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When Life Gets Blurry, Adjust Your Focus…

Froze my butt off to snap of few pictures of this blouse because the last time I wore a coat the sleeves on this top bunched up – and I am not about that rumpled life.  I grabbed the camera from T to check how the images were turning out, and immediately started feeling the frustration rise up in me because I didn’t like any of the pictures – the angles, the lighting, my face – none of it worked.

I’ve been feeling this way for a while with everything here at Love Zahra. The frequency with which I considered shuttering the blog has been increasing steadily over the past couple of years. The height of it was late last year, when I really felt I lost my passion for blogging. The comparison game was also getting too real.  People would give me advice like I’m doing too much, I need to focus on one thing, be one thing. Reign in all my interests and passions and personalities in order to really become ‘successful’ in this space. All the things I ‘need’ to do and none of the things I wanted to do.

I looked over at the car and saw Adam sitting patiently waiting for our impromptu photoshoot to end, and Sophia sat cozy in her car seat fast asleep. This blog is my baby too, and just like the other two, I’m not going to give up on it. Even if it never gains mass appeal, or if it shape shifts to something hardly resembling what it is today – I am still going to love it and nurture it in my own way.

Then just like that I decided I’m just going to be happy and dance around like a fool here on the street, still freezing. A weight was lifted off of me. People walked by and stared but I didn’t care. It was fun. That is why I started blogging my outfits five years ago – to have fun – and that is what I’m going to continue to do it for.

Thanks for joining me on this journey ~

x Zahra
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