Intention Check-in – February

Here we are. And yes. I know it’s already March. But I thought I’d circle back on those intentions started on January 1st and update y’all. on my progress (or lack thereof).

February was an absolute whirlwind and for the last week and a half of it, I was fitting an upper respiratory infection. When you’re sick, everything feels off, am I right? Your sleep schedule, your appetite, your day to day responsibilities. But I’m on the mend and determined to make March a great month! Before we dive into Spring though, let’s recap my intentions for February..

  1. Pitch myself with purpose – This is going really well! I’ve had the chance to partner up with some great brands this past month like HUM Nutrition, Eloquii, and Maree Pour Toi. I feel very lucky to produce content for y’all and share the things I’m trying out and loving. And that’s not to say there hasn’t been rejection. There has been PLENTY! However, I’m working hard and know that what’s meant for me will come my way. I’ve got more in the works for March and am excited to continue my partnership with Jessica London Style. If you’re a blogger wondering where to start in terms of building relationships with brands, I would definitely check out Emma’s Edition. She provides free step by step advice on how to build your platform. Check her out here!
  2. Save more, spend less – Y’all. THIS IS HAPPENING and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m eating at home and cooking for one. Nothing fancy, believe me, but I’m doing it! I’ve also cut back on the spending on my wardrobe. I’ve found trendy pieces that are inexpensive on sites like Shein. And y’all know I love me some Old Navy! I’m also going to be transparent and say that the collaborations mentioned above have also helped cut down on my spending. Thinking ahead though, March is going to be an expensive month as I’m in search of two bridesmaid dresses for two weddings I’m in in June and hosting a bridal shower for one of my bride bffs. I’m cohosting this shower with two other gals and was thinking it would be fun to do a post on how to throw a shower on a budget!
  3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety was still on a rager through most of February, but I’ve been using meditation to help me get ready for bed and the essential oils I’ve been using have also helped quiet the mind when it seems like it just can’t catch a breath. What I’d like to do this month is incorporate some walking and exercise into my self-care. Whether it’s 20 minutes on a treadmill or a walk around the neighborhood, I have to stop being so stagnant and sedentary. Will report back on this at the end of March.
  4. Be open to possibilities – Absolutely NOTHING to report here and honestly, I should be focusing more on myself and getting into a good head space. I’ve got to get myself on the up and up before thinking about dating. Am putting this on the back burner and will revisit when I feel like I’m ready.

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Shop: Sunnies, Earrings, Dress

I hope if you read this, you’re also circling back on your intentions and figuring out what you need for this month to get or stay on track!

Xx

The Sisterhood of the Busy Schedules

With it being the week of Valentines AND Galentine’s, I think it’s time we talk about the F word. Yea, that’s right. Friendship.

Now that I’m 30, my friendships have changed. Some have ended, some are stronger than ever, and some are new and still growing. The season that we’re in doesn’t allow for lounging with the girls very often. We have to plan (often way in advance). We’re busy, we’re working away, and we’re blooming into the adults our parents hoped we’d be. AND WE ARE TIRED (no one tells you how tired you’re going to be).

I went to lunch with three of my gal pals on Sunday and it got me thinking. As the days of our lives go off in various directions, how do we stay connected? Invested? One of us is about to have a baby, another is engaged, and the third bought the cutest fixer upper. Yet here we are, catching up over wine (and a mocktail for mama) and laughing about jury duty horror stories and talking through what the next few months look like.

Here’s just a few tips for staying connected with your bests at this stage of life:

  1. Give yourselves something to look forward to! Is it a girls getaway? Maybe a spa day. Okay, let’s settle on brunch. A study just recently came out that said women with a friend group that spend time together IRL live longer.
  2. Snail mail. I think letter writing is becoming a dying art. My friends and family know that I LOVE TO SEND MAIL. I have a drawer full of cards for whatever the next occasion is going to be. Let your friends (both near and far) know you’re thinking of them.
  3. Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me. We’re so quick to send a text, comment on the latest Insta (yes, keep doing those things), but when was the last time you called your best friend to check in? FaceTimed? Hearing someone’s voice or seeing their face gives another layer to your communication, your connection. You can hear the tone in someone’s voice, see the expression of laughter on someone’s face. It’s a beautiful thing. Pick up the phone!

Above all else, find ways to support one another, even when you’re in bed by 9 with a facemask on.

And for that next meet up with your besties? I’ve got the PERFECT look!

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Shop: Top, Jacket (regular and plus), Jeans, Shoes (here and here), Earrings, Sunnies, Bag

Cheers to you and your gal pal group, y’all!

Xx

Thanks to Lane Bryant for this great top and pair of jeans! Y’all know how to make a girl feel great!

Single and the City

Hi Friends and happy Friday! Mama, we made it!

For those of you that have been following along for a while, you know I’m as single as can be. My mom says I’m just not good at dating (lol). I’ve made one of my intentions this year to be more open to the possibilities that come my way. Whether these are blog opportunities, dating opportunities, or just life ops, I’m trying to open this little heart of mine.

Continue reading “Single and the City”

Intention Check In

Well, friends, it’s the last day of the first month of the new year! We set those intentions for the new year and it’s time to check in… how are we doing?

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Shop: Tunic Dress, YSL clutch, Hoops

Below are the four intentions I set for 2019 and an update on each.

1. Pitch myself with purpose – This has actually had a good start! I’ve got some fun partnerships coming up that I’m super excited to share with y’all. I’ve put myself out there, dove into my blogger stats, and have been more strategic in determining my goals and working for what I want to build into That Blonde Rebel.  Can’t wait to see what February brings!

2. Save more, spend less – I’ve been better about saying no. No, you don’t need that really fantastic Hermes bracelet. You already have one. Put the money aside. Also, you will definitely be having FOMO of your friends going to Mexico in a few months for your college bestie’s bachelorette, but you’re being realistic and your savings account is going to thank you in the long run. Last week, I cooked dinner for myself three times during the work week. That is progress. This week? Not so much, so a bit of a regression, but will be resetting once I get to the grocery store and can start cooking again! Anyone have any easy meals to make for one? Let me know! Also, thinking about challenging myself with a clothes shopping freeze for the month of February! Anyone with me?! Can we be accountability buddies because I know it’ll be hard.

3. Be more focused on self-care – My anxiety is still at an all-time high, wreaking havoc on my body and my skin. I need more water. I need to move more. Ugh. Let’s be better to ourselves this next month. CBD oil is trending and I’m thinking of giving it a shot, or at least in topical form to help with my back pain. Hoping to report happier things in four weeks!

4. Be open to possibilities – Well. I’ve gone on a date. I’m still swiping. Nothing left to report on this front lol

Reflecting on these four intentions was awesome to do. I’ve clearly been very honest with myself and two things seem to be going fairly well. Now it’s about being consistent with goals 1 & 2, and putting more into 3 &4!

Am thinking this will be a monthly update going forward through the rest of the year.

Xx

Twirling into a Good Week

Hi Friends!

I’m back with a brand new look today, but before I share one of my fave looks as of late, I wanted to tell you the three things I do on Sunday to set myself up for a great week!

  1. Clean – vacuum, do your laundry, put fresh sheets on your bed, scrub your toilet, your sink, & your tub. This makes for feeling like you are in control of your week. NO SUNDAY SCARIES over here!
  2. Plan out the week – from blog and Instagram content, to the work week, and social agenda, MAP it out! Sitting down with what’s on the calendar helps me accurately anticipate my time. Time is the most valuable thing these days, especially when we feel like we don’t have enough of, am I right? Get a planner! It’s honestly made me feel very productive and I love making lists (maybe just to cross things off, but still)!
  3. Do something to treat yourself – make yourself a great dinner, put on a face mask, read that final chapter of the book you’ve been putting off, take a soak, watch an episode of Derry Girls and have a laugh. Reward the productivity that you’ve put in your day by doing something that’ll feel great as you wind down for a good night’s sleep.

Now for this $55 tunic dress that has a high-low hem. I paired it with black tights and knee high boots, but I’m also psyched to pair with some wedges when the weather gets nicer!

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Shop: Tunic Dress, Boots (similar wide calf and regular), Clutch, Hoops

Thanks for stopping by y’all!

Xx

Dear 20 year old Me

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Me, 20 years old, singing my heart out at a karaoke bar in Nashville, Tennessee. God bless fake i.d.s and all the people who booed us off the stage.

L Mae. Girl.

We need to have a chat. Life is good right here and right now at 20. There are friends aplenty and the beer is flowing in Oxford, Mississippi (Hotty Toddy and PPLAM to any Rebels reading this). College is the sweet spot and you’re going to stay here as long as you can (shout out to those two years in grad school)! There are some things you need to know, though. This next decade (specifically the last six years from 24-30) is going to be a ROLLERCOASTER. All the things. Grown up things. Like career changes, and bills, and weddings, and deaths, life-lasting friendships, deteriorating friendships. It can all feel too grown up sometimes and leave you feeling like, “Well, hell. How’d we get here?” Continue reading “Dear 20 year old Me”

Resetting in the New Year

Hey friends and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know what you’re thinking, another resolutions post. However, I have a different take on the whole resolutions thing, which I’m detailing below.

January 1st brings about something a lot of people call “resolutions”… things to do better, be better at. However, because of the hype, whenever we fall off the wagon (whatever the wagon may be), we are crushed with a sense of failure. How about we call these “resolutions” intentions instead? The things you INTEND to do, to be. The expectation is still there, but within reason, giving yourself flexibility to attain your goals without guilt for a simple misstep. My two words of focus for 2019 are GROWTH and WELLNESS. With that being said, I’ve created four intentions for myself:

1. Pitch myself with purpose – What do I want out of this year? To grow That Blonde Rebel. That means I need to be strategic about what brands I want to represent and show you guys on my platform. I want to continue to be my authentic self with y’all, being open and transparent about the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a 30 year old single girl in a big city. I’ve been researching how to pitch myself to brands to land some collaborations and I’m excited to put myself out there in this way and see what may come from it.

2. Save more, spend less – Doesn’t everyone want to do this? On a real note, I’m living in a studio apartment that costs almost double what I was paying at my last place. The area is great and there are awesome amenities, so it’s fine, but I probably could have made a better decision. 2019 is going to be big. Weddings, babies, showers, bachelorettes, trips, etc. There are going to be things I have to say no to, which is going to be hard. I’m typically a YES gal to everyone and want to make sure my nearest and dearest feel all the love from me. However, that love may have to look differently if I can’t make all of it work within my budget. And that’s okay.

3. Be more focused on self-care – I have not learned the true value and importance of self-care more than this past year. I hurt my back again (which led to several rounds of steroid injections and muscle relaxers). This caused me to altogether stop working out. My thyroid was off this past summer, making me groggy, blue, and puffy from packing on some extra pounds. I’ve been going non-stop and it’s like my body has not been able to keep up. Then, when I fell after Thanksgiving and landed in a boot on and off for the past month, I felt like it was a major setback. My anxiety is also at a record high. I haven’t had an issue with anxiety since my last year of grad school. Well, the old bastard is back and I have to analyze why and figure out how to combat it. I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I’m trying to give all of you reading a true glimpse of my wellness scale, a baseline of where I’m at currently and what I want to improve. I want to focus on meditation, drinking more water, not eating fast food as often as I embarrassingly do, and getting more steps in. These things aren’t to lose weight, but to get my wellness journey back on track, which will impact not only me physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Who’s with me?!

4. Be open to possibilities – Self-doubt is a major bummer, am I right? Thinking we’re not ready, not good enough. 2017 was serious hell for me. 2018 was about getting back on track. I had some hurdles, but it was alright. 2019 is going to be my year to be okay and try new things. Hello Bumble, I’d like a husband please. Oh, it doesn’t work that way? Okay. Fine. Let’s start with swiping right and dating. I’m here for it. There I said it. Manifesting it here first and updating my Bumble profile as we speak. Here goes nothing…

I hope this post resonated with you in some way and I hope that you know you’re not alone. We’re in this together.

2019 is going to be the year of Liza (and the year of you, too!) and making some things happen! Can’t wait to bring y’all along for it all.

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Here’s to a great year of growth and wellness for us all!

Xx