Sunday, August 21, 2016

how to stay optimistic about a new school year

Howdy y'all! School is starting tomorrow for me and I know a ton of my blogger friends have already started, so today I want to talk a little bit about how we view the school year and how we should be viewing the school year.


I struggle so much with negativity - I can always find something to complain about and I get very riled up about it even if it's not all that important. Over the past school year, I was kind of miserable because it seemed like everything was going wrong. I was almost always angry about something and by the end of the year absolutely abhorred coming to school everyday. I found that right when school got out for summer, I was a much, much happier person and since then have been trying to channel that optimism and work on having that all the time.

I'm nervous about going back to school because I think it's very possible I could slip back into old habits of a bad attitude and I'd really like to be more of a light this year. So, I'm writing this post as a reminder to myself, but also as a challenge to all students to be a light in their school community this year - whether at the high school or college student, it's important that we remain optimistic about school.

But how do you do that?

For one thing, quit posting how upset you are about back-to-school all over social media. I'm guilty of this just like everyone else, but first of all, it's disheartening and discouraging to all of the people that see that tweet or Instagram post, second of all, it's encouraging your own 'bad behavior' by making you think negatively about the situation. Instead, try tweeting something that you're excited for this year, or wish others luck with their school starting.

Another thing I try to do is find things to get excited about. For me, this year it's the teaching class where I'll get to intern as a student teacher at an elementary school and the yearbook that I get to start designing and working on. Maybe make a list of all the good things about school to look at or buy yourself a treat every Monday so you have something to look forward to.

Something I'd like to do this year is get someone to keep me accountable. Ask one of your friends to stop you if you start complaining excessively or have a negative attitude about something. You'll be able to regroup and regain a positive mindset.

Lastly, remember that school is a privilege and it's so important to get educated. I know sometimes that's hard when you have a teacher that doesn't teach but if that's the case then you need to figure out a way to educate yourself. I have struggled with that A LOT over the past two years, but I'm not putting up with it anymore. You deserve an education and if that means you have to be your own teacher, then you've got to be your own teacher.

How are you staying optimistic this school year? Let me know in the comments!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

back to school shopping round up

Howdy y'all! This week I'm participating in Olivia's back-to-school linkup and I'm super excited! I went clothes shopping this past Saturday so I figured I show y'all a little round up of what I purchased for the new school year! (Just a heads up, this post does contain affiliate links, meaning when you click on one or purchase something I earn a small commission at no charge to you.)


Our first stop, naturally, was Target. I only bought one thing, but trust me when I say I wanted to get literally everything in the store. I've been wanting a basic denim button up for a while now, and I found this one at Target for a little over $20! I think I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it so I'm excited!

Next up, we went to Old Navy where I went NUTS. 99% of my wardrobe is Old Navy because they always have such great stuff! I got a striped long-sleeve, a yellow tank with some gorgeous cut-outs, a new pair of jeans, and a super soft black cardigan. 

 


We also stopped in at Francesca's where I found a beautiful black dress that unfortunately I can't find on their website, but I've linked a similar one here. When I tried it on the sweet sales lady put this necklace with it and I just couldn't resist getting it. On the way out I picked up a black bralette - I've really been wanting one to wear under stuff and needed one to go with my new dress so I went ahead and got it!

Last off, my momma ordered me some new Converse and I am obsessed. I've had my old ones forever now and they are not lookin' too hot!

What are y'all shopping for this back-to-school season? Let me know in the comments!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

my instagram aesthetic put me in a creative rut

Howdy y'all! The last few months, I've read so much about how important it is for bloggers to have an Instagram "aesthetic". Specifically that every single one of your images should have certain colors in it, a specific filter on it, or just a consistent look. I tried it out for a few months, and let me tell you something - I hate it.


In March, I decided I was going to try an Instagram aesthetic using specific colors. I decided the best colors to represent my brand were warm tones - reds, pinks, yellows - in part because a lot of the photos I was already taking were those shades. The first couple weeks were great! I felt inspired, and was very very happy with the way my feed was looking. And then it got harder. 

I can honestly tell you, my Instagram aesthetic was the worst decision I've ever made for my creative growth. 

I had these beautiful photos that I was proud of and wanted to share on my Instagram, but I couldn't because it would ruin all the branding I had worked so hard for. I saw picture opportunities, but decided not to bother, because it wouldn't match the colors I had chosen. I noticed myself taking less and less photos - often times the ones I did take were forced and made me unhappy. 

For the last 5 months, I've been in an awful creative rut in terms of photography. For someone who's working on launching a photography business, this is kind of the worst place to be. In terms of portrait sessions, I've been doing fairly well, but I feel like I've lost my touch with basic inspiration. I want to curate beautiful images and I don't feel like I'm ever doing a good job of that. 

I see bloggers genuinely stressing on a day-to-day basis about how their feed looks. Don't do that - just create. I promise you that if you are taking authentic images that you really love, people will respect your brand. 

If the aesthetic thing works for you, great! I'm proud of you. But you should never, ever have to force creativity. Your brand isn't going to fail because you can't confine your creativity to a few colors. 

What are your thoughts on Instagram aesthetics? Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

travel diary: breckenridge, colorado

Howdy y'all! Earlier this week I returned from my week-long vacation to Breckenridge, ColoRADo and I'm so pumped to tell y'all about it!! (but mostly to show you all the pretty pictures I took)


We left for the airport at 4:30am (ugh) on Saturday, July 30 and flew to Phoenix for our connecting flight. Unfortunately, we landed like 5 minutes after they closed the door to our connecting flight, and they wouldn't open it back up for us (even though there were like 10 people that were coming from our previous flight to that one *insert eye roll here*). As a result of that, we ended up having a 10 hour layover in Phoenix so shoutout to American Airlines on that one. After all that drama and then some, we finally made it to Denver and then drove to Breck in the morning.



My mom's best friend is the (super)woman that organizes this whole trip, and she got us an absolutely gorgeous house that was about a 5 min drive to Main St. For the first few days, my mom, a few others, and I just chilled around the house while everyone else did all the athletic stuff while was really nice because I had a chance to work on some blog stuff and relax in my beloved Eno.

On Wednesday we drove to a horse ranch to go horseback riding which was good in theory until I got to the top of the mountain and fainted. I guess I just hadn't been drinking enough water and it was super hot so I started feeling light headed and then got off my horse and then fainted! Luckily the staff was super well trained so they helped me down the mountain and I just chilled until the rest of the group came back. However, before the whole fainting incident it was super fun and my horse was adorable! (Her name was Parlay if you were wondering)

On Friday I went hiking with my dad and sister on the Minnie Mines Trail which was gorgeous and super fun. It was a really easy hike as well, so if you're not very good at that kind of thing (like me), it would be a great one to try. After that we looked around at the Country Boy Mine where we got to see and pet a REAL LIVE DONKEY. It was lowkey the most exciting part of the whole trip... Afterwards we were all starving so we went to the Columbine Cafe on Main St. and it was so so good. We shopped around for a little bit and then went back to the house.




















On Saturday I went on another hike with my dad and a few others from our group on McCulloch Gulch Trail. This one was significantly harder but it was absolutely gorgeous and totally worth the work. After this hike, we were once again starving so we picked up my sister and my dad, Rachel, and I went to the Blue Stag Saloon. I got a double cheese burger and fries and it was probably the best meal I've ever eaten. If you're ever staying in Breckenridge, 10/10 would recommend. We walked around a little more after to pick up some presents and then went home and napped hard.











Other than that, my vacation involved seeing like 10,000 adorable dogs in town (and petting them all), taking like 700 pictures of flowers, and doing a lot of hot-tubbing (Ban.do Hot Tub Club, anyone?).




On Sunday we went into Denver and ate at Bar Louie and then walked around a shopping center to kill time. We flew home and it was freakin' hot in our house and Rachel and I had to sleep on the couch.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

my travel bucket list

Howdy y'all! As I'm out and about on vacations and at various summer camps, I thought it would be a great time to share with y'all my travel bucket list. Even though I don't do much of it, I love to travel and have quite a few places I'd love to visit in the future.


one // San Antonio, TX
Starting off close to home (kind of), I would love to visit San Antonio. I've lived in Texas my whole life and still have yet to make a trip there! The Alamo is definitely something I'd love to see as well as well as some of the other historic stops. If for no other reason than the touristy stops, I'd like to go just to meet my blogging bud, Christina! ;)

two // Altauassee, Austria
This place is probably my number one spot on my bucket list. A gorgeous and scenic town, Altauassee is packed with historical significance. It's host to a series of mines that held one of the largest stock piles of stolen Nazi art during World War 2. I did a research project on those mines several years back and have wanted to see it since. It's also a great spot for skiing if you're more athletically inclined than this girl.

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three // Barcelona, Spain
I take Spanish at my school and when I was a freshman taking Spanish 1, my teacher did a series of cultural lessons with our class. We spent a solid couple classes on Spain and I was entranced by the sheer amount of cultural significance this place holds. While I'd love to travel anywhere in Spain, Barcelona is definitely at the top of my list. It's unique cultural identity and beautiful scenery make it a place I'd love to visit.

four // Santorini, Greece
It's a basic blogger move to put this on the list but how can I not? Santorini is absolutely gorgeous and I really hope I'll be able to visit someday.


five // Bath, England
Home to my favorite author, Jane Austen, Bath is somewhere I've always dreamed of seeing. Obviously the Roman Baths are a must see in this city and Stonehenge isn't far from it.

six // Boston, MA
Being the history nerd I am, I had to include something on the East Coast on my list. Boston is packed full of historical sights that I'm dying to get a chance to see. I would love to tour the Freedom Trail, a stretch with a ton of Revolutionary War sights, and the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library looks like a really interesting stop.

seven // small towns of the south road trip
While this isn't one exact spot, something I would really love to do is take a road trip all across the South and visit small towns. I love the character of little southern towns and whenever I drive through them I'm usually itching to get out of the car and walk around. It's super cheesy, but this is something I'd really like to do when I'm engaged or newly married - I think it would be super cute to road trip around my favorite area of the world with someone I love.

What's on your travel bucket list?

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