When You Fall Short

cowl neck sweater dress and cocoon coat  — via @TheFoxandShe

cowl neck sweater dress and cocoon coat  — via @TheFoxandShe

belted sweater dress — via @TheFoxandShe

belted sweater dress — via @TheFoxandShe

cowl neck sweater dress and cocoon  — via @TheFoxandShe

cowl neck sweater dress and cocoon coat  — via @TheFoxandShe

cowl neck sweater dress   — via @TheFoxandShe

green cocoon coat  — via @TheFoxandShe

grey sweater dress — via @TheFoxandShe

chunky turtle neck sweater dress  — via @TheFoxandShe

cowl neck sweater dress and cocoon coat  — via @TheFoxandShe

Happy Monday! Typically I kinda dread Mondays, who doesn’t? But after a bit of a break, I’m feeling more ready to tackle my inbox and to-do list.

I won’t lie, the past few weeks have been a stressful few. I haven’t mentioned it to you guys, but I recently brought on help at Leap! I was finding myself completely overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the ever-changing development trends. My background is in design, but not development, so bringing in someone with a lot more experience and expertise was an easy decision (I should have probably done earlier!). The toughest part has been getting used to working with someone else.

For the past four years, I’ve been running Leap 100% by myself, and working out the quirks has taken longer than I expected. I’ve been working hard to complete several design projects that were unexpectedly delayed, and it’s been leaving me so stressed. I hate disappointing people. Like really, really hate it. It causes me so much stress and anxiety and makes it hard for me to get anything else done during the day because I’m worried people are mad at me. Sad, but true.

We’re still getting there, but there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel. A few of those delayed projects are wrapping up and for the most part, my clients have been very understanding of the situation (thank you!!). The good news is that I’m now able to offer my clients more advanced options that I couldn’t before and that’s exciting!

Anyway, I’ve been feeling more stressed than normal (didn’t know that was possible)and this past weekend was just what the doctor ordered! I was in Atlanta with both of my sisters celebrating Katherine’s engagement, eating delicious brunches, trying on wedding dresses and doing some shopping! It was nice to step away from my computer and take a mental break. It’s was also a good reminder that my work is very important to me, but at the end of the day, my relationships and mental health are even more important, and taking breaks like this to enjoy those things is a necessity.

The fall weather is also a good reminder to chill out, which brings me to this look. Last week the fall weather really came on strong, so I’ve started pulling out some new pieces I’ve been dying to wear and this outfit is probably one of my favorites. This cozy sweater dress (just sold out, similar herehere and here) is going to get a lot of use. It’s super comfortable and is easy to dress up or dress down. Riding boots for a casual brunch or over-the-knee boots for a night out would both be gorgeous! I have a feeling I’ll be adding a few more sweater dresses to my closet before the season ends!

So, as we dive into a new week, I’m doing my best to remember what’s really important and to keep doing the best I can and know that like all rough patches, this too will pass.

Do you hate disappointing people as much as me? How do you handle stressful moments?

P.S. Sorry for being a downer today, but I want to keep things as real as possible over here and lately, this is all that’s been on my mind.

photography by Shaheen Khan

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