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Live Colorfully



Last year I decided to have a word of the year and while I have lots of goals and plans for 2019 I decided to have a word for the overall theme for 2019 as well and this year I’ve decided on Live Colorfully.
Living colorfully can mean many things though and while yes I take it to mean literally not being afraid to have color in your life I think it can mean so much more than that. To me, living colorfully is about trying new things and purposely finding new experiences.  It’s also about not living in the shadows and embracing the full experience of life.  

 
 As a blogger on thing I’ve really struggled with is finding an aesthetic – you go to many bloggers instagram feeds and they have soft neutrals, or bold colors, or delicate pinks . . . but then you look at my feed and I’m all over the place. Here’s where I’m going to let y’all in on a little secret – there are a lot of bloggers who post staged photos and do not wear the outfits in their photos in real life. When I tag my pic #realoutfit gram I mean it – this is the actual items I wore and this is how I actually style them. I don’t want to limit my clothing purchases to a certain color scheme. I don’t consider my clothing disposable in that I’m going to wear it a few times and get rid of it and I don’t buy things that look fabulous but aren’t practical for my life so in 2019 I’m not going to think pink or feel the blues – I’m going to continue to live colorfully in my clothing choices.
 
 
 
On a deeper level though I think being open to new experiences is an important part of living colorfully. This can be as simple as trying the new Indian restaurant down the street or as dramatic as backpacking through the jungle for a month – it’s whatever you decide to make of it. I for example love the arts and when I travel I always like to visit museums and expose myself to things that aren’t in my home town. It doesn’t mean that I like or even “get” every piece I see but I can appreciate its existence and the statement it is making. At the end of the day I think the world is full of people with different talents and skills and we are all better for it when we expose ourselves outside our beige bubble.
 
The most important part of living colorfully to me is not living in the shadows. By this I mean not being held back by fears, the opinions of others, or doubt. I cannot tell you how many times I have worried “what people might think”. Just as a silly example I recently cleaned out my instagram account and blocked users I not so affectionately refer to as “creepy men”. A part of me worried what would other bloggers think – it’s going to look like I’m losing my audience. But here’s the deal – having men I don’t know and don’t have an interest in fashion lurking on my account, sometimes making comments about my body and sending me unwelcome messages makes me uncomfortable – getting rid of them is better for me for my sanity as well as my account engagement and it’s ridiculous that I would hesitate to do something that’s in my best interest because of what someone who doesn’t pay my bills or run my life and truth be told I don’t even really like might think. And you can insert this attitude into any aspect of your life where you might be holding back – this means wearing the swimsuit when you are at the beach, not waiting to lose 20lbs to wear a style of clothing you like,  not missing out on experiences because no one wants to go with you, or not being uncomfortable sitting alone in a restaurant (side note: sometimes when you don’t have a dining partner to focus on you can get some really good people watching by sitting in a restaurant).  I’m not saying I’m going skydiving anytime soon but I’m done letting the everyday little fears and doubts get to me and holding me back from things I was to do.
 
 
Whatever your plans are for 2019 I hope you’ll live a little more colorfully.
 
 
 
***Photos in this post were taken at The Broad in Los Angeles***



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