Ditch "shouldn't" and stick with "should"

 

Hello, friends. Writing has always been my passion and some days I keep these posts short and sweet (because I know you all don’t have time to read a novel every day on here) but today is one of those days I have a lot to say…and I think here’s why…

Here’s the thing. I’m not 22. I’m not just starting out on this blogging adventure. I’ve been around the block a time or two…I have a degree in Psychology, I’ve moved around the country 3 times, been a mom for nearly 10 years, and been married for close to 14. It’s no secret that the past year has been the most challenging of my life. A cross country move, settling back in to the West coast, our first winter back in Seattle (which nearly killed me btw) dealing with a family members battle with Cancer, a few of my own health issues…so here’s what I’ve learned and what makes sense to me…and that I wish I would’ve figured out a lot sooner…

Don’t listen to people who tell you that you SHOULDN’T do something. I feel like I heard it my whole life and never really realized how much it affected me until now. You shouldn’t be in band. You shouldn’t dance. You shouldn’t dress like that, what are you wearing? You shouldn’t show cleavage. You shouldn’t show too much skin. You shouldn’t be assertive, but you shoudn’t be shy. You shouldn’t hold your baby that much. You shouldn’t breastfeed. You shouldn’t stay home with your children. You shouldn’t blog. No one ever makes it, the market is too saturated. You shouldn’t wear that swimsuit or those tight clothes, after all, you’re a mother. You shouldn’t talk about your personal life on the blog. You shouldn’t discuss your kids. You shouldn’t take the road less traveled. You shouldn’t post a selfie. You shouldn’t pursue your dreams, they’re unrealistic.

You know what? It’s time to throw all of those SHOULDN’TS out the door and stick with what I SHOULD do! I’ve been so worried about the impression I would make that I feel l haven’t been completely myself. It honestly held me back for a long time with the blog because I was afraid to take a picture. Terrified to take a selfie…because what if people misunderstood? What if they thought I WAS conceited when that’s the furthest thing from the truth? What if I just do what I want and be me in the truest form and forget the rest? I know that’s what I would tell my daughter to do! So I’m going to stop apologizing. Stop holding back. Stop worrying what people think of me. What I’ve realized along the way are that the people who truly understand who you are wouldn’t doubt you for a second, wouldn’t mistake you for an arrogant person, or think you have any ill will toward ANYONE EVER! They would just accept you for who you are 100%.

It was a hard lesson to learn, but I think I’m finally here. It’s a nice place to be. A place where I can just be me and not worry about the consequences all the time. Shouldn’t we all be in that place on a daily basis ??? I think all women go through these feelings, but I hope that some of you will be positively affected by my words and will join me in just being the most authentic, honest version of ourselves. I mean for goodness sake, my blog name after all is HONESTLY WEST!

So the next time someone tells you that you shouldn’t do something, just laugh and think of me, and then go about doing whatever it is that feels authentically you.

If you made if to the end, I thank you for being here. A million times over, thank you. Now GO DO YOU! Do not apologize for it either!!!

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Spring uniform

 

Another super basic look but one of my absolute favorites right now. I love a simple sleek white bootie for spring. So easy and more exciting than a sneaker for those days you want a little something extra. I hope you all had a great weekend. I’ve still got a lot of hard things going on in my life so I’m holding on until things improve. Sending love and light to you all, dear friends.

White tee

Levis (currently on sale for $39.99!!!)

White booties

 

Simple Monday look

 

Good morning everyone! Today I want to show you yet another way to style a simple white tee. The possibilities are endless, it is a closet staple, and SO affordable. I finished it off today with a faux leather pencil skirt that I’ve had for years! I found one for you that’s so cute and currently on sale! I hope you all have a great week, and remember to cherish the little things like your health, the beautiful flowers blooming and your friends and family who adore you.

White tee

Faux leather pencil skirt (on sale for $39.50)