The gorgeous jewelry in today’s blog post is designed and sponsored by James Avery! I am a James Avery Ambassador and love the joy and message each piece of James Avery jewelry brings. All thoughts, experiences, and opinions are my own!
We’ve had a magical summer this year and I’m glad we still have the month of August ahead of us! I’ve hiked, spent mornings at the pool, watched plenty of baseball and trash TV, enjoyed far too much ice cream, and even traveled to Las Vegas with Neal… just Neal! After spending last summer inside with a newborn, it has been so fun making the most of the summer sun.
As much as I love a crisp fall day spent lounging around in my favorite hoodie, I’ve come to love every ounce of the summer. For years, I dreaded summer. As a plus size woman I was scared to wear shorts, put on a bathing suit, go to the pool, and spend time outside. I gave into the notion that I could only enjoy summer if I fit a certain mold, and while I understanding those insecurities, what I realized was how much I was missing out on sitting on the sidelines.
I used to care far too much of what others would say about me, so instead of wearing a tank top or a bathing suit I’d dress in layers regardless of the summer heat. What I came to realize is that people are going to think what they want to think, say what they want to say… but what I have control over is how I feel and what I do! Instead of sitting on the sidelines, I was going to get out there and make the most of the summer! I decided to stop allowing society to impact my experiences! I decided to dress in clothes I’m comfortable in, to wear jewelry I absolutely love, and say yes to all the experiences that used to scare me!
Our travel to Las Vegas was incredibly special, no only because I felt comfortable in my own skin but because traveling makes me endlessly happy! This summer reminded me how important it is to do what you love. Traveling fill my cup! I love seeing new cities, being out in nature, and losing myself in my vacation.
There’s so much beauty in the world around us and I hate to think of how much time I spent in years past, allowing my fear of others, to keep me from the things I love doing and experiencing during the summer months.
Instead of counting down the days until I’m back in my hoodies and layered clothing, I’m sad to see these warm summer months go. Summer is no longer a time for me to dread showing my body and a little skin. I don’t even think about it now. Instead, I think about all I can do outside before the cold winter months. Traveling outdoors with my husband, wearing adorable tank tops and shorts, playing in the pool with my kids, drinking an iced cold beer on the front steps, and drawing all over our sidewalk with chalk. The summer holds so many fun memories and it feels go to have let go of the pain I associate with the summer in the past.
I’m so glad we still have another month of summer ahead of us! I can’t wait to make the most of it before diving back into the school year.