Since today is FINALLY the first day above freezing here in Michigan, I thought I'd show some of my past favorite spring outfits. I had four springs to pull from this time - crazy! This little blog is getting old! Spring is one of my favorite times to blog. Winter (of course) is by far the worst… especially THIS winter. Ugh. I'm definitely ready to start posting more and start traveling and taking the usual adventures again. Spring couldn't be more welcome this year! I have so many fun things already in the works for this season. An amazing collaboration with one of my favorite companies ever, a long weekend planned in Nashville, TN (send over recommendations!), plus the usual tulip festival, blossoms at Robinette's and… lighthouses! Of course. This is going to be my year too since nautical is so on trend right now. ;)
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
These photos were taken just a couple of weeks ago, but it feels like so long ago now! This was the windiest day I can ever remember. Eric and I were walking to dinner before a show he played that night, and the wind was literally pushing me down a hill. Totally freaky! Especially in these boots, because they have zero traction. Can we just be done with winter yet? I'm so burnt out. We had some sunshine today, and that's always helpful. But I think I've honestly forgotten what a warm breeze feels like. As much as I love Michigan, this time of year can bite it. I'm just hoping March lives up to the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" phrase. Let's cross our fingers!
So, I officially ran my first 6 mile run this week! I felt so good too! I ran it in a 10:34 pace, which is absolutely crazy for me. I remember I wanted to die when I was running a mile at the beginning of the year, with a 15:36 pace. It's insane how far you can come in just a few short months. I'm feeling amazing lately. I am majorly surprising and impressing myself with what I've been able to do. I'm happier now than I have been in the longest time. I've been really working on my independence, focusing on goals I really want to accomplish (like learning how to cook, becoming a runner, doing a 10K, etc.) and I'm feeling pretty on top of the world. My career is going great, my home life is so comfortable and content, my relationships with my family, my friends and Eric are all at great places right now and I'm just happy. There's really not a better place to be than content with everything you've got going on.
In other news, I signed up for ABM's Mastering your DSLR class! I'm going to be going through it with a friend/colleague and we're both so excited. Eric always takes my pictures, and he's so great. But I love photography, and sadly I do not know how to take my camera off auto. So I'm really excited to finally learn a few tricks and start taking more photos myself! I also have been having a blast playing with their new Photoshop actions. I'm seriously a huge fan of Photoshop actions, and I love these so far. On these photos I'm using Willis (at 75%) and Light Leak 2. I'm really excited to get better at using my camera, and start experimenting more with editing! I'm really hoping to start making videos this spring and summer too. I've been doing a lot of video production at work, and want to start using my new skills in other creative ways too!
Forever21 Striped Sweater
Target black tights
Regal Boots ℅ Wanted (similar)
Monday, March 3, 2014
Hey guys! I'm back, finally! I took a much-needed break there for two weeks. If you aren't from Michigan, or are unaware, we've had the most brutal winter. We have had constant snow since before Christmas, and freezing temperatures. It definitely hasn't been the most fun "blogging" weather, that's for sure. Plus, I've been working on some other major goals the past two months… so it was nice to focus on those and finish out the month of February on a good note. (I'll share more soon, promise.) But now, we're onto March! And we're definitely going into the month "like a lion". 3 degrees right now… brr!
I've been really getting into a routine lately, and I find that I really enjoy my life so much more when I have routines in place. I feel more in control, on top of daily tasks and I finally feel like I'm making some progress on goals I've had for years. YEARS! My goal with the blog is to try and post three times a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those are my off days from running. Plus, it's finally light enough when I'm off work to snap photos, so that's pretty awesome. Plus, daylight savings is coming up this weekend. That will make life even better!
I recently splurged and ordered myself the Madewell Transport Tote! I was so excited to receive it, and it hasn't left my side since the day it arrived. It's not like me to spend a lot of money on a purse, but this was on my wish list for over a year… and I thought really hard about whether or not it was worth it. It was. Totally worth it. I love it so far. It fits everything from all of my daily essentials (wallet, keys, chapstick) and also carries my lunch bag, and my Canon. Plus, my laptop if I need it. I'm excited to start carrying around my camera more too. I need to inspire myself to start taking more pictures! Alright -- see you guys soon! And thanks again for your patience while I took a break from this space. I'm feeling refreshed and excited to be back. I'll be more excited when it's finally spring. ;)
Lola Core Black Wash Legging ℅ Aeropostale
Levi's 4-Pocket Parka ℅ HauteLook
Forever21 Ivory Top
Samantha Pleet Blixen Boots ℅ Wolverine
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Hi guys! First, I want to apologize for the insane lack of updates these past couple of months. It was not planned at all, but it ended up being essential for me to accomplish some other goals I needed to do. Secondly, I will be taking a break on Selective Potential through the end of February. It boils down to… I need a couple more weeks of "me" time, and time to focus on those other goals right now. I saw this quote the other day and it just hit so close to home. I realized that it was okay for me to take a break on this part of my life, so I could focus on other things. I've made insane progress these past several weeks and I can't wait to talk all about it when I'm back to blogging again. I know I've been pretty secretive in some of my endeavors, but I think it's been helpful for me to not talk about it much. Especially publicly on the internet. Really only Eric, my best friend, and a couple of close colleagues know what I'm up to. I'm really excited to make a huge comeback on SP soon + I can't wait for you guys to be there when I do. Thank you for sticking around for so many years (or months, or days!), and being here even when I don't show up. Love you guys, and I appreciate your support so much.
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Have a super happy rest of your February and I'll see you in March! Ahem, March… the month of daylight savings starting, the first day of spring and hopefully warmer temps! Take care, guys. See you soon! xo
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Hey guys! I'm just popping in quick to share my wish list right now. I'm so ready for spring! It's pretty obvious in my choices right now. Actually as I was putting this together, I was like… I've successfully already nabbed four of these items! I got my amazing water candle (that reminds me of a tropic paradise while it's a blizzard outside). I also finally ordered the Madewell Transport Tote I've been lusting over for almost a year. I got these adorable PJ polka dot jammies (to look like Jess from New Girl, of course) and some classic Ray Bans that I can't wait to wear every single day this summer. Other than that, I really want a new bike for spring/summer this year. I haven't had a bike in years, and I think it'd be so much fun to hop off and take a ride with Eric for a picnic or ride downtown to work. This teal one from Public is on the TOP of my list, with an adorable little basket! I also love mint for spring (of course), and florals (duh.) What's new, right? ;) I'll be back tomorrow to share a little bit of news and why I've been so spotty here on Selective Potential. In the meantime, enjoy! xo