As time passes, you have an idea of how you think your life will pan out. For me, that was getting into college, landing a well-paying job, and eventually owning my own business. Well, high school graduation rolls around and I didn't get into any of the colleges in my "plan". To be honest, I only got into one college. I laugh about it now, but my 18-year-old ego was mortified even though there was nothing wrong with that. These days, I don't feel shame because this small pivot in my plan changed my entire formula. All in a few short weeks, I applied and was accepted into the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where I graduated with a degree in visual communications. After graduation, the only jobs on my mind were fashion, fashion, fashion. And surprise, surprise... pivot. That didn't happen. Before I could even blink, I was moving to San Francisco for a job as a designer at a startup which ended up being one of the greatest experiences I could have asked for out of college. After a few years, I traded the ocean for the mountains and moved to Denver. I intended to find my dream job in the creative industry, but unfortunately Denver was still behind in that department. Pivot. I found myself applying to colleges again (eye roll). A year and some change later, I graduated with my second degree. During school, I started my blog as a side creative project and over the past year has been like starting my own business! Without all the pivots in my life, I would not be where I am today. Embrace the changes, embrace the transitions - even the uncomfortable ones.
One of the most valuable lessons I have learned in my 25 years on this earth is that everyone has their own path - there is no formula by which a person should feel obligated to live. Accepting this did not come easy for me. Maybe it gets easier with age? It is a society-projected expectation for an individual in their 20's to have it all figured out: be "successful", have a good job, buy a house, make money, be responsible. You guys!! Despite the cliche nature of YOLO, it does hold a lot of truth. You really do only have one try at this life thing; live it for you (+ others if that's your thing), and live it with purpose. You. Do. You. No one else.
This look is one of my favorites to date. Such a fun, playful outfit that made me feel so confident in my own skin. We need more outfits like these in our closets, don't we?