Trench Coat and Lace-Up Boots

Last night I bought a lottery ticket. Let me preface this by saying I’m definitely not a gambler, in fact my view is I’d rather spend my money on something tangible – like a new handbag for example. The thrill of possibly winning just does not do it for me, I am too much of a realist. So I’m not sure then why I bought a ticket yesterday on the way home from the gym, when I stopped to fill up gas and realized I was really thirsty so I went in to the store to buy some water.

I saw the Powerball prize had gone up to $500 million, so I thought, why not give it a shot even though the odds of winning the grand prize are technically 1 in 292 Million, which is obviously a long shot, but if you compare to the odds of being struck by lighting in your lifetime, which is only 1 in 3000, you know just how truly unlikely it is to win the jackpot. Nevertheless I bought the ticket, which led to an interesting conversation with my husband at the dinner table.

Tom asked me if we won the prize, would I still blog, and would I still do the personal styling and interior design work that I do now. Without even hesitating I answered of course! Its my passion!I would just make it better, and hire more people and buy better equipment. I mean I would definitely go on several shopping sprees and maybe a vacation or two but other than that I would do exactly what I am doing now. Then I thought about how everything I would do with more money is actually something I could do now, or in the near future, if I just plan for it a little better.

This all happened after a most inspiring day of meetings, the first with an amazing blogger who I plan to collaborate with on some major events this year that, if it all works as planned, could be pretty revolutionary, and the second meeting was with a group of entrepreneurs who have created a brand new product and brought it to market and are looking to successfully promote it.

One of the big changes I am incorporating in my life, you may already know, and that is shopping ethically manufactured clothing. I call myself a ‘work in progress’ as I still shop some fast fashion, but I believe in progress over perfection so I’m just going to keep working on it. For today’s look I’m wearing a scarf by Inkmade Co. A Chicago-based company that specializes in creating beautiful scarves and paper goods using traditional Indian block printing techniques. A portion of the proceeds help these artisans in India by giving them an income source. Knowing that I’m helping others in some way makes shopping so much fun – and also guilt-free.

Being surrounded by entrepreneurs and people who are just really passionate about what they do and are working hard towards fulfilling their dreams and changing the world while they do it, is so much fun and also highly contagious. I had such a nervous excited energy inside of me the whole day that I completely forgot to eat until dinner time. I wish everyone could find and tap in to that amazing energy that comes with doing what you really love, even if it is just something you do on the weekends or once in a while. It changes you completely and affects other areas of your life too; as the saying goes – how you do anything is how you do everything.

Oh and by the way, I didn’t win the lottery. But I’ve definitely got my eye on the prize.

burberry-trench-sam-edelman-boots-inkmadeco-scarf burberry-inkmadeco-samedelman inkmade-co-scarf inkmadeco-instagram inkmadeco-burberry-samedelman sam-edelman-lace-up-bootiesScarf: Thanks to Inkmade Co. | Trench: BurberrySimilar Style (Under $100) | Jeans: Zara | Boots: Sam Edelman  (on sale!)| Bag: GivenchySimilar Style  (under $400) and Similar Style  (On Sale under $40!) | Hat: Thanks to Old Navy | Gloves: Zara

 

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First time back to my hometown to see my parents since Thanksgiving 2019. The kids have been so excited to see their Nanababa and Nano! The last video is what I was really missing tho…
My new favorite place in the house is definitely the sitting room off my bedroom. (See the before in my Reels) I worked with @thehavenly to turn this into my dream space. Now what used to be a pass through, is where I love to sit down after a shower and put on lotion or comb my hair, or even just curl up and read a book or listen to a guided meditation. Just a cozy and pretty space that feels intentional 💕 #havenlyambassador #interiordesign
I glow ‘cause I know what my worth is…who can name that song?? (every mom probably knows)
Thanks for all the love on my last post ❤️ I’m nursing a vulnerability hangover because I am actually a pretty private person (believe it or not) but every time I do get in my feelings and share it I end up connecting with so many of you and that makes it worth it. I know I am inspiring women to be unapologetic and to live their truth by doing so myself. That’s not a flex, enough of you dm me on the daily for me to say it with confidence. So with that- Lets go 2022! Hope this year keeps you feeling rested, hydrated, and living your best life! Also sorry and yes I’m definitely bothered by that rug flipped over in the back
Life is weird. For 2022 I’m thinking about how much I’ve personally grown. From this 21 year old girl getting married to someone I barely knew way too fast (my first marriage- also divorced within a year). That experience made me learn so much about standing up for what I wanted. Then for many years I thought I knew who I was, and soon I realized that wasn’t it either. I evolved. I struggled with my faith, particularly in 2020 when I felt attacked for my non mainstream views about Islam - interfaith marriage, LGBTQ, etc. Because of that, I lost a lot of supporters and tbh- sadly lost some friends. But I also figured out, with the sage advice from papa Shah, that there are as many opinions in the world as there are people - so me trying to change peoples opinions was pretty futile. Rather than bearing hostility to those who don’t think like me, I realized I should have empathy, and give people room to grow and learn. So I can say with sincerity that I’m finally good - with life and God and everything - and I’m proud of baby girl in this pic ❤️ Cheers to more growth and happiness next year!
You’re the best, I don’t care what everyone else says ❤️
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