The 52 Project: August and Rants + Raves

Every week I tackle a new resolution.
I share the results here monthly. 
I call it The 52 Project.

August wasn't my most successful month, resolution-wise. And that's perfectly okay. Check out my weekly resolutions for August:

1--Get Organized
  • I've tried really hard to rely solely on my memory for everything I needed to do. I just can't do it. I've found the best thing for me is to just admit I need lists and calendars; the method that's always worked. Success
2--Compliment Strangers

  • I'm shy, an introvert, I have a hard time with eye contact. Blah. We've heard it all before. So for this week I really tried to compliment a stranger. I had the kidney infection around this time, so I was unable to complete it. I will do this again. Fail

3--Step Out of My Makeup Comfort Zone

  • I love neutrals, but decided to mix it up. No one said anything at work that they noticed (which is fine by me). I tried colored eyeliner one day, red lips another, purple shadow another day, and then I headed to my hometown for the weekend. I went back to my normal makeup routine. Fail

4--Find Something Positive Daily

  • I was kinda down, but reminding myself of how blessed I am really helped. And the things that bothered me seemed so dumb after that. Success

August via my Instagram: Me in yellow// First #PSL of the year// Cupcake Bath Bomb//
Nephew's 4th//Me in teal// Charlie being adorable//
Fave post of the month// Hometown// Fave nails

August has never been my favorite month, despite its definition of being majestic. Usually, I approach the month with dread, but this year I was determined to be positive. August had other plans.

I started off the month with a painful kidney infection. And then I found out I didn't make the finals for the Ponds contest. I had a wonderful weekend visiting family for nephew #2's 4th birthday, and that was a highlight. And then I ended the month with Ms. Anonymous leaving a negative comment. Let's just say I'm glad it's September. Autumn is my FAVORITE time of year!

On Sunday, I share the highs + lows of the week.

  • An anonymous, one-timer visited remarked my hair was bad and that I was ugly. Say what you like about me, but not my hair. ;) I still consider it a great accomplishment that I post pictures of myself. It's still hard for me. It stung for a bit, but didn't last long, as unfortunately, it wasn't the first or last negative comment. But that's what happens when you put yourself out there. You can't please everyone. Life is good.
  • A long weekend! I thought for sure I'd be working today, so I'm feeling blessed. I enjoyed the weekend with friends, hanging out, watching the UGA game, watching movies, cleaning the apartment, and recording videos.
  • This will sound so awful and shallow, but a highlight of the week was getting my hair done. It felt remarkable, as always. It's my one splurge. I'm very picky on hair stylists (perhaps from hanging around my Grandmother's salon my whole life?) and have had enough bad cuts and color to prove it.
  • This is my 1000th post!!!
How was your August?


  1. Congrats on the 10000th post, Elle:) And thanks for sharing your rants/raves with us. Even the bad ones always have a silver lining, right?

  2. i really don't see why people feel the need to tear others down; haters gonna hate and the ONLY reason why people say negative crap is because they're drowning in self-doubt and insecurities so TO HELL WITH THEM!

    keep doing your thing, elle, because everyone loves it and you're awesome!!!

    Vodka and Soda

  3. Ms. Anonymous is a coward if she couldn't back up her ugly comment with an actual name, so I applaud you for not letting her comment affect your self-esteem. I think you're lovely!

    And I wouldn't feel ashamed about splurging on your hair either. I once had a hair stylist cut out a whole back section of my hair, which took over a year to grow back. And my hair grows FAST. Ever since then, I am completely unashamed of my high hair standards. Embrace it, girl!


  4. Wow Elle! Congrats on your 1000th post! Don't let rude people bring you down! You are such a genuine, sweet person. :)

  5. yaay to 1000th post! One negative comment out of all the positive energy from your true followers is not worth it Elle.

  6. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your 1000th post! That is just brilliant!

    Regarding Ms. Anonymous, just ignore her...she's just another miserable person with too much time on her hand. Your faithful readers love you and that's what matters most! Hugs!

  7. love the 52 wk project!


  8. Um, WTF Ms. Anonymous? I don't even have words for that.

    Getting my hair done is my biggest splurge! I'm so picky about my cut and color and my girl does it just right, I get so many compliments when I have it done! So don't feel bad about it. :D We ladies shoulder a lot and we need to take care of ourselves and pamper when we can!

    Ooh, and congrats on the 1000th post!! Keep it up!

  9. Congrats on your 1000th post Elle! I think you had some great progress this month and things don't happen over night but I think your doing great! Don't listen to people who comment bad things, they do it because they have nothing better to do! I hope you have a wonderful September and remember that you are beautiful! :)


  10. Your hair is gorgeous. Ms. Anonymous is blind.

    Congrats on your 1000th post! I remember how excited I was just hitting 100. :D

  11. Congrats on your 1000th post, that's awesome! :) I love this post, such a neat idea, I can honestly say you are one of my fave bloggers.

    I can't believe some people, they hide behind the computer and say such awful things. Don't let anyone bring you down, or dim your light. You are beautiful and have such a sweet personality! Keep doing what you're doing!


  12. Life is indeed good, and that person who posted the rude, untrue comment has serious issues--no doubt! Keep standing tall, Friend. Joy and hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  13. Haters are a pain the butt. Don't let it get you down hun. Congrats on your 1000th post - wow!

  14. congratulations on your 1000th post!! and I got to celebrate my nephew's 4 year old birthday this weekend too... so happy birthday to your little guy :)

  15. Congrats on 1000! Amazing!
    And I hope you don't let the negative comment get to you. You're amazing at what you do and you're absolutely right, you can't please everyone.
    Keep it up, Elle! :)

  16. I am so sorry about that terrible comment. That's awful. I've received a handful of anonymous comments like that over the years and they are awful. I'm so sorry, friend! Glad you got your hair done and are feeling fabulous, lady!

  17. I still can't believe that someone left you such a rude anonymous comment. You are beautiful and always have AMAZING hair! I'm glad that you're taking the high road and not letting it get you down.

  18. Are u kidding me? U have gorgeous hair ;) LOVE this post, honest & genuine!

  19. I absolutely love Your pictures! Congratulations of Your 1000 posts, You've done amazing job!


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