Sunshine, Apple Pie, Beach Parties and Denim!
And, Being Grateful!
Summer has arrived. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the air is heavy with heat. It is indeed a well loved time of year. And, with the glorious yellow orb in the sky comes the time to breakout your favorite summer jeans. In thinking about jeans, which we universally adore, I am going to add in a few tips on being grateful about ones life choices. Lately, there seems to be a need to remember that your life journey is special and that others surrounding you are also unique. Being grateful creates a sense of well being and contentment. If we stop to smell the roses, sip a glass of wine, maybe pet a cat and just enjoy moments rather than race around from one planned activity to the next then perhaps peace and happiness will ensue.
Do you have a Flat Life: Every minute, every day and every evening is filled with appointments, events and travel?
Do you have a Rounded Life: Every day is unique, the day unfolds unplanned and is spontaneous leading to the ultimate feeling of gratefulness.
Maybe you are in the Middle Ground: Somewhere in-between.
Some people are planners and others are more spontaneous. Neither is wrong though the spontaeous crew may feel more relaxed about day to day living. Have you ever met someone who just loves their life? They are not looking for the next big vacation, action packed activity or evening event. Rather, they love what they do each day and it shows with their actions and words. They accept, enjoy and are grateful for their family, friends and for their accomplishments. This doesn't mean they do not dream, build or create or have a planned outing now and then but rather they live in that moment. Life is a journey, so why rush and have it all prearranged. Newsflash: You can't control everything or anyone ever. After all, the world is not flat but instead gloriously round with magical and sometimes complicated moments throughout the day. Sadly, some find every minute booked, clocked and choreographed as a necessity either to avoid a situation or in eagerness to post a photograph or photographs showcasing your perfect fantasy life on social media. Jackie Kennedy Onassis once said if you spend all your time taking photographs cataloging your life you really are not living it. Of course, this doesn't include when celebrating a get together and a photograph is a necessity. The joy in life is the journey and not the destination. If you can learn to just breathe, show up unexpected, be present and get off the hamster wheel then maybe the art of being grateful and content is within your grasp.
I recently finished an excellent book called, The Sound of Glass, by Karen White. The book is a must read. One of the ideas is that you need to face your greatest fear that keeps you running on the hamster wheel and living a prepackaged and underlined life. "The weight of fear goes away as soon as we face our monsters and realize they weren't as scary as we thought." Those who are running, planning all of their time are often hiding, ignoring something, or maybe feel they missed out somewhere in their life or perhaps need to make a hard decision that would free them. Figure it out and move forward.
You are stronger than you think. Gratefulness is within your reach to accept the here and now and the world you live in.
White Jeans: Choose bright white, hemmed and with few embellishments for a clean silhouette. Avoid manufactured holes which scream trendy and desperate to be twenty again. The look must highlight you rather than send the eye to the potential messiness of the unfinished or cut outs in fabric.
Not See Through!
|Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans|
|Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans|
"Cultivate the habit of being grateful"
Favorite Summer Blue Denim: The AG "The Farrah" are form fitting, comfortable and perfect for summer fun.
|AG The Farrah High Rise Skinny Jeans|
"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day
Jean Shorts: My favorite are bermuda shorts which are in-style for summer 2018. Bermuda's are always flattering on any age.
|Paige Transcend Vintage - Jax Denim Bermuda Shorts|
|Paige Jax Denim Bermuda Shorts|
"If you want to find happiness, find gratitude"
Summer is here! Soak up the rays, step into a pair of jeans, find peace and have gratitude for the life you are leading. If you are spinning out of control, step back and take a moment to reflect on the good in your life. Plan a day of no activities or a week of just the daily hustle and bustle but no scheduled evening events. You might be delighted in the unexpected or relish the quiet of your home or perhaps read a book and be perfectly content. Ahh...the world is a grand place. Enjoy, be grateful and follow your path with zest.