Today’s outfit is a simple but classy. It pairs a long-sleeve striped t-shirt with black skinny jeans, layered with a long black cardigan and accented with a burgundy scarf and black wedge boots.
This article is one of a series showing the many outfit combinations I’ve designed from my 24-piece Fall/Winter Capsule wardrobe.
Here are the items from today’s outfit:
Check out these blogs that I’m linking up with, including The Blended Blog where today’s topic is all about our Fashion, Food, Fitness and Friendship goals for the year.
I shared my goals for 2018 here. My overall goal for the year is summed up in the word BALANCE. The time spent on my blog and my capsule wardrobe can’t be as all-encompassing this year as it was last year. I need to spent more of that precious spare time on eating better and exercising. And my family time needs to be at least as much as before (Sneak peak – later this week I’ll share about how those goals are going)
Today though I want to focus on goals for Friendship this year. Moving to a brand new place, hours away from the friends I’d made in my 18 years in central Illinois was a big lesson on the value of friendship. I didn’t have many easy chances to meet people after we moved to Kentucky. In the first few months, I met a few people at church but beyond that really only interacted with family (including my sister-in-law, who is a wonderful friend).
Add that to the fact I was working from home, and many days never even left the house, and it all added up to feeling really lonely. Honestly, lonely to the point of tears at times. And it was hard to explain to my husband – he doesn’t really understand why I need friends when I have him and our boys. But I do need them!!
I knew I needed some girlfriends, but I didn’t know how to find any. I tried reaching out to a neighbor who had been friendly and welcoming when we first moved in, but she never responded.
Fortunately, just in the last 6 months, my sons were invited to participate in some groups with other boys their age. Through these activities, I’ve gotten to know a handful of other moms. I finally feel like I’m building some great friendships.
Several times a year I travel back to central Illinois. Whenever possible, I try to spend my evenings with my friends there. In fact, when I was recently in training in Illinois all week, and spent three of the five nights with friends and family in that area. As an introvert, my initial inclination is to escape to the hotel for some down time after being around people all day long. But each night I had a wonderful time catching up with my friends and am glad that I took that opportunity.