Toga Trip 2.0 – A Year’s Worth of Growth

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

Have you ever been working toward something and felt like you hit a rut? Whether it be a career milestone, a fitness goal, or if you’re a fellow blogger maybe even a readership target, I’m sure we can all relate. It’s easy to compare to the day before, not feel like you’ve made any gains, and get frustrated.

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

Dress: Nordstorm | Clutch: GiGi New York | Heels: White House Black Market | Fascinator: Christine A. Moore | Bracelet: Tiffany | Necklace: Tiffany

 

The problem is, as a culture tend to be very short-sighted. We want quick results,  instantaneous feedback, and have millions of people to mentally benchmark ourselves to along the way. It gets to be a unhealthy. So when I start feeling like this, I try to take a step back and reflect.

Don’t compare yourself to yesterday. And don’t compare yourself to others. Think back a year and measure yourself against that milestone. You’ll be amazed how much can change in 365 days!

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A year ago I went up to Saratoga for my very first blogger event (read all about it here!). It felt like the first day of college … I was a total newbie, I didn’t have any friends, and I was a healthy combination of nervous and excited. But that one day up in Saratoga launched me into the most rewarding year of blogging to date. Some of the girls I met are now my closest friends in the city, and I credit their support and friendship for a lot of my growth.

So when America’s Best Racing reached out for #TogaTrip2.0, I was ecstatic! Not only would I get another taste of the betting and track fashion I had fallen hard for last year, but I’d also get to relive a memory I looked back on so fondly.

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

A New York Love Affair :: Saratoga

If you’ve never been to the horse track, I really encourage you to go. There’s nothing better than sipping cocktails dressed to the nines, while cheering your horse down the stretch.

It’s not something I would have even thought to do a year ago. This year, I got to do it all over again, but this time with a group of friends I’m so thankful to have. We really have come so far in a short time.

Thank you America’s Best Racing, for a great day with great friends. Here’s to a potential #TogaTrip3.0 … let’s see what this next year will bring :-)

xoxoelenamichelle-200

Make sure to check these other babes’ blogs! Lexicon of Style & Lisa Rosado.

 

24 Comments

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    Brooke

    First off, love your advice and how you open up about your own personal experiences! And what a fun day with some of your new friends…you all look so fab!

    xo,
    Brooke | KBStyled

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    Addie

    I lovd how you included such a powerful message within your style post. Its so great to see how far a year can bring us! I love your dress and brad piece =)

  • Reply August 17, 2015

    Jessica Doll

    Perfect advice. It’s so easy to be short sighted when it comes to comparing goals, but the long run is important too.

  • Reply August 18, 2015

    Betsy Burleson

    Stunning look. I love the colors in the dress and the hat. I love hats like this!! Too bad I don’t have any place to wear one :( Congrats on the past year!
    Betsy
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

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