Once again, I find myself passionate to share more than just fashion. Over my blogging journey, I have been incredibly blessed to work with many incredible brands that curate their collections from the heart and stand up for a greater purpose beyond beautiful clothes. When I find a brand that shares the same vision of creating a community of women who feel empowered to embrace their uniqueness and be who they are meant to be, I am overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude. These are the moments I live for and inspire me to keep doing what I do and sharing what I love. Today I share the brand Iron Lily, whose goal from the very beginning was to make a difference in the world through one woman at a time.
Meet my friend, social media — the one relationship that manages to push me forward and hold me back at the same time and the one that I have a true love-hate relationship with. You may have noticed my absence of blogging for over a month now. Where have I been? How have I been feeling? Well, I did something I never thought I’d realistically be able to do. I took a break from my good friend social media. And guess what? I actually liked it. That’s not to say I didn’t miss my friends and the honest social connections I have made throughout my blogging journey. However, I knew that if I was going to continue this job that I truly love so much, that I needed to take a creative break. I’d like to say that this social media break was for my followers so that I can keep producing great content, but I will be fully honest with you: it was for myself so that I can move forward in this journey of building and accomplishing my dreams daily.
2016 was certainly one for the books! As I reflect on what the year was for me, one word in particular comes to mind — fearless. I learned many valuable lessons this year and almost all of them revolved around being fearless. I had to learn to be fearless in my work, my mindset, my relationships, my decisions and my life overall. I’ve conquered many battles, made it through situations I never thought I had the capability of overcoming, and came out stronger on the other side. As I recall the wonderful things that happened to me in 2016, I share them with you. More than just my accomplishments, these are lessons learned — which we all know to be an accomplishment in and of itself.CONTINUE READING
I’ve seen it repeatedly in my own life in one of two ways. Either I’m going through tough trials and a friend later finds out the pain I was in, or I’m the one witnessing it in another and think to myself later, “I wish I knew then what I know now.”
I remember this vividly happening during a blogging event right after my husband filed for divorce. Clearly, I was devastated and going through something no one should have to bear alone, but I decided to put on my brave face and try my best to show up and be present. Although I was there and doing my best to smile, I can admit I just wasn’t myself. I was on the verge of tears at any moment and probably appeared unfriendly to people. One of my very good friends now didn’t know me that well and thought I didn’t like her at the time. After becoming friends and finding out later the details behind that awkward first meeting, she came to me later saying “if I only knew…” The truth is, you never really know what someone is going through.
With Christmas just around the corner, I am reminded how quickly this year has flown by. It’s been a beautiful year, with many unexpected twists and turns. Overall, I remain blessed at the thought that my goal of making 2016 better than ever has stayed true. This has been a year that I have discovered more about myself than I ever thought possible and taken each challenge head on. 2016 has taught me to keep pursuing my dreams no matter how tough it gets. Today I’m sharing with you three ways to take your dreams and create resolutions that will become a reality as well as ten New Year’s looks you can get 20% off of by using my code MISSMOLLY20 at HER. Boutique. Happy New Years!