types, it can make huge difference!
Scrub doez lips! I use the Sugar Lip Scrub from Fresh (pictured), and it works like a charm every time. Afterwards, use a lip moisturizer or chapstick. I usually do this right before going to bed.
ALWAYS clean your brushes! I’m sure my sister will go into detail on this more, but those brushes can harbor tons of dirt and oils, and worse, bacteria! If you don’t, you are basically rubbing all of that junk back onto your face. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Fresh is without question my favorite skincare provider. Everything they have is extremely light, and I’ve found that my skin tends to be more sensitive, and doesn’t need a ton of moisture, so Fresh is perfect! If you are looking for something more budget friendly, I have found that Simple is very comparable to Fresh, so give that one a try!
I have been doing all of the above tips all summer, and I can honestly say that it works! Exfoliating and “masking” are so key. And, I mean, who doesn’t want to put on a face mask and watch My Best Friends Wedding?
You’re welcome, for giving you a reason to slumber party.
You guys are in for a treat. The epically talented Emari Traffie has written in the Lady & Like creative diaries today. This post has taken me a few weeks, because there are WAY too many photos to choose from. Emari has an incredible talent for capturing all the good stuff through her lens, and she’s like, totally my BFFL and all that teenie bopper love fest stuff.
In all seriousness, this post is a special one for me. Emari has been an incredible friend, and creative, to have around, and I am so thankful for her. She housed me when I was homeless, listened to me fumble through not one, but two heart wrenching breakups, and was my creative partner in crime when launching OYOD. She is a keeper.
This weekend, I had the privilege of assisting my sister-in-law as a wedding photographer. We drove for 3 hours to Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains, chatting and munching on our kale salads packed in mason jars, ready for a long day ahead. We expected pretty things, but nothing like this. I was truly astonished at how stunning this place was. Neither of us were prepared for it, and as we came around the last bend in the road, we both just sat there in the car and stared. Then I said, “Oh my gosh, Pennsylvania has a Downton. We found Downton, Meagan.” And it was the loveliest Pennsylvanian Downton you ever did see.
See more after the jump! (including dress and bouquet pictures…que swooning now. )
When I was in India, we ate breakfast every day at 8:30 on the dot. Oddly enough, my sleep schedule finally found its niche over there. Since I have been back (post jet lag conquering) I have been waking up like a champ every morning, with plenty of time to make my tea/coffee, and parfaits, sit down with a journal, and get real. Mornings are such a blessing, especially when there is a full house and there aren’t many quiet moments.
I have been slowly putting together this MORNINGS playlist, one I have been using every morning, along with LIGHT.
I hope you find some time for a light filled morning. :)
YOU. GUYS. I know I’m no fancy food blogger or anything, but this couscous RULES. I mean, I ate it for breakfast. (more than once) Not one of my most glamorous moments, but it was just sitting there, in all its Mediterranean loveliness and I couldn’t help it. Seriously, I’m obsessed with it.
If I were you, I would make extra veggies and store them later for salads. They cook down a lot, and I found that I wanted more but didn’t want to put in the prep work. Live and learn!
Can I get a serious Amen for juicing? Hey-to-the-Ohhhhh! In case you don’t know, I have serious food sensitivities, plus I wear that vegetarian badge loud and proud. Loud and proud. I have been making homemade juice this week, and my whole family is jumping on board with me. It’s got me thinking of some fun poolside juices: watermelon, blueberries, cucumber, mint, coconut… Maybe I should just call it “The Poolside?” Yea, Ima try this. Stay tuned. Also, if you happen to be in LA, check out Juice Served Here. Their branding is on point. I may have fangirled. (And then again when I found out you could order online…)
In conclusion, juicing rules, as does poolside chillin’, so I made this little wish list because, well, wish list. I practically passed out at the sight of that swimsuit…
Thanks for reading along with my stream of consciousness today. Gold stars for everyone!