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!

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25 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for $25 or Less

Mother’s day is 10 days away (hopefully you know that it is May 14th this year!), and if you need help trying to figure out what to get, look no further! I have compiled a list of 25 affordable gift ideas that are a little more unique than your typical flowers, card or framed photo, and will leave your mom feeling like the special woman she is.

While many mom’s love those, I hope these gift ideas inspire you to give a gift that reminds you of your mom. From my experience, those are the gifts that people love most. Look for a gift that suits the personality of the receiver. And hopefully, you also realize that you don’t have to break the bank to give a meaningful gift. It may be cliche, but the thought you put into it truly is what matters most.

Now without further ado, here are my gift ideas!

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  1. sara happ® The Lip Slip® Lip Balm $24
  2. kate spade new york glitter 16-ounce glass water bottle $21 (at 30% off)
  3. Fresh® Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 $24
  4. Voluspa Maison Blanc Pink Citron 2-Wick Candle $16
  5. kate spade new york lemon recipe book $24 (at 30% off)
  6. Wild and Wolf x Ted Baker London Mini Notebook & Pen $22
  7. S’well Milky Way Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle $25
  8. Nadri Small Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings $25
  9. Nordstrom Makers Chocolate Milk Chocolate Mints $21
  10. Luigi Bormioli ‘Wine Profiles Bold Reds’ Wine Glasses (Set of 2) $25
  11. Recover Pineapple iPhone 6/7 Case $20
  12. Catseye London Beach Hats Cosmetics Case $20
  13. BaubleBar Conch Tassel Drop Earrings $22 (at 40% off)
  14. Capelli of New York Frayed Straw Panama Hat $22
  15. Nadri Kate Pavé Open Ring $22 (at 50% off)
  16. Sole Society Tropical Print Bandana $23
  17. A.J. Morgan Dowager 52mm Sunglasses $24
  18. Cara Floral Twist Head Wrap $25
  19. Mario Badescu Strawberry Face Scrub $15
  20. Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss $18 (at 10% off)
  21. Laura Mercier ‘Almond Coconut Milk’ Hand Crème $16 (at 10% off)
  22. Voluspa ‘Maison Blanc – Laguna’ Home & Body Mist $19
  23. Adeline Thong Sandals – Taupe – Mossimo Supply Co. $23
  24. Rosanna ‘You Da Mom’ Porcelain Trinket Tray $15
  25. The Created Co. Super Mom Mug, $15

I tried to create a gift guide with a lot of variety, so I hope you found it helpful! But whatever gift you give, don’t forget to communicate how and why you cherish your mother.

I’d love to hear what you have planned for Mother’s Day. If you are a mom, what are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Follow me on pinterest and pin this post so you have ideas on hand for your Mom’s birthday! 🙂

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Springtime Fashion Favorites 

I know it has only been spring for a couple weeks now, but there are a few items I have on repeat that are definitely worth sharing with you all. Floral prints, anything army green with comfy and cute peep toe booties are must-haves this season, and these items are my favorites.

Flow-y, Floral Tops

Pleione Ruffled Peplum Back Top, $42

Kut from the Kloth Floral Print Blouse, $68

Halogen Layered Look Print Top, $42

 

Army Green Vests

Pleione Twill Military Vest, $88

Levi’s Parachute Cotton Vest, $90

 

Neutral Peep-Toe Booties

Vince Camuto Kensa Peep Toe Bootie, $150

Vince Camuto Lidie Cutout Bootie Sandal, $119

I have worn my Levi’s vest multiple times, and even wore it when I got engaged a couple weekends ago. It’s a perfect layering piece for cool spring days or nights and it looks great with long or short sleeve tees. You can also pair this with a fitted tank and skinny jeans during a cool summer night. This vest isn’t very thick, so it is a nice change from my down vests which are better for winter and late fall.

The floral peplum top by Pleione is so trendy and versatile. I wore it to a concert, brunch and work in less than a week. That’s when I know something is my new favorite! The Kensa bootie by Vince Camuto has also been worn over and over lately. And every time I wear them, I get both compliments and feet that do not hurt. It’s a win-win!

Do you have similar items in your closet that are on repeat? Or are you sporting something totally different for spring? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers to tomorrow being Friday!!

Sarah Camille

 

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