August 21st, 2017
I just got back from visiting family in Florida and soaking in a little beach time! I thought this outfit was perfect for the hot temps, but still showcased a little sumer to fall transition!
I love taking a summer staple (such as these shorts) and adding a long sleeved top that is on trend (tie waist, stripes and statement sleevs) for a fabulous out & about option! I am still loving the statement sleeve trend, and don’t plan on deleting it from my wardrobe anytime soon. They are just so fun, and like a built in accessory! This whole outfit is under $110 and would be so darling for most any activity this time of year! I am starting to get the “fall itch”, but still soaking up everything the rest of summer has to offer!
More on my mind than fashion however right now is relationships….of every kind.
For those of you that don’t know me personally, most of my family lives in Florida (except 2 here in Colorado). I try to make it out at least twice a year, but sometimes I only get to see them once, which is the case for this year. I miss them terribly, but just really have my whole life built here at the moment, and couldn’t imagine uprooting.
After getting done with a family visit, I am unintentionally forced to see everything from new and refreshed lenses.
With the people I choose to be around here in Colorado, they end up being the ones that I make my “other family.” AKA significant other, friends, coworkers, etc. In my mind, these people are meant to provide daily support, encouragement and contribute to your happiness. They are so very important to me, and I make sure I choose them wisely. Growing up in the military, I never was in one place for too long, so I always had to be constantly making new groups of friends. I cherish the ones I have now, and try so hard to show them true friendship and love. That goes for who am I as a girlfriend as well.
However, it is crucial to do a little re-evaluation every now and again to make sure those people are still giving you that uplifting light that one needs.
I came across a quote that I ended up using in my latest Instagram caption that really stood out to me: “Surround yourself with only people that lift you higher.”-Oprah. (Oprah can do no wrong) I am a really strong and confident person, with a big heart, and a craving to learn, love, nurture and grow. These things I am sure of, and I think if you come across an individual that is trying to convince you otherwise, or emphasize your flaws in a negative way, it is time to re-evaluate. Obviously ask yourself:
-Why are they acting this way? Have you done something to them? Are they going through a hidden struggle? Are they feeling down on themselves and taking it out on you? Do they really have your best interest at heart?
Now, not everyone is perfect, but people that care for you will find a way to showcase that.
Most of the time, that gut of yours is right.
Always remind yourself:
You are amazing. You are worth everything that you think you are. You are the only you there is.
This life is a short one, and there is enough hatred going on in the world without having any of your own unnecessary conflict. So, before you go to judge or reprimand someone, ask yourself why you feel that way, and maybe follow the old saying: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I hear it works well:)
Thank you for reading/listening to my rant. This is meant to be my virtual diary in a way, so maybe I can start getting a little more personal with you all from time to time.
Photos by the sweetest: Julia Rachel Photography