Can you believe it’s been one year since I started my seasonal bucket list series? I always enjoy creating these posts because it allows me think of new ways to enjoy the season and keeps me accountable for actually getting out and doing things! Looking back, it has been an incredible year of growth through my seasonal intentions and writing down the words always seems to manifest things into reality. I’m so excited for the new season and elated to share my fall 2019 bucket list and intentions with you!
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To me, a new season represents a “new beginning” and a chance to not only try fun seasonal activities but to also reflect on the previous season and incorporate changes for the future. I’ve been in an incredibly reflective place lately and feeling much like how Taylor Swift must feel everytime she releases a new album haha! This is the beginning of my “new era” personally and professionally and I wanted to represent that not only through this post but also through these images.
If you’ve been a reader from the beginning then you know how much of a struggle photography has been for me. Training someone who has never held a camera to shoot is hard enough but then learning to edit and experimenting endlessly to try to achieve an end result that you’re not even sure of is certainly trying. It didn’t come naturally and has been a source of frustration for so long. This is the first time I’ve just.. let go. I wore an outfit that I felt absolutely beautiful in (definitely a contender for my favorite dress ever – not joking)…. told my husband to just do “whatever” instead of trying to control the shoot… let go of my insecurities and pre-planned awkward poses… and just had fun! I worked for hours and hoursss experimenting to create the dreamy and romantic vibe that I’ve always longed for and this is what I came up with. But I’d really love your honest input – what do you think? Are the colors too bright? Is it too dark? Do they look “dreamy” enough? Let me know your thoughts!!
What I Accomplished from my Summer Bucket List
- Plan a Beach Day – Went to San Diego for the first time (and got the worst sunburn of my life – I’m still healing ughhh!)
- Try Snorkeling for the First Time – I went in Puerto Vallarta! Such an incredible experience!
- Plan an International Trip – Puerto Vallarta <3
- See the Waterfalls at Yosemite (and the Wildflowers at Tuolumne Meadows) – We went in July for my husband’s birthday! We’re heading back toYosemite at the end of next week. I can’t wait!!
- Buy a New Swimsuit – I bought the cutest white ruffled suit… and left it at the hotel in Mexico 🙁
- Try Some New Classes at the Gym I did try their version of barre, which was more like boot camp lol! Still trying to find a class I vibe with at the new gym 😉
- Create a Vision Board – I created a physical one and one on Pinterest! Perhaps I should share my process in a post? Art project, anyone?
Make Self-Care a Priority
Health has been such a huge thing for me over the past year and I’ve healed in so many ways physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. While I’ve always been very fond of my alone time and skincare routine, self-care is more than just DIY facials and at-home spa days. It’s setting boundaries when they’re needed, having the courage to let go of toxic relationships and realizing the need to put yourself first instead of catering to other’s needs. Realizing your worth, gaining confidence and recognizing when things in life have to change in order to become a better version of yourself as a person are all essential to caring for oneself. I’m always working on becoming a better person not only for myself but for those around me. Physically, my food intolerance journey has enlightened me over the past few months and I now think about food in a completely different way (I’ll be sharing my results with you on Friday!). The positive impact it’s had on health has encouraged me to step out of my box a bit by trying new recipes, incorporating different workouts and introducing meditation into my routine. Very excited to see what results come from doing these things consistently longterm! This season, I will working specifically on boosting my confidence in every arena.
Get More Organized
I have always been a super organized person but somehow over the last couple of years, it’s been a struggle to stay on top of everything. I’m no stranger to entrepreneurship after just retiring from my business of 13 years, but this is different… I feel like I’m doing ten different jobs daily and as time passed, it’s been really hard to keep up with. I have so many things that have been wanting to do and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I’ve been working endlessly to clear the clutter in all aspects of my life as part of my transformation and getting organized if definitely at the top of the list. Also I should specify that this isn’t a complaint at all – just an epiphany I’ve had to be more deliberate with my time and energy moving forward. The things that I’ve had on my “big picture” list will be set in motion this season. Content-wise, I’ll be bringing back many of the previous series that you all loved, really elevating every aspect of this blog and dedicating more time into creating thoughtful posts that inspire and encourage. I have some really fun projects in the works that I can’t wait to share but for now, I’m taking it one day at a time 🙂
Get Out of My Comfort Zone
This might be strange but I actually enjoy taking risks… to an extent. I’m an electric guitar playing, thrill-seeking, skydiving, zip-lining, rollercoaster-riding enthusiast that quit a stable job in order to chase my dream. Sounds crazy, right? BUT I’m also a very shy person with anxiety (something I didn’t know I had until this year). I’m not so great in social situations where I feel awkward, unwelcome or where I don’t know anyone. On the contrary, I do love meeting people, making new friends and getting to know others but I’m just not a surface level kind of person. I don’t enjoy small talk because I’d rather have deep, meaningful conversations (don’t sit next to me on an airplane… I’ll know your entire life story before the end of the flight haha!). I don’t love going to huge group events because I feel like everyone’s social circle is already complete and there isn’t room for another. I don’t love pitching myself and talking about my accomplishments because it makes me feel uncomfortable and I’m afraid to hear “no.” I just never want to feel like I’m bothering anyone and I never want to put myself in a position to get hurt emotionally because I’ve been there way too many times. This isn’t me being negative, this is me being REAL. These are real feelings I have and while I’m a walking contradiction, I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. This season, I want to step outside my comfort zone and get really uncomfortable. I mean it. That means going to events and talking to strangers, reaching out to people that I’m too nervous to approach otherwise, not being afraid to speak up and share my ideas and conditioning myself to hear the word “no” and knowing that it’s not against who I am as a person. There are lessons to be learned from everything and I think that getting out of my comfort zone will help me not only get over my shyness but also increase my self-confidence.
FALL 2019 BUCKET LIST
- Go Apple Picking ( I still haven’t gone lol!)
- Visit the Pumpkin Patch
- Bake Some Sweet Treats
- Plan a Trip to Somewhere I’ve Never Been
- Go to the Gym (and Classes) Regularly
- Buy Some Cute Workout Clothing
- Explore the Changing Leaves with a Hike Outdoors
- Finish Up Fall/Winter Wardrobe Clear Out and Donate
- Start a Journal
- Buy Some New Furniture Pieces
- Learn a New Skill
- Make Some Sweet Treats
- Go to an Amusement Park
- Take a Spontaneous Road Trip
- Sit Around a Campfire Eating S’mores and Playing Guitar
What’s on your fall 2019 bucket list?