Day 11-13: Out with the old...

 

The past few days have been evaulating why a particular item brings me joy or doesn't bring me Joy.  After having my last baby and my c-section I really feel icky when anything pushes or scratches on my scar.

I have "fit" into my skinny jeans but the low rise presses right on that area and I don't feel great wearing them.  I find myself constantly trying to adjust them and pull them up even higher, and relieved when I can take them off at the end of the day.  I can see however that some part of me is hanging on to the idea of fitting in to these jeans but I really inside they bring me no Joy.

So, I started my donation pile which included almost all pairs of pants except one (so I would have something to wear) and more items that I feel bla about,( some which were brand new) cringe, but that's part of this experiment right?  If it doesn't feel joyful than what's the point.  

 
 
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I'm realizing with this experiment that my styles can evolve just as we do.  I can allow myself the space to try something new on, and change my style up a bit to fit in with the new evolving wanting to be comfortable yet fashionable person at the same.  These two can totally exist together.  

I took a trip to my favorite store and found 3 pairs of pants from this brand that I LOVE, I put these pants on and wanted to marry them.  And a flowy top, and a dress with a 50's nod. I'll post pics of those soon! 

Feeling rejuvinated and excited!! 

 

 

 

Day 5-10: Change your question, change how you feel

The biggest take away I would say so far about The Wear Your Joy Project, is simply changing what I focus on and what I ask myself "how can I wear my Joy today" drastically changes how I feel about myself and how it leaks into my day.  

After baby my body has definetly shifted and my style has shifted in many respects as well.  I am welcoming in stronger thighs and gluts but my pants are not as forgiving as I am.  

So in this pic I opted for a new favorite denim shirt, leggings and boots, because boots, boots boots!!! I love me so me boots!  

 
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These last few days have been busy with family in town, birthday celebrations and life so I don't have a bunch of photos to share, but I'm finding that there are certain pieces of clothing that I just keep wearing over and over again.  Some days its just the watch I love, or a jacket and the rest of the outfit is so so, but just that little effort can make all the difference.

Next up: getting rid of clothes that do not spark JOY!

 

Day 2: I love leggings!

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I've always felt like spending money on workout clothes was a waste.  I mean you sweat in them and generally we can't wear them out to a nice dinner and to work.  I love clothes that have many functions, so buying workout gear is usually the last place I spend my money.

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But I spend a 5 days a week in the gym working out and finally decided to buy some new leggings and a pair of shorts!  I picked a pair that is loud, has pockets and I feel really good working out in.  It was definetly a JOY sparker and now I think I want to buy more fun workout gear!

Day 1: Make it Werk!

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Already on day 1 I felt some resistance when I went to my closet to pick out my first outfit of JOY!  I immeditely wanted to throw everything out and start fresh, but instead focused on the JOY aspect and wore one of my favorite boots paired with stripes.  I heard my inner Tim Gunn and had a "Make it Werk" moment. 

 I actually felt very different throughout my work day and got a lot of compliments on my outfit!   Feeling the JOY!


Month 3: A month of wearing my JOY!

After Doing a month of dance, I decided this month I needed an easy win.  

I recently purchased a e course bundle for a product development ecourse called The Superhero bundle, which is a great way to get some awesome courses at a bargain price.  I bought it primarily to help me work on my upcoming ecourse SPARKS, but the bundle also included 8 more courses on writing, photography and a course that peaked my interest called Wear your Joy.  It’s a 30 day challenge meant to encourage dressing yourself from a place of joy. 

So, that's what I've decided to do for this months challenge.  I'm going to intentionaly get dressed with Joy as my primary deciding factor.

Follow along on Instagram #maringwearsherjoy or here on the blog!