Thursday, August 30, 2018

Striped Sweater & a Life Update

I'm sitting outside on the porch of our students center on campus thinking about what to write and tempted to just share these pictures, a quick blurb about how much I love this sweater and appreciate how mom jeans are trending right now but for some reason I don't think that's enough. 

I started this blog a little over 3 years ago (wooh!) and although I do love to talk about fashion, there was a very specific reason that I included that little word "lifestyle" into the title as well. One of these days when I look back on my blog or when others read these words down the line, I hope they see that there was much much more to me than knowing how to express my individual style. 

I had some friends and family members challenge me this summer to bring my blogging back to the center. Sometimes it's hard to hear criticism and advice that you weren't seeking for. I know that in life I tend to make a lot of carefully thought through and wise decisions and choices, but sometimes I loose focus and make bad ones too. 

So this is me... 
This summer I worked like crazy to create next level content for my blog and social media channels. My goal was to get accepted to a program that would make shopping the outfits that I post much easier and I even had a friend in the industry recommend me to this program. It's been over a month of waiting, I am back in the swing of school and I have yet to hear anything from them. I had hoped that I would be explaining this to you all with a big announcement, a celebratory, confetti popping photo shoot, but... I think God currently has other plans. I'm not saying that I'll never be sharing that post, but I am being vulnerable and honest with where I am today. 

Currently, my biggest goal for the semester is self care! If you are needing any motivation to take better care of yourself and gain some motivation, I highly recommend you watch or re-watch this video. My goal is to make my bed every morning (it just makes me feel so much better when I get home after a long day!), have quiet time with the Lord every day, wake up with enough time to get ready without being rushed out the door, sweat for at least 30 minutes each day, keep my personal and educational priorities in check and wash my face every night! 

These goals are real life, y'all. They're not wrapped in a pretty bow of 6 easy steps to change your life or an easy formula for success. In fact, my word of the year is discipline. There is nothing that sounds pleasant about that! haha BUT I am so tired of not being the best version of myself that I can be so it's time to disciplined in the way that I live my life and take care of myself. 

SO where does this leave the blog? 
No worries! I am still goal driven and planning on continuing to produce good content that you guys want to see. I would love to be accepted into RewardStyle, but I am waiting for the Lord's timing (not my own!). I will also continue to take you all on this journey with me as long as you still want to follow! I will be sharing a lot more health and fitness related posts as well as more faith based posts mixed in with beauty, fashion and college tips. My followers (you guys!!) are well rounded, beautiful and inspiring women. I learn so much from all of you on a daily basis as I get to communicate and get to know you. I'm tired of limiting my content to fit a small niche when there is so much more to life, ya know? 

As always, I am so incredibly thankful for all of you that come on this journey with me! I know that posts like this can be extremely long winded and not as fun to read as a post about fall fashion trends, but they are extremely important for the integrity of my blog.

I hope you guys have a great rest of your week!! 


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