a very work & play kind of day.

Hey guys!

It’s definitely time for a little day in the life action, yes? I realized I haven’t done a DITL post since I started my new gig as a full time Social Media Director, so this will give you a bit of a glimpse into my new routine. Every day can be totally different from the next, but yesterday was pretty standard for a Friday-in-the-life for me.

7am: Wake up. Coffee. God time.
7:45 – 9am: Do my daily social posts + catch up on emails and Podio tasks.
9am: Get dressed, eat a banana, head to SoulCycle.

9:30 – 10:15am: One of the best SoulCycle classes I’ve had in a while. (Read about it here.)
10:45 – 12:45am: Went Hu Kitchen for a late breakfast. Caught up on more work.

12:45 – 2pm: Headed up to Midtown to pick up samples from two of our clients for a photo shoot next week.

2pm: Went home. Finished up more work (scheduling posts). Wrote blog post. Drank a green protein smoothie.
3pm: Wrapped up with work for the day. Got ready for a late afternoon rooftop party at Le Bain.

4:30pm – 6:30pm: Hung out there with Sydney and Martina. It was such a beautiful afternoon/evening!

6:30pm – 9pm: Went home, made myself breakfast for dinner (avocado toast + eggs). Washed it down with half a pint of this deliciousness 😛 Seriously – this stuff is UH-mazing.

9pm: Watched a little bit of TV. Got ready (again). Drank some coffee.
10:30pm: Headed down to Le Poisson Rouge for their weekly 90’s party + my friend Jenn’s birthday celebration.

If you’re ever in New York on a Friday (and a child of the late 80s/90s ;)) you’ve GOT to go to this party. It is ridiculously fun. Zero pretentiousness, fun people, and sooo much nostalgia. The cover band (The Bayside Tigers) is incredible!

2am: Way past my bedtime 😉 Headed home to end what was quite the perfect (work & play) Friday.

And now here I am on Saturday morning, coffee in hand, excited for the long weekend!

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that time i took my shirt off in SoulCycle.

Yeah yeah, total clickbait title 😉

Something cool happened this morning at my SoulCycle class that I couldn’t wait to share with you.

First – some back story. About a month ago, Sydney, Rachel and I came up with a little challenge for ourselves called #MissionSBOnly. We made it to be a fun way to hold each other accountable as we all wanted to take our fitness to another level and get in our best shape ever for this summer + some upcoming trips.

What does SB stand for, you ask? Sports Bra. Mission Sports Bra Only. If you’ve ever taken a group fitness class, or even just been at a gym, you’ve probably seen that chick who has the confidence (and probably the bod to match) to rock no shirt – only a sports bra.

Well, at SoulCycle, those girls are everywhere. And they are quite inspiring, to say the least. Not just because they have rockin’ bodies, but because they have that confidence to go with it. I’ll be 100% honest with you – sometimes I look at those girls and think, “why not just put a shirt overtop?” But you know what? When I stop and check myself, I realize that that’s me judging, and even more so – that’s me being envious. I want to rock the SB only too!

Anyway. I digressed a bit there. My point is that my goal isn’t just to have that body, it’s to have that confidence. Of course one day I want to feel like my hard work has paid off and it shows on the outside. But today…today I decided that I’m not going to wait for the abs any longer.

So in the middle of my class with Danny (my first class with him – he’s definitely a new favorite) – I don’t know what came over me, but I realized I wasn’t going to wait for some big, special moment any more. I was going to MAKE that moment. So I peeled off my sweat-soaked pink tank top, and finished the class in all my sports bra only glory.

Did my body jiggle and roll in places I’d rather it not? Sure did. But did I care, or even think once what anyone else thought? Hell. To the. No. Even though my body isn’t where I want it to be one day, I rocked that sports bra only like I was the hottest, fittest girl in the room.

The funny thing is, that small decision motivated me to get where I want to be a trillion times more than feeling like I had to keep myself “covered up” until I reached my goal. It was empowering. It was freeing. A shift happened in me – not just related to fitness, but in my character.

My main takeaway from my first time being that girl in her sports bra? Don’t wait until tomorrow. Life doesn’t start 5 pounds from now. It doesn’t start when you get your dream job, meet your dream guy, or when you make six figures. It’s happening now.

And look – that doesn’t mean you can’t/shouldn’t have goals. I sure as still heck do, and getting a flatter tummy is one of them. But I wonder if the whole idea of faking it ’til you make it can help those goals come to fruition just a bit faster…

Can you relate to this? What goal in your life can you fake it till you make it right now?

you asked for it.

You guysssss.

Thank you SO much for the overwhelming response on the survey. I found your answers extremely helpful and gained a lot of insight about what you like/don’t like. I thought I had a good idea before, but I learned a lot that I had no idea about, and I’m really grateful for that :)

I want to especially thank you for the “tough love” – I got a handful of it, but it was all communicated in a kind and thoughtful way. What did I do to deserve the best readers ever?!

One of the top responses I got was that you’d like to see more real life / transparency, and I totally get that. As much as I value my privacy, I 100% understand how blogs can seem…well, pointless, without feeling like you know the person behind it.

So for the sake of becoming more transparent again, here is some of your feedback and my responses.

“More actual content and less just pictures with one word.”
– AKA no more lazy posts? 😉 Got it.

“I’d like to see less sponsored posts.”
– Noted. I’ve really been making it a point to lessen the sponsored content, especially when it comes to stuff/brands that I actually don’t like (yes, I admit I’ve done that in the past). With that being said, girl’s gotta make a living. I’m still going to do sponsored content here and there for products/events/etc. that I personally like or enjoy, and I will always disclose that. I hope you can understand! And hey – at least I’m acknowledging it, right?

“I think it would be fun if you talked more about building your style, if that is something you are comfortable with.”
– I like that! Thanks for the suggestion.

“I really enjoy your blog as a twenty-something living in a big city and I like most of what you post, but sometimes I get secondhand embarassment from the fashion blogger posts. Everything else you do I like, but that aspect (not your fashion posts in general, but the styled shoots with a photographer) seem so different and uncomfortable than the rest of the blog.”
– This made me LOL…just because it’s like my worst nightmare to give someone secondhand embarrassment 😛 Especially when I felt no embarrassment at all! But I appreciate the honesty VERY much, and I agree to an extent. Even though I had fun with it and enjoyed experimenting with new content, I’m just not a fashion blogger. And I’m perfectly okay with that.

“I understand that you like to keep some things in your life private and I am not saying this in any way to be hurtful or mean, but lately I just have not been as interested in your blog because it seems very impersonal. As a fellow 20 something girl, I’m just trying to figure it all out as well — but the thing I love most about other blogs I follow are the discussions/posts centered around relationships (family/friends/romance!!). I don’t see much (or any) of that on your blog lately, and it just seems to me like it would help your readers get more interested/involved because we could know more about your life than just what brands of makeup you use and where you get your clothes. Not saying I don’t love those posts too — because I do! I just wish there was more of a personal element, that’s all. Totally up to you, because I understand not wanting your life plastered on the internet — just something to think about!”
– This was hands down my favorite response. THANK YOU for so clearly and kindly expressing that. I definitely think you spoke for many more of my readers, and it was the encouragement I needed to open more than I have been.

“would like: decorating/organizing small apartment spaces, pursuing joy/purpose in your 20s, ballin on budget.”
– Love those ideas. Thanks!

“More of balancing health/fitness with social life”
– Such a great idea. Definitely not easy here in NYC, but I think I’m finally starting to figure it out.

“Your faith-based posts are super relatable. It is a challenge to be both a modern woman and someone who consciously makes faith a priority in her life.”
– Thank you, that really means a lot. I’m always a bit wary with the faith-based posts because I know not everyone can relate, but it’s such a huge part of my life, I can’t help but want to share it.

“more day in the life and dating!”
– I’ll be honest – the dating stuff is where I get the most private 😉 But I think there’s a way to talk about it without revealing too much, so I will work on that.

“Less workout updates more healthy food updates!”
Awesome – was planning on it.

“more budgets! life in the city is expensive, and it would be interesting to know how you make it all work (fashion, food, rent, entertainment, etc.)”
Cool suggestion! I’ll definitely put something together about that.

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Anything you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments section! And be on the lookout for a day in the life post soon :)

GML reader survey.

Hey guys!

I thought it might be a cool idea to throw a quick survey your way. I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, and although I have an idea of what my readers like, I’ve never done an actual survey. Some might think this is weird because I should just blog about whatever I want to – and I do, for the most part – but it’s always been important to me to also share things that you guys enjoy and can relate to. So this will help :)

Click here to take the *anonymous* survey

Thanks in advance!

xoxo G

strategically unstrategic.

As someone who works in Social Media, I must say the word strategic in one form or another like, 5 billion times a day. It’s a great buzz word, really. Clients love hearing that there’s a planned, well thought-out method behind the process of reaching their target demographic (and rightfully so).

Lately I’ve been thinking about this whole idea of strategy, and how it’s something we all use in our lives more than we may even realize. Think about it – so many important aspects of life are characterized by some sort of careful plan or method.

Want to win the game? Here’s your strategy.
Want to get healthy? Here’s your step-by-step guide.
Want to land the job interview? Here’s exactly what to be prepared for.
Want to get the guy? Wear this, say that, and follow this 54 page manual of how to text him.

That last one was a joke. Everyone knows the manual is only 10 pages.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s obviously a time and a place for being strategic. I’m pretty sure most of our lives would be complete messes without basics plans and methods that help us get through the everyday. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’m totally guilty of being too strategic in certain areas of my life.

For example, I actually want to think less before I speak. I find myself caring so much about what other people think that I hold back what I actually want to say. Granted, that might make things a little awkward for both parties, but I honestly don’t care anymore. I’m sick of Communication 101 conversations with people – I want truth serum!

Speaking of Social Media, I kind of think it is one of the main causes of everyone being so damn strategic these days (funny how I’m always dissing the thing I make a living off of, haha, oops). But seriously – it’s like, everything we say or do ends up out there for all the world to see, so we have to be all sorts of careful with what we’re putting out there. Even with texting, we have this time we didn’t have before to think about what we’re going to say, how we’re going to say it, and how many minutes (or hours, or days) we strategically leave in between messages. Come on, well all do it 😛

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of life being so perfectly mapped out all the time. So I’m going to do a little experiment of trying to be strategically unstrategic. No more plans, methods, or what some may call “games” to try to navigate myself to what I want.

Less thinking. More doing.
Less thinking. More saying.

Less thinking. More feeling.
Less thinking. More living.

And most importantly – more surrendering my plans to God, and taking on HIS strategy.

Anyone with me?