I have so much on my mind these days. If my brain could burst, picture a cartoon, I think it would! It's so hard to be a good parent and a good spouse and a good friend on top of being a successful business woman. When people say the struggle is real...it's very true.
There is so much pressure to be successful in every arena of my life and well...that's just not possible 24/7. Couple that with being a generous person by nature and sometimes the world leaves me scratching my head. The past 30 days has taught me to take a hard look on who and what I am giving my time to.
I don't expect reciprocity in every scenario I encounter and I do a lot for free by way of advice and resources but I expect people to value my time. Unfortunately, I don't know that this will change. I think we live in a world where most people are living in their own bubble day-to-day and rarely think about outcomes.
...because what you put out there does indeed come back to you.
That's a lesson I've learned several times over in life.
So here's my PSA for today: Everyone out there is trying to reach some goal or accomplish one thing. Extending yourself just the tiniest bit will generally benefit you two-fold down the line. Sometimes when you need it the most. I'm not running for President, gosh no, but just think if we all did this...how different our daily grind would be.
There's room for all of us to succeed but it starts with supporting and lifting up our peers...celebrating our gifts; not tearing someone down. "Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate." This is going to be my new goal starting today.
Oh and shop my outfit below:
Another Monday. Another chance to create something good, right?!
Well, Olivia and I certainly kicked it off on the right foot considering we found this Cheshire Cat wall in the city. My pictures are not traditionally technicolor but when you see a good wall...you just gotta.
I am so excited about some of the changes that we have in the works for this little blog. My web designer and I were conferencing about it on Friday. Let's just say it's going to be more minimalist, more content driven and hopefully, a lot more sophisticated to lead me through this next chapter in life. Ideally, with age comes wisdom, hence I am driven to round out some of the content buckets...even the taboo ones.
Good morning! I am back! Happy New Year!
We had a wonderful trip to Captiva, Florida where we literally unplugged and relaxed. It was vacationing done right and in part, due to the fact that I literally walked away from electronics and I was present with my family. What a difference and lesson learned! I am feeling totally recharged, inspired and ready to tackle some new and exciting changes around these parts.
There's nothing like a good bodycon dress that hugs you in all the right places. I had my eye on this one for what felt like an eternity. You can always count on a sale at ASOS so I waited. I finally pulled the trigger right before Thanksgiving...the price tag? A whopping $62. Now? $25! How could you possible resist?!
It's safe to say that I have gotten my ROI out of this dress. At a whopping $26, I've worn it for countless meetings, Thanksgiving and now this shoot. Sure, I should be wearing tights given that it's December in Chicago but we were indoors. Shooting outside, as I've gotten older, has become less and less attractive to me. Bah!
I don't know a singular woman who doesn't love a good deal. Myself included. This dress is under $50 and on mega sale due to the impending holidays. I think it would be equally cute with a pair of black tights and mary janes...in the summer, with espadrilles or platforms.
I've always been somewhat of a skeptic regarding Cyber Week. Or perhaps just not ready to get my holly jolly on. I would shop sporadically all month and go at my own pace. I feel differently this year. Honestly, I think it's because I ready to celebrate the end of a very difficult year. The ups and downs were tremendous so holiday shopping and the holiday spirit seem like something I can rally around.
The black and white phase continues. It's just SO easy to get dressed. I know you all discovered this before me so please forgive. This was yesterday's shoot outfit for a day of schlepping without sacrificing chic.
Monday...we meet again! Hi friends! Back at it again after a busy weekend. I think we are all feeling the same, right? It was full but it was so great. Mom + Dad got a little date night fun in and we pretty much laid around all Sunday. Okay, that was me. I laid around all Saturday. #truth
When you look at me, you probably thing "DANGER." I know. I totally get it. Suburban mom in black. Watch out!
In all honesty, I love an all black ensembles. It's the young girl longing to be a New Yorker in me that never quite dissolved. Coulda, shoulda, woulda right? It's cool.