Monday, January 22, 2018

La Vie En Rose

| "So fill your heart with what's important, and be done with all the rest." |

I recently had to take a short break from blogging to calm the whirlwind in my head and refocus. With the beginning of a new semester and an abrupt end to a much-needed break, my life was a bit upside down for a few weeks as I unwillingly settled back into a busy lifestyle. In some ways, it's been a difficult month. But I realized recently that this month has also been one of the best months I've had for as long as I can remember. Some of the most incredible things have happened to me (a few of which will be appearing on the blog soon!), and I keep finding myself wishing that I could go back to myself a year ago and tell her that life was going to become so much better than what she was seeing then.

I am still shocked when I think about how much I have grown within just a year. Without going into much detail, last winter was probably the hardest period of my life thus far; if you've read my post on how I deal with anxiety, you'll know that my mind is sometimes too much for me to live in. That being said, one of the most beautiful and redemptive things to me is the fact that the most growth I have ever reached and the most transformative moments in my life have always gone hand-in-hand with the worst time periods in my life. It is in the most brutal times that we learn what's important, but beyond this, it is during those times that we learn enough about ourselves to learn how we must grow in order to live through them. 

So even though I would never want to go back to those places, I always try to remind myself that it is only by those times that I have reached the people and the things that I thank God for every day. And like I said, January has been amazing -- the year is off to an incredible start, and I feel more sure of myself than I ever have before. I am filled with hope and I am filled with love. 

2018, to me, is about taking back control of my life. It is about investing in the relationships that deserve to be invested in and doing the things that should be done. I want to love, and love a lot. I want to read and draw and see films and attend concerts and spend time with friends and expand my soul. I also want to continue with this blog as an outpouring of these thoughts that plague my mind.

So with all of this being said, I am ready and excited for what's to come. I've given my blog a bit of a makeover to fit my personal style better, and am starting fresh with a new editorial design... so prepare for a lot of pink. 🎀

I felt that this outfit was perfect for a fresh, brighter start. The metallic lace top from Forever 21 is a perfectly festive touch and beautifully complements this tiered skirt from H&M. To accent the pairing, I added my beloved Tiffany's pendant necklace and a pair of classic Mary Jane-style heels from Nine West

This is a bit long for an update but I can assure you it's a greatly therapeutic relief to write out your reflections! In short, this year, I want to love. I want to love the world around me and the stories we have been given - both those portrayed through literature and film and those of the very people whose stories intertwine with our own. I want to love the people in my life and myself. I want to nurture my soul. 

 | "I'm scared," said Piglet.
"A story will help," said Pooh.
"Oh. Don't you know? Stories make your heart grow." |

xx Erin Nicole 


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