Weekend Recap || Contention While Contending

(Bubbles with the sista…..)

We spent this past weekend celebrating my grandmother’s 90th birthday… family came in from out of town, and we spent time catching up, remembering old times, and watching a new generation of kiddos play together in the same backyard my cousin’s and I spent countless hours growing up. And, as a new generation took our place… and our former juice cups were filled with livelier libations… we got to asking Gram what her advice to all of us would be. While I can’t remember the exact sentiments, the gist of it was to take each day as it comes + to love those around you… since life is short, make the most of the time you have…..

Of course, that got me thinking. As of late, I’ve felt this huge need to “be better.” That what I’ve accomplished isn’t enough… almost an insatiable drive without relishing in the positives, or the successes thus far. With my grandma’s words loud in my head, I had to question why I put so much pressure on myself, instead of relishing in accomplishments and enjoying the journey. Then I remembered a conversation I had with one of my best girlfriends about a year ago… as we sat chatting about dreams and goals… and that aforementioned insatiable drive to “do better.” She mentioned that she tries to come from a place of “contention while contending….”

Whenever I have the feelings of not living up to my own standards, or feeling as if I’m not “doing enough,” I come back to those words… as well as the advice of my grandmother. I remind myself that it’s so important to be content and happy with where I am, all while working towards my goals. Enjoying the adventure of life, including ups and downs….

So, as we enter this week ahead, I do so with the intention of being content while contending. I hope you all have a good one! xx

(Walking into the weekend with this little lady…. her dress, her shoes, my cardigan, booties, tee)

(Comfy neutrals for a day of birthday prepping…. pullover, scarf)

(Back to our spin, avocado toast date mornings…. pullover (on sale), leggings)

(A full day celebrating grandma’s (or great grandma’s) 90th birthday with family….)

(Champagne sipping knit (wearing it backwards))

(Fireside hangin’)

(After a looooong night of minimal sleep, we moved a littles lower Sunday morning…. Harper’s onesie, My joggers)

 I had a slight cold at the end of last week, so I cut my workouts short…. looking forward to getting back into the swing of things this week. Hoping to try my hand at a healthy pumpkin muffin recipe… but in the meantime will likely make a batch of my favorite paleo pumpkin bars (SO good).

We’re heading to Park City this Thursday and I’m so excited. I’m bringing along this cozy fuzzy cardigan, teddy bear jacket, faux fur vest, floral embroidered hoodie, cozy pullover, waffle knit sweater, velvet leggings (that fit like a dream), faux wrap peplum top for a nice dinner (inside….), reversible faux fur jacket (that I hosted a giveaway for last year), and my favorite down faux fur hooded jacket (it’s supposed to be 29 degrees on Friday!).

I’ll also be bringing a lot of cool weather accessories, including all my favorite beanies…. this knit oatmeal pom beanie, red pom beanie, and grey pom beanie, along with this stripe one (a few other cute stripe beanies). Also loving faux fur fingerless gloves (easier than full mittens!) especially this pair and this pink option. I also plan on bringing my favorite free people scarves, as well as this fringe woven scarf (that comes in tons of different colors).

As far as shoes go, I’m bringing my black hunter boots (I also got Harper these….), fur ugg booties (my favorites from last year), and I’m loving the Sorel boots (or these faux fur hiker boots).

I also found two adorable bralettes this past weekend… at excellent price points…. this lacey black option and this longline bralette are both so pretty.