Three Words To Change Your Life

I am a big, BIG listener to and lover of podcasts. I nanny during the day, so — while I can do baby talk and love hanging out with my best 13-month-old pal — sometimes I need a little more stimulating “conversation” during my weekdays. Podcasts might not provide the back-and-forth of your typical conversation, but at least I can get a laugh or learn something interesting throughout the day.

I subscribe to funny ones, like My Favorite Murder (you might not think murder is comical, per se, but the hosts somehow tell these real-life horror stories in an unabashedly fascinated and, yes, humorous way); inspirational ones, like The Skinny Confidential: Him & Her (Lauryn Evarts is the creator behind the blog, The Skinny Confidential, and the banter with her husband, Michael, on their podcast is all at once informational, relatable, and hilariously real); and mindless, fun ones, like Straight Up with Stassi (she’s my favorite Bravolebrity and always has interesting guests and behind-the-scenes stories that I live for).

The latter is what I was listening to a couple weeks ago on the treadmill when I was happily surprised with a more serious topic than Stassi normally goes into. In this particular episode, she brought on a life coach who gave advice on working through anxiety, not letting others’ opinions get to you, and a simple method to understanding your place in the world. The life coach said that sometimes we get bogged down by other people’s expectations, and even our own expectations about how we think our lives should be going or how we should be dealing with things. (Raise your hand if you’re thinking, YEP, because I sure was.)

And then we get disappointed when life doesn’t go according to plan, or when we fall short in some way. So, she explained that we should all have a phrase to come back to when we’re feeling lost or out of sorts, no matter if it has to do with your personal life, work, relationships, or even just being stressed out in traffic. This phrase should be your home base, your reason for what you do and how you act in every situation and every second of the day.

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Writer’s Block and A Peasant Top

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I am having serious writer’s block this week and can’t think of an interesting or quirky topic to write about with these outfit photos, which, like, really hurts my brain and my heart. So here’s a mini-rant, instead. Get excited.

Also, I prefer (and bend over backwards) to put up three posts a week here, but this week I can only get to two. And even though I sort of feel like a loser/slacker/horrible goal-abandonner, I am reminding myself that it is okay. Everything is fine. Y’all probably wouldn’t have even noticed the missing blog post this one week if I didn’t blatantly call attention to it, and some of you are probably right here with me on the struggle bus of not accomplishing everything we’d like to in this moment.

Freckles and Figs is a place where I want to be real with readers, so here you go. I’m not always the best at balancing schedules. It can be tough to come up with original and fun content — visually and written — three times a week on top of a full-time job and, you know, life. And I love doing that! I love this blog! It’s one of the best parts of my life. But while I wish I could put every ounce of my effort and time into it, I can’t. (Wah.) Sometimes I need to disconnect or focus on other responsibilities. So, this week I bring you a complain-y post and also apple cinnamon pancakes from Monday (go look and drool if you haven’t already).

If you’re still reading ’til this point, you’re a saint. Thanks for letting me talk about things I love here, like fashion and food and health, and also things I don’t love, like writer’s block and random man strangers telling women to smile more. Wow, I just remembered how annoying that is. What I’m getting at is, I appreciate you! Even though I’m feeling very blasé with the state of my productivity this week, I’m still so appreciative of anyone who has read what I have to say at any point in time. You, my dear friends, are bae. And in appreciation for bae, I bring you the best peasant top you’ll buy this season — for under $30. You. Are. Welcome. (For both the peasant top and also the world’s cringy-est transition from real talk to clothing talk.)

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Blouse: Old Navy // Jeans: LOFT // Ankle Boots: Dolce by Mojo Moxy // Necklaces: Tribe Alive // Lips: Revlon “Berry Haute”