Recently I read an article on the Runner’s World website that talked about how volatile it is to compare ourselves to others. The author saw a quote that read: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” While reading this article, I realized how much I compare myself to others and how it isn’t doing anything to boost my self confidence. Then I thought about it more and realized that for every time I think something positive about someone else and compare myself to them, there also could be something positive said about me, about how I can do something better than that person.
I think of my one friend who is super fashionable and who always seems to have perfect hair (which I constantly envy). Then I thought to myself, well those things are great, but can she run a half marathon like I did?
Another one of my friends is really outgoing and can make friends instantly. Then I thought, can she get through all the engineering courses I did?
Another friend is very thin and has been that way for years. To which I think, can she cook and bake like I can?
The point is, we all have good qualities, and not so great qualities. We shouldn’t focus on what other people are better than us at, but focus on what we are good at and what we want to do with our lives. Could I own really fashionable clothes? Yes, but I have an irrational fear of spending large amounts of money. Could I have perfect hair all the time? Yes, but frankly, I value sleep more than waking up early and getting myself ready. No one can be perfect all the time and accepting our shortcomings is a huge step forward in accepting ourselves.
Welcome to my second Friday Favorites post! I’m excited to share a few of the things I’ve been obsessed with lately.
I recently went shopping and EVERYTHING turquoise just happened to catch my eye! Here are some of the things I bought:
Unfortunate, I couldn’t find the other things I bought searching online! besides the pants to the left, I bought a tank top and strapless cotton dress–the perfect style for just lounging around, but still looking cute in a dress! I got them all from the lovely H&M. And on that note…
Seriously, H&M has been my shopper’s dream lately. I usually go shopping with pretty low expectations because I am either to frugal to spend money on things I love (I have a slight issue when it comes to spending money, aka I’m a big saver) or things just don’t fit me well. H&M and been great lately, though! I actually end up having many things fit me and have to decide which item I’ll have to part with (due to me fear of spending a lot of money at once). Not that H&M is expensive at all. It’s actually really well priced, but like I said–I have issues. There is one slight downside to H&M though–they’re sizing. Even though I know I’m a smaller size everywhere else, it still bums me out that I wear a larger size there.
Today, Starbucks launched they’re newest drinks–Iced Refreshers. From 12-3 they offered a free tall drink, either cool lime or very berry hibiscus. I tried the cool lime and it was SOO tasty. The tall only has 40 calories, so it’s definitely easy on the waistline. What’s the catch on this new, amazing drink? The tall is $2.95. I was hoping it would be on the same priceline as the iced teas, but its about a dollar more–which definitely adds up over time. Nonetheless, it tastes great! I would definitely recommend it.
I recently stopped by Aldo after my H&M visit and saw a wide array of cute shoes. I got pulled into the store once I saw a 30% off sandals sign and remembered that I was in need of a new pair. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been in the store before, but I’ll definitely go back. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to wear my new sandals (pictured here) yet because I have to wear closed-toed shoes to work. I hope I get to try them out this weekend!
What are your favorite things right now?
Is anyone else suffering from the problem of having too many resolutions to keep? The problem is, I currently have so many, that it’s getting to be unrealistic to keep all of them. Should I ditch one? Should I try to meet all of them half way? Advice on the issue would be fabulous.
My current resolutions are:
Be able to do the splits by the end of summer
No more pop/soda
Run 40 miles a month
I recently started my first 40 hour a week job and it’s taking an energy toll on me more than I thought. I love cooking, and that’s become less of a priority, which is bumming me out. Not to mention the fact that I’m trying to keep all these resolutions! My running one is going alright so far, but then again, I’m only 6 days into the month. The splits goal has definitely gone by the wayside–I haven’t done the stretches since that first time! The pop resolution is so-so. I’ve definitely cut down, but find myself unable to resist at family functions–which this summer is filled with. I have cutdown though, so I definitely consider that a success.
I guess my big question is: should I ditch a resolution (most likely doing the splits and becoming more flexible) so I don’t set myself up for failure? or should I just suck it up and put the time in even if I don’t feel like it after a long day.