DESIGN YOUR LIFE: crystal of plush palate and rue

This week’s DYL is a throwback from last year. I think it’s definitely worth revisiting my dear friend, Crystal’s DYL, as she is now the fabulous founder and editor-in-chief of the recently launched online shelter magazine, Rue. It’s fascinating for us to reflect on Crystal’s intentions from last year, pre-Rue, because they may have propelled her into this brand new life.

She started early last year as the blogger behind Plush Palate with a restlessness and urge to do something extraordinary with her life. Now, she travels all over the country photographing some of the chicest homes and parties. She’s creating the content and inspiration that she used to glean from the glossy pages of her favorite magazines just a year ago. And it would seem that these intentions she set for herself are the building blocks she used to design the completely new and amazing life of her dreams.


DESIGN YOUR LIFE: Crystal of Plush Palate


Live a Courageous Life

With each decision I make or at each crossroad I arrive, I try to make sure my decisions are not dictated by fear but instead, driven by courage. Only then do I feel I am living the best and fullest version of my life. When the decision seems unclear, I ask myself, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” and then in my heart I know exactly what I need to do. Another favorite quote reminds me that, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Know Who You Are

It is easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others or trying to be someone you are not, but I find such freedom in reminding myself not to be anyone but me. I try to use and hone the talents that I already have, not to covet the ones I don’t. The way I stay connected to who I am is by making time for the things that truly feed the authentic me – like writing in my journal at night and spending a quiet hour by myself in the morning – and by being able to say no to the things that don’t feel right inside. This quote says it best, “the wise man is always similar to himself.”

Take Pride in What You Present to the World

I strongly believe that this is one of the greatest ways to show respect to yourself and to others. By taking time to dress nicely or by making sure the project I turn in is a reflection of my best work, I am telling myself and others that we deserve the best. I believe this is an important component for healthy self-esteem and a strive to embody it.

Find Balance in Mind, Body, and Soul


When things get busy and I start to feel off kilter, I check in with myself to make sure I am giving ample attention to each. This helps me prioritize my time and get my perspective back where it needs to be. For “mind” I do things like take language classes so I can exercise new areas of my brain. For “body” I make sure to find time to exercise as a way to relieve stress and stay strong. And for “soul” I stay mindful of my values and try to live a life that is consistent and in accordance with them.

Focus On Your Circle of Influence

This is a concept I picked up from reading, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and that really struck a chord with me. There are many things in life we wish were different, but by focusing on the things that we can actually change within our circle of influence, our circle miraculously begins to grow and, in turn, so does the scope of our influence. When I’m faced with a challenge that seems overwhelming, I remember that through action I can go from a place of feeling powerless to a place of great empowerment and impact.



Traveling truly is something that I cannot image a life without. I cherish being able to get out into the world and opening myself up to what other places and people can teach me. Some of my best and most pivotal growing has happened during my times abroad. One thing I’m sure of is that a person or a place is never the same after having passed through it.

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[photo credits: Miss Muse, and Simply Seductive (2)]

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  1. kim

    Love this series. So encouraging. I think being courageous and traveling go hand in hand – especially when you are single and experience much of traveling by yourself! 🙂 It is a grand adventure God has me on!

  2. Merissa

    “Take pride in what you present to the world”… so important! It’s easy to get lazy and justify it by telling ourselves “it doesn’t really matter; no one will notice”. But it should always matter to OURSELVES! I really need to post this quote someplace in my room!

  3. Rose

    Very inspiring! I love this quote “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” It’s a very positive approach to life.

  4. cailen

    what a great message : ) it’s awesome how she’s literally living her dreams. that’s fabulous!

  5. Thank you for sharing! This really inspires me to base my decisions off of courage and not fear….I like that! Take life by the horns!

  6. Gina

    Great read. I have 4 weeks left until I leave my soul-sucking (but steady paycheck) day job and I am a mix of excitement and fear. When I get wrapped up in the fear, it is hard to focus on growing my business and my blog because all I can think is “what if it doesn’t work out…” and then all the bad things that could happen.

    I like the idea of allowing courage to dictate my decisions. When I do that, I am able to think of all the amazing things that will happen when I do succeed, rather than of the scary stuff.

    As I head to the end of my cycle of jobs that weren’t for me, I need all the reminders of being courageous that I can get!

  7. Thanks so much for re-posting this Jess! It means a lot to me and I enjoyed re-reading my answers from last year. Wow! What a difference a year can make 😉

    You continue to be MY business inspiration…have a great weekend!


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