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Worth It


At this point in the year many people start to waver when it comes to upholding their 'resolutions' or goals. One of the questions I often ask myself, sometimes repeatedly, is that of, "Is it worth it?" The truth is, goals require a lot of us...including time, habits, relationships, and sacrifice. We always give up something of comfort to see an increase in success or to accomplish a breakthrough. 

What makes a seemingly stunning "overnight success" is really the result of consistent, deliberate, self-sacrificing, hard work. I'm often reminded of the fact that the things we train for in the dark produce the success that comes in the light. There's a commercial Michael Phelps did with Under Armour that beautifully illustrates this concept. (Watch it here.) His incredible success was not simply achieved by talent alone; it is the result of hard, driving, often uncomfortably challenging work. We'd all like to just experience achievement without going through challenges, but challenges are what create true character. Anyone can put forth some effort when success comes, but how many will put in the long hours of hard work away from the spotlights and cheering crowds? Not many people are willing to withstand the challenges of the usually "unseen" darkness in order to get to the light, but when the answer to that question of worth is 'yes', it's time to get up and get moving. 

How do you know if it's worth it? 

Here's a few thoughts that will help you to evaluate the goal:

1. What are my values? Does the goal align with them?
2. What is the investment of time required? 
3. What actions will be required?
4. Am I willing to pay the price and sacrifice what is necessary to reach the goal?


Something to keep in mind is that it's ok for priorities to change, midcourse corrections to be made, and for your answer to the question of, 'Is it worth it?' to be 'no' at times. When you answer those questions that determine a goal's worth, or the price you must pay for it's achievement, sometimes you will need to part ways with a project, a prior goal, or even a relationship that will not get you to where you really want to be. Is this easy? No way. Is it wise? Definitely, if the goal is worthwhile to you. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what is worth pursuing and what should be edited from your habits or lifestyle in order to get to your goals. Excuses are a dime a dozen, but for those who persevere, leaving the darkness behind and stepping into the light, the sacrifice is truly worth it

Palm Prints & Pastels








Palm prints are my absolute favorite. I love all things tropical, and the swaying palms remind me of some of my trips to the islands. (I've got my eye on this cute romper and swimsuit too!) Wrap dresses are definitely having a moment again (did they ever really go out??), and it's a silhouette that's very flattering on just about every woman. I'll definitely be wearing this piece throughout the season. Spring brings out the softest breezes and days filled with sunshine, so a stroll through the gardens admiring the pretty blooms, ocean views, and stately trees was the perfect way to end the weekend! 

p.s. It's Valentine's week! Be sure to let those you love and appreciate know how much they mean to you! This holiday isn't just for those with significant others; it's always a good idea to let someone know how much you care! Whether it's a gift, coffee, flowers, or even just a simple call or text to say 'I appreciate you!', I challenge you to share a little love with those around you. 

Pink Lace







It's no secret that I love to dress up, and this pretty pink lace number is just begging to be worn for Valentine's Day and throughout spring in general! Sometimes a color can be just as much of a statement as the design and detail. The swingy style pairs beautifully with simple, neutral accessories and sparkling earrings. Speaking of Valentine's Day, I've linked a few of my favorite gift ideas for her (hint hint, gentlemen) that would be perfect to give a girlfriend, gal pal, or yourself (that's allowed too)! :)


5 Questions To Ask Yourself This Week


We're coming to the end of the first month of the year which means it's time for a check-in. It's good to do a quick evaluation of your progress to see where you are and what adjustments (if any) need to be made. Ready? Grab a sheet of paper or the notes app on your phone and let's dive in.

1. How are you doing on your goals?
2. Where did you think you would be?
3. Where are you on your progress?
4. Where do you want to be?
5. What are you going to change to get there?

Remember, self-evaluation and accountability are keys to successful completion of goals. Challenge yourself to do this quick exercise each month and watch your achievements soar!

Pink & White






The warm weather we've been getting has me thinking we may have skipped right into spring, glossing over winter completely...not that I mind all that much! Lately I've been drawn to feminine florals, lace, soft and silky blouses, and crisp white pieces. I've been waiting to wear this skirt since the fall, and this weekend seemed like the perfect time to bring it out to play. This lace detail is so pretty and the right weight for warm temperatures. I paired it with a pink silk bow blouse but it would also be lovely with a white button down or a tied up floral top. When it comes time for casual weekends, shorts and tees are usually my go-to, but lately I've been trying to pull out some skirts and dresses instead. Here's to an early arrival of warm weather, florals, and all things spring!

Priorities


Priorities seem to be a buzzword around this time of year. We think about arranging and rearranging schedules, we look at how we can increase our productivity, and we invest time finding new ways to accomplish everything on our to-do lists. Sometimes it feels like there's just not enough hours in the day to achieve everything we've placed on our schedule to do and I've often heard people (myself included) say, "I just don't have time for that/to do that." Can I submit a thought to you? 

We have time for what we value, and we make time for what is important to us. 

This isn't rocket science or even a new concept, but the validity of it really impacted me recently. You see, we all have the same amount of hours in the day, and if we're really honest, we have time that could be utilized or invested differently to accomplish things we "don't have time for". You're probably thinking, I already knew that...
Why then, if we know this, do we not change our schedule to become more productive or to cross those things off our list? The reality is, the reason we don't do those things is because we don't see a high value in them so they aren't priorities of ours. This even includes relationships. We make time for what and who we think is important. Sure, we might say that certain tasks, commitments, or even individuals are a priority, but our actions speak the truth. We define what is important to us by what we commit our time to. Do your habits reflect your priorities as you want them to? If we want to change our life, we must begin by changing our priorities. Choose to invest your time with the people that will inspire, encourage, and motivate you. Make time for the activities that will challenge, grow, and develop you. We're all finding time for something...make sure it's what you want. 

It's A Habit

We often hear about changes that need to be made around this time of year. People want to try new things, do something different, and achieve greater results. Behind all of the goals, changes, and well-meaning resolutions is the idea of making changes to our habits. The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. If we're honest, the real day in and day out challenge is to adjust the things that we've become accustomed to doing. The comfort zone of the familiar is what we must be willing to sacrifice to make the necessary adjustments in our habit patterns. Successful people know that it's not simply the practice of setting goals, or just knowing what we want to achieve that gets us to the accomplishment. Instead, the careful examination and intentional changes made to daily habits will be the critical key to great success and achieving dreams. 

I recently discussed this concept with a couple of friends, and as we talked, we discovered that this was something all of us had encountered in one area of life or another. Sometimes the smallest or most simple of habits are the most challenging to change, but if we're willing to take that first step of action, the following momentum is often enough to propel us forward into the new pattern. It's often said that success is hidden within your daily routine, so I encourage you to take a look at your daily habits and see what to keep and what to change. Remember, when you get rid of a habit, you're making room for the creation of better ones that will lead you to success. Without a replacement, the old habits quickly resume their place, sometimes with unwelcome additions. Take a moment today to think of one small change you can make to your routine that will produce better, more successful results when compounded over time. 

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