I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. You meet the people you meet at certain times, and experience certain things because that’s exactly what you need at that time. It isn’t until you look back that it all starts to make sense, and every dot is connected in such a beautiful, crazy way.
I’ve always thrived on meeting new people, traveling, emerging myself into different cultures and doing things that aren’t considered “normal.” The other day I met this woman who not only encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing, but gave me a glimpse into the future of what I could become. She had traveled and lived in so many parts of the world, experienced such a vast variety of circumstances, and basically has lived her life without a single regret or doubt.
The next day I met another woman who had lived in Africa and parts of Europe and inspired me to do the same. Both of these women told me that now is the time to go a little crazy and travel and do everything I can before I settle down. Date different people. Eat weird foods. Live in foreign places. Dance a little too much. I knew this was a part of myself, but having these instances happen in such a close amount of time made me see how many doubts I had without realizing it.
I’ve mentioned before that I used to care too much about what people think of me, and a part of that still comes to light once in awhile. I think to myself if I’m not the most successful person by the time I’m 30, I’ve failed. Or that if I don’t start a family there’s something wrong with me. I realize now the one person that’s holding me back from living the life I want is myself. Sometimes I get too caught up in my life, working too much, not having a social life, etc. I needed a little wake-up call to bring me down to earth.
Taking a step into my past, this outfit connects back to my 90s childhood. This dress is so comfy and these shoes are my fav wedges. Also, hello lace-up trend.
|| Photography: Brandon Dougherty, brandondougherty.com ||
Dress: Inspyre Boutique
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