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Friday, October 19, 2012

Living in the Moment

Top: Kohl's (shop similar: one, two)  |  Moto jacket: Forever 21 (similar: one, two)  |  Jeans: Old Navy (similar: one, two, three)  |  Pumps: Target (shop)  |  Necklace: Forever 21

This is one of the outfits I discovered thanks to the Go Chic or Go Home closet challenge.  I really cannot believe that I considered getting rid of this top.  This outfit reminds me that colored bottoms really can expand your wardrobe.  I wouldn't even really consider white a color, but it's different than blue jeans, and it made this top fresh again.

Anyway, on a totally unrelated note, are you the kind of person who lives in the moment, or are you one who is usually looking to what's next?  I'm the latter.  I'm super strategic, goal oriented, and like to get things done.  I have no idea how to stop and smell the roses.  I don't even notice roses are around.  I ask because this weekend begins the non-stop busy weekends, pretty much from now until January.  My natural inclination is to brace myself until it's all over just to get through it alive, but through out the last few months I've been trying to learn how to live in the moments rather than just surviving the craziness.  I don't want to emotionally and mentally miss all the good stuff that's happening through out the next 2.5 months--holidays, amazing conferences for work, ALL of my immediate family's birthdays (except mine), and the culmination of this whole crazy year of traveling: the life-changing conference I'm part of for work that takes place at the end of this year.  But at the same time I need things to be able to prepare myself and pace myself for each upcoming thing so that life doesn't crash and I don't burn out before the end of the year.  Do any of you feel like you have found a healthy balance between the two?

25 comments:

  1. I just started writing a post about this because I am trying to be better at enjoying the moment and not always looking to the next thing! that is hard for me to do too!! (Love your jacket!) forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com

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  2. I feel like I am similar to you. I try to be spontaneous, but I really do like knowing what is coming up in the weeks to come. And sometimes I purposefully schedule days to do nothing so that I can truly enjoy and engage in those busier moments.


    www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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  3. Blog Red Peeptoe PumpsFriday, October 19, 2012

    I love that jacket, and I'm jealous that you can still rock the white jeans in mid-October!


    It's so hard for me to slow down and just enjoy things, which means I usually spend any down time falling asleep on the couch. I'm trying to build slow-down time into our busy schedules, beginning with long and lazy Sunday night dinners with friends and regular date nights. We'll see how it goes!

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  4. Cute, cute! Love how the cognac jacket makes the white pants work for October.

    I definitely fit into that latter category too... I'm still working on making this actually a reality in my life, but I had a little revelation that I need to just stop worrying about getting all the stuff done and enjoy some events and even everyday life in the meantime - because it will all get done. With this personality, I'm not going to let anything just slide by. It'll happen. So stop worrying and just enjoy the process :)

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  5. I am definitely a planner as well. I actually have been giving it a lot of thought lately that I need to stop and cherish the moment more. Work has been so crazy! I'm an attorney so I'm always planning for the hearing/mediation/etc for the next couple days ahead that I don't even realize that the days are passing me by :-/ Great post and as always, I love your outfit :-)

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  6. Bethany @ 3sonsplus1...and...Friday, October 19, 2012

    Love that top! So pretty! With 4.5 kiddos- ha!- I'm learning the importance of carving out little pockets of time for those fun, enjoying-life kinds of things. While I don't typically get a whole day, I can carve out 30 minutes here and there just for me. Sometimes a hot cup of tea or a long walk are all that I need...you just have to figure out what makes you feel free and energized, and then DO it! Good luck! =)

    www.3sonsplus1.blogspot.com

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  7. Great outfit. I need to look at my wardrobe and see all the new outfits I could be creating. I am totally the type of person who organizes and plans. But having my son has taught me to literally stop and smell the roses. Life is too short, especially with the holidays around the corner. I learned this the hard way, with a health scare I experienced 1 month ago. I know that for me as well, things are only going to get crazier but that's ok, that's life and it's always going to be crazy. I'm learning to slow down but it takes time, patience and much practice. Happy weekend.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  8. Love your jacket and heels, super cute!

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  9. I'm a "winger" with some planning. I don't feel that I use my time efficiently if I don't implement some sort of a plan. My youngest of 3 kids just started school this year, so I've been Momming full time for the past 9.5 yrs. This past few months is the first I've had any time to myself. I personally don't like having too many things coming down the pike, I try to keep 1 weekend day free, and I have "no commitment" Mondays. I could literally have something going on each day of the week, volunteering at the school, sports for the kids, grocery shopping, etc. I feel like I deserve some me/down time!

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  10. shanna schneiderFriday, October 19, 2012

    Life is full of crazy. But I do try to take in moments with my kids or when I am at places that aren't the usual. I just try and focus on the moment and all it has to offer....and not worry about what I have to do next or what's waiting to be checked off my to-do list. Enjoy your next few months of fun!!

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  11. I would say two things: unplug and plan time for connections and you. When you are constantly using electronics as entertainment, to connect, for work, to blog(!) you are missing the other things that are going on around you. You are not living in the moment when you are multi-tasking by updating an e-mail or texting a friend while doing something else. So when you uplug you hear the birds singing or you see the sunset because you are looking for them rather than doing or thinking about something else. Sometimes for me it means trying to quiet the little list-maker in my head too, the one planning things or repeating things as I go!! Also plan time for you- for doing something you love each day, for exercise if you need it and plan time for relaxing and enjoying!! Hope this helps :)

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  12. Honestly, I'm still searching for a balance between the two and have yet to find it. Unlike most others, it's hard and I'm always looking for what's next. Love the outfit. Cute, simple and casual all at the same time. I likee!

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  13. I know exactly what you mean! I love to have tons of things in my diary, but as soon as I go a few days without some downtime, all I want is just to have a night in wearing pyjamas, regardless of how exciting my plans are!


    http://www.thejoyfulone.com

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  14. Adorable as always Audrey! I'd love for you to link up with me for Fashion Friday today honey! http://www.blondeepisodes.com/2012/10/fashion-friday-vlieger-vandam.html Have a great weekend! Kori xoxo

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  15. You are rockin' the white jeans for fall!!!!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  16. One of the best books on this is The Power of Now, I'd highly recommend it!

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  17. HappinessatmidlifeFriday, October 19, 2012

    This top sure does not belong to the donate pile - it looks great with your outfit! Finding balance in life is tough! I am struggling to find it everyday :)


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  18. Love this outfit! :)


    xo - Sheilawww.sheislovelyblog.com

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  19. I'm a little like that too. I'm always so busy. And sometimes, it's easy to think that this is a bad thing and that I can't wait until things get calmer. But then, if it does get calmer for a moment, I find myself looking for more things to do, because that's what I strive on. I also came to the realization lately that things will probably not calm down, because it is my choice. I could decide to not sign up for so many sports, not be part of book clubs and scrapbooking club, not have a blog, etc. But I chose to do all those things. So I embrace them now, because I don't feel as much like it's out of my control. On the contrary. As long as it makes me happy, why should I change things? I believe that I will see the signs when it becomes too much. For now, it is working for me. There might be periods when things are a little too crazy, but in general, I'm happy.
    I am a very list kind of girl. That's how I roll, and I don't feel as productive or as accomplished if I don't make lists and try to follow them. So, a trick I have found to keep my life balanced, but still feel productive and accomplished, is to include the fun stuff in my lists to. Sometimes, my to-do list will include: read my book, bake something, etc. Little pleasures that I allow myself. Somehow, because they "were on my list" they feel more legitimate and I take the time to do them more.
    Some people think it's wrong to have list for those things, of even when you are on vacation, but in the end, I feel better when I work like this. :)

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  20. I am glad you didn't get rid of this top! It is so cute and looks great with the moto jacket.


    Kristine
    www.pugglewearsprada.blogspot.com

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  21. Gotta say! I truly enjoy your posts! They always inspire me to look great! Thank you for your ideas! You're awesome!

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  22. Having my daughter really drove the message home for me - I could say "I can't wait until she can ______", but that would clearly be missing the point! I love watching her make noises that surprise and delight her, and cause her to attempt to replicate them. Everything is so captivating to her right now, and I need to drink it all in. She's only 4.5 months old, and it's already flying by.

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  23. Any idea where I can get a similar necklace Audrey (or anyone)?

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  24. Great outfit, audrey! and as for your theoretical question... it definitely depends on the day! patrick and i had 6 weekends in a row of being out-of-town and found it to be wayyy too much for us. part of me thinks i want to be on-the-go pretty close to non-stop, and that part of me can definitely make it happen and sustain it for a while, but then the rubber hits the road and I go woahhh girl chill. time for pride and prejudice and oreos. tough to find that balance. one of those natural, life-long tensions i think. xoxo linds {{www.rubygirlblog.com}}

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  25. I think balance is something that we always have to fight for. Most of us lean one way or the other rather than somewhere in between. All I can say is, use your abilities to plan ahead and set goals so that you can stop and enjoy those special moments along the way. It's hard to enjoy those moments if you are behind and worried about how things are going to get done. I'm not sure how helpful that is. I can definitely relate to you. I'm so busy sometimes that I forget or overlook how blessed I really am.
    - Heather

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