Self-love and Following Your Dreams


❤ A dreamy photo of Paris by Paris in Four Months, before beginning a novel of a post

I have been thinking about this all day, and here it goes:

I didn’t know what I wanted this blog to be when I created it.  All I knew was that I wanted a platform to fill with inspiration.  What Graceful Glass Slipper could be or grow into was something that I felt extremely frustrated with for nearly two years.  I remember dancing around my house the day I bought my url, celebrating something even though I had no idea what could possibly become of it.  Graceful Glass Slipper is a work in progress, but I finally know what direction it is going in.

This is something I have mentioned before but I want to to explain it once more.  I am a fashion design major (my sophomore year begins this September), so why is my blog becoming more and more beauty and wellness focused?

When I was fifteen, I read Treasure Yourself.  It changed my life because it introduced ideas to me that have altered the way I think and feel about life.  I will forever be grateful for the impact Treasure Yourself  had on me, and no matter what, I am able to go back to it for guidance.  It has led me to read more books that carry similar principles, ones that go even more in depth with certain ideas.

In grade school, we learn how to add and subtract and memorize vocabulary words.  Each of these things are important, but I think we also need to be taught how to take care of ourselves.  I can’t help but wonder why, in the midst of all that we learn in school as young children, we are not taught how to love ourselves and truly understand the thousands of thoughts that go through our minds each day.

Treasure Yourself taught me how I can choose to love and accept myself; and each time I take time out of my day to go for a walk or practice affirmations, I feel inspired to work on other areas of my life …. like following my dream to become a fashion designer.  Learning how to choose organic products for my skin or being mindful of what I am eating are seemingly small things that inspire me to keep going forward and move through the obstacles in my life.  The more I learn about my own body and soul, the more I feel like I have the tools I need to live each day to the fullest.  And I use the word tools very loosely, because in this moment, we all have everything we need to be happy.  Happiness isn’t expensive or something that we can only have if we have something else first.  Happiness is a feeling we create within ourselves through our own thoughts and actions.

I used to shy away from sharing things like this, which is similar to what I would write in my journal.  Writing openly and honestly like this has made me realize that I want Graceful Glass Slipper to be that place.  I want readers to leave Graceful Glass Slipper feeling inspired to love and take care of themselves so that they have the confidence to follow their dreams.

Remember to love your beautiful self,

Carly xx


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