Brave Enough To Try: When Failure Gets Fun

The other night, Mike said this superbly profound thing. He said that maybe, sometimes the bravest thing we can do is simply be content.

Boom.

Mind. Blown.

I’m horrible at being content. It is both my strength and my Achilles Heal. My constant discontentment is my drive that keeps me moving forward, constantly reaching for more. But it’s also what keeps me from enjoying the right here, right now. And what’s the point of moving from point A to point B if you can’t enjoy the scenery along the way? Continue reading “Brave Enough To Try: When Failure Gets Fun”

Motherhood: On Being All In

Yesterday was the kind of day that makes me just feel all warm and squishy on the inside as a momma. And trust me, those days aren’t as common as you might think. I so enjoy being a momma, but it’s easy to get caught up in the doing and not so much the enjoying. And, motherhood has a way of taking you away from certain things, so if you aren’t careful, you can feel like you are missing out. One of my favorite mom’s to follow on IG wrote this post recently:

I am discovering that you can lay down the things you really really want and still find contentment within; the two do not have to be so connected. Desire should not equal dissatisfaction. Because life is meant to be fully experienced — not fought agains, run from, perfectly planned, or walked in half-heartedly. Be all in. – The Gray Gang

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What You Really Need to Know About Stay At Home Moms

This year, I made the transition to full time stay at home mom (SAHM), with the exception of the yoga I teach locally two nights a week. Although it has been a long journey to get to this point, I now find myself in a position where I really enjoy what I do. I’m happy where I’m at and doing what I’m doing. Which quite frankly, has come as a bit of a shock.

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Empty Hangers, Full Life

One of my first blog posts here on His Girl Friday was all about my attempt to look at my existing wardrobe with new eyes and to get more creative — instead of getting more clothes — when I was feeling like I had “nothing to wear.” The Sermon and the Tweet was a fun experiment, but truthfully, it didn’t take long for me to fall back into the same pattern of feeling out of date and frumpy with my current closet. Continue reading “Empty Hangers, Full Life”

The Sermon and the Tweet: A Tale of Becoming Fashionably Content

Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
Coco Chanel 

Last week, I saw a tweet from Michael Kors that read:

Think about wider pants, think about red lipstick, think about a messy top knot – think about something new.

Well, that really got me thinking.

Then on Sunday, I went to church and was surrounded by my very pretty, very trendy friends – all wearing brand new outfits. While I looked nice, my look was more, shall we say…classic? And by classic I mean I was wearing a skirt and sweater that I have had, no joke, since my freshman year of college. It is an outfit that is literally older than my marriage (I’ve been married almost 9 years).

I sat in my seat, thinking about how Michael Kors said my skinny jeans are now so last season, and looking around at all my friend’s updated wardrobes, and I started to feel a little sorry for myself.

But then, wouldn’t you know, our pastor shared a message with us about…money…and contentment…

So then I started thinking about how  silly it is to feel discontentment over, of all things, my wardrobe. I actually have a lot of really great clothes. And then I started thinking about the last part of Kors’ tweet: think about something new.

Right then and there, I issued myself a challenge. I was going to take some of 2014’s fashion trends and incorporate them into my outfits for the week without buying a single new item.

Each day this past week, I put together outfits that were fun, fresh, and on trend without a single purchase. And you know what? It actually wasn’t that difficult. So here is a gallery of my week in photo, and (hopefully!) in style. Continue reading “The Sermon and the Tweet: A Tale of Becoming Fashionably Content”