Category: Holidays

5 Ways to Self-Love for Under $5

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Happy Valentine’s Day, loves! I’ve done a couple of festive posts so far this month, covering everything from the perfect V-Day tights to seeing the love in this crazy world. But today, I’m focusing on something that often gets overlooked and overshadowed in our busy and hectic lives: self-love. It’s great to spend time loving others, but we can’t forget to show love to the one we spend the most time with: ourselves. Self-love doesn’t come from a shallow or proud place; it stems from a place of acceptance, peace, and joy.

So whether you’re going out for a fancy dinner with your S.O., sipping wine with your friends, or eating a box of chocolates alone in your bed (no shame), don’t forget to show yourself some love. Today, I’m sharing 5 ways to self-love for under $5.

1. Try out a new workout class

Working out feels great no matter what, but there is an extra special feeling of achievement that comes with completing a brand new class. This weekend, I decided to try out CorePower Yoga‘s Yoga Sculpt class for the first time. I have never taken a yoga class, let alone a class in a hot studio that combines yoga with weights and cardio. Let’s just say, after the intense hour-long class, I was dripping in sweat and felt amazing. Taking the time to take care of your body, especially by challenging it in a new way, is one of the greatest ways to love yourself. The best part about a new class? Most studios offer a free first session, so this gift from you to you doesn’t have to cost a dime!

2. Have a spa night

You don’t have to shell out the big bucks on a spa day to feel pampered. Just pick up a face mask at your nearby drug store, put on some cozy PJs, light a candle or two, and turn on your current Netflix obsession. If you’re looking to keep costs as low as possible, I recommend checking out CVS’ line of skin products. My favorite is this Charcoal and Black Sugar Mask because it’s a great exfoliator.

3. Write love letters

Loving yourself means being grateful for the blessings you have. In our society where greed and materialism are king, it’s easy to forget the greatest blessings in our lives: our loved ones. Take some time to sit down and physically write love letters to your family and friends. And I mean old-school letters, not Snapchats, texts, or emails. Expressing why you appreciate and care for the people closest to you will fill your heart with love and gratitude.

4. Buy yourself a V-Day treat

Every once in a while, it’s important to buy ourselves a little somethin’ somethin’ For me, it’s the occasional flavored latte from Starbucks, but for you, it could be a bouquet of flowers or a freshly-baked pastry. We all know it’s often the little things that can bring us the most happiness, so don’t forget to treat yourself from time to time.

5. Catch some quality Zzzz’s

Um..duh, Tatum? But really…is there any better feeling than waking up after a great night sleep? I put a huge priority on getting enough sleep and aim for 7.5 to 8 hours every single night. Sleep is often the first thing to go when schedules get busy, but making rest a priority will set the tone for your life, determining if you will feel energized or sluggish and if you will stay healthy or be more susceptive to sickness. Loving yourself means not watching that next episode on Netflix and stopping yourself from scrolling through Instagram until the wee hours of the night. Your tomorrow early morning self will thank you, trust me 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Love your neighbor and love yourself.




Four New Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season


The magic of the holiday season amazes me every year. Even when the weather outside truly becomes frightful, the lights, music and decorations are more than enough to keep me warm from head to toe. But even more magical than the material traditions that make this time of year so special is the spirit of giving that floats through the air (yes, even in NYC 😉 ). Spending time and money to select the perfect gifts for our loved ones, volunteering our talents and energy to help improve our communities and donating food, clothing and money to charity—there are so many ways to give to others during this time of year.

Recently, I’ve learned about several organizations and brands that aid us in our efforts to give back to our communities. From ethically produced products to companies that donate a portion of their profits to good causes and to apps and websites that make volunteering and donating easy as pecan pie, I’m sharing four new ways to put this season’s spirit of giving to good use!

1. Enamour

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve been wearing my Enamour earrings non-stop lately. These gold metallic vegan leather studs featured above are too perfect for the holidays! But there’s more to these earrings than just beauty. The earring line was born out of designer, June Cruz’s, desire to use the extra fabric she had accumulated over the years to create something instead of throwing the unused materials away. Now, this ethical line features vegan leather pieces and gives a portion of profits to charity. I love supporting designers who prioritze sustainablility in their production process!

2. Feya Candles

In September, I shared my new candle obsession on The Pace, but now that holiday scents are out (like Peppermint and Holiday Cheer!), it’s time to chat about this amazing brand again! Every Feya candle you purchase (which is 100% soy and toxin-free!) provides a meal for someone in need. Feya has donated thousands of meals and served in over 20 U.S. states and in Haiti and Nicaragua. Head over to Feya and use the code ‘PACEBLOG’ to get 10% off your purchase!


This one’s for my New Yorkers! This app is perfect for someone like me who is still new to the city and looking to get involved in service or for someone searching for new ways to volunteer. DEED is an app that helps New Yorkers find all types of volunteering activities from serving at a food pantry to playing Bingo with senior citizens. Once you download the free app, you can sign up for all kinds of service opportunities. I can’t wait to start using the app and getting involved in my city!

4. Small Token

If your wish list isn’t already sealed up and en route to the North Pole, this might just be the perfect item to finish off your list. Small Token is a service that allows you to create a charitable gift registry so instead of your loved ones buying you a material gift, they can donate to the charities of your choice instead! You can also make a donation on behalf of someone, which is a great gift idea for the super passionate people on your list.

It doesn’t matter what, how much or to whom you choose to give to this holiday season; what matters is that you give. Take some time to appreciate all of the blessings in your life and think of ways you can share those blessings with those around you.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.



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5 Reasons to Work Out During the Holidays (That Have Nothing to do with Guilt!)

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This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, but it doesn’t come without its vices. The over abundance of sweets, indulgent meals, and flowing drinks are the treats we look forward to all year, but we can often go overboard in our enjoyment of them and are then left with feelings of guilt. But this season is all about love, peace, and joy, so until I hear Andy Williams on the radio singing about guilt and body-shaming, my plan is to keep these negative emotions as far away from my holiday spirit as possible.

So this means we have a free pass to live totally unhealthy lives for the next month and not feel bad about it? Not quite. I’m the last person to give or accept excuses for not leading a fit lifestyle. What I am encouraging is a change in mentality around fitness during the holidays. We shouldn’t be running five miles because we had one too many glasses of champagne at the office holiday party or spending two hours in the gym because we know we won’t be able to resist tasting every flavor at the family’s annual Christmas cookie competition. Exercise should never be a punishment. Fitness is an opportunity to bring positivity and improvement into our lives every day, not a physical and mental punishment for the way we choose to spend our other hours.

Fitness should be a major part of our lives all year round, but during the holidays, we can’t allow guilt to be our primary motivator to break a sweat, or we will learn to associate health and exercise with negative feelings. Today, I’m sharing five positive reasons to prioritize working out during the holidays that have nothing to do with how many pieces of pecan pie or helpings of mashed potatoes you had last night at dinner.

1. To feel your best

Our holiday calendars are full of parties and events with family, friends, coworkers and acquaintances; it should be called the most social time of the year. As this is often the only time we see many of our extended family and friends of friends, of course we want to feel our best! Exercise is the best way to achieve this. I am going to look exactly the same tomorrow, regardless if I wake up early to work out or choose to skip. The difference is that I will feel so much better. The endorphins and sense of achievement will light you up more than any sequin-covered dress can, which will make all of that small talk and catching up a much better experience.

2. As your gift to you!

The holidays are a time of giving: well thought-out gifts to friends and family, spare change dropped in Salvation Army buckets and contributions to community food and clothing drives. It’s wonderful that this season encourages us to think about others, but that doesn’t mean we should be neglecting ourselves. Treating our bodies well is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves (and it doesn’t have to cost a dime!). Consider your workouts as your gift to your present and future self.

3. To eliminate stress

The holidays aren’t just candy canes and silver bells, they are also known for being the most stressful time of year. Deadlines at work, endless shopping lists, hours of cooking and baking, and festive distractions around every corner (because yes, spending two hours watching a Hallmark movie is a necessity) are enough to bring out our inner-Scrooge. But instead of stress-eating the box of cookies Grandma express-shipped, take out those stressful emotions at the gym. I especially love cardio kickboxing routines when I have frustration and anger to get out. After punching that negativity in the face, I leave the gym a heck of a lot sweatier and much more relaxed.

4. To get a head start on New Year’s Resolutions

We’ve all heard it before…I’ll start working out again after the holidays. It’s my New Year’s Resolution. But this is silly if you think about it! Why wait until the new year, when the gym is over-crowded with everyone and their mothers’ 2017 fitness resolutions? Why torture yourself and risk injury by over-exercising to make up for lost time when you can ease into a more rigorous and intense fitness routine by starting now? We all love the fresh start and opportunity for self-improvement that the new year brings, but we also don’t want to enter this clean start from a place of self-pity and disappointment. Don’t allow fitness to always be part of an unreachable goal and start now!

5. To establish a healthy holiday mindset

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the holidays bring some of our favorite treats and there is nothing wrong with indulging! However, there is a difference between enjoying a mug of hot chocolate with our families by the fire and mindlessly devouring an entire box of chocolates because “calories don’t count during the holidays.” If we mindfully enjoy the extra sweets and treats that make an appearance during this time of year, we are less likely to feel sick (mentally and physically) about our choices. Incorporating exercise into our daily lives helps to develop a healthy holiday mindset because it serves as a personal reminder that the way we treat our bodies is important. If we know we care enough about our health and bodies to spend time, energy and sweat exercising, we are more likely to be mindful about what we put into our bodies. Having a healthy holiday mindset is not about deprivation; it’s about enjoying indulgencies and having a positive relationship with them (instead of shaming yourself every time you reach for a cookie).

I hope these tips help motivate and encourage you to make fitness a priority during this time of year. Wishing you love, peace, sweets, sweat, and positivity this holiday season.



Falling for Feya Candles

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It’s the first day of fall, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, I am a summer lover through and through, but there’s something about the changing of seasons that warms my heart and makes me smile. This is the first fall in 18 years that I’m not heading back to school (which I’m still finding hard to believe!), but that doesn’t mean the little things that make this season so special to me won’t be in my life this year.

To me, fall is cool air and warm sweaters, changing leaves and beautiful sunsets, the smell of homecooked meals and burning candles. Fall is a time for family and friends, giving, and gratitude. This is why I’m celebrating fall this year with Feya Candles.

Feya Candles are 100% soy, which means when you’re smelling all of these amazing scents, you’re not breathing toxins into your body (score). But Feya is more than just an incredible team of women making awesome products. My favorite part about Feya is the mission behind it all.

Every candle purchased provides a meal for someone in need. So far, Feya has donated almost 13,000 meals and have a few thousand in reserves to donate throughout 2016. They have served in over 20 states in the US and also in Haiti and Nicaragua. Not only does Feya fund meals for the organizations they work with, but they staff them too, giving their profit, time, and energy to helping others.

You can buy Feya candles here and when you use the code ‘PACEBLOG’ you get 10% off your purchase! I know what you’re thinking and the answer is yes…there is a Pumpkin Spice scent 😉


I received a product for testing purposes, but all opinions are 100% my own.


Valentine’s Date Ideas (for every special someone in your life!)

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Valentine’s Day might just be the most polarizing holiday. From that couple who is already hearing wedding bells to your independent friend who doesn’t want or need a man, it seems that everyone has an opinion about whether February 14 is just a corporate-created Hallmark holiday or whether it truly is the most romantic day of the year.

Personally, I have always loved Valentine’s Day because I see it as a day to celebrate love: love for your family, friends, significant other, etc. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a long-term relationship, single, or somewhere in between, we all have love in our lives. So instead of ranting on our social media accounts about what we think about this day, let’s spend the time celebrating the love we share with others. Here are just a few Valentine’s Day date ideas for all of the love in your life.

1. Galentine’s Day

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What are the two things girls love more than anything? Simple: pizza and wine. Combine the two and you’re in for the best girls’ night of all time. Search for BYO restaurants in your area that offer personal pizzas, stock up on some vino, and you are set for a night of laughs, memories, and love.

2. New Relationship 

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Valentine’s Day can be super intimidating for new couples, but that doesn’t mean you two shouldn’t celebrate! To minimize awkwardness, avoid fancy restaurants with special Valentine’s Day menus where you are sure to be surrounded by mushy couples and maybe even a proposal or two. Instead, skip the serious stuff and keep it low-key. Grab an affordable meal and then use the extra cash to see a concert or a comedy show. A light atmosphere is key to making sure the two of you don’t feel like you’ve gone from dating to married in 5 seconds flat.

3. Your Crew

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Where would we be without our friends? Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate how much your friends mean to you by spending time with them. Get your gang together and do something you’ve always wanted to do. I know my friends and I always talk about trying bowling, painting, or cooking a fancy meal together. Whatever you do, it’s sure to be a celebration!

4. Long-Term S/O

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Amidst all the V-Day haters out there, there are plenty of couples who love celebrating this day of love together. I know it’s cliche, but I am a huge fan of the Valentine’s dinner date. Maybe you and your beau don’t feel the need to “impress” anymore and are totally fine ordering Chinese on the weekends instead of going out. Valentine’s Day brings an opportunity to dress up and have a romantic evening at a restaurant you two have always had your eye on. Just make sure your make those reservations in advance!

No matter who you celebrate this holiday with, I hope it is full of love and happiness. Sending love to all of you for reading 🙂 xoxo,



How to Make the Perfect New Year’s Resolution

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2015 is coming to an end and what a year it has been! But as 2016 approaches, we look both backward and forward…reflecting on who we are and what we have done and determining who we want to be and what we want to accomplish. A new year is a blank slate: an opportunity to let go of past mistakes, regrets, and work to be the best we can be.

New Year’s Resolutions are tricky. We write down our resolutions at the start of each year with the best of intentions, but as time goes on, it can get hard to actually stick to the goals we set for ourselves. I’m both an optimist and a realist, so as I create my own goals, I want to both reach for the stars, but make sure I have the tools and abilities to make the leap.

After thinking long and hard about resolutions, I have come up with a way to make resolutions that are both ambitious and achievable. The solution (and challenge) I’ve come up with is to only make one resolution.

Isn’t that just taking the easy way out?! Well, not exactly. This year, I challenge you (and myself) to come up with one resolution that will change your way of life and help you to get closer to the person you want to be. Do you want to eat healthier this year? Workout more? Lose weight and get toned? Having 5 different resolutions about your diet, calorie intake, and workout schedule can be overwhelming and easy to drop after a month or two. Instead, just make one goal. For example, resolve to work out 5 times a week. With just this to focus on, you will be more likely to stick to it for the entire year and believe it or not…the rest will likely follow! When you’re working hard in the gym, you’re less likely to negate your sweat sessions by indulging in a donut every day. Your diet will start to match your workout regiment, and your entire health and fitness level will improve! Finding a common theme in several of your goals and combining them to one resolution makes this goal easier to manage, measure, and motivate yourself to stick to.

For 2016, my focus is mindfulness. Being mindful means enjoying food and treats, not binging on a bag of chocolate covered pretzels (come on, I know I’m not the only one!). Being mindful means knowing when to stop scrolling through Instagram and Snapchat and be present in the moment. Being mindful means looking past yourself and your own desires and being open to and aware of what the people around you want and need. These are all areas in my life that I want to improve and I think by focusing on mindfulness, I can get closer to the person I want to be.

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So get out a pen and paper or open up a Word document and start writing down your resolutions for the new year. Then, take a look at your list, determine a theme that encompasses many of your goals, and make one resolution out of it; this is now for your focus for 2016.

What is your resolution for 2016?

Happy New Year!



Holiday Look

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The holidays are my favorite time of year and now that finals are over, I am in full on celebration mode! Wrapping gifts, Christmas music 24/7, and all of the classic holiday movies…can Christmas last all year round?

This time of year is magical, but it is also extremely busy. We go from the craziness of finals or chaos of wrapping up the year at work straight into the holidays, which leaves barely any time to shop for gifts (let alone, holiday outfits!). This year, I decided to shop my closet for holiday looks. This cream sweater (similar) adds warmth to this red dress (similar) and black tights, black booties, and a statement necklace bring holiday sparkle and elegance. Sometimes your closet can be the best store of all!

What is your holiday look this year?

Cream Sweater (similar)/Red Dress (similar)/A.N.A. Booties

(This post is part of this month’s #galpalholiday link-up. Check out other awesome holiday posts here!)

[SUPER!] Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

[SUPER!] Last Minute Holiday Gifts

We all start the holiday season with intentions of being proactive and finishing our holiday shopping in record time, but even the best of intentions don’t always go as planned. You are not alone if you still have unfinished holiday shopping (I know I’m with you!), so I put together a list of super last minute holiday gifts for everyone on your list!

For the College Student/Twenty-Something

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Let’s face it…priorities in my generation can be a little wonky. Sometimes buying that new jacket or pair of shoes takes precedence over grocery shopping for the week. A gift of apparel or accessories isn’t best for this generation because we would prefer to pick them out ourselves. A better idea is the trusty gift card: gift cards for our local grocery store, gas station, or even Starbucks. The gift of a week’s worth of groceries or month’s worth of gas is paradise to a college student or twenty-something!

For Your Parents

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Parents can be hard to shop for. Our tastes, styles, and pasttimes can often be worlds away, so how are you to know what will make them smile on Christmas morning? The key to a great gift for mom and dad is usefulness. Think about where they spend most of their time at home: Cooking in the kitchen? Getting ready in the bathroom? Working out in the garden? Gift them something that will make this time more enjoyable. A new knife set, facial cream, or gardening tools will make your parents’ lives easier, and who wouldn’t want that for the holidays?

For Your Bestie

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Your best friends don’t expect you to drop the big bucks for them, because your friendship is worth more than anything money can buy. The best gift is something that will highlight and preserve the wonderful memories between you. Do some major Facebook stalking of your friendship, choose your favorite photos, and write out your favorite quotes and memories. Compile all of this in a book your friend will cherish with CVS’s simple and affordable Photo Book. You’ll have as much fun creating it as your friend will receiving it!

For Your Significant Other

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The perfect gift for your S/O is an experience. He/she already has the best gift of all (you!) so spend your money on something the two of you can do together. Finally go to that nice restaurant you’ve been dying to try, see one of your favorite bands live, or cheer on your sports team. A gift for him/her ends up being a gift for you too! 😉

Gift giving is a great part of the holiday season, but don’t forget the most important part of this time of year is spending time with those we love. Love is truly the greatest gift of all.

Happy Holidays! xo,


A Busy Girl’s Guide to Celebrating the Holidays

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year! But with finals approaching for my fellow students and crazy holiday hours beginning for those in the working world, sometimes it feels like this season comes and goes without proper celebration. So I’ve rounded up 5 ways for busy people to get the most out of the holidays!

1. Holiday Scented Candles

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The scent of cranberry and pine trees brings a room from normal to festive in no time! Bring the holidays into your finals cramming session or late work hours with one of dozens of holiday candle scents. And then let a girl know…what does “Home for the Holidays” smell like?

2. Do You Hear What I Hear?

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Holiday music is the perfect way to get into the spirit of the season. Put it on in the car or while you’re cooking. If you’re like me and find it hard to concentrate with music with lyrics, study or work to the soundtrack of instrumental holiday music. Listen to some of my favorite holiday instrumental Spotify playlists here, here, and here.

3. Organize a Secret Santa

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Secret Santa gift exchanges are a total time and money saver! Round up your best friends or co-workers and establish a price limit. Now, all you have to do is spend time and money on one gift, while feeling the gratitude and spirit of the season of giving! Try out these Secret Santa gift ideas for under $30!

4. The Season of Giving

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The best way to spend your time is to help others. Your schedule may be tight, but you can always fit in room to give back to your community and those who are less fortunate. Look up organizations in your area that need volunteers; you are sure to find plenty of options, especially during the holiday season.

5. Go Old Fashioned

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Yes, writing out holiday cards can definitely take some time, but this is a great and easy way to honor the most important part of this season: appreciating our loved ones. Pick up a pretty pack of cards, sit down with some hot chocolate, and write notes to your loved ones telling them what they mean to you. Especially today, when text messages and Facebook posts are the most common way to send greetings, a good, old fashioned holiday card will warm the hearts of your friends and family.

How are you celebrating the holidays this year?





Giving Thanks

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. From the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to cooking with my mom and spending time with my family, Thanksgiving is a beautiful kick-off to the most wonderful time of the year 🙂 I’m especially excited about this year because the holiday is bringing my parents, brother, and I together for the first time since July! I can’t wait to share laughs and some amazing vegan food with three of the greatest people on earth.

In the spirit of my favorite holiday, I’m taking some time to reflect on my gratitude for something I put a lot of time and energy into throughout the year: blogging! I’ve never really stopped to reflect on what this blog means to me and why I’m grateful for it and what better time to give thanks than the holiday season. If any of these resonate with you, you might want to think about starting a blog yourself!

1. Creative Outlet

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As a Communication major specializing in PR, I write a lot for school. I love writing, but a girl can only write so many research papers and press releases before she has to unload some of her creative juices! Blogging has been an amazing way for me to write about anything I want and has helped keep my writing skills sharp and smooth as I transition from writing my Senior Project paper to writing a style post for The Pace.

2. Virtual Friends

I love that the blogging world is such a community. It’s so easy to virtually meet other bloggers through different blogging groups and link-ups (like this one!), and it’s amazing how supportive and helpful the blogging community is. I’m grateful for the girls I have “met” and interacted with online and the support system blogging creates.

3. New Hobby

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Blogging has introduced me to a new passion: photography! I’m constantly snapping photos on my iPhone of the beautiful and exciting world around me to use in posts or on Instagram. A year ago, I got a Canon DSLR camera and have been experimenting with it ever since. I’m thankful blogging brought this unique way of seeing and capturing the world into my life.

4. The more you write, the more you read

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Writing and reading go hand-in-hand. In order to learn more about blogging and stay on top of the topics I blog about, reading is a must. Reading is so important for growth, learning, and personal development, so I’m thankful that my blog gives me never-ending reasons to read.

5. Opportunities

Finally, I’m thankful for the doors my blog has opened for me. I started The Pace to express my creativity and love for style and healthy living, not as a resume booster; but The Pace has turned out to be a concrete example of my initiative, drive, and passion and people are genuinely interested to hear more about it.

This post is part of a “Blogsgiving” link up, so make sure to check out these other awesome posts!

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Happy Thanksgiving!! May joy and gratitude fill your hearts this holiday 🙂