Wearing: Coral + Teal

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dress--Kristina J. Indus Valley
Trench--Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Pumps--Seychelles Hamburg 

I am a naturally exuberant person.
I'm thankful. I smile. I think life is a wonderful, continuous dream come true.

It's a state of mind that comes from deep inside my soul...but it wasn't always this way. I used to be the most intimidated girl in the room--comparing my big nose to that other girl's little button one or worrying that I'd come cross as clumsy or awkward. Which let's face it, most of the time, I am. 
Then, I sorta bumbled my way into an astounding truth (in a Dr. Seuss book of all places).
Today you are You. That is truer than true.
There's no one alive who is Youer than You.

It seemed the year I turned fifteen I was released from the debilitating prison of comparing myself to everyone else out there. I suddenly felt it was okay to be different...to be scatter-brained or kitschy.
What good is being the best, anyway? Egos are such a waste of time...there will always be a girl who's smarter and prettier and more wildly talented.

I was a piano major in college, and when I sit down to play, husbie will look at my music and ask, "How do you read all those notes at the same time? 
Because...practice makes perfect.
I don't think about it anymore. It just happens.
Life is like that.
I've spent years practicing a mindset of acceptance. Sure, I'm an expert at knowing all my blunders, rationalizations and cover-ups. These things are intrinsically a part of me. I am all the memories, experiences, people and places that have made me the woman I am today. Recognizing the worst parts of myself and practicing at finding the notes of contentment and peace make my life, not easier...but more beautiful and satisfying.

I've spent so much time making a conscious effort to be grateful for all the good things and amazing people surrounding me that I don't think about it anymore.
It just happens.
And while my life is no longer governed by the emotional giddiness I experienced as a young girl, most mornings I wake up irrationally happy, because I know my life is a wonderful, continuous dream come true. 
--Original post May 26, 2011

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  1. I absolutely love this post! Coral and teal are one of my favorite color combos for summer! It's just so refreshing and different xoxo

  2. This is SUCH a great post Kristina! Man, it took me until I was 30 before I figured this out.

  3. A beautiful post, Kristina! I feel that women need to hear this daily!

  4. Beautiful you and the outfit! Love those colors together too!!

  5. Great post! Thanks for the reminder to be "me". :) I love your dress... I know lots of us in blog land use the word "love" to describe lots of things that we like, but really, the colours, the style, the way it says "walk through the garden with me, the warm breeze caressing your hair..." makes me just, well, sigh with contentment.

  6. You look so gorgeous Kristina!! What beautiful colors on you!!

  7. Thanks for sharing Kristina!! You look so pretty :)

    Thanks for your words and inspiration too...I needed to read that today!!

    Love your blog :0)

  8. Love the color combo and the pictures! :) Glad you reposted this text- you're awesome.

  9. YOU are amazing. Seriously. So inspiring. You are talented. That dress is incredible. And I love the whole outfit. <3

  10. Love the dress!!!!it is your design.... Great! You look stunning as always :)

  11. I'm so happy I read this at the beginning of the day! "Egos are such a waste of time..." Well said! And you look beautiful.

  12. I have to say I really love your style. Every outfit is very nice and well put together. Love reading all your new posts. :)

  13. I love this. First of all, your outfit is AMAZING. Such gorgeous, gorgeous colors together. Secondly, I absolutely love that Dr. Seuss quote. That's what God has been speaking to me in a very profound way this season.

  14. oh goodness. piano major. I want to listen to you play. How lovely!

  15. This is such a beautiful post. Not only have you inspired me to be myself and love it, but also to put more effort into styling this pink trench I bought that has been taking up space in my closet :)



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