Sunday, September 04, 2011

Since I started this blog, it has become a passion and a creative outlet for me. Finding balance in a hectic world and sharing refined fashion and inspirations gives me great pleasure, and I absolutely love passing my enthusiasm to you. 

But, honestly, although I do strive for the best life possible, I'm a just a regular person; a wife and mother who has had her share of drama, laughter, and tears. I may post glamorous pictures, but at any given time you may find me dressed down, makeup smudged, trying to conquer an endless pile of dirty laundry (am I the only one who's kids try on all their clothes then throw their clean stuff into the hamper?) or any other tedious domestic duty; not exactly at my best

And often I'm just down because I allow feelings of inadequacy to creep into my normally positive demeanor. There's always a better mother, organizer, homemaker, dresser, blogger...the list is endless! Sometimes I dream about a fabulous career in fashion that I don't have because I chose to be there for my family, which, by the way can be THE most difficult and under appreciated job in the universe (although ultimately the most rewarding).

So tonight I've decided to share with you, that I'm not feeling so extraordinary...I'm in a bit of a mood.  After all, isn't that real life? We're all human, just trying to do the best we can, and bring a little joy and meaning into our lives.

So now that I've expressed my less than glamorous feelings, let's turn this baby around and get some positive inspiration for the week. Because the only direction from down is up!

"It's the man who waits for his ship to come who's always missing the boat."

The glamorous career of motherhood...or NOT!

This picture is from an article called "The Rescuing Hug". The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two, threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby's heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal.
 So, go put your arm around someone who needs a hug!

 Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest 
 Ashleigh Brilliant 

 The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you! 
 Coco Chanel
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln

Even in aging true beauty emerges...

I borrowed this fabulous look from one of my 'shopstyle' friends and I found it to be so inspiring: Even when feeling a bit 'monochromatic' you can always find a touch of glamour, color, happiness...

Sometimes you just need to break your diet and LIVE!

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

And with that my friends...have a great Sunday!
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  1. Great inspiration here...think I may just go have myself a piece of cake!! Hope you're having a great weekend ~

  2. Love this post. That photo of the babies is just way too precious!! xo

  3. What a beautiful post, thank you. Interesting that I was in a similar mood yesterday, which surprised me a bit. I made a mental "note-to-self" to finally take the time to allow my imagination to take me away to my "special beautiful place" in my mind, and these photos enabled me to do just that! I feel so much better and hope you do too!

  4. Hey Gorgeous Mama, thanks so much for the inspiring post. Life is so short and we have to make the most of it! I love the pic of the twins, that really melted my heart and proof that the human touch is super powerful and can really make a difference in someone's life!

  5. I loved this post - I think you articulated the thoughts of many women/wives/mothers. Looking forward to following your future posts!

  6. The picture of Blair = LOVE
    She's my hero.
    Also, the baby pictures almost made me cry -- in a good way.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  7. Hi Sharon!!!
    So nice to meet you!! I love your blog and am your newest follower!!!! :-)
    I saw you're on Twitter too; so am I. I'll follow you on there as well...
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog & following.
    I totally understand how you feel- I see these bloggers with professional photographers & take photos in all these various locations. My husband takes my photos... :-)
    I just love fashion & want to share with others.
    This is a great post!!!!!
    Come back & visit my blog soon!!! :-)
    Shannon xoxo :-)

  8. thanks for stopping by shoelosophy! i love the images you have posted on this post and all the stories. The one about the premature twins is really adorable.


  9. Beautiful images and inspiring words. Love your post and how it was conveyed. xo

  10. Thanks for "keeping it real"! Everything about this post made me feel good...and I hope by now you're feeling the same.

  11. What a lovely post! So much inspiration...

  12. I've never heard that coco chanel quote I love it! Great post-thanks for the inspiration and sharing on Monday Mingle.

  13. Sharon, this was one of your posts that I enjoyed the most. I LOVE those inspirational bits. Don't you adore those who just know the perfectly right thing to say?

    Hope today was better. We all have those days - they really get me down. Hugs, OB

  14. love that Chanel quote and that retro, polka dot photo - so glamorous!!!

  15. That sweet story of the twins is so inspiring!