happy weekend, lovelies! i don’t know about you, but i’m so happy the weekend is here. i sound like a broken record, but this week really was a hectic one. to get real for a moment (this doesn’t happen often on the sparkle, so stick with me!), balancing it “all” is not easy. this past 10 days, my mom was visiting, and with a full time job, the blog, other writing contributions, events and general life stuff like running a household, spending time with friends, exercise, menu planning, boyfriend time, etc. oooh, and i would love to make more makeup how-to vids, spend time catching up on blogs, research the latest and greatest in everything, but there’s simply not enough time… not to mention these are all very solitary, sedentary tasks, and i’d like to be social, and get outside, and, and, and. (side note: i’ve posted this before, but this article was viral a few months back and really digs into the “can women have it all” question – it’s a great read)
in the (sometimes pretentious) blogging world, everyone’s life is represented as perfect and easy, but it’s defo not the case 24/7 – comparing yourself to everyone else’s highlight reel can get very discouraging, so i’m giving you the straight goods. it is difficult to fit it all in and do everything to the best of my ability; i can tend to feel like i’ve failed if things aren’t what i consider to be perfect. i have to say though, i’m incredibly lucky to have a partner who takes a vested interest in household duties (i.e. picks up my mess and does all the dishes and cleaning) – i’d be pulling out my hair if it wasn’t for that!
when i get overwhelmed, i oftentimes stick my head in the sand and retreat (a characteristic i’ve had since i was really young, my mom will remind me), so it can sometimes be a struggle to stay on top of things. don’t feel sorry for me at all; life is what you make it, and these are the choices i make in life – for the most part, it’s a great one, but i just wanted to be transparent about the reality of it all. spreading ones self too thin can be damaging, so it’s inventory time! i firmly believe that when things get stressful, it’s time to re-evaluate your intent, and re-establish systems to help you satisfy that intent or accomplish those goals, so that’s what i will do this weekend. in a world where people are so consumed by their own stuff, we get bogged down and forget to appreciate important people and events in our life. i plan to sit down with a pen in hand and brainstorm with myself about setting out goals, principals and a schedule to stick to (something else i am terrible at!). isn’t writing things out on paper so cathartic?
if you’re still reading, thanks! i hope it’s opened a dialogue for yourself and that this blog serves you as a bright “sparkle” in your day. in that spirit, please enjoy this weekend’s sparkles – and start with making some homemade strawberry ice cream (as shown above)!
a gorge selection of leather jackets perfect for fall
fall is officially here – ring it in with this stove top, easy breezy lasagna recipe
serious proof that makeup can transform!
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