If you’ve been reading here for a while you know I’m a big advocate of classic style and pieces you can wear and rewear forever… so you might be surprised to see that I’ve never (at least I don’t think) worn a classic white button down here! I love the idea of a crisp white shirt, tucked in… but in my everyday I’m a little bit of a mess and move around a lot and they always become untucked and I end up looking sloppy. Enter this bodysuit. It’s amazing, AND it comes in tall sizes which you know I love.
Anyway, today I have a question for you! What motivates you? I was talking to my friend about life/work/etc. over the weekend and we got to this topic and (maybe this is too intense for a blog post, haha!). I knew my answer immediately, and think it’s both good and bad. The first thing that motivates me is probably what most people would say: in everything I do, I want to do the best possible job I can. I am a perfectionist and don’t want to do something if I can’t do it well. That being said, I am also pretty intensely motivated by a fear of failure. My gut tells me that a lot of self-employed people would say this too but I’m still really curious to hear what you all say. My biggest fear really (outside of losing a family member), would be that I wouldn’t get to do this for a living anymore. That I would become obsolete; that people would stop reading; and that I’d have to get another desk job (there is nothing wrong with that, I just love what I do so much and also really don’t want to have a boss). Of course I have savings but I don’t have family money or a husband to help out – if I were to fail at this, I’d have to get another job. That fear is what pushes me to be the best I can at this, to keep learning and growing new channels (like email newsletters, Youtube or podcasting), and to create the best content I can.
Anyway yeah, that felt a little intense to write out, but I really am curious. What motivates you at work, or in life? And if you are motivated by fear, how do you harness that?
Outfit Details: J.Crew Bodysuit (wearing a size 6 tall) // J.Crew Belt (old, this is similar) // Re/Done Jeans // BaubleBar Earrings (c/o) // Pamela Munson Bag (c/o) // Manolo Blahnik Pumps // Polaroid Sunglasses
On a much lighter note, there is a new episode up of our NEW podcast, Young Adulting!!! The support has been amazing so far – launching was a little scary and we didn’t know if people would actually listen!
In today’s episode, we go DEEP on The Selection (this week’s book). We also discuss our highs + lows from the week, a few good beauty products AND our must-follow Instagram accounts. So pop on over and download it, join in the book discussion in the Young Adulting Facebook Group, and if you like it, spread the word and/or leave us a review in iTunes (that reallllly helps – I hate asking but it makes such a difference)!
PS – I know we had a weird audio issue (if you listen with headphones)… we fixed that!
Pamela Munson spoils me. She’s become an internet friend of sorts (I don’t follow very many brands on Instagram but I love her feed as it’s full of vintage photos and cool inspiration) I featured her here, last year, in this post (need to bring this series back!!!) and she loved the post and sent me this bag, which I wore in this post. And this year she was kind enough to freshen up my wardrobe with this bucket bag… in my favorite color!
The quality of her bags is always really really good, and I looove the braided texture of the straw – there isn’t anything else out there like it! I will say (and this is not a complaint about the brand, more of a warning to not be a-hole with your stuff like me) – don’t overload the bags. Last year, I used my tote as a carry on and FILLED it to the brim with heavy stuff – my laptop, camera, books, and so on and so forth) which was a huge, stupid mistake – the ribbon was never the same (even after steaming it, which I recommend if your bows become wrinkled/haphazard), and there was a little tearing at the top. It can be tempting to take a straw bag as your carry-on when you travel somewhere warm, but now I always pack mine in my suitcase as filling them with all that stuff is just too hard on them (I am rambling now but this is top of mind as I ruined another straw bag by using it as a carry-on for Cartagena. Fail.)
photography by Trent Bailey.