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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

let it be

This year's resolution…. to not make resolutions.
lame, i know… but hear me out.
In the past I let my resolutions be reminders about all the things I was BAD at, a nagging list of my failures: cooking, working out, photography, eating healthy, writing thank you letters, washing my face, organizing, picking up the dang phone to call friends… the list goes on and on.

I already have a TON on my plate for 2014 - graduating, finding a new job, surviving teacher training, getting married, lots of travel… all mostly exciting things, but things that are sure to keep me plenty busy nonetheless.

So this year, I am making a conscious effort to just be the best me. The best fiancé/wife, the best teacher, the best daughter/sister, the best friend that I can be… without letting resolution obligations get in the way.

I do have some new "mindsets" that I can't wait to share with you… so stay tuned for that!
{ What I Wore: J.Crew plaid top // Shabby Apple tulle skirt // ShoeMint heels // RayBan aviators }
Photos | Zipporah Photography

Did you make resolutions this year?
Anyone else forgoing like moi?



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58 comments:

  1. What a great background! And this sounds like it's going to be a wonderful and eventful year for you! You look beautiful! xo

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  2. Not making resolutions is the only resolution I have kept!

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  3. I am obsessed with your heels here Jessica! My cousin wore yellow heels under her wedding dress (to match our bridesmaid dresses) and I fell in love

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  4. Such a great outfit! That skirt is killer!
    xo, Lee

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  5. Your posts are always beautiful, but your photography has been so stunning lately! I'm never very good at resolutions so I typically give myself really general reminders like "it's a good idea to drink more waters!" or "be kind to others".

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  6. I'm with ya, Jessica! I feel like resolutions are just a way of saying we're not "enough" at something, so instead this year I've made a list of fun things I want to experience and accomplish–which I know will only better me along the way! Can't wait to hear what you've come up with!

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  7. I think this is one of my favorite looks ever. I adore the plaid top with the ultra girly skirt. You are darling!

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  8. Lovely post! And those shoes-- wow, that color is incredible! Xx

    liztisch.blogspot.com

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  9. Such gorgeous pictures! I'm loving your photography lately... Stunning outfit!

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  10. gorgeous photos! and deciding to be the best you that you can be is a great goal for 2014!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  11. I like your non-resolution!! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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  12. This skirt is gorgeous and I think your mindset about resolutions is perfect for 2014! You got this girl.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  13. I don't really do resolutions either, but I am always trying to be the best I can. That skirt is so pretty!
    ~Lauren
    http://lalovesblog.com

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  14. Have fun planing your wedding and traveling. Only resolution I made is to be more organized

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  15. Beautiful everything. I don't make resolutions anymore because I break them anyway. Just entered as well. I want to win.

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  16. I really like this...to just be the BEST you. And also love everything about this outfit...ahhhh!!! so beautiful.

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  17. You look absolutely adorable! LOVE the skirt. And I am all for not making resolutions, I think I stopped years ago! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  18. I love the "believe" on that building, is that somewhere in Nashville?

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  19. I am not really a resolutions kind of girl. I am just hoping to make 2014 the best year yet! That background with "Believe" on it is fabulous! And I love the plaid and tulle together. You look fantastic!


    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  20. I think not having a set of resolutions is the best way - if you want to make changes in your life you should implement them because you want to, not because a new year is starting. And I like your idea of being the best you, you can be! Love that tulle skirt too, it's so gorgeous :)

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  21. This is gorgeous! Love your plaid top, and the skirt is amazing! I know you will make a fantastic teacher :)

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  22. I love love love this outfit! Def one of my faves on you! I contemplated getting that plaid shirt from J.Crew but went with another pattern! xx

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  23. What a beautiful look, you turned a causal top into a sophisticated one! Love this look!

    xoxo Akinyi
    http://fitsonme.blogspot.com

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  24. I just bough this skirt. I blame you. Or thank you, time will tell ;)

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  25. Wow, that's a really interesting, inspiring, and brave way to really think about resolutions and making a chance in one's life. You right - we need to just be the best us and not nag ourselves with resolutions we don't keep based on our bad we are.

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  26. Besides for the outfit that I absolutely LOVE, I'm in love with your non resolution and reason behind it. I wish you lived nearby, I feel like we'd be such good friends;)


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  27. Great away to approach life Jessica! Love this outfit - you are always so chic!


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  28. So so so pretty! Love the skirt! And these heels, holy pretty!

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  29. I love everything about this! i'm not sure if I love the tulle skirt or the shoes more....

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  30. Thanks lady! The fun part was asking the grizzly man who ran the Christmas tree farm if I could take fashion pictures in his lot… he had no clue what I was talking about!
    xx

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  31. Ooh, I think your cousin and me would be friends!
    xx

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  32. Thank you lady, I am thankful for meeting wonderful women through blogging, including Zipporah who is now taking the majority of my photos. And yes, I should probably put a post-it on my computer that says "drink more water" too!
    xx

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  33. Ooh I love that - I've always told my boyfriend, now fiancé, that I would rather receive "memories" than gifts… experiences are what stay with us!
    xx

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  34. Aw, thank you so much. If only I could wear Christmas Party attire year around!
    xx

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  35. Thanks! I know, who needs yellow pumps!? But I couldn't resist them!
    xx

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  36. Thank you Anna! I am having so much fun playing around with my new photographer!
    xx

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  37. Thanks lady! I am excited to see what the future holds!
    xx

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  38. Thanks lady! I am such a planner, my un-planned future gives me a touch of anxiety, but I'm pretty dang excited about it too!
    xx

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  39. In my book, it's all about that shoes, always - we would totally be friends!
    xx

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  40. Thanks Amy! I could always do with better organization too. Good luck with your resolution!
    xx

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  41. Thank you Ashley, and thank you for all your support through my blog. Its wonderful women like you that give me the inspiration!
    xx

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  42. Thank you lady! And here here to being resolution free!
    xx

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  43. Yes ma'am - right in the middle of the 12th Ave South neighborhood :) One of my favorites!
    xx

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  44. I agree - this whole "it's January 1st so I have to get my act together" thing is not for me… if you want to change, change… not just based on the calendar! Cheers to being the best us!
    xx

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  45. Aw, thank you lady! I will def be taking teacher style notes from YOU!
    xx

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  46. You're welcome… in advance. Because time will tell that you love it!
    xx

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  47. Beautiful photos! I loooove the tulle skirt :)

    www.highheelstosneakers.com

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  48. I love it! I think resolutions are like lent.. temporary bans only backfire into wanting it more. I think working at it over time to be our potentially perfect self is best! :) Cheers to works in progress!

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  49. Your blog is darling! Check mine out at www.hugsiwishes.blogspot.com I follow back!

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  50. I ADORE this post! The outfit, the locations, and the message. Cheers to you!!

    -AJ

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  51. I love that! And you're outfit - I wore the exact same skirt and plaid shirt combo at christmas. You look like a dream xox



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