And just like that, another month has flown by. It's now July and I can't wrap my head around how quickly this year is going by. Wasn't it just snowing like 3 weeks ago?? (Okay, snowing might be a bit of a stretch... #Texas).
Without further ado, here are some little insights from June:
After seeing countless amazing reviews and quotes floating around online, I finally got the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal. Getting stuck at jury duty didn't suck nearly as much as I thought it would since that was the day I started reading the book. Every single break, I would find a seat in the hallway, dig out a snack from my bag (hello, shameless snack hoarder), and dive back into the book. I'm not done with it yet, but I highly recommend it! It's empowering, smart, honest and a great read for anyone who has every thought about starting their own business. If you're into book clubs, A Beautiful Mess chose #GIRLBOSS for July and will be discussing it at the end of the month.
It's pretty safe to say that most freelancers start out doing it as a part-time gig while working somewhere else. It's scary to make a transition into freelancing full-time, and it takes time, patience, and good work ethic to get there. If you're working toward making that transition in the near future, then this quote is for you. Whitney Blake posted this quote on Twitter and it really resonated with me: "Entrepreneurs: The only people willing to work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40." It's scary to think about freelancing full-time, but it's also incredibly rewarding. Just remember: 80/40. Write it down, say it out loud when things get tough, whatever works for you. Bust your ass for your dream job. Work for it. It's worth it to feel happy and fulfilled every single day of your life. I'm working for that, too. 80/40.
In June, I got to get into styling when Caroline over at Caroline Creates asked me to shoot some of her beautiful work. I styled and shot a custom floral invitation suite she designed and since then, I've been dying to do more. We're teaming up again this month to style and shoot more of her products, so be on the lookout for posts on that soon!
I've finally started getting into the habit of working out almost every single day and let me tell you... It. Feels. Amazing. Going for a walk/run around the lake with one of my best friends every evening has been so good for the soul. Leaving my phone behind, soaking up the sun, and enjoying being outside is exactly what I have needed. I talked briefly about it in my last post, but it went from an occasional outing to a routine thing. In addition to that, I started getting back into yoga when I found out a local studio was doing a free class in the park. Who knew outdoor yoga could be so refreshing? Even the car sounds become relaxing. Thanks to all that, I've been feeling infinitely better, inside and out!
Speaking of feeling better, I decided at the end of the month to start setting my alarm a little earlier. Only by 15 minutes, but not to be able to lay in bed longer. (Okay, maybe a little.) I realized that mornings would be a lot less horrendous if I took some time for myself in the morning. Instead of feeling rushed to get ready and get to work, I wanted to take some time to slow down, get ready, and have a little extra time for me. I encourage you to do the same. Whether that means doing a few minutes of yoga, meditating, stretching, reading, making breakfast or coffee, etc., it will make you feel a little more like a morning person. Who knows? Maybe you'll even start enjoying mornings! I'm not there yet, but maybe I'll be there by the end of July. My goal is to do this almost everyday this month!
For the first time in ages, I'll be doing a little traveling soon, so next month's post should be filled with tidbits from my adventures. Let's make July a great one!