Loving Lately

Good morning : )

Earlier this week I had a long chat via group text messages with all of my girlfriends from home. We have all known each other since we were little girls and we have been through it all together. There are times when I feel like no one understands me better than they do. We have had a continuous group chat going for years, probably since we left high school. It has been the best way to stay connected on a day to day basis.

Usually it consists of quick updates of things that we each have going on, maybe an announcement about someone we know getting engaged or moving for a job, a funny meme that is being passed around or sometimes even just to complain to each other about life. And that is exactly what we did for 3 hours Wednesday morning. We threw ourselves a big ol pitty party and talked about how weird it was to be 25.

I will spare you all the details but our conversation really got me thinking. Especially after the fallout from Essena O’Neill’s bash on social media. It got me thinking about our path in life. Everyone has their own path they take in life. Their journey. As someone who is in their mid-twenties, I find myself confused. What do I want? What is really important to me? What is really important in life? There are days that I run in the park near my house and see little kids playing and moms pushing baby strollers and I think to myself “I want that”. I am ready to have a family and a house and if not a baby, at least a dog! Then there are other days where I feel like I have so much more I want to accomplish before I settle down. I want to see different cities and countries, work on my career, spend time developing hobbies and passions. The next few years are so instrumental to really setting up the groundwork for how the rest of my life will play out. And that is A LOT of pressure.

I think of myself as a very positive person. I am a huge believer in your thoughts becoming your reality so I never allow myself to stay in a negative place for too long. The one thing that I think is making it a little harder for our generation is the ability to closely follow our peer’s lives via social media. Before we get all riled up, I am NOT saying that social media is a bad thing at all. Ever since launching this blog I have actually seen the opposite side of that argument, and all the positive things that can happen because of the ability to connect with others who share the same passions. What I am trying to say is that I think it is important that we all remind ourselves that we are on our own journey, not anyone else’s. You can get so caught up in thinking about what you don’t have, that you stop being thankful for what you do have. I know I am certainly guilty of this. So on this beautiful Sunday, take some time to think about all the little things in your life that you are thankful for. Take some time to appreciate where you are in your journey. Lastly, remind yourself that just because you don’t have those to-die-for over the knee boots that literally every fashionista on Instagram has been wearing on repeat, you have YOU. And loving yourself will never go out of style!

LOVING LATELY

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  1. These bottle stoppers from ZGallerie. Let’s not even talk about the things I would do to get my hands on these. I have been searching for the perfect bar cart to DIY and these would be an amazing addition.

2. My new chalk wall!! I have been dying to add some color to my apartment and this was the perfect solution. It isn’t done yet because it’s quite the process, but I will have a whole blogpost about it within the next few weeks!

3. The future is here! Spray on nail polish. Yes please!

4. This ELF lip exfoliator has been my go-to beauty product for the past few weeks. It is a must have in the winter for anyone who gets chapped lips or wears a lot of lipstick. It takes all of the dead skin off your lips and leaves them baby soft. Plus you can snag it for under $5.

5. The red holiday cups from Starbucks. A sign of all the good things to come in the next few months. I LOVE the Holidays!!

6. These hilarious modern proverb’s for twentysomethings.

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