The Year Ahead: News and Resolutions

Our Engagement Shoot + Tips for Taking Photos in NYCHappy 2020 friends!! And what a big year this one is going to be. I always love the start of a new year because I feel like we’re all given clean slates to try to be our best selves all over again. A chance to slow down, take a kind look at our lives, and dream of where we want to be by the time the year is over. Call me sentimental, but New Year’s Eve + the first week of the year may just be one of my favorite holidays.

Between the wedding coming up in May, and some other big news happening around here that you’ll read below, I have so much hope that it’s going to be one of those wonderful years. And I truly hope it’s one for you too.

Now, on to the news + resolutions! Continue reading…

Intentions for 2019 + Top Posts of 2018

[Photo by Mary Costa]

Is it just me or do resolutions not officially need to start until the week after new years? I feel like with all the holiday hustle and bustle, there needs to be time to chill out before going full force into life changing goals. This year I’ve decided to take the pressure off; instead of resolutions, I’m calling them intentions. Perhaps it’s the same thing, but the main point is to work towards the goal, rather than feel like a failure if I’m unable to complete it. I also think that mindset shift is important in the long run because so many times we give up on resolutions if we slip or mess up but with an intention, it’s okay as long as you get back on track. EITHER WAY! Here’s a bit of what I’ll be working towards in 2019: Continue reading…

Turning 30: Reflections + Goals

Turning 30: Reflections, Thoughts + GoalsWell friends, today I am officially 30 years old. And I have to be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it yet. By this age I always saw myself in a different place, down a different path. But I suppose that’s the fun of life– you never really know where it’ll take you or where you’ll end up despite all the plans you make. So now, in my wise old age, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned along the way as well as my goals for the next year of my life. I also thought I’d share some behind the scenes snippets of how I got the photo above since it involved Ryan and I moving balloons through the NYC subway system to get to the perfect mural.


I spent my 20’s taking chances, moving around, and really going full force into my career. I experienced highs and lows, love and loss, and I don’t regret one bit of it. Here’s a little of what I learned:

1. Family is key. Whether it’s your birth given family, or the family you’ve chosen, having people that love and support you makes all the difference in the world. Hold them close and let them know what they mean to you often. Seriously, go text your parents or BFF right now.

2. Don’t be afraid to fail. Everybody experiences failure and sometimes things don’t turn out according to plan. Whatever. It’s really not the end of the world. Don’t let the hypothetical scare you away from your dreams.

3. Be kind. Life is hard enough, there’s no reason to tear one another down. A fun tip– it helps to imagine that everyone who is a jerk in traffic just realllllllyyyy has to go to the bathroom.

4. Be cautious of who you give your time to. Your time is the most value thing in the world and shouldn’t be given just because it’s convenient. If you’re finding that the people in your life are negative or not supporting you, consider a change. It’s amazing what a difference positivity and encouragement makes.

5. Don’t be afraid to be silly. Make an ass out of yourself every now and then. Dance, sing, karaoke, have fun. Strangers care about you less than you think.  Continue reading…

Goals for 2016


Annnnnnd we’re back! Happy 2016 everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed the holidays and are feeling charged up and ready to tackle a new year. Personally, it was wonderful to take a break and step back from the internet a bit. 2015 was full of life changes for me, between ending a relationship and moving across the country on my own, that slowing down a bit was exactly what I needed to reset.

But now on to the fun stuff! Here are some goals I have for the upcoming year and a bit about what you can expect to see around here:

1. Get a Studio Space. This seems big to put out there in the open, but I’d love to move into a studio space this year. The blog is certainly growing so the extra space would be awesome, but above all, it would be so nice not to have to photograph tutorials outside, on the ground, in the winter (which is what I’ve been doing). I’d also love a to have a space here in Philly to host events and connect with other creatives and cultivate a community.

2. Hire. To keep up with growth, and to be able to make more and better original content than ever, I’ll be hiring for some part-time positions this year. I’ve been running this blog as a one woman show for years and it’s been hard to follow through with all the ideas I have in my head. This whole year is about taking everything to the next level while staying true to The Crafted Life’s brand. More details to follow about available positions!

planner // @thecraftedlife on instagram3. Make my home a place I love. This is the first time I’ve lived on my own in a while, and I really want to make my new apartment my own. And to be perfectly honest, it’s a bit scary, but empowering, to have to pay for it all on my own with just the income I make from my own business. In my adult life, I have yet to get my home to a level where I’m satisfied with the decor, so I really want to get there, or at least close to it this year. What I can say for sure is that there will certainly be more easy and affordable home diys coming your way as I go through each room!

4. Build a wardrobe. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that I hate pants and that I don’t own any. And if you’re new here, well, I hate pants! But now that I live on the east coast, where winter certainly is coming, I plan on stepping out of my comfort zone fashion wise. Ultimately I’d love to build a stylish wardrobe with quality pieces. Since fashion isn’t really a strong point for me, it’s going to take a bit of trial and error and a lot of time on Pinterest to figure it all out. If you’re interested in hearing my tips along the way, let me know!

5. Get tattooed. Because everyone needs a fun/easy goal! I haven’t been tattooed since getting my chest piece in 2009. I’ve got some fun ideas up my sleeve (::ba-dum ching::), and can’t wait to share them with you!

So that’s about it! I really tried to keep my list to five goals so that they don’t become overwhelming. Now it’s your turn! What are you working towards this year?