Last year I came to the realization that I have lived thirty-seven years without knowing what it really means to love and take care of myself. Embodying an authentic vibe in this noisy confusion life will lead you to believe taking care of yourself is a problem. Don’t get me wrong, life is good, I work hard, and played harder. Then one day, I woke up and realized I take good care of myself—on the outside. Along the way I managed to forget how to take care of my inner world. When I made the decision to walk and live in the space of this new vibe, something magical happened. By allowing myself to acknowledge that changes, challenges, and hardships are here to deepen me and to remind me I do get a second chance.
Taking care of you is not as easy as it looks because it takes a lot of dedication and continuous effort every single day. When I made the decision to place a higher value on my time, the precious gift to wake up each day complete in my pursuit of wholeness, surprisingly, my days started to become more inviting again. Whether it’s going to the gym, feeding my body healthy fuel, and or taking time to relax and meditate at the end of the day, I realized I’m doing a disservice by not by connecting to who I am—to nurture myself from the inside out. Authenticity is underrated and there's no dollar amount that can be place on a vibe that ultimately results in inner peace. We have the right and responsibility to live consciously. So why cheat yourself or the universe of radiating good vibes into the sometimes unforgiving world. Essentially, when we stop properly taking care of ourselves, it can cause us to get out of balance and lose our power on how to take care of others.
Photographer: Aaron Velasquez
Denim dress: Purchased from a local boutique sale (Similar) | Patch work denim pants: New York & Company - Sold out (Similar) | White sandals: Calvin Klein - Seen here | Shades: Michael Kors - Seen here | Earrings: BCBG - Sold out (Another cool option here) | Bandana: Local beauty supply store (Better option here) | Clutch: ASOS - Sold out (Similar)
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Thank you for joining me on this ride of self-reflection. When I started blogging again, I promised myself to stay true and honor who I AM at the present moment. Blogging is an outlet for me and it encompasses more than an "OOTD" ! It's more so about self discovery with a heavy dose of style sprinkled in. My hashtag on social media is #MORETHANSTYLE and I have decided going forward I will not let anything or anyone dictate what I present to the world because what I have to offer is MORE THAN STYLE. It's an infectious vibe when we honor what our spirit is telling us because it will ignite the path to living a life fulfilled.
Until next time with love,