When I was younger I used to get my mum to blow dry my hair straight every other day, this was before the days of GHD's and I hated my curls with a passion. I wanted dead straight sleek hair and I wanted to disappear with the crowds. Having curly hair made me feel like I was standing out like a sore thumb. My friends would joke about the blind panic I would go into if it started to rain or there was a water fight I would guard my fringe like a crazed person. When I turned 30 something changed in me... it has been months since I straightened my hair and I no longer fear getting caught in the rain. This isn't a post about curly hair though, this is a post about embracing who you really are.
I've been nicknamed a "fippy" by a few friends... that's short for fake hippy in case you were wondering. I loved the idea of floaty bohemian clothes and bought so many of them but never really wore them as I was worried what people would think and I didn't want to stand out too much. Recently this has changed and I think this is down to a few different changes in my life, mostly I have started painting again. I really missed painting, really missed it, in fact I didn't realise how much I missed it until I forced myself to pick up a paint brush again. For as long as I can remember I would sketch, doodle and paint. When I had my children I decided I didn't have time for it. Painting was so all consuming that the idea of fitting it into my life around the family interruptions that inevitably happen seemed impossible. I think picking up the paint brush again has totally changed the way I see my bursting wardrobe of things I never wear too.
I recently saw a pinterest post from a woman saying "when I say I've got nothing to wear I actually mean I've got nothing to represent who I want to be today" and it rang so true to me. Clothes are fun, they can help express who you are as a person, your passions and whats driving you at the moment. Don't feel restricted or fear change. So if you have that one outfit in your wardrobe that you love but never feel brave enough to wear for whatever reason, put it on and wear it with your head high in the sky.