I definitely had/still have a girl crush on Jessica Alba growing up, but now she’s more than just a gorgeous hollywood icon – she’s a mother of 2, a daily source of wisdom and strength for her kids. Since she launched The Honest Company, I have a new-found respect for this woman and entrepreneur. I won’t lie, it’s hard to look at this picture of her and think, ‘easy for her to say,” but I have to remember she’s human just like the rest of us [except exceptionally good looking]. But I think her quote stands true – you have to cut yourself some slack.
It’s difficult to live up to your own expectations of yourself. I actually find that it’s my biggest challenge – above even the expectations of my family, friends and work. Often I have unrealistic goals for myself or I daydream too much about what could be instead of taking immediate action to work towards that goal. I let things sit and simmer, until time takes it’s toll and I look back wondering where all the time had gone. Ever find yourself in that position?
Well, I’m in that battle. The one between myself and my expectations and perfectionism. Since I’ve been back from vacation and such, I’ve just been trying to take it day by day because some days that’s really all that I can handle. Perhaps you find yourself here too…in the middle of what you want, what you need, and what you dream. I hope you’ll find the courage to push forward, to let the fear of failure and doubt dissipate, and to find a happy medium between the three. While pressing onward, don’t forget to take breaks, be pampered, and cut yourself some slack.
Oh, there goes my 23-years-young mind a’wanderin, a’dreamin… Maybe I’m naive. Maybe I’m crazy. Or maybe I’m on to something.
it happens to everyone – you know the feeling. one wrong move, one impulsive reaction, one bad call and you feel like it’s all downhill from there. mistakes are never fun and leave an awful feeling in your chest. though experience has proven itself to be my greatest teacher, it’s also the most painful way to learn.
how do you react when you realize a mistake’s been made? maybe you’re the kind of person that finds yourself passing blame, maybe you ignore it, or maybe you take the blame even when it’s not your fault. whatever the case, how you respond to mistakes can teach you a lot about yourself if you just sit and reflect on it.
just a question to mull over today: what have your mistakes been teaching you lately?
[designed by jack haslehurst]
growing up takes a lot of energy. not the quick sprint kind of energy, but the never-ending marathon kind of energy [not that i even know how that feels because i would never be one to run a marathon in the first place – i got bad knees]. growing up takes discernment, forces you to change, and brings to light the ugly side of the world and of yourself that you never wanted to see. you hopefully learn to pick your battles a bit more wisely and choose what burdens you carry.
letting things go is no easy check off the to-do list, but it must be done or you’ll wear yourself dry [trust me on that]. so, as the decemberists say, don’t carry it all.
[ don't carry it all impossible project polaroid by autumn de wilde ]
there are times when i lose sight of what matters, and that’s the truth. it’s easy to get caught up – entangled in people & things that bring you down, but i’m a big believer in little victories. i want my silver linings to become powerful rays of sun, don’t you? so fight for it. battle the darkness, find the light, and follow it. this prayer / quote by ralph waldo emerson really brings it home for me.
take a second and watch your life closely. i hope you can see how much there is to be thankful for in the things we take for granted every day. it’s amazing what a good laugh, restful sleep, or a shared meal can do for your soul. it’s in the simple things. a postcard from a friend overseas. flowers blooming. the smile of a passerby. a friendly cashier. don’t forget about the simple things.
[ ralph waldo emerson print by oh my deer handmades, available in poster and print size ]