Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not Letting Your To-Do Rule You! 4 Ways To Make Time For Yourself!

Making time for yourself... i.e. 
How not to go crazy while running a business or other endeavors.

Heads up... while I try very hard to make time for myself I'm not that great at doing this...
but... here goes nothing,

Originally I had a completely different post planned for today... that is until I realized Earth Day is in April and not in March...Whoopsie! glad I caught that one, let me tell you! So, with that being said I am actually in a way glad because it allowed me to write a post about something that has been on my mind lately. 

So lets get to it!

We all have to-do lists, whether they are mental, kept on a piece of paper, or recorded digitally and those jerks can be quite overwhelming sometimes. It's hard as the list gets longer to find balance between being a hard worker and overworking yourself. That's why this week I thought I would share some of the ways I attempt to make time for myself which is so important. 

In my case, I run my own business (Celebrated Lady LLC) and work a part time job at a museum shop, both of which I adore and love, but it leaves a lot of work that I have to accomplish. It can feel like climbing the stepping machine at the gym... always climbing and never reaching the top. And let me tell you five minutes on that thing and if feel like I'm a jiggly pile of goo.

 I spend many days and nights in my studio, creating, doing paperwork, and trying to conquer that ever growing list, even on days when I've worked in the shop all day. I know I am not alone. No matter what someones situation is we all have these lists and obstacles that block us from the much needed me time. Mom's with little ones, authors, actors, secretaries. teachers, etc... We all deal with this.  The worst thing is though that now people are having trouble remembering how to relax and not be busy, myself included.  If I have a day off I find myself feeling like I'm wasting time and saying things like "I might as well just go work in the studio" .

It's important to remember that you time is not a waste of time!

Now go forth and take a moment of time for yourself!Put yourself on your to-do list if you have too and maybe use some of my ideas listed below to fill your time!

1.  Read Something!

I'm currently reading "Yes Please" by Amy Poehler and I love it... I'm also slowly teaching myself how to speak Italian using the Duolingo app (it's so cool) I try to read before bed but after a long day...sometimes all I want to do is snuggle up in my bed watch some You Tube videos (mainly Buzzfeed... they are hilarious!) and then try to shut my brain off and get some sleep.

2. Do a craft!

If you are part of the hand made makers community this craft can not have anything to do with what you make to sell... that is part of your work now. Instead do something fun, simple and relaxing. Something that when it's finished makes you smile. I did this little fox sun catcher I found while cleaning my studio the other day. I love the way it came out and can't wait to hang it in my window!

3. Catch up on that pile of magazines you've been meaning to read.

Now this one can double as productive work time because I get some of my best inspiration from flipping through magazines. Whether it be a color, texture or recipe, I just love taking a moment to actually read the articles and fully examine the photos. Right now my favorites are Martha Stewart, Better Homes & Gardens, and the Rachel Ray magazine!

4. Write something.

For Christmas this past year my Mom got me a book filled with writing prompts. I used to love what we called picture prompts in school... (where you are given a picture and you then have to make up a story to go with it) This book, and others like it, have the same premise but have word prompts instead. I find it so fun and relaxing to just sit and come up with little stories or write down memories and observations!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Struggle... Finding the right pair of pants!

From curvy girls to skinny girls finding the right pair of pants is always a pain. They can gap, squish, or both! 

I personally can only attest to the shopping woes of a curvy girl because I have always been on the chubby side. The only thing that differs from my younger chubby self is that my current self is much more comfortable in her own skin. Believe me the road wasn't easy and I still have days where I wish certain things didn't jiggle quite so much... but that is all besides the point... Today is about pants and how I may or may not have been able to squish my butt into them!

This whole thing started because I needed new pants because of the commonly known phenomena called chub rub...  when your inner thighs hate each other so much they fight tearing your pants to shreds in the process. (I know a bit dramatic but it's my only solace for the reason I have to buy new pants every six months.) Pants can also be especially hard for me because I'm short so I have to search for pants that fit my proportions...

(style hint- most companies now put out what are called ankle pants because they work for both tall and short women. It's a whole Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants situation but it's nice to know that I won't have to shorten my clothes if I can find ankle pants)

I got an email saying that Old Navy was having a sale and since I needed to hit up my local craft store for supplies I figures I'd kill two birds with one stone. (both stores are at my local mall)

I was totally impressed with the selection Old Navy had. Lots of bright colors and prints... all of which I tried on... (bless the fitting room attendant because I must have tried on 14 pairs of pants and she never once gave me attitude or judgment) The light colors showed every flaw in my legs and the prints I didn't feel were versatile enough for my budget right now. The hardest thing though was to find the right size.

First I tried on a few different sizes and discovered that I was a different sized in almost every different style of pant I discovered that Old Navy regular length pants are entirely the wrong proportion for me... a normal pant for someone taller was very high waisted on me... and too long in the leg. I settled happily into a 16 and an 18. I found two styles the I liked how they fit. Not to tight in the thigh but still contoured enough to fit my waist and not need a belt. Lets just say these pants fell into the beloved "Goldie Locks Zone" I will say though that while they did contour at the waist there was a bit of gaping in the back... I don't think it's going to bother me though. I ended up purchasing two pairs of pants, a pair of black dress pants called Le Pixie that were a size 16 ankle length and a pair of deep olive cargo pants that were size 18 ankle pants. I am super excited about the cargo pants because I have always wanted a pair of pants like them... but due to my size finding pants with no stretch that fit right can be very hard, so when these fit I knew they were coming home with me.

In the end I'd say the trip was pretty successful. I came home with two new pairs of pants and didn't break my bank. Yes I did have to try on a lot of different pants to find them but that's ok... My younger self would have gotten discouraged after the 4th pair and given up but my best friend once told me to never get upset when clothes don't fit... "There is nothing wrong with you, there is something wrong with the clothes." The thing to remember is that all girls have their stories about how hard it is to find the perfect pair of pants... no matter their shape or size. I always try to keep this in mind when going on a clothes shopping adventure.

What I'm wearing:

Outfit Left

Felt Boho Hat - Got when I was 16

Vintage Amethyst Tribal Necklace - Found at a yard sale when 
I was like 10 and used to play dress up with but I now love and wear frequently.

Elephant tank top - Forever 21

Pixie Ankle Length Pants - Old Navy 

Oxfords - Cynthia Rowley

Outfit Right

Beaded Bone Boho Necklace - Celebrated Lady

Embroidered Gauze Sleeveless Blouse - Gap Outlet

Woven Belt - Boscovs

Olive Cargo Pants - Old Navy

Brown Cork Bottom Wedge Sandals - JellyPop

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Warm Weather Dreams and New Jewelry!

More jewelry of your boho dreams are now in the shop!

Stop by the Celebrated Lady shop to discover the four new pieces that just evoke feelings of warm weather and sunshine!