4.28.2016

Overcoming Envy


Lately I've been having to check my jealousy levels, quite a bit. I don't know what it is - changing of the seasons, stress at work, or just plain fomo - but man, I think this might be something that we never fully master. This social networking world we have created leaves more to be desired rather than satisfying those desires. We have access to more than any generation before us, and yet, we are more greedy and unsatisfied than ever before. How do we overcome this? I often find myself wishing I could just leave most of my belongings behind and live out of an RV or a tiny home - forcing myself to live a simpler lifestyle with limited space for belongings. But I'm not sure it would completely work.

I think that the best way to overcome these bouts of jealousy and fear of missing out is to just keep on keeping on. We learn by repetition, so there are bound to be times where it's easier than others. But if we keep trying, keep checking our jealousy problems at the door, and do constant self evaluations, then we will be just fine. Another thing I like to do is to get rid of something when I acquire a similar item. I'm constantly cleaning out my closet and drawers - making sure I don't get over-cluttered with... well, clutter.

Now, what does all of that have to do with this outfit? Absolutely nothing. Those are just thoughts I felt like expressing. But on that note, this outfit has some really fabulous components! Favorite shoes from Sven Clogs, a bag from my roommate's shop - Anne B Designs (coming soon), and some gorgeous Color by Amber jewelry. It doesn't get much better!

top - madewell
jeans - jcrew
shoes - c/o sven clogs
bag - c/o anne b designs
jewelry - color by amber

What are some tips you have for overcoming those pesky envy bugs?

4 comments

Beverly Houpt said...

Lately I've been getting jealous over other moms on Instagram! It's so dumb, lol. See, I almost had the opportunity to take a solo trip to NY to see a friend of mine. I was so excited! But the trip was too short of notice and things didn't work out. I was devastated and cried like a baby. The weekend after that, there were like 3 different moms on instagram that were sharing photos of their "girls' weekends" away from their families, and that just made things worse! Ha! I was like, "Why are you rubbing this in my face??" But they weren't rubbing anything in my face. They were just sharing good times on social media and I just needed to get over it.

I just need to remind myself that my life doesn't look like anyone else's. I will get "my turn" for solo adventures with friends one day, I just need to be patient. (I'm the worst at being patient btw)

Elise Von E said...

What a great post! It is so true, I think jealousy and envy are things we can never fully master, but acknowledging it and being mindful is definitely a step in the right direction.

You also look adorable!!

xx, Elise
www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

Rachael Thomas said...

With all the social media around us, it's hard to not get jealous or having FOMO. We just have to remind ourselves what we do have and be thankful for it, or at least that's what I do when I'm feeling down. Such a great post and I love this look!
Rachael
http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

Oh how Lovely said...

I love how you said "what we created." Social Media is truly what we created it to be. What a great insight!

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