• It’s been a tough summer.

    I try really hard to keep a positive attitude in life and on this blog, but I have to be honest – this summer has been one of the darkest summers of my life. Between getting laid off, losing health insurance, sleep issues, anxiety issues, stomach/health issues (all related, I’m sure), my family’s doggie passing, and all the dark news in the world, it just feels like I’m falling deeper and deeper into a black hole. It’s frustrating to me, because I’m the type of the person who has always been extremely positive and optimistic, and now – I can’t seem to get myself out of this hole. Don’t get me wrong – not all days have been bad. In fact, this quote stuck with me, “Not all days are good, but there is good in every day.” Lately, I’ve been working extra hard to find the good in every day and to maintain positivity, even when I feel utterly depressed about life (this usually passes once I gain strength or give myself a reality check).

    The day that I wore this dress, pumps, and tote – I felt mostly happy all day, and I’ll explain why below. Maybe it’ll help out any of you who are going through tough and trying times.

    • I got dressed up! Hair done, makeup on, heels, dress, and tote picked out
    • I had a few wonderful meetings (never underestimate the power of networking/connecting with others)
    • I attended a start up seminar/talk (great way to learn something new)
    • I did one thing that “scared me” (in this case, I made a doctor’s appointment with a local clinic – I don’t have health insurance at the moment so this was on my mind a lot)
    • I made myself a delicious dinner (baked potatoes with yummy toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and beans) – this is super important as I’ve been feeling down because of my stomach/health/anxiety issues!
    • Took a bath

    Some other ideas that I think will help as well:

    • Listening to a podcast (news, or interesting topics) – I think this will be extremely helpful to get outside of my head and focus on outwardly things. Also this ties in with giving yourself a reality check – things could be a lot worse.
    • Truly getting outside of your own head/”problems” and investing in others (volunteering, seeing what else is going on in your community, showing interest in your friend’s lives) – I want to focus on this more!
    • Embracing it all – I have to remember that everyone goes through tough/dark times, it’s just part of life. Without the rain, there’s no flowers, that sort of thing. Beauty in all aspects of life – good, bad, and ugly.
    • Personal passion project – to channel all of that negative energy into something fun, positive, and meaningful

    This dress (similar options below) – funny thing, I’ve been thinking about selling it on my Poshmark closet, but now I’m not so sure. I kinda like how versatile it is for business meetings as well as personal meetings. But, if there’s interest, I’ll definitely put it on my Poshmark closet. Just let me know below.

    Thanks for reading today. Kind of a more personal post, but it was therapeutic to write. Have any of you been going through a hard time lately or all summer? How do you get through it? Any podcasts you especially love? I’m looking for ways to get updated on the news, but not NPR 🙂 Share with me below, I would love more ideas! As always, I’m here if you wanna chat! See you next week, sweethearts! 🙂

  • Getting Through Tough Times

    It’s been a tough summer.

    I try really hard to keep a positive attitude in life and on this blog, but I have to be honest – this summer has been one of the darkest summers of my life. Between getting laid off, losing health insurance, sleep issues, anxiety issues, stomach/health issues (all related, I’m sure), my family’s doggie passing, and all the dark news in the world, it just feels like I’m falling deeper and deeper into a black hole. It’s frustrating to me, because I’m the type of the person who has always been extremely positive and optimistic, and now – I can’t seem to get myself out of this hole. Don’t get me wrong – not all days have been bad. In fact, this quote stuck with me, “Not all days are good, but there is good in every day.” Lately, I’ve been working extra hard to find the good in every day and to maintain positivity, even when I feel utterly depressed about life (this usually passes once I gain strength or give myself a reality check).

    The day that I wore this dress, pumps, and tote – I felt mostly happy all day, and I’ll explain why below. Maybe it’ll help out any of you who are going through tough and trying times.

    • I got dressed up! Hair done, makeup on, heels, dress, and tote picked out
    • I had a few wonderful meetings (never underestimate the power of networking/connecting with others)
    • I attended a start up seminar/talk (great way to learn something new)
    • I did one thing that “scared me” (in this case, I made a doctor’s appointment with a local clinic – I don’t have health insurance at the moment so this was on my mind a lot)
    • I made myself a delicious dinner (baked potatoes with yummy toppings: bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and beans) – this is super important as I’ve been feeling down because of my stomach/health/anxiety issues!
    • Took a bath

    Some other ideas that I think will help as well:

    • Listening to a podcast (news, or interesting topics) – I think this will be extremely helpful to get outside of my head and focus on outwardly things. Also this ties in with giving yourself a reality check – things could be a lot worse.
    • Truly getting outside of your own head/”problems” and investing in others (volunteering, seeing what else is going on in your community, showing interest in your friend’s lives) – I want to focus on this more!
    • Embracing it all – I have to remember that everyone goes through tough/dark times, it’s just part of life. Without the rain, there’s no flowers, that sort of thing. Beauty in all aspects of life – good, bad, and ugly.
    • Personal passion project – to channel all of that negative energy into something fun, positive, and meaningful

    This dress (similar options below) – funny thing, I’ve been thinking about selling it on my Poshmark closet, but now I’m not so sure. I kinda like how versatile it is for business meetings as well as personal meetings. But, if there’s interest, I’ll definitely put it on my Poshmark closet. Just let me know below.

    Thanks for reading today. Kind of a more personal post, but it was therapeutic to write. Have any of you been going through a hard time lately or all summer? How do you get through it? Any podcasts you especially love? I’m looking for ways to get updated on the news, but not NPR 🙂 Share with me below, I would love more ideas! As always, I’m here if you wanna chat! See you next week, sweethearts! 🙂

  • Let me preface this by saying I’m not much of a traveller…

    I’m a creature of comfort, and I enjoy a routine. I don’t travel often because it can be exhausting, time spent at various sites/attractions is very short-lived, and I’m not big on crowds. I’d rather stay and live in a place for a month or so to truly get a feel for the locale, not just the “touristy” hot spots. However, recently, although I was a bit under the weather (health struggles the past few months), I was excited to embark on a spontaneous road trip to the Pacific Northwest (really bad timing due to the fires). I’ve been wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, and I’m so glad I get to check that off my “list.” I definitely want to go back, and potentially live in the Seattle/Bellevue area for a month or so! It was a very short trip, but I learned a few things that I’m going to share briefly below.

    • We didn’t really have an itinerary during this trip, which I sort of regret. Next time, I’d like to do some research and plan a few things I would want to do/see. Also, the trip was so short that it didn’t really make sense to plan for things that may not have occurred during our visit.
    • From this trip, I am inspired to live each day more fully – even (especially) in my own city. I’m taking that back with me and applying that mindset to my day-to-day life. I want to embrace and enjoy all the events, activities, restaurants, attractions, etc etc that a city has to offer: workout classes, book readings, conferences, meet ups, outdoor adventures, whatever it may be!
    • She inspires me 🙂
    • I LOVE treating myself to a new book every time I go to a new place. It’s nice to have something tangible to remember the trip by.

    My essentials for on-the-go style: a roomy cognac tote (exact one linked!) and cozy brown wedge sandals that go with EVERYTHING! Other items (similar) that I wore on this trip are linked below.

    Are you a traveller? Where do you find inspiration from when venturing outside your home city? See you next week!

  • Getting Inspired From New Places

    Let me preface this by saying I’m not much of a traveller…

    I’m a creature of comfort, and I enjoy a routine. I don’t travel often because it can be exhausting, time spent at various sites/attractions is very short-lived, and I’m not big on crowds. I’d rather stay and live in a place for a month or so to truly get a feel for the locale, not just the “touristy” hot spots. However, recently, although I was a bit under the weather (health struggles the past few months), I was excited to embark on a spontaneous road trip to the Pacific Northwest (really bad timing due to the fires). I’ve been wanting to visit the Pacific Northwest for a few years now, and I’m so glad I get to check that off my “list.” I definitely want to go back, and potentially live in the Seattle/Bellevue area for a month or so! It was a very short trip, but I learned a few things that I’m going to share briefly below.

    • We didn’t really have an itinerary during this trip, which I sort of regret. Next time, I’d like to do some research and plan a few things I would want to do/see. Also, the trip was so short that it didn’t really make sense to plan for things that may not have occurred during our visit.
    • From this trip, I am inspired to live each day more fully – even (especially) in my own city. I’m taking that back with me and applying that mindset to my day-to-day life. I want to embrace and enjoy all the events, activities, restaurants, attractions, etc etc that a city has to offer: workout classes, book readings, conferences, meet ups, outdoor adventures, whatever it may be!
    • She inspires me 🙂
    • I LOVE treating myself to a new book every time I go to a new place. It’s nice to have something tangible to remember the trip by.

    My essentials for on-the-go style: a roomy cognac tote (exact one linked!) and cozy brown wedge sandals that go with EVERYTHING! Other items (similar) that I wore on this trip are linked below.

    Are you a traveller? Where do you find inspiration from when venturing outside your home city? See you next week!

  • Fun fact: I am a bit career-obsessed.

    You’d think, that being “career-obsessed”, I would have nailed down what my dream career is… if such a thing even exists. Truth is, there are so many jobs/careers out there (and new ones cropping up all the time), that it would be hard to pick that one dream career. I wrote about landing my “dream job” in this post, and although I did enjoy working in that field, I believe there are many types of careers that would be ideal for me. As human beings, we are very complex, so it makes sense that there are many different types of jobs that can be a great fit for us. The trick is finding commonalities across those different jobs/careers and using that to aid us in our job search.

    Recently, I was lucky enough to land a gig in one of my dream job fields: publishing. The world of publishing has always appealed to me (I love books! Also, I’m a blogger so I love to share written words with whoever is willing to read them! 😉 Working in publishing had always been in the back of my mind, but because I live in Sacramento, CA, I knew it would be difficult to land a publishing gig in this town. After I was laid off from my last job (in marketing/account management), I decided to try something different. So: I started searching for remote jobs and was thrilled when I found something in publishing in San Francisco! I’ve been at this independent publishing house for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it! Since it’s remote, I can work from my apartment in Sacramento BUT with the extra perk of being able to come to the bay for a day (if needed). Win win! Most importantly, I love being able to work for an independent publishing house that specializes in works written by diverse female authors. How amazing is that!?!? I’m still pinching myself every single day (sort of, ha!).

    These photos were taken when I ventured out to SF for the day with my sisters. You simply cannot go wrong with SF as a backdrop. Most items in my closet are filled with warm, neutral, and muted colors/tones. Because of this, I can mix and match pretty much anything in my closet. I know what colors look good on me and I know what colors make me happy. If you’re like me, and don’t have much closet space or money to spend on clothing, I highly suggest trying to figure out what your color palette is, and working with that! You can go through old photos and see which colors you tend to wear most often. You can also determine which colors make you feel the best in those photos. Ironically enough, warm colors for makeup is what I tend to gravitate towards as well. It’s kind of interesting to think about the colors we tend to gravitate towards – with our clothing, makeup, home decor, etc etc.

    What colors do you like to wear? Share with me below! Also, outfit details in the widget below. The cognac tote (a new favorite) and beige cardigan are exact items! The suede cognac boots are a good dupe for what I’m wearing, and I LOVE them! At the knee lace-up boots are a new favorite and so, so, so versatile (great for shorter gals who can’t as easily pull off the over the thigh boot trend- ha!). Thanks for stopping by today, appreciate it! Have a fabulous week, cuties, see you next Tuesday! In the meantime, feel free to interact with me more frequently on IG 😉

  • Choosing A Wardrobe Color Palette | Job Update

    Fun fact: I am a bit career-obsessed.

    You’d think, that being “career-obsessed”, I would have nailed down what my dream career is… if such a thing even exists. Truth is, there are so many jobs/careers out there (and new ones cropping up all the time), that it would be hard to pick that one dream career. I wrote about landing my “dream job” in this post, and although I did enjoy working in that field, I believe there are many types of careers that would be ideal for me. As human beings, we are very complex, so it makes sense that there are many different types of jobs that can be a great fit for us. The trick is finding commonalities across those different jobs/careers and using that to aid us in our job search.

    Recently, I was lucky enough to land a gig in one of my dream job fields: publishing. The world of publishing has always appealed to me (I love books! Also, I’m a blogger so I love to share written words with whoever is willing to read them! 😉 Working in publishing had always been in the back of my mind, but because I live in Sacramento, CA, I knew it would be difficult to land a publishing gig in this town. After I was laid off from my last job (in marketing/account management), I decided to try something different. So: I started searching for remote jobs and was thrilled when I found something in publishing in San Francisco! I’ve been at this independent publishing house for about a month now, and I absolutely LOVE it! Since it’s remote, I can work from my apartment in Sacramento BUT with the extra perk of being able to come to the bay for a day (if needed). Win win! Most importantly, I love being able to work for an independent publishing house that specializes in works written by diverse female authors. How amazing is that!?!? I’m still pinching myself every single day (sort of, ha!).

    These photos were taken when I ventured out to SF for the day with my sisters. You simply cannot go wrong with SF as a backdrop. Most items in my closet are filled with warm, neutral, and muted colors/tones. Because of this, I can mix and match pretty much anything in my closet. I know what colors look good on me and I know what colors make me happy. If you’re like me, and don’t have much closet space or money to spend on clothing, I highly suggest trying to figure out what your color palette is, and working with that! You can go through old photos and see which colors you tend to wear most often. You can also determine which colors make you feel the best in those photos. Ironically enough, warm colors for makeup is what I tend to gravitate towards as well. It’s kind of interesting to think about the colors we tend to gravitate towards – with our clothing, makeup, home decor, etc etc.

    What colors do you like to wear? Share with me below! Also, outfit details in the widget below. The cognac tote (a new favorite) and beige cardigan are exact items! The suede cognac boots are a good dupe for what I’m wearing, and I LOVE them! At the knee lace-up boots are a new favorite and so, so, so versatile (great for shorter gals who can’t as easily pull off the over the thigh boot trend- ha!). Thanks for stopping by today, appreciate it! Have a fabulous week, cuties, see you next Tuesday! In the meantime, feel free to interact with me more frequently on IG 😉