Friday, July 27, 2018

Summer Jumpsuit

 For the most part, the weather in Europe has been pretty mild. It does get hot during the day, but it cools off at night (which is good because I don't have air conditioning). But lately, it has been close to 100 degrees, making the nights hotter than usual!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hello, July!

I know it's a few days into the month, but what's more shocking to me is that we are more than halfway through 2018. That is crazy. It's already July! And I absolutely love the 4th of July -- it is the epitome of summer and it's also the day my husband asked me to marry him! This year, the 4th is taking a little bit of a different twist, as I'll be spending it outside of the US. But instead of being sad about what I'm missing, I'm using this as an opportunity to practice being present. To share how grateful I am for the experience of spending a summer in Europe, how much it has taught me, and how I still struggle every day (in Europe or at home) with staying present.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer In Europe

I cannot believe it is almost July! I'm almost 4 months through my 6-month assignment, and will be heading back to the United States in early September. I am really looking forward to checking a few more cities off my bucket list in July and August, but I cannot wait to get back to my husband and pup in two months! 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

6 Months in Europe: Brussels, Ghent, and Bruges

It has been a HOT minute since I've blogged. As much as I have wanted to share some of the places I've been while living in Europe, I've also been enjoying my time working during the week, traveling on the weekends, and not putting pressure on myself to do much else. But now it's time to actually write some of this out so I don't forget! First up: Belgium. One of my very favorite places of all the countries I have been so far.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A Little Change for S&S

I cannot believe it has been over 4 years since I started this blog. I didn’t really know what it would turn into when I started, but I don’t know that I envisioned keeping up with it for this long. When I started blogging, it was a way for me to focus on something positive during a difficult time in my adult life. A lot has changed since then, and I’m grateful to have had this outlet for writing and creating. 

But lately, it has become less about the writing and creativity, and more about the stress and pressure that I (100%) put on myself. I am completely aware that I’m not great at blogging or instagrammaing. While I love brand management as my full-time job, I started this blog as a hobby and an escape from the daily grind. I wanted it to be fun and carefree and as much as I admire the women out there who have the courage to quit their jobs and build strong brands and businesses around their blogs...that isn’t why I started mine. I’ll never be a career blogger. Even if I wanted to, it’s just not in the cards for ol’ Seven & Stitch. 

But that’s OK! I love my full-time career and the opportunities it has given me. I’m good at it. And while — of course — I would love to see my blog and accounts continue to grow, I don’t have the time or true talent to get where I’d like to be. It’s not what I’m good at. 

I have never tried to pretend that I have great style. I wear what I like, and if someone else likes it too, then I love to share. But I also know there are plenty of things that I post or wear and probably get reactions like “she calls herself a style blogger?”. I have friends who are way more stylish and put together than I am. I just have enjoyed sharing and writing.

But lately, that enjoyment has been weaning. I get frustrated and self conscious more than empowered and inspired. I may have a cute outfit here and there that I really do want to share. But I’ve been traveling quite a bit while living in Europe and I hate the self-inflicted pressure of feeling like I have to have a new outfit for every new city. I just like to throw on jeans, a t-shirt, sneakers, and GO. I’m not one of those people who can throw on something cute with little effort. And I get it. It’s not life and death people, it’s a little style blog. I’m not taking myself too seriously.

Anyway, it’s time for a change. I think I realized it might be time to take a fresh look at the ol’ blog when I was in Spain with my husband and he said: ‘This trip has been really fun partly because you haven’t been glued to your phone the whole time.’ He’s incredibly supportive of all of my endeavors, but it’s easy for me to put too much pressure on something that was initially meant to be light and fun. It was never meant to feel like another job on top of the current one that I love and work hard to advance. I’d rather put that energy into something that will truly benefit others, whether it’s work or personal relationships, or volunteering. That is by no means meant to denigrate the girls who do put time into their blogs — so much awareness and joy and self-love can come from these communities and bloggers. But for me, personally, I need to find something with a little more purpose to channel the majority of that energy. And spend less time agonizing over Instagram posts. That’s not to say I’m going to stop posting (#socialmediaaddict) but just that I want to put less pressure on it. 

I’d love to keep sharing my travels and an outfit here or there if I have something I think others would like. But I also just want to soak up this time living and traveling and exploring a new place, without trying to make it look SO amazing. Because, this time in Europe away from my husband and family and everything I know isn’t always easy. It’s hard and lonely and providing a really ripe experience for self growth. But that’s for another blog post. 

Thank you for reading my monologue, thank you for following, thank you for the likes and comments. But for now, I’ll leave the hardcore style inspiration to the gals who really do it well. And let’s just see where it goes!
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