I have been blogging for over 5 years and thankfully, I never run out of things to write about. However, from time to time I do run out of motivation to actually write out my ideas. Perhaps it’s the burn out from a full-time corporate job, constant housework as a home owner or my lack of sleep from an active social life. By the time I come home, the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer for another 3 hours to put together a blog post. It makes me feel so much better when I hear other people talking about their motivation slumps. Particularly bloggers since we have the similar issues to deal with: editing photos, social media promotion, brand emails, etc, etc, etc.
Recently, I even thought I was getting burnt out from blogging. That terrified me. Years of endless effort, time and money that I’ve poured into Laura Lily all going to be lost from a burn out? We hear it happening all the time. Bloggers work themselves to death until they just can’t take it anymore. I don’t think (and I hope to God) that will never be me. I love this blog too much. It’s my biggest accomplishment in my life thus far. So I went out on a hunt to find motivation to keep going, and here is what I found…
Surround yourself with people who love and understand you. I call them my inspiration circle – a group of girlfriends and bloggers who are always supportive. I can spend just a few minutes with these creative gals and immediately I want to run home and start writing out some great idea that we talked about. You’ll notice I’m more active on social media when I’m out and about with my girls. We support and give each other the confidence to take chances we may not normally take ourselves. It’s a beautiful thing and I am so grateful to have them in my life.
So next time you find yourself in a rut, get together with a group of people who inspire you and I promise you’ll find that motivation you’ve been looking for.
Side Note: I am still freaking in love with this suede moto jacket. The fit and quality are everything I could hope for. I want to get another color, I just can’t decide between the blue or light grey. Thoughts?
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As I was packing for my recent trips to snowy places, I noticed I had much more trouble putting together fashionable outfits than any of my tropical getaways. How on earth does one look cute when it’s freezing?! I asked my self. After two trips in the snow (Sequoia and Chicago) I can confidently tell you just how I did it…
Have fun with your accessories!! Invest in faux fur earmuffs, pretty scarves and cozy mittens. We lose 30% of our body heat through our heads so keeping at least your ears covered at a minimum is essential! I like to wear hats, head bands, or ear muffs. Don’t forget about hooded jackets, too! Especially in windy cities.
Layer, Layer, Layer!
I also learned that wool is warmer than cotton clothing and can help keep you dry. I don’t like bulky layers, but I am willing to spend the money for lighter more insulated tops and pants to keep the heat in. I’ll even wear tights or long underwear . If I really want to wear a dress in the dead of winter (hey it happens sometimes) I’ll opt for two layers of tights to keep insulated! You can even wear a pair of nude tights underneath a netted pair.
Hand + Foot Warmers
These little guys help keep my fingers and toes from going numb in the cold. Plus, they last for 5+ hours! I’ll toss some in my jacket pockets or stick them to my socks before I put my boots on. I wore when we explored the Sequoia forest and was so happy I had them.
Carry An It Bag
No one may see your fabulous outfit under all those layers. But what they will see is your fabulous handbag! This studded Givenchy beauty was a recent find on Trendlee. It was the perfect size for touring around the city and the color matched everything. Just make sure whatever bag you decide to carry can handle a bit of rain or snow! You don’t want little raindrops ruining your suede handbag.
Add Some Color
It is easy to get lost in the sea of black jackets in the winter time. That is why I like to add some color into my look with a copper colored jacket like this one.
I hope you all can stay warm and look fashionable on your next winter getaway! Don’t miss my latest giveaway! Enter to win HERE.
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My Chicago Travel Vlog is here! See highlights from my trip to the windy city including my stay at the Fairmont Hotel, a walk through millennium park and a shopping spree at Saks! Make sure to subscribe to my channel for future travel vlogs. See all the photos and the recap on the blog here.
Video by myself and Tony Oberstar