Ahhh, monotony…boredom’s ugly cousin. Ever have those days where you feel like you’re running on autopilot? Well, you’re not alone. Sometimes the “blah” of our daily routines can set the tone for our week and make it hard to focus on the tasks at hand. I believe one of the biggest mistakes we make is neglecting our mental health. We know that exercise and eating well are important for healthy bodies, so why don’t we ever think to care for our minds as well?

Just as it’s easy to get bogged down by stress, it’s easy to feel down because of boredom as well. Giving yourself even the slightest thing to look forward to helps remedy the situation. You don’t need a fancy vacation to pick yourself up out of a rut. Though they are nice to have every once in awhile, the truth is vacations are temporary. In fact, something more long lasting like taking a class of some sort gives you something to look forward to every week. For example, I recently signed up for ballet classes that I take twice a week. I haven’t danced in almost 10 years, but it’s more enjoyable now than it was then because I’ve had time to realize how much I’ve missed it. It’s exciting when dance class comes around because we learn something new every week, it’s beneficial to my health, and I get to do something I enjoy. Triple whammy!

Of course everyone is different and maybe taking a class isn’t the right answer for you, but there are so many things you can do to break up the monotony your week. You just have to find what works. Maybe it’s scheduling a lunch date with a friend, checking out the events happening in your town that weekend, or finding a show on Netflix you can spend all day binge watching. There are plenty of small things to treat yourself to, so make sure you’re always blocking out a little time for yourself. The boring moments will always be there, but having something to look forward to makes them much more bearable.

What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any tips for people looking to break up the monotony in their week? Let me know in the comments!

Authenticity in Social Media

Authenticity in Social Media

It’s hard to be a stranger to social media. Some people manage to stay disconnected, but the majority of us that own any type of smartphone or computer participate in it in some form. Those of us that do partake in these little digital worlds find ourselves checking them several times a day. It’s fascinating that it has very much become a part of our lives.

Clearly social media has evolved over the years as well. All of the platforms started out as a place to share photos and updates with people you personally knew or knew of, but the reach is even further now. Celebrities used to be these elusive beings, but now you get glimpses into their personal lives that they choose to share. These are real people posting about their real lives. It makes it all seem a bit more…well…human.

Those with substantial followings also utilize their platforms to bring awareness to real issues. More and more people are speaking out about their social, political, and personal beliefs and it’s absolutely refreshing. In an arena that’s crowded with so much judgment, it’s nice to see people be brave and take a stand. We don’t always have to agree with each other, but people that respectfully state their opinions are admirable.

Authenticity in Social Media Authenticity in Social Media

While a lot of good comes from social media, there is obviously a negative side. It’s heartbreaking to see people rise to social media fame quickly and have it go to their heads. I’ve lost interest in a few people because I can’t relate to them anymore. Contrary to popular belief, change has never been the problem. Going through a change now and again is healthy; if a creator wants to experiment with how they create their content or they want to change up their style, I think that’s one hundred percent normal. It’s more so about how people let things like their social status define them. It’s easy to see when people stop thinking for themselves and for their content and instead think about their personal gain. Their personality doesn’t necessarily change but their motives do. It’s also hard seeing people blatantly screw each other over and make petty remarks about one another, but I guess that’s what happens when egos get in the way.

Of course this doesn’t describe everyone as many people manage to remain humble, and this is exactly what we need more of. Humans require genuine connections, and establishing those connections is easiest when people are (respectfully) open, honest, and authentic. It’s impossible to relate to the façade of someone.

What do you think about social media as it is now? Do you find it mostly authentic or mostly fake? I’m interested to know, so please leave a comment!

Authenticity in Social Media

In the details

Everyone needs a little dose of sparkle and shine. Jewelry is completely underrated, though, and I’ll admit that I don’t experiment with it enough. I’ve amassed quite a collection over the years, but I always find myself wearing the same pieces. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites.

Body chain

The Body Chain

The allure of body chains is in their subtlety. Oftentimes they are worn under clothes to only be partially seen. They’re unique because they follow the contours of your body, which is very different than the traditional necklace. I picked the one I’m wearing up from Lulus several years ago, but they still have some really cute options like this one.

Gold leaf earrings

Gold Leaf Earrings

These were actually a gift, and they’re one of my favorite pair of earrings that I own! For one, they are extremely lightweight so they are very comfortable to wear. I also like that they aren’t seasonal – they make sense for every type of weather.

Giant pearl earrings

Giant “Pearl” Studs

I’m pretty sure almost every woman owns pearl something. Obviously these aren’t real pearls, but they do look very pearl-like. Whenever I want to feel like a southern belle, I throw these on.

Layered Necklace

Layered Necklace

I have been wearing this necklace non-stop since I bought it. It looks great when you tuck the longer piece inside of a deep v-neck, though it works just as well as a statement piece on the outside. It’s very dainty, but also edgy in its own way. Definitely one of my favorite jewelry purchases as of late!

Bracelet

Black and Gold Bracelet

This bracelet was a gift as well, and I’m so shocked that my friend found something that would fit! My wrists and fingers are tiny, so finding bracelets and rings has always been a struggle. I love how unique it is; I’ve personally never seen anything like it!

As you can tell, I’m a little fond of gold – I can’t get enough! What is your favorite kind of jewelry to wear? Let me know in the comments!

Slowing Down Slowing Down

 

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of July; it seems like just weeks ago we were counting down to the new year. The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time flies! It’s funny because sometimes the days can feel like they drag on forever, but the weeks seem to go by so quickly. Kind of a paradox of sorts.

In this day in age, things have been moving at lightning speed and so efficiently that it can be easy to forget to take a step back. Our mental health could really benefit from making time for ourselves to do things we enjoy outside of our scope of work or daily routines, but it seems that we rarely do. “The real world” can be demanding and responsibilities definitely need to be prioritized, but there should be a line between working hard and feeling overworked.

We’re put under a lot of pressure by society to be successful, but I think a lot of it is internalized. You will always be your toughest critic, and that means you have to be the one to lift that weight off of your shoulders. Reward yourself for all of your hard work by taking the time to do something that truly brings you joy. It’s important to clear your head every once in awhile, so finding what does that for you is imperative.

Slowing Down

Time can be fleeting, and that’s why I’ve been making an effort to slow down. Instead of aiming to be productive every minute of every day, I’ve been taking things as they come (even if that means binge watching Netflix for hours on end. No shame.) I’ve also decided to take ballet classes twice a week to 1. get some much needed exercise and 2. break up the monotony in my week. Taking these small steps has helped me find a better balance between being productive and relaxing, and I know my mind is eternally grateful. It’s amazing how making even the slightest positive change can affect your mood and well-being!

In a world where the fast-forward button seems to constantly be on, remember to be the one to hit pause when you need it. Being productive through every stretch of the day can be counterproductive when it starts to bog you down as it can make you very tired and unmotivated. On the contrary, giving your mind a refreshing break is probably one of the best ways to amplify your productivity. You’re putting in the work that your responsibilities demand, why not put the same effort into your mental health? Take that step back; you’ll be amazed with what a fresh mindset can do.

Slowing Down
P.S. I should probably invest in a iron and ironing board, haha

Floral Cutout Dress Floral Cutout DressFloral Cutout Dress Floral Cutout Dress Floral Cutout Dress

This month has been one of those months where everything has just been so hectic. I don’t know what’s in the water lately but business has picked up immensely! It’s just the art director and me that make up the design department at our company, and we have two very large web design projects going on simultaneously. This is of course on top of all the random requests that come in from other clients as well, but luckily our bosses have been gracious enough to let us hire a freelancer to help us pick up the extra assignments. Needless to say I have been working the full extent of my 9-6 shift (Yep, no stretch breaks! I’m feeling it…) I have some vacation days saved up that I am eager to use when this is all over, hopefully around the beginning of October. It works out perfectly because that’s just in time for Cameron and I’s first wedding anniversary!

Enough work talk, though. I picked up this adorable cutout dress from American Eagle a little while ago so unfortunately I can’t find the link for it. The funny thing is when I purchased it I didn’t realize it had the cutouts! Not very observant of me, I know, but it was a cute little surprise. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been loving midi-length skirts lately, and this dress definitely fits the bill. The little buttons down the front are probably my favorite detail, though. I’m a sucker for buttons.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!