On: Peace, Love, and Happiness (literally)

At the start of this year, Danielle and I resolved to add a brand new facet – in addition to our personal style – to the blog. Moodboards + Musings (M + M) is exactly what it sounds like: an ongoing series of posts uncovering our opinions, goals, inspirations, and overall deepest #feels like you’ve never heard them before. We recognize that this is pretty out-of-place on a platform that’s up until now been all about fashion. But (and I think I speak for both of us when I say this), despite our careers and entire friendship being anchored in it, fashion takes up a very small space in our brains. In fact, the version of us you’ve seen thus far is only a fraction of our real selves. So, we thought M + M would not only be incredibly fulfilling on our ends (to be able to share what would otherwise be locked away in a diary), but it gives you a chance to relate, express your own thoughts on the topics, or simply see us in a less superficial light — if you’ll listen.

At this point, Danielle’s already gotten three posts under her belt while I’ve only managed to mull over everything I want to say. There are just so many ideas floating around in my head, world/personal issues to dissect, and generally related/unrelated topics to cover that it’s been very difficult to figure out where to start. Suffice to say, I’ve only recently decided to take it back to the very beginning. This way, my subsequent posts can follow the same tone and – hopefully – baffle you as little as possible in the process. Here we go:

As an ambitious 21-year-old, I can acknowledge there are a lot of things I have yet to experience. However, being in the thick of my self-discovery makes me feel like I’ve been through enough trials and tribulations to have a generalized understanding of who I am. By trials and tribulations I mean loss of loved ones, existential depression, self esteem issues, abandonment issues, trust issues, and a whole slew of other challenges I now see as completely normal for any human being. But, between the ages of 9 and 20 a.k.a. more than half my life, I wallowed in sadness, which led to self pity, self loathing, and self destruction. Fortunately, a strong support system and some semi-steady determination brought me to where I am today: somebody who – admittedly – still struggles to find the silver lining !but! is actively working towards happiness.

This is where all my future musings will come in. My journey has just begun (as cliché as that sounds), and I’m hoping to share what I’ve personally found betters myself so I can better those around me (and ultimately better the world). They’ll include things like clearing your mind of negative thoughts/pettiness, eating well, educating yourself, consciously focusing on the bright side, being kind to strangers, meditation/self reflection, finding a balance between all aspects of your life, considering the wellness of/finding the good in other people, and more things I once carelessly dismissed as “silly hippie shit.” If you’re familiar with these concepts, I’d love if you could share your own experiences or pass along some #goodvibez. And if you don’t quite care about what I have to say, I hope you’ll at least interpret the ideas with an open mind. Namaste :)


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One Comment

  1. Posted March 3, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    wow, i’m loving the insightful posts you guys are putting out as of late!
    reading this article was quite refreshing, and i really needed this since the past 5-6 months for me has been just full of stress, anxiety, self loathing, and bitterness towards people. while i can’t say that i’m not all of those things now, i’m definitely feeling like i’m improving. thank you for this post.

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