Thursday, March 2, 2017

She Believed She Could, So She Did!

Hey beauty babes, thank you so much for joining me today. Today's post is an outfit post as you can see... But its also a bit of a personal one too. Its been quite a while since I've sat down to really write and get personal with you all. Its also been some time since I've done an outfit post too. For the most part, time has been a big factor in no longer doing them, but truth be told, shame has been a big reason as well. 

Life has been a bit difficult lately - lots of personal issues, emotions and stress. A lot of which had left me lacking in time, energy and motivation to be as active as I once was... I stopped making time for the gym and I started over-eating again. Thankfully things are getting better, but I have gained quite a bit of weight over the last several months... And that is where the shame comes in. 

I know I have struggled with this issue of weight not defining my beauty time and time again. And I always seem to "overcome" it for the most part, but its like the thought is always there - hiding away, waiting to pop back up into my mind when I am at a low point. A "kick me when I am down" kind of a thought. I hate that I allow that kind of thinking to take over and make me feel ashamed of myself. To hinder me from loving myself and to honestly share myself the way I used to.
I kept thinking - I cant share outfit or fashion posts anymore - I've gained so much weight. I look awful. I'm so embarrassed. They will notice, they will be disappointed in me. I know that's silly thinking - my blog and even my youtube channel has always been a place where I can be real, honest and even raw at times. Its also a place of much encouragement to and from those of you who keep up with me regularly. When I first started my weight loss journey and wrote about it on my blog, exactly 5 years ago today, I decided to start doing outfit posts as a way to track my journey and progress as well as have all of my amazing readers (and friends) keep me accountable! 

And when I remembered that, I realized I really wanted to get back to that. I want to get back to that place where I can share the good and the bad, the ups and the downs. Because that is real and honest. I certainly am not someone who is perfect and always on track, so there is no reason I should think I need to pretend to be, or make other people think that is who I am. I don't know about you, but I know I personally find more inspiration in the person who struggles, YET gets back up again, rather than the person who seems to have it all together all the time. So I shouldn't be ashamed of my failures or shortcomings. I don't want to let them hinder me or make me feel the need to hide away.
I don't need everyone to think I am perfect. I am not. I may fail at times, but I am not a failure. I am (and more so desire to be) an over-comer. I want to inspire you all to be over-comers too. I also want to keep myself more accountable to that! Which brings me back to the outfit posts...I  am hoping to bring them back again more often! Even though I felt super insecure at the time of taking these photos - I've missed doing them. I've missed the accountability they give me and the raw honesty they bring out of me. 

I may not still be on this "amazing" weight loss journey, or be the best example of health and fitness... I may have gained some weight back but I believe I can still bring encouragement and inspiration to others regardless - to love ourselves right where we are at. To overcome shame and much more...  I know that if I need this kind of reminder and encouragement, then chances are there are many others who need it too. So lets believe in ourselves, let us be shameless over-comers who love and believe in ourselves every step of the way. ♥
Outfit details:
Blouse: Ross
Jeans: Ross
Heels c/o: Tobi direct link here
Watch c/o: Jord
Bangle c/o: She Believed
Bracelet: Agape Love Boutique
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By purchasing this bangle, not only are you helping women in developing countries achieve their dreams, you are also reminding yourself that even when something may seem difficult it is important to believe in yourself.

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  1. Love your outfit! You look great. You should do more outfit posts. :)

    1. Thank you so much! I used to do them all the time. I need to get back to doing more again! Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. You know, I am glad that you posted this because it shows that we all have our human imperfections. Ive struggled with my weight time and time again and as of now I have gained back about 50lbs. Every time I try to start something I give up. I actually dont buy myself clothes anymore because I hate how I look and honestly dont feel beautiful (sad I know!). Work has stressed me out to levels where I eat sweets constantly just to feel good. I am loved by my husband and family yet I feel like I have lost love for myself. God has given me so many blessings yet its hard for me to enjoy because I always feel fat. Since I found your instagram you have been an inspiration, I know that you can get back up and so can I.. although its hard. Thank you for sharing this!!! From your insta follower @boxkraze

    1. Ah dang it, I wrote out this long comment to you and my blog decided to delete it... Wahhh :( Well anyways, Basically I really appreciate you sharing. I completely relate to what you are saying... And I am so glad to be an encouragement to you. And want YOU to know, your comment has encouraged me! So thank you!


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