New week, new month, new beginnings. 

Soo it’s officially August!!

Everyone I talk to, including myself, cannot believe that it’s already August 1st, and that we’re well into the second half of 2016.

August has always had a special meaning for me, first and foremost because it’s my birthday month! There’s always a sense of excitement when the month begins and each day gets closer to my bday, which is on August 30th, (in case you want to send some boujie presents!).

This year though, it’s even more special, because it just so happens that the start of this month falls on a Monday, the first day of the week, so it’s like double the reason to start fresh and re-evalaute a bit.  It also happens to come at a time when I’m totally revamping Touch of Boujie, and giving my blog (and me) a whole new tone of voice and identity.

I’ve thought about writing and blogging for a while now, and sort of started to do that when I created this page, but never reeeeaaally went for it. I just posted on Instagram frequently, which isn’t nothing (Insta blogs aren’t easy to maintain!), but it wasn’t the full extent of what I really wanted to do, which was to write about things that inspire me as well as the every day experiences that all of us 20-somethings can relate to.

Well….now I’m going for it and paving my own way. I’ve decided to stop thinking so much about the technical bs and just go for it. I realized it’s stupid to stop waiting for great things to happen to you and to create them yourself – even if you look a little silly or make mistakes along the way. So now, I’m really writing, and really putting some effort into what I’ve started to create.

The same way each month of 2016 has flown by and we have no idea how we’re already in August, I feel like life flies by in the same way. Suddenly we’re 25, 34, 52, 75, looking back and thinking about how the hell we got there, and if we really did all we could have over the years. I don’t want to look back on my life and feel like I just waited around. I don’t think anyone does, but sometimes it kind of just happens….especially with all the insane distractions there are these days. How many hours have you sat on your iPhone reopening the same apps and scrolling through the same feeds about totally trivial things? I know I’m guilty!

So for my first real blog post, on the first day of the week and first day of this special month, I wanted to share my short story about how I got to this point, and hold only myself accountable for achieving my goals.

I hope it inspires you too, to do whatever you’ve been pushing off or avoiding or have been wanting to do but just haven’t for whatever reason. Take that art class, read a new book, start working out, try cooking some new recipes, start writing!! Don’t think too much about the formalities and just START. Because time is precious and life is short. Your 75-year old self will thank you one day. 😉

Xx -Rae

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Me last month at NYC’s #Pinknic on Governor’s Island, enjoying summer, seizing the moment, and drinking too much rosé for my own good.