Happy Friday readers!

Fun plans for the weekend?

We don't have much of anything on the agenda, but I am really looking forward to it.  Bryce and I have been needing some down time, just the two of us, and I think this weekend will provide it.

I mentioned last week that I've been struggling personally.  I'd be lying if I said 2014 had been a good year so far.  It hasn't been.  In fact, I think it's been the toughest year of my life thus far.  The first week of the new year went wonderfully, but since then things have been tough.

While I'm not comfortable sharing the details of my problems on the blog, I will share some of the emotions I've been facing.  It feels good to get it out.  If you haven't gathered from reading my blog, I'm pretty Type A.  I know what I want out of life, I set my mind to that, work towards my goals, and typically things go as I would like.  When they don't, I struggle.  For nearly nine months now, despite any and all efforts, my life hasn't felt on track.  I've felt completely out of control and helpless.  I've also had some major pity parties.  In fact, just last week I was joking that I was going to start just being a negative person.  Whenever I try to be positive and hope for the best, I end up feeling disappointed.  I joked that perhaps if I just expected the negative, I would be pleasantly surprised.  I soon realized, however, that is completely the opposite of who I am.  So instead, I am trying to push through and not focus on people and situations I can't control.  I am going to focus on being the best "me" I can and eventually (*hopefully*) things will work themselves out.  Shew...that was long winded, huh?  It needed to be said, though, and leads into the first two things I am loving this week, here goes!

The first way I am trying to improve myself, is by exercising.  To say my exercise routine is sporadic would be an understatement.  I feel better when I exercise regularly, though, and like the routine of it. That being said, I decided to try a new exercise regimen.  About two weeks ago I signed up for a package at Richmond Barre and am loving it.  The routines challenge my body in a way it's never been challenge before and I'm really enjoying the classes.  I'm also loving these Zella pants I got for barre:

To add to that, I am loving this post, 100 Thoughts I Have During Pure Barre, that my friend Ruby sent me after taking our first class! 

Second up on the Allie Improvement agenda, and loving list for the week, is keeping up with current events via The Skimm.  Throughout high school and college, I was pretty good about knowing what was going on in the world.  Since then, I've honestly been embarrassed at times when someone brings up a major news story in conversation that I know nothing about.  The Skimm makes it effortless, though. Simply sign up, and each morning a quick skim, or summary, of major news events is delivered to your inbox.  In less than 5 min, you'll be informed!

I am loving this kitchen workspace.  Simple, elegant, glam...swoon!

I am really loving this Old Fashioned Print for a bar area.  Not to mention, I have found a new site to love, adore, obsess over in Katie Kime, the site that sells the print!

And finally, rather than ending with an eCard per usual, I couldn't resist this funny in honor of going back to school on Monday!

What are you loving lately?

How do you cope with difficult times?

Have a great weekend!


  1. hey love! Isn't it so nice to have an outlet to share your inner most thoughts? Blogs sure do come in handy sometimes. I def went through a period of my life when I was 23-24 when I thought nothing was going the way I planned....it wasn't until I stopped expecting and let go of the control I craved that things worked themselves out on their own. I got so tired of people telling me "things happen for a reason" but it really is the truth. Just take deep breaths, realize that you are only given what you can handle and smile more than you frown and I promise your day will get better! I also drink a lot of wine and throw myself into terrible tv - but the advice above sounds better :) xoxo

  2. some years are just TOUGH, but there will be so many better times ahead and you will appreciate them even more. thinking about you. go easy on yourself :)

  3. Thank you for sharing with us, and I hate that life has been tough for you lately. You are such a kind and giving person :-) I find that a good outlet for me when I'm stressed about the kids, or decisions I have to make, or just balancing life at home when my husband travels and I don't have any family to help out, is CRAFTING! I'm a whole lot better about Pinning lots of ideas than I am about the actual execution and am trying not to get stressed because I don't have time to do them all ha ha! But I love a good attainable DIY that I can feel good about! Also love reading. Thank you for the tip on the Skimm, I've never even heard of it! I feel like the world outside my little cocoon of 2 babes and a the hubby is just too much right now!

  4. Thank you for sharing your struggles because I am going through something similar right now! I feel extremely discontent and am struggling to balance being an adult with being a student. I'm glad you are still trying to be positive. Is it always easy or possible? No! But being negative isn't going to help. I love your list of all the things you are loving and hope things start to look up for you!! Sending lots of love your way.

  5. OMGosh, that picture of that kid just about made me wet my pants!!!!!
    Hope your weekend is FAB-

  6. First off, I love the Skimm, such a great way of staying informed. I am very sorry about how you've been feeling. I definitely went through a tough time my senior year of college. And moving to NYC was a big change and very difficult for me. However, it all did pass and now I'm in a very happy place. I think as much as it sucks, sometimes things just take time and it's okay to be sad. Don't beat yourself up about it! We all go through rough periods and I'll be thinking of you!

  7. Girl, I am right there with you! I've had plenty of things lately that seemed so promising and ended up not working out. It's disappointing and can really take a toll on us. I wish I could offer some better advice, but I've just been reminding myself that everything happens for a reason! Hope things get better.


  8. I'm sorry to hear you've had a rough year, but am confident you will get through it. Last year got a bit rough for me, but things got better. I think each year will continue to have its challenges. The truth is, the older we get, the more challenges that arise. Life is more complicated. Marriage is just the start and then we add in all kinds of other things to complicate it! Keep us posted and hope the fall brings you lots of happiness! xoox

  9. Oh Allie! I'm so sorry! I almost wrote a similar post this morning but I knew I wouldn't be able to control my emotions. I need a game plan too. And you are so right it isn't good to concentrate on things you can't control. It just seems so many of my emotions are wrapped up in those people. I think it's also hard when you have little eyes on you - in a classroom or at home because you always feel like you have to be "on". I'm probably making no sense whatsoever but I'm thinking of you! And I need that old fashioned print!

  10. I can completely relate to having an "off" year, 2013 was that for me. The only thing that I can say is that it truly made my relationships stronger and provided me with clear vision of my priorities. Additionally, having come out on the other side, I continue to feel empowered knowing how much I can really handle! xoxo Laura

  11. I hate, hate, hate that you're having an off year; I am totally with you on being Type A, and I know how helpless it can feel when things seem out of control. I had a super off year a few years ago, from my relationship with myself, to my relationship with others, to my future career... I think it's so amazing you realize positivity is key, because I think if I'd realized that, I would've gotten out of that funk a lot sooner! Lots of love to you, sweet girl!

  12. So sorry you've had a rough year. You'll get back on track. Thinking of you.


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