(UN)COMFORT ZONE

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Your comfort zone is an easy place to be.

It’s warm and it understands you.
It doesn’t ask for too much and it doesn’t make you worry.
It knows your favorite snacks, never forgets a birthday and always calls on Christmas.
It’s a lot like a grandparent really.
And you probably love your grandparents… but you’re not in love with them.
(bare with me)

All these things are nice to have, but they leave you wondering.
I know a place outside of wondering, with answers, with more.

It’s scary.
It’s unpredictable.
It  gets cold and lonely but it’s better.
It’s better because it’s not a dead end.
It has all the possibilities and  moments from your favorite movies.
It’s where you fall in love.
With someone, with yourself, with the world around you.
It’s where discoveries are made,
where love begins,
where friendships are born,
where lessons are learned and new things are tried.
It’s uncertainty renders questions and it’s questions render answers.

It is not comfortable.
It’s certainly not boring.
It’s life.

It’s worth being uncomfortable for.
Live in the uncomfort zone.

 

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You can step outside of your C zone with fashion. I stepped out of mine here to make a fashion statement with the H&M Fashion Weeks Collection featuring Amanda Murphy! The collection offers tons of cool opportunities to mix up your style and take on unique (maybe even quirky) looks.  H&M truly offers fashion and quality at the best price. Get on it and shop the collection here.

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ROCK ON WITH GARAGE

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AHHH!

Our “Rock On” Garage Clothing window display has been up for a month and I am still so excited!! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to see it in person but I’ve seen enough pics to feel like I’ve been there. So thanks everyone who has sent pics our way. & If you have a Garage in your mall, stop by and say hi to me. Well, a photo of me. If you listen close enough you may hear me whispering hello back… and the ocean.

If you want to win a shopping spree or  $150 gift card to Garage (who wouldn’t want that??) our contest with them is still going strong. For a chance to win, enter a picture to Twitter or Instagram showing off your Rockin style and tag #GARAGExROCKON. Submit your entries (yes you can enter more than once!) before August 24th!! See full contest rules here.

Love you my darling friends!!

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In the midst of a series of dark days, there was one that poured out light. Lostness had been pulling at me for months but life is more forgiving than we give it credit for. It never takes without giving, even if it’s gifts aren’t what we have in mind. Well the gift I recieved this day wasn’t something I was searching for, or even aware I needed, but I did. I needed it.

Everything about the day was symbolic. The sky was dark like the past few months had been.  Warnings of tornadoes were whispered about until the sirens sang their reality. But all got quiet for a sweet moment and my dear friend and I took advantage. We were both cycling through a confusing juncture and all the certainty we had this day was in each other, until it happened. We ran down the steps of my apartment and looked up at the sky. It was glooming but not angry. I don’t know what made us feel the way we did but it hit us both at the same time. It was no coincidence. It was the universe giving back.

It started with giggles and pathless walking but as the storm progressed so did we. The first drop hit my face. It phased me but it didn’t scare me. There was no question of turning back. We were in a moment and it was a good one. As the rain sped up, so did our feet. We hit a trail at the back of my complex and the downpour was so loud our giggles turned into raging laughter and our walking turned into full out running. We had no destination. We just had feeling. More feeling, more joy, than I had felt in a long, long time. There was no thinking and it was amazing. I wasn’t grieving of the past or worried about tomorrow, I was completely, undoubtedly in the moment. And I wasn’t alone. I looked up from my puddle stomping shoes and sagging wet clothes and saw their face. We weren’t together but we were together. We we’re both experiencing personal euphoria but the fact that we we’re side by side made it all so much more real. We didn’t address the magic  but it was understood. We knew what we were feeling.

I don’t know why our legs stopped where they did but this is where my coordinates hit. With dripping hair and rusty smiles, we turned our chins to the sky. We reached for the sinking clouds and we let the rain come. There’s no controlling mother nature, and why bother? She is raw and powerful and she will perform with no permission. Her raindrops hit hard on my cheeks and as they rolled down I realized, “I am alive”. It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever felt.  Nothing outside of that moment was relevant. Freedom was in that thunderstorm and freedom was in me.

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CHILDLIKE

 

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Turn to the sun.

Run at it until you see nothing but brightness.
Get so lost in it’s warming embrace that you find the child you were when all was well in your little head. Bury away your critical eyes and rekindle your childlike spirit.

Let yourself love without question and  trace your way back to the simple mind. You will see the world with an open heart of which without, you may spend infinities desperately searching for something you knew all along.

Youth doesn’t live on the outside. It’s sewn within the soul. It never detaches but is often forgotten.

Let us not forget.

That freedom, that fearlessness, the good in everything, the joy, the lightness. Even when the angry world steals away your innocence, you can win it back if only you can remember. Because it was never truly gone, just blinded from your sight. Open your eyes, deep within yourself is the person you were both born as and destined to be. They aren’t so different after all.

“It is a childlike mind that finds the kingdom.” -Charles Fillmore

Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.” -Mencius

“Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.”
-G.K. Chesterton

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
-Pablo Picasso

“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. ” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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x, Madeline

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I DON’T WANT TO BE FURNITURE

I don’t like to speak to fill space. I like to speak to give comfort, new knowledge, spark a laugh, open a mind. I don’t want my words to be furniture in a room but rather a presence. For furniture allows you to lean on it but a presence can reciprocate and leave you with more than which you came. Furniture let’s you rest from the burdens you bear but communication can change you.

I don’t want to be furniture.
I want to do more than take up space.

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