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Aug 17

For the Reason that Sundays are Intended For Rejuvenation

By Kelly Wilson

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Sundays are for Rejuvenation

To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working,selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.

So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.

I went for a walk this morning on this, one of the most beautiful days of 2017. The sun was out,bleaching the sky, and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees. After a few blocks, I stumbled upon a chalky patchwork along the sidewalk, and couldn’t help but feel an inner nostalgia that my heart was tugging at me to grab onto. Instead of letting the moment flee, I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself.

Play. Remember that feeling of running over to your BFF’s house as a kid? The whole day was ahead of you to go on and seek whatever adventures you wanted? A kickball game was always going on somewhere, and things were just fun? Do something playful today. Seeing that sidewalk chalk,scribbled in any and all directions, made me want to go do just that.

All those feelings of having fun and being youthful shouldn’t be caged inside of you. Grab a board game, invite some friends over later, and play. Go get some sidewalk chalk, and doodle a bit. See some people throwing frisbee at the park? Ask to join. Go find a swing set, and fly. So go for it and be a bit playful.

Reflect. Now that you’ve got exerted some of that energy, go climb into an old trunk and dig out those silly photo albums. I think flipping through pictures of my past, snapped by the people that I love, is what makes me fall more and more in love with photography. What a treasure it is to have fleeting moments be captured and saved as memories.

Looking back on all of the old times makes me feel so close to my roots, reminding me of where I came from, and how much life I have so beautifully enjoyed.

Be Present. Now fast forward to reality, and decide if you are happy with it. Look how much you have bloomed. Think about the person you were then, and who you are now. Think about what values you have maintained throughout your life. Give yourself some credit.

Remind yourself to always be playful and silly. Hold on to that feeling of nostalgia, just in case you ever need to be reminded again to have more fun in this one life that you get to live.

I’m challenging you to clear your schedule today and do 3 things for yourself. You work your butt off,and deserve some time for yourself. If you try this out, let me know how it went, and if you feel rested and rejuvenated, let’s keep this up.


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Aug 15

5 Things You Should Never Do Right Before Bed

By Kelly Wilson

You might have heard people say that you should only use your bed for sleeping, and in this blog I want to explain why that is SO true. I’m sure many of us have had a night where we felt we only tossed and turned and got pretty much no sleep at all. I know between busy lives and distractions finding their way into our bedrooms, plenty of you are having a lousy nights sleep.Your routine and behaviours during the day can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep that night. Healthy sleep habits, known as good sleep hygiene are really important to ease you into the land of slumber. Bad habits, on the other hand, can really ruin a good nights sleep.For a better chance of nabbing a restful night of sleep and waking up ready to take on the world, here are a few things you should never do in bed.

1. Be tempted by late night snacking

While its a bad idea to go to bed hungry, eating a big meal right before you sleep can also lead to a restless night. Often snacking before bed isn’t necessarily the problem, what you choose to snack on has more of an impact. As you may have guessed, late night burgers aren’t topping the list for foods that make it easier to sleep. Foods with high fat content can cause heartburn, which may keep you awake long after you’ve finished snacking.

If you’re feeling peckish, I recommend opting for lighter options or foods with naturally occurring tryptophan If you were wondering, tryptophan is an amino acid that assists serotonin production, which can help you drift off to sleep. You can read about some of my favorite late night snacks here. Stay away from sugary cookies or biscuits, as well as caffeinated drinks, as the sugar hit can help keep you awake. When your tummy rumbles at night, avoid snacking in bed too. Your bed should be a place of relaxation and used only for sleep.

2. Finish off that presentation

I am sure the idea of working from the comfort of your bed is VERY appealing to many people. In saying that, being in work mode when you should be in sleep mode (or at least pre-sleep mode) means your brain is still very active. When you are on a deadline or replying to emails, you’re still thinking and planning. Your brain, being the clever little thing it is, may then begin to associate your bedroom with this kind of activity.

Following a nightly pre-sleep routine can help your brain to associate your bedroom with sleeping (which is why I recommend not to eat or work in it). Once you’ve trained your mind to recognize its time to slow down, you may find falling asleep much easier.

3. Have an Argument

Being angry or having a heated argument with your significant other (or anyone else) can severely affect your ability to nod off. Your bed should be a sanctuary where you feel calm and relaxed. Arguing leaves you feeling tense and flustered, so it will probably take you longer to fall asleep. Even worse, not getting enough sleep can make it hard to get through the next day – hello crankiness!

There is also a chance you will replay the argument over and over, which can reinforce the negative mood and keep you awake longer. If you feel yourself getting agitated at a situation or a person remind yourself now is not the best time to act on it. Sleep it off and then pick-up the conversation again in the morning.

4. Sleep with your pets

I love a cuddle with my dogs as much as the next person (or even more!), but they don’t always understand the idea of quiet time. Sharing your bed with a pet may be comforting, but its not always good for a peaceful nights sleep. Particularly if your pet is a large breed, their movements can disrupt you during the night. There is a good chance you’ll notice every time they scratch, roll or make noise. Not to mention they can hog the covers, leaving you in an intense game of tug o war when you want to roll over!

5. Watch TV

If you are one of those lucky people who can fall asleep anywhere, watching a little TV before bed might not bother you. For many of us though, the light from your screen can affect our brains ability to wind down. While you might think the noise and the lower lighting makes it easier to drift off, the light can actually affect your circadian rhythms. Without going into too much detail, the light can actually trick your brain and body thats it is time to be awake when you should be winding down.

The same goes for tablets and phones even with the new night modes many of them have, its best to keep them away from the bed. In general, try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

Poor sleep can have such a big influence on your productivity for the day, and it really is essential for a healthy lifestyle. I recommend being consistent with your sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene as much as possible.

Try to stop worrying so much if you cant fall asleep straight away, as this can often keep you awake as well. As with many concerns, a positive mindset can help to encourage a better quality of sleep. I hope these suggestions make it easier for you to get plenty of restful slumber!

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May 30

Why Your Late 20s Feel Like Adolescence All Over Again

By Kelly Wilson

When I was a young teenage kitten, I fantasized about entering the seemingly illustrious decade of my 20s — the decade that would be the great escape from the endless pangs of teenage angst that consumed my teen-girl soul.

Like most naive teenage girls who grew up drugged by an excess of “Sex And The City,” I believed that by the time I reached my late 20s, I would have my sh*t gorgeously together.

I was going to be a thriving Carrie Bradshaw, only younger and even fiercer.

I visualized myself living in the West Village of Manhattan in a fabulous apartment with exposed brick and white walls smattered with impossibly cool modern art.

My future would have an endless stream of adoring, doting lovers, all of whom were obsessed with me. Id consume petal pink cocktails in sophisticated martini glasses in the chic company of fashion editors and artists. Id sign a book deal, in Manolo Blahnik shoes, with perfectly blow-dried hair.

I was confident that by 27, I would have found the person I was going to spend the rest of my life with, have an exciting career in the arts and feel secure and confident in my physical appearance.

But here I am, kittens — 29-years-old, and I couldn’t feel further away from my 16-year-old girl fantasy. I feel more lost than I ever have. Most days, I feel like a shy, confused 13-year-old girl dressed up in adult clothes.

I’m self-aware enough to know I have a lot to be grateful for: I’m healthy (unless I’ve fallen ill with a cheap champagne hangover). I have a vast array of fascinating, crazy, magnificent friends that I adore with every fiber of my 29-year-old being. I might not be making a Manolo Blahnik worthy paycheck, but I do get to wake up every morning and march into a job that I love.

But this article isn’t about the material possessions. Because let’s face it, some people in their late 20s are making bank, and some of us are still praying our credit cards don’t decline every time we swipe them at the corner deli.

I’m talking about something that cuts deeper than money, a feeling that no living, breathing entity in their late 20s is immune from: restlessness.

If you were to scratch beneath the surface of career success and money, you’d discover that every 26- to- 29-year-old youknow feels restless. This was supposed to be the time we had life figured out, yet we feel more lost and confused than we did in our teens and early 20s.

The best way I can describe it is, well, exactly like adolescence (only more intense, because you have bills to pay).

It’s the awkward in-between phase.

In your early 20s, you’re a no-holds-barred wild child.

It’s cute to be the party girl. There is no shame in vomiting out the window of a taxi at 4 am. It’s funny, not embarrassing, to be holding your stilettos in your hand as you stumble home from the club, barefoot at an ungodly hour. Sleeping in your makeup has little consequence.

Sometime around the age of 26 to 27, though, being a hot mess is no longer hot. Sh*t just isn’t cute anymore.

But most of us in our late 20s are hardly ready for full blast adulthood, either. We aren’t quite ready for children, marriage or all of that “real grown-up” stuff.

Being in your late 20s is like being in a bizarre purgatory; you’re no longer comfortable being the 21-year-old blacking out at the party, but you’re also not totally comfortable in a power suit and sensible shoes.

It’s just like being 12 all over again, when you feel too old to be deemed a kid but not yet ready to do teenage things.


Sh*t gets real.

The great expanse of your future lies beautifully ahead of you, so in your early 20s, you have nothing to lose.

Marriage is a million miles away, so it’s totally okay to have a wildly liberating one-night stand or date the toxic musician you would never dream of building a life with.

The moment I hit 27, though, sh*t just started to feel frighteningly REAL. Because the closer you creep to 30, the more you begin to realize real life is actually starting to happen.

You watch your friends get engaged, one-by-one. And then another one gets pregnant. And then another one becomes CEO of a major company.

All of a sudden, you realize the person you’ve been hooking up is nothing more than a warm body, and you start to crave depth. You start to realize the choices you’re making are going to directly affect your future.

Its scary.


You worry you’re not where you should be.

I remember being 11-years-old and terrified to go to summer camp because I was convinced I was the only girl who had gotten her period. I felt like I was an overdeveloped freak of nature and spent the summer hiding tampons in my pillowcase, praying for a miracle. Maybe it just wouldn’t come ever again.

On the other hand, my best friend, Pippa, had daily panic attacks about getting changed in the locker room for the gym class. She was as flat as a board and was terrified to change in front of the full-chested popular girls. She stuffed her bra with tissue and dreamt of having boobs every single night (now she’s a 34 DDD).

The aforementioned scenarios are the perfect metaphor for the end of your 20s.

If you’re single, you fear you’re going to be a crumbling spinster with 30 adult cats for the rest of your life. If you’re engaged, you fear that youre missing out on the party, that maybe you’re tying the knot too soon.

You constantly compare yourself to peers and freak the f*ck out over living too young or too old of a life.

Its a specific kind of hell, reminiscent of seventh grade.


You question your identity.

When I was a kid, I was a free bird who ran around the backyard climbing trees and collecting bugs. I was a wild-haired, free spirit who never questioned myself.

Until I turned 13 — and suddenly, being scrappy and muddy wasn’t cool anymore. Being a tomboy put me in an unattractive category.

So I changed myself to fit in. I started wearing tight jeans and Steve Madden platforms. But I wasnt comfortable in my skin. I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror, and I questioned every move I made.

When I was in my early 20s, just like when I was a kid, I knew exactly who I was. I was an aspiring actress by day and a shot girl by night who lived with her older brother in West Hollywood. I was fully confident and secure in what I was doing.

And then, I turned 26. The endless rejection from the industry and pressures to look a certain way began to take a toll on my soul. I began to question if I even wanted to be an actress anymore.

Suddenly, I was that lost 13-year-old again, uncertain of who I wanted to be and what I was going to do with my life.


Nothing is what you expected.

Often, the things you poured your soul into during your early 20s don’t pan out the way you expected.

You suddenly realize you don’t want to spend the rest of your life pursuing what you studied in college. You’re not sure if you want to get married to the guy you’ve been dating for two years — or you’re not sure if you want to get married at all.

The late 20s is a time of great questioning. The fantasy of what your life should be like starts to wear off, and the sting of reality begins to set in.

And while it’s nothing short of terrifying, don’t fret, because you’re actually in a really powerful place.

The fantasy of your early 20s might be quickly fading, but you’re on the brink of entering something even better than a fantasy — you’re about to enter REALITY. And reality will always kick the sh*t out of a delusional dream.

And never forget that we need confusing times of epic questioning in order to discover who we really are.

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Mar 03

The Ultimate 3 Things To Do Today Checklist

By KellyWil

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Because Sundays are for rejuvenation…

To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working,selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.

So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.

I went for a walk this morning on this, one of the most beautiful days of 2017. The sun was out,bleaching the sky, and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees. After a few blocks, I stumbled upon a chalky patchwork along the sidewalk, and couldn’t help but feel an inner nostalgia that my heart was tugging at me to grab onto. Instead of letting the moment flee, I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself.

Play. Remember that feeling of running over to your BFF’s house as a kid? The whole day was ahead of you to go on and seek whatever adventures you wanted? A kickball game was always going on somewhere, and things were just fun? Do something playful today. Seeing that sidewalk chalk,scribbled in any and all directions, made me want to go do just that. All those feelings of having fun and being youthful shouldn’t be caged inside of you. Grab a board game, invite some friends over later, and play. Go get some sidewalk chalk, and doodle a bit. See some people throwing frisbees at the park? Ask to join. Go find a swing set, and fly. Be a bit playful.

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Reflect. Now that you’ve got exerted some of that energy, go climb into an old trunk and dig out those silly photo albums. I think flipping through pictures of my past, snapped by the people that I love, is what makes me fall more and more in love with photography. What a treasure itis to have fleeting moments be captured and saved as memories. Looking back on all of the old times makes me feel so close to my roots, reminding me of where I came from, and how much life I have so beautifully enjoyed.

Be Present. Now fast forward to reality, and decide if you are happy with it. Look how much you have bloomed. Think about the person you were then, and who you are now. Think about what values you have maintained throughout your life. Give yourself some credit. Remind yourself to always be playful and silly. Hold on to that feeling of nostalgia, just in case you ever need to be reminded again to have more fun in this one life that you get to live.

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I’m challenging you to clear your schedule today and do 3 things for yourself. You work your butt off, and deserve some time for yourself. If you try this out, let me know how it went, and if you feel rested and rejuvenated, let’s keep this up.

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