Sometimes, I get randomly inspired to work out at 6:00 or 7:00. In the morning. “You will be so full of energy!” I tell myself as I excitedly book the class.
Which is true… I usually feel pretty great all day afterwards. But of course, the hardest part of working out bright and early is actually getting my butt out of bed. Once I’m in class, the endorphins kick in and I feel empowered to take on whatever the day has in store.
Granted, it really, really, really helps when I prep enough to make the process of getting from my apartment to class, and then from class to work, as smooth as possible. I still haven’t quite mastered the locker-room-get-ready, but here’s how I get from bed to morning workout (and still have time to snooze! well, one snooze anyway):
As the CEO of Parachute Home, a startup specializing in chic, comfortable, affordable bedding, you’d expect Ariel Kaye’s living situation to be just as cool as the company she founded. And your expectations would be spot on: her space oozes Los Angeles cool, awash in bright lights, welcoming neutrals and, of course, touches of texture to add interest and personality.
What you might not expect? How affordable some of the pieces in Ariel’s home are. Think accessories and throw pillows from places like IKEA, Target and West Elm and furniture from Urban Outfitters mixed with splurgier investment pieces. Her sheets? Parachute, naturally.
Take a peek at Ariel’s beach-meets-desert Venice Beach bungalow:
Does anybody else basically have to give up on matte lip color during winter, or is that just me? There are many things I dislike about Chicago winters, and my lips do not take too kindly to the brutal weather. Think cracks and chaps for days… hence, giving up matte lip color most of the season.
However! I have discovered that liberal application of any of the below products helps SIGNIFICANTLY. Consider them your chapped lip savers, all winter long. Also handy to have if you did too much making out on Valentine’s Day, or whatever. Anyway, without further adieu: the three best lip balms for winter (or ever, really):
In an ongoing attempt to be more mindful and a Generally Better Person, I purchased a Happiness Planner (on sale, though, because I’m not lying about that whole tap water budget situation). It brilliantly combines a traditional planner (schedules, to-dos) with a journaling element to increase positive thinking and help define and chase your goals.
I also chose to download the app and sign up for the daily and weekly Happiness Planner email series, because I am a classic overachiever. It’s paid off, though! A couple of the daily emails have really spoken to me, particularly an early one from Elyse Gorman of Notes on Bliss sharing habits of happy people.
I’m no expert on happiness, but I was really inspired by Elyse’s list. So, I distilled it down into eight key habits of happy people to share with you (and that I’d personally like to adopt in my own life):