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STRUCKBLOG  Anna Ruck ❤️ Digital Marketer, Content Creator & #mamatobe 🇨🇦 #Blogger @ STRUCKBLOG.com . 💌 anna@struckblog.com . ❗️Latest Links 👇

Are you good at living in the moment? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Is this something you’re skilled at? Comes naturally to you? Or something you have to consciously work on? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
For me, I have to remind myself to live in the moment. I am such a planner by heart. I’m always thinking two steps ahead, and live by my weekly planner. I schedule the coming week beforehand in order to manage a full-time job, blogging, and freelance digital marketing work. Although this keeps me highly organized, it does mean that I often forget to just relish in the moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Are you guilty of this? We’re so on the go these days that I find it’s an easy trap to fall into. But this morning I stopped to watch the sunrise, I read my book outside, and enjoyed another summer-like day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
After all, they’ll be gone before we know it! ⠀⠀
📸 by @redlemonap ⠀⠀
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👗 and 👛 by @clotheslinecompany .
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#liveinthemoment #goodbyesummer #3months #threemonths #babybump #pregnant #lifeisbeautiful #spreadpositivity #inspiration #wickerbag #purse #dress #styleblogger #fashionista #fashiongram #moments #summer2018 #instagood #lifemoments #lifeadvice

Since the fair is in town I couldn’t help but revisit this shoot by @redlemonap. Just yesterday we were working on yet another one and took a moment to reflect on this time last year. Although it may not look it (as I indulge in bright pink cotton candy), I was going through a tough time. It’s amazing how much can change in 365 days isn’t it?
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I wrote about all of this, why I took a break from blogging, and how I got back to myself after losing my way over on the blog, while sharing all of her beautiful snaps from the evening.
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Check out the link in my bio for all the pics and for one wild ride of a post (see what I did there?) But for real, one of the hardest things I’ve ever written. Happy weekend reading! .
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#carnival #countyfair #carnivalrides #cottoncandy #ygk #kingstoncanada #weekendstyle #fashionbloggers #colourful #styleblogger #lifestyleblogger #weekendreading #weekendreads #sundayfunday #summerday #outfitinspo #outfitinspiration #fashioncanadians #styleinspiration #photographyinspiration

Are you an autumn lover? One of those folks who can't wait for fall and pumpkin spice lattes?
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I am not one of these people. I'm already missing summer!
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Since it's been dreary the last few days, Ive spent them putting together an ode to the season with not one, but TWO new blog posts. ⠀⠀
The first features this photo by @seeeverythingphotog and is from our photography challenge collab. What happens when three photographers have just three minutes to shoot? Magic I tell you, and it's all captured on the blog, along with a Q&A with each creative about their work and experience.
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Head to the link in my bio for more stunning fashion photography inspo folks. .
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And then there were three...
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We’re very excited! Thank you to Tori, my sis-in-law, for taking this snap while we were away on our family vacation recently, with a new little member on the way. 🤗♥️👶 .
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How do you deal with uncertainty? ⠀⠀
I am historically terrible at handling it. I am a planner by nature, so I get anxious when that’s impossible. I worry unnecessarily, and let my mind wander to the worst case scenario (which let’s face it, never occurs).
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I think uncertainty can only be combatted with faith. Whether it’s having faith in yourself and your abilities, or in the universe and some higher power, it’s the only way to check yourself when your imagination starts to go down that unproductive path. We can’t know what will be. As nice as it would be to be able to predict be future sometimes, it sure would make life boring, wouldn’t it? ⠀⠀
So I suppose I’ll take uncertainty over predictably. Without it we wouldn’t be given opportunities to grow and evolve. We wouldn’t learn to think on our feet, to take chances, or deal with difficulties constructively. Life has to have some element of ambiguity to drive us forward, it’s just a matter of learning how to enjoy the ride.
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How do you overcome the anxiety that can come with uncertainty? Share your perspectives, oh wise ones.
Thank you to my gal pal @katkryza for snappin’ these pics.
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What are you doing this holiday Monday? ⠀⠀
I’m spending time with family, running errands, and taking in the long weekend before it’s gone.
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Whatever it is you’re up to, get out there and enjoy every last drop of that summer sunshine folks! 📸 by @kaleynoelphotography .
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Who else wears sunscreen on a daily basis?☝️
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I’m not much for tanning, as I’m pretty protective of my fair skin. So, when I’m headed to a tropical beach I slather myself in SPF. But even when I’m home in Canada, I wear sunscreen. Dead of winter, rain or shine. Why? My skin is challenging to begin with, so I’m especially uninterested in wrinkles, premature ageing and all that unpleasant business on top of the acne I battle on a regular basis.
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I tried these @neutrogenacanada products while away in Hilton Head Island recently along with my mom and sister-in-law. They really loved the dry touch lotion, as it didn’t leave a greasy texture like so many others. I became mildly obsessed with this stick sunscreen. It was just so easy to apply while out on the sand, no muss no fuss. ⠀⠀
Have you used either of these products? What’s your go-to SPF? ⠀⠀
#sponsored #neutrogenaultrasheer

How do you handle situations when you feel as though you’ve been disrespected?
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I used to be far more impulsive in these instances, abrupt and reactive. But, as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to think intentionally when confronted in this way. I stop, walk away, and think it through first. I make sure I’m not overreacting. I want to see both sides of it, to understand why someone may be choosing to act this way. Only then can I determine how to react, which is the only thing I can control. ⠀⠀
What I’ve found is that often a lack of respect is the result of selfish behaviour. It’s a defensive impulse. It’s often undeserved and not a reflection on you.
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As I see it, disrespect of this nature is a missed opportunity to understand and connect. A lost chance to celebrate our commonalities. There’s no need to be threatened, jump to jealously, or act competitively. Ironically in acting selfishly you’re doing the most damage to yourself. ⠀⠀
We have to instead choose to lift one another up and act with integrity. Happiness and growth cannot thrive in solitude, they are cultivated by our relationships and interactions with others.
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Thank you to @cayortiz for inspiring this post with her beautiful words that always make me think. ⠀⠀
What are you thoughts on the topic of respect? ⠀⠀
👗 by @clotheslinecompany, @knitwhitscouture ⠀⠀
📸 by @redlemonap

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” - Helen Keller
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On our last day in HHI before embarking on the drive back home I’m reminding myself to take in every last drop. The beams that warm my skin, the beauty that surrounds me, and the family and friends who are the sunshine in my life.
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I’m ever so grateful for it all. And not to worry, I’m always slathered in SPF. 😉
👗 by @clotheslinecompany .
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Dresses (or anything for that matter) with pockets are just all that much better. Am I right? ⠀⠀
We explored the charming little town of Bluffton while away here in South Carolina. When we’re not on the beach, we’re shopping, or poking around to find new places. Even though we have visited the area a handful of times now, there’s always something new to learn or find while traveling. ⠀⠀
Side note: not sure why I only do my hair like this when I’m here. Any interest in me showing ya’ll how it’s done? (It’s easy)!

Who loves rompers? ⠀⠀
I do, and the stylists at @apoisandco know that! So far, I thoroughly enjoyed wearing my first look from this rental subscription box company (which is proudly Canadian). I filled out a style preference survey and they also reviewed my insta profile to determine what pieces to curate just for me. ⠀⠀
They nailed it! I love the fit, fabric, and details of this piece. I felt like a vintage disco fever goddess in this @nakedzebra_la look yesterday (it’s all about these sleeves and buttons for me). ⠀⠀
Keep up with my stories for my daily looks I’m while away in Hilton Head. Oh, and to see an extra photo of a bird that tried to out-pose me while taking these (spoiler alert: he totally did). ⠀⠀
#sponsored

Just call me a beach bum for the next week. ⠀⠀
Bright and early, we’re gettin’ in the car and headed out for the annual road trip down south. Hilton Head Island, here we come! ⠀⠀
And when I’m not wearing my suit on the sand, I’ll be sporting some beautiful summer pieces before the season leaves us. To see a sneak peek (and an unboxing) head to my stories. ⠀⠀
Catch ya later, dudes (and dudettes). 🌴☀️

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