1.27.2016

Easy

This post is dedicated to my musician son - the one who has the compassion to inspire, has the heart of a teacher, and the spirit of an artist.

"No one said life would be easy, 
and if they would have told me so,
I would have punched them in the gut."
Glenda K. Harrison

Life isn't easy, and the road to success is a very complicated journey filled with endless twists and turns, ups and downs, and battles of the mind. I don't know about you, but there have been many times when I felt hoodwinked, and ready to throw in the towel. My son asked, "Isn't the journey to success suppose to be easy?" "No son, it isn't. And you won't find a single person who says it is. It is in fact one of the toughest roads you'll travel because success and failure are indeed on the same path; especially when you're trying to live a life worth living. The key is to find ways to deal with the setbacks."

If what we seek is easy, and comes without pain, long hours, heartache and setbacks, then in fact, it probably isn't something that means a great deal. We cry over something when we truly are hungry and passionate for it...when we're trying to become the person the world needs most. "So no, my dear son, it isn't going to be easy, but, it will give you satisfaction once it is achieved."

So for today's style story, I wear an easy dress that screams leisure. The perfect dress, and most appropriate after working so damn darn hard. Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you in the comment section.


Outfit Details - *LOFT Beach Seashell Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Rancher Hat: Anthropologie (Past Season. Many Rancher Hats on Shopstyle); Jeweled Sandals: Enzo Angiolini (Great selection of jeweled sandals at Shopstyle. Check out the jeweled Leslie sandal by Michael Kors); Faux Leather Aviator Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Past Season. New Faux Leather Aviators); Pearlized Y Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft; Turquoise Ring belonged to my Mother; Bracelets are charms from necklaces I own. Crystal Stud Earring: The Icing.

*For the dress, I'm wearing a size medium. It is very roomy and I could have worn a small. However, I stayed with the larger size so the dress would stay in the off-the-shoulder position. Also, it doesn't come in a petite. Being around 5'2", I did have to hem the dress about 5 inches.


"We must become the people
we think the world needs most."
Michael David PonTell


This statue was created in memory of Michael David PonTell (December 22, 1991 - May 12, 2015). Michael was a writer, dreamer, founder of the writers' website - Onlinbrary.com, and champion of other young writers whose voices have not yet been heard. 







 

I speak from my heart as my son has met challenges along the way. As his mother, and his soul mate, I had to delve deep to find the correct words for him to lean on. I was frightened he would give up on his dream. I searched for answers from others, but soon discovered the wisdom he needed came from the tough road I had to travel. It's most certainly true, when we have a test - it becomes a testimony. Because my experiences helped my son, I'm glad my road wasn't easy.

Stay True,
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28 comments:

  1. ah, nothing worthwhile is ever easy! Love this dress, the pattern is so fabulous, love the off the shoulder detail, and your posing next to the statue, with the wise words, is precious!
    I know how proud of you of your son!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Very proud of my son. It hurts to see him hurt, but I know that hurt will propel him into greatness. Gosh, Elle, this statue is really spectacular.

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  2. I agree that sometimes the challenges and difficulties are where we learn the most, and where our character is built. Even those whose success seems to happen "overnight" have been paving the road for many years to be ready for that break.

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  3. This dress is so beautiful. I love the way it accents your shoulders. The bond between a mother and son is truly something special.

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    1. Connie, I'm a sucker for off the shoulder. Thank you. And I most certainly agree...the bond between mother and son is very special.

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  4. Again, an inspiring post Glenda. And so wise and so true. If I ever believed life was going to be easy, I would be sitting here devastated today wondering what went wrong. But I'm not! The solid truth here is 'you find a way to deal with the setbacks.' Great advice for a mom to give a much loved son! The dress is beautiful, I love the shade of blue and easy style. Haven't seen the sun in a good long time here, not even a little bit, so I love looking at your beautiful pictures!

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    1. Hi Karen...yes indeed, we must find ways to deal with those inevitable setbacks. I adore my sons, Karen. They inspire me, and seeing them hurt - hurts. But I know how necessary hurts are to grow into wise adults.

      The dress is remarkable and so very comfortable. I'm sure it'll be worn alot. We're having nice 70 degree weather this week, but we're expecting rain this weekend. I thought I'd use the nice weather to jump into some spring looks.

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  5. You are stunning, and yes, mother and son, nothing like it. I have two, and since divorcing and getting the toxic stress out of the house, we have all three been closer than ever. I feel so blessed. Dress is amazing and your site is gorgeous.

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    1. Jenny, thank you so much. You're so kind. I'm glad you are now rid from the toxic stress.

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  6. I love this post...and it reminds me of a lesson I am constantly learning: don't avoid appropriate discomfort. And it also reminds me that, as hard as it is to see our loved ones struggle, it's amazing to see them on the other side of it and to witness their triumph!

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    1. Yes indeed. Seeing them hurt is very painful. But you know, in the end, they'll greatly benefit from the pain.

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  7. Glenda, you are truly wise woman! I love this post and I would recommend every parent to read it and inspire for conversations with their children. And, additionally, you're looking great in this fabulous dress. I'm your great fan (but this you know already).

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    1. Hi Mag! Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoy the blog. Trust me when I say, I had to choke back tears seeing my baby hurt. I'm also thankful my life struggles and story is what inspired him to keep going.

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  8. Yes, we learn much through trials...and life is not easy. That is why I face it one day at a time determined to have joy and live to the fullest for that day...then get up and do it again tomorrow. Thanks Glenda!

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    1. The biting of the elephant is such an important idea. One bite at a time. Thank you Pam!

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  9. You look absolutely gorgeous. And I love your words of wisdom.

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    1. Carol, thank you so much for leaving a comment, and thank you!

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  10. Isn't that the truth...and our kids, unfortunately, have to go through it as well. On a more positive note you dress is so pretty on you Glenda, from the color to the style it is just perfect :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Nora thank you. I love this roomy dress very much.

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  11. Very lovely dress Glenda..Eve Phill

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  12. So cool and pretty!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  13. As a mother of two sons I so very much appreciate this post. It does hurt to see our children experience their own struggles but I do believe the benefit is the growth and achievement they feel when they get through. Love the dress and especially the title of your blog!
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, thank you so much for your comment. The name So What to Twenty isn't a slap on the face to our younger women, rather a statement to the industry that I love (fashion) that constantly discounts seasoned women.

      You are right...our children must endure the struggles, glean from them and continue on their journey.

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  14. I love the dress, but above all I adore your unique style, dear Glenda.
    Happy Monday
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    1. Sacramento, thank you. You, my dear, are the queen of uniqueness.

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