This page is dedicated to my love for fashion and my overwhelming desire to love more of this person God created, me. I love how clothing feels on my skin and how I can allow the world to join in my mood, just by what I'm wearing. My mood can bring swag to life. I've never really considered myself to be a fashionista, just a urban lady with southern swag and a whole lotta fun wrapped into one! I enjoy having fun with fashion and allowing my personality to shine through whatever I wear. My strategy is usually to just talk to God as I get dressed. . . I know, sounds strange and depending on my outfit, you may not even believe me but, I just like to feel connected spiritually, no matter what I'm doing. I like to feel beautiful and sometimes, the right outfit can make me feel that much more valued and adored within my own view of myself. I know that it might sound a bit cray cray but it is easy to feel vain and we are in a 'selfie' society where every concern is about how to be photo ready. My goal in posting these images is strictly about me learning how to celebrate the unique, rare, fearfully and wonderfully made aspects of me. Have you ever just wanted to die? Ever felt as though you just were not pretty enough? Ever felt as though when you looked in the mirror, all you could hear were the childhood names you were called, the bullies who validated your feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem? Ever been so greatly mistreated by a person you loved so greatly, and thought that you just must not be worthy of love? Ever dated someone who pointed out every flaw you had and reminded you of all the aspects of beauty you supposedly didn't have? Well, if I am the only one, I will put it this way - the reason I can speak resilience is because I have had to be resilient through areas of absolute foolery, where still many have died and couldn't even live to tell the story, I was nearly one of them. This aspect of who I am is about being reminded that no matter how often the valleys in life fill with pain, Christ is a master of restoration, a revolutionary spiritual and mental encourager and it is only through His love that I can embrace any part of me with grace and rehabilitation. I welcome the strength, peace and growth within me to be present. I am beautiful and guess what? So Are You!
To say 'God has brought me a mighty long way' is something that my Grandmother would say often and as an adult, I totally get it. This page of photos is truly about my journey and although I do actually respect the human race a great deal, to the point that I actually write a blog in hopes of lifting spirits; my attire, relationship with Jesus, and passion for life are among many categories where no person's opinion of me, reigns beyond my God's opinion of me. God is faithful and he reigns over my life, the religiosity and heartache of criticism is welcomed in many environments, my approach is to just say, 'God bless you cause I am happy being me. Not an always right, self-righteous attitude, 99 excuses for behavior type of perspective. Just an open-minded to grow but closed minded to one more person trying to put me down! If this is an area of struggle in your life, you don't have to live through me. . . let's live through it together! ' Speaking of 'reigning beyond an opinion', lot's of people say that family keeps them grounded and I can totally see the truth in that perspective. I love my family and feel constantly honored to be among such beautiful, amazing, talented, strong, spiritual human beings. Still, it is my faith which grounds me because there have been many moments in my life when all I had was my faith and it has elevated every area of my life from my mindset to my appearance. I have also made the devastating mistake of investing too much of myself into another human beings. Realizing that no person can take higher priority in life over the one who created you, can be the most heart-breaking lesson to learn. When a human makes a mistake, takes an unexpected turn, or leaves this world - depending on how enthralled you find yourself, your faith can respond with the exact same amount of error or loss. When your full investment is made in Jesus (solid rock) however, no matter what happens with people, your faith will not only sustain you, it will inevitably restore and elevate your life along with the growth of change. I take great pride in loving the opinions of people while respecting the fact that everyone is just, well, 'different' and that's ok too! Here is a sneak peak at my idea of swag over the years. These photos represent me in layers, in love and in fun. I tend to be pretty phenomenal at re-creating myself so be careful, in some of these photos I may not even look the same. . . . See if you can guess the most recent photo. Stay up - Stay true - Stay you, only elevated!