“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

                                       -Eleanor Roosevelt-

Travel CaliforniaEven thought we are two weeks into 2017, I still want to say Happy New Years to you all beautiful people!! For some a new year means a clean slate to start over, to let go of hurts, disappointments, and failures. For others it may mean starting of 2017 without a loved one and finding strength to get through the rest of your day. For many this year will bring many joys and celebrations.

I know for me 2017 will bring many positive and life changing decisions.

Couple weeks ago I saw a hummingbird flying around a blooming flower tree near my patio. And I stood their and watched for about ten seconds before it flew away. That little ten second moment got me to thinking about the past year. As I look back to 2016, I see most of it as a blur. Just as a mockingbird flies at incredibly fast speeds, and doesn’t stay in one place for a merely but what feel like seconds, that’s how I remember 2016 and frankly most of my life.

Most people say the older you get the faster life seems to pass you by. And up to that moment that was my life. When will it stop??! I want to be happy and enjoy living EVERY moment. Is this what the rest of my life is going to feel like? Busy, bustling, stressful days that turn into years and IF I hit retirement age that’s when I will start living and appreciating life? Am I the only one feeling like this? I’m twenty six, and I feel burned out and exhausted. And I’m tired of feeling this way. I don’t want life to just pass me by.

Not one of us is promised to be alive the next minute, hour, or day. That is what 2016 clearly showed me and others. Many will say “Ahhh, that’s the continuing circle of  life, we live we die”. But what about the moments in between?

Venice Beach CaliforniaThis is where I’ve told myself ENOUGH. I will hit the slow down button. I choose for myself to slow down , be calm, relish the moments of everyday. That means when I’m drinking a cup of coffee, or brushing my teeth, or cooking dinner, I will be present in that moment. This is hard to do in the living in one of the world’s most busiest and crowded metropolitan cities. Especially when you are dealing with insane amounts of traffic on a daily basis, the  feeling of not having enough time in the day to do anything, and not your brain set in the the constant hurry, hurry, hurry mode.

That is why I’m saying this year will bring life changing decisions for me. Because I will start enjoying my work and career, I will be positive and happy about the traffic I have to endure and conquer on my way back from work. I will be enjoying studying, writing papers, and test taking days for a Bachelor’s Degree. And I will be enjoying EVERY moment I have with my husband.

This may be the most used and cliche phrase out there, but really I wish for not only this year but the rest of your life “stop and smell the roses”. Live in the present. Whether you are experiencing tragedy, new life, regrets, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, or happiness, every aspect of life is beautiful.

As I wrap up this post, I’m excited to announce a new series I will be bringing to the the blog called “Moments in Between” celebrating and sharing times in life from a new perspective not only from my life but my readers lives:) . I hope you will join me.

I want to leave you with one of my most favorite quotes written by a poet, spiritual leader and peace activist

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”- Thich Nhat Hanh-

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  • Well, this is a beautiful post and such a good reminder. It hit home for me because sometimes I feel like life happens around me and goes by too fast.. and I don’t even live in a big city and still feel that way! lol.
    Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

    • Thanks for stopping by and visiting:)
      I had felt like this for years!! It got worse moving to a big city haha..
      It takes practice and effort to slow down and enjoy every moment:)ReplyCancel

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    Beautiful photos! ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Diana:) can’t wait to check out ur blog when u get it up and running!!ReplyCancel

9 Inspirational and Most Beautiful Lifestyle Blogs of 2016Hi everyone and happy holidays!!!

I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday was tasty and enjoyable. For Hubby and I, Thanksgiving was wonderful and soooo yummy. I roasted a duck and Brussel sprouts for the first time:) Apart from cooking that day, I started working on a post and finally getting around to publishing it today.

Lately, or should I say the past half year, my creativity reserve has been slowly hitting rock bottom. Maybe it’s stress from work, anxiety, or depression or all combined, I don’t know. I do know this, I’ve missed writing and creating. I perused back to my first post on this blog and read it over and over. What the heck am I missing??!

I’m lacking emotion, inspiration, and the love for writing and sharing I had when my blog first went live. What has been an inspiration to me and has helped get my creative juices flowing is reading others blogs. These are the blogs I keep coming back to read every day, and the ones I look to for a spark of creativity, lifestyle advice, a bit of fashion, and a most of all their writing.  I’ve dubbed, what in my opinion seem to be the 9 inspirational and most beautiful lifestyle blogs of 2016. Each writer/blog has it’s unique voice/voices, styles, and delivers oodles amount of inspiration and beauty through their writing and photography.

 

Belong Magazine Blog

Belong Magazine Blog

Belong Magazine IS a physical, hard copy blogger, media influencer, entrpreneurship magazine and their site/blog feels like community. They have contributors such as bloggers, diyers, photographers, writers, designers and many more creative people they contribute to the quarterly magazine issues. Each printed, and published hard copy of the magazine is gorgeous. It’s not only the visual aesthetics of this magazine and blog that make you keep coming back for more, but also the many beautifully written articles and pearls of wisdom each writer shares. Their blog and site are are full of ideas, inspiration, recipes, encouragement, business and social media advice and much more. I got the chance to meet the founder and editor, Brooke Saxon-Spencer, of Belong Mag at at blogging conference back in May of year, and let me tell you… Brooke puts her sweat, tears, all her love and energy into her work.

 


Reading My Tea Leaves Blog

Reading My Tea Leaves 

Reading My Tea Leaves …that one blog I wish I had known about YEARS ago. It’s been around for a while. Erin lives a a simple lifestyle. That is what her blog is based on”a practical and purposeful approach to a simple sustainable lifestyle”-Erin Boyle. I enjoy reading her series My Week in Objects. She finds joy and pleasure in life’s little things. She and her family life a a NY 500sq ft apartment!! Talk about wow!! Her blog and writing has this calm, uncluttered, homey feel to it that makes you coming back for more.

 


 

 

Blare June Blog

Blare June

Blare June is beauty, empowerment, style, positivity, and epitome of success all wrapped into one. She is a full-time psychiatrist doctor in training and there are not many healthcare professional lifestyle bloggers out there. That was one of the reasons I started following her beginning of this year and also because of her pretty  pretty photos:) And after I looked around the site a bit and read a few posts, I was hooked. She focuses a good part of her blog to mental health, but also mixes in a bit of fashion and lifestyle in between.

 


the Freckled Fox Blog

The Freckled Fox

Emily Meyers of the Freckled Fox… I cannot begin to tell you how much her life story has not only affected me but also many others around the entire globe. I check her blog daily for her life updates and wait in anticipation for the next chapters of her and her family’s life. Every post she writes … raw, emotional, and beautiful heart tugging life moments and struggles she goes though. Her story is simply beautiful. She is an inspiration and a pillar of positivity to many women out in the world. To hear more of her story visit Marvelous Moms to listen to a podcast by Emily Meyers on Faith Hope and Freckles.

 


 

Inspirational Indulgence Blog

Inspirational Indulgence

Chelsea!!!! Gahhhh!! I love this girl… She writes with passion, and her blog Inspirational Indulgence is full of SO MUCH encouragement, inspiring articles and really cute outfits. She motivates and inspires you to live better. She puts so much hard work into her blog and on top of it all she is about to finish up her masters degree in counseling. AND she’s working on a book.  I’ve been following Chelsea’s blog since the first couple of posts. She writes with confidence, power and fearlessness.

 


 

 

Zoe London Blog

Zoe London

Zoe is a blogger from London. I began reading her blog for a couple of years ago. What really intrigued me about her blog was the beautiful photography and all the traveling she did!!! Oh and if you plan on going to London one day, definitely check out her many posts and recommendations of places to eat and visit. But I keep coming back for more because of her writing. My favorite post she wrote was God Knows I Triedin regards too how blogging is slowly fading away and how blogging has changed. Zoe talks about life in London, and the struggle it is to make it asa full-time blogger. I hope to meet her in the near future as she travels again to Los Angeles:)

 


 

 

 

 

me and orla blog

Me & Orla

Me & Orla is a blog based out of London. It’s about the adventures of a mother journeying her way through motherhood and recording those special moments. Sara also devotes a major part of her blog to sharing tips about Instagram, all sorts of hashtag challenges, and tons of photography knowledge. I cannot get enough of her photos!! Her blog carries this sense of the London country-side charm and enchantment you see in movies and photos.

 


 

 

 

 

a pair and a spare blog

A Pair & A Spare

This is my go to DIY blog. Geneva creates some beautiful projects along with really pretty photos and step by step instructions. It is thanks to her I decorated my apartment with lots of green plants. Her blog is full of all sorts of ideas/decor for the home and office. Plus she has a youtube channel that entails many of her projects and creations. Geneva is also the creator of the one and only The Simple Sandal, cute, and simple leather sandals that would go with any outfit. In between her DIY projects she also blogs about her home, food, travel and beauty.

 


 

the skinny confidential blog

The Skinny Confidential

Lauryn Evarts has been my favorite blogger since I’ve dived into the world of social media and blogging. She built and created The Skinny Confidential Brand from the ground up. Her brand has now expanded in a book, podcasts, and SO MUCH content on healthy eating, exercise, fashion, home decor, beauty and wellness. She talks real life. No sugar coating on her writing. I often listen to her and her hubby’s live podcasts. Lauryn also designed her whole website. Her blog screams chic, fabulous, and confidence. Lauryn also gives many tips on blogging full-time, and how she got to where she is today.


 

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rileysapple-2Tis the season of apple picking!!! It’s not officially Fall season unless you initiate it with apples galore, pumpkin spice lattes, boots and scarfs. I welcome you to take a peek into the blazing hot, sunny, charming, and fun day the Grace Belle team and the ladies had at Riley’s Apple Orchard.

To start off, this was my first outing with the Grace Belle team. First outing anywhere in California with a group of girls I didn’t know. I met Lorina, the founder of Grace Belle, a few weeks before when I interviewed for a position to be in her team. I wanted to see what these people and the overall community was all about. I had seen their post for this apple picking event and decided to tag along.

That entire day, long drive, and sun scorching hot weather was well worth the trip. I met some pretty incredible creative, beautiful, and talented ladies. I had found my place amongst THIS group.

Everyone had cameras: phones, digital, films etc… Nature, pumpkins, apples, and greenery all around. Photoshoots, and props, left, right and all around. So, yes I felt right at home:) And the work of picking apples and biting into the delicious crisp freshly grown apples? A mouthwatering delight!! I don’t think I can go back to eating store bought apples again.

Not to self: don’t wear boots in the 85 degree sweltering California heat. And bring a hat.

Grace Belle has organized some fantastic trips. Check out their site to see who they are, what they stand for, where they’ve traveled and what their next event will be. They are truly an inspiration. I am glad to be joining their extended team as a photographer, getting to know everyone and look forward to see their team expand and their vision grow.

 

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Hello, Im Lena- and welcome to my blog- the place where I document and share life's moments, beauty, along with adventures/travel and little bits and pieces of practical simple living. Thank you for stopping by <3

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