5 Lessons From 2015

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2015 has come to an end, and 2016 has begun. I’ve spent the last few days reflecting back on this past year. I can definitely say it was a year of challenges, failures, and successes. I feel like I’ve grown as a person in ways I can’t even explain.

I’ve also learned a lot about life and about myself. With that said, I want to share 5 lessons from my experiences in 2015. I will continue to apply these to my life; I also hope these will inspire you.

PRAY OFTEN
Praying has always been a part of my life but last year it became a huge part of my everyday routine. I started my morning with prayer. There were days when my prayer were full of thanks and praise, then there were days when my prayers were full of questions and sorrow. But through it all, God revealed his faithfulness and reminded me of His grace. Through prayer, I learned to be in moment and to trust in God. Through prayer, I also learned to listen and meditate–which has helped me tremendously emotionally and mentally. Even if praying may not be your cup of tea, I highly recommend meditation.

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN DECISIONS
This doesn’t mean disregard people’s opinions or critiques. If there is a person who genuinely cares and supports you, then listen. But to me, believing in my decisions mean I won’t blame anyone, but myself, if I fail. It also means that I trust myself, and what I decide will be the best decision. I learned to stand on my own two feet and trust in my decisions. There are people who just likes to talk (and don’t have my best interest in their minds), and their opinions shouldn’t discourage me from making decisions that will help me reach my goals.

DON’T INVEST TOO MUCH TIME IN THINGS/PEOPLE THAT WANTS YOU TO FAIL
Often times I find myself questioning my worth and my abilities. At those moments, I also find the courage to tell myself that I am worth it and my abilities can always be strengthened. Of course, I can’t ignore people who wants to see me fail so I learn to ignore their unsolicited opinions and/or use them to motivate me to do better. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but if the opinions are not from a genuine place then I don’t think those opinions or people should acquire too much of my time. With that said, I aspire to be someone who inspires and encourages, and I hope you do too.

BE POSITIVE
Last year I started my grateful journey and that has influenced me to be more positive and more optimistic. I also complained less which benefits everyone. Being positive also meant having a positive attitude. To me, that meant looking at my life as half full and not half empty, having a can-do attitude, and being present. I challenge you to find ways to be more positive or to be more optimistic.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF SUCCESS
People always say don’t be afraid to fail, but for the longest time I was actually afraid of success. Why? Because I wasn’t sure how success was going to effect me as a person. But last year, after much prayer and meditation, I realized how foolish that was. My fear was limiting me from inspiring people and using my gifts. My fear was stopping me from allowing God to use me. Whatever success means to you, don’t be afraid of reaching for it. Just remember where you came from and remember to give back. With that said, don’t be afraid of failure too.

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And those are my 5 lessons from 2015. These are obviously not all of them, but these have played a huge role in the recent changes to my life. Come back next week for my new year resolutions/goals!! Also, let me know what are some things you have learned and/or look forward to this coming year =)

Thank you for reading.
As always, I wish you the best =)

-mc

2015 in Review || Outfits & Travels

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2015 has been a wonderful year. I’m grateful for everything that happened. Even though for most of us, this new year feels just like another day, I still think it’s important to reflect and renew. I’m reminded of C.S.Lewis’s quote, “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.”

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I’ll be doing a short post about what I’ve learned and a few of my new goals for the year, but for today–I wanted to give you a glimpse back. I launched my blog with my own domain in February of 2015, and my blog journey continues to grow.

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As my first official post of the new year, I wanted to share a project that I’ve been a huge part of for a couple years. That is–I have a YouTube Channel. I am a part of The Haute Project on YouTube. We have weekly videos which consists of fashion lookbooks, outfit ideas, and styling tips. We also do makeup and skincare reviews along with home and fashion DIY. Make sure to go SUBSCRIBE !!

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I would also like to take this time to invite you to join me on INSTAGRAM @daysbymc & FACEBOOK! And, if you haven’t already, join my mailing list!

(You can sign up at the right side bar). I won’t bombard you with useless emails, just fashion and daily inspirations along shopping deals.

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I’m excite for this new year. There are a lot of unknowns, but the ambiguity develops and strengthens my courage, my faith, and my determination. I continue to seek and pray.

There’s a season for everything. Every season is different, but different isn’t always bad, just like how change isn’t always bad. Self-development & self-improvement is a form change. 2015 has definitely been a year of changes. Of course, it’s all for the better. Thank you for taking your time to read my blog. I wish you all a wonderful and blessed new year.

-mc
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Whimsical Winter || Snowflakes & Berry Crown

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In light of the holiday I wanted to share with you this whimsical editorial self portrait with you. (Nothing fancy, but something fun)

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In lure of this snow blanket season, I often wonder where I would fly to if I could fly. Would I love the breeze against my bare skin? Would I enjoy the elevation? Then I begin to ponder upon the beauty of snowflakes: the uniqueness of each flake–the distinctness between each flake. And I’m reminded that no two snowflake is the same, yet they are both beautiful, and together they create a greater beauty–the white beauty that covers the hills and the naked branches.READ MORE

5 Things I like About December {Yellow Knit Cardigan & Pleated Skirt}

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December is here. And there’s currently no snow on the ground (I’m not complaining), technically it’s autumn until the 22nd anyways. The weather has been cooler, and last weekend it snowed–the snow obviously didn’t last. Nonetheless, I decided to opt for this bright colorful outfit to contrast the black monochrome looks I’ve been gravitating towards. I love the complimentary effects between the yellow knit cardigan and the magenta pleated skirt. I added black tights for extra warmth and a pair of black heeled loafers to elongate my frame. I finished with a grey infinity scarf with pink flowers to enhance the skirt. But enough about this look–let’s talk about reasons to love December!!

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Alright, again–December is here. That means the year is ending. That also means winter is coming. Even so, and as much as I do not like the cold, there are a few things I like about December.READ MORE

Season to be Grateful {Infinity Scarf & Mustard Skirt}

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In honor of Thanksgiving, and my age, I want to share 24 things I am grateful. Of course this list is not going to include everything I am grateful for. These are things that have been constant, things I often take advantage of or have overlooked.

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I’m not going to go into details about these things, but I do want to encourage you to think about what or who you are grateful for. I’m constantly reminded that “everyday may not be a good day, but there’s something good in every day.” READ MORE