Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Two Posts That Inspired Me

This morning I read two blog posts that inspired me. I rushed to work and forgot all about them, but then I came home and re-read them and was re-inspired by their awesomeness. The two posts are Brandi's Monday Mission, and Jamie's post about not being afraid to have your own style. I'm sitting here now trying to figure out if they can be connected in any way, but that's just that part of my brain talking. The part that needs to analyze everything and find connections. Instead of listening to that part of my brain I'm going to continue writing about why these posts inspired me so much!

First Brandi's doing it imperfectly. Could this have posted at any better time? I don't think so. I've got all these creative ideas flowing through my head, even as I type. The problem is I would most likely start them, and quickly decide I'm not doing it 'right'. This is why I stop doing so many things I love doing. Writing for one example. I criticize myself, and I can be brutal, so I just stop doing whatever it is. Well I'm going to write this quote down somewhere so I can see it next time I think of stopping in the middle of a project. "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." - Julia Cameron

Now Jamie's fearless fashion sense. Fashion scares me. Where I live it's all jeans and t-shirts. There are exceptions, but the majority of people (all ages)wear jeans and t-shirts. That's what I wear, it's what I'm used to. And in my family we all wince at the thought of spending a lot of money on our clothes. Just looking at the price tags on the nicer clothes makes me want to die. $20 for a shirt? $50 for pants?! How can anyone spend that much? I guess I do have that negative view of fashion that Jamie talks about.

Anyway, for school in September I need to have white button up shirts and black dress pants. When I first realized this I had no clue what I was going to do. I still don't. I hate walking into stores where they sell these kinds of clothes. I feel so out of place. I own a few shirts now, but I'm stumped on the pants. I'm going to the mall this weekend, so I guess I'll look there. I also want to update my wardrobe. I've never really gone clothes shopping at the mall before, so this will definitely be interesting! I'll be wincing the entire time, but I swear I'm going to actually buy some nice clothes! Maybe I'll ask my cousin to come with us, she'll defend me when my mom tries to make me buy clothes I know I'll never wear.

Thank you Brandi and Jamie! This is why I love blogging, I know I'll always be inspired daily by wonderful people.


  1. Well girl, not that I'm an advocate of Walmart, buuut, my DIL to be got some really nice black pants for her job there, as well as going to Kohls, Target? You have them out east or a facsilimle?

    I was a model when I was 19 and we learned to dress on a budget, Ross, Marshall's..you go in there on any given day and can come across a designer find for less than 20, sometimes less than 10.

    Shopping is a learned skill. I didn't like it as I was a Tom Boy! Finding my girl side was kind of fun. It's like cooking, learn the basics and then let your eyes do the creating.

    Love that quote by Julia Cameron.

    Can't wait to here your finds.

  2. I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart & Target. xD That's usually where I shop. I plan on searching them before heading to the mall- along with JC Pennys and a few other places. Believe me, my cheap-o side wouldn't let me buy a thing at a mall without looking at the cheaper stores first!

  3. Yes!
    Brandi and Jamie are both huge inspirations to me.
    And ..."Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." by Julia Cameron, I once painted right on my living room wall.

    I hear ya on the clothes shopping...I buy myself clothes from second hand stores. Some really great retro hippie stuff that I like, also - cheap!

    I recently bought my daughter a T-shirt that says..."Be yourself-everyone else is taken".
    Cool, eh?

  4. On Tue I saw a dear & wonderfully original 20is friend, who paid me the sweetest compliment of being one of her inspirations on setting my own style!! I was wearing a skirt & nice knit top (both from Goodwill, if I remember) & original 'found art' necklace - at a talk by a world famous local author (Wm. Paul Young) & most women were in pants - a few in dresses or skirts.

    Serra wears hats at times (I do, too), & interesting clothes, skirts, long or short, leggings & boots, lace up sandals, often cool accessories, . . . definatly sets her own style, & always looks lovely.

    For your mission, don't forget the thrift stores - & think of accessories you can wear to make it your own! You'll always be your shining self, whatever your 'costume!'