Finding Motivation

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I had an action-packed three-day weekend, which included a lovely brunch, wine tasting to celebrate a good friend’s engagement, running a 10K, prepping Will’s concrete patio for paint and helping my brother move.

That said, I was struggling at the beginning of last week after daylight savings time kicked in. It was hard to find motivation to get things done once I got home after work. The whole “going home in the pitch black dark” routine was taking the wind out of my sails.


Last week, much to my surprise, there was a noticeable decline of . I realized daylight savings might be affecting other people too (or maybe it was the election aftermath!?). At any rate, I reflected on how I find motivation when it feels like it is escaping me. Here are a few things that work for me:

  1. Keep good company. If you have positive friends who are motivated to get things done, this will help you find motivation in return. It’s like the theory that you are a combination of the five people you are with the most. For me, motivation seems to be contagious. And of course, it is equally as important to be a motivator to your friends as it is to look to them for motivation.
  2. Schedule it! Calendars are my best friend when I want to get something done. Writing down an event or action item on my calendar makes me feel much more commited to it than if I just say it to myself. The best part about this method are the reminders I get, which keep my tasks front of mind so I cannot forget them and know how to build out the rest of my day.
  3. Make realistic priorities. Life can often feel like a never-ending to-do list, and I think it’s unrealistic to believe all, or even the majority of things on your list will get accomplished in a timely manner. Every couple weeks, I like to reflect on what I want to accomplish and what’s most important to me for the next month or so. Then, I put the appropriate action items and events on my calendar.

While these are the ways I have found motivation, I am sure they don’t work for everyone. If you are struggling to stay motivated or you feel like you are on a roller coaster, I’d try a few different things for a month and see what works. It’s also important to remember that it is 100% normal to feel unmotivated here and there. We are human afterall. 🙂

Over time I have found that for me, I do better with long-term goals than with short-term goals. For example, when I knew I wanted to start running more, making a goal of running X times per week didnt work. Instead, I made a goal of XX miles per month and slowly increased that number until I was satisfied with how much I was running. This was good for me because it forced me to think ahead about when I could get my running in and also meant that a busy few days or crazy week would throw me off track.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
– Michael Jordan

I hope this sparked some ideas for you to find motivation. If you have had any similar experiences or have found totally different ways to find motivation, I’d love to hear about them.

Here’s to all of us staying motivated through the winter!

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Fashion Finds for Work Wear

I recently had some online shopping success at J.Crew’s Factory store that I thought you all my be interested to hear, especially since they currently have a 40% off everything promotion going on through tomorrow tonight (woohoo!). J.Crew’s Factory store often has good discounts and great essentials for a well-rounded work wardrobe. What more does working girl need!?

PLEATED-HEM SHIRT, $32.50;  DOUBLE CRYSTAL CUFF BRACELET, $15.50

FLANNEL SHIRT IN BOY FIT, $34.50

DONEGAL TURTLENECK SWEATER, $52.50;  ESME SUEDE KITTEN HEELS, $76.50

I found that all these items fit true to size and similar to my other J.Crew Factory clothes. The donegal turtleneck sweater has flecks of other colors in the grey wool, adding some interest to it and making it coordinate nicely with various colors. I wore it with some cargo pants yesterday (see below). It is a little itchy too, so if you have sensitive skin I reccomend wearing a thin shirt or tank top under it.

The crystall cuff bracelet and suede heels are great neutral accessories to pair with more colorful outfits too. I have been loving jewelry with silver, crystals and/or gold combined because it coordinates and adds some interest when paried with pieces that are all gold or all silver.

I’ve also talked recently about my love for the trendy windowpane print, so J.Crew’s flannel shirt was a no-brainer for me. I love pairing flannels like these with a vest for a casual work look and with skirts and booties for a more dressed up work look. The pleated hem shirt is also a great twist on a basic to have for work (and life in general, let’s be honest). It pairs great with my favorite work pants, heels and a long necklace. I’d also check out J.Crew’s clearance section for super affordable shells to wear under sweaters this winter. Pictured above, the floral ruffle tank is $15 and the red scoopneck shell is $10.

Let me know if you have some affordable work clothes you are loving these days. My theory is that if you’re spending 40+ hours at work, it is worth making the investment in clothes you feel comfortable and confident in.

Cheers!

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My Favorite Bootie Brand

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and weather as wonderful as it was in the DC area. Fall is in full force and that means booties are too.

I have a few go-to booties that I absolutely love. They are just as stylish as they are durable and these booties are all from the same brand. Coincidence?! I don’t think so!

My Dolce Vita booties all have a nice, classic look, so I’m able to pair them with so many different looks. I have a suede, wedge lace-up pair in black and another pair of wedge booties in a taupe/grey color. Like the lace-up booties pictured below, the black ones are perfect for a night out and a more edgy look.

Similar to the taupe pair on the far right below, my taupe/grey wedge booties the perfect color and look for a more casual look. They truly go with everything. The most recent pair I got is a black ankle bootie with a very small heel (similar style here). These are so comfortable! These black leather beauties can be worn with work pants for a business causal look and with a suede skirt or jeans for a more fun look.

This bootie brand has such simple, classic styles, especially if you are looking for shoe without extra frills and bling. Dolce Vita’s booties will last you for years because they incorporate a timeless style in a durable, well made product. You’d never know that I have had these booties for multiple years. Even better news is Nordstrom has a lot of Dolce Vita boots and booties on sale now.

I have my eyes on the western looking pair on the far left above. I’d love to hear if there is a brand of boots or booties that is your go-to brand. Is there a certain style or brand you love wearing these days?

Here’s to a great week. Cheers!

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