Lately, I have really been struggling to keep it all together. I am sure you can identify. There is work, home, family life, friendships, studying and maintaining my faith, my sweet little blog and projects for my fashion line...it never stops.
And I keep going.
Part of me wants to just stop and BREATHE for a while. So I do sometimes.
The old me would have never EVER taken a break but I have learned the hard way that there is no healthy substitute for a good night's rest if you are tired.
What is more important than your health? A dear friend once said to me “It is kinda hard to achieve your dream when you are six feet under or lying on a hospital bed”. It was a very sobering thought, one I never forgot.
Today just like any other day, my to do list is very long. I have made up my mind though that I will get it all done within reason. If one or two things are left for tomorrow, so be it. Today, I will stay calm, carry on and just enjoy being ALIVE.
I confess, I am totally in love with anyone who has a huge imagination. People who march to the beat of their own drum, God bless em! I am a kindred spirit so naturally I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame.
And so....this week (drum roll please)
I present to you one of the flyest, badest ladies on the block, Folake Funtoon. Yup, I said it.......cause she is.
Folake Kuye Huntoon, is the talented Blogger behind StylePantry.com, she is also the Fashion Designer of WeWe Clothing, Fashion Stylist, mother of three and newly crowned CHICTOPIA influential blogger of the year. This woman is a fearless fashionista and, her BohoChic look is all kinds of fabulous. Let's not even talk about the hair.... Here are a some of my favorite looks by Folake. If I ever get into this lady's closet, there will be weeping and knashing of teeth... I am in love with just about everything she wears.
If there is a poster child for stubborn, yours truly would definitely be it. Am a big girl now so I can finally admit that. When I dig my heels in, it is over......like no use talking to me anymore, forget about it over. Well, now that I am in business for myself, I can truly say that being stubborn is a good trait. Sometimes. Case in point. About 10 years ago received an idea that I know for sure was God given for a business. I have worked on it since then but never felt in my heart/gut that I was ready to launch it until two weeks ago. In this case my stubbornness paid of. Now, I can see the level of maturity in my work compared to where I was years ago. All of the struggle and pain I endured to get to this point has made me a better designer, a better person. I am more determined and focused than I have ever been. Ever.
It is so ironic that the catalyst for all of this great introspection and change came from something bad. Well it did. I have been going through a health battle for almost a year now and it got to the point where I wondered if I would even be here to accomplish any of my dreams. That was a really low point for me. Fast forward to 2013, to my healthy diet plan, fitness, prayer and other positive changes I made in my life.....changes that made all the difference. I am feeling better, much better. I had dug my heels in again and vowed that with Gods help I would get well and do Everything that he called me to do. This is a promise I plan to keep. I will keep you posted as I start my journey in the Christian fashion world. I am sure there will be many challenges along the way but I know that I am not alone. I have the support of so many beautiful people, friends, family, and of course my faith in God and his plan for my life. The word of God inspires me every day. This scripture especially has encouraged me through it all...
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Hmmmmm, maybe I am not stubborn at all. Maybe, I am juststeadfast. Ha ha, o-k-a-y, but steadfast does sound a whole lot better. Cherio!