Change is Good

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TOP: LuLaRoe | SKIRT: LuLaRoe | VEST: Maurice’s (dupe here) | EARRINGS: 7 Leather (dupe here)

 

It’s Monday eve and I am now relating to all of you who never want the weekend to end. I feel you, friends.

It’s been a year since I have worked for someone else besides myself. This past week was exciting yet exhausting while learning the ropes of my new job. It seems so overwhelming to balance this new job and selling my boutique clothing, not to mention contribute to housework, meal planning, and all of life’s demands. Seriously – to all you who are momma’s and doing this, I have the utmost respect. I don’t even have kids and I sometimes feel insane. Moms are super humans!

So I try to remind myself daily (when I am pouring myself out of bed at 6:15am) while getting ready, that I am doing this with purpose. I am trying to help design a life that eases our financial stressors and tackles our debts. That I have to do some things now in order to be able to do what I WANT to do later. It’s hard and stressful, y’all. Life was easier as a kid – there were no bills and meals were covered every night haha (my grandma was a mean cook, I miss those days).

Life is harder as an adult but it definitely makes us more resilient – I think of every challenge as a learning moment. Like right now: I know being a dental assistant will help me learn, grow, and figure out what I want to do later down the road. Maybe I could even pursue dental hygiene, or dentistry? Or maybe not, I just don’t know yet haha. I am a huge believer in “everything happens for a reason,” even if it sounds corny or cliché. But I truly believe it – everything in my life has taught me something; school, jobs, friendships, and everything in between. So I am using that as my mantra during my adjustment period here. It’s going to challenge and change me but for good reason. I just have to figure out what that reason is but I have confidence that it’s good. Only time will tell and I’ll be here, updating you along the way.

Tell me – have you faced a similar situation before? What did you do and how did you overcome it? Tell me your thoughts!

Have an amazing week,

xoxo – Danielle

 

Liebster Award!

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SHIRT: Ace of Heart Creations (dupe here) | JEANS: Charlotte Russe | PLAID: francesca’s | SHOES: Sperry |icon
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I was nominated for my first blogger award: the Liebster Award! This is a great step to gaining more viewers online and expanding my reach as a blogger.

I would like to thank Blythe Morgan for nominating me for the 2017 award. Blythe is so transparent in her lifestyle blog – from her college life, engagement, and all the things in between. One thing I really like about her blog is how positive she is. She is optimistic even in situations that aren’t ideal and I admire that of her!

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Questions from Blythe

1. What scares you the most? Why?

What scares me is living an unlived life; without travel and experiences. That and getting really ill. I’ve had 3 close family members get cancer (dad, cousin, and grandmother) and 2 of them passed away from it which was really hard for me.

2. Why did you start blogging?

To share my love of fashion with others and to also have an outlet where I can write more in-depth about my life. I’ve gone back and forth journaling but I think online writing is so fascinating and has the potential to reach so many people!

3. Who inspires you the most?

My grandmother. She was so smart, great with money and financials, a giving and selfless person, had a good head on her shoulders, and was a friend anyone would love to have. I miss her everyday; sometimes I just want to call her on the phone or go back to my childhood home and ask her my most perplexing questions because she always had the answer. I want to go shopping together again and just spend 1 more day together. She was the most influential person in my life and best friend.

4. Do you have a favorite teacher/professor? If so, why?

It is hard to choose just one, so many affected my life in amazing and positive ways. A few that stand out are Dave Rebori (P.E.), Sara Wickham (english), Kenneth Snell (college bio), and Janice Ellis-Claypool (health science professor).

5. What have you learned the most about blogging since you started?

I have learned that it is okay to open up to your readers, and be yourself! I think it’s important to be professional but also real. We already see too much edited and disguising in the media and in magazines about RAW, real life, so I think it’s important to relate at a personal level and just say “hey! I am a normal, average person, too! I struggle, laugh, cry, and have big dreams just like anyone else!”

6. What are some of your favorite shows/movies?

I am a huge sucker for a great TV series! Vampire Diaries, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Walking Dead, Reign, Sex and The City, Friends, Sons of Anarchy…just to name a few. My favorite movie is Dear John.

7. What is the best book you have ever read?

It’s a 3 way tie between Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper, and Dear John. All tear jerker books but I think that says how cultivating the content is and the author’s ability to make you feel that connected with the story.

8. How do you like to spend your Friday night?

Either going out to dinner or just relaxing with my hubby!

9. What makes a “good night” Good?

One where dinner is cooked or taken care of (instead of me frantically trying to figure out what to cook before Jared gets home haha), time is well spent with friends and/or family, and many laughs were shared.

10. What is your biggest goal in life?

To pay off all my student loans, credit cards, and be minimally tied down to payments! Financial freedom is so important to me! Money stresses me out more than anything so I know that once I have reduced my student loans, vehicle payments, etc., that a huge burden will be lifted.

11. What is the #1 thing on your bucket list?

Travel to Europe again! Flying scares me but I would love to go with my husband. There are beautiful countries like Ireland, Scotland, Italy (the list goes on!) that I would love to see first-hand.

My nominees:

Amy Victoria Baldwin: http://amyvictoriabaldwin.com/

Christine-Marie: https://christine-marie.org/

Kristy Brown: https://www.kristybrowndesigns.com/

Alexis: http://www.crunchymover.com/

Kate: https://sparkleandthecity.com/

 

Questions for nominees:

  1. How would you define success?
  2. What kind of music do you love?
  3. What aspirations do you have for writing/blogging?
  4. What are the takeaways you hope your readers have from your writings?
  5. Who or what inspired you to write?
  6. Years from now, where do you hope to be in life?
  7. What is one thing you want the world to know about you?
  8. What do you love to read?
  9. What social media site is your guilty pleasure?
  10. What do you do when you’re not blogging?

 

Thank you for reading my answers and blog post!

xoxo – Danielle

Liebster award

 

A Whirlwind Week

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TOP: TJ Maxx (dupe here)| JEANS: LOFT | EARRINGS: Nickel & Suede (dupe here)

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TOP: Charlotte Russe | PLAID: Arizona (dupe here) | JEANS: Refuge | SHOES: Sperry|iconWATCH: Michael Kors |iconSTUDS: LOFT

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SWEATER: TJ Maxx (dupe here) | JEANS: Refuge | SHOES: Franco Sarto
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Loving these Franco Sarto suede mules!

Wow, this week has flown by already. I decided to lump some of my outfits from the week into 1 post since it’s been so crazy busy for me. Out of the majority of places I have shopped this fall, Charlotte Russe ranks in my top 5 spots for great priced sweaters. Two others I am loving are Francesca’s and LOFT; the quality is amazing. And I can’t forget to add in that I have worn these mules multiple times this week. They are SO comfortable and easy going. Seriously – didn’t even have to break them in. They are TTS (true to size) and fit perfectly.

This week has been a whirlwind! Monday I found myself restless and couldn’t sleep. Tuesday it was worse except with added cold chills then burning up… AKA: a fever. I haven’t been sick in almost 3 years. 3 YEARS! I pride myself on my strong immune system from conscious eating and exercise (but I’ve been slacking lately).  Any-who, I spent most of Wednesday in bed with a fever & flu-like symptoms and really low energy. I took some vitamin C, drank some herbal tea, and rested in bed because it hit me pretty fast. The bug was short-lived though and I am feeling much better now.

In other news from this week – I accepted a part-time position as a Dental Assistant today. My major in college was health sciences and while I love the flexibility of selling clothing, I felt I needed to get back out in the world and pursue my interests/passions.  My first shadowing at the office brought me back to my love of health and science; I absorbed everything like a sponge and loved every minute I was there. I feel that along with selling clothing & blogging, I am in the right place to be. I am pursuing all my interests at once and I love the experience of it. I officially start at the office on Monday and so my wardrobe will be expanding with the addition of new scrubs lol If you know of a great place to get or order scrubs, leave me some details in the comments!

Hope you’re loving the fall weather as much as I am. Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo – Danielle