Thursday, January 2, 2014

Let It Go

With this being my first post of 2014, I feel like I should have crafted mind blowing content, an outfit that knocked your socks off or a handful of resolutions that I most likely would not fulfill, but I didn't.

Old Navy Tweed Jacket (similar here and here) // Joe Fresh Polka Dot Top (similar here) // The Limited Jeans (similar here and here) // Lulu's Suede Heels (similar here and here) // Sam Moon Snake Skin Clutch (similar here and here) // Lookbook Mirror Belt c/o // Target Pave Bracelet // Kendra Scott Ring c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Micheal Kors Watch c/o The Jeweler's Wife // Ameera Noor Tassel Necklace c/o 

I am here today in simple form with a classic style and ideas about what I want from the new year that has landed upon us.

I really did sit down and brainstorm on what I wanted to share in this first post of 2014. Quite frankly, zero brilliant topics came to mind. I guess the holiday hangover is still lingering. Being on the road, traveling off and on for over a week, I have had a lot of drive time to reflect on and digest the last year and what I wanted to change and continue to pursue. 

There is something so refreshing about starting a new year. You leave things behind, you wipe your slate clean, so to speak, and you set new goals and ambitions for yourself. I have never been one to make resolutions. To me, it's way too much pressure and setting yourself up for failure. Instead, I write down things I want to work on, strive for and do to become a better person, wife, mother, friend and follower of Christ.

When I was driving to the deer lease on Sunday morning, I listened to my pastor's live sermon on my iPhone. Driving down back roads alone with Him and His word really hit me more than any other message I have heard at church all year long. The topic was peace. Finding peace through Him is the only way we can successfully live a life of happiness and contentment.

So, my one goal, not a resolution, is to with a full heart, find peace in places where it's lacking in my life.

I didn't realize how much this whole peace thing resonated with me until I listened to the sermon. I am not just talking about deep and complicated topics either. 

It's as simple as not getting in a tizzy because my kids are messy aliens and destroy our house in 2.2 seconds. Or because Ross brought home a dog that immediately stole my heart and then shipped him off to bird dog school for two months that left me broken hearted. Realizing that I am not a bad mom or wife because I don't whip up home cooked meals every night. Being okay with not being a lover of working out and probably never will be. Accepting the fact that I am totally unorganized, a little messy and that everything doesn't have to have it's place. Not feeling guilty about hitting delete on emails because they can't all possibly be answered even if we had double the hours in a day. Reminding myself that blogging isn't the end all be all and it will eventually run it's course.

Of course, there are a few deeper, underlying pieces of my life that I need to let go of and work harder at as well. It's going to be a work in progress and daily reminder of finding the calm in life's ups and downs. 

I am ready to embrace solitude and serenity, to not harbor moments or circumstances that I cannot change, but move forward with a positive outlook, heart and spirit in 2014.

I challenge you to do the same.

And as corny as this may sound or seem, take the advice of Disney's Frozen and Demi Lovato and "Let It Go".



Unknown said...

Great motto to live by Shanna!! I have a very similar attitude towards life and I think that's why I am such a happy go lucky person. Wishing you the best to come in 2014!!

BTW - love these flared jeans on you - they make your legs go on for miles!!


Becky M said...

Loved this post - such a great goal for the new year!

Danielle @ Chic Happens Blog said...

Inspiring words! :) I love the way you styled the tweed and the polka dots together. Can't believe that fabulous jacket is Old Navy! It's fabulous! :)

Danielle xx

Rachelle ( said...

That is a great resolution Shanna and you look gorgeous in this look, love the tweed jacket very chanel-esque


Charming Lucy said...

We just saw Frozen last night and I love that statement! My mom always tells me to "Give it to God". I need to work on that, as I carry so much stress around with me daily. I love this tweed jacket Shanna! Happy new year! Susan

Nina Piccini said...

Love the pattern mix in this outfit and I agree that it's a lot of pressure to set "resolutions" . I tend to leave mine a little bit on the general side as to not disappoint come December a year later. But, you nailed it what a great mantra for the new year!

Best wishes!
xo, Nina

Heidi said...

Finding peace is something I think we all could use a bit more. Good luck in your endeavor.

PatrĂ­cia M. said...

A tweed jacket is one of those pieces that always gives a great statement touch to the outfits.


Kimberly said...

Ahh, this song (and the entire soundtrack) has been on repeat at our house the last couple of weeks! Love what you said about finding peace - most of the time (for me), peace comes when I am *finally* willing to surrender completely. I'm going through something difficult right now and this is a great reminder to me that the reason why I'm struggling is because I'm holding on too tightly and trying to control the situation. Thanks for sharing your heart with us, girl - just what I needed today :)

Iris said...

You're gorgeous! Happy New Year~

~ Country Girl's Daybook

Ashley said...

You look gorgeous Shanna! LOVE this outfit and I love that blazer, you styled this perfectly!

Happy New Year Girlie!
Sincerely Miss Ash

TheTinyHeart said...

That is a really wonderful goal for this year! Sounds like it will make your life less stressful and more balanced.

You've inspired me once again with this outfit! Have to recreate it with my tweed jacket :)

The Tiny Heart
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Sarah said...

And THIS is why I love you!!

Such a great idea and challenge!

Ladies in Navy said...

this outfit is gorgeous!
ladies in navy

Elizabeth said...

I think this is a great "resolution" for the coming year - mine is similar, to live more in the moment, and be a better person. Here's to a great 2014!

Unknown said...

LOVE your goals for the new year! I too, am striving to become a better follower of Christ.. It's so easy to fall into a slump and forget. SO happy new year! Love you! : )


Helene in Between said...

shanna, i love this. and i want to start 2014 fresh and happy ready to take on the next challenge! thanks for always being so real!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

It is so important to do what you can to be at peace in all areas of your life. We can't all be good at the same things, and none of us are perfect - what fun would life be if either of those were the case?

I love reading blogs where people are good at things I am not good at. It gives me a taste of those things and maybe inspires me to try a little bit in those areas, but I'm still realistic about my limitations. I don't want to be like anyone else, I just want to be like myself. And I want everyone else to be themselves too. Warts and all!

Love this! Cheers to a great 2014.

jackie jade said...

great goal/resolution for this year. I tend to get worked up about things too so i'm going to try to be calmer and finding the joy in everyday life. happy 2014!
-- jackie @ jade and oak

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

I also kept telling myself...when the new year starts...I will get serious about blogging again. I thought...I will PLAN outfits in advance and get my posts done early so I can get to bed at a reasonable hour. So wouldn't you know it...I was scrambling yesterday to snap pics for today's post. And then was up until 1am finishing up a post for another deadline. Thank you for the reminder that my blog is NOT the end all be all. The blogosphere will live if I missed a day of blogging. I have to remind myself of that OFTEN. We put so much pressure on ourselves to do it all!!! look AMAZING. I am OBSESSED with this jacket. And you should know that your first outfit post of 2014 knocked it out of the park girl!

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

Gina said...

Ooh, I love this tweed jacket over the polka dots! Such a great pairing.
Fab way to kick off the new year of blogging, Shanna:)
Happy 2014
XO, Gina

Unknown said...

Love this! The first thing that popped into my head when I read the title of this post was that song! I love it!

When I did my morning devotions today I kept praying for peace. It just kept running through my mind. How applicable this is today. Thank you.

Happy 2014!

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

Peace. His perfect peace is something I seek, but never seem to keep in my heart. When two of my fave blog friends choose rest and peace as their "goals" for 2014, I think God may be trying to tell me something. :) And, I love this outfit. It's fun to see you in bootcut jeans.

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Well said friend!

Unknown said...

Shanna that is a great tweed jacket. Also in love with that belt. Happy New Year xoxox

Always Maylee said...

This was a great post for the start of the new year! Love that jacket on you and those jeans look awesome. Man, I miss jeans. Anyway, happy new year my friend! :)

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Nikki said...

Such a great post!! I hope to be able to stress a little less this year and enjoy things a little more. I would love to be a little more at peace with the way things are and embrace it. Hope you are having a good start to 2014 (and 2 months will fly by and Gus will be home soon... do you get to visit him?)!


TaraMixandMatch said...

Happy New Year gorgeous lady! I always love hearing your positive outlook on life. Loving your polka dots!

All That Glitters said...

Right one! My goal is to let go of all the negativity in my life, whether it be people or feelings:) Happy new year!

Jessi said...

I LOVE your resolution! Best one I've seen so far. I totally need to do the same. I get upset and stressed out too easily lately. Love your tweed blazer and I've always admired your classic style so it's a perfectly fitting look for the first post of 2014!
P.S. Thank you for your sweet comment on my last post - it really meant a lot to me!!


Karly Kim said...

Demi Lovato - I just fell even more in love with you.

Jewelry Girls said...

Love this post, Shanna. I certainly need to find peace in my life and stop second-guessing God. I have some difficult issues in my life right now, so thank you for the reminder to be at peace with things and trust God.

You look beautiful, as always.


Jessica @ Here&Now said...

Cheers to 2014 Shanna! I love the feeling of turning a fresh page, and allowing yourself to live in the moment. Here's to finding peace & not beating ourselves up over minor slips in the new year

Unknown said...

I love this look, Shanna! I'm totally obsessed with tweed jackets and I absolutely love the tassel necklace. I have a very similar one from Baublebar and it's such a fun piece. You've inspired me to wear mine in a different way!

The Closet by Christie

Alissa said...

Happy New Year! This year my main goals are to graduate college and find a job. Right now I can't see anything beyond that!

Anonymous said...

Great advice! Those jeans look fabulous on you!

susan jakovina said...

Playing catch up and stopping in to wish you a Happy New Year! This may just be my fave look EVER. Classic and pretty. xo

Holly said...

"Let go" has been a tattoo I've wanted to get for some time now. I see it as a constant reminder to let go of the things I cannot change, and always move forward. We can learn from our past, but we can't change it. We can only strive to be better, do better and find peace in the things we can change. Here's to finding peace and letting go - cheers, my friend!

Kayla MKOY said...

I love your list of things you want to improve! You're amazing, girl. Seriously!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I think that is a pretty great resolution, and I really need to adopt it as well. I'm way too hard on myself sometimes, and I too have some things from the past that I need to let go of. On a lighter note, I love the tweed and polka dots! Happy New Year lady!