As I’m preparing to back to school next month, registering for classes and accepting financial aid loans stirred up emotions of “am I making the right choice?” This decision wasn’t made on a whim. In fact it’s been something I’ve been considering for over two years. It’s just taken me until now to take the plunge and go for it. At some point I have to accept that I’ve weighed the pros and cons, considered the all of the possible outcomes, and just take the leap of faith that I’m making the right choice. This got me thinking about leaps of faith in general.
I have taken many leaps of faith in my life:
- Going away to college at 16
- Transferring schools to experience education at a big university, then transferring back to my small liberal arts school
- Going to law school
- Choosing a law school in DC
- Prioritizing my health
- Starting my own business
- Writing this blog
Each of these things was something that I was terribly unsure at the time I had to make the decision, but in the end I took a leap of faith and went with my instincts. Turns out that instincts are usually right, not always for the reasons we think they are, but they usually keep us on the track. My life wouldn’t be the same if any of those things above hadn’t happened. If I hadn’t went to a big university, I would’ve never learned to appreciate the value of a small, thriving community of academics at a liberal arts college. If I hadn’t come to DC, I would’ve never met my husband. If I hadn’t paid attention to my health, I would be miserable with undiagnosed disorders.
None of those things were the reasons I had made those decisions, but they all ended up being the right ones even if they didn’t seem like it at a particular moment. Each experience is what you make out of it, and both good and bad experiences teach you about yourself. Good experiences help you realize you’re on the right path, while things that may seem like mistakes help you grow and learn what not to do or what you don’t want. Frankly, I learn more from mistakes than my good choices (I’m sure most people would agree!).
So when it comes right down to it–trust yourself. Making decisions can be hard, but once you’ve over-thought the situation and analyzed each detail from every possible angle (as we Type As tend to do), you just have take a leap of faith that you know what’s best for you. And as much as I hate to be trite–and I really hate when people say this me when I’m frustrated–we can only see small moments in a big picture and everything always finds a way to work itself out in the end.
Are you struggling with making a big decision? What is the best advice you’ve received?
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This week’s Chic to Share is all about Christmas DIY ideas. There are so many fantastic projects out there, but these were four that caught my fancy and I’ll be trying out.
1. These cork Christmas tree ornaments from Stripes & Sequins are a great way to reuse those wine corks from holiday parties! (stripesandsequins.com)
2. I have been honing my crochet skills over the last year and a half and I’m always collecting fun patterns. How cute would these poinsettia napkin rings from Craft Passion be as part of a holiday table scape? (craftpassion.com)
3. Looking for something better than a bow to finish off your gift wrap? Check out this tutorial for felt flowers from How Joyful. Make up a bunch in festive colors and add some DIY love to your presents. (howjowful.com)
4. Macarons are already beautiful to look at, but add a powdered sugar snowflake and you’ve got holiday glam in dessert form! Check out this tutorial for snowflake stenciled macarons from Studio DIY. (studiodiy.com)
What are your favorite holiday DIY ideas? Please share links in the comments!
Baby it’s cold outside…and they’re calling for snow on Sunday here in Maryland! I am so excited, I haven’t had the chance to see snow falling in so long. To celebrate, I thought I’d roundup a few stunning snowflake-inspired jewelry pieces perfect for winter.
1. These crystal Kenneth Jay Lane earrings from JC Penney are subtle enough to wear year round for a little extra sparkle. (JCPenney.com)
2. Crystals and pearls together are one of my favorite combinations, add some winter flair and this snowflake necklace is perfect to wear with a v-neck sweater. (Overstockjewelry.com)
3. This dazzling snowflake necklace is festive and work appropriate. (JCPenney.com)
4 and 5. Add a brooch to the lapel of your winter coat to add some extra glam to your outerwear! My favorites are this classic brooch from Overstock Jewelers (4) that evokes a vintage feel and this shimmering, modern one from Macy’s. (Overstock.com and Macys.com)
What is your favorite piece of winter jewelry? Instagram it and tag it with #snowjewels
Collage created via Polyvore.
By now I’m sure those holiday party invitations are rolling in and it’s time to start planning the perfect outfit that’s festive but not over the top. My pick is to start with a red dress in a classic shape like this lace one by Yumi. If you’re heading to an office party, throw on a black blazer and some pointed flats to keep the look professional chic. Then swap out the blazer for a pashmina or shawl and some stilettos for holiday cocktails out on the town. Add some crystal snowflake earrings for a pop of sparkle and some opaque black tights that will be slimming and make your legs look endlessly long.
What are you wearing this holiday season?