july musings

month 7 was e.a.sy. i went from having 11 pieces of clothing in june to an entire closet plus a few pieces given to me from friends who were cleaning out their closets.

i felt great about not spending money on new items. i was inspired. my outfits came together easily. i was on.a.rollllll!

just this morning, though, i began to feel like i had nothing to wear. that dissatisfaction and covetousness is sneaky. sneaky, i tell you! i’ve come to find that there are cycles in life- my life anyway. whenever i’m focused on the Lord and realize that it’s His strength that changes me and makes me more like Him, things go well. then i get confident in myself and quit being intentional. it’s always a subtle change that somehow occurs under the radar…and then things start to fall apart.

so this time, instead of giving in to that crafty thought process, i made myself look at my pinterest boards and evernote stash and the brain juices began to flow again. i know there will be times that i miss the mark and become dissatisfied, but i am getting better at it!

as i grow older, i realize how much of life (like every.single.thing.) is in how you look at it.

when i’m not working out it sounds like the worst thing ever, but once i get over the mental block and start back up, i feel great, and look forward to going to the gym.

getting dressed is the same thing. when i start to feel like i don’t have any pieces that work, i (nowadays) put on my big girl pants, push myself to make it work, and the creativity begins to flow again. before this challenge, i would have run out and bought something to get over the creativity slump. it worked short-term, but in the long run, it made me feel horrible. i knew i was putting things in a place where my heart needed some work. hey, it may have taken something as drastic as this challenge to change that, but it’s working!

thank you guys for taking this journey with me! i can’t tell you how helpful it is to journal these thoughts and know you’re keeping me accountable. i just love y’all! have a happy wednesday :)

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18 Comments

  • Lane August 1, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Caitlin~ I just love your posts:) Keep them coming. Grace be with you!!

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Aww Lane, thank you for your encouragement! Have a wonderful weekend and grace be with you as well!

  • Kacie's Kloset August 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    This is such a pretty outfit! I love the print on your top! If you get a sec, I would love to hear your thoughts on my latest post. xo

    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com
    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Thank you, Kacie! I’m not good at keeping up with my blog reading during the week, but I’ll definitely head over this weekend! Have a great night :)

  • Niki August 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    It is really challenging for me to “shop” my closet, but you’re right, when I actually push myself to make it work, I end up getting some great ideas!

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      I hear you, Niki! It’s difficult for me, too, but oftentimes my favorite outfits come out of a dry spell. Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  • andrea August 2, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    outfit is Adorbs!
    alwayssaygrace.com

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Thank you so much, Andrea! Have a lovely evening :)

  • natasha August 3, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    The pleated skirt looks great on you!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      You are so sweet! Thank you, Natasha. Have a lovely night!

  • Leanne August 3, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    You look beautiful!

    Love from South Africa

    http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Aww Leanne, thank you! So glad you stopped by. Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Anita August 3, 2012 at 3:27 AM

    That looks wonderful! I have the same pleated skirt from forever21 (but in yellow), and I’m so happy with it! And I also try to solve outfit problems with the things I have, without buying new things all the time ;-)
    But of course, it’s nothing compared to your “one-year-challenge”!

    xxx Anita

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Ooo yellow! I bet it’s gorgeous. That’s still a great attitude to have! Happy remixing :) Have a lovely weekend, too!

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    You are doing sooooo well, Caitlin! We are all in need of grace to get over ourselves, but most of us just don’t realize how much we need! You’re bravely letting the Lord root out things in your heart that most of us wouldn’t even want him near, and I’ve been tremendously inspired by you through out this year! (And I rhymed.)

    • Caitlin August 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Awwww! Thanks for your sweet words of encouragement. They were even better because they rhymed. :)

  • Amanda February 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I can’t tell you how much this challenge resonates with me…it kind of inspires me to try it out. I know when I went on my month long frugal experiment it was so fun and exciting, stretching, and made me so much more creative. All your outfits look great by the way!

    • Caitlin February 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Thank you for your kind words, Amanda :) I miss that stretching, exciting, challenged- feeling from the challenge! I’m playing around with other ideas to “fast” from if you will because it made such a difference in my life. If you’re feeling inspired, I say go for it! (And please tell me how it goes! I’d love to hear :)

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