Pumping my breaks a bit to set my intention and check my direction.
What do I do? Every day I suit up and show up for life, work, my family, and I try to do it with intention.
When do I do it all? I don’t. I don’t do it all. I’m slowing down and learning to only do things that are of need. Excess is just fancy clutter and I really cannot stand clutter in any capacity.
Where am I going? Onward and upward.
How will I get there? Perseverance, kindness, and compassion with myself and others.
The desire to know key elements about a person is driven from our basic human needs to connect. As a blogger, it’s easy for me to put on different masks when in the fashion genre of blogging but I’m not comfortable in that space.
Clothes are amazing and I love them just as much as the next girl but they’re just things I wear. They’re another layer on me, not layers of me.
Diving in a bit further into the layes. They’re my favorite form of escapism. Clothes, make-up, hair, shoes, accessories, et cetera … Layers on layers can hide so much but what’s underneath of them is what makes them unique and beautiful.
Layer one: Exhausted – I’ve had shingles for about two weeks and that was my second out of the house experience in weeks. Luckily I work from home but I love getting out to interact. Working in solidarity is quite taxing at moments.
Layer two: Make-up & Hair – Fun fact, I step it up a notch or two when I’m feeling sick. It’s my favorite mask to the world when I don’t want to talk about Crohn’s nor any other autoimmune topic.
Layer three: Clothes. Clothes are the most passive things we wear every day. They’re obviously a necessity but how we wear them makes them our own. From a power dress suited for work meetings (when I have them) to my light, bright, and cozy favorites, clothing is the most expressive part of our look. And again on days I feel horrible, they’re a great layer / mask to be the conversation instead of my health.
Layer four: It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, I was with a dear friend, and I didn’t have to worry about anything. It was easy breezy and fun.
I select my layers daily. I can choose to be concealed with as many layers as I desire or I can select a more vulnerable and minimalistic look; whichever my heart desires.
Too many layers can be risky because the bundled up layers that I think shield me aren’t really a shield at all, they’re simply a buffer. Knowing how and when to layer is an ongoing learning curve that I’ve yet to master and don’t anticipate to.
The changes we grow through impact us daily. Choosing to love the deep and hidden parts as well as the surface distractions are a constant, beautiful battle.
The only lesson I’ve learned with layers is that the foundation has to be made with love. Love is the compass and advisor of which layers are best for you. Choose accordingly.