Once you hit your mid-30's...I sort of feel like the years blend. There's nothing earth shattering that happens which I've come to appreciate because my 20's were so rocky. Sometimes no drama and auto-pilot is a good thing.
I'm at peace with a lot of things and in the name of my birthday last week, I thought I'd share. (why not, right?!)
- Comparison is the thief of joy. It really is true...take it from someone who blogs 5x's a week and stares at social media for a living. Your life is really great right now.
- You are beautiful the way you are right now. Today. No one else is like you.
- Be present. I have to say I am learning this one slowly but surely. I am not perfect but I am trying to live a more rewarding life. I'm trying not to work as much on the weekends and stare at my family; not my phone.
- Get healthy. I haven't been taking care of myself since I started Oak St. Social. That changed last week. I'm on a new eating + fitness regime hoping to re-discover more energy and a toner tush. Fingers crossed.
- Don't give advice unless solicited. I'm a very outspoken person and it's taken a lot for me to harness my tongue but I'm trying. It forces me to think through my response and become a better listener.
- Be with people that make you feel good about yourself. I try really hard to be liked by everyone. Always have. I'm still learning that the moment the tension releases from my shoulders and I audibly laugh out loud...I'm with my people. That circle has expanded (thankfully) but I know who my people are.
- Work with integrity. This is a truism that has followed me my whole life actually. Always tell your clients the truth...when you fail and when you succeed. The rewards will come full circle.
- Work a lot! Captain Obvious, here but starting your own company means you better WERK, beotch! It's no joke. There is no vacation and there is no sleep. I have learned to be at peace with organized chaos.
- It's okay to have alone time. My "alone" moments are few and far between but I do revel in the silence. That takes the form of hitting the drive through for a cup of coffee to working late at night in silence. Even a grocery store run can set me straight again.
- Have that dance party. No, seriously. Turn up the music really loud and break a sweat. We've done this for years with my girls and I always looked at it as a favor, even a bonding moment with my daughters but really it's a stress reliever for me. Double points!
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Like every day, you can always come to 101 things I love to support your shopping habit. Old habits die hard. <wink, wink> I will say this though...I will always find you a good deal and I am well researched. That's a promise! I am sure my husband is gritting his teeth reading this.
I posted a blog last week on shopping. It wasn't ground breaking and I've shared this type of content many-a-time before. Once in awhile a reader will comment on a particular item they, too are fawning over. It's just fun, superfluous content. The interesting thing about this post is that it really rubbed one reader the wrong way. I mentioned it extensively on my IG stories but in case you missed it...here's what my friend, "Laney" had to say...
Hi! Happy Friday! Although somewhat risky, I thought we'd do a little exercise today! For the first time in eight years I want to open up the floor and answer all of your burning questions. I've never done this before but I thought it could be a fun way to connect as a community and I've seen so many influencers do the same. It really changed my perspective on the individual behind the brand. So...what do you think?
Sometimes I wish Lisa had permanent residency in my home. On those challenging days when nothing seems to be going right, I would take solace in the fact that Lisa would have a mean cocktail waiting for me as soon as the clock turned happy hour. This girl knows how to whip up a strong drink and not just one...but an entire collection of craft cocktails!
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
If you want the cut and dry of why the tech community loves Katy Lynch, see answer #10. Actually, that's why I love her, too.
I met Katy a little over a year ago and I was instantly inspired by her genuine support for my agency and her bubbly demeanor.
Everyday was a surprise in Guadalajara. And I mean that in every sense of the word. We'd wake up to beautiful breakfasts and come home to thoughtful gifts. It was unreal. Day 2 was just what the doctor ordered. Our itinerary included breakfast at Café Barra Café followed by a short trek to the landmark spa and boutique hotel, Hacienda El Carmen.
Bit my bit, and surely through my social media, I'm sure you are aware of the amazing trip I just returned from. A select few Chicago influencers were invited to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to experience the vibrant culture, art, music, cuisine and so much more that this magical city has to offer. And it was magic!
If you're just starting to think about your bikini bod for summer...it's time to get a move on! Girl - it's June! While achieving optimum health isn't an overnight sensation, my friend Michelle Amore is THE rockstar of the Chicago fitness landscape. Rock hard abs backed by science...yes, she has them but she can help you achieve them, too!