Peace Out Summer: transitional style + lessons learned

Photographer-Kofi James

Dress-Asos (similar) | Shoes-Steve Madden | Bag-AliExpress

Thoughts on summer: Honestly and truly I am not ready to let go of summer and I'm trying to hold on for dear life! However, the weather in the NJ/NY region this weekend has shown us all that summer no longer wants to be here. Like many people, I took summer for granted. With every heat wave, I complained about sweating and the weather being too hot. Now I miss it! I wish I had more time to enjoy warm picnics in the park or even go to a rooftop pool, but the weather outside has other plans. So I'm going to take this transitional weather for what it is and sneak my summer outfits into fall for as long as I can. I plan on wearing this dress throughout fall with some booties and maybe a leather jacket or sleeveless coat. 

Thoughts on how I felt this summer: I wish I stepped outside more often this summer just to enjoy it. I spent great amounts of time and energy indoors making sure everything around me ran smoothly or as smoothly as possible so that those who depend on me could feel comfortable. I got to a point where I actually felt guilty about taking care of myself. Things like taking a lunch break and sitting down have become a luxury to me. I'm trying to unlearn those behaviors but it's much easier said than done. The Bible says it's more blessed to give than receive, but we seem to live in a society of takers. Who takes care of the givers when they are feeling depleted? The answer is us! If there is one thing summer taught me, it is to stop allowing others to take advantage of you (no matter how bad they try to make you feel about letting go)! People take advantage of you when you allow them to feel comfortable to do so. Just like the cooler weather forces us to prepare for real fall temperatures and eventually winter, we need to force the people and things that are sucking the life out of us to become self sufficient. It's okay to let go of the things that drain you if it allows you to hold on to more of what is really important in life.

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