GIFT GUIDE: What’s on my Christmas Wish List

Happy December friends! I hope your month is off to a festive start with the holidays in full swing now. For Will and I, it’s our first married Christmas together. To stick with tradition, we got our Christmas tree over the weekend. This week, we are slowly finishing up our home decorating. Admittedly, I am not that person who is ahead of the game during the holidays. I haven’t done much gift shopping, yet. I’m also getting lots of questions about what I want for Christmas. So, after brainstorming some gift ideas over the weekend, I figured I would share my Christmas wish list with you all. Let’s dive in!

My Christmas Wish List

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#1 cupcakes & cashmere Antebellum Coat

#2 Adidas Swift Run Sneakers

#3 Target Sugarfix by BaubleBar Resin Hoop Earrings

#4 “Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave” by Joanna Gaines

#5 Crate & Barrel Acacia Glass Jars

#6 J.Crew Nordic Wedge Bootie

#7 Anthropologie Trinket Dish

#8 Abercrombie & Fitch Waffle Henley

#9 Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Daquiri

#10 J.Crew Gingham Pajama Set

#11 “Whiskey in a Teacup” by Reese Witherspoon

#12 Zella Go Run Reflect Shorts

#13 Glamglow Multimasking Mask Treatment Set

#14 Abercrombie & Fitch Fair Isle Crew Sweater

#15 Le Creuset Tart Dish

#16 Sole Society Ragna Satchel

If you haven’t come up with anything to ask for yourself or give this holiday season, hopefully this list helps you come up with some ideas. I’m working on a couple more gift guides for you all too, so stay tuned!

Related: 25 Christmas Gifts for $25 or Less

What’s on your Christmas wish list this year? Are there people who are really difficult to shop for? I’d love to know who they are or if you have a go-to gift for people who are hard to shope for. Let’s chat about our gift giving tactics and experiences in the comments.

Cheers to the holidays!

Sarah Camille

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29 Random Questions Answered and a Dose of Fall Style

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Hello friends! It’s been a little while and I want to share a little life update and answer 29 super random questions about myself. So, the best word to describe life lately is busy. I think some people like being busy, or like to brag about how busy they are, but I do not. I need my down time. The good news is that I am learning from this “busy-ness” to say no to things and make more time for myself (including time to blog)! There’s been a lot of change in the past couple years – getting engaged, getting married, changing jobs, establishing our home life as a married couple. Change seems to be the season of our life now. While that does contribute to a busy life and some days it is overwhelming, it’s also very exciting and fun!

Last month, I started a new job that entailed starting my own business and working as a contractor. As an independent person, it’s been a blessing and a welcomed change for me, but it has definitely taken some time to set up my office and get into a rhythm. I also turned 29 earlier this month, and as usual I did some reflecting on the past year. In honor of starting the last year of my twenties, I thought it would be fun to answer 29 random questions about me and share some highlights from the past year.

29 Random Questions about me Answered

  1. What’s the best and worst thing about getting older? The best thing about getting older is establishing who you are and being able to plan your future. The worst thing about getting older is realizing just how fleeting time is!
  2. What lifestyle change have you been meaning to make for a while now? Diet Coke (and caffeine in general) is a huge vice for me. I rarely drank soda as a kid and didn’t pick up the bad habit until I started working at a place that provided it for free. Now, I get caffeine headaches in the late afternoon if I haven’t had any coffee or Diet Coke that day. I hate feeling dependent on something that’s really not good for me.
  3. What would be your spirit animal? This is so hard to answer because I love animals. I have a thing for sloths and llamas right now, but my spirit animal is honestly a dog. I am loyal and similar to dogs it doesn’t take much to make me happy. I’m happiest when helping others and knowing that I am contributing to the happiness of others.
  4. If you could have a video of any one event in your life, what event would you choose? I’d choose a video of the day we got engaged. The whole day was special and Will totally caught me by surprise. A close second is our wedding day though!
  5. Do you have any tattoos? How many? None! I am not opposed to them; I just have never felt inclined to get one.
  6. What blows your mind every time you think about it? Just how small we are compared to the whole universe.
  7. What’s your Myers-Briggs personality type? ENTP, also known as the great debater and the one who plays devil’s advocate – ha! I think this is pretty accurate though I am right on the introvert-extrovert border.
  8. What’s the thing you most wish you were great at? Waking up! I am not a morning person at all. I’ve tried several things to change, but I really think it’s in my blood. I tend to do some of my best writing at night, and I often exchange that for sleep. if I could take a class to be great at waking up, I’d sign up in a heartbeat.
  9. What position do you sleep in? Nine times out of ten, I sleep on my side. The other times, I go into full starfish mode on my stomach!
  10. What was your favorite Disney movie as a child? I was obsessed with the Lion King. Pocahontas and the Little Mermaid were at the top of the list too.
  11. If you could have a never-ending candle that smelled like anything you wanted, what fragrance would you want it to be? Oo the smell of fresh laundry would never get old for me.
  12. What is an ideal date for you? Good conversation and good food are most important to me. A nice dinner followed and a walk around town never gets old.
  13. What were some of the turning points in your life? I was in a toxic relationship for a long time, longer than I should have been. I knew deep down that I deserved more, but it took me time to come to terms with the situation. I had to realize that I was not responsible for someone else’s problems, and that I couldn’t “fix” someone else. Letting that person go and the lead up to that moment was a huge turning point for me because it gave me the strength and courage to create the life I knew I deserved.
  14. What does your partner loves most about you? I can be really playful and optimistic in a way that lights Will up. I think loves most how I can make him laugh, even on a bad day.
  15. What makes a good life? A good life is rich in friendships and support. I think there’s a direct correlation to the quality of our relationships and our happiness.

    Related: My post about the secret to a good life!

  16. What was the most memorable gift you’ve received? A few years ago, I came home one day and saw a little box in front of my doorstep. I had no idea what it was and it honestly kind of freaked me out. I took it inside and opened it, worried about what was inside. There was a beautiful watch from Will. We had only been dating a couple of months and he knew somehow that my birthday was in October. He was over a week early, so I wasn’t even thinking about birthday presents. The gift caught me by complete surprise and made me feel
  17. If you had a clock that would countdown to any one event of your choosing, what event would you want it to countdown to? I would love a countdown to when Will will get a dog. I picked out Maddie when I was a teenager all on my own, and I am so excited for him to have that same experience. There are a few things that need to happen before he would get a dog too, so it would be fun to know what day in the future that will be.
  18. What stat for your life would you most like to see? How many people who have been positively affected by knowing me.
  19. What celebrity do you wish was your sister? Reese Witherspoon – she seems so fun, supportive and easy-going.
  20. What is your current favorite Netflix show? Ozark! I love a mix of drama, dark comedy and mystery and this show totally has all three.
  21. What do you take for granted? How blessed I really am in life. It’s so easy to just want “more” in life, but I am really very blessed and pretty spoiled.
  22. What are you addicted to? Diet Coke, chocolate and cheese!!
  23. As you get older, what are you becoming more and more afraid of? I’m afraid of not having enough time and losing Will.
  24. In what situation or place would you feel the most out-of-place in? I despise networking events with people name-dropping and measuring each other up. These are pretty common in the D.C. area and I have never been a fan. It just feels forced an inauthentic.
  25. What is your favorite workout? Orangetheory classes are my favorite. In general, I love running and HIIT workouts that require sweating and pushing myself.
  26. Where do you see yourself in ten years? I see myself with Will in a home with kids, pets and a big yard.
  27. What is your favorite holiday to celebrate? I love Thanksgiving because it’s about quality time with the important people in our lives. That, and cooking good food is a plus!
  28. What is your birth order? I am the middle child, sandwiched between two brothers. One is two years older, one is ten years younger.
  29. What is the best concert you’ve been to? I went to a John Mayer concert last year, and it was a dream come true. Not only was the music amazing, but there was great energy. He is such a talented artist and I have enjoyed his music since I was a teenager. This will give you a taste of what it was like.

A Dose of Fall Style

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I have not done a style related post this month yet, so I thought I would share one of my favorite fall looks of the season so far. I have been loving this medallion printed blouse. The award for the softest thing in my closet goes to this sweater vest. It is a super soft chenille and it just goes with everything – perfect for work or play. My pants are hard to really see but they are wine colored jeans from AG in the Farrah high waist, ankle skinny cut. The fit makes them well worth the price!

Since I answered random questions about myself I would love to hear something random about you! Answer a question in the comments or share any random fact you’d like.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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Braving the Wilderness Quotes & My Journey to True Authenticity

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Do you ever think about how our decisions and thoughts are influenced by others? We live in a world of filtered social media posts, online trolls and 24-hour news cycles. The advertising, marketing and new industries are constantly commanding our attention, telling us what to think or consume. I question the ease in which we can all make decisions for ourselves and be the most authentic version of ourselves in this world. Are we all just emulating the things we see that we like? These thoughts and questions have sat with me for some time, and they are the initial reasons I was curious about Brené Brown’s book Braving the Wilderness. If you’ve had similar thoughts or feelings, hold tight and know that you aren’t alone. I’m sharing my favorite Braving the Wilderness quotes, my journey to authenticity and what it means to find true belonging.

Now before we get any further, I want to make one thing clear. I don’t have it all figured out. I am on a journey to authenticity. It’s something I strive for, but am in now way an expert in.

Braving the Wilderness Quotes

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In Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown shares her personal experience coming to understand what it means to find true belonging. She talks about wanting (and trying) to be a cheerleader in high school in addition to the expectations her parents had of how she would fit in as a child. While Brown shares her journey, she doesn’t share her personal beliefs. I found that refreshing. Instead, Brown points out how we often avoid hearing beliefs that are different from our own. She encourages us to get comfortable talking about our values and beliefs with others.

“When we avoid certain conversations, and never fully learn how the other person feels about all of the issues, we sometimes end up making assumptions that not only perpetuate but deepen misunderstandings, and that can generate resentment. These results are sometimes worse for the relationship than just having the so-called “argument” would be. The key is to learn how to navigate conflicts or differences of opinion in a way that deepens mutual understanding, even if two people still disagree.” — Brené Brown

This is honestly something I struggle with. Outside of my close friends and family, I feel bad sharing personal thoughts because I worry it could offend someone. Now, I’ll never be someone who openly shares thoughts in a Facebook post about the latest headline story. But, as I get older, I realize I cannot hide my thoughts or allow myself  to feel ashamed for a certain belief just because it is not what the majority of people I know think.

Brown talks about how comfortable it is to keep to ourselves, but on the flip side it keeps us disconnected from others.

“Most of us are either making the choice to protect ourselves from conflict, discomfort, and vulnerability by staying quiet, or picking sides and in the process slowly and paradoxically adopting the behavior of the people we’re fighting. Either way, the choices we’re making to protect our beliefs and ourselves are leaving us disconnected, afraid, and lonely.” — Brené Brown

Brown also talks about our current culture and how geographically Americans are living among other like-minded people at a much higher rate than in previous periods of our history. There is a comfort that comes with being surrounded by people who think like us. Often the most common exception we make, as Brown points out, is with our families. Within many family dynamics there is an acceptance and respect for each person’s unique beliefs.

This begs the important question of why we so often judge and ridicule other people when their reaction to a situation or their belief about a certain topic is not the same as ours. 

What does it mean to Brave the Wilderness? 

When Brown talks about braving the wilderness, she is talking about the ability to confidently stand by your thoughts, actions and beliefs, regardless of whether you are alone in them. The key here is that if you are willing to brave the wilderness, you will find true belonging.

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“Belonging is being accepted for you. Fitting in is being accepted for being like everyone else. If I get to be me, I belong. If I have to be like you, I fit in.” — Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness reminded me that the feeling of acceptance starts with ourselves. One of the best parts of Brown’s book is her interview with Viola Davis. Davis shares her journey to true authenticity, how she braved the wilderness and what that looks like in her life today.

Personally, I think my journey to true authenticity has just begun, and I plan to share my journey on this blog and other social media channels. While I don’t ever want to focus on just the negative things in my life, I do want to pull back the lens more. I will look for more opportunities to show you all who I truly am, my real life, struggles, recent lessons learned and achievements. There are two main reasons I plan to share these things. First, to get more comfortable being myself. And second, to hopefully inspire someone else to live unapologetically.

I would love to hear your thoughts about authenticity and these Braving the Wilderness quotes. Do you think the increase of technology, social media and  advertisements make it harder to brave the wilderness today than in decades past? Do you have a favorite Braving the Wilderness quote?

Are you on a journey to true authenticity? Do you struggle with not wanting to hurt other people’s feeling like I do? Let’s chat in the comments and share some support for each other.

I’ll leave you with one last simple, but profound quote.

“It takes courage to open ourselves up to joy.” — Brené Brown

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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