At this point, our Thanksgiving dinner has officially concluded (though I'm about to go for round two in a hot second here). There's still so much to be thankful for though, so I thought I'd share a few of my top favorites here. It's been a long time since I've done a personal post, since I'm always concerned about bringing my readers the most valuable content possible, but today seems like the perfect opportunity to open up. Here's what I'm most thankful for this year:
Obviously, family is at the top of my list. My parents have provided me with much, much more than I have truly needed throughout the years and have quite honestly spoiled me rotten. I am so grateful for their generosity, which has allowed me to experience many things that some people even twice my age haven't had the opportunity to.
I'm also thankful for my extended family and for Richard's family. I love them all and cannot imagine what my life would be like without them!
I don't talk about it much on this blog, but I've been riding horses for 13 years. It's a huge part of my life, and I practice about five days a week and compete on my college's equestrian team on weekends. Some people have trouble accepting equestrian as a sport ("the horse does all the work"), but trust me, you try and control a thousand pound animal and get it to jump over countless scary looking obstacles and then let's talk.
Overall, I am so grateful that I've had the amazing opportunity to call myself an equestrian for the majority of my life. I'm also very appreciative of my horse, Ted (pictured), and all that he's taught me in just over a year of working with him. I've definitely become a much more confident and persistent individual due to the experiences that I've had both riding him and participating on my school's team.
my other half
Anyone who knows me personally knows that Richard truly is my other half. I don't post about him often (which bugs the hell out of him, haha!), but he's my best friend and forever love. He's a huge reason that this blog still exists, because there have been many times when I've wanted to quit. He is such a bright light in my life, and I love him for it!
Whether you just stumbled upon The Blonde Chiffon today, or have been a reader since the very beginning (hi mom)...
I never expected to get this far with blogging, or to have the number of readers and followers that I do today. Your unending support continues to shock me, and means more than you could ever know. I absolutely love this job and wouldn't trade if for a thing, so thank you for encouraging me to pursue it and continue to create content on a regular basis.
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I'm off to plan next month's content and search for a new show to binge watch on Netflix. Any suggestions?
"Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." - Lao Tzu
If I could tell all women everywhere just one thing, it would be this:
F*ck what other people think of you.
I wrote a Motivational Monday post a few weeks ago on why fear is SO boring, but I never really got down to the nitty gritty on what I think scares people the most.
It's funny, because there are so many things to worry about in life, and yet almost all of us subconsciously choose to stress over what other people have to think/say about us.
First off, thanks to all of ya'll who stopped by last week to check out the first ever "Weekend Edit". I really enjoyed getting a bit more personal with you guys, and I got a generous amount of positive feedback to boot!
But let's talk about this weekend, shall we?
I mean, it was kind of a big deal since R. turned 21...on Sunday.
So it obviously wasn't the wildest time haha, but we had a lot of fun going midnight bowling and eating too much cookie cake on Saturday night. For those of ya who don't know, Richard's interning in Pittsburgh this semester, so I really didn't care what we did this weekend as long as we could spend it together.
Ah, another edition of "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week". I'm so happy I started this series last month, because it's been such fun for me to share these ideas with you guys! Richard's birthday is this weekend, so I'm not sure how many of 'em I'll be able to try, but the though of making these wholesome carrot muffins during my spring break next week is totally giving me life right now.
And before we jump right into the rest of your tentative weekend to-do list, I want to note: if you enjoy these posts, you should definitely sign up for my "Weekly Dose of Inspiration" newsletter. It goes hand in hand with "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week", but in the newsletter I share even more personalized, exclusive content like weekly reading suggestions, killer playlists, dope quotes, style steals & even more (yes, it's possible to pack even more value into a weekly newsletter, I swear!).
If there's one thing that I think almost all bloggers fear above all, it's running out of ideas. I mean, let's be honest...writer's block is a huge pain in the a$$ — especially if you're relying on your blog as a source of income.
I wrote about how comparison has stifled my creativity in the past here, but there's a few other tips that I didn't note in that post that have helped me to grow as a writer and blogger immensely.
In fact, I almost never question what I'm going to write about nowadays.
That's coming from a girl who used to stare at her computer for hours trying to come up with the "perfect" post idea.
"5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week" is a recurring series on The Blonde Chiffon. New edits are published every Friday, and the intent is to give readers a concise list of amazing thoughts/projects/trends to try over the weekend and into the next week. I hope that you are as inspired as I am by these finds!
As the saying goes, worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. I feel the same way about fear, which remains at the top of my shit list indefinitely. After all, there's really nothing remarkable about fear. No excitement, and certainly no enjoyment.
And did I mention that it's f*cking boring?
In lieu of a typical #MotivationalMonday edit this week, let's talk about something a bit different — something that just so happens to be most creative entrepreneurs' biggest frenemy.
Whaaaat? Isn't inspiration supposed to be my BFFL, you ask? Well, the funny thing about inspiration is that, when it's there for you, it's on freaking point. When it's not though? That's another story...
I was super surprised last Friday at the positive reaction to my first "5 Things You Need in Your Life This Week" post. I always click on these types of articles on other blogs, but I had no idea how much others would enjoy my own finds!
For some reason, this week's content was particularly easy to stumble upon, and it's safe to say that I'm going to be trying all of the above in the very near future (aka Saturday & Sunday).
If I could go back in time and give my 15-year-old self one piece of advice, it would be this:
Love yourself. Always.
I recently read the book You Are a Badass, and every single chapter ended with that reminder. The message was that important.
Though it's taken me many years to "master" this concept, I still feel like I'm ahead of the curve. In a world that's dominated by social media, getting trapped in a never-ending cycle of comparison is seemingly inevitable (though, I wrote about why it doesn't have to be here). Not to mention the fact that virtually everything nowadays is photoshopped to death. I love, love, love that raw, real life is slowly but surely becoming the new "it" thing (thank u Snapchat & Insta stories).
Similar to my Motivational Monday posts, rounding up some of my favorite content on the web quickly evolved into one of my very first series I started writing once I hit "publish" on TBC in 2014. Since then, I've gravitated more towards creating, rather than curating. That's something that I'm proud of, because it's honestly much harder (and a much longer road to success) than just constantly rounding up other people's content. We've all seen those posts on Pinterest that have a bazillion repins, but all of the "150 Hacks/Recipes/etc." in the article are just links to other blogs. It's fun reading them once in awhile, but I'm a total believer in the need to create organic content if you want to develop a sustainable online community. Ya with me?