Authenticity

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chiffon blouse
I read this on another blog... To be honest, I copied the quote and forgot to write down the URL. So, if you know who originally wrote this, help a sister out!...
"David A. Bednar recently cautioned members to be authentic in the use of social media. A prominent thought leader, Arthur C. Brooks, has emphasized this point. He observes that when using social media, we tend to broadcast the smiling details of our lives but not the hard times at school or work. We portray an incomplete life—sometimes in a self-aggrandizing or fake way. We share this life, and then we consume the “almost exclusively … fake lives of [our] social media ‘friends.’"

floral skirt
long hair
I don't want anyone to ever look at my blog and feel like I am not telling the whole truth. The thing is, my life isn't perfect! 

I took these pictures by myself right before walking into my FOURTH job interview. (I originally nailed an "Open Contract" which means the district wanted me bad enough that they signed me giving me an absolute job, turns out, even though I was for sure working in that district, didn't mean I wouldn't get rejected by some schools in the district!)

I have more "I hate my hair days" than not. I refuse to take blog pictures on days where my hair has not been done. I can't stand washing it because it means it will look "bad" for at least half the day while its drying/being done.

I struggle with my weight and body image daily. It is hard growing up and realizing your high school body that was once easy requires work now.

I have a really hard time with social interactions sometimes. They wear me out. I can't handle making phone calls, especially for appointments. Sometimes I won't commit to hanging out with friends because I don't know if I will want to interact when that day comes. Sometimes I refer to myself as an introvert. Other times I realize it's social anxiety. Either way, I prefer to stay home on weekends with my hubs than go out and hit the clubs.

Overall, I just want anyone who reads here to know that I am not, do not think, nor do I want you to think, that I am perfect. 
When posting online, we just tend to present what is pretty. No one likes a Debbie downer! I want to be real and talk about life on my blog, but sometimes I just want to post pictures of an outfit that made me feel confident for the day.
chiffon blouse
leather boots
chiffon blouse
floral skirt
CHIFFON BLOUSE: gift from Girl Cave Boutique | SKIRT: Joe B (on sale for $16!) | SHOES: A&B Leather; thrifted. | TURQUOISE RING: JCPenny

Do you ever feel any of these things?

STYLE NOTE: This skirt has been meaning to hit the blog for about a month now! I bought it for Easter and love it so so much. I couldn't think of a better blouse to pair it with than this Sophie Off White blouse from Girl Cave Boutique. What I love about this blouse is that it has built in lines on the shoulder blades and around the chest area to really make a boxy button up into a feminine silhouette. I sometimes have the issue of feeling boyish in button-ups, but because of this chiffon blouse's lining features, it has become my new favorite!
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16 comments:

  1. I love the outfit! And I completely get what you mean about feeling like an introvert, I'm definitely an introvert and sometimes, I really hate it.

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  2. I am clicking to buy the skirt now! I love it. BTW we all struggle with our weight, body image, being social, bad hair days, blah, blah, blah. You are a beautiful girl with a kind heart doing her best. Keep being authentic with your struggles. Learn to be your best self and shine like you were created to do! Love your blog.

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    1. Good! It is very comfortable. Thank you for the sweet sweet compliments!

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  3. Cute outfit. I love the skirt with the booties. Are those booties comfortable?

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    1. OH YES. Of course the first day I had to get my feet shape worked in, but now they are wonderful.

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  4. Thanks for the honesty in your post! You do seem very put together...but I guess at 40 I am old enough to know that everyone has certain things they struggle with! It is best to just be open about our struggles so we can support each other!

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    1. Thank you for caring enough to read! HA! Put together. Thank you though! You are a huge support by even saying such things.

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  5. You're right that there's a balance between Debbie Downer and the over-curated prettiness we show on social media. Count me in the "bad hair day" club too! ;)

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    1. HAHA bad hair days can really ruin attitudes.

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  6. Oh Lauryn! I love this skirt!! And your rings!!!!

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  7. What a beautiful outfit. Thank you for posting this.

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