5-Minute Coffee Break: Remembering the Big Picture

One of my biggest fears about blogging was representing myself in a unflattering way. I’ve always been passionate about writing, helping others, and pretty much everything except a good outfit. In high school, I was actually the girl who never really got ready for much of anything. The first day of my senior year, I showed up in sweatpants and wet hair because I just really, really didn’t feel like getting ready. As I’ve grown in college, I’ve come to appreciate a good outfit. It’s really a way to express yourself and show your personality before you speak. Maybe it’s just me, but if I am wearing a bright shirt with fun jewelry, I just feel happier. And I want to smile. And share that happiness with those around me. However, I don’t want to just be remembered as a girl with the blog or a cute outfit. I am always afraid people may see me as materialistic, unthankful, or shallow. I don’t want people to only see me for an outfit or how I present myself in images. I want people to not only be inspired by fashion, but stories, people, and words as well.

Starting a blog is one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve done. It’s definitely given me a creative outlet, led me to amazing opportunities that I would not have had otherwise, and has connected me with so many amazing people — both bloggers and people in the industry. I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything, but sometimes I feel like it is so easy to get caught up in the material aspect of blogging, and life in general. I’m always looking for new clothing, putting together outfits, envying another blogger’s amazing ensembles, and so on and so forth. Society in general puts pressure on everyone to be the best.  When I start to realize what I am doing, all it takes is one person to snap be back to reality and make me realize the important things in life. I suddenly feel silly for caring about things so small in this life.

I watched this video in a class this semester and it truly moved me, so I want to share it with all of you. It follows a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. I left the classroom feeling humbled, sad, thankful.. a ton of different emotions. I felt a sense of guilt for even caring about some of the things I did. This is only one of so many stories I’ve seen that snap me back to reality. This week, I hope you all take a few minutes to watch this short video and be thankful for the things we have every day– arms, legs, the ability to move, the time to do the things we love, the people in our lives who support us, and everything in-between.

Today, try not to worry about the small things and focus on the things we commonly take for granted. Life can change in an instant.


  • Reply Christina Storm May 7, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Love this!

    The Style Storm

    <3, Christina

  • Reply Migle May 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This is a wonderful post!

  • Reply Harper Yi May 10, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Fabulous post. Our world becomes about the things we surround ourselves with. On the one hand, that’s totally awesome in the age of the internet, because we can surround ourselves with things we love, be it fashion, food, music, or knitting– but at the same time it can sort of put us in a bubble and isolate us from other really big, important parts of reality. It’s so important to come up for air every once in a while and remember to get some perspective on our lives!

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