3.01.2015

The Highs and the Lows

In life, we have to learn to take the highs with the lows. Wouldn't everything be great if we were like a balloon that has been filled with infinite amounts of helium? Up, up, up we climb, flowing freely and managing to reach unimaginable heights and success, basking in the glory of the high. Unfortunately Fortunately, that's not the way life happens. Though we may have the gas or energy to keep moving, in evidently, there will always be that branch, thorn, or foreign object that happens to be in the path of the balloon, pricks it, and sends it careening through the air, landing in an unforeseen destination.

If you think about it, is landing in an unexpected place necessarily a bad thing? As I think back over my personal life journey, I realize I don't have enough fingers to count the amount of times I was pricked by a foreign object and spewed into uncharted territories. In my younger years, I found these landings to be anything but favorable. Then, I was left to wonder why and how will I ever get out of this place. However now, in hindsight, I find that it is within the lows that I find my bearings. It is during the lows that I quiet myself to reflect and ponder which direction to take next; how to avoid another misfortune; or better yet, discovering that the new destination may just be a part of the bigger picture.

For today's look, as I pose near a picture of a young child playing with a balloon, I'm wearing my latest addition to my white top wardrobe inventory - a High/Low shirt. What better way to represent the Highs and the Lows in life. Enjoy!


Today's Look: High/Low Shirt: Loft (in stores only); Ponte Pencil Skirt by Merona: Target; Kenneth Cole Tassel bucks (20 years old. Options HERE and HERE); Large Silver Hoop Earrings: Icing; Sunnies: Loft,
Socks from Target







What are your ideas with the highs and lows in life? Do you find yourself unsettled in the unfamiliar, or do you try to take-in and enjoy every aspect of your life journey? I hope you have a wonderful week regardless of the heights of your climb{wink}

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49 comments:

  1. A bit of both..in the beginning a bit unsettled then later, I ask myself what am I suppose to learn from this??

    On another note, your look is fab! I am loving the socks and oxfords. ;)

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    1. Thank you so much, Delilah. At 49 I still wear socks :)
      I agree with you, Delilah. At first the unexpected is always a bit unsettling, but then, you have to ask yourself that all important question, "What is it that I need to learn from this experience?"

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  2. I think that you have to have the lows (though it's not fun at the time) or you won't appreciate the highs!

    Lisa @ Fun Money Finds

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    1. Absolutely! If we were constantly on the high, I believe that after awhile, we would get quite board. That in it's self would become unsettling.

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  3. Yes the mysteries of life we can never understand but sometimes we need the lows to see clearly and rewind, re-energize and re-align our priorities. Have a lovely week Glenda. xo

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    1. Agreed, Elsie. I often fear that the younger generation believes that life is always about the highs and doesn't appreciate the quieter moments.

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  4. There's this quote that always stuck with me: nothing last forever. At first that made me smile, because it means that after the lows there will be new highs. But then I realized that it also means that eventually you'll be faced with lows again. It's just the way life is :-(

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    1. And on and on and on. How true that statement is.

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  5. You look so good - love your new shirt so chic with the pencil skirt and the Oxfords are gorgeous - adore these shoes with the socks!
    I dislike the unfamiliar and it takes me a while to get a grip. I am trying to be more adaptable and optimistic though. Learnt a long time ago that the things I regret are the things I didn't do afterall, nothing ventured nothing gained and all that!
    Fab to have you back!

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    1. It's good to be back! I'm glad you like this look. I happen to love wearing socks. I guess I'm still a kid at heart.

      I think we all feel uncomfortable during the lows. I do, but I'm learning, or have learned to go with it. This too shall pass.

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  6. I think I feel unsettled at first but then I figure it's what I have so I try to make the best of whatever it is. There's always something good to come out of any situation, sometimes it's just harder to see that. I love the shoes. Great look today!

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    1. Thank you Debra. Yes, I feel unsettled at first, but slowly I'm able to bring it back around to discover more about the situation.

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  7. We have high and low in everyday life, let alone in life in general. For me, it is part of life and makes life interesting and meaningful. This top you have on is perfect. The high/low hem takes it away from the norm and turn it into an interesting piece!

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    1. I'm a huge lover of the white shirt...white clothing in general. I have a huge assortment. This one is the game changer, for sure.

      I believe that those of us who appreciate the lows are more well adjusted and capable of bearing life to the fullest.

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  8. So true, and as you get older you begin to realize that the lows actually give you the strength to reach higher and go further. #PersonalStyleLinkup

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    1. Yes! I fully agree, Antionette, and that is where I am in my life. It took awhile for me to get here...but I'm here and very thankful. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. You always make me think, Glenda. I know the difficulties of my past have played a role in where I am today. I accept that...and really am so glad it wasn't worse. You also always look fabulous...love the high low blouse. And thanks for your kind words on my post today!

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    1. You're very welcome, Pam, and thank you as well. I think often about my past too. In hindsight, the difficulties of my past have made me the person that I am today. Truthfully, I'm alright with who Glenda has become ;)

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  10. Oh Glenda, I just absolutely love it! So playful and adorable! Who knew black and white can look so lighthearted? AMAZING, truly amazing. I can't point my finger on what exactly makes this so innocent, so child-like looking... the combination of flat shoes with white socks? The blouse? I just love it!

    I also agree with you very much. I came to the same conclusion in my inner searches. I came to realization that I actually love "the lows", not when they happen, not right away, but from those places we grow. It's good for the soul. For our growth.

    Love xxx

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    1. Oh my goodness, Natalia, you are such a lady of words. Thank you for being so kind. When I first styled this look, I had it with heels, however, the look didn't resonate with me. I wanted the look to stand out...to be unique. So many bloggers show their looks wearing heels. In real life, I don't walk around wearing high heels - unless I'm going to a special event, etc. My day to day life is relaxed and I want to be comfortable, and of course, represent who I am. I love giving classic pieces a unique edge.

      Yes, I agree with you about the lows. Initially, we regret them, but if we just settle ourselves, we realize that the lows are when the true meanings are defined.

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  11. First I must say I found this post delicious . I can not say why I chose that words, but I am sticking to it.
    Love the black and white, and the unformulaic way you wore it with the high low. But my favorite thing, is the cream shoes with the white socks... I love that detail. It is details like that that makes this outfit distinctive, and impossible to copy, and purely your now.
    I truly value a blogger with a creative eye. ( YOU!)
    and the shoes are just how old>
    ;)
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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    1. I like being referred to as delicious. I think that's a first. I dig it! The shoes are over 20 years old. I love them so much that I only wear them on occasion so that they won't wear out. Crazy thought process, but that is how I treat my most favorite pieces. I wear them seldom.

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  12. Cute top. I tend to be very mellow, so when I start to panic everyone knows there's an issue. I used to be all *insert psycho music here* when things went south, but now I know, life is a cycle. And my faith in Christ helps me to deal.

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    1. Aw the infamous psycho music. How will we ever forget that spine tingling sound track. I get you, Daenel. Being well rooted in a faith is a definite plus in this world.

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  13. Making sense of the real life blows takes time but in the end it is how we handle these that makes us stronger.Your playful black and white look is great,as are your great shoes and white socks.
    Thank you again,Glenda,for a thought provoking post.

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    1. You're welcome, Jill. I'm glad you enjoyed the topic and the look. Have a great week!

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  14. I think I have not had many lows in my life. Or I don't recognize them as lows. Or I forget all about them. Whichever, I count myself very lucky in life.
    As for your thoughts: I totally agree. Enjoy the journey itself. Don't start enjoying at the end of the journey as it doesn't end.

    Lovely blouse.
    Greetje

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    1. You are indeed fortunate, Greetje. I have learned to enjoy the journey.

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    2. I am going through your posts again and now I can see your shoes more clearly (I opened it before on my iPad). Beautiful shoes.

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  15. Life is a continuous up and down. I think the main thing is do not lose illusion. As García Márquez's Colonel said : The illusion is not eaten but feeds .

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    1. That is a great quote. One which I've never seen. Thank you for sharing this.

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  16. Brilliant post, Glenda! I love the balloon metaphor and the outfit! I am always impressed by how you and the clothing you wear present as both crisp, fresh and strong, yet also soft, warm and open. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Shawna! I suppose what you see does represent the various sides of Glenda. On one hand I'm very precise and meticulous while on the other hand, I'm compassionate and respect easy living. Go figure :)

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  17. Love your look, those shoes ma'am!!! High/low is a fav style because it hides my junk!
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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    1. Robin, you are crazy! Your junk?... Anyway, I'm glad you like the look. I really dig this top too. And yes ma'am, I've had the shoes for over 20 years ;)

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  18. What a great topic to ponder. I agree with what you said about the lows in life causing a pause, a time of reflection and 'direction-gathering.' I think it shows a great deal of balance in life when we recognize the need to take a deep breath and think before (or instead of) panicking. I am a worrier, and tend to dread the 'lows'. I'm afraid I will come completely undone even though this has not yet happened. Somehow we gather ourselves and rise to whatever circumstances we are in, right? Somehow... I still dread the lows that come and have yet to come! It's good to have our joys and the memories of those joys to think about when we are in a 'low' spot, I think. For me, it causes me to realize that the joys are still out there and will still come. This post really made me think. I need to ditch some fears. I think my problem is thinking too far ahead and anticipating events that may not even occur. This is an area that needs work!! Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, what you said here..."I think my problem is thinking too far ahead and anticipating events that may not even occur." Is where I fail too. Thank heavens my husband is the type of man that is calm. He manages to keep me grounded. But yes, I've had many lows in my life and though it's not particularly fun being in the lows, it is the best time to reflect.

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  19. 1st I must say I love this look. The shoes are great and I'm feeling the high/low top! As far as the highs and lows of life, I fee that it's a journey and I'm learning to embrace it...all. While not always enjoyable, I know each low will make me better and each low has a purpose. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. Thank you Whitney! And I agree that it is all a part of the journey.

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  20. That's a great combination of that skirt and top. I love the look!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  21. Glenda, I LOVE, LOVE your little white shoes and ankle socks. It is such a playful, fun look, especially with the lo-hi white shirt. Fab look!
    Thank you for linking up with SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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    1. Hi Cherie and thank you! My first idea was to simply style the look with a nice pair of heels, but then I realized I wanted the look to stay interesting and playful like the top.

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  22. In life we have to enjoy the high as it gives the fource to face the low...and never forget that happyness also is in tiny, ordinary things!!
    Have a good week!

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    1. Dan, I agree. Often times I have to reflect on the little things when it seems the lows are getting to me.

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  23. I think the lows in life help you appreciate your high place once you reach it. Also, low places keep you humble and walking in humility. I don't always handle my lows very well, but I have gotten a lot better at it with the help of God.

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com

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    1. I so agree with you, LV. I too am a work in progress and I learn to navigate my way through life.

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