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POST #14: 365 NO BUY CHALLENGE (x2)

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JUMPERS. Oh, man, do I love a jumper. This outfit has the comfort of a jumper plus the BANG of a statement piece. Finding and wearing bold patterns are one of my favorite things to do. Especially on days that I am not feeling particularly fashionable, put on a bold print and it’s like an instant boost. Not only will you feel better but people will notice and compliment you more.

When I go to conferences, tradeshows, or networking events I make it a point to wear something that catches the eye. A girl that has the confidence to wear a bold print is one to be remembered.

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xoxo,
Casey Lum-Dautel

Advice · Being a Business Owner · Inspiration

The Power of Being Uncomfortable

The power of being uncomfortable…

Well that seems like a weird thing to say… but I had an interesting thought while I sat here thinking about life. I’ve had some insane challenges and hardships in my life and while in those times many people complimented me on my poise in dealing with these situations, and I impressed myself of my ability to stay calm, organize my thoughts, and create a game plan to either wait out or get out of these times.  I wondered where I got these skills to do this in a calm confident manner, where I was able to have a clear determined thought guide me through to the other side of a hardship. I’m sure a lot of things contribute to these abilities, but tonight one thing really came to mind…the power of being uncomfortable.

Throughout my life I have always pushed myself.  Maybe not as much as a crazy adventure seeker or an adrenaline junkie, but for me, I have pushed myself. I have always said “ok” to sports and activities I wasn’t comfortable trying, I often say “yes” to a very challenging hike or run that I’m not positive I can finish, or I will often go to social gatherings/dance parties/restaurants by myself, which is not comfortable but I’m ok with it hoping that it will push me to meet new people.  I have visited rural countries where tourism is not large, nor do I speak the language, nor know where the heck I was going with the intention of adventure and discomfort and being ok in these feelings, knowing and trusting that it could lead to something great!  This may not seem like big ways to push oneself, but for me, they are.  They take me out of my comfort zone just enough, and enough where I have to find a point of comfort out of my comfort zone.

I think saying “yes” to these not-always-comfortable situations gives you an edge in your career, company, and/or industry…it gives you a POWER!  Think about it, if you are practicing being out of your comfort zone on a regular basis you’ll get, maybe not get used to, but you’ll get comfortable with that uncomfortable feeling. Then when you are approached by difficult uncomfortable time in your job, or hardships when you need to figure out how to keep your company going, or any challenges you may face, then the uncomfortable feeling that you get is not as foreign as it could be, you’ve been here before, these feelings are familiar.  And instead of freezing up, you pursue.  Instead of having to stop and sort out what these foreign feelings are, you go into fight mode, problem-solving mode…no time to waist, just time to conquer.

The power of being uncomfortable…push yourself.

Advice · Being a Business Owner · Inspiration

This is not the end of me, this is the beginning…

Right now I am facing some business blocks that are really weighing a lot of stress on me, I am having a bit of a hard time with where I am at and I see it affecting my sleep, my mood, and how I feel about life.  As I was sitting here tonight listening to music feeling that weight pressed down on me, this song came on and it was really moving and powerful.  I listened to it twice, then listened to it a third time and meditated to it.  Then, listened to it a forth time when I found this even more powerful compilation video, and listening to it over and over as I write this.  And although I feel the song is referencing a relationship, I think this is an uplifting song to anyone going through a rough time, a time when they are unsure of the future, where their path may lead. So, to anyone going through a hard time with work, relationships, or just life in general, this one is for you.  We are in this together, let’s lift each other up and no matter how hard life is remember this is not the end of us, this is the beginning.

I believe if I’d knew where I was going, I’d lose my way
I believe that the words that he told you are not your grave
I know that we are not the weight of all our memories
I believe in the things that I am afraid to say

Hold on, hold on

I believe in the lost possibilities you can see
And I believe that the darkness reminds us where light can be
I know that your heart is still beating, beating darling
I believe that you fell so you can land next to me

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way
I wish that you could see your scars turnin to beauty
I believe that today it’s okay to be not okay

Hold on, hold on

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

This is not the end of me, this is the beginning [x4]
(Hold on)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on (I am still alive)
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning

Advice · Being a Business Owner · Inspiration

I AM A BADASS… I won’t let anyone tell me otherwise

This is dedicated to a friend that is going through a hard time and needs to remember her badass-ness…

This statement is something I tell myself almost every day because it’s true.  It’s true for everyone.  You just have to know it, believe it, and live it.

I AM A BADASS…I WONT LET ANYONE EVER TELL ME OR MAKE ME FEEL OTHERWISE.

If you have a person in your life that is not heightening your badass-ness, then they DON’T belong there.  If you are in a situation whether it be at work, in your home, or in your social life and it is not making you feel like the badass that you know you are…GET OUT OF IT.  If you are doing anything in your life where you are feeling less than badass, MOVE ON!

Before going on any further, lets define what BADASS means to me.  Badass is not being a rebel or disruptive to society.  Badass is not being cocky and mean to people in your life.  What a BADASS really is, is owning your life, being strong, being proud and confident, knowing you have the ability to do anything you put your mind to, overcoming challenges, battling the battles of life, keeping your head up and truly knowing you are in the exact spot you are supposed to be in this exact time to learn the exact lessons you are learning at this very moment…and to be thankful for it. Being a badass is looking at life’s difficulties and laughing at them in the face, beating them, and coming out a better person because of it.

That is a BADASS.

The only time your badass-ness dwindles is when you let it.  When you LET people or a situation crush it.  In my hardest times, I repeat it over and over and over to myself and it gives me strength and power.

I AM A BADASS…I WONT LET ANYONE EVER TELL ME OR MAKE ME FEEL OTHERWISE.
I AM A BADASS…I WONT LET ANYONE EVER TELL ME OR MAKE ME FEEL OTHERWISE.
I AM A BADASS…I WONT LET ANYONE EVER TELL ME OR MAKE ME FEEL OTHERWISE.

It fuels me, it fuels something deep down inside of me that makes me power through my toughest times and gives me confidence to know that NOTHING will ever beat me down enough where I will lose at life.  We are bigger than life situations.  We have more control of how a situation will effect us than we think we do, so know that, get your control back, and change your mindset! Life is not easy, but life is perspective.

You are strong, you are brave, you are BADASS!