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Friday, September 2, 2011

Look : : Living the dream...


















Outfit details: Necklace, top, shorts - Ann Taylor. Bag - Target. Ring - Modcloth. Charm bracelet - For sale here. // Photos by Kimberly.

Lately I've been thinking (and talking) about dreams. I love asking the question, what's your dream job? I think about my own quite frequently. But then, I wonder where that dream begins and ends... what's the extent of that dream? My dream is to be paid to write, but technically, I already am. I might only make about ten dollars per week from this blog, but I'm still making something. Have I fulfilled my dream, then? I don't feel that I have. Where is the ceiling? When will I be satisfied? Perhaps it will be when I can make a living from writing, when I can actually pay my rent with what I make...

But then I feel guilty. I tell myself, "I should be grateful for what I have. I shouldn't need anything more." If I started feeling that way all the time, though, I wouldn't push myself. I wouldn't be as motivated or work as hard. And I'd probably get evicted. We all need goals and dreams to keep us moving. Otherwise, we don't grow. We don't succeed. We don't live! And the temporary anxiety that we feel -- will I make it through this? -- is nothing compared to the stress of having to struggle through a life we hate. I need to move, push, try in order to survive. It's not a possibility; it's a requirement.

Ten years ago, I had lots of dreams. Along with the writer thing, I wanted to be an actress... and a singer and a dancer and a model and maybe a CEO in-between somewhere. But most importantly, I wanted two things: (1) encouraging, inspiring people that I could count on, and (2) a home outside of my hometown. Guess what? I got both of those. Because of me. I made it happen. No one plucked me up and dropped me here. I had to make changes. I had to take risks. I got hurt along the way. Hell, I got beat. But it was worth it.

I may not have riches or fame, but I have warm sun, sandy beaches, and the best friends a girl could ever ask for. Am I living the dream, then? Yes -- one day, one laugh, one tear at a time...

21 comments:

  1. The pictures came out so good! I love your wind in the hair in the photos on the sand. Beautiful!

    We are adorable and you are amazing. I'm so glad I have you in my life and that we have dreams we can encourage each other to pursue.

    Keep on truckin mon ami! <3 We'll get there!

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  2. Love this - you definitely have made your dreams happen for yourself a little bit everyday and that can be such a satisfying feeling!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. Love, love, love those tights!

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  4. I absolutely loved this! Everyday you should be living your dream, no matter what it may be at the time. And the more struggles you get through and the more fears you overcome, the bolder you get = and that's living!

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  5. Loved reading this.... making me think a bit.. so i'll just hug you :D

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  6. That is the most amazing outfit I have ever freakin seen!! It looks awesome.

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  7. i should really reflect more on my dreams, waht they were and what they are. i feel like i should define that sometime soon before i look back and realize i didnt do anything substantial with my life. i tend to be really hard on myself, and taking it one day, one dream at a time is a great way to stay positive and moving forward.

    xxoo

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  8. Love those tights! Delicious :)
    Thank you for this post. I actually had to stand up and go YES! Striving to leave our mark on the world, and to....feel fulfilled in what we do keeps us going. But it is so important to balance those beautiful leaps by remembering to plant your feet firmly on the ground and take some deep beautiful breaths, and to be grateful for our lives, exactly as they are now.
    Much love to you dear girl. Courage and one step at a time. :)

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  9. Great pictures. You actually make very nicely to the mosaic wall. :)

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  10. Every time I look at your blog I can't get over how gorgeous you are! What you have done is say "yes" to life and every time we say yes to life rather than shrink from it we grow and expand. I think you've found a healthy balance between being grateful for what you have but using the "wanting" feeling to push you to stretch and work for more. It's ok to feel both grateful and still know there is more in store for you. In fact, I think gratitude actually brings us more of what we want. Very inspiring post!

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  11. beautiful post darling. your words are so inspiring. i know so many people that would benefit from reading thing but unfortunately would never have the self-awareness to realize they'd benefit from it.

    also, you look gorgeous. as always. you're such a stunning creature.

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  12. Aw, girl, you remind me of me. I am sure that you will get what you want. I used to want a lot of different things, too, and am now trying to focus my efforts on writing. I think with that focus and maybe some time, I will get what I am after. Just don't ever be afraid to ask for what you want as I have found this to be my biggest obstacle. On another note...cute tights:-) I just wrote about what Gloria Steinem said about being forced to write about textured tights in her early career in a Ms. Magazine post I did last week. Much love to you, lady~Meredith xoxo

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  13. Well said, but with so many fantastic pictures who needs words?

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  14. Gorgeous look! I really love the colors!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com

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  15. I treasure your brash mix of honesty and idealism. Keep it up! I have no doubt you will earn your keep living as a cultural creative.

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  16. I so agree dreams and goals keep you going, keep you striving for more. We can be thankful and joyful and have dreams. If we don't have dreams or goals we become stagnant. You look wonderful.

    Congrats on Links ala mode!

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  17. Congrats on making it to the links a la mode! Great post. Living one's dreams is so important, even if it's hard. But then life can be hard anyway. I think the most difficult part about following a dream is knowing what that dream is.

    Heather
    http://thestyleconfessions.com/

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  18. I think living the dream is very important, but it is just as important to keep dreaming. That is the only way we keep ambitious, and grow. So it is ok not to be completely satisfied, unless that lack of satisfaction is really getting to you and eating up your insides...

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  19. That was beautiful. We all question ourselves and wonder if we'll ever be happy and what our dreams truly are. But what I take away from this post is that each step of the way IS the dream. We are in fact living the dream all the way up until we reach the goal we're aiming for.

    Thank you so much for this post, I really needed it :-)

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  20. I feel like my dream job changes every few years. I started off wanting to be a musician, than a movie director, than a business major, now I'm an engineer aspiring to end up in a fashion! hahaha.

    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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