The Best Laid Plans.

I had this post written all about what my goals were for 2016. I'm not a fan of resolutions, rather SMART goals, ones that I know exactly when I am going to achieve them. I had them all planned out and thought that I knew exactly what was going to happen and when. 

You know sometimes the best laid plans often go awry.

I got some bad news recently. Everyone is okay, but it's not my place to share. However, it does affect me and my family. I took some time off of blogging because I was feeling unmotivated and school was starting. I remember thinking this past week, “Man, I really need something to kick my butt to take what I have scheduled this year seriously.” And then this news popped up.

I had everything planned in my new blog planner, which I curated and had spiral bound. I was organized, I had everything laid out. I knew when each launch was, I had each partnership laid out… Everything was perfect. I had set 2016 up to be the best year yet, with no surprises.

But life doesn't work that way. Life is full of surprises. And it's moments like these that I remember that God often laughs at the plans of men. Of course, I still have all my goals set out. The main thing that has changed is the timeline. 

What's the point of this?

I share all of this with you because I know I am not the only one that makes up a plan and expects it to stay the exact same. When I started college, I thought I was going to go to Blinn for a year and then transfer to Texas A&M. That was the plan. But three years later, I was still at Blinn, finally finishing my Associates' Degree. UNT was not a part of my plan. In fact, when I visited, my thoughts were, “Heck no, I'm not coming here.” Yet here I am a year out from graduating from UNT with my degree in social work. 

If there's anything I've learned repeatedly over the past almost 6 years of college, it's that my plans usually always end up changing. They say God laughs at the plans of man, well, it must be Comedy Central up there. I've spent hours crafting plans only to have them changed in an instant. I'm thankful that He is the one who holds my future because it means that there are greater plans out there. 

The point of this is not to tell you all that planning is stupid. It's the exact opposite. Planning keeps us organized, gives us hope and shows us that we can do more if we aspire to do so.

“When you understand and remember that there is a possibility for plans to change, it takes a level of stress off of you that you don't realize is there until it's too late.”

When I received the news that I did, I was devastated. Why? Because I hadn't even considered it to be a possibility that everything would be flipped upside down. It wasn't even a blip on my radar. I went into 2016 thinking that it was going to be a breeze, that nothing was going to go wrong, and that there would be nothing to worry about. 

I started thinking about a number of different factors that this news had affected, what adjustments I needed to make, and what I could or couldn't do. I called my old roommate and cried because for the first time in a long time, I had the rug pulled out from under me. (She's always been the less dramatic, more mature of the two of us.) I didn't even consider that life changes overnight. I had so much invested into things not diverting from my plan that I didn't even realize it.

The main thing that's changed for me this year blog-wise? Well, I have some projects with both TEE and TCG that I am launching. I had planned on launching them later on, but with these new factors, I have a new fire in me to get them done on an even quicker timeline than I expected.

Does that make life easy? No. Fun? Definitely not. But having the rug ripped out from under you is what makes life, life. 

How has this new year been for everyone? Any changes in your plans?

  • If I were to pick a favorite outfit of the week, it would probably be Tuesday’s. The office I work in gets really cold, so even though it’s in the 70’s in Texas, I have to dress warmer for work. Anyone else work in an icebox? ❄️
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  • Is it bad that I kind of want it to get super cold again so I can wear this coat? 🙈 I got it at a vintage shop in Deep Ellum called @fleastyle. It’s been in the 70’s all week in DFW, which means it’s officially time for me to switch my closet over to spring. Would y’all like to see a post on the blog about switching over your closet? Let me know in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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  • Sooooooo I didn’t get the chop... yet! Why? Because this was my first time having a new stylist cut my hair in about 10 years. I would have gotten it cut before I moved, but I didn’t realize how bad of shape it was in! How long have you gone to your hair stylist? 
I highly recommend Liz at @metsalonco in Plano! She completely understood and put my fears at ease. I’ll be seeing her again in a couple months to do something a little more drastic! 😉
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  • Should I cut my hair short? Leave a 💇‍♀️ or 🙅‍♀️ in the comments! .
I have a hair appointment tomorrow and I’m trying to decide if I should keep it long or get a lob. .
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  • Yesterday, I DELETED over 500 😱 followers from my Instagram, and I’m SO HAPPY I did. I took the suggestion from another blogger, @austentosone, to go through my followers and check for spam accounts. I thought I’d have a few, but y’all, it was out of control. •
I really care about community. I create content not only because I love creating things, but because I love sharing them with people who are also interested in sustainable fashion. I want this to be a space where we can talk about ethical and sustainable fashion. A two way conversation. I want my blog to be a resource for people who are seeking a new lifestyle. What are some questions you’ve had about ethical and sustainable fashion? Let me know in the comments below! •
If you’re a fellow influencer who is struggling with comparison and just keeping up with the rest, you’re not alone. Know that your value is NOT found in a number. You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Don’t lose sight of that purpose by focusing on a number. •
Today on the blog, I’m sharing why I deleted all those followers and more about my intention for MINIMALISTA.
  • Who else is happy it’s spring? 🌸
Confession: I still haven’t switched my closet over. My parents are coming to town this weekend, so I’m going to wait until after their visit to switch over. 🌷
Because I still haven’t unpacked my spring clothing, this is a #tbt to my trip to NYC over Labor Day. This top is the Texture & Thread brand at @madewell, and it will definitely be featured again this spring! While this exact print isn’t available anymore, there are some solid ones in beautiful colors. Both of the tops I did find at Madewell are under $40! #LTKunder50 🌼
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  • What is one item you have in your closet that you consistently use? Today, I’m wearing this top I got 7 years ago for spring. It’s amazing how long clothing will last when you take care of it! 
But aside from this top, I don’t have a lot of spring/summer clothing. So yesterday I shared 8 items on my wishlist for spring! You can check that out by going to the link in my profile. 
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  • What do you wear on days where the weather can’t decide what it wants to do? In Dallas today, it’s 60 degrees but gloomy and rainy 🌧 so we can’t go out and enjoy. 
I’ve had this tote from @nisoloshoes for three years now and it’s still the best bag I’ve ever purchased. The exact style isn’t available anymore (the Joann tote), but I’ve linked the Lori tote which is similar! Plus, with @afterpayusa, you can purchase ethically while being a bit easier on the budget! 
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  • Can we talk about my love for this coat I picked up a couple of weeks ago at @shopfleastyle in Dallas? It caught my eye as soon as I walked in! Have you ever bought vintage clothing before? If so, what are your favorite vintage shops? •
I’ve slowly but surely been settling into my new routine! The month of February was insanely busy for me at work, and on top of that, I was still unpacking! (Confession: I’m still unpacking 🙈)
Today on the blog, I answered a question people ask me a lot: What is ethical fashion? So head that way to learn more. •
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