Friday, May 30, 2014

NOT - SO SECRET GARDEN...

ONE OF MY DEAREST FRIENDS ,WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A VERY WISE WOMAN, WAS KIND ENOUGH TO PASS ALONG SOME OF HER WISDOM TO ME SEVERAL YEARS AGO. NOW I'M HERE TO SHARE SOME OF IT WITH ALL OF YOU!
PICTURE IT: WE'RE AT A LOCAL CAFE DISCUSSING LIFE OVER SOME HOT CHAI. (SOME OF THE BEST LIFE SHAPING CONVERSATIONS IV'E HAD HAVE TAKEN PLACE HERE). THIS PARTICULAR CONVERSATION WAS ALL ABOUT A WOMANS SELF ESTEEM. SHE EXPESSED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR A WOMAN TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL EVERY SINGLE DAY, AS IT WILL DETERMINE THE WAY YOU CARRY YOURSELF, THE WAY YOU INTERACT WITH OTHERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, STRENGTHEN YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE. I LIKED WHERE SHE WAS GOING WITH THIS, SO I ASKED HER TO SHARE ONE OF HER MANY METHODS THAT SHE USES TO TUNE INTO HER BEAUTY. "IT'S SIMPLE. I ONLY WEAR CLOTHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I'M SLEEPING, WORKING OUT, OR RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE, I STILL WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL LIKE MY BEST SELF AND BE PREPARED FOR WHATEVER THE DAY MAY BRING.NOW BEFORE I CONTINUE ON WHITH MY STORY, I WANT TO STRESS THAT FEELING LIKE A MILLION BUCKS, DOESN'T HAVE TO COST A MILLION BUCKS. THERE'S NO PRICE ATTACHED TO FEELING GOOD. WE HAVE ALL BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO COME ACROSS THAT FAVORITE SHIRT OR PAIR OF SHOES THAT DIDN'T COST MORE THAN OUR LUNCH WOULD HAVE THAT DAY. IT'S ENTIRELY ABOUT THE FEELING THAT'S ATTACHED WHEN YOU PUT THAT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING ON. WITH THAT BEING SAID, IF YOU COME ACROSS THAT ITEM THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT ALL YOUR LIFE, DON'T BE AFRAID TO SPLURGE A LITTLE. YOU DESERVE IT! 
ANYWAY, THAT DAY I WENT HOME AND DISCARDED EVERYTHING- AND I MEAN EVERYTHING FROM MY CLOSET THAT DIDN'T LEAVE ME FEELING LIKE MY BEST SELF. IF I PUT IT ON AND WASN'T INSTANTLY HAPPY WITH WHAT I SAW, I GOT RID OF IT. THE SAME RULE APPLIES WHEN I'M OUT SHOPPING AS WELL. THE TRUTH IS, IF YOU OWN CLOTHING THAT HASEN'T SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS ( WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS) CLEARLY YOUR NOT IN LOVE WITH THE ITEM, AND IT SHOULD BE PASSED ON TO SOMEONE WHO IS. AND WHO COULDN'T USE A DOSE OF GOOD KARMA FOR PAYING IT FORWARD? 
THIS BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT SUBJECT, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING UNDER YOUR CLOTHES? BEFORE YOU START THINKING I'M SOME KIND OF CREEP, STAY WITH ME HERE. LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WE NEED TO FEEL 100% IN EVERYTHING WE'RE WEARING! THIS INCLUDES YOUR SKIVVIES LADIES. IF YOU'RE READING THIS AND SUDDENLY FEELING TENSE OR AWKWARD, CHANCES ARE YOU'RE WEARING SOMETHING YOU WOULN'T BE COUGHT DEAD IN ON DATE # 1-20. WE SHOULD TREAT EVERYDAY'S LINGERIE DECISION AS IF THAT NIGHT COULD POSSIBLY END IN SOMEONE ELSE'S BED- RATHER THAN CHINESE TAKEOUT AND YOUR 5TH CONSECUTIVE EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES. NOT THAT THOSE NIGHTS AREN'T GREAT TOO- BUT YOU GET WHERE I'M GOING WITH THIS. EVEN IF IT'S A VIRTUAL GUARANTEE THAT YOU'RE CLIMBING INTO BED ALONE TONIGHT, YOU STILL WILL HAVE GONE THE ENTIRE DAY FEELING MYSTERIOUSLY SEXY, AND PREPARED TO WALK INTO ANY ROOM WITH YOUR HEAD (AND CHEST) HELD A LITTLE BIT HIGHER. XO







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