So, it is August. Summer is ending. Dresses have to be put away (but not before you snag this new one). I have writers block. Too much on my mind.
So, contrary to popular belief writers block is not always a lack of things to say. In fact, this time I have WAY TOO much to say. My mind is constantly writing blog posts; as I wash the dishes, while I watch the ever addicting RHOC, while I am reading Declan bedtime stories, as I drive around in the car. This is not the first time this has happened to me and actually is quite normal for me. First off, my mind almost never slows down. It is constantly thinking about something and sometimes without me even aware of it until I am so lost in thought I realize I have missed half the show I was watching or have to go back and re-read the last four pages of my book (maybe that is why I can’t seem to finish a book these days). Secondly, when I was teaching I would find myself creating lessons and activities for my kiddos embedded in my everyday life. Finding books that would teach a lesson, thinking about how to use/teach money in a meaningful way or even just how to have the kiddos practice writing their names.
Now the problem with this is NOT a shortage of ideas but I am so lost in my mind and seem to be generating so many ideas that I get SO overwhelmed that I don’t do anything. My mom always says to me “not doing anything is actually doing something” and she is right. I am not doing anything but in reality that is doing something…. NOT WRITING, shutting down and turning inward. I go back to my ideas and ruminate on them. Leave them just where they are… ideas swirling around in my mind. By not writing and by not allowing these topics to surface I am smothering myself in my own world. And it doesn’t feel all that great.
Believe me I am not coming up with earth shattering topics, I am not ruminating about huge decisions or even thinking about something new or extraordinary. But even the little stuff can be overwhelming when kept inside and harbored. More often than not it is the small things compounding on themselves that cause the most damage. I pride myself on being honest and open, here in this space, as I have developed it as a safe place. And I am learning that not every post needs to be mind blowing, not every post needs to touch the depths of my life and not every post needs to be soooo emotional. So I might as well write it down and send it out. Stop keeping it all inside. BUT then I worry you all will leave. I worry that you will find me boring, average and mundane. As I am only as successful as my readers are engaged my goal is to be entertaining, connective and inspiring. My challenge is to find the balance and retain those qualities while writing about the ordinary. At the end of the day my life is not always extraordinary… I am just an average girl sharing her thoughts on life.
Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography
shop the look: dress // jacket // flip flops // purse <similar> // sunnies
In my opinion this outfit speaks for itself and is the essence of summer style. I love to wear dresses in the summer (even with a toddler) as they are light, flowy and easy to move in. This knot front summer dress from J.Crew Factory was the prefect addition to my summer wardrobe. It is the a perfect neutral color pallet and is easily dressed up or worn casually. Pairing this dress with wedges like <these> would dress it up for a fancy brunch or date night. I threw on some easy flip flops and a denim jacket as I tend to be more casual in the summer. I kept the jewelry minimal and really let the dress be the statement.
This basket bag is one of my late-grandmothers. She was a stylish lady and I am luck to find pieces from her wardrobe still floating around. I have linked a few other basket bags (below) as they are HOT HOT HOT this season.
Make sure to click through and find some great new summer styles.
Now that you know I have a ton of ideas you can expect some new posts. Most are common everyday life things. Like friendships, like seasons changing, like pet peeves, like emotions. But don’t worry I do have a few topics that are emotional, raw and real. I promise to remain authentic and as transparent as possible. I promise to continue to share my life with you; as “boring” as that may be at times.
With all the being said….what I really want is to know what you want to read?? What topics do you want more of, want less of??? Hep me create an even better space for you!!!