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Race Balls-Out

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Have you read Girl Boss? It's on my list of must-reads, maybe on a day when I can curl up in front of a fire place with a big foamy latte, a la this. I recently came across a list of top quotes from the book, and particularly liked this one: Abandon anything about your [...]

20 Habits of Success from Two Billionaires

20 habits for success from 2 billionaires

I recently read this article, "20 Habits of Success I learned While Working for 2 Billionaires," and thought the points were worth a share. You may read the full descriptions here, but a recap of Paul Brunson's big 20 include: 1. Invest in yourself 2. Be curious... about everything. 3. Surround yourself with 'better' people [...]

Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend

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Some days are regular old days. You make coffee. You take the dog out. You upload pictures of your lunch to Instagram. But some days, some days, a friend asks if you'd like to join her to see OPRAH. I grew up watching Oprah. Granted, I was one of those kids who enjoyed reading self-improvement [...]

Lessons from Blogging: Year One

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Looking back one one year of blogging, here are 8 lessons I've learned in blogging and in life... 1. Start today. Two quotes sum this up perfectly: "A year from now, you'll have wish you started today." - Karen Lamb "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to [...]

One Year

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This week marks the one year anniversary of Heart Swell. Thank you for inviting me into your days. Blogging feels so personal in many ways, but the community that has grown out of this humbles and inspires me. Your kind words mean the world to me every single time. In looking back over the past [...]

Are you Decisive?

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I recently read this quote by Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue: "I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I'm completely unsure, I'll pretend I know exactly what I'm talking about and make a decision." And it stuck with me because I am increasingly having to make big, [...]

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Hi friends! Heart Swell now has its own Facebook page. I'll be adding blog posts as well as photos, videos and content that you wouldn't otherwise see on the blog. If you like what you see, you may like it here. Thank you for your support! P.S. Let's be friends! Connect with me on Instagram, [...]

It’s in the Story

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I have been thinking a lot lately about the story part of our lives. I use New York City as an illustration often because, for me, that city was more than just a place to live; it was life lessons as abundant as deli bagels. (Point being: I enjoyed a hearty amount of both during [...]

How to Create a Vision Board

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Do you have a vision board? I am a firm believer in the power of clarifying your intentions, setting up visual affirmations, and seeing the magic of how doing so can propel you toward your goals. In the words of author Amy Spencer, "We attract what we think about, focus on, and feel." The clearest [...]

What NYC Looks Like to Creative 20-Somethings

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Refinery 29 recently posted a great article about what it's like to be a creative 20-something living in New York City. The descriptions are absolutely true for living there, but I think they are also true for people at every age in every city. The ones that resonated most with me... "I constantly remind myself [...]