random acts of kindness

Today, I deactivated my Facebook account temporarily.  I realized posts on my Newsfeed becoming more and more negative and my time on the site increasing and thought I needed a major cleanse from all the chaos.  It was becoming unhealthy for my mentality and just such an unnecessary presence in my life.  I needed to take myself away from the negativity that people spread on a daily basis and remind myself that there is positive in every situation.

With that in mind, I browsed for inspiration, for reminders that people are good and that negativity is not in the majority.

I found this through the Huffington Post:

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Reddit user Braffination posted this photo of a man letting someone sleep on his shoulder on the Q train in New York City one day.  Though the Jewish man was asked by another passenger if he wanted to wake the man up, he insisted they let him sleep, as he probably had a long day.

THIS IS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Amongst all of the people who complain about the little things that happen on a daily basis, all the people who bring others down and point fingers, there are people like this man who had genuine concern for the stranger sitting next to him.

People sometimes rule.

Do something nice for someone this week; make a stranger’s day. xx

thanks.

So, I promised a bit of thanks this week, and I will deliver!

For this month, I think it is important to reflect on the things I am thankful for, because I so often dwell on negativity.  Not today!

Free People posted on their blog yesterday this image with a quote from my favorite author, Jack Kerouac:

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

Their post focused on looking forward, always remembering that there are places to go, new things to try, adventures to be had.

This inspired me to write on my own favorite Kerouac quote:

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Yes, I am thankful for the ability to see the world, for adventure, for love, for spontaneity, for nature.

But most of all, I am thankful for creativity.  For inspiration.  For writing.

Any creative outlet is something to be thankful for.  The ability to express oneself is one of the best things for spiritual health.

Reading, writing, dancing, drawing – they all allow us to be in touch with a spiritual side and to reflect on things that go over our heads during nonstop work days or dull classes.  It is just as important to overall health as running or fueling your body with healthy food or stretching.

Creativity is vital for the heart of my soul.

Have an exciting week xx

hobo chic

No, my title is not misspelled.

I do enjoy boho fashion, but even more appealing to me is hobo fashion.

Stretchy pants, hoodies and hospital socks are my favorite clothing items in my closet.

That being said, it is not surprising that my favorite fall trend is THE SLOUCHY SWEATER.

This item not only makes hobo look fashionable, it is so comfortable and so warm on these now cooling California days.  I can also wear my slouchy sweaters to work and look super fashion-forward!  My favorite are the Free People ones this season, even though they are SO out of my budget…I still like to look for inspiration and daydreaming!

Even better than this, though, is a trend that has emerged over the past few seasons and really taken stride this fall: the kimono!  Kimonos have taken hobo back to boho with the same amount of comfort and minimum effort.  

I think what I like most about kimonos is they make me feel like I’m back in the 70’s, like Patti Smith’s best friend or something.  I love it.  I recently purchased this one from Nasty Gal and love the kimono and the way they have styled it.  

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Optimum style AND comfort so that I can continue to function in public.  Let me know what your favorite fall trends are! Stay tuned for some November thankfulness coming at you next week. xx