Community//

Living in Color

Take the challenges as opportunities to grow even stronger, and instead of looking back with regret, be grateful for the ones who have made you tough.

A photo popped up on Facebook from a feature I was in on the former StyleList.com. Four years ago, in the height of my fashion blogger days, I was getting ready for my move to New York City. I had just escaped a bad relationship, where I had split my time between Traverse City, Charlotte, and San Francisco. Off to New York, I would go- I would start fresh, and my dreams would come true.

Or so I hoped.

Bright eyed in a midi skirt with a fresh new bob, this girl was off to her new life on the Upper West Side. Little did she know what was in store for her over the course of the next three years, though.

Flashback Friday. Pacific Heights, 2014

2014 was a magical year. Despite the challenges, the heartbreak, and the transitions- it was exciting. It was full of life. New York had yet to make me jaded, and my eyes were open to every possibility. Maybe too many possibilities!

Lately I’ve been getting back into that old mindset though- the mindset of living life with excitement. Viewing it as one big story. A big fairytale… where anything can happen.

I’ve been stuck in black and white for so long that I almost forgot about the pinks and the reds. The yellow of the sun and the orange of my favorite baseball team. The bright opal sky on a warm spring night and the greens of the forest.

So that’s where I’m going to pick back up again- in color. Back to that girl in 2014 who was packing up three dozen boxes of clothes and accessories and sending them to an uptown apartment she had never seen or been to before. Who got on that plane on a warm June day, on her way to a brand new life. That girl who walked into restaurants alone, ordered an Eggs Benedict, and would meet a cute stranger (true story).

Never, ever let anyone break you. Take the challenges as opportunities to grow even stronger, and instead of looking back with regret, be grateful for the ones who have made you tough.

You deserve to live in color.

Originally published at mindfulinstyle.blog

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.