Friday, April 25, 2014

Vitality

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More than anything else these past few months, I have wanted to enjoy my life and take time to feel gratitude for all that I have. While I have spent so much time focusing on all that I  want to have, see, and experience, I will never be able to appreciate those blessings to come in the future if I am unable to appreciate all that which I am already blessed with. I refuse to worry about that which I want, because I am confident it will find me.

Contrary to what many believe, life is not a fight for survival; it is a personal journey of growth and exploration. When we are more focused on the nourishment of our own being, we are able to grow stronger and wiser, and as a result our lives will become more fulfilling. To focus on our survival is to live in a world of hopelessness and dead ends. We begin to view any area of our life which is lacking vitality as something that will prevent us from happiness and hence we become unable to appreciate life and therefore unable to grow.  If life is a fight for survival, our survival is dependent upon our ability to evolve, accept change, and the kindness to which we show ourselves. Be content with and accept whatever your current situation is and grow from it. Your path will take you to where it is you want to be if you simply follow it.

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger"
- Friedrich Nietzsche

vitality
vi·tal·i·ty [vahy-tal-i-tee]
noun, plural vi·tal·i·ties.
1. exuberant physical strength or mental vigor: a person of great vitality.
2. capacity for survival or for the continuation of a meaningful or purposeful existence: the vitality of an institution.
3. power to live or grow: the vitality of a language

Outfit:
dress - J.Crew
shoes - Nike
headband - Forever 21
sunglasses - Forever 21 

Photo Credit: Valerie Ramsey
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Driven

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What makes someone driven? What does it mean to be ambitious? Whenever I hear someone use these words to describe me, while it is flattering, it's somewhat unexpected and almost comical. To be honest, my personality is far from matching that of your ideal productive and ambitious individual: I avoid simple and mundane tasks as much as possible, paying attention to fine details is incredibly difficult for me, any sort of daily routine is torturous, I am known to move and talk really slowly, and the mere mention of food often distracts me from work. Essentially, I'm the best example of someone who will never become a successful accountant or banker, and that's okay. It's not that I am lazy or slow, it's that I have a different path in life which I am meant to follow.

"The evolving soul is not made divine by what it does, but by what it strives to do."
 ― Gary Tonge

"Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more."
― Oscar Wilde
 
“All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the
morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous
people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come
true.”
― D.H. Lawrence

Being incredibly structured and task oriented is not the end-all, be-all of being driven and successful.  Being driven stems from a deep passion and desire within one's self for something great. Success stems from creating goals in order to attain that which is desired and being focused on meeting them. Stop asking yourself irrelevant questions such as, "How can I make a lot of money?", "What am I talented at?", or "Why aren't I good at this?". The only question you need to ask yourself is "What do I want from this world and how do I get it?". Ambition is not a character trait which some of us are born with, but a fire with in everyone's soul that is ignited only by the pursuit of the greatest version of one's self.

Outfit:
turtleneck - thrifted
pants - so old I don't remember
shoes - Calder Heels; MICHAEL Michael Kors
watch - Gold Runway, Large; MICHAEL Michael Kors
belt - Nastygal.com

Photo Credit: Valerie Ramsey
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rockin On!

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Let's face it, life ain't easy. You are going to face a million different challenges, but it's how you choose to view your adversities that determines how hard you rock. You can walk around with an ugly grudge against the world on your shoulder or you can just dust it off and have a good time. Celebrate that you are still standing tall. Celebrate how much you have learned. No matter what has happened, you have somehow managed to pick up the pieces and move forward with your life; you are a rock star.

Every day is like a rock show where you are performing center stage.  You are the creator of energy that fills the room. You are the determining factor of how enjoyable this show will be. No one cares if your band mates are late, if you haven't showered in a week, or if one of your guitars is broken; you still have to go out there and rock out. It doesn't matter how terrible the car ride was, how boiling hot the stage is, or if you didn't eat anything but taco bell for the past week; be happy to be where you are and grateful to everyone who is supporting you today. Put on the best show you possibly can. Feel the music, create an unstoppable energy, and listen to the beat. You are only one person, yet you are in control of everything around you. No matter what your obstacles have been, remain resilient. Make the most of the adventure and realize how lucky you are to be performing yet another show today.

Outfit:
Dress - Michael by Michael Kors
Boots - Isaac Mizrahi

Photo Credit: Yezmene Fullilove; follow her tumblr minacapturesphotos.tumblr.com and instagram @yezmenephotography

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Friday, April 4, 2014

The Nostalgic Internet Kids


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Lets be real here, this generation is totally weird and I love it! We are known for being shamelessly addicted to social media, undyingly passionate about wanting to relive the 80's and 90's, and having a mild to moderate case of attention deficit disorder. A generation stereotyped as being too restless to read a book and completely consumed by the unimportant minutia of pop culture, we are seen as having no real direction in life. These stereotypes are pretty accurate for the majority of us, however we are not directionless wanderers.

We are the generation that grew up during the dawn of the Information Age, and are commonly referred to as 'Generation Y' or 'The Millenials'. We grew up in a time when the world was undergoing a drastic and sudden transformation due to cultural and technological advancements. As a result of these advancements, we now have an interconnected global society that seamlessly communicates thoughts and ideas for the first time in history. The amount of information we now have at our disposal is limitless. I have the freedom to learn about anything I wish within moments of clicking a button; it's pretty much magic. 

I like to think of this century as 'The Age of Enlightenment Version 2.0'. For the first time, we as individuals have a choice to become and pursue anything we wish. Our goals and dreams are no longer determined by limited resources and possibilities. Because information and our ability to connect with one another is so readily available, personal resources and money no longer confine our reality to a shallow pool of possibilities and opportunities. We are a generation swimming in a deep ocean of reality. And while to many before us it may seem as though we are directionless, going in any which way we see desirable; we are not. We are wanderers but not lost. We are a generation desperately searching for where our full potential may lay and how far it will take us.

The Outfit:
cropped muscle tank - Obey
boyfriend jeans - H&M
holographic heels - Brian Atwood
silver stud necklace - Vince Camuto

Photo Credit:  
Devon Jacoby Productions 
Freelance Artist | Photographer | Graphic Designer 
Phone: (559) 801-2039 
Email: devonjacobyproductions@yahoo.com  
FB.com/devonjacobyproductions

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