Day 31: Results

Hypothesis: What did I think would happen?

I think I'll feel silly and awkward and embarrassed for awhile, but maybe doing some immersion therapy will also help me get over that feeling. 

Results:  

I really liked learning a new skill and having my teacher Jill helped me keep my momentum going.  I was able to move through the embarrassment and it definetly sparked an interest in doing more dance classes, but I wasn't able to make it a high priority and so it sorta waned as the month wore on.

To my defense we also had family in town and the times when I would usually dance alone in my house were limited towards the end of the month.

All in all, I had fun doing it and if nothing its inspired me to dance more in my house with the kids when I'm alone.

 

 

Days 13-30 Results

Today is the final day of Wearing my Joy!!  

Hypothesis:  That by wearing clothes that I love I would focus more on the feeling of Joy rather than on what my body "should" look like.

Results:

#1 It was pretty easy for me to get into this challenge.  I love clothes and changing up my style so it felt pretty easy to get dressed with Joy in mind.  I realized I do this more than I think I do.   

But I did notice that by changing my focus to one of Joy, I began to see that there were times I felt I needed to "look more professional" and would pick clothes that fit that part, but saw quickly that I felt uncomfortble and stifled and less free.  I challenged my need to "be more professional" by wearing clothes that were work approrpiate but also felt like it had some fun and playfulness as well.  

#2 I definetly have my go-to items that I could wear for days on end.  I found that to be an exciting realization and donated a lot of clothes and shoes that I wasn't in love with.  Some even were brand new items. (gasp!)

Towards the end of this challenge I took myself to my favorite store Mimi and Red and splurged on a few items that I fell in love with.  

All in all this experiment was eye opening and definetly brough more joy into how I dress my body.  It help me change the focus to feeling good in what I was wearing, as oppossed to the feeling terrible in the pre pregnancy skinny jeans but wearing them just because they were pre pregnancy jeans.  My c-section scar thanks me.

If you guys are interested in doing this ecourse with kelly you can check it out here.  Or just make it up as you go.  Below is a few pics of me wearing my Joy!

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!