Let me get this out of the way, because I hate preachy posts that make me feel like I shouldn’t want stuff. TRUST ME, I have a list three miles long of the things that I want, and NONE OF THEM are cheap. So making you feel like I’m all altruistic and have sworn off shopping would be a MAJOR miscommunication. However this post is not about stuff. It’s my grown up summer wish list, which doesn’t have as nice a ring to it as the whole grown up Christmas list, I realize, but it’s not Christmas and I’m frickin hot.
My Summer Wish List*
(*does not include all the stuff I want, I’ll hit you up later Santa Claus.)
- Have Fun
I love how as a grown up, I have to like, purpose to have fun. What the literal heck, you guys??? As a kid, all you want is to be a grown up so you can do whatever you want whenever you wanna do it. Then you become a grown up, and you realize you can basically never ever do what you want because you have kids, you’re not independently wealthy, and, oh yeah, there are other people in this world who need you to do stuff for them. One of my goals for the summer is to have fun. Both the kind of fun that involves me shopping by myself and the kind that involves doing family stuff with my husband and kids…and trying desperately to ENJOY it instead of stressing about the fact that the kids are TOUCHING EVERYTHING. Wish me luck, people.
- Be Wise, But Worry Less
I like to shop. Every time I intentionally try to “spend less” I end up feeling restricted mostly due to how I was raised, and I end up impulse buying something just so that I don’t feel trapped. Uhhh…that’s not wise. I find that for me, when I intend to “be wise” with how I shop, it makes for healthy purchasing habits. I buy the things I would be sad I missed out on if I was strictly just trying to save money…and I don’t buy the things I would have bought just to make myself feel better. And the second half of this whole thing goes along with this. Worry less…meaning, when I’m being wise with my purchases, I can stop worrying about spending needlessly. I want to enjoy the all the fun I’m trying to let myself have after all, right??
- Give Myself A Break
I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself. To lose weight, to keep the house clean, to get my kids in bed exactly at the same time every night…and inevitably something gets in the way of any number of the things I’m attempting to control…and then I feel like I failed. So this summer, I’d like to give myself more rest time. Time to read a book, time to not think about any of the things I “need” to do, and time to recharge. I often fill up that time with other things, and then feel rather burnt out on life. That’s no good for anyone.
This dress was kind of one of those “I’d have been bummed if I missed it” purchases. I popped into New With Tags in Paso Robles and this Raga LA dress was just hanging there, staring me in the face. It’s so lightweight and flowy and makes for one of those great summer outfits that makes you feel so dressed up without being hot and uncomfortable. The choker is from Amanda of The Desert Mermaid and the bolo is from my good friend Jessica from Hillbillygypsyboots. The lace bralette is from Urban Outfitters, but you can find these babies almost anywhere now including Target!
Whatever’s on your wish list for the summer, I wish you great luck getting it or getting it done!