Friday, August 18, 2017

The Perfect Summer Dress

In the beginning of the summer, I wrote a summer goals post to try and hold myself accountable to accomplish things over the course of the summer. I was thinking of something to incorporate into this outfit post and thought it would be fun to share a little update on how those goals worked out for me.

My first goal was to run a 5k, and I'll be honest that I did not accomplish this goal. I knew it would be the hardest for me to keep, but the problem is that I could never get into a consistent routine. Working retail and babysitting left me with incredibly unpredictable hours all summer. I ended up with a lot of free time in the middle of the day, which is absolutely miserable for running in the summer. I did run quite a bit but not enough to get myself where I wanted to be. I'm not trying to make excuses I know I could have woken up at 6 AM and gone for a run before work. But I'm not giving up: I'm hoping in college when I have a more consistent routine, I'll be able to find a way to stick with it.

My second goal was all about improving my blog which I think I did this summer! I mostly kept up with posting 5 days a week and I posted almost every single day on Instagram. I worked really hard on improving my blog taking better and more outfit photos. I tried to write inspiring and helpful posts. And while I haven't seen tremendous growth on my blog, I am really happy with it right now.  And to me I think that is all I really want, I love my blog and it makes me excited.

When I wrote goal #3 about falling in love with myself, I wasn't really sure how much I wanted to share about my personal struggles after my freshman year. But in the end, I decided to share it all, because what I did worked for me and I wanted to be able to help others. I feel happier than I've been, I feel confident, and I feel like I am at the center of my life. I don't want to reiterate everything I have already written in this post, so if you want more details on how I rebuilt myself, check out this post!

I think I did a great job with my 4th goal of saving money. I cut down on a lot of impulse purchases. And I only went to Panera once!! Another thing I did was if there was something I wanted to buy I'd think about it for a few days before I purchased. This way I could make sure I really wanted it. Obviously, I couldn't go all summer without buying anything, but I do feel good about the money I saved and the things I did buy. And at the end of the summer, I felt good about being able to purchase things I wanted for my apartment and for back to school. 

Dress: Old Navy // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Bracelet: Georgie Designs

I thought this would be a fun little update! I think I did pretty well with my summer goals, and I plan to set more for this upcoming semester at school. I think that goals hold you accountable and allow you to visualize the life you want. Did you set summer goals? And if so how did they work out?

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