What I thought would be an easy post and simple to put into words turned out to be the exact opposite. I started to write this post a few weeks ago but when I sat down to begin, I found that there was nothing to write about. I knew there had to be many, many things that inspire and motivate me every day, but had never taken the time to appreciate or acknowledge them. So over the past few weeks, I consciously began to think about those things and here is what I came up with:
1) My Mom
This one was easy. I think every young girl's first sense of fashion and style comes from her mother. My mom's fashion advice is the one I take most seriously, although I will admit I should have taken it more seriously in middle school. As my style has evolved from V necks in middle school and conforming to the not-so-fashionable trends everyone wore to fit in (even though my mom begged me to wear much cuter outfits) to what it is today, I can thank my mom for all the times she told me to go upstairs and change into something different.
Instagram has made a huge impact in fashion over the past few years. I love being able to follow designers, fashion editors, bloggers, street style photographers and other creatives to get a sense of what is happening in the fashion world. Whether it is fashion week, the Oscars or other events, I can feel like I am there and instantly gain access to the trends. Instagram makes all of those events accessible through the images posted, whereas before we would have had to wait days to see the looks. I save hundreds of pictures on Instagram to look back on later and gather outfit/makeup ideas or blog inspiration for the future. (See below). It is also awesome to see how well other bloggers have done through their branding on Insta. These bloggers have millions of followers who, like me, can't wait to see what their next outfit or project is going to be.
Although this doesn't inspire my style as much as my personal life, I have been reading a lot more this summer and making more of an effort to pick up a book instead of scrolling thoughtlessly through the same social media posts 100+ times a day. A few of the books I've read this summer include, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin and The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain. I'm not going to sit here and give you a review of each book (although they were all amazing and I would recommend each one) but I find reading a good book is very fulfilling and can give you a different perspective. I HIGHLY recommend reading You Are A Badass, though. This was the first book I read all summer and it definitely motivated me for the tough summer ahead. My favorite quote from the author, Jen Sincero, is "Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone."
4) My Friends
This one is pretty self explanatory. I am lucky that I get to surround myself with smart, creative and awesome friends who keep it real and motivate me to do what I love. To quote Jen Sincero, again, “Hang out with people who are living on purpose, who meet their challenges with a step aside, suckers attitude."
5) Trying Something New
Moving to New York for the summer really pushed me to learn new things about myself and definitely helped me move out of my comfort zone. Here, there are so many more things to see, hear, learn and experience. The opportunities are endless in New York and I would have never been able to experience this all without forcing myself to try something new. I was so nervous for my summer here, knowing almost no one and being incredibly unfamiliar with the city, but it was the best thing I could have done for myself. Everyday I feel more confident, inspired and driven to learn more and work harder (although some days are harder than others).
Although I could go on forever about this topic, these main 5 points are what I find the most important. By really making a focused effort to gather where my motivation and enthusiasm come from, I was able to really be thankful for everything life has to offer!