A Dream or Reality?

In a nutshell, I am the worlds most indecisive person ever. 

Senior year of high school, I remember one occurring  question. 

"What are your plans after graduation?"

Honestly, I didn't know and I most certainly did not want to just apply for a community college with no passion & then drop out at some point where I've lost my will power to drag myself into the unknown. I've seen it happen plenty of times. So I thought I'd take a year to just work & figure out who or what I wanted to be. 

A year came by so quickly. Then 4 years, then 5, and now I've been out of school for over 10 years. How did that happen?!

Its strange. For a season there, I was inspired to go into beauty school & become a cosmetologist. I enjoyed the thought of pampering others. After that I fell in love with children. I committed to working in a day care center, as a nanny, family assistant, and a local non profit shelter for women & children over the course of 7 years. I absolutely loved it! Don't get me wrong. Through my infertility God had gave me fresh eyes to see that He was using me to love & care for children in this season.

I even considered pursuing education in Early Childhood Development. But I still felt unsure. For some reason, just in the depth of my soul, I could just feel something else budding. Through out these past 12 years, a small but constant passion was rising & I just wasn't sure where it would lead me. Was it just a hobby? An obligation? Or a dream? A vision? I found myself creating, planning, & decorating events, weddings, and parties. Opportunities that brought out the R E A L me. Styling hair and makeup for friends, curating arrangements for photography, and just about anything that inspired me to inject my creativity into it. 

It wasn't just the fact that I loved being able to share my gift of creativity but it was also being able to bless others with it. To pour my heart & soul into special projects & to see people just receive it with so much joy & to essentially be blessed, that's it. And after every event and opportunity, I had a sense of purpose & passion. I found joy & contentment even in the midst of the chaos that comes with planning anything that had to do with community, good conversations, & service. I love infusing beauty and intricacy into everything that God allows to fall in my path, taking great care of it, knowing that it’ll only last for a moment.

dreams becoming reality

I can honestly say that I don't regret the years in between. The short but long years of the nitty-gritty. I believe that in order for us to come to a place where we can embrace ourselves and whom God has created us to be, we have to go through trials & testings. I know my prayers haven't been completely answered yet. But why do I have to be unfaithful on my part, even if I'm still in a season of waiting? I also believe that our dreams and desires can align with God's purpose for us. I'm so glad that I didn't give in to peer pressure & just pursued a degree of some sort right after high school. Where I stand, I see a BIG God. And I believe that my dreams are not impossible. They may seem far fetched. But my God is Greater. 

I may not have a business in event/wedding planning or own my own craft studio. I may not be a certified teacher or a professional make-up artist. But I know in due time, God will open doors that no man can shut. He will continue bringing opportunities in every season that I remain dreaming & trusting. I believe it. My God promises me that He can make my dreams a reality. I trust in Him and I believe that if I'm faithful on my part, He will be faithful on His. I'm willing to just give my all & let Him do the rest. 

I believe that this year, He is moving me in a much more bold & courageous direction. That means doing something I don't feel too comfortable about. Jotting down an action plan. Setting doable goals for myself & letting Him take care of the undo-able. Saying yes to the best opportunities. Connecting & surrounding myself in a community that will encourage me to spread my wings & grow. But most importantly, to be moving in expectation. We can move closer to Gods will that way. 

I received encouragement from a new friend I met & she said something that really convicted me to dive-in all or nothing.

So here goes nothing. I'd rather live trying than not at all. Are you still dreaming? What are your dreams? Will you dare to dream BIG with me? Will you work towards those dreams & make them a reality?

Lets do this together. 

“God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future; He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities. God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe.” - Jeffrey R. Holland

Fashion Rev: How to Shop Like a Fashion Revolutionist

Alright! We've looked at many way to start a Fashion Revolution. Now, there is really no need to wait until you have a bigger following in social media or be of great influence. If one thing you do is share to just one other person about this movement, you have already brought awareness to your own corner of the world. You see? It doesn't take much right? And I'm not asking for much either. You can either read my posts & ignore them afterwards, but you'll no longer be the same. Why? Because you now have knowledge of what is really going on in the world. 

Today, lets look into how we can tweak our ways of purchasing & using clothes. Some ways of shopping ethically is to always be curious. Always wonder how your clothes are made, where they're made, & what exactly are you supporting? When you shop with awareness, you are shopping intentionally. Slowly but surely, lives will be freed when the need for more production & distribution slows down. 

Thrift/ Vintage Shopping

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Now, you might be wondering how thrift/vintage shopping could even help this revolution. First of all, most thrift shops donate either a portion, if not all, of their sales to charity. Second, I've really grown to love thrift shopping. And if you follow or subscribe to any fashion trendsetter, you know that thrift shopping is making a comeback. And most importantly, at the speed at which we consume right now, last season's collections are in the thrift shops in a matter of months. That means you can recreate you favorite looks, personalize them, and do your bit to stop perfectly good garments from going to landfill & becoming waste. Thrift & vintage pieces are ways of recycling & bringing life back into something that was never really used at all. Why waste the time & effort that another person worked so hard for? I say, if it suits your personality & its washable, you could work it into your wardrobe without adding more harm to enslaved shop workers. Look into local thrift/vintage shops make it a goal to visit one the next time you feel the urge to get a new dress for an event. It's a chic & sustainable way to buy yet it also extends the life of beautiful clothing 

Swap 'Till You Drop

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If you ever get tired of your wardrobe and are in need of a fashion fix, then you could host or arrange a clothes swapping party. Invite all your friends to bring some clothes that they've been wanting to let go of, & you might just find something new to freshen up your look without breaking the bank or becoming a victim of consumerism. You can even create a swishing party online and pick clothes virtually! It may sound cliche but there's the saying," One persons trash can very well be another person treasure."

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Mend, Make, & Customize

Now here is the most creative way yet to be sustainably chic. Have a plain t-shirt that needs a major 

uplift? Or what about the extra skirts that needs a makeover? From head to toe, you can basically find any tutorial or DIY how to on Youtube & Pinterest. Turn that t-shirt into a handbag. Or that skirt into pants! You'll be amazed at how much you can do to transform & revitalize your clothes. Change it up & turn it into something completely new! The upside is that no one will ever have the same exact pieces as you when you choose to recycle & refashion things to your personality. If you don't know how to sew, don't worry my friends. There are even tutorials on how to sew. Whats even better is that there are even tutorials out there that don't even require sewing. Now you can recycle, repurpose, or refashion & personalize your clothing. But if you're creative with a sewing machine, you could even make your very own clothes. Think of all the possibilities! 

I hope you are feeling empowered to be more creative in shopping & staying fashionable, but in a more ethical way. Have you done any of these things? If you have, thank you. You are making a difference whether you know it or not. If you haven't I encourage you to do so. Get together with some friends & start a revolution together. 

Tomorrow, I'll share some ways we can donate our clothes responsibly.  Thanks for reading!