Hey lovelies! I’ve been meaning to create content that includes fashion, yet I wasn’t sure how or what exactly I wanted to share with you guys… It’s been a trying couple of weeks but God is still good!
My style has always had a European twist to it, yet I always have to somehow change it up from the popular fashion everyone’s wearing, and make it a little bit more Leanne. I’ve noticed (Especially when I was back in the UK last year) that popular fashion is becoming very 80’s/ 90’s inspired and I absolutely love that! Polonecks are back in, and so are big baggy jeans. Hashtag, YAAS! So here are a couple of the looks I wore out and about during the week!
It’s getting really chilly where I live, so stacking up the warm clothes, yet still looking put together is a must!
Here’s a little encouragement for you guys during these winter months…
“….Happy is the man who fears (respects, honors) the LORD, taking great delight in His commands…they will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD…” -Psalm 112: 1-7
So! It’s been a while, I know, but I was seriously having that bittersweet October I was going on about in my last post. Emphasis on the bitter.(Scroll past this post for details from my previous post!) Honestly, I even wrote half a post called, “Still a bittersweet October, man.” So I did try to make a post but it was a very half-hearted and depressing one, which isn’t what I want this blog to be about! On the upside though, things are muchmuch better, and I have even decided to go on a little cleanse, or rather, a big one; a social media cleanse!
I got a rather random phone call from my sister late last week, urging me to check out Essena O’neil’s Instagram page, which I did. I have to say that at first, I thought that Essena, who I’m subscribed to on YouTube because of her wonderful vegan food tips and her generally inspiring soul, had gone completely raging. Honestly. I mean, every picture on her Instagram now contained a very blatant message that basically said social media was bad, bad, bad. She’d posted about how we are completely enslaved to other peoples lives, likes, views, and basically validation from others because of social media. She went on to say that she’d gone on a cleanse, and it had changed her life. Meaning, she was no longer distracted by what the world thought of her, she was no longer wasting time endlessly scrolling through peoples lives, instead she’d started engaging in the things that she actually liked doing such as reading, journaling, drawing, really spending time with friends and family, etc…
After looking through her page, I must say, that I was positively shocked. I was shocked because of the wisdom of her words, and the very fact that after posting the video, ‘The Dying to Yourself Challenge’ on my YouTube channel where my sister and I had challenged ourselves and our viewers to go on a similar cleanse, I had been struggling with it. I had done two of the challenges on my list which were prayer and movies/ TV, but it had literally been a battle. Next on my list was social media. Saying that letting go of social media for three days would be hard, was an understatement. The fact that I was soo attached to social media that I kept putting it off, made me realize WHY I needed to do this! Soo, starting today, I am going on a social media cleanse for a week, forget three days! I have deleted every social media app on my phone. (Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Dubsmash, Vine, etc.)
During this cleanse, I hope to go deeper in my relationship with God and tune my ears to His voice. I’d really like to discover who I am without social media and focus on what I like to do, become creative with the talents I have, and just BREATHE without any distractions! I am honestly SO excited but also slightly nervous that I might get really down or something…but that is the whole reason of doing this, maybe I can even sit at Jesus’ feet for longer than ten minutes as I’ve been meaning to!
Finally, I challenge YOU reading this to do this with me, a week of NO social media and see where it takes you!
Outfit: Grey felt floppy hat: Urban-Planet | Turtle-neck sleeveless black top: H&M | Cream Spring Cardigan: Urban-Planet | Black Jeans: Forever 21 | Black flats: Walmart
Until next week! (Or when my next inspiration hits, which would be probably sooner rather than later, lol)
Ahh, isn’t October just lovely? I mean, I loved autumn in England but in Canada? It is absolutely gorgeous! The sun dims, the weather cools, and the leaves and trees become vibrant shades of red, gold, orange, purple and so much more. The most exciting part for me is getting my autumn on. Yes, I mean, literally getting my autumn on. Doing some shopping for trendy yet warm clothes that gives me a bounce as I walk might be one of my favourite things about autumn! I did a little shopping for the upcoming colder months (And in Canada, when I say colder months? I mean, freezing-my-arse-off and feeling-like-I-might-die. I assure you, it’s no joke.) that I am so excited to wear. Granted, they are simple but are oh so very chic. (I might have to do an Autumn haul post soon!) Fashion is a little thing I might have held unto a leetle too tightly since I moved from the UK!
Now let’s try and make the title of this blog make a bit of sense, shall we? Why is October bittersweet you may ask? Well, even though it is absolutely gorgeous out, Uni for me, is getting extremely hectic. Midterm exams are here and I have waay too many assignments due! And it doesn’t help that I sleep at 2 am everyday and wake up feeling like crap everyday. Not some days or once a week wake-up-feeling-like-crap but everyday, everyday! Yes, it is most definitely due to my lack of self-discipline and self-control but in my defense, it never feels too late at the time…till I wake up for my 8 am lecture slightly hating myself. So I basically have no worthy defense…
Anyway, I have see the error of my ways! You know it’s time to change things up when you have eye bags the size of your fist, and you don’t have the motivation to look like a human being in the morning. It’s time to get organized, stop procrastinating and spend some much needed time at Jesus’ feet!
The thing is, waiting is scary. Point-blank, period. I mean, it can be an exciting experience or an exciting emotion to feel, but to me, it’s just nerve-racking. To me, waiting means trusting in something bigger than myself. Someone, bigger than myself. How can I trust in something I don’t know will happen? Something I can’t see? But that is exactly who God is. Something I can’t see. Something I can’t see…but I know that I know that I know, exists. Waiting means giving my faith a chance to work. Giving my faith in God a chance to do amazing things.
I’ve had a couple of friends ask me why I’m still single. Why I don’t have a boyfriend. Or why I haven’t dated anyone since however long they’ve known me…and the truth is, I’m waiting. As cliche as it sounds, I am waiting for Mr. Right. But not just Mr. Right, but Mr. Loves-Jesus-with-all-his-heart. I am waiting for God’s best, because I know that when God places this guy in my life, It will be more beautiful than I ever could’ve imagined. Of course I’m human and I still doubt…
I doubt that I will ever meet this person that will pour into me as I pour into him. Who will get on his face and pray for me, as I do him. I doubt that I will meet a guy who loves Jesus with all his heart as I do. Someone who will sacrifice daily for God’s will, someone who will constantly push me towards God, and someone who will love me like Jesus does…I mean come on, it’s 2015 right?
Wrong. I mean, yes it is 2015, and yes I read a slightly depressing statistic that said that 85 percent of relationships end in break-ups,and an even more depressing face book post that explained what we call a ‘relationship’ in 2015 which was the epitome of the phrase, ‘friends with benefits’, and the fact that seemingly all the guys that ‘like’ me, have rubbish intentions… But you know what? Faith is believing in the impossible. The bible tells me that with God, all things are possible. So I choose to trust, I choose to believe, and I choose to WAIT. And while I’m waiting? I choose to serve God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.