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Timing is Truly Everything

A few weeks ago, I was at Wawa grabbing coffee before making the drive from the shore back to Philly. It was early, maybe 6:45 a.m., and I was still in my just-waking-up daze. I approached the cashier to pay for my coffee at the same time as an older gentleman.

“Oh, I’m sorry, you can go,” I sort of mumble & smile.

He smiles back. It’s one of those grandfatherly smiles. “No dear, ladies first, I’m in no rush.”

I step up to the counter. “Are you sure? I really don’t mind.” (I’m polite to a fault, thanks Mom & Dad).

He laughs. “Yes, I’m certain. You worry about life too much. Don’t worry so much.”

***

You worry about life too much. 

That phrase stuck with me during my two hour drive and for a few days later. It was such an interesting thing to say to a stranger, but that morning, I needed to hear it.

He was right–I do worry too much. I’ve always been “a worrier,” but my anxiety levels reached a new high after I graduated college. All of a sudden there was no distinct path or structure my life. Every time I looked out into the future, I saw a blank slate. My worry came from not knowing how everything was going to work out. I’m a planner at heart. Type A to a T. I like knowing the who/what/when/where/why/how in every situation I’m facing.

But that’s not how life works. And I think I’ve finally learned (accepted?) that.

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How to Find the Perfect Gift for Any Occassion

I love giving people gifts. I know it’s super cliché, but I actually like giving gifts more than I like receiving them. And one of the best feelings in the world is stumbling upon the perfect gift that just instantly reminds you of someone (I already have my sister’s Christmas gift bookmarked on Etsy).

But sometimes it’s hard to find that extra special something for that extra special someone, especially when you’re pressed for time. Well, luckily for you (and me!), there’s a company out there dedicated to helping you become the best gift-giver of all time.

I’d like to introduce Two Pretzels, a Philly-based curated gift box company that’s all about celebrating the best (and worst) moments in life. Birthdays, engagements, breakups, promotions, pregnancies, bad days, you name it, Two Pretzels has a uniquely curated box for it. The masterminds behind Two Pretzels were kind enough to gift me their “Good Times & Tan Lines: Summer Seasonal” box which has the most amazing & sassy essentials to party all the way through Labor Day. Keep on reading to see what’s in the box & get a special discount code!

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My 5 Favorite Apps for Blogging

For the most part, blogging is really fun. I personally don’t blog full time (I have a regular old 9-to-5 job that I absolutely love) & I blog on the side as a hobby. Even though it’s a hobby, I do spend a significant amount of time writing, taking pictures, posting on social media, etc. etc. And like I said, most of the time being a blogger is really fun, but sometimes it’s really hard work. (I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be a full-time blogger–kudos to you guys).

My friend/fellow blogger Sam (check her out at F-perfection.com!) and I have this joke that bloggers never sleep. Every time we’re brainstorming new posts or thinking of yet another Instagram caption, we say “well, bloggers never sleep.” Being a blogger is about sharing your life with your readers, and to some extent, it’s always in the back of your mind. I can’t tell you how many notes I have on my phone about blog post ideas or how many lattes have gotten cold because I have to get the perfect picture (ugh I know, I hate that I get caught up in “do it for the Insta,” too). That said, I’ve tried to strike a balance between just living and putting more effort into blogging. It’s always a process.

Thankfully for all us bloggers out there, there are lots of apps/tools that make this whole “being a blogger” thing easier so our entire life isn’t consumed by blank WordPress templates & the never-ending blackhole of Pinterest (unless you want that, then you do you). Here are some of my favorite apps that making blogging a little easier.

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