I spend a lot of time trying to encourage other women to be confident and believe in themselves, but, if I can be perfectly honest, the past few days have really shaken my confidence. I've struggled with Sean. I've lost a couple of jewelry shows. I've been picked on (twice!) on the internets. I've just kinda wanted to throw in the towel all week.
How do you encourage others' confidence when yours is fading fast? Sometimes my knee-jerk reaction is to get angry and defensive. Oh, hell, who am I kidding? That's always my initial reaction. But as I get older, I realize how useless that is. Getting angry and using up all of your energy in negative, unhelpful ways is such a waste of time.
Instead, I've focused on building others up. When we are unsure of ourselves, it is so easy and tempting to tear others down. To make them feel bad. To put them on the same unhappy level that we are dwelling on. But to take the time to spread love and tell others how awesome they are? Well, in turn, it just makes you feel better.
Anyway, this wasn't a pity party post, I promise. I was just trying to process some things, so I can move own. The dress below is like three years old- I got in from Old Navy and it is entirely too short now to wear anywhere during the school year. Why is it so hard to find plain, simple dresses like this? Old Navy has some, and I've bought a few, but they are nearly see through and shoddily made. Last year I bought a few at Wal-Mart, but they aren't carrying anything similar. It's become a real frustration.
I've long loved bronze and gold jewelry (I think one of my very first posts talked about my obsession). These pieces from Premier just make me happy. I feel like some Earth Mama hippie in them. It also shows how easily jewelry can dress up a cheap cotton dress!
Anyway, I love you all, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
|Beaded Necklace- Wild at Heart|
Bronze Necklace- Shake It Up
Bronze Pendant- Baroque
Bronze Earrings- Old World