Monday 5: Trustful surrender & other things to be excited about this week

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Happy Monday! Today came a little too soon this week but I know writing about the things I’m excited about or looking forward to helps me muster up a little more enthusiasm about the new week.

This weekend I was able to get in my share of social time. I caught up with friends over dinner, at birthday celebrations and during bonfires! Probably my favorite part of the weekend, though, was going out to walk on the beach with my mom. We got some #carelessfreetime in and it was lovely (and a little rebellious).

I hope your weekend was enjoyable and that your Monday isn’t too painful. Here is this week’s five, in case you need a little bit of inspiration today (or just something to distract you from work for five minutes).

All This Time by One Republic

I love this song and have recently been listening to it more frequently. I’ve really enjoyed music from One Republic for several years now and this song by them is probably one of my favorites. The lyrics and tune are so sweet and the message offers a nice alternative to the more cynical songs we hear a lot of today.

 

March!!!

I am so excited that March is starting this week. I absolutely love Spring and it is one of the best times of year to be here in Charleston. Typically the tourists don’t come until early summer but the weather is just beautiful…so we really get the best of both worlds for a little bit. I’m also excited that the time change is this month and the days will really start to get longer! There are so many opportunities to spend time outdoors around here, I’m excited that the weather will be even more conducive to that in the upcoming weeks, #yayspring.

 

Lent

Lent is a period of forty days before Easter when many Christians make a sacrifice as a way of preparing for the upcoming celebration. The idea is that giving something up that may not help you spiritually/emotionally/physically is a good chance for personal growth. I actually really love Lent because it gives me the opportunity to really focus in on something that I may need to work on but haven’t had the time/motivation to before. I’ve always found this time to be a great practice of discipline that continues to be fruitful way after Lent is over.

 

Tennis shoes

So I realize tennis shoes have been back in for a while. But as someone who tends to be a little stuck in my ways, it’s only been more recently that I’ve started wearing them. I now love my white Keds and think it is so fun to pair them with a sundress or skirt! I love that they add a fun, childlike aspect to an outfit without being tacky or inappropriate. So cute!

 

Trustful surrender

Anxiety is a word we hear thrown around a lot and I certainly understand the battle. What I’m slowly (think glacier pace) starting to understand is that anxiety is a result of a lack of trust…a need to control. The  fact is that while we have the gift of free will, there is little else we can control outside the realm of our own actions. At some point we have to come to terms with this and realize we have two options: stress or submit. Certainly there are a million ways things can go wrong and a million more we can get hurt, but anticipating them doesn’t do much other than cause distress prematurely. I have found that a lot of the things I worried would happen…didn’t. And often acting from fear that something will happen, actually causes it to take place, #selffulfillingprophecy. The antidote to this is a letting go, what is called a ‘trustful surrender’ to whatever outcome occurs, hoping for the best and doing what we can to make it happen. I think a lot more good comes from acting from place of trust than doubt. This has been a hard-earned lesson for me and one I continue to struggle with, but I’m excited for the opportunity to grow in trust.

Here’s to another exciting week!

xo

Miranda

Monday 5: This blouse by Zara & other things to be excited about this week

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a restful weekend. I finally have been feeling better and even socialized some this weekend! Very exciting.

I did watch the Superbowl. Well, I was in a house in which the game was playing. And I occasionally looked at the screen… the food was in a different room so that didn’t really help. As much as I struggle to understand the game itself, I do appreciate that football brings people together.

Last week I got in a quick photo shoot with my talented photographer Lizzy. It was a beautiful day and the neighborhood we went to provided some truly beautiful backdrops! That is where the picture above come sfrom, you’ll see more of those in the near future.

All that being said, here is this week’s Monday 5, I hope it helps to add some pep to the beginning of your work week!

This shirt by Zara

When I was in Houston over the holidays I got to go to Zara, one of my favorite clothing shops. This was even more exciting because we don’t have one where I live so rarely get the opportunity to shop there. One of the two things I got was this blouse, I love it. It is so soft and kind of a retro chic that I think is starting to become more and more popular.

Scrubs

It’s hard for me to get into TV shows, especially comedies because they rarely come close to my favorite, The Office. However this week I ventured into Scrubs and was really pleased. I know most people have already seen Scrubs, it’s not exactly new, and now I understand why people like it so much! I love the goofy humor combined with some more serious themes and life lessons. I especially appreciate the insights into the protagonist JD’s head – they are so easy to relate to and clever! While I have a lot to catch up on and won’t be watching too much Netflix in the near future, I look forward to making my way through JD’s experience at Sacred Heart.

La La Land soundtrack

One of the outings this weekend was to finally see La La Land, which other than being nominated for a million awards has also been recommended to me by multiple people. I thought it was well done and appreciated that it varied from most of the movies we see today. Probably one of my favorite parts was the soundtrack. The music was fun and upbeat without being cliché – a balance I imagine is hard to strike. In any case I’m looking forward to having a new album to listen to!

Towel folding: new practice

Ok I’ll admit this one sounds pretty lame… it probably is. But I honestly am really excited about it. I used to always just either hang my towels on the rack or fold them and then hang them. But this weekend I mastered a new way of doing so that looks so much prettier. First you fold it so that the monogram is centered (everyone has monogrammed towels… right?) and then you drape it over the rack instead of hanging it. It’s kind of hard to explain in writing but it looks so much better and every time I walk into the bathroom I can’t help but smile…it’s the little things, okay?

Trust

Patience and hope have been brought up in the past two week’s Monday 5’s. I’m starting to realize that our ability to be patient and have hope is directly related to our trust that things will work out. There’s often a lot of uncertainty in life; as much as we plan there are few guarantees. This could beg the question, why plan at all? Fair point. But I think planning is kind of an action-oriented way of hoping. After all, the plans we make are things we hope will happen. The things we want (career, home, family, travel) aren’t to be disregarded; I think our desires speak really deep truths about who we are. Planning, in a way, expresses trust that what you want is important and is possible… otherwise why work toward it or hope for it at all? This requires some trust. We don’t know what is actually going to take place, whether or not the thing we hope for or work toward will come to pass… but we trust that it will. If we didn’t trust it would be really hard to hope for something, much less have patience while we wait. So as much as I am not a fan of the unknown, I’m excited to develop a deeper trust that things will work out for the best. Why wouldn’t they?

I hope (and trust) that everyone will have wonderful Monday and productive work week.

xo

Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

6 Tips to Stay Fashionable on a Budget

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Happy Saturday everyone! In case you all haven’t already noticed, today is the first day of March! Yay! It won’t be long before it starts warming up and that means the time for wardrobe updating is almost upon us.

I love fashion, I love clothes, I love shopping; the problem with this is that being a college student trying to save up money for after I graduate, spending a ton of money on clothes is just not a good idea. Unfortunately some of my favorite brands can get pretty pricey, because of this over the past years I’ve had to learn to be smart about how I shop. Here are some tips that might help when you go shopping and don’t want to empty your wallet. Happy shopping!

1) Quality>Quantity: One of the many important lessons I’ve learned from Jennifer L. Scott (http://dailyconnoisseur.blogspot.com/) is that you do not need a ton of clothes. Once you’ve stopped growing you should focus on getting pieces that are better quality. Obviously you will get tired of some items or they will wear out eventually but it is better to spend money on a few pieces that are good quality and that you love than to have a bunch of low-quality pieces that are okay.

2) Thrift-shop! Macklemore wrote a whole song about this, because it’s awesome! Going to second-hand stores is a great way to save money and forces you to be creative about your wardrobe. There are the thrift-shops that are everywhere such as Goodwill and then there are some that are more like second-hand boutiques. I’ve gotten so many good deals from second-hand shops, one of my favorite Lilly dresses is from a store that sells second-hand clothes from good brands called Uptown Cheapskate.Look in your area, I’m positive there are several second-hand stores near you.

3) Mix it up: As I said earlier, I love the nice brands as much as the next girl. But if you’re on a budget, it doesn’t make sense to turn down cute clothes just because they aren’t the exact brand you want. I have a mixture of the brands, the ones I love along with other, less expensive brands. It allows me to switch more pieces out for the season without feeling bad about how much money I spent on them.

4) Beauty is Care: This may be kind of a no-brainer but if you get clothes that are expensive, take care of them! Don’t toss them on the floor or leave them in piles around your room, the point of getting good-quality clothing is to make them last. (For organizational tips check out Neatsmart at mixiedesigns.wordpress.com).

5) Don’t follow the crowd: Some times certain clothes come in style and we feel like we have to have them just because everyone else does. Don’t worry about what other people wear and don’t spend money on clothes just because other people are buying the same thing. Spend money on the clothes that you love and that you see yourself wearing over time.

6) If you don’t love it, let it go: Every once in a while I’ll buy something impulsively and then hardly ever wear it. Don’t do that. If you see something you might like, don’t buy it immediately, try it on, check if there are other things it goes with in your wardrobe and if it’s expensive sleep on it. It’s not a good feeling when you spend money on something only to regret it later.

Hope this was helpful! And as always if you have any questions please comment below or let me know your thoughts. What are your fashion tips?

Thank you so much reading 🙂

Miranda