StyleMe outfits for week 1….so fun!

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Loved my ‘watermelon’ pants…and I even got a lot of compliments!
And today’s outfit is kind of awesome for a couple of reasons…one being it’s comfy and two being I had to substitute jeans in for the ‘khaki’s’ because….this morning I went to put them on and they were wayyyyyyy too big!!! Woot Woot!

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Life is pretty good when you have a bunch of amazing women embracing style!!! Day 3 of the Style Challenge and I’m feeling giddy…I’m giddy because: I’m taking selfie’s (and actually not minding it), my heart is being filled with the kind words of an awesome group of women, I’m actually pumped to get dressed in the morning…AND the outfits incorporate COLOUR…aside from being able to pick out anything in my closest and love what I’m wearing every day…I totally feel empowered by the amount of women across the globe wearing similar outfits – ALL supporting one another on a journey of fashion, empowerment, style (not just in clothing – but by welcoming and rocking their own ‘chic-ness’)

So, we’ve all decided to do a link up…share our blogs with our blog readers and invite them on this journey of fulfillment in kind words that appreciate each person’s beauty and AUTHENTICITY! 

(hope I’ve copied the link up directions correctly)

In light, 

Becca

Colour. Fun.

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Okay, admittedly it has been quite some time since my last blog…however, it has been report card writing time at school and I’ve been experiencing a lot of ‘stay or go’ feelings about NYC. There is something about the soil there…the fact that you can feel the hustle and bustle of the city but walk outside and in a few minutes you can still find some nature. Yup. The thoughts about moving there have been consuming me. I’ve decided to let it go for right now, and let whatever is meant to happen…happen.

Back to report consumption…well…among all of the others things teachers have on the go, there are about 3 times a year where we are scrambling to get these reports written. Although they are informative to parents and I am becoming a pro at writing them, they are incredibly time consuming. I’ve created a little reward system for myself during report card writing season…If I complete a certain amount in a given amount of time then I provide myself with a glass of wine or yoga class OR even better…a little bit of GROOVING! And then I return to the computer and write again…hahaha

Anyway, round one is done…printing is on Monday, then editing and they are shipped home for parental review…lol…pretty sure since I have completed round one, I’m good for a decent reward! Well, I’ve decided to reward myself with a fun little summer style challenge…TOTALLY out of my realm. Love fashion. Love clothing. Never considered putting this much support into what I choose to wear though. I’ll get back to why there is support in a bit…first I want to share why I have titled part of my blog the way that I have…colourful

I love colour. I love incorporating colour that flows nicely in all areas of my life. Each day when I’m getting ready I choose a colour to focus in on for my outfit and I go with it. Most of my outfits or writing will have a pop of colour (note to self – when revamping blog…look into changing font colour). I love colour in nature the most…the spring/just about summer time is my absolute favourite! I love being outside and admiring the natural colours coming up…from flowers blooming to the richness in greens all around, sometimes I just simply can’t get enough…aside from it being beautiful, it’s incredibly relaxing and peaceful to just be outside and enjoy the colour that surrounds us daily. When my students ask me my favourite colour…I always respond ‘I have three…can I share all three???’ and of course they say no, just one. And so I share all three anyway…lol…‘purple, blue and green…all shades of all three!’ Really, I don’t even think there is a colour I don’t like…I like all sorts of colours and I literally have a bit of everything in my closest too, and I love colour in meals…I think it is so awesome to make a plate of food that looks rich in colour…mmm

Okay, back to the style challenge…my point above, I already loved putting clothes together based on colour…now with the challenge an interesting spin has been added and it’s kinda fun…PLUS…it’s a huge confidence booster…and got me out of my lulu’s…it’s been easy to say, well I work with kids, I need to be able to move around easily – which is 100% true…I do…but I also get to add the fun accessories and find other things that can keep it comfortable but make it fun, classic, and chic…a friend of mine joined a group doing this as she came off of maternity leave, she told me about it and I decided to join…essentially you are given a list of ‘must haves’ (everyone’s might be slightly different) for the challenge and then over 3 weeks each day you are sent suggestions on how to pair your finds…it’s been a lot of fun to have added a few new pieces that can be paired in a variety of ways to make lots of different outfits…and there is a group where you post your fun finds and combinations and discuss…in other words, FUN! FUN! FUN!

My intention with my blog is to appreciate beauty as much as possible, and whereas somewhere along the line in life we all have tough stuff to deal with, I want to help inspire ways to lift people by helping them find even the tiniest bit of beauty in their life and just keep it growing…focus on it…so I encourage you to start by really embrace the colours in nature right now. Even when you are driving…there are plenty of colours happening right now…and maybe even pay attention to which colours you always wear and whether you can find ways to incorporate more colour in your life…maybe through food…drink…makeup…

Anyways, wishing you all an amazing weekend filled with purple, blue and green! hehehe…

Becca 🙂

 

 

What! Grass in NYC?

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What! Grass in NYC?

This photo makes me think that there are plenty of opportunities to connect with nature in NYC…

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare

Simply Blessed With Natural Habits…

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Wow. The last week and a bit has proven to be very life changing for me. Last week my blog talked about my trip to New York City and finding myself empowered by my adventures. I’m still very heavily weighing my options about spending more time there. Do I invest in some much needed weekend trips? Do I spend some of the summer there? Do I just pack up and move? Time to meditate? lol

Simply Blessed. The title of my blog today is referring to a trip I literally just took to Buffalo. My Principal invited myself and a few other amazing teachers to partake in a Symposium called ‘The Leader in Me’. This Symposium is inspired through the great work of Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and implementing the habits within a school culture. The 2 day experience was very transforming and empowering. This system basically gives us a toolbox to teach children and people to be GOOD people. Naturally I use a lot of the principles already in my own daily life and so you can imagine that it trickles down to my students. The part I love about implementing the 7 Habits in the school system though is that it gives educators and students the language to then take action to become good people.

The closing keynote speaker at the Symposium had the entire auditorium in tears (okay – maybe I’m exaggerating…but my table group was in tears). Muriel Summers is the lady responsible for making this possible in schools and she was incredibly warm and loving.

The habits are;

1. Be Proactive                                                                            

 2. Begin with the end in mind         

3. Put first things first                      

4. Think win-win    

 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood   

6. Synergize (collaborate)

7. Sharpen the Saw (take care of you)

(from Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

I have only recently started to become fully aware of the 7 Habits and how effective they are in practice. I’ve been listening to the audio tape on my drive to work. Like I said, most of them are already a part of ME – but the one that I have committed to work on for myself that I don’t otherwise do is Habit #4 Think Win-Win…here’s the thing about me, too often I think Lose-Win…me being the lose…and not because I want to lose, but because for some reason I think other people need the win more than I do…and actually…it kind of breaks my heart a little that I’ve felt that way in the past. I’ve literally compromised my well-being, my intelligence, my needs – all in the name of making someone else feel good, ‘win’ or shine. When in actuality I should have been thinking ‘win-win’…somewhere where both people walk away feeling happy and content…I have a lot of things to be proud of that deserve equal light and there is absolutely no reason for me to compromise to the point where my needs are not being met…so my personal goal for the next however long it takes…until it’s embedded in my DNA is to improve my ‘think win-win’ mentality.

Okay, back to Muriel…this woman took these ideals and used them in her school to build a culture of students who respect one another as people…and she extended it so much as taking care of the lives of her staff also. When she spoke I felt a really warm feeling of love and care in my heart…. for me, it was like everything that I love about teaching children came flooding back into my heart. For the last 10-15 years I have felt that the education system was truly failing to meet the needs of the HUMAN beings passing through. I felt like the heart and compassion needed to educate young people was missing. Everything about the 7 Habits puts becoming good, loving people first…get it…first things first…you can’t learn until your soul and being feels loved and safe. Gosh I’m incredibly lucky for having participated in such an inspirational event. lol

So much of what Muriel said resonated with me and one of them was this quote;

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

– Mark Twain

Amazing. Celebrate life people!!! Your presence on this earth is on purpose and likely for a pretty stinking cool reason…but…as much as I loved what she said, I don’t think I have entirely realized my purpose. I know a lot of what my purpose is…but there is so much of the ‘why’ that hasn’t presented itself yet. I’ve had many traumatizing experiences, uplifting experiences and inspirational ones…and really everything in between also…but there is something that just hasn’t clicked…but in hearing Muriel speak about motivating children to be their best person as they find their why, I felt a huge sense of hopefulness shoot up and down my spine, that I, like her, will eventually find my ‘why’ and change people’s lives…

I would absolutely love to hear from you about your ‘why’ … Have you found it? What’s it feel like? How did you notice it? If you haven’t found it…what are you feeling? What are signs that are showing up for you?

In Kindness,

Becca

xo