Mind, Body & Soul: 2019 Reset
As 2018 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on the past year, as well as thinking about all that I want to achieve in 2019…
On a professional note, 2018 was a transitional year for me, figuring out what is next on my career path (see my first blog post for my history if you’re curious!) which, admittedly, has been a bit tricky considering my life between NYC and Paris.
Although blogging has been a fun creative outlet and something that I enjoy doing, I know in my heart that I am meant for much more. That feeling has caused me a lot of sleepless nights this past year and I am grateful to my husband, first and foremost, who has supported me in this cerebral and emotional journey! I am proud to say that my next professional project has come to light and I will be launching an e-commerce platform in 2019! The timing is still TBD but I will slow down on blog posts come 2019 in order to focus on the many tasks ahead of me. I will however stay on top of my Instagram so you can continue to follow what I’m up to as I embark on this new path. It’s nerve-racking and exciting at the same time and I thank all of YOU for your continued support along the way!
On the personal side of things, I also want to acknowledge all of the wonderful people, both new and old, who walked alongside me throughout the year. Friends and family alike, it is you who brought me new perspectives, helped me find clarity and fed my soul just by being in your company. In the famous words of Marcel Proust, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
So as we move into 2019, I am sharing a few of the books, products and general tools that I am using to find greater balance in my life, and most importantly, continuing to feed my mind, body and soul. I hope some of these things resonate for you as well and I wish you a year ahead filled with success in all areas of your life!
With love & gratitude always,
ADAM GRANT | Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
At the top of my 2019 reading list, I am super excited to read this book by Adam Grant, Wharton’s top rated professor for seven straight years, NYT best-selling author and one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers. As a Forbes 40 Under 40, it’s hard not to be impressed by this guy and what he has to say.
JONATHAN ADLER | Chess Set
OK, admittedly I don’t know how to play chess but this super mod neon version makes me want to learn and definitely takes the chess ‘cool factor’ up by a few notches.
NPR | How I Built This with Guy Raz
New to the world of podcasts, my friend recommended I start with these inspirational stories of different entrepreneurs and how they turned their dreams into reality. As I embark on my own new endeavor, I can’t wait to listen and learn!
AUGUSTINUS BADER | The Rich Cream
As one of the world's leading stem cell and biomedical scientists, Professor Augustinus Bader is the originator of a breakthrough medical treatment that activates and orchestrates the body's innate regenerative processes. In doing so, he has created a new line of products to bring this healing skincare technology to the world. I started using the cream a few weeks ago and I can honestly say my skin is glowing like never before.
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON | The Sleep Revolution
My friend sent me this book a few months ago but I haven’t picked it up yet because I’m scared it will make me feel guilty for not getting enough sleep, LOL! In all seriousness though, apparently, “What we need is nothing short of a sleep revolution: only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.” As we head into the new year, who doesn’t want to take greater control of their life?!
NIKE | Zoom Fly Women’s Running Shoe
I can’t say enough about how much regular exercise is crucial to our well-being, both physically and emotionally. If it’s hard to find the motivation, sometimes a new pair of sneakers is all that’s needed to do the trick.
HEADSPACE | The Headspace App
I used to think that meditation was too “new-agey” for me but then I tried it and realized I was living under a rock. Not only is meditation totally mainstream these days, but I actually find myself to be calmer, less reactive and more centered when I practice it regularly. I like the Headspace app because you can choose the amount of time to start with, the area of life you want to focus on and the voice you want to guide you through. Even 10 minutes a few days a week is totally do-able and can make a difference!
WWF | World Wildlife Fund
There are so many ways to give back and charity is a great place to start. Think about your values, what you care about deeply from within, and research the various ways in which you can give, whether it’s through your time, energy or finances. Although there are a few organizations close to my heart, one of my international favorites is the World Wildlife Fund whose mission is to "stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature." Harmony is the key word for 2019.
ATTICUS | The Dark Between the Stars
Last but not least, poetry. I discovered Atticus through Instagram (@atticuspoetry) and fell in love immediately. As an anonymous poet, Atticus is a romantic and writes about love, heartbreak, life, death and everything in between. In this second book, Atticus has kept me spellbound, modernizing what some consider to be a lost art and re-igniting my love for prose. May he do the same for you!
Photos by Alina Kolot