I was speaking with someone the other day about taking chances. I was asked why I hadn’t stepped out and taken a chance in a particular area and my response shocked me. I thought about it and responded “I guess I’m afraid that the answer will be no, but I know the answer will always be no if I don’t ask.” I got silent and thought about what I had just said. How many opportunities have I eliminated based off of fear? Before I got too negative about my choices (or lack there of) I decided to look at this from a positive viewpoint: How many opportunities am I going to open myself up to based off of being brave and courageous? To me that sounds a lot better. I can focus on the amount of opportunities I might’ve missed out on, or I can focus on all the possibilities that being brave will open up.
My hope for you (and myself) is to simply start asking. Maybe you’ve been working really hard at work and think it’s time for a raise, well, ask for one. Maybe you need help in a certain situation but have been afraid to ask, well, ask! I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish; the sky is the limit.
This white dress is one that I’ll be wearing multiple times this summer. I like that it’s simple, understated and bold. It just works. Don’t get me wrong, I love prints and bright colors but every now and then it’s good to be simple and understated. I’ll admit, I used to think I always needed to be loud. Loud in a fashion sense and personality wise. I was always compared to other family members who were a bit more outspoken. I tried to imitate who they were and it just didn’t feel like me.
I’m content with being the strong silent type. That’s who I was created to be. Maybe someone is trying to tell you how you should act, talk or even dress. Well, you were uniquely created. God created you with a unique purpose in mind. You have a destiny to fulfill and you can’t accomplish what you need to by being someone else. Peer pressure is a real thing. Even as an adult. Sure, you could try to fit in but why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Dress: Old Navy
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I was speaking with someone the other day about the job market. We were talking about a certain position and I asked my friend if it was a position they were passionate about and she replied “no but I’m not following my passion anymore.” That really made me think “when did we get so cynical?” Before I judged her statement I realized I’ve fallen into the same mindset. I had come to terms with the fact that my dream, in terms of my career, probably isn’t realistic. The way our society is right now can make you think the “American dream” is just that…a dream.
I had to stop and ask myself “when was the last time you reached for your dreams?” Which lead me to another question “when was the last time you got uncomfortable?” I realized I gave up on my dream simply because it made me uncomfortable. That woke me up! Well I’m so glad I serve a God who wants to give me the secret petitions of my heart. Secret meaning even the desires and petitions that I’ve hidden from myself. Well I’ve made up in my mind that it’s time to get uncomfortable. I’m making some changes and pushes myself out of my comfort zone. I challenge you to do the same. Whatever your forgotten dream is, I challenge you to strive for it again.
I’m hoping you all had a great weekend! I was speaking with someone over the weekend about being creative and their response to me was “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” I listened respectfully but I disagreed with them. You see, I used to feel exactly like that. I didn’t think there was anything about me that was creative. I couldn’t draw and there certainly wasn’t anything I was good at. So how could I be creative? There are a lot of definitions of the word “creative” but to define it simply, it means to create.
Maybe you can’t draw but are you that person who is always calm in the midst of chaos? If it’s natural for you to remain calm in those types of environments, then you have the ability to create a peaceful environment. That’s creativity. Maybe you have the gift of making people laugh and creating happiness. That’s creativity. I just think creativity means operating in whatever your gift is. Maybe it’s drawing but maybe it’s not. I encourage you to carry that with you during this week. From this girl who loves wide-legged pants to you: you have something awesome on the inside of you that is called a gift. That’s what makes you creative!
Jeans: Michael Kors
Shirt: Thrift Store
Cardigan: Forever 21
Rings: Forever 21