5.10.2015

One Bold Move

"Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you've imagined."
Henry David Thoreau

The quote by Thoreau speaks to me each time I read it. It is a reminder to live the life I'VE imagined, and not the life someone tries to enforce upon me; but the life I always dreamed of having for myself. 

Often times we find ourselves trapped in the presumptions, manipulations and values that belong to someone else. Until finally, we realize...This is not the way I choose to live my life! We muster-up the courage and become brave. We make one bold move that removes the chains that bind us. Just one bold move is all it takes, and then finally, we become free to move in the direction that leads us on the path of our dreams. Just one bold move, my friends, and then you'll have the strength it takes to capture the life you imagined.

Today, as a I pose near a display that boast the Thoreau quote, I'm dressed confidently in an ensemble that takes a bold move. Who would dare show their stomach in their late 40s? The rules which state it shouldn't be done are to be re-written for those of us who dare to dream and walk in the direction towards them. The baring of the mid represents strength and courage. Enjoy!


Today's outfit speaks of confidence and boldness with its eclectic mix of styles - somewhat of a rebellious spirit unfolds. A sporty hodge-podge that somehow comes together as one. A comfortable pair of sport pants combined with an interesting, capped sleeve, cross front turtleneck that shows a hint of tummy. To give the look a feminine flair - a pair of high heeled strappy sandals. Touches of silver which instantly give the outfit a cool vibe.

Outfit Details: Cross Front Turtleneck: Banana Republic; Lou & Grey Space-dye Zip Pocket Pants: Loft; Strappy Heels: Loft; Aviators: Loft; Baseball Cap: H&M (Old. But many options at Shopstyle)






Polish is Au Natural by essie

 

I speak from experience. I was once that person who was bound by others beliefs and manipulations. Because of this, I was unable to pursue my dreams. It took one bold move which finally gave me the power to move in the direction of my dreams. Often times it isn't others but our own fears which hold us back. Regardless, break the chains. You'll be so glad you did. I hope you all have a wonderful week {wink}
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33 comments:

  1. Go girl I love it! You are beautiful and I like the fact you are bold. I found your blog through Style Nudge and decided to stop by and show some love. I love what you are wearing:)

    www.tipsyheelz.com

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    1. Hi and thank you so much! I thought the open front sweater was perfect for the message. Be bold and make a move in the direction of your dreams. I'm glad you like the look :)

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  2. Hi. I am stopping by from Style Nudge. Your eclectic style is very insteresting and bold. But there is more. I am touchedn by your post. I understand very well how it is to live the life someone imeginated for me, but not my own life and don´t follow my dreams. It took me some time to set me free. Thank you for your post and good luck!
    Anna
    www.newskinyme.com

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    1. Hi Anna! I believe many find themselves in the situation. And I'll admit, it was tough to make that bold move, but once I did, there was no looking back.

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  3. What a great look! I love the way you show a little bit of skin, but not too much. It's understated and bold at the same time. I'll bet you have a lot of options with that top. I can see that easily in the winter with long sleeves under it. And of course, I love those shoes!

    I could say SO much about what you have written here, but I too have allowed myself to be shackled by the opinions and judgment of others and I'm quite frankly sick of it. I feel that fear has been my companion far too often and I'm just recently daring to dream my dreams. I need to make the 'one bold move' and the the life I choose, not the one that others think I should be living. I have been taking baby steps, but maybe those are just to make the fears recede gradually. I am going to give this a lot of thought. I can't wait till your book comes out. I'll bet there is more of this in the book! This is a post I'll be reading through more times today! Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, yes, you're right. When I first saw the sweater I thought layers, but when I tried it on, there was something very tempting about baring my stomach...something I don't typically do unless I'm in a swimsuit. With everything I buy, I always considering the styling options. I'm not to keen on one hit wonders. I need versatility.

      I believe much of the population finds themselves shackled by what others think. Some will admit it while others won't. For myself, I'm a strong believer in becoming vulnerable to gain my strength. As for the baby steps, it works for others, but for myself...well, let's just say I have to take that bold leap. If not, I won't go anywhere. It's the same philosophy of testing the water to see if it's too cold. Some put their toes in the pool while others prefer to jump right on in. And yes, I go deeper into this entire subject in the book.

      I hope you have a wonderful week, Karen :)

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  4. Now I can see all that hard work you've been putting in with exercise! Why not flaunt it? You deserve to.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. I don't know how old you are Glenda, but they say that once you hit your 50's you can shed all of what you "think" you should be. I guess we've been through so much by that time that you get to a point where you just say I don't care what other people may think, I like it and I want to do it. I know I found my wings at 50. Great post and love the outfit, especially the sport pants with the heels, and of course the peek of your belly button! Thank you for your post and thank you for linking up with SHOE AND TELL on Style Nudge!

    Cherie
    http://www.stylenudge.com

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    1. I'm knocking on 50's door, Cherie, and I'm thankful to shed others opinions of me and what they think I should be doing with my life. Such freedom!

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  6. WOW, Glenda, you look A-MA-ZING! Daring and edgy, but also classy and just so very cool! And yes, you nailed it - it's our own fears... we all have them, and ultimately we are responsible and able to break out of them. You did! You are in full blossom, my dear! xxx

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    1. Thank you, Natalia. I really enjoyed wearing this bold move of an outfit. I felt like I was giving a middle finger to all the naysayers in my life.

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  7. You go girl!!!! You are totally rockin' this look. One of your best!!
    Darlene
    http://whosaprettygirl.com

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  8. You are giving me some fabulous urban chic look and i love it. If the mood you are in is to show some midriff, do you and be happy :). Always a a great pleasure stopping by. Your posts are always fun to read.

    P.S. Thank you so much for that lovely comment you left on my post today. True talk!

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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    1. You're welcome Busola. True talk indeed. On both our posts.

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  9. I love your outfit! You look very...how do you say in english? Badass???
    I'm italian, I'm not sure of the translation, but anyway..you are uber-cool!
    I couldn't agree more with what you said about our fears about others: i'm taking baby steps towards my freedom, me too, and I haven't never felt better!
    Also if i'm not still strong enough to show my belly button :-))

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    1. I'm glad you're taking the steps, and yes, it feels amazing. Like the weight of the world has been removed from your shoulders. Badass...I guess this look translate to badass :)

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  10. Just FABULOUS and I love this outfit on you.

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  11. Dear Glenda, not only do you look fabulous showing a little bit of skin (you go girl!) but your words were also right on point. Fear paralyzes us from doing what we love and we feel is best for us. Also, the power that we give others to control our emotions and feelings is super debilitation. We put so much focus and energy into what others are doing or may think of us and we forget about ourselves. Every time I look at this way of living from a different angle it all makes sense to me. Our minds don't know any better as it is the way we were taught to be since the moment we were born. And we live this way until the emotional imbalances such way of living creates make us sick and very unhappy. Some of us wake up from such delusional state and some of us don't. That is why there is so much suffering in this world but it is all is part of everyone's divine purpose. But you my friend have awaken and will continue evolving and reaching places you never imagined you could get to. So enjoy the adventure and keep soaring:-)

    You look amazing today Glenda. The sporty-chic look you created suits you perfectly. Well done and continue being you are AMAZING!!!! Sending you lots of love!! XOXO, Jeannette.

    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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    1. Somehow parents need to teach their children to be strong, independent and powerful in their own minds. Many parents did teach their young this way of thinking. For the ones who were less fortunate, muddling our way through is often the road taken until we finally decide...I'm getting off this road.

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  12. You look fabulous, Glenda! I saw this pic on IG and was immediately intrigued with the outfit. It's perfect! You embrace yourself beautifully...thanks for the inspiration!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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    1. You're welcome, Whitney and thank you very much!

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  13. Dressed up sweats are always a good idea, that crossover sweater is the perfect compliment!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  14. Well said! It took me until I hit 40 to make my bold move and change my life. I'm now 50 and living the life that I love - not a life that was chosen for me, and I'm having a ball :)
    Michelle

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    1. I use to fault myself for taking so long to make that bold move, Michelle. But I'm discovering that with mid life, comes courage. I'm now ok with the timeline. Just thankful I took the leap as you are too :)

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  15. You go lady!! I meant to comment on this when I saw your outfit on FB the other day. The first thing that caught my eye was the black cap and top - sheer perfection!! Thank goodness confidence goes way beyond any silly rules because as you say "The rules which state it shouldn't be done are to be re-written for those of us who dare to dream and walk in the direction towards them." I don't like the terminology of 50 being the new 40 because that says we aren't or shouldn't be content where we are. That's why posts like these that toss out the old way of thinking are so encouraging to many of us who are over 50. Embracing who and where we are is the BEST!! Thanks Glenda for a great post.

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    1. Thank you! I agree completely with you regarding the age statement. I suppose those who state it, say it thinking they are giving a compliment. I too find it annoying. As if my current age is wrong. I have learned, just like you Steph, that we're never to old to live our dreams.

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  16. Oh Glenda, how beautiful you look in this outfit. I totally adore it. It gets an A+ from me. Those trousers just look stunning with the top. Well done.
    Greetje

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    1. Thank you Greetje! The pants are a marvelous fit and my new favorites. I plan on getting a couple more :)

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