It’s been real, 2015

Soda Edit-2375No looking back now!

You may have noticed things look a little different around these parts. Well, I’ve decided to fully embrace the new year with a new look! Hope you like 🙂

Can’t wait to share more tips & pics with you in the months to come.

Cheers to 2016!

❤ PJA

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Resolution #3

My third resolution: put love into everything I do.

What the work really needs is more love and less paperwork.  — Pearl Bailey

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When you love your work, it shows. Filling that product or service with your heart and soul builds stronger and better relationships from the consumer to the CEO.

Loving where you work, your career, and living a passionate life is possible. I never would have thought I could make a living writing and shopping, but yet here I am! Since landing my dream job, my confidence has soared, my productivity has sky rocketed, and my work ethic has greatly improved. Having a love affair with my work builds trust and respect not just with my customers, but within my work place as well.

This is by no means a lucky streak. I worked my butt off before I found the right fit. This year, resolute to do what you love and love what you do. Work hard, hit the pavement, and see your efforts pay off too.

<3, PJA

Resolution #2

My second resolution this year: lower my expectations.expectations

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Ok, that doesn’t sound very nice, does it? Let me elaborate. When you hold high expectations for people, places, certain events, etc., you have a greater chance of disappointing yourself.

In contrast, try not to set your sights too low. I can’t tell you how many times I missed out on an event, show, or party because I was “too tired” or “I can’t find parking”. In reality, I didn’t have the highest expectations and would make excuse after excuse to make myself feel better about not going.

How do you know some thing is going to be wonderful or terrible if you don’t experience it? Instead of setting your expectations too high or too low (who are you Goldie Locks?), clear your head, open your heart and embrace positivity. Go out into the world! Accept invitations, go on an adventure, and just see what happens!

<3, PJA

Resolution #1

2013 is coming to a close and resolutions can be funny things. My trick is to set attainable goals; small little wisdoms to live by that are easy to follow through with everyday. In leu of the new year, I’m counting down with resolutions that are easy to stand by. Ever.

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Simple enough, but in a world of fast fashion and flash sales the cheaper option can be quite appealing. If you want something bad enough, it’s worth searching and waiting for. Settling for anything can put anyone in a very unhappy place.

Start small. Save the money you would spend on those knock-off Charlotte Olympia kitty flats towards a real pair. Maybe you have the perfect, little black dress in the back of your mind. Instead of getting that one that is not exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s on sale, hold out! The perfect fabric, style, and cut is out there somewhere and worth every penny.

<3, PJA