Gypsy Skirt

 

gypsy skirt

gypsy skirt

gypsy skirt

gypsy skirt

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Outfit: Skirt c/o Cabi | BCBG wedges | Similar tank | Necklaces via Forever 21

The real reason for the huge smile on my face is probably because we are down to just 9 days of school left! Other reason? I just booked my flight to return home to Pennsylvania for 3 weeks! I can’t hardly wait to see my family and friends again. This has been a long and strenuous year, but we teachers have put up a good fight 🙂 I’m so proud to say that as I’ve been watching my students type up their final essays for me, I am supremely impressed with the amazing progress they’ve made. It does my heart good to see them working so hard and applying everything they’ve learned. It’s going to be tough to leave them next year.

On the bright side, I’m beyond psyched to share that my goals are starting to fall together lately. I’m officially down 15 pounds and have more energy than ever since cleaning up my diet and making a concentrated effort to exercise! Two days ago I had one of those “aha” moments when you decide that it may finally be time to try on all those long-lost clothes in storage put away due to subsequential weight gain. It was one of those moments when I felt genuinely proud of myself for accomplishing something that has made me feel incredibly downtrodden for so long.

Prior to January, life was full of a lot of stress for me and I dealt with it by shutting people off, eating, sleeping away the day, and avoiding healthy exercise. I’m not going to say it was easy to get to this point and I wanted to give up countless times.  However, that feeling the other day made me see that trying and not giving up on myself was definitely worth it. Being lactose-intolerant, dairy products always bothered me and would make me sick for days–but I always ate them anyway because to me, taste was everything. I finally made the concentrated decision to replace dairy products with lactose free options and have been pleasantly surprised at just how good some of them taste. I feel so much better than I did from making this [not always so] simple change.

Because of this, I thought maybe I could finally wear a crop top, something that I’ve longed to sport for 2 years now and haven’t been able to with confidence. I know I’ve got a ways to go yet, but finding this confidence to change my health for the better has definitely been the push I’ve been needing to inspire positive change in other areas of my life.

I hope you all have had a great week so far and are looking forward to what fun the weekend brings 🙂

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