5 Ways To Have A Better Morning.

This is something I know most of us struggle with. The idea of getting up out of your warm cocoon, changing out of your pj’s and starting your day. It’s rough, I agree.

The good news is:

There are ways to beat mornings. And let them know who’s boss!

I’m not saying every morning is going to be a great morning, especially for someone who can’t even talk before 9 am (and yes I need about 3 cups of coffee before hand too).

Once you find a morning routine that works for you, you’ll be good to go.

Make A Morning Playlist

If you’re a music person, then you need a morning playlist. If you’re not fond of creating playlists, you can download Spotify and pick on of those. There are tons to choose from. Pick one that fits your mood and let it play. This is an awesome way to remind your body that your morning routine is starting. Jam to your favorite tunes while you cook up some breakfast (the most important meal of the day!)


Plan Your Outfit The Night Before

The last thing I can do in the morning is think. Especially about what to wear. Something that I do absolutely every night is plan out what I’m wearing the night before, because this will seriously help you cut down on the time you’re running around your house trying to be on time. This will set your day up for more success, seeing that you won’t be as irritated when you wake up.


Meal Prep Sunday Night

If you like bringing your lunch to work every day, you may not necessarily enjoy packing it up every evening. Something that also cuts down on time during the week is prepping your food on Sunday evening. This is a huge time saver during your busy week, and one less thing to think about in the morning, if you happen to forget the night before.


Create A Morning Ritual

If you have something you do every single morning, that you look forward to, you will be more motivated to get up out of bed. I love the morning process of making coffee. It’s therapeutic, and something I look forward to having. I personally use a french press coffee maker, so making the coffee feels much more rewarding than just using an automated machine. Whatever it is that will help you hop out of bed, do it!


Drink Water

This is the simplest thing you can do, but has the biggest impact. Drinking a tall glass of water in the morning before you do anything else will rejuvenate and wake up your body more than coffee ever would. I like to keep a glass on my bedside table, and whatever I don’t drink before bed, I finish in the morning before I get up.


Time for us to give mornings another go. I know I’m still struggling most of the time when it comes to waking up, and successfully making it to work with a smile.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go and make that morning playlist!





The Best Coffee Shop: Better Buzz Coffee

Coffee. Most of the population relies on this for pure existence. Without my daily dose of caffeine I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t be able to force myself to work in the morning, let alone even move from my lovely plush surface of a bed.

I take my coffee shops level ten serious. The coffee has to be bangin’, and the atmosphere needs to be just as accommodating. I’m that person that will plan to head to a coffee shop the next day and thrive.

Regardless, everyone loves a good cup of joe. Recently, while I was touring around San Diego with a friend, she took me to a west coast favorite of her’s: Better Buzz Coffee in Pacific Beach, San Diego.


I might be slightly dramatic when I say this, but this coffee shop changed my life. Now that I am back on the east coast, it is the only thing I’m craving.

The inside of this cute shop was everything I could want my future house to look like.


Isn’t this adorable??


This wall is SCREAMING “take a pic with me”.

I was mesmerized the entire time I was in line, clearly in no rush to leave.

My friend I was with ordered for us, because I took about a half hour just asking questions about the different drinks.

We ordered two of the “best drink ever” on the menu. I had no idea what to expect and I cannot even describe how amazing this coffee was.


If the title of the drink doesn’t satisfy you enough, look at these cups!

If you’re a coffee fiend like myself, I would highly encourage you to hit up this coffee shop if you’re ever hanging out on the west coast. Just sitting inside for an hour will make you feel inspired.

I know it’ll be one of my pit stops next time I visit California!

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Life Is Too Short//Sunday Coffee Chat

I’m a firm believer that there are certain phrases to live by, and “life is too short” is one of them.

It’s a very simple saying. It can be sad, or incredibly motivating, depending on how you look at it. I think we need to keep this in mind at all times, and remind ourselves of it constantly.

We need to remember to revisit ourselves and reevaluate what we’re doing, and exactly why we’re doing it. Why we have the lifestyle we do, the job we do, the hobbies we do, the friends we surround ourselves with. Is it good for you? Or are you merely just being robotic?

Find the things you love, and do them often. Because seriously, life is too damn short. Balance is key, yes, but while you are able to do so, take those smaller risks. Book more trips, quit the crappy job you’re doing and figure it out.

I was recently sitting down with a friend of mine, who is incredibly unhappy with their work and living situation. I offered a plethora of options, including job advice which could then lead to finding an independent place to call home. Every idea I came up with got shot down. “I can’t do that because of this, this and that.”

I thought about it after and realized that some people won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and will continue to voluntarily be unhappy.

I know I certainly don’t want to be someone in that position. I want to make a conscience effort to at least try and make my goals come to life, even if its hard. Nothing is meant to be easy, which is why it will feel so rewarding in the end.

Taking time to revisit your current situation, and what is working and what isn’t will keep you fresh and rejuvenated, and also ensure you’re doing everything you want!

Alright, coffee chat over. I definitely need another cup though….

Happy Sunday everyone! Get rest, and enjoy the day.


Thursday Morning Coffee Chat


[9:17 AM]

I’m sure I can speak for almost all of us when I say that it’s incredibly difficult to wake up in the darkness of the morning and get yourself all the way to work. With these cold temperatures on the east coast right now it’s even more unpleasant.

While I was refusing to get out of my bed this morning I was thinking about timelines. Everyone has their own path and goals and aspirations. I see a lot of this as I have graduated recently, and have friend’s leaving college in the next few years. I see them making plans to live together, plans to move far away and start a new life, or all work for the same company. I used to be right there with them, until I realized that life doesn’t work that way.

I had a whole plan to be in an entirely different situation than I am right now. Living in LA with four people having a grand time. And here I am, 3 months past the time I promised myself I’d be in California, working in a job I never thought I’d do.

Life is funny. The plans you make to get to your goal will almost never happen exactly as you’d imagine. If you hustle hard enough, and believe big enough, you’ll reach your goal. Somehow, someway, but definitely not how you would think.

I’ve decided to detach myself from everyone who’s making promises to one another and not fully doing what they want because they’re following the pack. Following the pack will get you zero satisfaction and you’ll most likely end up living someone else’s dream.

If you separate yourself and create your own destiny, odd’s are your journey will be a heck of a lot more special.



Remember this, and always keep moving!


*She Believed She Could, So She Did*

Dear 2018.


We hear this concept all the time. Every year that the clock strikes midnight, you’ve got that group of optimistic people at the party saying that this year is the year they’re going to fly and thrive! And sometimes they stick to that motivational feeling, and other times it fades away, and another year fly’s by with you feeling just as disheartened as the previous.

I’ve always felt that as the years passed by, nothing ever changed. I went from one year of school to the next, and my goals were always the same: keep my grades up, don’t spend too much money, call home often, and don’t die at a frat party.

This year truly is the beginning of my adulthood, as it is my first year out of college, and my first year in an adult job. A lot has changed from 2017 to 2018 just within a few short months.

I think I’m at a point in my life where I’m truly capable of making a change, for the better. If you feel like this is your year too, don’t hesitate to create a game plan and get moving. Waiting until you’re ready isn’t ideal, because we all remember how fast 2017 went by, so just imagine how quickly it will be until we start counting down to 2019.

That being said. I have a few things to say to our new friend, 2018.

Dear 2018,

It feels surreal that we’re in a year as crazy as this one. We’ve made it this far, and there’s so many things to do. I have so much hope for these next 356 days.

I hope that instead of agreeing as a community that our planet is dying, we do all we can to save it.

I hope that our governmental system doesn’t go down in flames and can be resurrected from the deep hole of anguish it currently seems to be in.

I hope that I can be in a position in my life where I wake up every morning not dreading my alarm clock.

I hope that the tasks I call work are something I am in love with, and add to the creative bucket of art that the world currently holds.

I hope that I can be in a position where I allow myself to travel more than once in a blue moon, and that I can see more of the world and expand my knowledge of culture.

I hope that I can thrive in a setting I call home, and begin my own life and newfound happiness.

I hope that my friends, family and loved ones all achieve these things and truly understand what it means to live for themselves, and live in the moment, because the clock is ticking and you never know when the time will be up.

I hope.




What’s the Rush?



Hi Friends,

So I’ve been thinking a lot about life. Every day and what that represents. Time, and what that means. It all moves so fast doesn’t it? We go on day after day, and what exactly are we putting our hours into? Thats what my mind has been toying with the most lately. Our hours, our minutes and our seconds. And where they’re headed.

It’s important for us to be happy and content with how we’re spending our time, because ultimately we only need to please ourselves. But there’s also other pressures to make that ideal image more complex. Getting a job, leasing an apartment or moving out of your parents house. Saving for retirement. All these things society places heavy pressure on. What if you don’t want to? What if you would rather not “go with the flow”? What if you tried doing what you want and less of what your family and friends expect you to do. If you want to backpack across Europe for a few months, I say do it. If you want to move across the country fresh out of college with little to no savings, go right ahead. We always learn the best when we fall the hardest. Why do we spend so much time overthinking? There’s far too many ‘what ifs’ and not enough ‘let’s do it’s’.

Maybe this is all rubbish. Maybe I’m just some young recent grad frustrated with the direction of the world. I may not know for a long time. But I do have the mind to think about it for awhile. I sit day after day pondering and wondering why I’m not moving forward and how to overcome all the obstacles in my way. I look at grad’s my age who are already on the road to the success I crave, and I sit more and think even more.

Sit. Think. Happy Sunday.

Until next time,



Hello. This is Me.

Hi Friends!

Another edition of “Bella writes what’s on her mind, so heres another monologue” for you to enjoy. I thought about what Summer 2017 means to me and what I wish to accomplish. And here it is, in the flesh.

Something to think about and ponder as you go about your everyday routine.

Hello. This is me.

“Being alone. Staring at yourself straight in the eyes. Who’s behind that mask? Is it you? How do we know? How do we understand where we stand? How do we appreciate our potential if we’re never alone? Being alone. It’s a terrifying process. Because you’re forced to face you. I’ve never been alone. Alone enough to have a conversation with me. To get to know me. To define me. Me. What does that stand for? Among a crowd of people in a busy subway station, there I am. Standing there. But what does that mean? In the busy traffic of rush hour when everyone is cutting each other; huffing and puffing. There’s my car. And me. But what does that mean? People go through life running. From one place to the next. Not taking time to appreciate what they see, because all they see is the next thing. Everyone’s got a planner, and the more you can fill it the better. With things. Plans. People. Is there any time for you in there? And what does this all mean? Being busy. Day by day. We all do it. What does it mean? To you? To everyone else? Have you learned who you are before you show yourself to others? When you shake someones hand and introduce yourself, what is the meaning behind your name? Did you ever take the time to learn? We always make time for the people who are most important to us right? Then why did you not start with you? Me. You. We have a lot of learning to do. A lot of self loving to do. So go and do it. How will you ever love anyone else if you don’t love you first. Hello. This is Me. And I’m gonna go find out who that is.”

Until next time,

Bella 🙂

~She believed she could, so she did.~