Not everything always works out the way you plan. And My “Unsolicited Advice from a 20-something year old hot mess” is one of those things. You see, I have had an overwhelmingly positive response in terms of people who have signed up for the newsletter but have had some difficulty actually getting questions from you guys, which renders the column pretty pointless – that is, unless I start making up my own questions to ask myself. And while „faking it until you make it“ definitely does have its valid applications, doing so in this situation would feel just a tad bit ridiculous. Bare in mind that I am happy to have tried something new with LFB and do not regret the idea. Generating new concepts and trying new things that may be hits or misses is integral to the growth of any big idea or project. But it is also equally important to admit when something isn’t working and move on to other big ideas and projects – or learn from what didn’t work and refine your thesis and evolve your concept – which is why I am writing this post.

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As I have already said, the actual amount of you guys who have signed up for the column have made me so happy and each time I get an email notification from Mailchimp of new subscribers, I get even more pumped. You guys clearly have an interest in receiving email content from LFB, which is why I have modified the content for LFB’s newsletters. Therefore, I bring you the Conscious Living bi-weekly Challenge newsletter. You will now be receiving an email every two weeks which will focus on one specific action that you can take in order to practice an aspect of conscious living for those next 14 days.

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Now you all know just how important conscious living is to me and this blog. I love writing posts about different aspects of conscious living, how they affect our lives, and how we can make steps towards critical thinking and critical living in order to live a more thoughtful existence. But besides just writing here on LFB in detail about conscious living, I would like for us all to keep this concept active in our daily lives and work on practicing conscious living. One of the best ways to make small changes or become more aware of things is through small incremental changes. It makes much more sense in terms of successful longevity to slowly adjust your actions, rather than to try to radically overhaul your lifestyle in one big go.

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These things are not necessarily cumulative in the sense that you need to continue doing each additional challenge onto of the other but are meant to spur you into action, to cause you to think about your choices, and become the best version of yourself. It is also up to you how you choose to continue with the tasks delineated in each challenge past the 14 days. Perhaps one really speaks to you and you are able to figure out a way how to incorporate the task in your own way into your daily life.

All in all, this is not meant to be homework or to add more stress in your life. On the contrary, it is meant to help you reach a more fulfilling existence through more deliberate consideration for both yourself, those around you and the environment you live in. The first column will be released this Sunday, so stay tuned or sign up if you haven’t done so already! So excited to finally get the ball rolling and I really hope you guys will like the column!

Photography: Eva
Editing: Rae Tashman

Don’t forget to check out the podcasts & sign up for LFB’s conscious living challenge.

Stay conscious, Rae


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Rae Tilly

Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Naomi Jenkins

    I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut recently, so I’m really looking forward to giving this a go!!

    • rae

      Awesome Naomi! Make sure to sign up here if you haven’t done so already to get the newsletter in your inbox tomorrow!

  • This post definitely gets me thinking!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • rae

      Glad to hear it!

  • Great pics dear. I’m so excited to read the post.

    Jessy xx Kleidermaedchen

    • rae

      Glad to hear it Jessy! Be sure to sign up for the newsletter as it will only appear in your inbox and not here on LFB as a post! You can sign up right here!

  • I hope I signed up for this (just did it via a pop up to my right). I love your thoughts and ideals, it’s utterly refreshing to find words like these. If I can think of any questions (ie: if I remember to record them or email you promptly enough before I forget lol) I’ll send them your way.


    • rae

      If you want to let me know your email address, I can confirm if you are on the list or not! You should have gotten an email to confirm sign up though! And actually I changed things around a bit so no need to think of any questions!

  • This is an exciting idea! Definitely signing up!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

    • rae

      Ah excellent! Do let me know what you think of the newsletter once you receive it! It will be coming out at 7am tomorrow!

      • Oh! I’ve just read it, and I’m definitely excited about it! I’ve honestly never really thought conscious living, but I’m definitely up for the challenge/learning more.

        • rae

          Ah so glad you enjoyed it! And I am glad to get you thinking about the subject. To be honest, I am not sure if conscious living is even a real “thing” but I came up with it a few years back and think it is a great title for all things done with consideration and kindness!

  • can’t wait for it :)


    • rae

      Awesome, Dice! Check your inbox tomorrow morning then!

  • Milly Onyaye

    This is a very informative post! Thank you for sharing.. Vielen Dank
    Milly aus Bremen

    • rae

      No worries, Milly!

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    So exciting! Can’t wait to read!
    xo, Jane

    • rae

      Thanks Jane! Expect the first newsletter in your inbox tomorrow morning!

  • Diana Maria

    I just signed up for your column and I’m really excited to see what it’s all about! I love your focus on conscious living and truly thinking about your actions/life. Great post Rae!

    My Lovelier Days

    • rae

      Oh great, so excited! The first newsletter comes out tomorrow at 7 am to keep your eyes pealed!

  • Wow so exciting! I am loving your pictures in this post. x

    The Feminine Crusade

    • rae

      Thanks, Shang!

  • Ooooooh, so excited for this! I signed up for the advice column a couple days ago, but I think this new idea will be much more interesting and rewarding. Loving all the colors going on in your hair, by the way!

    becky ♡ star violet

    • rae

      So glad, becky! I hope you are signed up?! The newsletter goes out at 7am tomorrow, so be on the lookout for it! And yes, I think so too!

  • One thing I admire greatly about you is your persistence and consistence, Rae. I’m loving the fact that you’re taking an idea and turning it into something greater.

    May | THE MAYDEN

    • rae

      Thank you so much May! So glad you think so! The newsletter is going out at 7am tomorrow so do let me know what you think of it!

  • Li

    Great idea! It is brave to start something new but even braver to admit when it isn’t working and come back stronger with a different creative idea. I’m really looking forward to reading when the newsletter comes through x

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Li! and yes, things do not always work, but that just means we need to adjust our angle! So glad – it is going out tomorrow at 7 am so please do leave me a comment here and let me know what you think of it! xx

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  • Tal

    I just had an operation so i’ve slept for literally three weeks and i’m having so much fun catching up on your content!! xxx

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    • rae

      Thanks, Tal, hope the operation went well.

  • Rasa Virviciute

    You are so gorgeous I can’t even. Your hair is fantastic. xxx

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Rasa!

  • Things that don’t work out as expected always open up new doors for better opportunities, and it’s up to the individual to grasp it and be positive, which you have done! Best of luck and I am looking forward to your column :)

    Pop over to my blog :)


    • rae

      Very true and thanks!

  • This is SUCH an amazing idea, little differences add up to the biggest effect! :) Signing up now!


    • rae

      Thanks so much, Raashi and yes! Baby steps really do add up to something big in the end!

  • Conscious living is always something that I strive to do a little more of. Right now it’s fairly limited to writing down the little things in life that I love over a glass of wine at the end of each week. Also trying to catch up on whichever Brain Pickings articles I haven’t read yet. But regardless, I always feel a bit happier with life when I actively make time to savor it (both the good and the bad). [=

    • rae

      I think that in whatever way you can practice Conscious living, you are doing something right!