Leaps and Bounds

Alright y’all get ready, because I am about to get a little serious, a little personal, and a LOT vague…

Something I have recently discovered about myself is I am a creature of habit. I like structure, planning, knowing what’s coming down the pipeline and making sure I am ready for it. My worry and stress never stems from how to handle a situation, it all comes from the moments in between, the holding for the next step, the “yes/no/maybe so” while I wait for an answer. From big to small, I find comfort in knowing what’s coming next and where I will end up.

Unfortunately, a quality that can come with this uber-planning lifestyle is I can get stuck in ruts. Since I am unwilling to jump without knowing exactly where I am going to land, I sometimes end up sitting on the edge of the cliff, waiting for a guarantee. Luckily, I am fortunate enough to have friends and loved ones who make me feel safe, who let me know that no matter where the leap may take me, they will be holding my hand all the way down. So sometimes, I remind myself to take a deep breath, close my eyes, and let the unknown take over. In all fairness, I will stress and complain the whole way down, but at least I am on my way.

So while I may never be a manic-pixie-dream-girl, floating off on one adventure after the next without a moment’s thought or hesitation, it’s good to remember that what I don’t know won’t kill me, and maybe sometimes, it’s worth it to just…leap.

Dress: Old Navy

Bracelet: Banana Republic

Jacket: Old Navy

Heels: Target (Similar)

 

A Little Morning Pick Me Up

We’ve all had one of those mornings where the alarm clock goes off…and goes off… and goes off… until suddenly your eyes snap open and you realize you’re going to be late. On mornings like these, it pays to have a couple of pieces in your wardrobe that you know you can reach for to pull together a look that makes your bedraggled butt look put together. And those pieces might look different to different people. For some people it’s a jacket or a dress. For me? Nothing beats a little chambray and pattern mixing. I know that I can close my eyes and pull any one of my *cough* five chambray shirts (I don’t have a problem, I can stop whenever I want) out of my closet, toss on a print or two (Good rule of thumb for mixology? Grab one graphic and one organic) and somehow roll out of the house looking presentable. And guys? That’s worth at least 5 more minutes of sleep.

Cardigan: Target (similar)

Chambray shirt: Target (similar)

Skirt: Banana Republic Factory (similar)

Tassel necklace: gift

Leopard flats: Target

Sunglasses: Charming Charlie