Monday Motivation

QUOTE AND GRAPHIC BY NICOLE M. CARUSO 

Over the weekend I was struck with insomnia again, and this quote came to me: "Don't lose sleep over your mistakes, rather lose sleep to create your dreams." 

Opportunity lies in every moment, we've all heard that before. In the wide awake moments I kept feeling frustrated that I couldn't sleep, beating myself up over what potentially caused it, and on and on. Then I decided to do something about it. Not long after, I came up with this graphic, done in my handwriting, and the quote.

I loved it so much, I saved it as the background on my phone so I can read it throughout the day, since insomnia seems to be back again lately, no matter how much I try sleep hacking. I made the graphic for my own enjoyment and inspiration, but thought it might be a good Monday Motivation for some of you. If you'd like to download it for yourself, click here.

I hope no matter what you're losing sleep over, you can find a way to halt the negative self-talk, and create something. Sometimes, our best ideas come at the strangest times of day when we least expect it. 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.