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Five Favorites: January

Kelliann DeCarloComment
Five Favorites: January

As always, January has flown by and 2019 is in full swing. These are a few of my favorite things from the past month…

something for the skin…

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In the past six months, I’ve really discovered the benefits of lymphatic drainage through facial massage - it sounds just about as extra as it seems, but I especially notice a difference around my cheekbones and jawline when I use it. I purchased this Rose Quartz Roller and Scraping Massager from Amazon and it has been the sweetest addition to my morning routine. I love using the Scraping Massager first thing in the morning to work my face oil into the skin. Once I’ve massaged my face, I apply my serum and moisturizer, and follow-up by pressing the products in with the Rose Roller.

something for the bookshelf…

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Photo: Gary Brown

Photo: Gary Brown

This summer, I performed in an outdoor production of the musical Fiddler on the Roof as the eldest sister, Tzeitel. The show explores the strength and resilience of a Jewish community living in the shtetl Anatevka in Tsarist Russia. Throughout the process, I was able to absorb so much information and learn so deeply about a culture that wasn’t my own. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve had as an artist, and I wasn’t paid a dime.

After Anatevka by Alexandra Silbur is a beautiful continuation of this family’s story. The plot focuses centrally on Hodel, Tevye’s middle daughter in her quest to be reunited with her fiancé. It is a truly a stunning read, and you don’t need to have seen the show to understand the plot. It has given me the most beautiful insight into these sisters for the next time I’m lucky enough to join Anatevka, and for that I am so grateful.

something to do each day…

If there is something I have learned over the past four months, it’s that there is power in gratitude. This practice has completely shifted my mornings. There is power in gratitude, and there is also power in the subconscious.

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Each morning, I write down five things I am grateful for, ten dreams that are on my heart (dreams that are so big everyone would wonder who in the world I think I am), and one goal I am going to accomplish today. Writing down these ten dreams keep my focus where it should be, forward. Writing down the things that I am grateful for help to keep my heart centered, regardless of what I’m currently struggling with. Writing down a goal that I am going to accomplish today helps me keep a promise to myself each day.

Whether you’re jotting these down in your own notebook, or you order one of these formatted journals , make the choice each morning to spend a moment on yourself.

Something to Remember…

There is no power in feeling defeated.

I cannot, for the life of me, remember which podcast I heard this on, but it lit a fire in my heart and I had to share. When you’re feeling down, or feeling like there is no way out of your current situation, remember that feeling that way lends you no power or solution. Practicing this kind of mindfulness can make the difference between using those feelings to launch yourself into a better situation, and not moving forward.

You are enough, and you deserve to move forward.

something to eat…


This recipe has been on my plate more times than I can count this month, and for good reason. It’s full of healthy fats and it’s delicious.

Preparing meals at home is something I’ve been trying to make a priority in the new year, and dishes like this one that I can make in larger batches have made meeting that goal much easier.

Recipe: click here.

What were some of your favorite things this past month?