All in Thoughts and Inspirations

Carefully Worn & Giving Things Your All

Have you ever been compelled to pour enormous amounts of work into something for no gain? There is only a hope, here, that other people care as much as I do, that they will listen and not judge me for caring for people, for wanting my friends small local businesses to succeed, for wanting to leave the earth a better place than I found it for the generation that inherits it from us. There is also a hope that people who care will share my work and maybe I will reach more people and that together we can make such a bigger impact than I can achieve alone. 

Purging & Rebuilding my Wardrobe

I've been reading this blog Into Mind and also Colette Patterns Wardrobe Architect Series.  I've also had tons of time to think about what I wear every day as I am now sewing some of it. It inspired me to completely purge my closet last night. It's been a while since I last did that, and even when I did do it previously, I was always saving things for sentimental reasons or in case I fit them again. Last night I was completely and thoroughly brutal about whether I would ever wear an item again, I tried it on and if it looked terrible, I donated it. 

So two massive garbage bags later, I am left with about 6 skirts (3 are green? Hmm), 1 pair of dress pants, 3 pairs of jeans, some workout clothes, 2 hoodies, about 5 dresses (2 fancy and 3 everyday), an awesome swimsuit, about 8 loose button-downs/blouses, 1 blazer, 1 sweater, 4 cardigans and a handful of knit tops (hopefully to be shortly replaced). 

You guys, it feels and looks like NOTHING is in my closet. 

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparison. We all do it, it's natural. The way we relate to the world is by comparing it to ourselves. You have empathy for that girl on the street who just dropped her groceries because you can see yourself in her. You have disgust for that celebrity because he/she is behaving in activities that YOU would never do. 

Sometimes comparison can become unhealthy. I struggle with this all the time. Generally (but not always), my empathy and general enjoyment of people means that I am not judging others unfairly so much as judging MYSELF unfairly, but let's talk about both!​

Personality: Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Judging

Jay was reading a book called Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type and we ended up both figuring out what our Myers Briggs personality types are. We are, of course, almost exact opposites. I am an Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judger and he is an Introverted Sensing Thinking Judger/Perceiver. It's been making me think a lot about how I think and decide things in my life, and how I deal with people. ENFJ's (The N is for "Intuitive") are "people people". I always thought that I was an introvert because I recharge alone.