MADE IN THE WEST

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I always seem to pick the coldest and windiest day of the week to shoot for the blog. This day was no exception, and I quickly learned that photographing a graphic tee in the wind is not an easy task. I think there is a common misconception that bloggers have a super easy life, where they receive tons of clothes, get to look cute all the time, and all they have to do is take a quick photo and post it to social media. Well, I’m here to tell you that’s not the case. If you could have seen me during this shoot, struggling to stay warm while using random rocks and my jacket to keep the tripod from blowing over you would have thought I was the worst blogger in the world. Sometimes I take a mental step out of the situation when I’m shooting and just think to myself, “Corina you look absolutely ridiculous right now,” and I can’t help but laugh.

Learning to laugh at myself is something I’ve gotten pretty good at, mostly because I happen to embarrass myself frequently, and if I didn’t laugh about it I would be a huge insecure mess. Laughing helps me shrug the situation off and take life a little less seriously when the moment calls for it. I also think it helps bring me peace when things get out of control.

Last weekend I started reading a new book (I know, crazy, how did I even squeeze time in my day to start reading?!). It’s Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and it’s been teaching me a lot about finding peace in the present and learning to perceive life in a different way than we’re conditioned to by society. It’s extremely transformational and one of the quotes I loved so much I wanted to share on the blog. Tolle writes:

“How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment.
The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens.
It cannot happen anywhere else. Once you have made peace with the present moment,
see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, rather than what life does through you.
There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living,
the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life.
Being one with life is being one with Now.
You then realize that you don’t live life, but life lives you.
Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.”

I hope his words inspire you as they did for me.

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WHAT I’M WEARING
MATE THE LABEL – MADE IN THE WEST BURNOUT TEE
VINTAGE FRINGE JACKET
SPELL DESIGNS – FOLK TOWN SHORTS
WANDERLUST FASHION – CONCHO NECKLACE
TURQUOISE & TOBACCO – COVE NECKLACE