life update + fall plans

Well, I don't think it's a secret that I have been all over the place with posting this summer... šŸ™ I had this plan that I was going to post Monday-Friday every week and was so excited to get back into the swing of things and have tons of new outfit posts. However, things don't always go as planned! For instance, I wanted this post to go up last Monday, and here we are, a week later! There have been a whirlwind of changes these last few months and so I wanted to talk a little about them today..all exciting things butĀ so soĀ much change in a very short amount of time. I also wanted to touch on my new plan regarding blogging so you all know what to expect, and this willĀ hopefullyĀ keep me accountable!

So, I guess I will start with the biggest change of all, and one that has kind of thrown everything out of balance since it was completely unexpected. Don't get me wrong, I made this decision myself and I couldn't be happier, but I am not at all prepared for what's ahead. I've talked about this a little on Instagram, so many of you may already know, but I just graduated with a degree in Marketing & Advertising. Since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. Long story short, that is not the route I ended up going and I have always regretted it, but also thought it was too late to change my mind. Fast forward into my college career, and I met Jeff in one of my business classes, I was really getting into social media with my blog, and I started babysitting for one family that I have now been with for almost three years. I kind of decided that since I wouldn't be working with kids after I graduated, I would while I was in school. The little girl that I sit for has Down Syndrome and sees a speech therapist a few times a week. Over the last few years, I have been absolutelyĀ amazedĀ by speech therapy and became extremely interested in it. I never actually seriously considered going into this profession until this summer, about a month and a half after I graduated. I feel as though I almost had an epiphany one night and realized I would not be happy if I was going to be in business for the rest of my life. I started asking around and researching what exactly I would have to do and how long it would take me to become a speech therapist. Countless questions, lots of paperwork, and 1 month later, I am now enrolled at Wayne StateĀ again.Ā Like I said, I never planned for this (especially the tuition part) and I feel like I am in a total whirlwind trying to get everything in order to go back to school. It will take me three years (if I get accepted into grad school Fall 2018) and I'm learning to be okay with that because I know I will be so much happier in the long run.

I guess I wanted to share my journey to finding what I really want to do because I feel like there areĀ soĀ many people who don't do what they want and then have so much regret. So just a little word of advice (not that I am any kind of expert on these situations) regarding what I have learned from this already slightly hectic experience. Everything happens for a reason...I know that is so cliche and some people hate that phrase, but I really believe that. Right when I started thinking that going back to school was a possibility, I was constantly telling Jeff that I hated that I felt like I wasted money and years of school by not doing this in the first place. But then I realized, so many things would not have happened if that's what I did. Firstly, I wanted to be a teacher, so if I ended up doing that, IĀ stillĀ would've had to go through this process because I would have to change to communications. Secondly, I would never have met Jeff if business wasn't my degree. Sure there is the off chance that we could have randomly seen each other, but we met in a business class and just that fact alone would make me do everything exactly the same way even if I could've been done with school earlier by doing it right the first time. There are many more little things that would've changed, friends that I have met through business, small job opportunities, etc. So I am learning to be okay and acceptive of the ways things lined up. My last word on this is that it is never ever too late to change your mind. When I was making my decision, I kept comparing time. Would I really mind taking three years of my life to enable me to do something that I love forĀ the rest of my life?Ā It's not that much time when you consider it that way. I find speech therapy so fulfilling and I've had many instances where I couldn't help but cry when seeing speech therapists at work. It's crazy when you see someone develop and grow and begin to speak more and more. It's the best feeling in the world. So I kinda feel like I made the right decision šŸ˜‰

Whew, that was a lot of info. Anyone still with me? So lots of change, change, change. On top of that, I am searching for a new job, Jeff just started a new job (so proud of you, bubsy) that he has worked so hard for, and the possibility of moving out is right around the corner. So many new things, definitely all exciting, but slightly stressful because they are all happening at one time. Jeff and I have been talking about moving out for a really long time now and we are hoping to this Fall! I cannot even begin to express how excited I am (anyone up for some apartment decor boards?!) but there is a lot to be done! We are trying to take everything one step at a time and go with the flow as much as possible, but these next few months are going to be jam-packed! And with all this craziness going on, the blog has been almost completely tossed to the side...which I don't want at all, but I still have not figured out how to juggle it with everything else I am doing. My current plan is to try and start blogging 3 times a week again. I am aiming for Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays and really want to try and keep it up! Content will definitely be changing though...I still want to do lots of outfit posts, but I also want to blog about my school journey and the moving out process. I have beenĀ obsessedĀ with Pinterest lately because I'm trying to get ideas that will combine both our styles..not an easy feat. The one thing I can tell you is that we want a Wes Anderson gallery wall in the living heart! I think all I can do at this point is juggle, juggle, juggle all this new stuff while trying to keep doing things that I love, like blogging and going to Pure Barre.

So, I really want to keep you all updated and in the loop! I am going to try and keep up with everything as much as possible and I would love to hear if you guys are even interested in hearing about school or us moving out...let me know! Lots of exciting and new things to come šŸ™‚ PS, you can always follow me on my blog Instagram account for all the days that I am not doing full posts to keep up with everything going on...hope to see you there!

xo, Raquel

summer skirt

Happy Friday loves! This has been one of my longest work weeks this summer and I cannot wait to relax, sleep in, and go on a few bike rides this weekend! Anyone else slightly freaking out that it's already August? ...yikes!

On another note, today I want to talk about thisĀ adorableĀ mid-length striped skirt! If there is one item that I believe epitomizes summer, it is a nice flowy skirt. I have been wearing them more than ever this summer and I cannot seem to get enough! They exude ease and femininity...two things I am always looking for in my wardrobe. This skirt from Shein immediately grabbed my attention because well, first of all, stripes...a no brainer for me šŸ˜‰ But I also loved the shade of blue and the length. I don't generally go for longer silhouettes because I am on the shorter side, but I think this particular skirt isĀ soĀ flattering. It's so versatile too, perfect for running around all day with a casual tshirt or paired with wedges and a tank for a night out. What more could a girl want??

PS, my favorite rose gold necklace and blush flats are still on a super sale...but only for a limited time. If you are thinking about either, get em now while they are discounted!

/ striped skirt / blush slides / rose gold necklace /

xo, Raquel

Thank you Shein forĀ collaborating on this post!