Beware of your thoughts for they become your words,
beware of your words for they become your actions,
beware of your actions for they become habits,
beware of your habits for they become character,
beware of your character for it becomes your destiny.
Hi friends! I hope your week has been a good one! I wanted to say hi, and give you guys a little update on things going on around here. I’ve had better months, but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel so wanted to share.
A week or so ago, I woke up feeling extra perky, made coffee, checked emails, and got ready to embark on a 21-day work out challenge– ready to kick Monday’s ass and it felt so good. After my run and a trip to the market, I got the call about Scout being attacked by another dog while out on his walk. He’s doing better, by the way, healing perfectly! Needless to say, the day went south pretty quickly for us all. He had to get sutures on both sides of his little ear, and so I’ve stuck by his side to make sure he doesn’t irritate it as the ear is a finicky spot to heal.
Our building is very by the book and since we’re always so worried about getting messaged if Scout barks, it’s been a long couple of months. We’ve been training him and leaving him alone for little periods of time to get him used to self-soothing (he’s used to me being around as I work from home), but it takes time. He has major separation anxiety, and I’ve developed a bad case of cabin fever. I feel like I’m always trying to coordinate and calculate leaving him alone so I can focus on work stuff and just get out of the house. I’ve had to pass on meetings, events, etc. because of the situation, and so it’s been a little rough. If you have any tips on barking solutions, please do send them my way! This is why we’ve been looking at houses with yards, or new buildings who are a little more lenient with pets. The annoying part is, he only barks a few times here and there and has been howling (yep, we invested in a video monitor), but that’s pretty normal for dogs in the city, right? I feel like you always hear some dog yapping at you from a window when you’re walking down the street.
Anyways, I feel like we were really making progress with leaving him right before this incident happened, and I think this may set us back a bit. Thought I would give you guys an update since it’s been a bit quiet lately, I am just feeling a little off. These things are temporary and in the grand scheme of things, I have way more to be thankful for and this problem is fixable with time. I’ve just been a little frustrated (so thanks for listening to me vent!)…
On a brighter note. I started reading The Woman I Wanted To Be by DVF, and it’s completely gripping. Go get it! I’m only a couple chapters in, but her mother’s story, the way she was raised with such poise, and her strength– it’s all so inspiring. The quote on top of this post really struck me and the way I’ve been feeling this past month. I’ve caught myself in a funk, and instead of letting it continue on, I need to make some changes before I form bad habits. I’m the type of person where I’m constantly seeking change, and the rush of inspiration, so I can’t coop myself up. I also need to be more diligent about finding balance in a few areas of my life. I’ve caught myself in a mundane routine (which I think can be easy when you’re home a lot), but I’m taking big steps to change that.
In addition to my goals with Scout and giving myself more alone time, exercise, and time to decompress (more reading is on the list), I also have plans to change things up here! With so much noise these days in the blog space, I realized I fell off track and started to question myself and my content. Pity part of one? So I put my foot down and kicked those negative thoughts to the curb…ain’t nobody got time for that!
I’m going back to my roots and reviving the mission of this blog: to highlight who/what/where is deeply inspiring me. It sounds pretty simple and obvious, but sometimes you can complicate things without knowing, and this reminder helped me work a few things out. I’ve outlined my new goals and priorities when it comes to creating new posts:
Fashion is the forefront. When I first moved to San Francisco in 2009, I took on my first job as a personal stylist. Although I knew this wasn’t the most fitting career path, I loved it because fashion is in my blood and has always been a prominent passion of mine. I had a few clients back then and it felt so good helping them find pieces that made them feel like their authentic selves. Brunch on Chestnut is a feel-good destination where I hope to inspire your sense of style. I plan to share with you: emerging brands I love, noteworthy trends, places I shop, outfit roundups, fashion news, and more. I’m going to try my best to keep up with outfit posts, too. Also, if you ever have any questions or need advice on something you have your eye on. Email me! I love this and actually have a few people who regularly ask my opinion with clothing and home stuff, and it makes my day.
Inspiration. From home tours I would move into and not touch a thing to pins I think you must save yourself… inspiration posts are coming in hot. I don’t want to have a cookie cutter blog, I want to surprise you and have fun again. Cool art, new songs I have on repeat, quotes I come across that brighten my day, books that change my life. I’m going to tell you about it all.
Shop. This is where my stylist enthusiasm comes in. I had a reader reach out to me recently and told me she visits my shop daily and so sweetly complimented the way I am choosy with the items I recommend. That is the goal, friends! I take a lot of time adding items to my wish list/shop pages and hope you love visiting too when you’re in the mood to shop. I plan on adding pieces every single day while I browse favorite retailers, so there’s always fresh product to check out.
My style is very intentional. I’m picky, prefer quality over quantity, and will take time thinking about something before I buy it. I love something special like an Ulla Johnson top but will jump on a Mango buy that evokes cool Parisienne vibes. I’m excited to go into next week with a fresh perspective, especially content that leads into fall.
This post was a bit scattered but goes to show my July state of mind. I didn’t want to keep you in the dark though about how I’ve been feeling, so thanks for stopping by. 🙂 I have a girls night in Carmel this weekend and Scout gets his cone off on Monday, so things are looking up! x