Todays post is going to be a bit of a long one- but I do encourage you that there still might be something valuable in it for you and your heart. Today's blog and outfit post is dedicated to my bestie Erin. I don't think that I would have ever put together an outfit like this without the encouragement that I received from Erin to try this skirt on while I was in BC. Erin is what we like to call "granola" lol. She is very free spirited, hippy-ish and loves to be bare foot. One day while I was visiting her she wore a skirt that was similar to this but in a different pattern. I instantly fell in love with it. It was so different than anything else I had ever seen. She paired it with a black crop top and a jean vest. I thought I would give it a whirl and see if I could pull it off and immediately fell in love with the cut and texture of the skirt. It is so soft and it moves with you which I love. I love how it is a mullet cut (so longer in the back and shorter in the front). It gives it so much more dimension and personality- I am obsessed. I hope that we get a few more days this month that are warm enough that I whip this ensemble out again.
I have been pretty open with my life via social media I would like to think. I understand that social media paints such inaccurate pictures of what peoples lives actually look like. I battle with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and social anxiety disorder. Everyone at some point in their life feels a form of anxiety and I sympathize for you- it isn't a great feeling. People who suffer from the same disorders as I do deal with every day in heightened forms. It makes life a little more challenging. I have a hard time making new friends, feeling at ease with myself in new scenarios/environments and worst- known ones. I am very critical of myself and tend to bring myself down more often than I should. I have come along way since finally being diagnosed last summer with these issues, but it is still something that I have to consciously work at every day.
Dealing with sort of thing can be very discouraging at times, that is why it is so ENCOURAGING to have a friend like Erin in my life who I can always count on. Erin is a spirit warrior. When you are feeling down, defeated or unworthy she is right there picking you up and taking on your battles with you. I have never been so grateful for any friendship like I am for the one I have with Erin. We are provinces apart, but we are each others biggest supporters and biggest encouragers. Even if you don't deal with issues such as GAD, we all can relate to having a certain someone(s) who makes our lives so magical no matter the circumstances. Sometimes we forget to thank those people for the role they willingly play in our lives, so I am reminding you today to text, call or message those special people in your life and let them know that they matter to you and that without them, you wouldn't be you.
Yesterday was a tough day for me and this week is looking like I am going to need to have my spirit ninja ready. Regardless, it reminded me to take the time to acknowledge and thank my special someone and let her know that I love her, accept her and celebrate her for exactly who she is and that I wouldn't be me without her. So to wrap things up, this post and this outfit is dedicated to my person, to my Erin- I love you, I love you, I love you.
Top: Garage, similar here | Vest: American Eagle here | Skirt: Gypsy Soul Designs here | Shoes: Target, similar here | Horn Necklace: Stella & Dot here | Dog Tag Necklace: Stella & Dot here | Spike Bracelet: Stella & Dot here |