Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Motivation

Oh hey it's that girl that occasionally blogs making an appearance this morning. I think until August you can expect me to be pretty sporadic on here, I've been trying but it' just not happening these days. 

I saw this pretty little piece on Pinterest a bit ago and fell in love. It really strikes a chord especially with life the past year. Sometimes I often wonder if I'm wanting something because I really want it, or if it's a societal thing. 

Oftentimes I tend to over analyze everything and think about a lot of "what ifs". One of my favorites is to think about if I was to move to a big city all by myself, maybe even half a world away, where I knew no would I live my life? What would I prioritize? Would I still have a "professional" career or maybe just be happy as a barista or renting chairs and umbrellas at the beach. Honestly, I think I would be 100% happy doing either of those things. Plus I'd either get free coffee or a free tan while I work. Maybe some things that I like to say I love and are my hobbies--I'd actually do. Like yoga, wandering aimlessly through city streets, and spending hours in used book stores. 

Before I go all Eat.Pray.Love on you (that movie and book gives me the worst case of these what ifs) I've also been trying to find ways that I can go into my own wilderness in my current life. It can be easy to have those freak out moments where I think "I'm on 26, is this really what the rest of my life will be like?" Well, too many of those moments are leading me to more consciously think about my decisions and the way I choose to spend my time. 

Today's Monday Motivation was brought to you by Anna's sense of wanderlust, tendency to over analyze, and dream about "what ifs". Use it wisely!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Flowers...

Holy moly y'all, can you believe it's April? From my activity on this blog over the past month you may be able to guess that I am excited to finally be through March. I think it continues to be my craziest month at work each year and now we're coasting along with four weeks of classes left.

March was busy enough that I'm not sure I would have had much to blog about anyways. I didn't read a single book, I didn't really work on my New Year's goal, I barely kept my house clean and my life together for the past four weeks. We saw some more snow, we thought we were finished and then we saw even more.

But look what April has brought...

Sunshine! And tulips! Surprise daffodils that popped up in our backyard, and cilantro that is finally showing signs of growth. While I've always claimed summer as my favorite season, I think it's secretly spring. There's something incredibly refreshing about the first bits of warm weather and sunshine after a long, cold, gray winter.

There are some things I've gotten together through March. I'm back on track with running and have officially signed up to run the Richmond half marathon the day after my 27th birthday in November. We hosted a breakfast themed dinner party, I'm caught up on all of my shows (holy Walking Dead finale!), and am making major strides with the wedding. I can't believe our first shower is this weekend and we're under 100 days until THE day.

So while we've already had the first official day of spring, I'd like to think that April 1st seems like a more legit opener to this season. I've missed y'all this past month and look forward to catching up with some of my favorites. Happy April!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bargainista Finds

Not only do I love to shop, but I love a good bargain! Growing up my mother taught me how to look for deals, use coupons, and always find the best bargains. While at the time I may have found it rather annoying those skills have become quite handy over recent years. Thanks, mom!

As I mentioned a while ago we're on a no spending spree as we get closer to the wedding. I did my seasonal closet clean out recently and had some items to try and get cash for. My rule is that if I can make money selling my wardrobe then I can put the funds right back into it, unless it's a hefty chunk of change.

One of my favorite places to sell clothes at in Richmond is Clothes Mentor. Unlike some consignment stores you get cash up front for your items, though sometimes not as much. They take gently used name brands that are no more than two years out.  So while I dropped off my pile of clothes to sell I decided to take a little looksy around the store and I'm so glad I did, look at these great finds!

Nine West dress $12 | Calvin Klein wedges $20 | NY&Co shorts $7  
LOFT skirt $11 | Talbots top $8

I'd have to say the best deal was by far the wedges. I usually never buy second hand shoes but these babies caught my eye because they were shiny and new, the soles didn't even have any scratches or scuffs on them. Score!

If you also like to bargain shop of encourage you to check out Sydney over at Chic Stripes, another fellow Richmond blogger. Especially for my RVA readers, she has a whole page of all the second hand and consignment shops in the area with details on what they take and how to sell.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for  the rest of my wardrobe clean out coming soon for another blog clothing sale! 

Do you like to bargain hunt? What's the best deal you've ever scored?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Motivation

One of my favorite bookmarks I keep on my web browser is this quote site. I'm not even quite sure what the name of it is, Think Quick? I also can't remember how or when I found out about it. Some days (usually in the afternoon slump) I can use a good kick of motivation to get through the rest of the work day. I'll open the site, see what I get and click through until I find something that resonates.

A few weeks ago this one came up, and while it's quite lengthy I loved everything about it. I know I've posted about this before, but it's hard to try and fight the urge to plan and prepare for every moment in life and head into an event or trip feeling unprepared. This is a lesson that needs to continually be drilled into my head and I'm thankful for Mr. Young who can be a tornado of disorganization that helps to set me straight when I get too far into the details.

If I had my life to live over, I would dare to make more mistakes next time. I would relax. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I've been this time. I would take fewer things seriously, and I would take more chances. I'd take more trips; I'd climb more mountains and swim more rivers. I would eat more ice cream, and fewer beans. I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I am one of those people who lived sensibly and sanely, hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, but if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else -just moments - one after another instead of living so many years ahead.

I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring, and I would stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies.

– Nadine Stair, 85 years old