Seasonal Changes

Typically, I don't get too personal on my blog. I try to keep it as a fun and light-hearted space where I can just share what I'm loving in fashion with who ever stumbles across it. However, recently I've been going through some major life changes and have had some self-realizations that I feel inclined to share.

If I reflect upon the path my life has taken it's always been those moments where "shit got real" that I had to adapt quickly and grow as person in order to get where I wanted to be. One of those moments hit me just a few weeks ago.

I've had an unexpected career path change up and while I was tempted to let it really get me down, I forced myself to see that I was now in the position to go after what I really desired. I had to reevaluate everything, ask myself hard questions, forget about societal norms, and ignore what I thought others expected of me. The world was my oyster. And for the first time in a really long time I was excited about my potential and where my life was headed. As this journey continues I will keep you privy!

I realize this post is getting long, but I want to share one more thought that I've been analyzing constantly because of what has happened. So bear with me! :) Maybe it's something you can relate to.

There have been several instances in my life where people have said that my life has been easy and when the "rare" struggle comes along it must be even harder because I don't experience struggle often. Beyond the fact that that statement is incredibly false, it's also offensive and hurtful. I am under no illusion that I've been blessed more than I deserve, but I've also worked exceedingly hard for what I have in life.

It got me thinking, "what am I projecting that makes people think this about me?" I realized that I'm not alone in projecting a certain image or facade of myself. We all do it. Social media is the conduit that we utilize to show the world a particular version of ourselves. And it's always the best version. Believe me, I'm so so guilty of this. I believe that fear holds us back from presenting our true authentic selves to our family, friends, and the world. 

I strive now, more than ever, to live my life authentically and show people who I really am. It's part of the reason I'm sharing all of this with you! Hiding myself and my story has been stifling and soul-crushing. Being authentic is fully love myself, finally I feel completely free. 

I'll leave you with this quote from Charles R. Swindoll, "I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are." 

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H:Connect Jean Shirt  |  Pull & Bear Vest  |  Madewell Jeans  |  Lucky Brand Boots  |  Rebecca Minkoff Bag

And now a little bit about my outfit... I went to Big Bear for a long weekend to getaway and allow the mountain air to refresh and rejuvenate me. Whenever in the mountains I can get away with denim on denim (otherwise known as a Canadian tuxedo) and plaid. It's my mountain uniform, and I love it. Of course the rustic feel gets a change up with the addition of luxe pieces like leather booties, and my all time favorite leather Rebecca Minkoff bag. Who said a mountain look couldn't be a little sassy? 

xoxo Elyse