Tag: God

JU-to-the-LY

Happy Monday guys! I trust you all had fantabulous weekends! I’m still finding it hard to believe we have slipped into July already! But we all know that time does have a way of shifting into overdrive when you are having fun! Anyway, I have some goals for July, and I am listing them here in an effort to stay on track and remain accountable. Just a few small things I want to accomplish this month:

  • Complete 5 new Worn Identity blog posts
  • Go back to waking up early and spending time w/ God first, then starting my day
  • Draw more
  • Begin photoshop/illustrator tutorials
  • Revamp website
  • No soda all month
  • Take more pictures
  • Secure overseas manufacturing
  • Have 4 date nights w/ Rob ♥

Hopefully I am not overdoing my list. I tried to keep it simple, but the list maker in me sometimes takes over. (I have a deep adoration for lists . . . and an even greater appreciation for crossing things off said lists). I was born this way. A good term for me would be “LISTOMANIAC.”  Hey, the word list is the first 4 letters of my last name! Obviously this is no mistake!!!

Well, today I am working on the completion of more drawings and this afternoon I have a dental appointment to get 4 teeth pulled!!! This is the final step before I get my braces put on. I’m a little nervous, but both my Mom and my brother had it done before they got their braces, so I know I will be fine. Besides, when I get back home, I get to cross that off my list!!! ☺

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Look Mom, I Got The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Well, guys, in all my busy-ness (if that is a word), I did not even see that my friend Gaby from Culture Design nominated The LookBook Philosophy  for The Versatile Blogger Award!!! Thank you Gaby! 🙂 Here are the three rules that accompany this award:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.

2. List 10 bloggers to pass the award on to. (At this point I am only able to nominate 5 blogs, as I have not had the time to frequent much more than that.)

Here are the  5 blogs I am nominating:

  1. Culture Design
  2. Maylana’s Closet
  3. Clutterbox Creative
  4. They’re Just Clothes
  5. Over The Story

3. List seven things about yourself!!! (In case you didn’t know)

  1. I love celebrating the positive differences in other people and cultures.
  2. I have an undying love for fashion, unique objects, kindness, big hair and beautiful photography.
  3. I love to encourage people in following their dreams.
  4. It is imperative that I live amongst green grass, trees, flowers and plants, or I will melt into an unrecognizable blob.
  5. I am a recovering shy person dealing with a life-long bout of hermit-itis. (I still have flare ups, but they are diminishing daily! However, I have accepted the fact that my hermit-like tendencies are here to stay.)
  6. I never cease to be amazed by God’s greatness and love.
  7. I am definitely a work in progress, but I am enjoying the journey!

p.s. to those blogs who were nominated, please do not feel pressured to accept it! I know some people aren’t that crazy about receiving awards. 🙂

Thankful Thursdays: Growth

Happy Thursday friends!  It has been at least a week since my last post, but I thank you for hanging in there with me. My plate is definitely full, and so are my days. Yet, I feel so blessed with the things God is placing in my lap. Slowly and steadily the vision for my business is becoming a reality and I see myself stepping up to the challenges and turning my goals and dreams into reality. It feels great!!! . . . and somewhat scary. I guess it is just fear of the unknown, and the fact that I like to think I am in control. I am learning everyday that I actually have more control of things when I do my part to the best of my abilities and then release it. Pretty simple when you think about it. Yet hard for a perfectionist/control freak to continuously grasp! 🙂 However, I do see myself changing into the woman I have always known was somewhere deep inside. So, today I am thankful for growth, and the recognition of it.

What are you thankful for today?

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Joshua 24:15 Wood Slat Sign by The Simple Standard

I love the rustic slats used as the basis for this bold scripture. I also love that it uses all lowercase letters. For some reason that is always appealing to me. Perhaps it appeals to that rebellious side of me that enjoys breaking the rules of the English language by creating my own words. Nevertheless, I must have this for my kitchen! To purchase visit The Simple Standard.

Simply Put: Change Your Mind!!!

Many of you know that I did not make any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I vowed only to be constant in my awareness of situations and opportunities placed before me, and to live openly in the moment. Well, think of this as icing on that thought. In order to remain aware and in the moment, I know that there is extra daily work I must do (especially since I have not been apt to live freely in the moment for the past 38 years of my life). There is a bible scripture that I refer to that helps me to remain “mentally current” shall we say. The scripture is Romans 12:2. Simply stated it says:

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.  –Rom. 12:2 KJV

This is a pretty heavy scripture, there is so much depth to it! Don’t worry,  I won’t get all bible-study on you, but I will say that it is a daily, minute-by-minute task to work at transforming yourself by renewing your mind. There are a number of ways I go about it, and I always start with the word of God. But even before that, I have to remind myself that I have got to actually change. my. mind. That means changing the way I think about things, the way I respond to things, the way I react to situations, etc. As a woman, I find it quite easy to change my mind about many things, but it is harder when it comes to behavior and feelings that are 30+ years old! So what did I do? I made a sweatshirt to remind myself! (I have a hard time doing anything without relating it to fashion in some way). My sweatshirt is a simple reminder to continue the renewing process of my mind. It also reminds me that, with God’s help, I can change my mind.

How do keep yourself on track with your goals?

My New Thrifted Lovelies . . .

Friday morning, after I dropped the biscuits off at school (note: biscuits = kiddies) I drove out to visit my Mom for a little much needed girl time. She took me out to Redlands to a great little restaurant called The Eating Room. The Eating Room is a really cute little restaurant with great food and a cozy decor. They even have a bakery attached–which I steered clear of, but vowed I would return in the near future for a taste test.

After breakfast we strolled a few blocks over to the Redlands Antique Mall and I found these lovely molded plastic bracelets. I LOVE them. I’ve been wanting some chunky bangles like these for a while now. Isn’t it funny how you can think to yourself that you want something, happen upon it totally unexpectedly, and then almost talk yourself out of having it, leaving yourself to live with the regret of that lost purchase? I don’t know why I almost walked away from these babies. They were exactly what I was looking for in the exact colors I wanted!!! I had scoured the whole first floor of the antique mall and was on my way out the door when I spotted them. Best of all, I had more than enough money to purchase them! I thought about this scenario as I was revelling over my purchases after I got home.  How many times do we get in our own way when God is trying to bless us? By talking ourselves out of things? By focusing on why we can not do something? By focusing on why we should not have something? Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for smart spending and not living beyond your means. But in those moments when everything is just right, when there is only pleasure to be gained, and no sorrow or regrets for anyone involved, stop and recognize the gift in that moment. You asked, and your wish was granted! Recognize that this does not have to be a fleeting thing! We can live like this every day! And not just in a materialistic way. We create the lives we want to live with our words and our thoughts. The next time you think about something you want, take it a step further by preparing yourself to receive it, and watch what happens!

Thankful Thursdays: For the Love of Discipline

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About a year ago I embarked on a journey of self discipline. (Well, at least that’s what it felt like). I began to fast one day a week. Just as a way to control my appetite and cravings, and more importantly, as a way to focus on things that were more important than food. (For me those things were God, Grace, Gratitude, and Giving). I reaped so many benefits from my weekly one day fast! I began to really take stock of what foods I was putting into my body. The day before my fast, and the day after, I drank only water and ate mostly vegetables, salads and healthy stuff. As a wonderful perk, I began to shed a few unwanted pounds! Unfortunately, when I started school, my weekly fast fell by the wayside.

Now that I am finished with school, I decided to begin my Day of Discipline once again. Yesterday was my first day back, and boy was it crazy!!! I had a raging headache for most of the day and went to bed at 6pm! (Thank you Rob for feeding the kids and putting them to bed. Every girl should have a Robert 🙂 ) It felt like torture, and the funny thing was, I was not even hungry or craving food!

I’m rambling on about all this because I am thankful today, for recognizing that I am disciplined in some areas of my life. I love food. I enjoy food. I get excited when I think about my favorite dishes, desserts and snacks. But they don’t control me, and that is something to be thankful for.

What areas of your life are you most disciplined in?

Embrace Your Individuality!

If there is one gripe I have in this life (and I try not to gripe often, really, I do)  it is that I truly want people to embrace their individuality.

I think this issue holds such a big place in my heart because it is something I struggled with in my younger years, and something I am still learning to embrace every day. (As a child and young adult I suffered from PLMS, also known as Please Like Me Syndrome. It is currently in remission, but I tend to have flare ups now and then.) It is also a necessary ingredient for self confidence, and even true happiness! I find that I am already gently reminding my children to remain true to themselves and to stop being so concerned with what others have. I do this by pointing out the wonderful qualities that they possess, and reminding them that the world is a much more interesting place because we are all bringing different things to the table. My philosophy boils down to this: God created each of us individually; one at a time, with wonderfully unique traits, physicalities, quirks, thought processes, likes and dislikes that are unique to us. Though we may share similarities with friends and family members, we are all individual works of art! Unfortunately, the world seems to suggest that conforming, and following are two really important characteristics to have. While I will agree, it is necessary to conform to laws, rules and regulations in order to keep things running smoothly, I disagree that we should “follow” and place so much attention on what celebrities, sports figures and even our friends are doing. The whole social media concept of “following” has it’s roots in looking to others for acceptance and approval. I sort of struggle with this daily, in trying to build my blog, and readership. I blog because I love it, even without a huge following. I love my readers and I am so thankful for all 16 of you! 🙂 And that is what this post boils down to. My message to myself and others is simply this: Be your own Master of Approval. If you believe in a higher power, as I do, seek your approval from God first! Once you have His approval and your own, acceptance and approval from others will just be icing on the cake! (and who doesn’t like a little icing now and then:)

Are you waiting for someone else to give you what you already have?

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Thankful Thursdays: Peace Amongst the Chaos

This is the last week before my final projects are due (on Monday). I am spending most of my time this week creating patterns and sewing a leather tote for my accessories design final. (I’ll post pics soon). I used to sew often, but it’s been some time now since I have sewn (6+ years). Once we introduced kids into the family, the sewing machine took a distant back seat. Needless to say, I am a little rusty. With rustiness comes apprehension . . . a slight anxiousness about the completion of my projects. I have been down this road enough to know that worry gets me nowhere. I used to be a really great worrier. Today, when I feel those familiar feelings of apprehension rising, I take a deep breath, speak the outcome I want to create, thank God for the opportunity to do what I am doing and ask that He bless the works of my hands. It works EVERY time.

How do you find peace amongst the chaos?