With 2020 in sight, I thought it'd be fun to take a look back at everything that's happened this year - both the good and the bad. I truly believe in celebrating every success and every opportunity that allows you to fail forward. This was, without a doubt, the greatest year of my life thus far. I grew leaps and bounds, learned so much, and fell flat on my face plenty of times along the way. So, without further ado, let's begin the 2019 tour!
This holiday season, rather than sharing the best deals or coziest finds for your loved ones, I thought it'd be nice to shed some light on some of the incredible local artisans and business owners in the Charleston community! I'm sure you've seen the quote that says, "Every time you support a small business, an actual person does a happy dance." Well, it's true. Every time an order for a True North Planner hits my inbox, I jump for joy knowing that someone chose to spend their hard-earned money on MY product. It makes me so happy knowing that something I created with my whole heart and soul is going to bring someone else joy.
Below are a few of my favorite local artisans and businesses to support. When shopping for loved ones this holiday season, I encourage you to shop small and give back to your community! These people work their tooshies off to provide you with the best products and services possible. Enjoy!
Starting your day off right is so important to me. I truly believe that the way you treat your mind and body is directly correlated with the way you perform throughout the day. I've worked really hard to implement specific habits that I know will set me up for success and help me be the most productive, positive person I can be. See below for five ways I start my day off on the right foot to ensure I'm being the best possible version of myself!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been reflecting a lot on 2019 and everything I’m thankful for this year. Read on to see some of the things I’m most thankful for.
In a world where we rely on our smart devices for so many things, I think it's important for our mental health to decrease that extra, excessive screen time we consume each day. It's taken me awhile to build up these habits and set specific boundaries around my screen time, but now that I have, I've noticed a huge difference in my mood. See below for some tips I've implemented to help reduce my personal screen time!
Everyone has their quirks, and I’m no different. Honestly, I’m probably pretty weird when it comes to my unique habits and tendencies. For this week’s blog, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the things I do to make myself feel like I’ve got my sh*t together. Even on the days when I’m feeling off of my game or overwhelmed, these little odd habits of mine make me feel like I can conquer just about anything.
I’m a firm believer in setting yourself up for success at the start of the week! That’s why every Sunday I set out with the intention to have a nice little self-care day to get myself extra ready for the week ahead. Self-care is absolutely something you should incorporate into your daily routine, but a little extra once a week is always a nice treat :)
Living with an anxiety disorder is no joke. And even though it’s something I’ve managed for half of my life now, there are still times when even modern medicine and yoga can’t calm me down. So, on the days when my usual methods can’t cut it, I try these other simple tricks to soothe myself.
When I created Tori Talks in August of 2016, I did so to fill a creative void in my life and also to help keep my sanity. I was lost, confused, and had no sense of direction as a young adult. I was overcome with fear for the future and so I used my passion for writing to keep me afloat. And as it turns out, other people were having similar experiences and could relate to my troubles. A beautiful community of wellness warriors was born, and we began to root for one another in all of our endeavors. To this day, we still do. Hey ladies. Love you, mean it. Keep f*cking crushing it out there.
And then everything began to fall into place for me - a great job, an incredible husband, and so on…and I began to feel shame and embarrassment posting articles about mental health despite my seemingly “put together” life. Someone literally told me during this time that I was the most put together twenty something they’d ever met and I wanted to laugh and cry and scream all at the same time. I felt the need to uphold a new image of a carefree, cool girl who works in social media and I didn’t want my coworkers, clients, or peers to stumble upon a blog post and see me as weak.
Somewhere along the way, I allowed my flame to fade and I let my fear of being accepted keep me from doing the one thing I love most: storytelling in the hopes of helping others.