Reflection to Myself on my Birthday

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It’s my birthday today!!!! I absolutely love this day because it’s dedicated to enjoying multiple free coffees and being surrounded by the ones I love! Thank you to everyone that has already made me feel so special!

My sweet friend Anne from Mindfulness in the Midwest recently had her birthday and wrote down some reflection questions that she asked herself. As you know, I’m very into self reflection at the moment and so what better way to acknowledge my birthday here on BarryChic.blog than to do a self reflection? Earlier this week I grabbed a cup of coffee and sat down to think about my wonderful life. It’s a long post so snuggle in, grab a drink and your cozy blanket, and enjoy!

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March Recap & April Goals

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The month is already almost over! I can’t believe that March has come and gone. Here are my goals that I wrote back at the beginning of the month and a summary of how I did. I also wrote down some April goals for myself.

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Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I’m not the best baker and I believe some of that has to do with my lack of patience and inability to look at details for a long time. I often end up messing up the measurements or I become disinterested in the entire process. But, I come to you with the ultimate banana chocolate chip recipe that I found on Pinterest although I adapted the recipe a bit. It can be made in 30 minutes start to finish which is perfect for those who are on the run or just don’t feel like spending all afternoon in the kitchen (and I feel you!).

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Travel Diary: Florida

This homebody once again convinced herself to leave the Midwest for spring break! Last week thirteen of us piled into cars and drove the grueling twenty-one hours to the gulf coast of Florida.

It was my first real vacation that wasn’t with my family which made for lots of firsts (and fun!) After I did a travel diary for Dublin and Burlington, I found myself going back and rereading the post to reminisce.  I’m sharing with you some of the highlights on our trip along with some great memories that no doubt will last a lifetime. Continue reading “Travel Diary: Florida”

It’s IWD and I Have Something to Say

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Women’s rights are human rights and seeing as today is international woman’s day, I see no better day to celebrate that fact. Ladies, we have come so far in history but we still have mountains to move. Let us remember that we are not fighting each other or men, we are fighting for equality each and every day.

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February Favorites

Books

Woman in the Window

Five/five stars

Any book that makes me sit on my bed after my commute and keep listening, is considered an addicting book in my mind. This book reminds me so much of Gone Girl due to the fact that there are so many twists. Even the last one hundred pages consisted of surprises so you’re not done when you think it’s all figured out! The story of an agoraphobic, the new neighbors, and a girls night in is sure to keep you turning the pages.
The Elite (#2 in the Selection series)

Three/five stars

I’m happy to get back into series because I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters just yet. This is the second book in a trilogy and I loved how light the book was. Easy read and wasn’t heavy like some of the books I’ve read. A perfect read on a beach or in a bath and for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a princess (soo all of us?)

Also, follow me on Goodreads to keep up with all my reading

Products

Epson salts

I absolutely love taking baths. I take them weekly and it’s my perfect way of destressing and my method of self-care. But sadly, I am a college student and I can’t afford bath bombs every week. To supplement, I have really loved pouring in Epson salts into my bath. It has some awesome perks like increasing magnesium levels and eliminating toxins. I like any of the Dr. Teal’s brands  that you can find at Target and Walgreens and the big bag offers many uses per bag.
Everything Pink

I went a little crazy with this color after so much of it was sprinkled across my Pinterest. I have been loving searching for blush pink items for my Pinterest mood board as well as doing little things like paint my nails a pretty light blush. Bring on the Rosé for the sake of the aesthetic!

 

Target Swim Suits

Spring break in Florida is in a couple weeks and that was the perfect excuse to get a new swimsuit. If you’re looking for one I highly recommend checking out Target’s selection. I got a beautifully classic black one and it was so nice to have so many options. I got to pick out the perfect style for me and I can’t wait to wear it on the beach!
Coffee of the Month: Vanilla Latte

It’s midterm season which means many days (and nights) spent at coffee shops to break up the hours in the library. I have been loving my order of a skinny vanilla latte (iced on the warmer days). Also protip that if you have a Starbucks gold card you get free refills on coffee!

 

Quote of the Week 

In my planner, there’s a space to write “notes & thoughts.” I’ve been leaving it blank for months, but in February I have been putting a quote of the week. Each week brings on different challenges and so I loved being able to pick what quote I’ve been loving at the moment.

 

Favorite Quotes

In addition to my Pink Cloud Pinterest board, I’ve really been loving posting to my Quotes board. These are great to come back to when I’m in need of inspiration, motivation, or a new weekly quote. They’re all great reminders!

Let me know what you loved in February. Bring on the birthday month!

March Goals and February Recap

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I think these posts may be some of my favorites to write. It’s a chance for me to take a break and really think about some self-reflection. Life can get so busy, and goals can easily be forgotten. I made a promise to myself in January to uphold as many resolutions as I could. An easy way for me to do that is to write down my monthly goals. Here’s how it went for this month!

February Goals

Read 30 minutes a day. So this started out well for the first week, but as my first wave of tests came, my free time was limited and I was just too tired to focus on a book. I’m a bit disappointed in myself on this one because 30 minutes isn’t that hard considering my commute to campus is a 15 minute bus ride.

Read four books this month. Books on Audible really helped out because I was able to finish two books just by listening to them instead of music. I think if I would have read for 30 minutes I could’ve reached this goal.

Stick to a budget. Everything was in budget except for shopping. Am I even surprised? Luckily I was only over by a few dollars so I consider this a success! I will definitely be incorporating this into next month.

Cross off two things off my senior bucket list. If you look on my bucket list from freshman year there are still a bunch of things I haven’t done that I’ve wanted to do since freshman year. In February, I was able to cross off:

  1. Attend an ISU vs. Kansas basketball game
  2. Steal a sign (it was a poster at a bar but it counts!)

Blog more than half the days of February. So the Winter 8×8 didn’t end as I planned, but I decided that being true to myself is better than reaching a blog post goal. I didn’t get to blog more than 14 days but I guess I should have accounted for all the exams and projects that would have taken precedent. Through this goal I learned quality over quantity.

Only use my bed for sleeping. I wouldn’t say this was a success, but it was definitely an improvement from last month. There were more Sunday morning coffees spent on the couch rather than in bed. I felt that I was able to get my day started faster when this happened as well. Another win; there were no snacks that made its way to bed this month!

 

Looking at this it really doesn’t look like I accomplished much! Maybe a combination of being overambitious and only having 28 days in the month made for some uncompleted goals. But despite this, I’m not discouraged nor do I feel sad about the month. It was a full month full of new trials and busy weeks.

March Goals

Get back into journaling and self-reflection. I felt like I was at my calmest when I was constantly evaluating my life and reflecting on my actions. Daily journaling is something that fell off my radar and morning routines. Since I’m at work or class at 8:00 AM I don’t have time to make coffee let alone sit on the couch and journal. So I want to make it a focus to either wake up early to get some “me time” in, or prioritize my evenings so that this becomes habit.

Read four books. Okay reading, let’s try this again. I have a 21 hour car ride to Florida and then spring break on the beach so bring on the reading! I’m excited to make this a priority

Try two new things. Towards the end of February I went skiing for the first time. Before we left to go I really didn’t want to do it. I was to the point of sulking. I had a great time and every time something wonderful happened I kept thinking to myself, “I’m so glad I made myself come.” Why didn’t I want to go? I was scared of new things, change, failure. I want to make myself become aware of that dissonance feeling. Let it creep up again in new situations and push through. In March I want to try two new things. They could be as simple as being a vegetarian for a week, or doing a digital detox.

 

And that’s my rundown of February and my preparation for March! Let me know if you have any goals for one of my favorite months!

 

 

Lessons From My Dad

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I’m sitting in front of the computer for the second time today desperately trying to find the motivation to write a paper. But searching “pink aesthetic” into Pinterest is so much more interesting and enjoyable than that. while not doing this paper, I stumbled upon some inspiration for today’s post. So to continue this procrastination train, I wanted to share some words about my dad since his birthday is on Saturday and I’ve been reflecting on our relationship lately.

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Why I Stopped the Winter 8×8 Challenge

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There’s no denying it. The Winter 8×8 Challenge was a complete fail. I could have taken a bunch of pictures in one afternoon and spread them out across the week to look like I wore them all on different days, but I’m not that kind of blogger. So, instead of showing you all four more outfits that are way too similar in style for my comfort, I wanted to share why it didn’t work for me.

I have a neutral wardrobe to begin with

If I were to take a picture of my closet right now, you would see four clothing pieces that actually have color in them. The rest of my closet is white, black, and various shades of gray. This wardrobe works for me, and I love it. But, this means I already have a pretty refined closet to begin with and dwindling it down to eight pieces really just mean wearing black and white the whole time.

My Outfit Determines my Mood

If I’m wearing sweats and a T-shirt, I can promise you that absolutely zero work will get accomplished. If I wear too fancy of an outfit at dinner I’ll feel like all eyes are on me (they’re not) and my mind will become a frenzy. Wearing the same clothes all the time meant that each day was the same and it was making me sad to get dressed every morning. Was it a time saver? Heck yeah. But I also went through the day feeling uninspired and that’s just not good. So I run late most mornings, to me, I’ve discovered that it’s worth it.

I wasn’t loving the outcome

I always want to make sure that my content is at it’s best. While doing the eight by eight challenge I found myself struggling to write each post. I have school, work, and this blog and I never want to produce sub par content, but having to post daily and take pictures was a struggle with my schedule. I was dreading having to go home at the end of the day and take pictures when I could instead dive into my pj’s. This blog is my creative outlet. It has become my space and my hobby and I never want to fell like it’s work or stressful. The minute it becomes stressful, I have to reevaluate. And it was, so I did.

As always, thanks for reading.

Winter 8×8 Day 3

Still a winder wonderland here in the midwest! I’m so happy to be drinking all the coffee with the excuse “but baby it’s cold outside.” On Day three on the winter eight by eight, I was happy to put together a classic, neutral colored outfit that went perfect with a second cup of coffee.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out what’s going on here! For the next eight days (not including Fridays or weekends) I’m only wearing eight pieces of clothing.

This is Day Three, just keep reading:

What I Wore

Sweater (similar)

Jeans

First Impressions

Not feeling as excited about the challenge. I hate to say it, but I’m starting to get bored of my clothes. I guess it’s not helpful that I’m dressing basic. On Monday I think I’m going to accessorize more to add to the outfit. The only person at fault for being basic is me! Ha!

I will say that I felt very classic in this outfit, and if I didn’t have the eight by eight challenge going on I think I would really have loved this outfit.

Styling Tips

If you want to amp up an outfit, do so! I guess this is more of a styling tip for myself, but I’m putting it out there. A lot of the time my outfit will influence my mood. If I’m wearing a lot of dark clothing and not a lot of style, I might not feel the best in it. Wear what makes you feel great!