It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This.

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Pink Trench Coat: Kohl's.
Black Dress Underneath: Forever21.
Black Knee Socks: Gift from my aunt.
Pearl Clip Earrings: Thrifted.

Hello everyone!

So, I've finally given up and let winter win: I took my outfit pictures inside today. I absolutely hate taking my pictures inside, but sometimes you do what you have to do. I can take the snow. The wind. The ice. The one thing I cannot take though is below zero weather. Goodness, it's so cold out that even if I had ten layers on I would still be freezing... Spring, please hurry up!

As of late though I have been going through a really inspirational and great turning point in my life. Usually, I try to keep the personal stuff to a minimal on this blog, but some of these things are too important to keep all bottled up inside.

  • Recently I have found a deeper connection with God. It's funny because I've gone to church my whole life and been raised a Catholic. I always prayed and went to church because I thought it was something I had to do, not something I wanted to do. I started feeling closer to God about a month or so ago, and my relationship has just been growing stronger every day. About a week ago I picked up the Bible for the first time in years and started to read it. It felt so empowering and inspiring to read those words! I've started my journey in having a more deep, more real, and more loving relationship with God that I am so excited about.
  • In the next few weeks I plan to start applying for jobs. It's funny how much a person can change in just a year. Last summer I remember fighting my parents tooth and nail because I did not want to get a summer job. This year something is different though. I feel like I'm just dying to have a job. I want to stop relying on my parents for everything I need and learn to have responsibilities. I want to learn the value of money, and what it's like to work hard for something. Where I really want to work at is Target, but I won't be able to start working until school lets out.
  • I've decided to save up for a real camera. If there's one thing that I am dissatisfied with about my blog, it's my pictures. For quite sometime I've been unhappy with the quality and just over all appeal of my pictures. Since the start of my blog my pictures have greatly improved, but a tripod, self timer, and a camera from Wal-Mart can only take me so far. I believe it's time to get a "big girl" camera to take me to the next level of this hobby that has turned into a passion. It probably won't be until mid summer until I'll be able to have enough money to buy the camera, but I know every penny I save will be worth it.
  • I'm going to be starting a tumblr blog. It's been on my mind for quite some time now to perhaps start a tumblr blog, and I believe I'm going to finally do it. Here's the catch though: it's going to be totally private. I'm going to make it so that it will not be open to the public to read, and I don't plan on giving anyone the address. I just really feel as though I need a space to release all of the thoughts I constantly have bouncing around in my head. A place where I can track my progress as I grow and change into the person I am ultimately meant to be in life. I'm brainstorming the perfect name for it right now, and in the next few days I plan on creating it.
  • I think I'm going to take a leap. No sillies, not an actual leap, just a metaphorical one. All of my life I've played things safe and when I think about it; I don't think I've ever really gone after anything in life that I actually wanted. I've always done things because I felt like I had to, or maybe it was for the "best." Well, I think maybe it's time I did something I actually want to do, and not just take the safe route. Some of you may know that I was planning to study Spanish teaching in college. Well, I feel like maybe that's not what I want, but just the job I think will get me to "have a good life." What I think I'm going to go ahead in pursue in college is Fashion Merchandising. It's a huge risk and still something I'm thinking a lot about, but every day my dream seems to become closer to a reality. And nothing sounds sweeter than that.

Hope you all are doing wonderful!
With much love, Lauren.
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Shady Del Knight said...

This is a sensational post, Lauren! The pictures are wonderful but I'm talking about the text. What you wrote here reveals that you are maturing. You are thinking outside the box and becoming proactive. Your parents can be very proud of you for being hungry to take on new challenges and responsibilities. A new camera will be the icing on the cake for you and your blog because your macro scans are already superb! Stay warm, dear friend!

BARESTUDY (Janelle) said...

Glad you're closer to God now. :) I am going to make a post on good beginner dslrs that are out in the market.. hope it'll be helpful.

ps - i really love yourrrr pink coat! I've been looking for one for forever! but i havent found a perfect one. haha!

Janelle
http://barestudy.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

Love your pink coat! The black piping is such a nice touch.

Good luck on your journeys this year. :) I just graduated with a BA in sociology and am seriously considering going back for a year to get my teaching license to teach social studies. At least you know there will always be jobs in teaching...although it's probably just as competitive as the fashion field! Good luck in whatever you do!

Mary said...

It sounds like you have SO many wonderful things coming up to look forward to, lovely! I want to comment on ALL of them as I think they all sound fantastic, but that would take forevah and a day :) So I will just say this-- you are going to LOVE tumblr and I always encourage leaps-- life is simply more fun that way :)

Mary said...

PLUS, if anyone belongs in fashion merchandising, it's you, lady!

CaptMO/ DJ ABO said...

A new camera would be awesome!!! They help out a LOT!!! BUt in the time you're saving up for it, test out the functions and settings of your current camera, because if you learn to use more than just the auto settings on it, you can get some pretty fantastic photos from it still! If anyone out there is fit for fashion merchandising, it's you! And even moreso, once I graduate with my Photography degree and get the grants I need, I'll be needing a couple more fashion consultants, but that's still a few years ahead. As far as the photos go, I LOVE that coat!!!! :-)

modniza said...

so pretty pink coat!love it!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

That's so wonderful about your growing relationship with God!! Do you have other friends whom you could study it with at all that might be reading the Bible as well? If not, that's fine, just recommending fellowship for further growth. If you ever want to talk to me about what you're learning my email is marvelousthingsphoto@gmail.com and I love being able to learn and grow with others about the Bible. It is not easy to keep updated on daily Bible reading, but it reminds me so much of how when we eat, we depend on the food for strength and nourishment. If we don't eat, we starve. Likewise I feel if I were to miss a day of reading the Bible, I'd starve. Currently I'm reading Acts. Every so often my husband and I will write entries about what we're learning here: http://therakisrant.wordpress.com if you are interested. I just don't know many fashion bloggers who actually care to read their Bible, so I am so psyched to read you're doing so.

The Style Glossary said...

I feel fashion blogging can be a bit impersonal at times and it's posts like these, where you feel like you can relate and get to know the blogger a bit more, that I love!
You really are rocking these knee socks! They look divine on you- I've been wanting to try a pair out for a while now. And of course the pink trench is so adorable- LOVE it!
And good luck with finding a job!

xx Nina

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