Happy Monday guys 🙂 I hope you’re all having a great start to the week.  I had kind of a weird day today.. I felt sort of sick to my stomach, emotional, with no appetite. I know stress is a bit of the reason (I have a lot going on right now with work), combined with Rudy going back down to OC after spending the weekend together (and Sara was down in OC as well).  Some days I just don’t like being at my place by myself, you know?

I wanted to talk to you guys about the story behind these photos.  Sara took these of me at one of my favorite home decor stores in Venice.  I’ve always loved the vibe in there… it’s always sunny and bright, with tons of hanging plants and reflecting mirrors.  It was always a place that made me happy.

Sara and I were in there the other week and she was taking photos of me in front of this beautiful mirrored door, & I was really feeling the vibe.  Then suddenly a girl walks by and says, ”I’m really tired of all this lifestyle blogger shit” loud enough so we could noticeably hear it.  It kind of caught me off guard, but I was also kind of hurt by it.  Why would she need to say that? And so loud that I could hear it?  MID SHOOT.  What’s the point of purposely hurting someone’s feelings like that?  She’ll never know I’ve been working as a blogger for 9+ years, and how she just basically discredited my job as if it were some horrible ”trend”.

I know I shouldn’t take it so personally, and I’m not dwelling on it, but I just wanted to bring it up here on the blog in case one of you guys have ever dealt with someone discrediting something you love to do.

I’m glad I had Sara there with me so we could kind of ”shrug it off” together.  Today I had a random thought, but as I’m writing this post I realize it fits in perfectly with the message I’m trying to relay.  As I was tidying up my room, I thought, ”I’m going to make more of a conscious effort to increase the positivity in my thoughts and actions”.  Not letting the small stuff bug me as much as it sometimes does.  Looking at the glass half full more often.  Consciously counting my blessings in my head each day. Expressing gratitude each day.  Loving more, and laughing more!  Sometimes stress and anxiety can affect my mood, but having these thoughts help me get back on track to being the better version of myself.

To me, the mindset is so important.  Having a positive mindset can do amazing things for my life.  I’m trying to minimize the negative thoughts and maximize the positive thoughts in a conscious way until it becomes a natural, subconscious habit. Monday manifestations!

dress: Winona Australia  // bracelet and hoops: Gabriel & Co.

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