Hi, I'm Alex
I’m a sociologist, artist, author, professional organizer + life coach. I truly believe freedom begins with organization, and I’m excited to show you how.
The Bold+Balanced Life’s mission is to help you let go of excessive clutter, unhealthy habits, and unrealistic expectations so you can find more balance—and adventure—in your life.
From self-care rituals to creative, step-by-step challenges, join me on a journey to a bolder, more balanced life.
“Promote what you love; don’t bash what you hate.” —Lilly Singh If you ever wondered what happy people do differently, here is one thing you might be missing, plus 8 ways to boost your own happiness. Imagine you’re standing in the grocery store checkout line and your eye catches on a magazine. The cover shows […]
“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”―Ryan Blair Time for some tough love! You probably don’t want to hear this. And I get it, I don’t like hearing it either. But if you’re tired of feeling stuck or your life isn’t the way you want it to be, […]
Does your endless to-do list keep you up at night? Heck, Alex, there are never enough hours in the day! I get it. Life is crazy fast-paced lately. It’s hard to stay focused, and even harder to maintain some resemblance of serenity. If you’ve been feeling like you’re all over the place, it’s time to […]
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily.”― John C. Maxwell Here are the 7 habits that changed my life: 1. Taking responsibility for my life rather than finding excuses. Making changes is uncomfortable. At least in the beginning. But the truth is, you won’t make progress sitting on your butt feeling sorry […]
These days, it doesn’t take much to distract us. We have ever-increasing choices and never enough time. We’re always busy, always looking for the next best thing. And yet, despite all the busyness, there’s that nagging fear of missing out. So how do we counteract the constant noise that leaves many of us feeling drained? mind·ful·ness: a mental […]
After listening to Tamara Levitt’s Calm Masterclass “Gratitude” yesterday, I decided it’s time to spend a week on learning how to cultivate a grateful mindset. Practicing gratitude daily has many science-backed benefits. It helps us: lower stress sleep better rewire our tendency toward negative thinking overcome cravings, envy, and expectations It’s also a small thing […]
If there’s one habit worth mastering, it’s getting enough rest. Chances are these statements ring as true for many of you as they do for me: Most nights I don’t get more than five to six hours of sleep. Even as a baby I was a poor sleeper. I’m a night owl and an early riser. […]
If there’s one fear keeping me up at night, it’s the fear of losing a loved one. And it’s particularly strong on days I have to separate from my partner or child because of a trip. My mind comes up with every possible worst case scenario that I just want to curl up in a ball […]
Now that we’ve decluttered our home, here are 10 things we can do to make sure it stays organized for good: 1. The One In/One Out Rule Every item needs a home that’s easy to access so putting things back is a breeze. And because we have limited space to store our stuff properly, we […]
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” —William Morris There’s hardly anything more relaxing than coming home to a clean, tidy space. Not only is home organization about relaxation and being able to focus, but it also gives us more time for the things that matter most […]
I’m off this week to celebrate Christmas with my family. So for this week, I’m leaving you with three inspiring videos by three of my favorite YouTubers that are not only in line with living The Bold+Balanced Life but also help prepare for a great start into the new year: 6 30-Day Challenges That Will […]
As the year is coming to an end, I thought it would be fun to start 2019 with a refresh of our homes and minds. So I decided to create a “How to Get Organized” series. It’ll provide the tools and steps to help us get rid of physical, mental, and digital clutter. But the process […]
My relationship with money is a complicated one. We all know the image of the starving artist, and for the longest time, I was one of them. I still am one of them. But not for much longer. I’m actively working on changing my attitude toward money but also on how to get better with […]
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for self-improvement. My grandfather gave me The Power of Your Subconscious Mind when I was 13 and I’ve been working on becoming the best version of myself ever since. But here’s the thing. The self-improvement journey often brings about two problematic frames of mind: focusing on our goals to an extent […]
With the holiday season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to practice how to have better conversations. Particularly this year it feels like everyone is talking at each other without actually hearing what the other is saying. On the one hand, we have the people who vocalize every thought they have without considering the consequences. […]
“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” —Japanese Proverb “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” —Samuel Beckett We all know that it took Thomas Edison thousands of tries to get his inventions to work. Failure is an essential part of success. So how did it happen that we’ve come to see failure as […]
I was working on this week’s post about how to reach your goals when two things happened: 1.) my friend asked me if The Bold+Blanced Life has an Instagram account, and 2.) one of my heroes, comedian Lilly Singh, announced that she’s taking a break to focus on her mental health. Both things reminded me of […]
Why do Germans and Americans—who are among the world’s most affluent—complain about life’s unfairness so much more than Colombians or Indians? It’s one of the questions I’ve been trying to answer over the past decade as both an expat and an immigrant. When we think of the key to happiness, I noticed that we often […]
How often do you think to yourself, “Why are there never enough hours in a day?” And how about, “If only I had more time, I’d __________(fill in the blank)?” The “I don’t have time” excuse seems to be everyone’s favorite explanation for what’s standing between them and achieving their goals or fulfilling their dreams. […]
As a writer and reader, I spend a good portion of my time hunched over my laptop, e-reader, and books. But even as a teenager I had bad posture, because 1.) I was taller than everyone else but didn’t have the confidence to own it, and 2.) despite my mom’s best efforts, I did my […]
Hello, I’m Alex, a sociologist, author and artist, who—like so many people out there—has tried to have it all: a thriving career a fun family life a sizzling love life a Pinterest-worthy home but instead of living my dream life, I ended up with debilitating exhaustion and stress-induced illnesses. I learned the hard way that perfectionism […]
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