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Navy Baby

Last week I spent the day on a nearby island soaking up the sun on the beach, cruising around in golf carts, and wandering the little streets that were awash with brilliantly blooming bushes and flowers. Rompers are one of my favorite go-to pieces for spring and summer. They make the perfectly stylish, no-fuss outfit. I love the navy lace detail of this one which is easily dressed up or down. For a beachy look, I paired it with a straw hat and woven tote bag, and to wear to dinner, I like to add wedges and a long necklace or scarf. Here's to many more sun-soaked days, time by the ocean, and spring's bountiful blooms! 

Beach Essentials

It's time for sunshine, sea breezes and swimsuits once again! (Wait, did it ever end?!) Spring weather creates the ideal beach day; it's sunny and warm with a bit of cool breeze, yes please! Lately, I've been finding any excuse to get out and enjoy the beach, even if it's just a quick dash to catch the brilliant display of colors at sunset. One of the best things about being so close to the ocean is that you can totally check in to vacation mode whenever the mood strikes! I've learned to keep a beach bag in my car with some of my essentials so I'm always ready for an impromptu beach escape. I always like to pick up a new swimsuit or two around this time to refresh the wardrobe for another sunshine-filled spring and summer season. Adore Me has some really cute styles as well as a wide range of prints and sizes to fit and flatter every body type. (Score an extra $10 off your new suit with code SWIMSET10)

Over the years, I've discovered what sun care products really work (especially when it comes to protecting that great tan...oh yeah, and your skin!). I've linked some of my tried and true favorites for you below. Sun Bum products have quickly become my favorite after discovering them on a vacation, and I'm also loving this Coola setting spray that adds a light layer of protection while locking in any tinted moisturizer or CC cream you may apply. Both of those lines are organic and provide excellent protection (Read: great tan without burning, score!!) for a day at the beach. If you're not a fan of laying out, this is the best self-tanner that will give you that gorgeous sunkissed glow in a flash.

Here's to many sunshine-filled days and ocean breezes in your future!

Thanks to AdoreMe for partnering on this post

Monday Musings

Happy Monday! I like to start my week by reflecting on some inspiring thoughts that help me to set a good mindset for what I want to accomplish. Here's a few things that are inspiring me recently! Here's to a productive and successful week ahead!

Why Rest Is Important

This past weekend was full of fun and activity, but after a crazy week, I also made sure to take a day to rest and relax. Rest can sometimes get a bad rap due to the focus that our society puts on productivity and busyness. I'll be the first to admit that sometimes it is really hard to rest, especially when we have to-do lists and schedules that are jam-packed with activities and many demands; however, I have come to realize that in order to be successful, a leader needs to invest time in recharging. Maybe taking the weekend off seems close to impossible for you, but even a simple hour or two just to yourself...not to cross off tasks or 'get things done', just to rest, will do wonders.

Rest can give us renewed energy, creativity, and a clearer sense of purpose or perspective. One of my favorite places to find rest is by the ocean. It's no secret that I love the beach and being by the water is a wonderful place to let the mind relax and wander. Where do you like to go to get some peace and quiet? There's a great quote from Jim Rohn that says, "Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Rest should only be a necessary pause in the process of preparing for an assault on the next objective and the next discipline." Too often I've thought of rest as a sign of weakness, when in actuality, it is a way to gain increased strength to continue on. Scripture tells us this, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29) It is so important that when we are weary or perhaps beginning to feel overwhelmed by the busyness of life's pace, we invest time in a brief pause to regain strength and stamina. If you've been running hard lately, this is your reminder to invest in rest from time to time. Don't get stuck in a constant cycle of harried task completion; relax, reset, and take a moment to breathe. You'll be stronger because of it.

Team Player

Recently, I've been doing some study on teams and how leadership affects the growth and health of a team. The reality is, we're all part of some sort of team. It may be a work team, school team, sports team, family team, or relationship team. The team may be a team of 2, 20, 200, or 2000; regardless of situation or size, the same principles still apply. We all need to know how to operate as good team players whether we are in leadership roles or not. It's easy to want to pass off responsibility to the leader or to shy away from the spotlights if you're inexperienced, but in order to become better, we have to step up to the challenge of improvement.
Winning teams have players who make things happen, and since life is not a solo sport, we'd better get good at becoming positive influencers and team players who get things accomplished. How do we do it? Here's three suggestions:

1. Find a mentor: The best way to get better at something is to invest time with someone who is better at it than you are. If you're at the highest level of those in the room, find a different room. We can always learn and grow from people who are challenging us to get to new heights.

2. Begin a growth plan: Results do not happen by accident; we must be intentional and deliberate with our investment of time and effort if we want to see a change. A detailed list of specific action steps you can take to further develop and grow your skills and abilities is going to be the catalyst for increased improvement.

3. Get out of your comfort zone: Guess what? Charting the unknown is the only way to experience new growth. Nothing great ever came from staying in your comfort zone, so get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This may mean doing something for someone else, going out of your way, changing your routine, or facing a fear. You've got to change to grow. You'll never know how much you could accomplish by simply remaining where you are.

It's been said that everyone wins when a leader gets better, and by growing in your ability to be someone who gets things accomplished, every team you're on and every relationship you have will benefit!

Island Inspired

Happy first day of spring! This is one of the most lovely times of the year, and I couldn't help but spend the majority of the weekend outside enjoying the beautiful weather. We spent an afternoon (or two!) at the beach soaking up the sunshine and exploring the shell roads that open up to beautiful ocean views. This time of year makes me want to wear all things island-inspired, and when I saw this dress, I fell in love with the beautiful tropical print. The fit is fantastic, and the pretty, low-back detail makes it special. It's lightweight (great for the warm days and nights) and versatile. You could definitely dress it up for a evening out or wedding season, and it's great for brunch on the weekend. You can bet this one will be coming with me on my next island adventure!

Are You Teachable?

One of the most interesting and challenging questions to ask yourself is that of "Am I teachable?" The initial reaction for many of us is most likely, "yes, of course!", but are you really? Are you willing to learn from others...even from those we don't agree with or situations that are challenging or uncomfortable?

The teachable spirit requires patience. A teachable spirit says, 'Every experience and person has something to teach me." This idea is incredibly freeing as you no longer have to try to be the authority on absolutely everything in life. Go ahead, Breathe a sigh of relief, whew! Now, this does not mean that you take everything as fact or listen to every opinion as equally important; however, it is an opportunity to see situations as something that can change us into better people if we allow it do so. Sometimes the most trying individuals or challenges we face in life can bring about the greatest lessons or reveal to us new abilities, levels of patience, or even a belief about ourselves that had been previously holding us back from greatness. While it is easy to say we're teachable, it is another thing to really live that way. How many times have we closed ourselves off from opportunity simply because we thought we knew better or we wanted to take the path of least resistance? I challenge you to allow yourself to be patient, learn from others, keep an open mind for possibilities and lessons, and watch your impact and success soar.
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