Good Morning! Rise and shine! It is such a beautiful day today and we are heading into such a beautiful weekend! I distinctly recall last year that August was so dreary and so rainy. I swear I had on rain boots every single day. But this year the weather has been gorgeous! Of course it’s rained, but mostly at night or in the early morning while I sleep safe and dry in my home. The days are cooler but still warm enough to wear outfits like this! Plus, I can actually go off my balcony for photos!
Now, this little beauty was my outfit for the Randolph Street Market a few weekends ago! Although I’ve had this top since we vacationed in Chicago 2 years ago, I’ve never worn it and I’m so glad I finally did! Plus you can see me rocking my new summer sandals that are actually made for walking – god bless comfortable, practical, and adorable shoes! PSA: If you live in a walking city or are looking for a pair of sandals that are made for vacation walking, I highly suggest Naot sandals (I’ve linked them at the bottom of this page).
So guess what? It is a beautiful day because today is my last day at the office until next Tuesday (currently doing the happy dance!) I have big, big plans. Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be meeting the family at the airport for our Girl’s weekend in Chicago to see Hamilton! We’ll be taking a lake front cruise, eating at Maple+Ash, brunching at Kanela’s with Bloody Mary’s, plus I have a tropical surprise in store for everyone! I can’t wait to see them.
I hope you’re all doing something fun this weekend! I’ll be checking back in one week from today! Make it good one!
So now it’s officially August and I have something important to discuss.
Back in December on New Year’s Eve, Big A and I made New Year’s Resolutions. One of mine was to go to the gym every day for the month of January for at least 10 minutes. That’s right, not only I did I make a fitness New Year’s resolution (#classic) but I also made it easy: go for 10 minutes. I read once that one of the main reasons people quit working out is because they try to do too much at once. So I started small. Real, real small. I joined the Self Magazine New Year’s Challenge and I partnered on Social Media with hundreds of girls that were feeling and going through the same struggle, just trying to make a difference and shift the balance in their quality of life. From big to small to smart and confident and scared, I felt so motivated by these women. It was the best way to do this. It helped me. It saved me.
So, as I said before, it’s officially August and guess what, I’m still doing it. Now it’s more like an hour, but it all started back on January 1 where I went to the gym for just 10 minutes a day. Now it’s a part of my everyday life. Sure there are still days where I don’t feel like it or a weekend or two where I skip, but it’s who I am now. I’m healthier and happier version of the girl I was in 2016. My favorite clothes fit again. I wore a bikini this summer. WOAH. But guess what, I’m still going, I’m still pushing myself. Because the real work out starts when you want to quit.
I have officially lost 23 lbs this year. That’s like an average 2 year old or like 23 footballs or like 3 gallons of water. Right now, I’m chugging along for my goal of losing 30 lbs this year. I hope you’re behind me, because I’m not stopping! This is Monday Motivation. Go kill it this week you guys!
So check it, this weekend we have a house guest and Big A is taking him to Lollapalooza. Where does that leave me? By the pool with a book or on the sofa with Season 3 of Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce. No worries, the weather will decide for me.
Have a great rest of your week and I’ll be sure to check in after the weekend! XOXO TOP: H&M // JEANS: AE // SHOES: PAYLESS // NECKLACE: OLD NAVY // BANGLE: FOREVER 21