Happy Friday from the front porch sweet friends, it’s great to be with you today!
Last Friday, I completely panicked when I went into my closet and realized I had donated the dress I had planned to wear for Mother’s Day brunch.
Way back in January, I started decluttering and reorganizing my closet to make it more functional.
Truthfully, it’s taking way longer than it should because it’s not a total makeover – not even close.
It’s more of a refresh.
But for some reason, I’ve been dragging my feet to finish it.
So, Saturday morning I headed to Belk’s praying I could avoid the mall and find a dress at the last minute.
Thankfully, they were having a big sale and I not only found a dress to wear to brunch I was also able to find something to wear to upcoming graduation and recital events too.
I was changing back into my clothes when I heard the woman next to me start psyching herself up.
“You can do this,” she whispered.
“You’re worth it.”
“You deserve to be happy,” she continued.
A few moments later, I heard a light tap on my dressing room door.
“Excuse me,” she said, “Could I get your help with something?”
Our dressing room did not have an attendant so I figured the lady might need assistance with a button or zipper.
“Just a minute,” I called back gathering my belongings.
As I gently opened the door, I saw a gorgeous woman in her mid-60s vulnerably standing in front of me.
Her skin was nearly flawless save for the beautiful laugh lines around her bright blue eyes and her hair was so shiny it looked like strands of silver.
“I’m sorry to bother you,” she said as her face flushed, “I was wondering if you could help me, please.”
“Sure, what do you need?” I replied.
“I should have come with a girlfriend. But I was too embarrassed. It’s silly, really. I have a date tonight,” she said avoiding eye contact.
“This is the first date I’ve had since my husband died,” she continued.
“Actually, it’s the first date I’ve had in 45 years,” she blurted out with a mix of excitement and fear, “Do I look ok in this dress?”
“You look amazing,” I said with a genuine smile.
“Thank you,” she said as she let out a grateful sigh.
“I’m normally not nervous or indecisive about things like this, I guess I’m just out of practice. I think tonight might be more important to me than I let myself believe.”
“Putting yourself out there is not easy,” I said, “Neither is holding space for yourself like this, it’s a big deal.”
She fanned her eyes in a typically Southern and completely endearing way, “I’m already nervous, don’t get me crying too, hon,” she said.
“You’ll be great,” I said as I squeezed her hand triggering the sound of the gold charms on her charm bracelet.
“Thank you for your time and for your help,” she said as she squeezed my hand back.
As I was standing in line at the register, I thought about how putting yourself out there doesn’t end when you leave childhood or college.
It doesn’t end when you finally get the big job, chair the committee, marry the person of your dreams, settle into a healthy, happy life, or climb the ladder of success.
No matter what your age, putting yourself out there is a continual process of taking chances, doing the next right thing, trusting your intuition, and leaning into what’s most important to you.
It’s not letting the “mean girl” voice in your head win out.
But rather exalting the confident and elegant voice of a seasoned woman who knows her worth.
Cheering you on as you put yourself out there in both big and small ways!
A Few of Our Favorite Things from Around the Web…
Every detail in this home tour is amazing.
An Elegant Before and After (SO many gorgeous shades of blues and greens)
This home is filled with simple touches and a gorgeous view.
This Del Mar home has such a relaxing beach vibe.
I love all the layers of texture in this Nantucket cottage.
Have you seen the cottage dresser Anna shared this week? It’s fabulous!
Wait until you see how Donna made this fabulous basket!
This garden is amazing. I can’t even imagine having that many beautiful flowers at one time to make floral arrangements!
Speaking of amazing, my friend Kim wrote a fantastic post on Cottage Garden Design Ideas and it was super helpful.
25 Creative Patriotic Decor Ideas (Rachel put together so many fun ideas)
This hand towel would make such a pretty gift idea!
Speaking of which, I can’t believe I missed this collection from Mrs. Alice.
Words to Live By…
On My Nightstand…
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This month we’ve been working to make small shifts to our morning routine and it’s made a huge difference. The tips and techniques in The Miracle Morning have definitely helped the most but 5 AM Club which is a bit more philosophical in my honest opinion got rave review!
Spring to Summer Inspired Finds We Spotted Online at Amazon This Week…
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If You’ve Missed Anything from the Blog Recently or the Archives, Here’s a Peek At What We’ve Been Up To…
May Bucket List…
- Celebrate May Day, Cinco de May, Debry Day, Coronation Day, Mother’s Day, & Memorial Day
- Attend Recital and Graduation Festivities
- Make Ice Cream
- Sunset Picnic at the Beach
- Buy Piper a Swimming Pool
- Map Out a Solid Plan for Loblolly Refresh
- Work on Back Patio Refresh
- Continue Quarter Challenge in Q2
- Continue Trampolining Workout
- Morning Pages & Journaling
- Finish Photography Class
- Read the Book of the Month
- Continue Q2 Devotion
- Continue Skincare Routine
- Keep Sundays Sacred
May Word of the Month: Nourish
Activities to Enjoy:
- Prioritize Self Care
- Create a Simple 5-15 Minute Makeup Routine
- Buy New Bras
- Book a Relaxing Trip to the Spa or Treat Yourself to a Mani/Pedi
- Sign Up for a Local 5K, 10K, 15K, Half or Full Marathon
- Take a Power Nap in a Dark Room
- Buy Flowers for Yourself and a Friend Who Least Expects It
- Put Together 7-10 Outfits You Feel Amazing In
You can find our complete list of Word of the Month Ideas here.
52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge…
Focus of the Month: Shared and Common Areas
- 05/07 – Organize Household Books & Magazines
- 05/14 – Home Office or Guest Room
- 05/21 – Home Office or Guest Room Closet & Drawers
- 05/28 – Create Summer Bucket List
TCG Housekeeping Notes, Dates to Remember, and Upcoming Posts…
- 05/20 – National Rescue Dog Day
- 05/29 – Memorial Day
- 05/30 – National Creativity Day
As always, we appreciate you more than you could ever know, and we hope your weekend is peace-filled and relaxing. We can’t wait to share even more with you next week!