Baby, It’s Cold Outside!
Southern Living or Southern Freezing?
What’s up with this photo?
No, I’m not headed out on an Alaskan vacation. You guessed it! Just running a few January errands and we’ve been hit with a week of winter weather here in northern Florida.
While a huge part of the country is reeling from unbelievable nasty winter weather, there are no complains here. But, we southerners do have the minor dilemma of how to dress when the weather is not coherent with our regular wardrobe. My answer – a warm cashmere topper in the back of my closet.
Living With Intention
“Where attention goes, energy flows and results show.”
— T. Harv Eke
I try to live my life inspired by this quote from T. Harv Eke.
When life gets frazzled and out of step, a quick reminder that energy flows where attention goes will bring me back on track to what my original intentions were. Always first there is intention! Next attention and then we are in the flow.
In these waning days of December with the new year of 2018 peeking around the corner at us, it is an appropriate time to start thinking about the intentions of our lives. The anticipation of the coming new year with the opportunity for a fresh beginning brings renewed hope and dreams for the future. It’s the ideal time to stop, take a moment and re-assess our yearly intentions. It doesn’t matter if the past year has been, good or not so good, here is the chance to make the ending a good one. My intention to make it the very best possible!
10 ways to start practicing living a life of intention.
1. Set your intentions for the coming year.
Think about it. What do you want your life to look like? Decide how you would like to spend your time and energy. This simple action creates awareness. Make a conscious decision to start thinking about on what you want.
2. Write it down.
Start a journal. It can be as plain as a spiral notebook or as fancy as a leather-bound journal. Makes no matter, just start thinking and writing. Set aside a few minutes each day to start dreaming. Review your list periodically. You’ll be amazed at how you have started living intentionally.
3. Practice mindfulness.
Slow down and live in the moment. Be aware of the world around you. What’s happening? Somethings you like, some you don’t. We all live in an imperfect world, so look for the perfection where ever you can find it. Again let your attention flow to the good moments and you start to see more good intentions. Clarity in the present moment is the perfect present to yourself.
4. Take 10 minutes for yourself.
Sit for a few minutes each day in the quiet place and be still. Take a little breather and with practice, you will begin to find yourself living in the present moment and on intention much easier.
5. Listen to your inner voice.
It’s talking to you all the time. Once you have set your intentions, they will start popping up in the back of your mind from time to time.
6. Letting go and decluttering will make room what you really intend for your life.
Think about subtracting not adding useless things in your life. Have what you intend.
7. Be patient.
You’ll be amazed at how solutions to problems and unexpected gifts will show up at just the right time.
8. Always keep growing.
Enjoy all the unique moments that the life has to offer. Keep aware that each new tomorrow is unique and have the intention to adapt to whatever it has to offer.
9. Welcome the impermanence of life and accept change with open arms.
Realize that nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments. And there must always be room for the future with all its intentions to arrive.
10. Be grateful.
Once you start reviewing your intention list you will be amazed at the how your intentions have materialized in your life. Practice gratitude always! Let’s make it our #1 intention!
Each December my Mother and I used to talk about the coming year and we would challenge each other to the task of making a list of 365 intentions for the coming year. Mom is now gone but I still continue to make my list. It’s amazing how hard it is to come up with 365 things. I’ve never made it to 365, but I can tell you that it is amazing how many of my intentions which seemed like wishes when I wrote them are now a reality. I challenge you to start now make a list for your best-intended life in the coming year.
Thanks sharing this time with me.
Until next time, live with intention!
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Saying Goodbye to 2017 in Classic Style
With a Classic Tune
“Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?”
Ready or not, we’re coming to the end of another year and soon we will be ringing in the new and singing along to the very familiar New Year’s Eve: “Auld Lang Syne.” While it’s a true classic few people know the meaning or the words. And so, we happily hum along after the first two lines.
Travel Blog Posts of 2017
2017 has been a very good year for travel here at Distinctly Southern Style.
During this past year, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a variety of fun locales. And so as 2017 comes to a close, I’m sharing with you my year in review of travel posts.
Come along with me to New York City, Beverly Hills, Malibu, the Grand Canyon, South Florida, the Keys, and Cozumel. I hope that you enjoy these travel posts and you will get an opportunity to visit some of these amazing places too.
Fashion Favorites From 2017
Suprise it’s coming fast!
You know it is just about time to say goodbye to 2017? In a few days, the bells will be ringing and we will be singing “Auld Lang Syne” and then welcoming the new year 2018.
Before I say goodbye to 2017, I want to say a special thank you to all my friends and followers new and old for stopping by and visiting here at Distinctly Southern Style. I’ve enjoyed our time together and appreciate all your comments and input.
So now let’s take a walk down memory lane and take a look at the blog posts with your fashion favorites of 2017.
Well, there we have it, ladies! The year of 2017 in a review. What did you think? Which one was your favorite?
Until next time, enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
Jazzed Up Jeans – The Series
Here we are gals, it’s Friday and finale of this week’s three-part series featuring jazzed-up jeans for holiday outfits and parties. Check out part one here and part two here.
In the beginning, I started closet shopping for holiday outfits with some pizzaz and easy to wear comfort too. Enter, my favorite jeans and a shimmery gold top. As the items came out of the closet, more than one choice began to emerge. And as they say, the rest is history. So let’s take a look and see what you think.
Second Holiday Outfit of the Week
JAZZED UP JEANS
Tweed & Jeans + Gold =Daytime Holiday Outfit
Here’s the jest, I am reviewing pictures from my previous post. And I realized that you all might like a look at all three combinations which I came up with while closet shopping for holiday outfits. Consequently, I decided to do a series featuring my denim jeans and gold shimmer top and show you all three looks. Today in the second part, I am wearing a tweed jacket, denim jeans and casual brown flats with a classic handbag. A perfect daytime holiday outfit for a luncheon with the girls!
Do You Incorporate Your Jeans Into Your Holiday Outfits?
Jeans With A Little Shimmer and Glimmer on Top
Jeans are one of today’s number one wardrobe stables. And so, it only stands to reason that we often find ourselves reaching for a pair of jeans even on festive occasions. Fortunately, it works! Just jazz them up with accessories and a little shimmer, and glimmer on the top.
A Late Fall Fashion Outfit
Tweed Leggings and Riding Boots
Hello friends! Are you feeling refreshed from the weekend and ready for a new week?
We enjoyed some beautiful late fall weather here over the weekend. Now is a favorite time of year for me in north Florida. When the temps start dropping along with the oak leaves, we get a chance to enjoy some fall fashion styles.
I know we are all feeling the anticipation of the coming holidays along with all the glitz and glamour that it brings. But, if you are like me you are also looking for outfits that have a pulled together, yet casual look. Today, I wanted to share my look from over the weekend, tweed leggings and riding boots.
In today’s outfit, I’m working my style using neutrals and a hint of pattern. My black cold shoulder top supplies the neutral element to this look with a hint of trending style. Next, the addition of leggings that sport an interesting pattern of gray and black tweed. Then, I finish off the look with black riding boots and gray handbag. Now, I’m ready to go wearing my late Florida fall outfit.
Since I purchased the leggings and top at my local neighborhood boutique, I have found some online links for you. Interested? Take a look below.
Have an amazing week!