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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…

How I Use My Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is an action that is best performed on a regular basis if you want to unlock the full benefits. One way that I cultivate my personal practice is by writing in a gratitude journal at least once a week. If you aren’t already doing something similar, I definitely recommend…

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…

Prioritizing Self-Care in the Summer

Even though summer is the perfect time to slow down, it can be hard to actually do that because who wants to waste a beautiful sunny day? Since the warmer temps arrived in Chicago, I have had something scheduled each weekend and it started to catch up with me. I…



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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