In Between

I spoke on a panel on yesterday at my alma mater, Emmanuel College, to seniors in the Communications internship class. This was my second year doing so, but this time was a bit different. Hearing the thoughtful questions asked and then answering them, I walked out of there a little more encouraged to keep going in my journey of what I want to do next.

Last week, I left my job to take a self-evaluation of what makes me happy and where I want to go with my career. Having been working for years now in fashion and retail, I realize how beneficial that experience has been for me. I quite literally have been taking a people study and learning a lot about the world around me. With this decision, I promised myself I wouldn’t sit around and do nothing. I’ve been taking advantage of every second I get to create, to go outside and meditate and to do the things I haven’t done in a while.

As I walk away from that and walk towards my next goal, I was inspired while on campus to remind myself of where I come from, to re-learn myself. These last 6 months I haven’t posted a blog and I haven’t even had the energy to write. I’ve had the biggest writer’s block of my life so far. Feeling uninspired, out of my element and anxious is a tough rut to be in. So finally, as I have a moment to step back, to look within, I feel clarity coming and even better, the words are coming back too. Sometimes we all have to abandon things we know to discover what we’re capable of. 

 

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Pedaling

 

As I was sitting in a park near my house, I was trying desperately to read the book I had with me. I find myself distracted easily and so, trying to read on a 75 degree day with all of the people around me was a near impossible feat. In between chapters, I looked up to a shrieking child on his bike. The scream really could have shattered glass, so I know I wasn’t the only one looking. I was curious to see if he had been hurt, but the boy was suddenly calm. His mother ran up behind him to ask if he was okay and to her he replied, “I don’t think I can do it.”

You could see on the mother’s face, she was annoyed and on a time crunch. Pleading with the boy, she wasn’t really making any headway so she decided to keep walking. As she walked away, he shrieked again. The woman sitting near me sort of giggled and I was glad I wasn’t the only one tuning in to this. The mother kept walking even when he shrieked and so I think the boy got the idea that she wasn’t going to wait. He finally tried again to pedal, making it about 30 feet before he stopped and wailed again. The same thing happened about 3 times until I couldn’t see him anymore so I’m guessing he made it okay.

As I tried to go back to my reading, the woman next to me said, “I remember those days”. I concurred and said how things were so much easier. Looking back to that little scene, I realized I’m still trying to figure out how to keep pedaling just like that boy learning how to ride the bike.

In my own life, things that scare me are irrational fears like spiders or the ocean. This kid was trying to learn, how can we fault him for that? We all have our own ways, but we all experience similar things at some points. It’s weird bout of changes that you go through in your 20’s and that is something I find I have to adjust to. It’s not only so hard to brace yourself for change, it’s really difficult to know that when it happens, you can’t let everything go or stop your whole life either.

The shrieks that he made were similar to the anxiety that so many of us feel when something in our life shifts. For me, I try to meditate or to go do something that makes me really happy and fulfilled. I find once I’ve re-centered myself on what brings me joy and peace, I can tackle those changes much better.  So now I’m curious, what do you do to keep “pedaling”?

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Self-Care

I was asked at the beginning of the week what I was going to do to give myself some “self-care”. At first, I felt vulnerable and unsure of what to say because I hadn’t “planned” anything specific. As so many of you reached out in response to my post last week, I was overwhelmed with the reminder that it’s all about the little things.

This week, I’ve been reading more, which is one of the bullet points on my 2018 Goals List. Personally, I feel reading magazine articles (both print and online) is not only very therapeutic, but it allows for me to zoom in on a specific topic, to digest the meaning and to actively respond to it. As much as I love reading books, it can take me a bit to adjust to the stop and go! 

I find so many great articles on Thrive Global, a platform created by Arianna Huffington. The topics fall under all different categories like well-being, mindfulness and community. It’s been ultra refreshing to absorb bubbles of information or perspective rather than gossip this week. Now to come up with what I will do for self-care next week... any suggestions? 

 

All photography by Juliette Laura.

In the Mirror

A big change happened in my life recently. Without revealing all of the details, I woke up feeling like I needed something to hold onto to pick myself up.

This universe is a funny thing. It somehow prepares you for some bumps in the road and sometimes it doesn’t. This change that happened, I’m still dealing with it everyday, but as much as it can be hard to see the bright side, I try anyways.

Back at the turn of the new year, I wrote down several goals for myself and taped it above my mirror. Who knew how much I would need this now? This list has been there to comfort me and remind me of what I want and need. It’s been a gentle reminder to give myself affirmations of love and praise. It forces me everyday to look in the mirror and go after these goals for myself and no one else. I am so grateful to live the life I do, even when there’s a little bit of heartbreak. 

 

This is just one side of the list, but you get the point.  

This is just one side of the list, but you get the point.  

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Mercury in retrograde seems to be in full swing. I deleted my social media for a few days this week and it was really hard. It’s a constant pull to check these apps or refresh the page. I guess now that I realize the amount of time that I do spend on these things, I’m going to try and put my energy in other places! 

 

All photography done by Molly Quinn Photography. 

 

jeans; Vintage. White button down; Aritzia. Jacket; BlankNYC. Shoes; Dolce Vita. Bag; Madewell. 

Hello, Old Friend

I took on too much. In the swing of things, I felt strong and powerful that I had so much going on. I think it was intoxicating to have so much at my fingertips and I was a little greedy with those opportunities...

Tick Tock

Half of the time, I forget how old I am. You see, for so long, I haven't felt like I belonged with my age group. I was always the odd one out in so many ways. I had thought I figured out what I wanted to do so long ago and I thought I was "all set". Some deemed that as luck, jealous of my forward thinking. However, since graduating, working in retail post-grad, I honestly have felt a little stuck. I am really grateful for my blog, my love for writing, fashion and Faithful Jeans to give me a taste of my passions. Still, I can worry about my career and my future.

I know that I want to do so many things in this life. I know I want to be an entrepreneur. I know I want to help others and make a difference on this world. However, I still need to remind myself that I don't need to race against a clock. I'm not sure what I need to do first, but I am taking time to remind myself how young I am, that there isn't pressure to do it all right now. I am reminding myself to relax once in a while and do as the 22 year olds do.

 

My Tips on Networking Your Way to Success

My Tips on Networking Your Way to Success

Since starting my blog four years ago, I have met some pretty incredible people. Often, I get a lot of questions on networking and how to spark up a connection in a potentially unfamiliar setting. I thought I might lend my two cents in this regard.

White and Denim

White and Denim

Vintage Levi's are the best, especially when they are hand-embellished! Summer style should be easy and light and with the right accessories, you can make any outfit unique!

Faithful Jeans and Co.

Lately, my mind has been so occupied and my heart has been racing. I feel such a boundless energy trying to figure out what to say first. Four months ago, my very good friend (and co-worker) Estefania asked me if I ever had the crazy thought of starting my own business. Of course, I had thought about it, but I never thought I would have the chance to make it happen so soon. The idea seemed a little "out there" and impossible... what did I know about fashion design let alone building my own enterprise? I remember going home and thinking about it non-stop, allowing myself to dream of what that would be like. Suddenly, everything around me seemed more vibrant and I felt a strong sense of passion that I have never felt before. It didn't take me long to go back to her and say, "Let's do it." 

Estefania and I have countless things in common, including our love for fashion. We both enjoy feeling confident from the inside, out and both let our faith guide us through life. As she is a fashion student and I am a DIY girl, we make the perfect pair to produce something unique. You can always find us in a great pair of jeans wearing big smiles and that is why we started Faithful Jeans and Co. 

Faithful Jeans and Co. is a re-done vintage denim company. FJ is derived from our love of vintage, thrift shopping and fashion. To each of us, denim has been a staple and our favorite pair has always been there to make us feel confident, unstoppable and empowered. We believe that life consists of a lot of hard work, but not without dreaming first.  To love, to create, to inspire, all through faith, that is the mission behind Faithful Jeans and Co. Each vintage pair of denim has already had part of their story written, but yearns for a new chapter with their new owner. Each one is hand-distressed, hand-embellished and embroidered with our signature purple heart. These jeans carry thousands of dreams, countless hopes and endless love. We hope that they are there when you do something incredible, too. 

We will be selling via Etsy (see link to our shop below) and will be posting product, inspiration and other tidbits on our social media @faithfuljeansco

Want the pairs we are wearing? Shop us here ------> https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaithfulJeans

We are so excited to be able to shout all of this from the rooftops and empower the women around us! Take a look at these STUNNING photos done by Juliette Laura Photography

"When love and spirit are brought together, their power can accomplish anything." - Deepak Chopra