Sometimes we need to get away. Get away from routine, our jobs, friends, family, you name it. Well, when I was away for two weeks I needed to get away from the blog. I know, it sounds crazy. I just quit my full-time job to focus on blogging, why do I need to get away?
Sometimes the pressure can be too much, to look and be a certain way: make-up on, every hair in place, white teeth, unwrinkled clothes, the perfect pose. If I post the wrong content or the wrong type of photo, I worry that my following and sponsors won’t like it. I spend so much time creating carefully crafted content on here and my Instagram. Sometimes I wonder if this blog and my social media sites are a true representation of me or what I want everyone to believe about me.
I’m far from perfect. I’ve been slacking on working out, I hate eating vegetables, I struggle with my body image and hate going out most of the time. I’m a bookworm and a home body. My definition of a great Friday night is staying home with my husband and pup, eating pizza and playing guitar hero or binge watching our favoritie shows.
But I struggle with not being unique or good enough. I compulsively check my social media accounts and wonder why I lost so many followers that particular day. While doing what I love is amazing and such a wonderful opportunity. If it becomes all-consuming it’s not a way to live.
When I was gone to Paris, England and the beach, I wore comfortable and practical clothing. I didn’t go trapsing around Paris in my four inch heels. I had on jeans, a coat, a scarf and boots most of the time and didn’t fix my hair or make-up. Sunglasses and a hat fixed any problems I might have. And when I went to the beach I was in cut-offs and sunglasses, no make-up and no fixed hair. But that’s when I feel my best and most natural. I looked at the photos Tim (my husband) took and felt like it was a true representation of me. Sand in my toes, wind in my hair, not a care in the world. I’m sunburnt, jet lagged and feel like my legs look huge and I’m not bikini ready, but it’s real. Authentic. How I want to be. How I live my life.
A local, Nashville-based boutique who is authentic and living life to the fullest is Heylee B. in Franklin, TN. The more Heylee was around women, Heylee began to recognize more and more the insecurities that women face and the struggle to accept themselves. Heylee says, “With the pressure we receive from Hollywood, television and magazine advertisements, each other, and our worst critic; ourselves, it’s a wonder we can all even get out of bed in the morning. The list goes on and on of things we want to change about our bodies and how we look as we start to compare ourselves to others around us. My goal is to help each and every woman that I work with to love and accept herself at the place she is RIGHT NOW. To be able to find freedom and live freely in knowing where her acceptance comes from, which is ultimately from our Creator. We have nothing to prove to each other––we are enough just the way we are.” Heylee B. offers clothing and accessories as well as make-up classes, a DIY night and make-up services!
They had this gorgeous crocheted top and it had to be mine! It’s the perfect cover-up and also looks great with my flared leg jeans and sandals. Versatile, neutral and comfortable! Plus, it’s only $32. If you’re going to the beach this summer I would definitely snag one before it’s gone.
Where is your favorite place to get away when life is overwhelming? Tell me about it below.