Hello, June! A few days late, I know but, that has been kind of the theme of May for me so, it seems fitting. May was full of many high's and low's in a personal and business sense. A lot happened in my personal life: Sam got his business degree, we celebrated my 23rd birthday, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day, and we did a few day trips on our bikes, among other things. These were all fantastic and happy memories but, I did hit a few, unexpected obstacles throughout the month as well.
Although I try to be as open and honest as I can on the blog, it is difficult for me to admit when I am feeling down on a certain day or week. I don't like to burden others with my worries and it makes me feel guilty and selfish to complain or feel sorry for myself when I know that I am so fortunate for my circumstances. That being said, we are all human and there were a number of times this month that I felt overwhelmed, paralyzed with fear about my future and failures, and criticized myself and my intentions to the point of tears.
I have had to remind myself that I am doing the best that I can and that I have not hit some invisible ceiling in a business sense. It's easy to compare ourselves to others (especially in the social media realm) and question why we don't have the same level of success even sometimes when we seemingly put in more effort. I remember expressing to Sam several times this month when he would pry me from bed with my favorite take-out or a romantic comedy, that I felt that the more I tried, the more I failed. It's truly an awful feeling and a bleak outlook to have.
Toward the end of the month, not feeling much better about meeting my goals, I took a few days to myself to reevaluate my situation and ultimately decided that I can't give my all as a blogger if I am not giving my all as an individual first. Instead of trying to mold my blog posts around what I assumed was expected of me, I decided to start being more flexible with my topics of conversation, timing of posts, and primarily use what works best for me. I implemented a nightly phone ban to reduce my time on social media, started reading a lot more (I finished 3 books this month and started a book club!), and focused my energy on things that made me happy like working out with my Krav Maga class or biking with Sam in the evening. With these small changes in my day to day routine, I am already feeling more positive about this new month ahead.
May AEE Posts:
How to Style a LWD for Spring
Boho Belted Maxi
What are you reading? + A Nightly Phone Ban
Avocado Morning Boost Smoothie
Flirty White Romper
Payday Wishlist / Summer Edition
Announcing Our First Book Club
At the end of this week. Sam and I are off to Canada for our yearly trip to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and I am so excited! It is something that I look forward to all year and it could not be coming at a better time. We are heading to the cabin first for a few days of relaxation on the lake to fish, read, and play Scrabble, and then we're driving to Montreal to stay in a fancy hotel downtown and explore the beautiful city. It truly is the best of both worlds.
When we get back, I want to redo our backyard/driveway area and create a mini, outdoor nook with comfy chairs, a fire pit, and garden for my favorite flowers and herbs. Then, at the end of the month my best girl friend and fellow food blogger is coming to town to stay with Sam and me for a few days to visit. Tonight, I'm assisting in a blogger workshop and styled shoot where I get to meet some of the ladies that I've been talking with online. If you want to see some of the behind the scenes, follow along on Instagram or Facebook!
My goals for June are to focus on my overall happiness and health and bring you guys content that is more in line with that. Additionally, I want to continue to use my e-newsletters to draw readers into the blog throughout the week, meet new faces that I have been communicating with in the blogging world, and get our new book club off to a great start.
What are your goals for June? What do you hope to accomplish or prioritize this month? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading, babes!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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