The only time I was successfully able to write consistently in a journal was when I was thirteen. It was actually an amazing time to have documented. I have my first kiss/makeout sesh written down sooooo that's pretty awesome. One thing that I find hilarious is that I continually felt obligated to catch my diary up. Like my diary was a person and this person needed to know that I had been busy with my dance recital rehearsal and thats why I haven't written. I apologized to my diary for not being "better" at writing more in almost every entry. I also mostly just talked about my friends character traits because my diary clearly needed to know WHO I was talking about for reference. The entries were never me just talking to me. I started my diary right after reading Anne Frank so maybe I was just hyper aware that someone else might be reading it eventually. Fast forward to today and that context was actually super helpfull so maybe I was on to something. That all being said, I wish I just wrote for me. Of course, there are also some VERY SERIOUS entries about how I knew that if I met Leonardo DiCaprio I knew we would be together. Life is so unfair! I may or may not still feel this way as a 32 year old married woman. What can I tell you, old crushes die hard. #leoforever
So why am I telling you this story? It's because I have written this blog post over and over again. Since I last wrote on this blog I have had a baby and have had to navigate the world of having two kids. I have had to figure out all sorts of wardrobe situations with a body that is new and different and ever changing. I feel like a lifetime has passed and I'm not really sure how to just pick up. That said, I have SO MUCH I want to share with you about what I have learned. I can't wait to fill you in on all my new discoveries, struggles and triumphs. I want to hear about yours as well. SO I'm going to learn from my diary of a thirteen year old self and NOT spend a lot of time catching you up. I'm just gonna say "Damn that sh*t was cray.", show you a few cute pics of my baby and then get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Cause guys... I have SO MUCH great stuff to share with you. I kind of just can't wait anymore.
Being a mom to two young children has been such a roller coaster. The highs are so high and I'm wildly obsessed with both of them. The lows have really taken me by surprise and in all honesty, I'm still figuring it all out. The good news is, I'm back and ready to rumble. I'm taking my experience, mixed with my current post pardum situation, (which involves an in between bod and a lot of clothes that I used to love) and it's really igniting something inside me to help women find their personal style and gain confidence through their clothes EVEN MORE THAN BEFORE. I'm having to really practice what I preach in my own closet and I'm dying to share with you my journey in hopes to inspire and help others. If there is anything I try to project here it's that we are all in this journey together. Now more than ever, I'm "in it". I'm having to figure out my new style that suits my lifestyle and makes me feel confident and stylish at the same time. Finding crafty ways to accessorize and make clothes my own while not spending all my money on clothes that won't fit me in a month. I'd love for you to go on this journey with me.
I am also starting something called "The Confidence Project" where we will be hearing from some amazing guest bloggers. I've asked them to share what makes them confident and where style has come into play in their life. If you have an experience with how a specific experience has affected your style, how you gained confidence through your clothes or something of that nature, I would love to hear it. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We already have some incredible stories. Can't wait for you to see.
So here is to picking up where we left off, yet in a newly inspired place. To loving your past, present and future self without judgment or expectations and to committing to the best version of yourself. I'm here for you as well as with you. So happy to be back.
If seeing cute baby stuff is your jam you should totally be following my personal account on Instagram @whatmelaniesees and of COURSE you are already following my styling account for Head Over Heels on Instagram, right? It's @hohwithmelanie. Get on it sistah.
With love; from my closet to yours,