Learning to Bloom Where You are Planted

Spring is in full force, and each year it makes me think about personal growth and change. This year in particular I have been reflecting about what it means to bloom where you are planted. To me, learning to bloom where you are planted means learning to come into your own, maintain confidence in who you and find peace with exactly where you are in the current season of life. Today, I want to share with you a few of my latest revelations in hopes that they encourage you to BLOOM!

What to do when you are not where you want to be.

Life is full of ups and downs, and often times God plants us in a place where, frankly we do not want to be planted! When I was fired a few years ago, I was really upset. It was not part of my plan. So what do we do in those situations, when we are pushed in a direction that we don’t want to go?

Stop asking, “Why me?”

Of course, I asked that initially! I felt very confused and blindsided in the moment. But now, in retrospect, there were signs that I missed. After a week or so, I learned to consciously stop focusing on a question I would never get the answer to. I had to learn to accept what happened, even if I was still upset about it.

Focus on the lessons.

Getting fired taught me a lot of things about my work ethic. Most importantly, it taught me that my work does not define me. It was a catalyst that allowed me to find confidence in my skills and to speak up when something was wrong.

I am a firm believer that life is full of lessons, and these lessons should be shared (hence this blog post!). Even when we are planted in a place we do not want to be, there are lessons to learn about ourselves and the people around us. We just have to look for them and open our eyes and hearts to fully understand them.

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Don’t compare yourself to others.

We all know comparison is the thief of joy, but more important than that is remembering that we all have completely different lives. We are unique – through our circumstances, our personalities, our struggles, our weaknesses and our strengths. Some people may have one part of their life in full bloom, while the other part is in disarray. Comparing ourselves to others steals our time and kills our joy. There is no way we can truly bloom when we are comparing ourselves to others. It steals our time and kills our joy. But, if we focus on the good things within us and around us, then we can come into our own and reach a new level of confidence.

Look for a silver lining.

Sure, I was really upset for a couple days. But, I decided to focus on the good that could come out of the situation. I had time to think about what I wanted out of my career, and I had time to do a fun DIY project for our patio that I had continually put off. I took advantage of the time I had at home and I focused on my relationship with Will. For me, the silver lining was that being fired gave me the gift of time.

Now, I have to acknowledge that with some situations, it is much harder to find a silver lining or there appears to be no silver lining. Those are situations when the unthinkable happens, when it feels like we are incapable of ever blooming again.

I had a time in my life when I felt like that. It is something I plan to open up more about soon. But for now, I will say what got me through it was my determination to not have my life defined by that situation. It was not easy at first, but I focused on the good qualities within myself and the good things happening around me.

“Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you: beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting.” – Morgan Harpers Nichols

If you are struggling in the season of life you are in or feeling confused why part of your life is not blooming, do not beat yourself up. Find peace that you have been planted exactly where you are supposed to be. Remember you are strong. You are capable of blooming. And often times, the most beautiful blooms come after the heavies storms.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation

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A couple months ago, Will and I were over the winter weather and craving some time away from work, recharging in the sunlight. So, we booked a trip to Cancun at an all-inclusive resort. It was the beautiful, relaxing, much-needed break we needed, though we left wishing that we could have stayed another day or two! Right after the trip we went full steam ahead on our home remodel, and if you’ve followed any of the updates on Instagram, you know that it’s been adventure. Now that things are finally starting to calm down, I am sharing everything I packed for the trip! My hope is that this round-up will help you figure out what to what to wear on your next beach vacation. So, here is what I packed along with my outfits!

What to Wear & Pack

My Beach Trip Outfits

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

What to Wear on Your Next Beach Vacation - Beach Style - Beach Packing Tips - SCsScoop.com

I don’t know about you, but I often over pack for beach trips. Maybe it’s because warm-weather clothes take up so little space. Whatever the reason, this was the first beach trip where I felt like I didn’t over pack and I had the right items with me.

Related: What I Wore for Our Beach Honeymoon Trip 

We were in Cancun for five days and four nights, and I had an outfit for each evening and a few swimsuits to rotate. I love the blue and white, flowy maxi dress I found on Amazon. It was easily my favorite dinner outfit, and i still can’t believe it’s only $23! My favorite bathing suit has to be the smocked number, pictured above with my green twill shorts. It was such a cute suit and super flattering. I am sure I’ll be loving it for many years. The other piece I am obsessed with is my white, cutoff shorts. They have the best fit. If you’re in the market for a new pair this summer, I highly recommend them. 

I would love to hear how you pack for beach trips in particular. What are your go-to pieces to wear at the beach? Is there anything I wore that you have too? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Ultimate Spring Style Guide & Checklist

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Are you anxiously waiting for flowers to bloom like I am? It’s slowly warming up in Northern Virginia, and spring is in the air! I need to update my wardrobe with a few things for spring, and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to compile a spring style guide and checklist for you all!

Spring is my second favorite season (I will always love fall the most!).  I love layering clothes and combining soft, neutral pieces with brighter bolder ones as the weather warms up!  If you are like me — love to layer clothes and are looking for some inspiration for your spring style, this checklist is for you! The items on this list will leave you with endless outfit options for spring and transitioning into summer.

Below is a checklist for you to use along with handpicked examples of each piece and style tips. Some of the items in this guide are already in my closet, while other items I am sharing are in my shopping cart because I hunted them down while I made this guide!

Ultimate Spring style Checklist

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The guide below encompasses 18 must-have pieces for a stylish spring. I purposely tried to stay away from basics that can be worn year-round. I carefully looked researched the latest trends and searched for a wide range of pieces at a range of price points and styles for you all. The first option for each item below is less than $50. 

Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are often too hot for DC’s summer humidity, so I have to get them out of my system during the spring. 

Statement Earrings

There are so many fun statement earrings out right now!

Style Tip: If you aren’t sure about this trend, start with a neutral pair that is similar to your skin tone or hair color.

Snakeskin Mules

I may be biased because I just bought a pair of these, but the snakeskin trend is here to stay and I love how it looks on my mules. It’s a super sleek and easy way to spice up a plain or neutral outfit. 

High-Waisted Blue Jeans

It is all about the high-waisted denim this year. There are a lot of different styles out there, but for spring, I love the flared jeans below most of all! They will look great with wedged sandals.

Jumpsuit

I wasn’t sure if I could jump (pun intended ;-)) into the jumpsuit trend for awhile. But, this year the trend is bigger than ever and I am diving in. I especially love the more dressy and flowy jumpsuits.

Style Tip: if you aren’t a fan of how the elastic waists look on some jumpsuits, wear a belt over it!

Flat Suede Booties

I love wearing suede booties in the spring, especially early in the season when you don’t want cold toes! These would all look so pretty with the denim I have shared below.

Plain Short-Sleeved Blouse

There are so many options for these in the spring! A plain blouse is perfect to pair with a trendier piece, like a patterned skirt or pants.

Jean Jacket

Jean jackets are very versatile in the spring. I love how they look paired over a maxi dress and with white or pink denim and heels!

Strappy Sandals

I am a shoe-lover through and through, but strappy sandals with a chunky heel are my favorite for spring. I found lots of colors and styles for you all!

Suede Jacket

A soft suede moto jacket is a perfect layering piece in the spring. I am also loving the less structured suede jacket linked below!

Striped Long-Sleeved Tee

This is one of those pieces everyone needs in their wardrobe, but especially for spring. I like wearing them with shorts and I wear more fitted ones with a flowy suede jacket, like the one above!

White or Pink Jeans

I am a big fan of wearing white before Memorial Day, but if you are hesitant to do so, try wearing light pink denim to freshen up your spring style.

Light, Neutral Handbag

A light, neutral handbag is a perfect accessory to freshen up any outfit in the spring! I got the grey handbag below and it has been very popular on my round up of Amazon designer dupes!

Floral Top

Because flowers and spring go hand in hand. Enough said.

Gingham Top

This is one of my all-time favorite pieces for spring. There is something timeless and classic about gingham and I think it looks good on everyone! 

Striped Tank

So many options for these in the spring! I love wearing mine under a jean jacket.

Paperbag Shorts

I love these trendy shorts paired with a more fitted tank, like the ones I shared above!

Slide-on Sandals

This style of sandal is back from last year, and I am loving it. For spring, I’ll wear mine with maxi dresses and cropped jeans.

 

Now, I need to know. What pieces are your favorite for spring?  What items would be in your spring style guide? Share with me what you are absolutely loving for this spring!

I would love to know if there is anything else you would add to my guide, too. If you enjoyed it, check out my latest style inspiration post with lots of adorable blush pink and grey pieces to spruce up your spring wardrobe. 

Cheers,

Sarah Camille

 

Disclaimer: All  the opinions and thoughts I share are my own unless stated otherwise. I only share content that I have a personal connection with. Your clicks, comments and engagement are very much appreciated, and may allow me to receive a small compensation. Your support of SC’s Scoop and the brands I share help me keep doing what I love — thank you!