March is well underway, and there is no denying the most exhilarating part of my month was my recent cruise. I had the opportunity to be hosted by Carnival cruise line as part of a group of 40 bloggers. It was such a motivating and inspiring week for me, plus it was just down right fun. Getting to spend uninterrupted with friends, learn from each other, go dancing, drink frosty beach drinks. It was amazing and that time I will treasure for years to come. Being home has been nice, but different. I spent the first couple of days feeling so exhausted and dizzy. (Like, I was still rocking on a boat.)
I didn’t quite hit my reading goal on the cruise, but I filled my days with other wonderful things like excellent conversations and revisiting some of my early 2000s hip hop favorites. Meanwhile, since being home I’ve managed to squeeze in two books that I’ve loved. “Another place at the table” by Kathy Harrison and “The Jetsetters” by Amanda Eyre Ward.
I’ve been enjoying learning about the Ennegram, specifically the weaknesses of the seven and how to improve on those. I’m very much a 7: extroverted, caring, and always up for a good time. The more I’ve learned about being a seven, the more I see how the weaknesses line up so well with the areas of my life I’m striving to improve. Specifically, contentment. This is a daily struggle for me, even though I absolutely recognize I’ve grown in this area. I still wrestle with if I could do more, be more, try something new, and I have found this particularly hard lately. I think this has been a major struggle for me since the boys started school full day. I don’t have as much of a purpose as I’m used to. It continues to be a major transition for me, and I’m really looking forward to summer days with my boys home with me. The quiet can be a little deafening!
The rest of the month looks very laid back, and I’m looking forward to creating some new content while I am still inspired beyond measure. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks, as I’m challenging myself to write daily. In the meantime, here’s what you missed on Instagram!
I am loving this outfit, but be sure to swipe and see this beautiful painting I found for 14 bucks at the thrift store.
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In a continued effort to take Instagram less seriously 😛 let’s have a thrifted Tuesday post! Y’all have to swipe to see the painting of downtown Jacksonville I found for 14 bucks at the thrift store today. Also, these adorable high waisted shorts and @lillypulitzer tunic are recent thrift store finds. I think I’ll share a thrifted home item and an outfit every Tuesday— join in if you’ve found something adorable secondhand lately by tagging me in your post!
I’m starting a new series on Mondays over on the ‘gram. Join the conversation.
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Welcome to my first ever Monday Minute. From here out, around 10:30 every Monday morning. I’m going to be sharing some favorite things, tips, and encouragement for your week. Let’s go: Currently reading: The Jetsetters Can’t stop with: knotted headbands Favorite show this week: Love is Blind This week I plan to: learn a tik tok dance, write 5 blog posts, eat a salad every day. Drink of choice: Iced chai tea latte Personal growth strategy: say no to something, take a social media break, listen to @chrishogan360 podcast in pick up line and drink more water.
I am living for these J.Crew Chino shorts, they work year after year.