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5 Motivational Podcasts You Should Be Listening To And Why

5 Motivational Podcasts You Should Be Listening To And Why by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
I am a total podcast queen. I listen to at least one every single day. There are plenty of podcasts out there, but I personally prefer motivational podcasts in the self-help arena. I guess that should come as no surprise, because that's really the only type of books I like to read, as well. I have listened to all kinds of motivational podcasts, and sometimes listen to a few different ones here and there but these 5 are my go-to's that I am constantly coning back to, which is why they made the cut.

Here are my top 5 motivational podcasts you should be listening to and why:

1. The Tim Ferris Show - You might be familiar with Tim Ferris from his books, The 4-Hour Work Week, and most recently, Tools of Titans. If you aren't familiar with Tim, he is basically a bonafide hustler (in the best kind of way). The man is truly living his best life, and showing us all his tricks to live ours, too. He interviews everyone from motivational speakers like Tony Robbins, to extreme athletes like Wim Hof. I'm continuously fascinated by his guests, and always learn something new or productive.

2. On Being with Krista Tippet - If there was one podcast I had to choose from this list, to listen to over and over again - this is it. In fact, I do. I listen to On Being every single night when I go to bed. (And usually have to listen to an episode 5 times before I've heard it all, because I fall asleep!) Krista Tippet interviews guests from all different kinds of political, religious, scientific and socioeconomic backgrounds. The theories discussed in On Being are thought provoking and meaningful. I can't recommend this one enough!

3. The Influencer Podcast with Julie Soloman - Blogger babes...this one's for you! Julie not only shares her best tips and tricks for succeeding in the influencer arena, but she also brings in a diverse group of guests to provide valuable tools, as well. Everytime I listen to her I find myself re-strategizing or rethinking my blog business plan, or at the very least, I am inspired to get out of my comfort zone and try something new to see where it leads.

4. Goal Digger with Jenna Kutcher - Jenna is a super successful photographer turned influencer, that has managed to leverage a multiple 6 figure income, based off her influence. She is super insightful and always shares her best tips for success.

5. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes - Similar to Tim Ferris, Lewis Howes either shares his personal tips for living your best life, or interviews guests that share theirs. (This recent one about boundaries is a MUST listen. Check it out here.) I typically get really inspired by his podcasts, and listen to them in the morning, to set the tone for my day.

Like I said, I listen to many other podcasts, but these are my go-to motivational podcasts. You can listen to all of these in the podcast app on your iPhone, or just do a google search to find them directly on each person's website. Do you listen to any of these? If not, which podcasts do you listen to and why? I would love to learn about some new ones from you!

A Free People Sweater Dress Weather

Morning guys! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was pretty busy, but I managed to take down my Christmas tree finally, so that's a win! Does anyone else leave their tree up that long? I think I'm still trying to figure out the right time to take it down. Last year, I took it down the 2nd weekend of January (same as now), but this year, I think I would have liked to have it down the 1st weekend of January. What do you do?

I recently picked up this fabulous Free People sweater dress and I am completely obsessed with it! I had my eye on it for a while, but waited til it went on sale to snag it. And, I have even better news. It's on even more of a sale right now! You can currently pick this sweater dress up for just $41 (normally $128!). This Free People sweater dress fits true to size, and even comes in a different color pattern.

I absolutely love sweater dresses for winter. They are like the equivalent of a summer romper. They always look chic, and are easy to throw on without a second thought. I've been stocking up on them like crazy lately, and have even been getting them on major sales! If you aren't following along on Instagram, you definitely should be, because I always share deal alerts in my stories.
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
A Free People Sweater Dress Weather by popular Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
By the way, did check out my Maui Travel Guide? You definitely don't want to miss it if you are planning a trip in the future.

Happy Monday!

Free People Sweater Dress (Only $41 today!) / Boots (40% off) / Bag (old) / Sunnies

Awesome Things To Do In Maui

I know it's been a minute since our trip to Maui, but I am finally getting around to writing my travel guides! It was my first trip to Maui, and we pretty much did all the things! I'm covering a lot of ground, so let's get started! Here are my recommendations for the best things to do in Maui!
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Visit: 

Road To Hana - Everyone will tell you that you have to do the road to Hana, and they are right! What they won't tell you, is that it will literally be an all day trip - so be prepared! I was warned to take dramamine before the drive, because it's pretty windy, and I get car sick. I was actually totally fine and didn't need it. We didn't go very fast the whole drive, so perhaps that's why. But, if you get car sick, it wouldn't hurt to come prepared. Better safe then sorry!

There are plenty of places to stop along the way, on the Road to Hana, so make sure to bring hiking shoes along. Our first stop was at Twin Falls, located at mile marker 2. (You don't need tennis shoes for this walk.) There are two waterfalls you can go to, and they make for a pretty sweet photo-op spot. Just up the road, the Bamboo Forest is the perfect spot for a good hike. It gets pretty busy, so get there early to beat the rush. You may choose to just do that hike one day, and then continue up the Road to Hana another, because, like I said, the Road to Hana is an all day thing. Along the drive to the Road to Hana, there are plenty of other little waterfalls you can stop at. We stumbled about the stunning painted trees of Maui, and they are unreal! It really looks like someone painted them, or that they should feel like plastic, but they are just normal trees that reveal different colors, as the bark peels away.
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
There are few food stops along the Road to Hana, so you may want to bring along some snacks. There will be a stop for banana bread, though. And, if you get there before they sell out, you may be able to snag some authentic Hawaiian BBQ, alongside the road. (We got there just as they were selling out, so we shared a plate and it was delicious!) Don't worry though, if they are all sold out, Hana is just a short drive from there, and they have a few restaurants to choose from.

Red Sand Beach  - When you get to Hana, you must visit the Red Sand Beach! It was one of the prettiest sights I have ever seen! It's tucked away in a little cove, so you have to take a short hike to it. To get there, park at the end of Uakea Rd. Hana Ball Park and Hana School will be on your left, and the community center will be straight ahead. There are yellow gates and a big grassy area to the right of the community center. Head that way til you find a trail opening, and then head left toward the ocean. Keep following the trail around until you get to the cove. The red sand beach is pictured below. This is really what it looks like! The sand is red and blackish, and the water looks as blue as kool-aid.

Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve - This lava field is located along the southwest coast, and goes for miles! It's supposed to be a great spot for snorkeling, so bring your gear, if that's your thing.

Haleakala National Park - The Haleakala crater is the tallest peak on the island. It's a great place to check out the sunset or sunrise. When we went, it was very cloudy, so we didn't get to see the detail, but I was told it is usually beautiful and majestic.

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Stay:

Wailea Beach - We stayed in Wailea Beach, and it was beautiful! So many beautiful beaches, and resorts. Great snorkeling, plenty of restaurants. Specifically, we stayed in the Wailea Elua Villages. They are condos, available for vacation rentals. The condos are the perfect size for large families, and we loved staying there. Right next door, the Wailea Beach Marriott offers a super chic and modern vibe. If it were just Brandon and I, we probably would have stayed here. There are so many great options in Wailea, though. It's really a great place to stay in!
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Paia - This is the cutest little town! Lots of fun restaurants and shopping can be done here. It's close to the entrance to the Road to Hana, so you may want to have breakfast here before you head out. 

Lahaina - Lahaina is one of the bigger towns on the island. There is a harbor there, making it a big hub. There's plenty of restaurants and shopping, if you want to spend some time there. Although, it's probably a little too populated for my taste, in terms of places to stay. There is an incredible Banyan Tree, that sweeps an acre of ground in the town center, and they often hold music and arts fairs there.

Things to Do in Maui - Places To Eat:

We ate at many good restaurants, and you pretty much can't go wrong with ordering fish on the island, but there were just a few that made my list of noteworthy mentions. 

Mama's Fish House - This fine dining experience is located just a short drive from the airport, on the North shore, outside of Paia. The grounds leading to the restaurant are absolutely stunning - the perfect place for a photo op! Although it's considered fine dining, it's still pretty casual in dress (remember, you're on an island!). 

South Maui Fish Co - This was a complete gem of a find. It's a little food truck located in Kihea. They catch fresh fish and poke everyday, and it's out of this world delicious. We tried just about everything on the menu, and it was one of my favorites meals on the trip.
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Awesome Things To Do In Maui by popular Colorado blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
We had such an amazing time during the 5 days we spent in Maui. After that, we headed over to Kauai for a few a days. I'll be sharing that recap over on the blog next week, so be sure to check back then.

Have you ever been to this fantastic island? If so, what were some of your favorite memories or things to do in Maui?

The Best Sweaters Under $50

I love sweaters. I buy a lot of them - probably more than I should admit. I just can't help it. They make me feel cozy and cute and each of them have their own unique flair, that makes them all worth buying. Plus, when you live in a climate that's pretty much cold 8 months out of the year, they make sense. I hardly spend any money on my summer wardrobe anymore, but I will always indulge in sweaters. 

I also really love that there are so many great online retailers that have great, affordable selections. Take this one I'm wearing from H&M, for example. I paid $35 for it, which is a steal. The quality is amazing, too! Unfortunately, it's almost sold out, but I linked to a ton of the best sweaters under $50, below.
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Sweaters Under $50 by popular Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
While I always try to find budget friendly sweaters, I am more willing to splurge on a good pair of designer jeans. I feel like everytime I go cheap with my jean purchases, I end up being disappointed. Jeans are worth splurging on because they will last forever (I have had these ones by J Brand for over 3 years!) and you can constantly mix and match them with different tops and sweaters. I recently thought I lost these jeans and just about died! They are sold out, but they are available in a crop version (here) and I recently purchased these non-holey jeans (here). FYI, the fit on the non-holey version is different than these, even though they have the same name. They are a little more stretchy in the legs. That was a little unexpected for me to find out, for sure, but I still like them and they work well for situations where holey jeans are not appropriate (i.e. work).

Shop the best sweaters under $50 below!

The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100

Well, we are two days into the New Year and I'm still sick. I'm telling you, this cold is no joke! I swear, all I have wanted to do for the past week is be cozied up at home. It's like forced relaxation, really, so I can't really complain. It's been a nice reprieve from my usual go, go, go - and a good lead into my intention for the year (read that post here).

While there are some trends that I personally think could stay in 2017 (I'm looking at you, all the weird eyebrow trends), I fell in love with the teddy bear coats trend. I really think they should have called this the goldendoodle coat though, because I swear when I look at Kygo's hair, there is no difference between it and this coat. (And, I think he low-key wants to marry me when I put it on. Just sayin'.) Whatever you want to call them, these fuzzy shearling teddy bear coats are a hit.
The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 by Colorado fashion blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Teddy bear coats can come in all shapes, colors and styles. I've rounded up the best teddy bear coats under $100 below. I'm also loving these Levi's 501s. They are a classic jean that has made a big comeback, and I finally snatched them up. There's a lot of debate on the reviews as to sizing, but for me, these teddy bear coats ran true to size. Also new to my closet are these Kelsi Dagger mules. They (and everything else at KD) are currently 40% off until the 5th, with code KDB2017.

Coat via VICI / JeansMules (40% off!) 

The Best Teddy Bear Coats Under $100 

2017 in Review + My Word For 2018

As I sit down to write this post, I can't help but feel overwhelmed. You see, when I sat down to write a similar post 365 days ago, my view was quite different. (You can read that post here.) 2016 completely sucked and I so desperately needed 2017 to be good. And, you know was! I'd venture to say 2017 was my favorite year, ever. That's not to say that 2017 hasn't been hard. I have been through a lot of REALLY hard things this year (like this), but even the hard things have had such beauty in them. I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this past year and where it's all brought me, today.
In 2017, I made an amazing new friend (you know who you are), my relationships deepened with my "old" ones (you know who you ALL are), and my marriage blossomed to new depths. I got to share quality time with a family member, that was so needed and will be forever cherished. I had my best year professionally, with the blog and in Real Estate. I took my fitness goals to new heights, and somehow found a rhythm with the whole work/life balance (mostly, anyway). I let go of some things that were not good for me to hold onto, and I have opened my heart more to the things that are.

My word for last year was "joy" and then it quickly switched to "present", which was a recurring reminder to me throughout the year to just BE. Don't think of the past, don't worry about the future, don't miss out on the precious moments right where you are. Just be present. And, I was. Not always, but I always worked at it. And I think the work paid off. By being present, I was able to find JOY, once again. And it overwhelms me.

As we enter the New Year, I've been contemplating my "word". Do you set a word for the year? If you don't it's just basically setting an intention for the next year. Your word serves as a focal point for you to reflect on through the year. It's a super simple trick that can have a meaningful impact. It's always fun for me to look back on my word, and see how it's played out throughout my year.

This past week has been so restful, because work has been slower due to the holidays, and I haven't had anything on my social calendar. I have LOVED it. The word "rest" comes to mind, as an intention for the new year, but I don't think it fully encompasses what I hope for. (And, I know damn well that I can never really rest for too long without going crazy!) A more appropriate word for the year feels like, "center".

Despite all the goodness of 2017, I honestly spent the majority of it feeling stressed and scattered. I hardly did any yoga at all, and when I took a class around Thanksgiving, I realized how much I had been missing it. It makes me feel centered. Being at home more nights than I am gone through the week, makes me feel centered. Having a clean and organized home makes me feel centered. Having healthy relationships makes me feel centered. To "center" myself, is a reminder to come home to myself and my deepest desires, throughout this next year. 

Do you set a word for the year? If not, are you going to start? If you answered yes, what was your word for 2017 and how did it unfold throughout your year? Let me know what your word for 2018 is too, and why!

Happy New Year, friends!

Sweater (old) - super similar / Jeans (old) - similar / Boots (on sale for 60% off!)

5 Useful Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year

This post is sponsored by Gordmans. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Christmas has come and gone and now we are days away from the New Year. When it comes to the New Year, I don't like to make resolutions, but I do usually set some personal goals. I feel like I have been on a mission to declutter these past few months, so it feels appropriate to carry that goal on into the New Year. This year has been so go-go for me, and it's left me feeling out of sorts with my home; which, in turn, makes me feel out of sorts in every other area of my life. Between the papers that stack up and the laundry that gets left undone, it can all get so overwhelming when you need a sanctuary to retreat to. I'm spending the last few days of 2017 decluttering my home, and freshening up my space, so that I can enter 2018 on the right track and I wanted to share some of my tips with you. 
5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year by Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Part of the trick to freshen up your home involves organizing and decluttering, but it's equally important to choose new items to add into your space, to give it a fresh look. That said, after Christmas isn't always the best time, financially, to start taking on big projects at home. That's why, I headed to Gordmans to find some budget-friendly options to give my home a mini-makeover. 

Here are 5 tips to freshen up your home in the new year. 

1. Change Accent Pillows - This is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your home, and breath new life into your space. Accent pillows can get worn and dingy, and switching them out is a relatively inexpensive way to switch things up. I picked these ones up from Gordmans and they were super affordable at about $15 each.
5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year by Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
2. Clean Out Your Closet - This is actually something I do quarterly, but the New Year is no exception. Being a blogger, I am constantly sent clothes to try on, and I can't go more than a few months without getting rid of stuff, or my closet gets overwhlemingly full. For those that don't need to clean out their closets as frequently, the New Year can be the perfect time to tackle the job. Take stock of your items, and really think about the things you wear. If you haven't worn them in a year, it's likely you can part with them. There are plenty of organizations that support men and women in need, within your local community, and they will get great use of your barely worn items. If you're in Colorado Springs, one of my personal faves is The Hanger. It's an organization that supports foster teens, and is set up like a boutique so they can shop for free, with dignity. 

4. Restyle Your Coffee Table - Our coffee table can often be a free-for-all for our miscellaneous items, making it feel messy and chaotic. In my attempt to declutter in the New Year, I wanted to make our coffee table a beautiful space we could enjoy, so I picked up a few items from Gordmans to style it. You might wonder why adding more items to the table, would help it feel less cluttered, but actually having it styled, helps keep you motivated to keep it tidy. Some tips to follow when styling your coffee table. Get a tray to contain your items - this helps create a center point, versus stringing items all over the place. Select interesting items with unique shapes and textures. Add something with height, and something alive (like greenery or florals). I also like to add a subtle personal touch, like a love letter. Finally, a stack of table books or magazines adds the perfectly chic finishing touch. I picked up the tray and accessories from Gordmans, and only spent about $30.
5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year by Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year by Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
5. Change Out Candles - Adding new scents to your space, is a simple trick and super inexpensive! I always have Christmas scented candles around the holidays, so it's nice to replace them with fresh scents, as we enter the new year and coming Spring. Gordmans has an extensive selection of candles, at great prices, so this was an easy and affordable task to accomplish. 

5. Organize Paperwork - As I mentioned before, my paperwork really tends to stack up and leaves my house feeling so messy and unorganized. I picked up this organizer from Gordmans, and am already so happy with how much it's helped me keep papers from stacking up.
5 Tips To Freshen Up Your Home In The New Year by Colorado style blogger Eat Pray Wear Love
Hope you enjoyed my 5 tips to freshen up your home in the New Year! If you are looking for budget friendly options and accent pieces, I highly suggest stopping by Gordmans. You'd be amazed at the selection of home goods they have, and even more amazed by the prices. I picked up everything I mentioned for less than $80!

Let me know if you plan to employ any of the tips I mentioned above. And, if you have any of your own home refresh tips to share, please let me know in the comments below!