August Check-In

How often do you check in with yourself? To sit and ask yourself- 'how you doing, girl?' I don't do it nearly as often as I should. So in an effort to be more intentional I thought it would be fun to start a monthly feature to do just that. Feel free to join in and leave me a link in the comments if you do so I can read yours. 

1. Favorite part of last month: The Wild Hearts Conference! Spending two days completely living your dreams out loud can give you a real high on life. It was magical and challenging all at the same time and I LOVED IT. Also, when I got back from New York my babies were angels (I think they missed me) so that was pretty awesome too.

2. Lesson learned last month: I have a lot to say about the conference but will save most of it for a big recap... eventually. But one thing that really stuck was that if we are numbing part of our pain that chances are we are numbing more then just that one spot (Thanks Ruthie). My most painful spot/deepest place of shame is my kid's life after divorce. I have definitely avoided talking about it or really even feeling it because the pain can be overwhelming. So I'm going to try to bring some of that to light because, as my friend Alex beautifully said, shame can't survive in the light.

3. One thing I want to do this month: School starts back up in 11 days PRAISE BEYONCE. I am so ready to establish some new routines and get back to some old ones. I started working from home about a week before school got out so I haven't really had the opportunity to establish REAL routines with this new creative job. So one thing I want to do is carve out a little morning relaxation/meditation time. Pretty excited about it.

4. One thing I want to stop doing this month: I want to stop putting off my health. I was in really good shape last summer LIKE REALLY GOOD SHAPE. Then that all went down the toilet during the holidays because duh. Now, I'm not one of those people who has to be in tip top shape or whatever but now that I'm in my 30's (ouch) I notice some real health stuff that starts to suck when I put on weight. So I want to stop making excuses and start taking care of myself again. 

Ok- I think that's it for now. Funny side note- I was feeling a little down when I started this. Definitely experiencing some "feeling sorry for myself" vibes BUT this little recap gave me a reality check that things really aren't so bad. Now it's your turn! Hope you can get some clarity on your situation too. 



Coffee Date

Real talk- working from home can get lonely! Like, really lonely. And loneliness doesn't work for me.

Just over three years ago I transitioned from a stay-at-home-mom to a working mom, and while parts of me were sad to kiss those days good bye, the camaraderie that came from office life was amazing. I made some of my best friends during those days- and totally wouldn't have met my guy if it weren't for those friendships. So I knew what I was getting into when I took the leap into full time creative hustling. I remembered the long days of solitude that comes with being a SAHM (believe it or not- babies and toddlers don't have the quickest wit or even the desire to chat about important social topics). It was the one thing that really caused me to pause and think about what I was getting into. 


Now, I can't say that I've been killing it at keeping social. But I'm trying. I'm working to be a little more intentional with my time and a little more careful with myself. So coffee shops. And lot's of coffee dates. Doing life with others is so important. If you struggle with the same thing I want to encourage you to put yourself out there. Invite someone to hang out! And if you need someone- hit a girl up. I'm up fora virtual coffee date anytime.  

You in?

Photography: Sydney Marie Photography

Outfit Details:

Shirt: Franc

Jeans: Gap

Hankerchief: Secret Society Goods

Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff (last season)

Backpack: Baggu


Wear Franc


Franc is a friend of mine. Well, Franc founder Brandy is anyway. Brandy and I have been instapals for a hot minute. I'm talking about before algorithms and hashtags. I'm not sure how we became friends- probably followed the same blogs or something but we remained pals through the years. 

Then a few months back Brandy began posting about a project she was working on, a line of no-so-basic basics, which was kind of a no brainer for me. You know I love a good tee. 

Well, it turns out that these basics go way above and beyond. I originally bought the white box tee and grey sweatshirt (bc duh) then Brandy sent me both in black plus a black/white tank. I've already worn the white tee more then is appropriate and you can bet on finding one of the sweatshirts balled up in my work bag at all times. 

So there you have it. New fave tee and go-to sweatshirts from a girl boss owned and operated company- who happens to also be an amazing mom of two littles and great friend. Thanks Brandy for letting me brag on you.