Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


Striking that Balance

I can get behind any fashion trend involving fun texture. So I'm obviously feeling chenille sweaters!

sweater- sold out, similar HERE | denim- levi's | handbag- vintage dooney & bourke (similar here) | shoes- free people

And the color is to DIE for! Give me all the burgundy lately!

This week has been stress city as I've been trying to meet work deadlines and simultaneously get our family ready for a fun trip! I can't complain that my current stress is a good job and going somewhere fun, but it definitely has meant I have less time to kick back so my anxiety is in full swing.
I've been working on some coping skills for when I get anxious and meditation is proving to be super helpful! If you haven't tried it before, you really should! Taking a few minutes to just relax & clear your mind even once a week can make all the difference.
I think most everyone these days experiences higher stress levels and we are just kind of a high strung society. It's hard to keep up with everything that's going on, and that work-life balance is a constant struggle.
I have to say that working from home is even more difficult than I imagined it would be. I've been working from home to some degree for the last several years, but I'm taking on more full-time things right now and I'm learning to cope with the constant guilt.
When I'm working, I feel guilty that I'm not giving my kids my full, undivided attention. And when I am playing with them, I feel guilty that I'm not getting work done! It's a real lose-lose situation and I'm so over it. Why as women do we feel like we always need to be doing all the things?? I've talked about it with my husband, and he doesn't really experience guilt when he leaves us during the week for his 9-5 job. But as a woman, I feel responsible for being there for every part of my kids' lives (and cleaning up their messes), while also feeling called to pursue my own passion & career.
I do "time blocking" in my day, where certain hours are set for work, kids, blog, husband, self, and chores. It's helped a TON, but overlap is unavoidable for me when I have a crying child or an important deadline. I know with time I'll get better at balancing and the guilt will subside, but for now I just hope I'm not the only one who struggles with all of this??
What I'm learning is that it's good to just give myself a break. I'm doing my best, my kids are overall healthy & happy, and I really like my life right now. It's ok to be a work-in-progress!


Velvet & Vulnerability

Can you have a favorite texture? Because currently, mine is velvet.

Velvet dress- sold out, similar HERE | Boots- Steve Madden

I'm also loving this Orangy-Red color for this time of year!! It's so fun and a little out of the box for me. I know velvet is a little on the trendy side & may not be around as much in a few years... but I'll soak it all up while I can!

On another note, sorry that there's been a little radio silence on here! I'm working on jugging a lot currently, and unfortunately the blog has been a little neglected.

It's also super hard to motivate myself to write anything thoughtful on here, honestly. It seems like people are so much less inclined to read blogs these days! I know I used to spend an hour in the mornings going through & reading my favorite blogs... but now I spend that time scrolling through Instagram and Facebook. I love social media for connecting, but there's something about reading full paragraphs of thoughts that I really miss.

I think vulnerability still exists on social media... I see people working to promote body positivity, sharing the ups & downs of parenting, mental illness, and so much more. But I miss the depth that blogging allows, and I hope that someday we all come back to reading more and scrolling less.

So if you still read along with me here... THANK YOU! I appreciate you taking the time to care what I have to say. And I hope your week is magical!


My New Favorite Dress & A Girl's Night Out!

Hey friends! I'm just here sharing one of my favorite pieces from one of my favorite places to shop!

This dress is one of those that looks even more stunning in person! I wish you could feel the texture through the screen, but it's a heavier linen that feels so expensive! BUT IT'S ONLY $42, GUYS.
The details of the unique hemline & high neck (that I left unbuttoned to show off my cute necklaces) make it just my style!
I wore this pretty thing at Altitude Summit conference in sunny Palm Springs earlier this month and again in snowy Utah in the same week. I love that it works for either! I just layered a coat for the cold weather and I was set for church. But homegirl cannot WAIT for Utah to get it's act together and start warming up, I'm ready for spring already!


And just as an FYI... if you're a Utah local and love My Sister's Closet as much as I do, they're having a Girls Night Out this Saturday from 4-8 pm! The GNO event will be happening at both of their locations (Spanish Fork & Draper) and will have a sale, giveaways, goodies, and fun times. I'll be there so give me a shout if you come too and bring a friend along!