The Holidays, you know?

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Is everyone loving/surviving the holidays?! This time of year just flies by so fast. I haven’t had time to even think about blogging. So bad, I know! I also started a new adventure recently that has been taking time to set up. I’m excited to share that when I’m finally up and running.

In the meantime…new posts will be coming soon and I hope everyone enjoys the next few weeks!

xo,

Janine

December Goals

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         It’s the last month of 2016! Where did this year go?! Personally, this year was another tough one for me. I lost a job, got a new one, left that one, got another one. Yeah, I know. I lost sight of what truly makes me happy and found it again. I let myself think I wasn’t worthy of greatness and realized that everyone is worthy of greatness. Like I said, it’s been a rough year, at least the last part of it. This is going to sound cheesy, but it really made me stronger. I was in an environment that was negative everyday, worked awful hours, never saw my family, stopped taking care of myself and I finally put my foot down. It is AMAZING how making a change can just help you breathe. After that, I vowed to do as much as I could the rest of the year and the rest of my life. Like I said, everyone is worthy of greatness and happiness whatever that may be to you.

        With all of that being said, every month I like to make goals for myself. I don’t necessarily write them down, but I know what I want to achieve. Whether it is something creative, physical, or to make a change of how I treat others, a goal is a goal and they are something I believe everyone should have. They help you compete and challenge yourself to do better, achieve the person you want to be or make your life just better in general. Sometimes I feel like if I share them with others, it helps to me to stay accountable in reaching them. So! Here’s what I have my eyes on for the last month of 2016!

  1. Stop apologizing.  My boyfriend is always telling to stop apologizing for something that’s not my fault or for being myself. After he mentioned it, I realized how often I said the words, “I’m sorry”.
  2. Take care of myself. This one has a two parts to it. First, I’m the type of person who will almost always make sure others are happy before I’m happy. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. Sometimes I would sacrifice something important to me to make others happy. Such a people pleaser, I know. I blame working in retail my whole life. Until now! Yes, it is always good to help others, but at some point you have to help yourself first. Second, I’m going to get my butt back to Bodfit Bootcamp twice a week and workout at least four times a week. People say I make excuses because I used to work 10-7 and I’d have the whole morning off to do this. Maybe I was, but I am the furthest thing from a morning person and that was a struggle for me. But in order to feel comfortable in my own skin again, I’m determined to make this lifestyle change.
  3. Be more patient. Ask my mom, I’ve never been a patient person in my entire life. I guess it also comes with the generation I’m from/grew up in. Everyone wants something instantly. But I also need to learn to be more patient with people.
  4. Stop caring what other people think. I’ll be honest. When I first decided I wanted to consistently blog as something I enjoy doing, my first thought was, “what will everyone think?!”. Then I told myself, WHO CARES! This is something I enjoy doing: writing, photos, reaching out to people. People will support it, some won’t. Also, and this goes back to taking better care of myself, I HATE to get dressed nowadays. Ironic since I want to blog about life and style, right?  But, the one word that is constantly running through my head is the word fear. If you’re afraid of something, go after it. Face it. What’s on the other side can’t be much worse than you think.
  5. Live in the moment. I’m so guilty of wishing and wanting “better” things in my life. I say “better” because I tend to think if I have this or that my life will be better. When I know that the people I surround myself and life experiences make life “better”. I lost my thinking of “everything happens for a reason when it happens” mentality towards the end of this year. I went through a really bad depression (still have bad days) and I was so fixated on what would make me happy that I didn’t realize I have everything that makes life good. Family, friends, my love, a job. I should be so grateful for these things because some people have none of that. I finally left my pity party for one last month. I had to. I was sick of laying in my bed every day, crying every day, wasting my energy on being sad.

For the remainder of 2016 and in 2017, these goals are staying with me. Nobody is perfect and nobody should be perfect. I admire people who can admit their flaws and either embrace them or change them for the better. I hope you all set some goals, anything!, that would make you happier or stronger. Especially us girls. We need to stick together!

Have a great week my friends, I’ll be trying to get over this cold before Christmas and of course shopping for my secret Santas!

Things are fragile, but we’re all being carried and I think we’re all on our path in that sense. As fragile as things are, we’re still getting there.- Andrew McMahon

xo,

Janine

Favorite Fall Staples

Favorite Fall Staples

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Bag//Jeans//Sweater//Booties//Sunnies

I hope everyone had a lovely (and filling) Thanksgiving! I know I earned my workouts this weekend!

My sister came in from the city for the holiday so I stole her for a little while to help me shoot some photos. Make sure you check out her blog Black In Bloom! It was so gloomy out this past weekend, but we tried to make the best of it. We recruited our younger cousin to take the last photo of us. Future blogger? I was so happy to spend the afternoon with some family even it was in a furniture store with zip lining. Such a genius idea if you ask me! The dinner together, a few card games, and tons of laughs was worth it.

I’ve had a week off from working so it felt nice to actually get dressed..whoops.. I chose my go-to staples in my closet this fall: a cable knit sweater, jeans, and booties. Cozy, classic, and super comfy. My bag was a splurge buy for myself, a “I NEED that bag!” moment for sure. And bonus: you can emboss it with any letter(s) of your choice. In love!

Weekends go by so fast, I definitely tried to savor every moment before going back to reality. Hopefully you were all able to get some rest, enjoy Christmas decorating, or whatever else makes your souls happy.

Have a wonderful week, friends!

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.-Michael J. Fox 

xo, Janine

Shop Small Saturday

Shop Small Saturday

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?! A lot of my friends and family go crazy over Black Friday shopping. Me on the other hand, would rather stay in my PJs, relax, and recoup from my turkey coma!

Lately, I’ve been living on Etsy finding the cutest gifts for my family. So I wanted to share some of the small businesses, local and online, that are my current favorites for holiday shopping before Small Business Saturday. Here we go!

  1. Mulberry Press Co.: I randomly found Mulberry Press Co. on Instagram while aimlessly scrolling. I am so glad I did! This company works to get positive messages out into the world through clothing and home goods. If you know me, you know I love positive messages/inspiration because there just isn’t enough of that in the world today. I personally love their tees (so soft and cozy!) and their mugs.
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    2. Sweet and Spark: This one is for vintage lovers. I stumbled upon Sweet and Spark after seeing Julia from Gal Meets Glam wearing a few pieces. I love this company because it brings together a father and daughter and there is nothing more important than family! Check out their story here. It will warm your heart!

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    3. Salt Shop and Press: This shop is local here in Connecticut in my favorite town of Mystic. They have a lot of prints and home goods that are so adorable. And the best part, to me, is the costal theme. I have yet to visit (it’s on my list!) but you can follow them along on their Instagram to keep up with all of their events and arrivals.

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    4. Made Au Gold: This Etsy shop is currently one of my favorites. Lea, the shop owner, is from France and is probably the sweetest. I recently got a print from her to complete my gallery wall above my desk and was so pleased with it. The best part? She makes prints for kids, kitchens, and everything in between. Definitely check out her Etsy shop and follow her here!

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    I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this week! Don’t forget to shop small on the 26th. After all, the holidays are about giving back, being grateful, and supporting one another. We could definitely use a lot of that lately!

 

xo, Janine

“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

* Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored by any company. All opinions are my own.

A Day in Brooklyn

A Day in Brooklyn

Yesterday was a MUCH needed time away from Connecticut. There is something about a city that just makes me feel so happy. Maybe it’s all of the different people your are surrounded by. The energy is unreal so when my Dad asked me to go see my sister in Brooklyn, I said yes. Even if he wanted to get up at the crack of dawn on a Sunday…

I snapped a few photos with my phone including a peek of my sister’s adorable apartment. It was such a gorgeous day! Spending time with my Dad + sister was a plus too! 😉 

Have a good week, friends! 


Xo, Janine

Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA

Photo Diary: Salem & Boston, MA
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Ropes Mansion as seen in the movie Hocus Pocus. Almost every generation of the Ropes family passed away in this home.
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Grounds of the House of Seven Gables/Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
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Boston Harbor
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Old South Meeting House
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Clocktower
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My rock, soulmate, best friend.

 

xo, Janine

Hopeful Soul

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Do you ever fixate on something you want SO badly to change, but you just simply don’t have means to make a change? This has been me for the better part of the past few months and I needed an outlet to just get my thoughts down. I wanted this blog to be space where I/we can celebrate the small things in life that make us truly happy. Well, the reality is that life has its ups and its downs and currently I’m in a down moment. Hopefully me getting my thoughts out of my own head will encourage others to do so as well. So….

The past few months I’ve felt stuck. Like I’ve been in the same position for years. When my brain gets like this, I forget all of the things I have accomplished, people who have come (and out) of my life, the goals I still have for myself, and more importantly… Everything will work out when it is supposed to. For example, I graduated with degree in Public Health. I went into this profession knowing jobs are scarce and thankless and wouldn’t make me a millionaire. But I LOVE teaching others about healthy environments, how to keep their nasty colds away, and when to NEVER eat lettuce. It’s what I enjoy doing the most. I currently do not work in the field it’s pretty much killing me. I don’t work out or have the motivation to, I couldn’t tell you the last time I put makeup on, I have shitty hours at work (sorry, but they do), never have a moment to myself all week which in turns takes a toll on all of my relationships….

Is your head spinning yet? Yeah, this has been me for the past few months just add daily crying fits because of my frustrations.

While I’m eternally grateful for all the wonderful people in my life, this part has always fallen short. But, for myself, I need to just keep working and trust that there is a reason why I am currently “stuck” where I am. If I don’t, I’m literally letting life pass my by. I’m wallowing in my self pity basically instead of making the most of what free time I currently do have. 

So, why am I telling you all of this? I want it to help other people realize that when life has it ups and downs, there’s a reason for it. You didn’t get that job you were praying every night for? There must be something better coming along. You get your dream house… savor every single moment about the process, decorating, and the memories to come. For myself personally, whenever I leave my current job for one that “sets my soul on fire” it will all be worth it. I’ll take anything I’ve learned or encountered there with me. When I finally get to move in with my love…let’s just say I have a Homegoods and Target fund ready to make it our own. 

One last thing… I used to have this ridiculous timeline in my head about life. You know, be married by 28, buy a house at 30… (no kids for this girl, so I’m good!) I realized as I’ve grown up, timelines are so irrelevant to life. You have to live in the NOW. Focus on TODAY while keeping those milestones in mind. If we could all snap our fingers and get what we wanted, when do we learn and grow? 

Everything will work out in life. Trust that it will and let all of the worries and anxiety go and enjoy your life as it is right now in this moment.

“In all this chaos we found safety.”- Brighten

xo,

Janine