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When the World Opens Back Up

Here we are. Ten months into COVID-19 and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Pre-pandemic, I was not the biggest traveler. But, all I do now is think about trips that I want to take. It doesn’t help that we’re rethinking our plans to go to Jamaica…

Choosing Hope on Election Day

Today is Election Day. A day to celebrate freedom and the promise of democracy. This year, however, there’s a certain level of angst and anxiety related to the outcome of the ballot results. It’s so overwhelming, which is why I am grateful to all those sharing post-election self-care tips and…

Coming Home

During the course of this global pandemic, the concept of home has shifted in many ways. Mine has become my office, a play space, a church, a fitness center and much more. It’s also a place where I feel like a mom/wife/worker, day in and day out, with no breaks….

Back to Basics with Scratch Goods

Instagram has put me up on so many fabulous people, products and businesses. One of my favorite finds has been Scratch Goods. In addition to selling a line of natural, food-grade skincare products, they also operate a mask bar in their West Loop shop. Sign. Me. Up.

Chicago Do-Good Cafes

As many times as I have tried to make the switch to tea, it’s clear that coffee and I will go together for the foreseeable future. In turn, I’ve spent a lot of time researching brands of coffee that are fair trade or have a charitable component. While building that…

5 Questions to Ask Before Donating to Charity

These days, it has never been easier to financial support a charitable cause or organization. Whether it’s a “text-to-give” campaign or clicking a “Donate Now” button, we can contribute in a variety of ways on our own terms. However, just because it’s easier to make a difference, it’s still important…

Slowing Down Sundays

With only two weekend days, it can be SO tempting to overcrowd Saturdays and Sundays with activities and errands. It’s something that I still struggle with, but I will tell you that I have gotten so much better at having “Slow Sundays” in our house. I don’t have much control…

Grace Is the Best Birthday Gift of All

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 6:9 When I came across this passage, I knew that I wanted to set my heart on these words for the month of October. Grace is a concept…



Karyn Brianne

I'm creating a new path that feels as purpose-driven and fabulous as my previous one. Join me as I hack life to make time for the people and causes that matter most to me. Read More

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