It’s a good thing I don’t measure my success on this blog by my consistency of posting these days. Sorry y’all for the 100th unplanned hiatus this year. Things at the “steel distribution company that shall not be named” has been super super busy. I’ve worked late more days in the past few weeks than I have in the past few years leading up to this point. Oh the joys of management. I’m not complaining though, even though I have a love/hate relationship with my job, I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of people.
Yesterday while I was procrastinating a little by taking a gander at my Instagram feed, because what better way to waste the time that should be used productively, I came across a picture from Shane and she was encouraging ambitious women to read Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO of Facebook) book Lean In. I don’t read books like that very often. Truthfully, I prefer the books that don’t require me to think very much, which I guess isn’t exactly and awesome thing since I am quite ambitious. I was intrigued by what Shane had to say and figure that its never to late to try and broaden my horizons and what not. So I bought it, and even though I’ve only read the introduction I’m sure that its going to be an amazing book and will be worth the $30 I paid for it. I’ll be sure to post a review as soon as I’m finished.
If you’ve ever seen Sheryl’s Ted Talk you know that she is a huge advocate for women being confident and standing tall and putting themselves out there. It’s something that I struggle with every single day. I know I have a lot to offer, but I’m scared others won’t feel the same. Failure scares me. Its a lot of the reason I hold myself back from trying new things.
I’ve been obsessed with home decor for years, I’ve probably spent more than a few months worth of mortgage payments on House and Home and Style at Home magazines. I’ve dreamed of decorating my own place with the style and flair that is so often shown on their pages. Unfortunately my bank account has never been in favor of my doing so, unless I can find ways to DIY things. And since I’m determined to have a bachlorette pad that I love, I’ve been doing just that for quite a while.
A few weeks ago, before I ever heard of Lean In, I decided to stop letting myself get in my own way of learning new things and my potential success, and I opened my own Etsy shop, Kathryn Lavers Design.
Honestly, while I had hoped for massive success (of course), I really didn’t expect to sell a single print. Thankfully that has not been the case, and the response to my store has been amazing. Big thanks to everyone who has stopped by to purchase a print, or even just to look.
I am so glad that I decided to step outside my comfort zone, and put myself out there.
Sheryl is right, sometimes we have to stop holding ourselves back, we have to break down our own barriers, and when we do the results can be worth making ourselves a little bit uncomfortable.
If there’s one thing you should know about me if we are going anywhere together, its that I like to over pack. I’m a girl who needs options. Getting ready to head to the beach is no different. I don’t want to have to use the same bag every day. What we’ll be doing when we get there, how long we’ll be there, or if we will be making other stops besides the beach, all have to be taken into consideration. If we’re going all day, I’ll need a bigger bag so that I can take a few snacks, magazines, frisbees, etc. And if we’re going to do a little shopping, I’ll want a smaller bag so I don’t have to carry around a large tote.
Much like towels, there are hygienic reasons why more than one suit is a definite plus for beach goers. But if we’re being honest, I’m mostly for having lots of options, cause suits are still fashion. And I like to look good. And I don’t want the beach hotties to see me in the same thing over and over. That would just suck.
What would you take to the beach?
Link up and share the things you’d love to splurge on for the beach, your closet, your house…
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One and Two. I’m hoping to go for a sophisticated look and either of these dresses would be a great piece to start with.
Three. This clutch would work with either dress because of its classic color and shape.
Four. These anchor earrings are adorable and understated. They would go great with an updo.
Five. If I go with a black dress a statement necklace would be a great way to add a punch of color.
Six. Loving this bow bangle. Its too cute.
Seven. These booties add some height and a little “somethin somethin.” They could go with either dress.
Eight. Love the classic look of these peep toes and the color is very summery. They would look great with a black dress.
Nine. Shoes are a great way to add a punch of color to an outfit. Red shoes would look fantastic with a black dress.
Ten. These earrings would go great with either dress no matter what hairstyle I choose.
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