I dream of a home office like this one via Hello Fashion Blog someday…
This week has been so, so good. For so many reasons, too. And gosh… it just feels SO good to even type that! I feel like a week like this is a huge wake up call for me to listen to that inner cheerleader and hear, “Amy Beth. KEEP DOING THIS. This is what makes you come alive! YAY! Go, you!” Because to be honest, I haven’t had a week like this or felt this way in so long.
The past year has been such a doozy. And really, it’s worn on me so deeply than sometimes I think I could ever even explain here. More than I probably ever even share in person with the closest of my closest. Truthfully, this past 7 months have been the darkest time in my life. And for so many understandable reasons, of course. And sure, there has been so much joy through all the pain. And I make an effort to share that! I certainly made an effort to launch this blog of mine and go after some big dreams. That is joyful! But it hasn’t all been Pinterest perfect.
I work a lot (4 jobs total). It’s currently way too late in the night/morning as I write this… and I need to get up for work in 4 hours. So yeah, I’m tired. I’m trying to be a supportive friend, sister, and daughter. I’m still figuring out this whole being a wife thing. I’ve been trying so hard to pursue big dreams and yet constantly have felt like there have been barriers preventing me from going for it. I’ve felt like I’ve been in a perma-funk, even amidst my “keeping up” with it all. But this week, a cloud was lifted and a revelation was made.
Within a week’s time, I’ve been given a handful of incredible opportunities to expand this blog in the exact ways I could have only dreamed of when launching just a few short months ago. Truly, nothing short of a gift type of opportunities. And I couldn’t be more grateful! I feel God calling me into these opportunities in a big way. And it feels unreal! And scary, too.
Scary in the sense that I feel a big shift coming. I’m needing to make quick decisions on next steps in terms of my best interest and career. It’s thrilling and exhilarating! With every opportunity, I can’t wait to do my hair, put on my makeup, pick out my outfit, and step outside my door with excitement to get after it. But it also means I need to prioritize what has been presented on my plate, make changes to my current work schedule, and ultimately… take a big ol’ leap of faith.
And after this week, I feel ready. I do! And I feel alive again. I feel ME. The super girly, passionate, driven, obsessive compulsive, get out of my way I’m coming in hot… ABC. And that, my friends, is what feels so, so good.
So with that, it’s time for some Friday Favorites. Because gosh, why not share some other fun pick me ups throughout my week?? It’s been too good not to.
Can we talk about the amazingness of this necklace?? I. Am. Obsessed. Thanks to a good old Instagram rabbit hole, I found it via the most fab boutique in Austin, Texas – Beehive. So of course I called the store immediately and had them ship it to me. And guess what? Sweet Rachel, the girl who rang me up, discovered I was in the Bay Area when asking for my shipping address and she’s originally from Sacramento, CA! We spent a good ten minutes chatting about the Bay, Texas, and bonding over how fabulous this necklace is. We also talked a bit about a little trip my husband Sam and I will be making shortly… more on that later but SO excited to share about it soon!
Ok, so maybe this isn’t really a pick me up. More of a vent. But did I really sign up for this whole, Whole30 thing? Days 1, 2, & 3 were easy as pie. Day 4?? GET ME A MARGARITA AND ALL OF THE SUGARY THINGS. I’m struggling, y’all. But I’m determined to stick with it. This chicken recipe does look delish, so I’m hoping to try it this weekend. But let’s just say that at this point in the game, I’m nowhere near close to switching my future dairy needs from cow to coconut.
I love all things beauty. Have you gathered that yet? I’m constantly perusing what other bloggers use, what the latest trends are, and ultimately seeing what my own collection is lacking. So, I know I’m extremely tardy to this party, but I recently went to a new Ulta close to our apartment and oh my word. Beauty product junkie heaven! I certainly knew it existed and have window shopped online, but we just didn’t have one close by for me to go into and browse. Also, I’m a loyal Sephora and Nordstrom customer. But alas, it’s safe to say that I’m now addicted. I love that it’s high end mixed with drugstore brands! So much love that I’m going to need physical restraint whenever I now drive by.
I’ve been on a huge fun jewelry obsession lately. I can’t get enough of turquoise (as seen above), chunky gold statement pieces, pops of hot pink, tassels…. I could go on and on. The jewelry trends are just so fabulous right now! In addition to my new necklace, I’ve made some fun discoveries on some other budget friendly pieces this week and I’m excited to share them with you on outfit posts coming soon!
As my tired eyes are nearly shut at this point, I’m wishing every single one of you a happy, restful, and relaxing weekend ahead!