Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
“From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:20-21
Sitting here thinking about life…again (great!) but this time, I’m loving the lessons, smiling at the scars, and thanking the God I serve for growth and understanding. As I continue on this tumultuous rollercoaster ride of the Roaring 20s and Self Discovery, I am learning to really focus on the things that matter most, and taking full control of my happiness, my emotions, being very mindful of how I treat people, and being ever more mindful of what I say out of my mouth.
“Word: Noun. a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed.”
Not in Definition: Word: Weapon, Wealth, Pain, Ridicule, Uplift, Anguish, Guilt, Glory, and Power.
I am aware that I just used words to define ‘word’…but I need to reshape the definition to get to my point. What I am focusing on here in regards to words, is the use, the misuse, and most importantly…the power. So often we are quick to speak and respond without much thought that we do not take time to really think of the implications of the things that we say, or the things that we don’t say. On the other hand… we can take too long to respond with words, we let things fester, we can spend so much time thinking that .we make up excuses, cover things up with lies, that we then fail to take responsibility for what we say, do, or dont do. In my dictionary of deep thoughts, beside the word: Id put a big caution sign, followed by HANDLE WITH CARE.
How we speak to each other and the tone that we use is a lost art. Manners are rare, and people are bullying complete strangers on the internet for no reason at all. People and their feelings are no longer handled with care, everyone is assumed to have tough skin, and if you don’t… well, welcome to dinner; you’re the entree. NOT! Mind you, being tough and confident is a necessary skill, but it does not come natural to everyone. The world is ever changing, the work force is competitive, and everyone wants to be known for something…you need tough skin. Just as confidence is important, so is tact and compassion. Honest words and uplift are not overrated, they are not lame, and they do not make you weak. Take control of your words, not only that which you say to others, but also, what you say about yourself. Even in jokes, there is a dose of honesty. With a world full of naysayers, shade, and a bunch of people fronting for the gram…be the difference. Speak life, speak hope, speak power, speak truth, and use your words as wealth…not as weapons.
Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Remember why you started.
And just like that, a new season has knocked and entered…
Here we are at the start of another new season, and approaching the end of another month…and I would say I wonder where time has gone, but Ive been doing a pretty good job of keeping track of it! After another cold, blistery winter, I am sure I am not the only one welcoming Spring with open arms, and long kisses. Pink flowers, dresses, and trench coats…you have been missed. As the snow melts, and the winds slow down, let us see and embrace the check points! Chapter 3 of 12; a perfect time to clean up, clean out, and keep going! Don’t get discouraged, rest when you need to…but don’t quit… ever. If you are not yet seeing the fruits of your labor…you are not alone, and the journey is unfolding…even if its not clear. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box, speak up a little more than you usually do, and don’t worry about what people think. Pack light, baby, everything and everyone can’t go on from here. Trust your journey…and remember why you started.
Cool Blues, White Tees and Distressed Denim!
One thing I just can not get enough of, is distressed denim. All but two pair of the jeans I own are distressed, ripped, or boyfriend. The minimal monochrome of black and white is a quick and easy put together when you’re rushing (Yep I was)! Ive been eyeing another pastel coat for a while now, I have a blush pink, but its a bit on the heavier side, and .Ive been anxiously waiting for Spring to hit, like a kid waiting for the rain to stop so they can go out and play; so I didn’t necessarily want to buy another wool coat. For a great steal, I got this seemingly brand new coat, thrifted for 10 dollars! SU-PER WIN! Adding a pop of color to a minimalist outfit can definitely add some spring flavor, though, neutrals are always in!
What Im Wearing:
1. T-Shirt – H&M 2. Jeans- F21 3. Shoes-Jessica Simpson 4. Bag – ZARA 5. Coat -Thrifted 6. Sunglasses- Mom’s 7. Jewelry: Three Jane, Bracelets- Gifts
Monday, March 9th, 2015
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
Seeing the beauty and embracing the brilliance in everything has been a habit I have been learning to adopt for the past few months. Naturally, I tend to over analyze, synthesize, and dissect situations and experiences, and sometimes they just need to be left alone. Changing the things you can, and accepting the things you cannot is truly the first step toward a happier life. I’ve been taking the necessary steps to constantly protect my peace, keeping my eyes on the proverbial prize, and taking time to really stop and smell the roses. With the future right in front of my face, though, unknown, I catch try to myself every time I want to glance back and mull over “what ifs”. With maturity, trials, ownership, strength, and searching…life really gets better. Happiness really gets easier.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at The National Gallery of Art. Just reaching 45 degrees, it felt like summer. The appreciation of art and all things beautiful and embracing the process of creation can be such a joyful experience. Taking a moment to look at a gallery wall, consuming the textures, colors, and depths across different mediums and pondering the creative process of the artist creates a sense of serenity and thought. With all of the chaos of the world, really slowing down and spending time enjoying the simplest things can keep you balanced, and help maintain a happy medium. These moments really give me a sense of peace, a chance to forget all of my burdens and worries for just a second…really releasing my anguish and casting down negative energy. Taking control of your thoughts, navigating your own happiness, and doing things that set your soul free makes life so more enjoyable. Be honest with yourself and others, be intentional, and have integrity.
Take a moment and smell the flowers, baby…because things are getting better each day.
What I’m Wearing:
1.Coat – Kate Spade 2. Sweater- GAP 3. Jeans- H&M 4. Shoes- Target 5. Bag- LV
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Happy March, and a very Happy Women’s History’s Month! To all of the amazing women who have paved the way before us, fought battles, and stood up against all opposition, thank you!
There is still snow, and plenty of sleet, but Im thinking of Spring! Can we say florals and pastels!?
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Monday, January 26th, 2015
Its hard to believe that its the last week of January already. I start my second semester at Parsons today, and managing everything else that comes with life! Its always nice to step away from routine and have some fun! On Sunday morning as I was making my green smoothie before heading to the gym I overheard an interview with the head chef at Agua 301 at the Washington Waterfront. It was pretty warm out, so I thought it’d be a great day for brunch (actually, what day isn’t!?) lol.
I hadn’t yet visited the newly developed area near the Navy Yard, so I was pretty excited to see what it had in store. Its such a beautiful area, my artsy senses were just going through the roof, and I had some time to shoot before I ate. I appreciate the cross between old and new, and the beautiful view. I can’t wait to visit again when it really warms up.
I had the steak and eggs and Sangria! Definitely worth the trip, and I plan to visit again.
What Im Wearing:
1. Coat -ZARA 2. Camo Flannel – Moms 3. Jeans- Lucy Brand (DIY rips) 4. Boots-H&M 5. Purse- Thrifted 6. Hat-H&M