My sister gave me this SoulPancake book for my birthday and I love it! So may creative and fun big life questions to explore! I'm going to make a habit to try and tackle at least 1 question each week and share with the Dreams Over Drinks fam! Once I share the topic, I'd love to see your take on it as well, so comment away! Let's see what we can discover!
I had an amazing opportunity to speak and share time with these inspiring young high schoolers during their I Am That Girl meeting yesterday! We talked about love, dreams and how we were all badasses this week! Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to see how you all shine!
Day 1 / 365 of my 23rd year.
Just a day older than I was yesterday. I only have to remember that I've collected enough days to not have to call myself 22 anymore.
It amazes me that I've been around that long. Many laughs, tears, hugs, moments, memories and a lot of growing up all fit into 8,395 +1 days.
All that influence to make up, me, an adult-ish person, sitting at this coffee shop, holding a pen and writing in his journal. Curious and introspective, trying to make sense of what it means to be a little older while knowing that it still feels tough to be a kid.
It's so exciting! 22 year old me could have never predicted how this next year would turn out. Ups, downs, turn arounds. That's life. That's learning. That's growing up and I have a lot more to do.
I used to think birthdays and getting older meant feeling older too. Like I'd be different and know something else because my cake had an extra candle on it. That hasn't been the case for me, at least not yet, and I'm pretty sure it'll never be. Sure there are some moments that I can point out as significant, but it's all the time between the birthdays where new days become new experiences.
Growing up is continuous. I'll never stop and I probably won't know it, but some day I'll be a little older and a little wiser with a lot of special memories to look back on. So far, I'm looking forward to 23.
Dogtown Coffee / Santa Monica, CA
I was going to write, but I thought it was nice to just sit here instead.
Espresso Cielo / Santa Monica, CA
So happy to celebrate the screening of my friend Mia's amazing film last night! Lots of love for this crew!
Soho House / West Hollywood, CA
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." ˜ Maya Angelou
Los Angeles, CA
The result of the election has left so many people feeling hurt and hopeless. I'm sure many of you have read the overwhelmingly emotional responses on social media. I just want to remind everyone out there that regardless of which way you voted, let's respect one another and let's talk about it peacefully. This election has highlighted just how divided our country really is, so we must come together and listen to one another now more than ever. Let's make the effort to treat each other with kindness and recognize that despite our differences, we are still each other's colleagues, neighbors, family and friends. Hate will only drive us further apart so let's look to make progress in the world only through love and understanding.
The Wheelhouse / Los Angeles, CA
Solid day shooting and exploring Downtown LA with the ARK Project Now dudes!
Today we wear our 'I Voted' stickers with pride because, regardless of individual beliefs, we actively participated in moving forward with a future we believe in.
Thinking about this, I am a little disappointed with myself. I have dreams, aspirations and a vision for a brighter future, but I've been lazy. Apathetic really, and I've taken my place in the world for granted.
I think physically pressing into the ballot shook me. Though I've been reminded before, submitting my vote today means my beliefs matter. I chose to act and I am coming to terms with the fact that not just today, but each day I wake up is an opportunity to practice my beliefs.
Today I voted for who I believe should be President of the United States. How I treat tomorrow and the days that follow will be another vote for the world I wish to see.
In this grand vision for the future, a lot is out of my hands. Earth will continue to revolve around the sun. Time will pass and the ways of the world will change whether I like it or not. Despite all that I can't control, there is still a choice: Life can influence me or I can influence life.
As citizens of this world, we must all recognize the value of our voice. Grab a pen, take your brush, pick up however you prefer to be heard and take a stand for what you believe in. Be informed, participate in the conversation and act. Progress and never settle because we can all be change makers.
If you haven't already, vote today. Vote every day.
I could stand here and watch them skate all day
Recognizing I could use a good life pep-talk right about now so I'm writing to myself today.
Having a little chat with myself usually helps settle the aimless thoughts and feelings that often creep in and cloud my mind.
I'm not sure how, but it's so easy for one thought to jump to another and become negative. I sometimes find myself expending a lot of energy fighting these thoughts to remain positive. Most days I win. Some I lose. I recently caught myself in one of these mental matches and instead of exchanging blows, I'm stepping out of the ring to pick up my pen and turn the page.
I know I'm not alone in experiencing this so if I can offer some advice, I'd like to say the way you talk to yourself is so important. Notice when you're feeling positive, acknowledge when you're not and don't let yourself play into any unnecessary negativity. It's not worth the energy and negative thoughts have a way of manifesting physically. Find a healthy way to channel your thoughts and feelings to be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that you are so good and give yourself a positive pep-talk. It works for me!
Deus Ex Machina / Venice, CA
Sit back and enjoy the show
"Leggo my Eggos, Mouthbreather."
My sister as 011 from Stranger Things
One of my best friends, Ben, came to visit yesterday so naturally we hit up a couple breweries, caught up on life and watched the World Series game. He's a die-hard Cubs fan... It's a big deal.
Ben was telling me about daily post-grad life back home and mentioned a new habit he started in an effort to find meaning in each decision he makes. Recently, every morning and before he does anything really, he asks himself, 'why?'
He said that, 'WHAT questions give a sense of direction and WHY questions give a sense of purpose.'
He has been exploring the reasons behind the decisions he makes each day and I found that so interesting. So many choices, big or small, are influenced by our routine or outside factors and we often don't consider why we do what we do. By taking the time to pause and find the value in all of his choices, Ben is practicing presence of mind and living intentionally and I really like that.
I want to find the value in each moment and reminding myself to ask why is a new way for me to continue living with purpose. Thanks Ben and let's go Cubbies!
Blue Bottle Coffee / Beverly Hills, CA
It's kind of funny how far removed I feel from this place already.
Loving the beautiful people and sunsets here in Venice!
Capturing moments of awe with my buddy Ryan. Check out his Instagram: @resatka
Not sure if there are words to explain what it's like to meet someone, connect over a deep conversation on their balcony and then you hug it out and they say, 'Welcome to the family.'
It's such a good feeling to be in the company of awesome people.
Every day we experience numerous fleeting moments; some we find to be significant and others we choose to take for granted. Either way, it's our choice whether or not to be present and pay attention.
I'm still processing how inspired I feel from the meaningful conversations I had yesterday among new friends. If there is one thing I could take away from that time, it's that I am convinced there is no such thing as coincidence.
I'm not sure I believe in chance any more. We are all so deeply connected that when certain people come into your life, you know it's meant to be. I believe passionate spirits call to each other and naturally seek each other out. That is the beautiful magic of authentic living.
I'm so grateful for all the special people who play such a meaningful part in my story. Sending you all love because knowing you is meant to be.
Smiles and Coffee! :)
Philz Coffee / Santa Monica, CA