4 LENSES WE’VE ALL LOOKED THROUGH & CAN LEARN FROM

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We’ve all been Debbie Downers and Positive Pollys but what got us there?
Maybe it was the lens we chose to look through?

Here are 4 different lenses we’ve all looked through & can (hopefully) learn from: 

I’M IN LOVE LENS:

You know that scene in 500 Days of Summer where Joseph Gordon-Levitt realizes he is completely in love and strangers sing and dance with him in the street? This is the “I’m In Love Lens”. These are the times you whip out the dance moves you usually reserve for red lights, sing the high notes you practice in the shower, and make friends with the lady ringing you up at Chic-Fil-A.  I think we can all agree that those are the best days… and they aren’t random. It’s a lens you can look through every day if you want. I can’t promise a cartoon bird is going to land on your shoulder BUT there is truth to that goofy 500 Days of Summer scene. He left his house peering through a new lens. He saw happiness, good and love in everything because it was on his mind and he was looking for it. Look for love and joy and you will surely find it.

 

NOTHING NEW HERE LENS:

This lens usually falls into two categories, either “I Know It All” or “I’m Bored”. The “I Know It All”  hits when you scroll through instagram while your mom is giving you heartfelt advice or when you’re working on a group project and you stop listening to everyone else’s ideas because you’ve  already made up your mind. We’ve all done it, and it happens when we think we’re already experienced in that area or have heard all there is to hear. FALSE (read in Dwight from The Office’s voice). Have you ever heard the quote; “Never be the smartest man in the room.”?  Thinking you know all there is to know will trap you in forever only knowing what you already know. THERE IS ALWAYS MORE TO LEARN. Approaching life with a ready for more, open mind will take you far (and probably make your mom happy).

Boredom is similar. If you tell yourself there is nothing new to do you are probably going to spend 5 more hours on your couch watching Netflix again. Snap out of it and take on a new perspective. Simply put, there is no such thing as a shortage of things to do or learn. Boredom is self-derived and quite frankly, a byproduct of laziness. The world is way too big and full of way too many interesting people to meet. We’ve just got to suck it up and get on our feet.

I’M GOING TO FAIL LENS:

Sadly we all know what this looks like. You feel unprepared for something and you tell yourself you can’t do it. You say “when it rains, it pours” and the downpour rolls in. Seriously, if you expect failure, failure will deliver and Hall & Oates will not play “You Make My Dreams” for you. And that’s too good of a song to miss out on. Drop that lens and trade it for the….

 

I’M GOING TO SUCCEED LENS:

You have tasted success before. Think of how you felt before and after. When you’ve gone into something confidently and nailed it, you glowed for hours, maybe days after. It felt GOOD. It gave you the confidence to keep going, to do even bigger and better things. People who look through the lens of success generally find it and if they don’t right away, they don’t give up. They are optimistic and even if they land in a different place than they were aiming for, they can find purpose in it.

 

I could list lenses forever but I think you get the point. Reality isn’t defined by what’s happening, it’s defined by what you’re looking for.

 

xx

Madeline

 

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I Will See The Light

 

I have no feeling left inside

I live my life close to blind

But I walk the path I paved myself,

Strangling the devil with his lies

 

I am no fool for surprise

I count my blessings from the skies

Yet I cry myself to sleep at night,

Waiting for the day you come along

 

I can fight my own battles but I’d rather not

I have no fear for tomorrow, or at least I thought

I’m not one for wasting time

I’m just trying to live my life right

If I’m patient I will see the light

 

I light my fires with my hands

I trade my sorrows for “amen”s

I can’t tell the future,

but I know that it is full of plans

 

I can fight my own battles but I’d rather not

I have no fear for tomorrow, or at least I thought

I’m not one for wasting time

I’m just trying to live my life right

If I’m patient I will see the light

 

Madeline Becker

 

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INSTINCT

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Your surroundings can take you and shape you but there are parts of you that can never be moved.

There are pieces of you that run deeper than your DNA.
They are your blueprints and you can feel them.
Don’t ignore the feelings. Don’t let anyone’s picture of how you should exist take away from your true nature.

You are the only person who can decipher who you are.
Your instincts will guide you.
Follow them. Trust them. Act on them.

Take a chance on what you feel you are destined for.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve always had a wild imagination. I would create my own worlds, write bizarro stories, make up my own songs, choreograph dances in my backyard, create different personas. I loved to create. I thought it was just how all people were. But the more I learn about the world the more I learn about myself and the facets of color that make me me.

And I’m trusting those parts of me enough to act on them.
I’m exploring the root of myself.

I remember the moment I wrote my first song with my guitar.
It was such a release.
It wasn’t like I learned something new, it was like I was accessing a part of me that was always there. So I pushed it, I explored it and the deeper I got into it the closer I felt to my core.
Learning guitar and writing music was not me re-creating myself. It was me finally discovering myself. I followed my instincts.

 

Your instincts are a gift. Use them to do that thing you’ve always wanted you’re supposed to do.
The person you’ve always desired to be IS who you are meant to be.

Don’t just trust your instincts, act on them. 

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It’s getting cooler here in the mountains and jean season is extending her hand to greet us. I’m excited to try out different colors and patterns in my pants this year and am already getting there with these Plum Jeans from PacSun.

They have a TON of options for fall, and they fit all day.
See for yourself: #BullHead pants

 

xx Madeline

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” 
― Hermann HesseDemian

“Trust your instincts, and make judgements on what your heart tells you. The heart will not betray you.” 
― David GemmellFall of Kings

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ARE YOU LIVING?

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I mean really LIVING.

I mean turning the things that inspire you into the things that you are. 

You honestly, truly, so sincerely have every right and ability to.
And not just you. Your best friend, your sibling, that guy you always see at the grocery store… they all have dreams too and need to know they can live them.

So what if you helped them?
What if we all started really LIVING.
What if people supported each other rather than silently competing?

We as people are not meant to conquer each other.
We as people are meant to build each other up. Because if everyone is building, the world will only get stronger and stronger.
But if people are destroying, the world has to clean up, and start over when it could be growing.

It seems rather counterproductive if you ask me.

All I know is happiness and really LIVING are tangible things and we should all live to help the people around us live.

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There is a really great movement right now that pairs along just peachy with my ranting. It’s called #LiveInLevis and it’s all about really LIVING your one of a kind life. I’m all for this attitude and supporting brands that support people. I am proud to say I #LiveInLevis. Seriously. Click to see MY OUTFIT.

 

xx Madeline

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(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.

View My Look on LOOKBOOK

 

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