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Yes, You Too Can Be a Creative

June 2, 2016

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Hi, I’m Patricia and I’m a type A perfectionist. I work at an insurance company by day and graduated with my MBA. I’m the opposite of what you’d call a “creative” type. So you can imagine what happened when I started blogging. I corrected every comma. Seriously, every single comma. I’d type up a sentence…delete it…continue typing…look up a synonym on google…take a break from banging my head against the computer…and so the saga continued. I’m sure you’re wondering how often that has happening in this post, aren’t you? Well, I’m not telling.

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Anyway, then I got this fancy DSLR (Hannah’s camera) and became obsessed with beautiful photography. But also completely and utterly frustrated at the quality of my photography. The worst part was that I didn’t even know where to begin with manual mode and don’t even get me started on photo editing. I would spend countless hours staring at the computer screen trying to figure out the exact brightness and contrast of each photo. I’d often think to myself, I am just not cut out for this creative stuff. Let me go back to my spreadsheets and emails and call it a day.

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But I’m persistent so I just kept playing with this thing until finally by sheer trial and error I started getting half decent pictures. Still, I was dissatisfied. And that’s when my lovely friends Nina and Alicia at Bluefly Lens were all like, “hey we’ll teach you!” It pays to have equally talented and generous friends. They put me through a super fun crash course in all things photography – aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition… you name it. And guess what? We got some pretty cool pictures out of it too. In fact, the photos in this blog post were shot by Hannah with direction from Nina and Alicia and I’m OBSESSED.

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So moral of the story is this – don’t count yourself out. Of anything. While no one is good at everything and we all have our strengths and weaknesses this doesn’t mean you can’t develop new skills and pick up new passions. Be teachable and accept the fact that you may frankly suck at it to start. However, if you love it and stick with it you can achieve your goals (it helps to have supportive friends too).

So go on you type As get crazy and never forget that your type “a-ness” is a gift and you too can be a creative.

P.S. I’m currently rocking caramel highlights and natural curls – I definitely owe you all an update so stay tuned. Thank you for your continued patience and support! xoxo


Special thank you to my friends and amazing photographers at Bluefly Lens and M. Pope Jewelers for that gorgeous bracelet!

 

Love,

Blog Signature Patricia

Earthly Goddess

May 30, 2016

This post was written by our newest FC team member, Victoria Cyzewski, our wellness contributor.earthlygoddessWe are the threads of the Divine that run through the monotony of earthly living. We are the women who seek breath, expansion, a higher life of ourselves. We are the women whose souls speak through our human voices.

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Within us, there is a deep and nagging feeling; A rock, a sun, that centers us and connects us with our high-flying soul. This feeling runs effortlessly through our bloodstream. It is more comforting than a calling. It is not a voice that seeks to pull us out of our current state but rather, a gentle whisper, ever-presently reminding us of our truth within.

And that truth is that our bodies seek to sway with the movement and grace of the ocean. Our lungs ask to breath in the starry night sky.  Our feet beg to to be devoured by the dirt and sand.  Our skin requires the light of the moon to glow at its maximum capacity. The trees remind us of the power we posses by owning our presence, our magnitude, our radiance.  We want to howl at the moon and dance with the wind. We have the heart of a child yet the spirit of a warrior.

Us Earthly Goddesses are called higher. We are called deeper. The material characteristics of this human life we lead have never and will never satisfy our souls. Though our bodies are of this human experience, they are merely a suit of clothes. The real thriving being within us is our goddess soul.


Special thanks to Hannah Cox for modeling ♥

 

Our Recent Visit to Lululemon

May 26, 2016

lululemonyogaThey make our booties look good, and our tatas stay upright, but what we love most about Lululemon is how they expand way beyond just a clothing store. Recently we had the opportunity to visit the brand new Lululemon at the Prudential Center and sit down with Caitlyn McGuire, a community educator.

The new space allows for not only endless arrays of beautifully displayed workout gear, but for the Boston community to feel at home in the space. It features decor unique to Boston, and highlights all of the locally owned studios and restaurants that are favorites of the stores employees and customers. “There are so many Lulu’s out there, but we are very much our own store.”

lululemonyoga13 lululemonyoga12Each employee was over the moon with excitement about the new store, as it will allow them to focus on their customers that much more. “We want to put people into clothing that they love, and fits with their lifestyle. It’s not one size fits all. Whether someone is just going to the gym, or running a marathon, making them feel like that matters and hear their feedback is what we strive for. We focus on the physical health here, but also mental health,” said Caitlyn McGuire.

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During our visit we took one of their free weekly community classes with that weekends featured instructor, Rupa Metha. Rupa, founded of the well-loved New York City based Nalini Method.took us through her Energy Workout. Twenty-five minutes of intense leg pulsing and planking later, the workout was over. Not only did it fly by, but it worked. Each workout in the Nalini Method combines the emotional and physical components of exercise, to produce a holistic and authentic approach to working out based on your own individual mood.

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LOVE,

Love Hannah + Patricia, Blog Signature

& Laura

Spring Forward

April 30, 2016

spring3Spring, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful times of the year. There’s something fundamentally inspiring of the rebirth process- watching flowers sprout from a cold and hardened ground and blossom into something incredible. I’ve always been drawn to the idea of starting over and doing so in such a raw manner. Although the actual start of spring begins on March 20th, living in New England it can feel like the new season does not start till late April because of all the snow and chilly weather.spring1For as many years as I can remember, I’ve had a difficult time in April. It’s always been the month that school begins to wrap up and I think my seasonal depression has almost always reached its breaking point. My body, both physically and mentally, is itching for a new start. So many people use this time to clean their home and enter the new season feeling more centered. As an image consultant, I definitely see the need for this and urge clients to assess which pieces in their wardrobe no longer serve a purpose. Just as we desire to clean our homes, inside our hearts we desire to cleanse our souls. Instead of merely focusing on scrubbing floors and purging our closest, we should also take time to clean and renew our inner person. For our souls are yearning to purge the bad to make room for the good. spring6springkatespade spring2

Similar to how daunting a deep clean can be, approaching a new way of thinking can also be overwhelming.

Begin by taking these steps:

  1. Breathe. No matter what happens in these next few months you do have control over how you interpret your experiences and how you move forward. By choosing to be mindful you are able to get rid of the yuck that has been weighing you down and finally get the fresh start you deserve.
  1. Lay it all out. Similar to how we would go through your closet looking at all your clothing, take time to step back and look at what needs work in your life. Where do you feel messy, dirty, and overwhelmed? What doesn’t fit you anymore? What behaviors and thought patterns have you outgrown?
  1. Sort through your life. Now that you’ve addressed areas in your life you wish to improve on and let go of, it’s time to work on changing your mindset. Select a good motivational book and read for understanding and growth. Set aside a quiet time in a quiet place for reading and meditation. Go inside yourself and listen to the messages you find there. I’ve been using my daily commute to listen to audiobooks and podcasts to begin and end my day. I highly suggest “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson.
  1. Understand yourself. Now that you’ve learned more about yourself and why you do certain things or think the way you do, it’s time to let go of these negative feelings. Do to this by listening to how your body reacts as you name each negative part of your life you wish to strip away. Write down what you are experiencing as you move through this renewal experience. Keep a journal, jot down notes on your phone, do whatever you need to do to somehow record your thoughts and feelings are you change and grow. Share these observations with a trusted a friend or mentor.
  1. Let it go. Let go of the negative feelings. Set the emotion free and release yourself from its grip. Find your own way to do this. Perhaps it will be writing it down and watching that piece of paper burn. Do whatever will be symbolic and meaningful – something that you can remember and return to, if that negative feeling comes again to haunt you some time in the future.
  1. Open new doors. Now that you’ve parted with these negative feelings and behaviors, it’s time to open new doors. Visualize the opportunities ahead of you and welcome what may come your way. You now have so much more room in the closet of your mind. You are now ready to accept new possibilities and have a better appreciation of your life.

I hope in some way these words helped encourage you or lifted you up in spirit. As someone who battles depression and anxiety, taking the time to reflect and make positive changes is so liberating. I pray you also find strength in this process.

springsandals spring4 springoutfitOutfit Ingredients:

Top- Sienna Sky via TJ Maxx

Jeans- Loft

Jacket- Loft

Sandals- BCBG max azria

Necklace- Kendra Scott

Bracelets- Alex and Ani

Crossbody bag- Kate Spadespring5

ALL MY LOVE, 

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