Thursday, May 12, 2011

my outfit: you're the inspiration.

Yesterday, half joking... I put on twitter that I was having trouble coming up with words for this post.  Sometimes it's just boring to talk about what I am wearing. Aren't that what the pictures are for?  One of my lovely readers responded with this: Can you write an inspirational post? I'm needing some wise words about believing in myself.

To which I suddenly thought: um, me too.  We all have weeks - good and bad.  Some will say that it's all how you look at things. You know, glass half full or half empty.  And I do believe in positive thinking and positive energy.  I do.  But sometimes if you are down in the dumpers, even that can be a challenge. Even that isn't as easy as it sounds.  Believe me, I've been there.  This winter was a real emotional challenge for me.  So while I may not be an expert when it comes to being an inspirational speaker (or writer) - I am an expert in needing some inspiration.

Sometimes I can try a new recipe or simply paint my nails and suddenly I feel better.  Sometimes a chocolate shake or a good old blast-the-music-and-forget-about-my-troubles is in order.  I highly suggest any or all of these things.

But what I find most helpful - one that I have been doing myself lately - is to just get some good old perspective.  Try this with a friend, a husband (my favorite) or pen and paper.

I tend to believe in general that my life is on the up and ups.  It is. I know it is. But sometimes when I am in the minutiae of bills and kids and a household to run I get stuck in the negatives.

So if you are in need of inspiration... what I am saying here is be your own inspiration. List all of the achievements you have had in the past year.  Think back to last summer... how has your life improved since then? Are you eating healthier? Loving stronger? Caring for yourself better?  Think to 6 months ago... what were your goals for the New Year? Have you made steps toward them? Have you improved your work situation or taken on new responsibilities in your current position? Think to last month. Have you made a promise to yourself to spend money wiser? Try something new or live with a new mental attitude?

You are your own best inspiration. And when all else fails... here is what Christopher Robin told Pooh and I do believe it to be true: (I know, because I just happened to read it to my daughter at nap time today)

"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

Top, Zara
Necklace, Antique
Jeans, Gap
Sandals, Forever 21


Francesca said...

I've been having a few of those uninspired weeks recently from being so stressed. But I agree with what you wrote; and thinking back on the goals I've set and achieved thus far, does help.
Thank you for this post. I think many of us were in need of something like this :)

elizabethashleyphoto said...

This was such a great post! Thanks so much!

I get the same feelings sometimes. I know life is wonderful, but in the day-to-day working and running the house and making dinner and such and such, I can get rundown every now and then. It's great to stop and get some perspective, like you said.

And that pink top is amazing!

Christine said...

The color of that shirt is one of the most beautiful shades of pink I've ever seen.

Thanks for the kind words as well!

Capital Barbie said...

Thank you for this! It's so nice to be reminded of all of these things. And realize everyone has ups and downs and its not a fault or weakness.

You are better then you think with your inspirational words!

And that hot pink top doesn't hurt either!

Meredith said...

I absolutely needed that post this morning - thanks Jill!

Linda said...

Such great advice, Jill. I find that it helps me to write or talk to someone when I've got a lot on my mind. It helps me figure things out.
Another thing that helps me when I'm feeling down in the dumps is deciding that I'm going to contribute in a positive way to the people and situations around me. Getting my mind off myself always helps me not focus on whatever bummer situation is going on.

Jackie said...

Really great advice Jill. I totally understand the feeling of getting lost in all the minutiae of day to day life. It definitely is overwhelming. I'm going to do your exercise- I think it will definitely help lift my spirits!

Kenzie said...

I love this outfit, it's so simple and that necklace is to die for.

Also thanks for the encouraging words today, their always much appreciated.

Elizabeth @claritychaos said...

that last line, the quote, actually sprung tears to my eyes. Love you, girl.

Melissa said...

Agree with Kenzie. Can you post a link to the necklace, please?

Jenny said...

Love, love, love this outfit, especially the top!


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