July Favorites

July Favorites - AVintageJoy

Last July I was in NYC, so I'm definitely ready to be back Florida and relax for a few days. If I don't come back tan, I'm doing something wrong! I'm so ready for a Disney day and a day at the beach. Last week I missed the water so much that I found a coffee shop near a lake just so that I could see water, I know right! Here are some of my favorites from this past month.

1// Inspiration. Linda Rodin is in her 60s and has lived life without care. I love that she has lived in Italy, started her own company by accident, and worn what she wants to and what makes her feel good vs. what's fashionable at the time. If you haven't seen an interview with her you should google it! 

2// Post. One of my friends sent me this post by Cece from Plussizeprincess and it's so real. I've read a lot of posts about how people run their own businesses and I really resinated with this post. I love that she is so real and says don't quit your job until you're stable enough to. Preach! Because yes it's exciting, but you also need to pay rent and eat. 

3// Purchase. There are so many moment in the dressing room that you're trying to decided if you would really wear "this" in real life. I had one of those moments this month, I was nervous but decided to get the blue and white striped romper and try it out. I love it! I was nervous the first time I wore it and then I remembered that everyone else is thinking about how they look and not paying attention to me. I feel good in the romper and it's super comfy! 

4// Entertainment. I'm always watching youtube videos!! I just find them so motivating. One channel this month that I've been binging is Gary Vaynerchuk. When I first started watching his videos it took me a while to get use to the way he talks, honestly his vocal inflections. He is a loud talker, but once I got use to it, I love it! He's so passionate about what he does. He talks a lot about how it takes time to get to where you want to be and how those who succeed keep going!

5// Focused on. Getting ready for vacation!! I'm so excited! I need a break from my 10+ hour days at work. I know I'm basically going home, but it's still going to be a vacation. 

What were your favorites from July?

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Enjoying the Moment

Enjoying the Moment

I had a ten minute moment that I truly enjoyed. I didn't "do it for the gram" I did it for me. The picture above was taken by one of my friends when she was here last, but my moment was just that, a moment in time where everything felt right. I sat on my kitchen counter, with the christmas lights above my kitchen cabinets on and the overheadlight from the stove shining down. I sat on the counter reading Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" while my pasta finished cooking. 

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The Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Festival

I have been so excited for the last two months to go to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. I had to make it a priority this month because it's the last month that it will be here! However, I will also say, there were many people that told me not to go because they said it was for kids. Take this as my advice to you: If you want to go to something, go!! Because you'll regret it if you don't. If you decide, maybe not this year, that's fine, but unless you've gone and realized that you don't like it how do you know unless you go?! 

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Start on Your Goals!

Start on Your Goals!

Everyone needs some mid week motivation to keep the ball rolling, or to kick the ball and start!! Use this as yours and JUST START!! That goal that you've been thinking about for years, that project that you feel inspired to do but also kind of scared, just start!!

Take a step today, big or small to put yourself facing the right direction. Here are a few ideas:

  • Look up how other people have done it
  • Start a notebook of ideas
  • Take one hour to check on sources of information 
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A Challenge to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ

A Challenge to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ

This is how 10 minutes could change your life. In today's day and age with Twitter, Facebook, Youtube (that's a huge one for me) pulling our attention, it's important to take a purposeful look at what we're doing. 

Over the past few days I've been trying to take ten minutes each day and spend it with God. I know this sounds insignificant, but trust me it's incredibly powerful. Think about it, when was the last time that you spent ten minutes focusing on one thing? When was the last time that you sat in quiet and talked to God for 10 minutes? Really, think about it....

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