5 Things to inspire you this week

Last week I talked about my idea to start a new series on Fridays where I expand on a topic I’ve been thinking about for the week called “Food for thought.” After I set that intention I thought, why end there? Why not set a “theme” or category for each post that I write?

Why does this matter?

When I first started my blog, I intended to write reviews, talk about things that were interesting to me, and share my personal style journey. But over 9 months later, I’ve found that I need a bit more structure and guidance when it comes to producing content for my blog. In the past I tried putting a blog post from Monday to Friday and some weeks were more successful than others. Unfortunately, this led to writing posts that often felt rushed and pressured. I want each post to feel authentic, genuine, and intentional.

A new series

So over the weekend, I came up with the idea to share a few things that might inspire your week. This could be anything from an article, a podcast episode, a new snack, a quote, an outfit. Anything. I’m aiming to do this at the beginning of each week. This week, there happens to be 5 things that I think might help you power through this week. Let’s get into it.

5 Things

1. Still stressing about gifts?

Take a deep breath or two and read my low stress gift ideas post. Remember, a gift card is always an option.

2. Need a little push to start living the life you want?

Listen to motivational speaker, Gabby Bernstein on last week’s episode of Girl Boss Radio. She talks about a pivotal moment in her mid-20’s where she decides to steer her life in a different direction, one that is more intentional and would lead her to her best possible life. You may feel inspired to slow down, set new intentions for yourself, and even start saying no the things you don’t need, so you can focus on the things you do need.

3. If you’re ready to stop saying, “I can’t afford this”…

Read Kate’s guest post (her blog is called Make it Rain) on The Luxe Strategist (my favorite blog) about how she turned her YOLO lifestyle around and paid off $14K of her student loans in just one year! Her story really is so inspirational.

4. Curious about sustainable fashion and how to approach it in your own life?

Listen to the latest episode of Fashion No filter, titled “Eco Warriors.” Camille Charrière and Monica Ainley interview different notable players in the sustainable fashion world, including Kathleen Talbot, VP of Operations and Sustainability at Reformation (one of my all-time favorite brands). You might walk away with some helpful tips and a new understanding of how to make your shopping habits more mindful and less wasteful. You can also read my sustainable fashion post here for more inspiration.

5. Curious about what a “doable utopia” looks like?

Listen to the latest episode of Pardon my French featuring Jean Touitou, the founder of A.P.C. He’s a rebel in his industry for keeping his business 100% his own. He does not care to have investors or to bring in business people to increase his production or sales. He believes that outside influences would take away from what his brand stands for which is to create wearable fashion. And in staying true to himself, his brand has been successful for the past 30 years. This ability to do what he loves and live the life he wants to live, is what he considers to be a “doable utopia”. In the episode he says, “the thing with minimalism is it doesn’t really shout enough to attract attention. And still to me it is very spectacular, so I had to explain why…we’re not lazy…but we’re just artists in a different way than other artists…” This is exactly the kind of inspiration that I have personally been needing especially with the holidays coming up and all the outfits I feel like I need to buy for them. This helped me quiet the noise a bit. Whether you’re a fashion fan or not, you might be inspired to create your own “doable utopia”.

That’s it for my first ever post of this series. If you end up listening or reading to anything I mentioned, I would love to know what you thought!

What’s inspiring you this week?

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂