DESIGN YOUR LIFE: crystal of plush palate


Whoa. I heart this week’s DYL interview for sure. Any intention that involves something from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People makes my day (I know, one day I’ll stop talking about it). I’m also implementing her intention to ask “what would you do if you weren’t afraid” as I’m finalizing the new Wellington collection this afternoon. Yesterday I found myself second guessing the Madison collection a bit more than usual.

Not only does Crystal get points in my book for digging Covey’s work, but she also has an awesome design blog called Plush Palate. Though Crystal and I are simply blog buddies right now, we will be meeting in person at Chiblogo this August.

Enjoy Crystal’s intentions!

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.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

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

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  1. pve design

    Just wonderful. She got me with the words, Plush Palate.
    She is gorgeous inside and out!

  2. Flavia

    Another great DYL interview! I especially liked the question, “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I need to apply that to my life more often.

  3. Bek

    Beautiful! Everything she said really struck a chord with me. Such wisdom.

  4. Rebecca

    This is great. I have totally enjoyed reading this series as i am trying to be a regular “commentor”. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just wanted to say “thank you” to Jess for giving me the opportunity to participate in DYL series! I had a lot of fun doing it and really enjoyed reflecting on what’s important to me!

  6. Julianne

    Crystal, great blog. I absolutely love it. It is very inspiring. You write beautifuly and I look forward to reading more! 🙂

  7. Jess

    @ all: So glad you all love Crystal’s intentions as well! It is so great to find out more about the bloggers we read everyday.

  8. Jess

    @ Crystal: THANK YOU my dear! You did a great interview and I appreciate your participation. Let me know if I can help you out.

  9. Sarah

    Incredibly inspiring. What great tips for living. I really enjoy these interviews!


    This resonates with the phrase ..”Focus on what you DO want”, and not so much about what you don’t want.” Brilliant.

  11. Lisa


    Just discovered you, today! So nice to find you, thanks. 🙂

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