Beach Adventures//Winter Vibes.

My friend and I spontaneously decided to take a road trip down to the sea shore. Today was a solid 40 degrees in New Jersey, and we even encountered a blizzard on the ride there.

Still, the determination for summer was real, and we had to visit our favorite childhood vacation spot.

Ocean City, New Jersey ladies and gentleman. The ultimate New Jerseyan vacation spot. 100% empty on a winter March afternoon.

We skipped all around town taking photos and basking in our Ocean City food favorites.

I used this mini adventure of ours to try out my new iPhone 8 plus camera, which delivered beyond belief.

Here are my favorite shots from the day.

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A solid and much needed pick-me-up from the constant rut of work, chores, sleep and repeat.

My soul has been fed and is counting down the days till Summer! Which by the way, there are officially less than 100.



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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A Week In LA : Traveling Solo!

This past week, I decided to take a trip solo to the city of Los Angeles. I firmly believe that not only is traveling good for your soul, especially when you’re alone, but also that if you truly want to test out a potential new home, you have to experience it alone.

I decided to rent a full studio apartment on AirBnB, so I could see what living in the city as a local could be like. I’ve been eyeing the state for years now, so I decided to do something about it.

One rough asset was not having a car, which I would obviously have if I moved there. And anyone who’s ever been to LA is fully aware that traffic couldn’t be worse! But my love for the state is surreal, and I am dreaming of making this goal a reality.

Here is a small photo diary of the things I saw, and what I did!

Small side note: I didn’t take as many photos as I normally would, because I wanted to truly enjoy the moment. And that I did! I want to make a point of doing so more often.

Besides walking around downtown and the city, which I’ve done on trips beforehand, I took off and explored different places, like Malibu, Calabasas, and took a train to San Diego!


First item on my list was driving to Malibu. So that’s exactly what I did.



Next up, I took a day trip and explored the beautiful and sunny San Diego.









Back in LA for the rest of the week, I covered Runyon Park and saw some stunning views.


Of course, I had to catch a beach sunset before the week was over.


And who wouldn’t want to end the trip with the staple food of LA?



Needless to say, the week was great! Definitely happy to have had time to recharge and amp up for the work week.

Be sure to follow my Instagram, @bellaslife22,  for more pictures of what I’m up to!


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.


How To: Be a Girl Boss.

Calling all ladies! This post is for you.

Firstly, what is a girl boss? Let’s break it down.

A girl boss is someone who has goals, big or small, and has a vision to get from point A to point B. You take charge of your own life, instead of letting time and fate do all the work for you. You hold responsibility for your own future, you take risks to get there and you might fail along the way. You stay productive, motivated, and you don’t let the days go by just thinking “Oh, I’ll just do it tomorrow.” You get a natural high off of accomplishing things and filling your soul by loving what you do. You’re not going to settle for just any job, or having a robotic lifestyle, because you know you want more than that. You’re going against the societal norms and finding alternative ways to live your best life.

That is just a small idea of what a girl boss can be.


We love it too! Now that you’ve got the idea, it’s time to get to work. If you’re feeling particularly down in the dumps, unmotivated, or skeptical of the chances that you can actually achieve the goals you want in life, such as getting into that dream school, getting out of that rough 9-5, or moving to that city you’ve always wanted to. Keep reading.


Time to break it down even more.

I’m going to go over some real realities about being a girl boss. Some things you may not want to hear, but have to face if you’re ready to take the necessary steps.

1. You might not succeed, that doesn’t mean you give up.

Let’s say your girl boss dream is to start up a business. Maybe you’re opening up an Etsy store, or starting a blog post. Maybe you’re taking a loan out to open up a spin studio. Whatever it may be! It’s not going to be easy. There’s going to be multiple road blocks that you’ll have to overcome. But girl bosses don’t give up! If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. It’s not wrong, is it! Keep yourself on track, and realize that if it doesn’t go as planned right away, just go with the flow and find a new way to get there. You’ll be happy you did!


2. “Don’t compare your hustle to their highlight reel.”

One of the downfalls of social media, is the competition aspect. Posting the best parts about your day, your trip, or whatever else it may be just to seem like you have your life together. If you see other’s on social media trying to win the race, while you try and keep yourself motivated, it’ll only slow you down. If someone is posting a pic of their desk, super Pinterest-y and laid out perfectly, I guarantee you right outside of that frame there was a cluttered mess. Because the reality of the matter, is that behind the scenes is always a whole different story. Don’t let it change your perspective or damage your motivation.


3. Gather a squad of fellow girl bosses.

This is one that will really keep you on track. Having a core group of powerful motivated ladies, all striving for similar goals will make this lifestyle feel even better, because you’ll have support. You’ll have fellow gals who know why you’re working twice as hard, and working later than others to make sure you accomplish what is needed. They will keep you on your toes and even give you idea’s on how to get over some obstacles that might have come your way, because at one point they had the same obstacles. Find your circle, and get in formation.


4. Dress for success.

You always want to look and feel your absolute best. Especially if you’ve got meetings set up for whatever your girl boss goals may be. Interviews, meetings, scheduling of any kind. You gotta walk in that room like it’s yours! And uphold that confidence the entire duration of whatever you may be doing! However you feel your best self, identify and go with it. Confidence always shines through the most when we feel like the best version of who we are.


5. There’s a difference between being organized and being a girl boss.

There is definitely a difference. No matter how many planners, highlighters, pens, notebooks, and hours sat inside of Starbucks, that doesn’t mean you’re being productive. Fooling yourself into seeming like you’re a girl boss is different than actually executing a plan. If you’re doing all those things, and also making lists of achievable goals while making those goals happen, then my friend, you’ve reached girl boss status!

I highly encourage anyone to give this a shot, and become their own boss. It’s totally doable and you’ll feel so empowered once you start listening to yourself instead of others!


Tina is right! Let’s do this.

Good luck girl bosses!