I just finished a hectic, imperfect move to my new little studio apartment in San Francisco. I made it my goal to get rid of a lot of my stuff during this move because my apartment is small and I aim to live a more mindful, minimalist living. With this goal in mind, I took to my stacks of old papers (cards, notes, ancient to-do lists that somehow never made it to the trash) and I went through boxes of belongings I have had in storage for years. The whole experience gave me a clear image of where I have been at various points in my young adulthood and, ultimately, made me feel proud of the woman I have become.
The year I graduated High School, my parents got divorced and this caused an upheaval in my life. Everything I thought was familiar and normal suddenly seemed non-existent. When I moved out to college in Southern California, my family also moved (to Northern California) and my hometown became a part of my past. I felt lost and I wasn’t quite sure who I was. I wanted to grow, but I was blocked. I fumbled around, held back and pushing up against the same wall over and over again. I did not have the freedom I needed to grow candidly and without restriction. That is, until I decided to change my life.
Disclaimer: I received Q&A a Day for Creatives c/0 Blogging for Books
One thing that I’ve been nurturing this summer is my creative hobbies: quilting, drawing, handlettering, photography, crafting, and more. I haven’t drawn much since high school other than stars, dots, and coffee cups which frequented my notes in college.
Q&A a Day for Creatives encourages you to “flex your creative muscles!”
With the weather cooling down a bit last week this outfit was perfect for a day at work presenting at our transfer orientation and advising students. I love how a blazer and a Stella & Dot statement necklace can dress up any outfit! Whenever I wear this top I’m taken back to my adventure in Italy in April of 2014 as I wore it with the same blazer to a fashion show. I love wearing blazers with dark jeans especially when it gets cold and rainy here (can’t wait for more plus dates with my hubby when he’s wearing his sexy fall sweaters!). Maybe one day I’ll find a pair of dress pants that fits me as well as my skinny jeans do, but until then I’ll keep rocking dark jeans and blazers. Add a touch of lipstick and get your tote you’re ready to go for the day.
My name is Stacy and I’m an artist. While my resume might say something very different, who I am is not defined by my job title. What I have learned, though, is that we are all artists.
For much of my life I let myself fall into the trap of believing that I wasn’t “the creative one”. I must have been taught Right Brain vs. Left Brain at a young age, as growing up, I saw personality and talents as purely black and white, and bought into the assumption that “we are who we are”.
I was wrong.
Disclaimer: I received What Keeps You Up at Night? by Pete Wilson c/o BookLookBloggers
I picked this book to review because I’ve loved Pete Wilson’s other books and I had a feeling this one would likely be just as good. The thing I love about his books is that he continually points to God through scripture and through stories. I had a hard time staying focused in this book compared to his others. It didn’t captivate me like Plan B and it took me a long time to read. When I’m loving a book I finish it a lot faster, this one sadly has taken me weeks to finish.
Some mornings you take a risk when you’re getting ready for the day.
Friday, was just one of those days. As you can probably tell by now from my typical style posts, I rarely mix patterns let alone patterns that aren’t exactly the same colors. I decided I wanted to spice it up a bit and not wear the same scarf that I typically wear with this striped shirt (red and blue polka dots). It was a challenge to not reach into my closet and pick the “safe” option but I was wanting a different look.
One thing I love about basic tees is that they pair so well with accessories. I also love that you can get so many different looks out of simple cozy shirts when you switch which accessories you wear with them .
When I left the house on Friday I wasn’t really sure if these patterns went together or not but I was going to embrace it and be confident in my style choice.
What if we walked boldly daily in the fact that we are loved and treasured by our incredible Father and didn’t care if we matched perfectly or not?
How would that change our outlook on the day? Whenever I am struggling with whether or not my outfit matches it is a similar thought process to when I am struggling with whether God loves me or if my husband finds me as epic today as our wedding day. Now of course God (and my husband) always loves me and there are the occasions that I the outfit is really not matching…but when I leave the house questioning my outfit it haunts me all day just as when I leave wondering who my identity is found in. What if we were confident in our spiritual and relational identity when we left the house each morning? What if we let that empower us every day?
When Allison reached out to me to contribute to My Story is Beautiful, I had no idea what to write about. In fact, it took me a while to sit down and actually start writing something. And as someone who got her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, you’d think I’d be prepped to tell a story at any time!
But feeling as though everything up until now in my life has been pretty ordinary, I still didn’t know what I could share. What’s been good about my life? The rough times seemed to stand out to me more so than anything else: the disappointing relationships, the car accident that could have ended my life, the round of Accutane, feeling like I’d end up on an episode of MTV’s Catfish when someone stole my photo for a fake Facebook profile, and the list goes on.
After pondering the topic of this post, this is what I came up with…
Disclaimer: I received For the Love c/o Jen Hatmaker & Thomas Nelson as part of being on the launch team.
Good Morning, readers! Yesterday, Jen Hatmaker launched her new book For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. With all my excitement finishing, Headstrong I completely forgot to hit publish on this post yesterday, oops. So today, I’ll be reviewing For the Love.
I opened my email the day before I left for Idaho waaaay back in March and read that I had been selected to be a part of the For the Love launch team!
Disclaimer: I received Headstrong 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World by Rachel Swaby c/o Blogging for Books
What do Ruth Benerito, Stephanie Kwolek, Sally Ride, Helen Taussig, and the 48 other women featured in Headstrong have in common? These 52 women knew the value of hard work, determination, curiosity, patience, not giving up, and the drive to find out about the what, why, when, where and how of the mysteries of life. They all overcame obstacles, were leaders in their field, and still are inspirational to many.
Headstrong features scientists whose life’s work has already been completed. As the book states, “the idea of women and science is entirely irrelevant. Either a woman is a good scientist or she is not; in any case she should be given opportunities, and her work should be studied from the scientific point of view.”
Do you ever have those mornings when you’re all ready to go out the door and you realize your shirt has a stain on it somehow? Just keeping it real that was me yesterday, ooops. I fixed it by putting on a zip up and zipping it half-way up to cover it.
Even more fun though is realizing how well your shirt and lipstick colors match and being able to fit everything into a pouch when leaving the house instead of toting around a large handbag. Hello light, casual, and cozy outfit!