Friday Five – Never Say Never

Hello Everyone!

I just got back from my NYC trip! It was amazing to say the least. I have so many fun pictures and stories to share with you, but they are still so jumbled up my head. While I’m sorting everything out, I wanted to share with you some bits of encouragement I’ve found recently.

I know it’s hard to have passions that are not the norm. I mean, I’m a professional dancer and a blogger, for goodness sake! Taking the risk to pursue passions such as these requires guts. It takes finding that inner voice (think…the little engine that could) that reminds you over and over, “I can do this.” and, “Don’t give up.” The struggle is real, am I right?! Constantly criticizing and comparing your work to other, is exhausting, yet somehow necessary to stay relevant and put your best work out there. It’s so hard to be original. To stay true to yourself and own who you are and what you stand for. There are days you feel like, “Does it even matter?”, “Does anyone even care?” But the answer is YES! If there is anything I have learned while pursuing these passions, it’s that if you’re willing to put the work into it, people with listen and your work will grow and thrive.

Time.

Waiting is the hardest part. Wanting results overnight just doesn’t happen. I hate that, don’t you? I want everything that I want right now.

Here is where the “Never say never” is most vital.

Never say it will never happen.

Never doubt your talent or creativity. It’s yours and only yours. No one else can do it like you can.

Never say you can’t do something.

Never let someone else define your limits.

Never say never.

You can do it.

Don’t give up.

Your dreams matter.

Give your passions worth and don’t shy away from putting in the extra work.

Be patient.

Surround yourself with people who can encourage you and lift your spirits during discouraging seasons.

To my fellow bloggers:

It’s so hard, especially for me right now just six months in, to keep the faith and keeping creating content. But I’m not giving up. This dreams deserve a fighting chance. I can’t wait to see where this blog takes me in the next 5 years. (Thank you to all of you who are here with me in the beginning! Love you guys!)

Below are 5 things encouraging me to keep the faith at the moment. I hope these can help refresh your drive and passion to continue creating awesome content. (Leave your blog URL in the comments below and I PROMISE I will stop by and show some love!)

1. Girlboss

Have you guys read this book or seen this show? Well if not, I highly recommend it! I’m currently watching it on Netflix and am only halfway through the season and I am already totally inspired.

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5. Books

Love Style Life & The Way She Wears It are both so inspiring. Garance’s story and her since of style and fashion is deeply influenced by two big cities she has called home: NYC & Paris. She truly makes you believe that anything is possible. Dallas Shaw is a genius. Her book is totally helping me focus my brand (in terms of fashion) while making it truly unique to me. Life. Changing. Now, I haven’t read The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up yet, but while I was in New York last week, I met a lady who recommended this book to me, and by her description of it and the way she talked about it, I know I am going to love it. The main idea I took away from her description was this: “Does this (article of clothing) bring me joy?” I love that! What a great requirement for any wardrobe or any future purchase. Can’t wait to read this one!

What things inspire you to keep the faith and never say never? xx

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How Do You Treat Your Clothes?

Hello Everyone!
I decided to challenge myself to take better care of my clothing and accessories. More often than I’d like to admit my room looks like the picture below. Totally not ok. I have spent my hard earned money on these beautiful garments I clothe myself in every single day, & they end up on the floor in a pile. Disgusting. I knew it was time to make a change, & I recruited a few items to help me out.
steamerlint rollersweater shaver, & a garment rack were just the tools I needed for a fresh start.
My sweaters desperately needed a facelift. They were starting to pill & were undoubtably covered with the hair from our two cats & dog (as you can see^^^). Using the sweater shaver & lint roller, unveiled new & refreshed sweaters ready to get me through the chilly nights of spring.

 

I purchased this inexpensive garment rack to display items I’m particularly inspired by, outfits I’ve already prepared for events, or, in this case, travel outfit planning. There is something so satisfying about putting beauty on display, & this certainly does the trick. It’s a helpful reminder that these pieces are meant to be worn & treasured.

 

 

I haven’t finished yet, but my goal is to go through & steam every article of clothing so they are ready to wear at a moment’s notice. That means no more piles. No more being unable to wear something because it’s now wrinkled from sitting on the floor. & from now on, shoes go from the rack, to my feet, & then directly back to the rack! Why is this so hard?!

 

The last change I made was emptying out ALL of my purses. Now I know where all of my bobby pins have been hiding! No more just throwing random crap into my nice purses, & when I want to change purses, I must TAKE EVERYTHING OUT. No more losing a favorite lipstick only to find it in the purse I was wearing the week before.
Do you do these things too?
What kind of things do you do to show your clothes some extra love? xx
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