Passions and Opportunities: Peach ruffled top, flares + vintage scarf

I'm on Day 2 of a week off work, and as always, it's a bittersweet experience.

The "sweet" part is easy — I've spent the past few days knitting, sewing, cooking, hanging out with my dogs, playing video games with my husband and photographing a lot of stock for my Etsy shop. It's been awesome. And it's amazing how much better I feel, in every aspect, when the stress of work is removed from my life — which is the "bitter" part of the equation.

I feel a lot of frustration when I hear urgings to "take a leap of faith" or "follow your passion," because the truth is, it's not always that easy. Believe me, I am totally ready to take a leap of faith. But my mortgage is not. My heating bill is not. My car loan is not. My grocery bill is not. My "passion" may never be something that can sustain my family financially. And you know what? That pisses me off.

So I can do a few things with that anger. On weeks like this, I try to set it aside and just relish this time to indulge myself in all the things that bring me joy. At other times, it gives me motivation to carve out the time I need for the things that energize me — I will snatch tiny moments of time anywhere I can get them. Most of all, it keeps me from giving up and saying, "Screw it, nobody's reading my blog, I don't have enough sales in my Etsy shop, my photos suck, I'm just going to pack it in." Because "success" can be measured a lot of ways.

Top: H&M, thrifted
Scarf: Vintage, thrifted
Denim flares: The Limited, thrifted (seen here)
Shoes: Vintage, free!
Total cost to me: About $4, no joke


  1. I have to say this kind of post (killer outfit mixed with some hard truths) are part of the reason I love your blog so much. I hope having this week off will give you the strength to keep going through the hard times.
    I really enjoy reading your posts and appreciate all the work you put into this blog.

    1. Thank you so much! I have been trying to push myself to get more personal/"real" in this space and share what's really on my mind. Which honestly sometimes IS just "Hey look at this outfit," but other times is much more. Thank you for your support!

  2. I LOVE these posts, like Justina said! Yours is one of my favorite blogs because: you write about deep topics, you share awesome outfits, you love thrifting too, you have a great Etsy shop, and you also are a mom. You always inspire me to write about more than just the clothes (or try to, anyway!) And I TOTALLY get how you feel. I wish my Etsy shop or my blog could provide sustainable income for us, but... at least they bring in something occasionally, and I love cultivating the spaces even though they're not huge moneymakers.

  3. I'm reading your blog! I like it & don't stop! Although I do understand the feeling of "nobody's reading my blog, I don't have enough sales in my Etsy shop" because I feel the same way. You bring up a good point that money is not the only measure of success. Success can be measured in happiness & personal fulfillment.

    Rebecca |


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