Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gratitude

The word gratitude may seem like another word we pass around on Thanksgiving, but to me it has become the center of my life lately.  It is so easy for me to dwindle on stress and everything that is going wrong.  I need reminding every now and then that there are so many good things in my life, and so much to be thankful for.  I keep a piece of paper taped up next to my bed that reads, "list three good things that happened today".  As I lay my head down and begin to reflect on my day I stop and remember the wonderful things.  Today as I stop and reflect on my year so far, there are so many things I am so grateful for.

I am grateful for my family.  My mom and I always make pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving dinner, and I am so happy to be home from school so we could make them once again.  Although my brother couldn't make it home for Thanksgiving I am so thankful he has people he can spend today with in LA and Christmas isn't that far away!  I am so happy I have a father who is such a goof ball and always surprises me with his comforting and encouraging advice life.  My family is not perfect but they are so beautiful to me and I am thrilled to be spending today with them, along with my extended family in Memphis.
I am grateful for my sisters.  Chi Omega is one of the best decisions I've made in college and I love this sweet group of girls I have found.  From date party to chill nights in my apartment,  there is never a dull moment when we are together.  I am also so blessed to have gotten the greatest little a girl could imagine.  Sloan is always a joy and completes are sweet little fam.

I am grateful for Chattanooga.  Chattanooga was never a place I imagined myself living in, but it has offered me so many opportunities.  From my relationship with God to my leadership skills, UTC has offered so many opportunities to challenge myself.  I am so grateful that Chattanooga FINALLY built a J.Crew, allowing me to work at my dream retail job.  Cleveland is only a forty-five minute drive away from my family and I love being able to be closer with them.  My cousin is like a sister to me and I am counting the days down until she moves back in March!  Lastly I am so grateful for my church family.  No matter what stress or troubles I may have in my life I can always escape for a moment and recharge with my Hamilton Life family.  Every week in this city is an adventure.
am grateful for my readers.  One of the greatest feelings I get is when someone tells me how much they loved my post a certain week, or my favorite, that they creeped through my blog.  I become the happiest person in the world when people tell me this.  Blogging has become one of my favorite parts of my week, and when I hear that the readers love it, that warms my heart.  Thank you for reading every week and for all of the encouraging words.

I hope all of you have a wonderful day spending time with your loved ones! 

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fair Isle Fun

Chambray:  Talbots ~ Sweater:  Talbots ~ Leggings:  Talbots ~ Necklace:  Talbots ~ Earrings:  Talbots ~ Socks:  Forever 21 ~ Shoes:  L.L Bean

Talbots always knows how to put together a collection that is both adorable and practical.  Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know it is absolutely Arctic outside.  It started snowing on the way to class the other day, WHAT.  I'm not ready for this weather, it just stopped feeling like satan's furnace!  Ready or not here it comes, so I might as well get over it and bundle up.  Talbots has the best sweaters to keep you warm even on the coldest of days!  This Fair Isle sweater makes any day feel just a little bit festive, and I'm all about embracing the holiday season anyway I can! I am a huge leggings fan, and I am currently obsessed with Talbots ponte knit leggings!  They are fitted and comfortable like regular leggings, but they are thick and never see through!  Throw on your favorite boots, knit socks, button up and the cold weather doesn't seem so bad!  JK, it's still is freezing, but at least you'll look cute!

It is the last full week of classes....oh em ge when did that happen??  If you are like me I have a dozen projects due and five hundred test that all seem to be on the same day.  Don't stress, breathe...It's all going to be okay.  Buckle down and get done what needs to be done.  Before you know it Thanksgiving will be here, yay!  Keep pushing through friends, The holiday's are just right around the corner!

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Favorite's

Fall Fav's

1. 1989, TSwift you've done it again.  You've managed to capture every girl emotion I've ever felt into one beautiful album.
2. Faux Fur, even the vegetarian can appreciate this fabulous fall trend.  You can find this one at Forever 21!
3.Capes, Manhattan fabulous...that is actually practical!
4. Yes Please, The goddess of comedy has FINALLY done it.  As soon as finals are done, my nose will be in this book.
5. Smoking loafers, as if I needed another reason to love C. Wonder.  They also carry them for your inner "city girl"
6. The Blanket Scarf, on everyone's list and yet I still love it.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and blessed week!  


xoxo

Mollie Anna

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Horsin' Around


Oxford:  J.Crew Factory ~ Skirt:  J.Crew ~ Jacket:  Old Navy ~ Boots:  L.L. Bean 

With this outfit, I really tried to keep it simple.  With so much going on with the shirt I was hesitant to put a necklace with it, so I decided against it and accessorized with just a watch and studded earrings.  I love incorporating fun patterns into my wardrobe, so when I came across this oxford I didn't even hesitate to buy it.  It is the perfect combination of quirky and preppy, and it pairs so nicely with neutrals.  Throw on a light jacket and high waisted skirt and you are good to go!

I mentioned in my last post about being in a funk, I hope some of those tips helped and if not, well, just remember only a few more weeks!  Power through it guys, and if you can, remember to try and enjoy the day.  I will leave you with one of my favorite verses that always brings me encouragement and peace.  I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week!

xoxo
Mollie Anna

"May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."  Numbers 6:24-26

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Restless State of Mind

I honestly cannot believe November is already here, this semester seems to be flying by and honestly that makes me kind of happy.  Not that I am wishing away my Sophomore year, but it has not been the easiest semester academically, and I have developed a recent itch to do something different.  I feel like most students can relate with me on some level.  For me, ever since I've returned back from my trip to New York all I've want to do is go back.  Obviously school is where I am needed right now, but it is so frustrating taking classes that pertain in no way to my future.  I love my job and working in retail is so great, but I swear God is testing my customer service skills.  If I have to plaster on a fake smile and answer one more mindless question, well I might just go insane.


Honestly the only thing keeping me sane at the moment is my friends, family, and blogging.  All I want to do is write and brainstorm up new posts.  Blogging gives me a sense of purpose, unlike school at the moment, I feel like it's actually preparing me for my future.  Good news is I will be starting a new job soon (at J.Crew ekk) and I think the change will be good for me.  I want to work for them corporately in the future, so this new job will give me a sense of working toward that goal.  In the mean time I need to remind myself daily to enjoy every moment, and learn to love even in the rough times.  I've made a list of ways to help me get through this time of restlessness, and if you are in the same boat maybe it will help you too.
  • Work on what I love more frequently 
For me that thing is blogging.  I might not be able to leave for New York or conquer accounting in an afternoon, but I can brainstorm new and creative new ideas.  I want to start challenging myself on here, and I'd love to start blogging an average of two posts per week.  By setting goals like that for myself, it makes me feel like I'm always working on skills for my future.

  • Smile at strangers
I know this sounds stupid, but how often do you catch yourself in the zone with a serious b*tch face?  I find myself with this terrible expression out in public randomly locking eyes with strangers, which gives off a terrible impression.  I'm going to challenge myself to be in the moment and do something as simple as enjoying the beautiful walk to class.  If I happen to lock eyes with someone I'll smile, who knows it might even make their day.

  • Talk to my family more
I don't know if it is because I've been away for a while or what, but I have been home sick for the first time since coming to school.  The older I get the more aware I have become of the importance of my family.  Yes they are not perfect, but they are mine.  God put these crazy people in my life to go through it all together and there is something so special about that relationship.  No matter what storms come my way they are they for me, and they get it...because they are my family.  My family lives kind of all over the place so spending time together isn't always easy, but thank God for the telephone, right?

  • Try something new
It is never too late to join a new organization, sign up for a new sport, or take up a new hobby.  I've recently joined a few new organizations on campus and it has really gotten me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible.  I've made some new friends and some awesome memories.

  •  Find a Brief Distraction
By this I do not mean binge watch Scandal for thirteen hours, but find something to help you escape for an hour or two (and I do not mean drugs).  A book, hiking, cooking, or even a favorite movie.  Life gets rough, and you're only human, so breathe.  If you find yourself frustrated beyond belief pick up a new book from the library and get lost in the world of literature for a while.  Amy Poehler's new book is currently on my radar.

  • Focus more on my health
I don't know about you but I feel a hundred times better when I work out on a regular basis and monitor what I eat a little closer.  It is sooooo much easier to choose a nap over a run or pizza over a salad, but these little adjustments do wonders for my mood and motivation.

  • Invest myself in someone or someones
By this I mean in friendships rather than romantically.  I have been in a core group since the first semester of college and I've noticed I get so much more out of it when I invest my time with them.  Simply by listening, praying, or offering a helping hand my attention turns away from my own life onto theirs. These moments of investment build deeper rooted relationships and fill me with peace and joy.


If you are feeling restless about life I hope some of these tips help.  If anything, just remember that life is always moving forward, so keep your head up!  I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed week.

xoxo
Mollie Anna

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Imagine Your Way to Holiday

Kate Spade is hands down one of my favorite company's, and so when I heard they were collaborating with Gap several emotions came to me.  First of all I was filled with excitement, my excitement quickly turned to disappointment and jealousy when I realized it was just for kiddos, but then once I saw the collection I got excited again.  I mean, come on, you can't not look at kiddos clothes and be sad!  I've pick some of my favorites below!

Kate Spade for Gap




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