Hello and happy new year, Beauty & Bows readers! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a break from your usual life routine. I know I enjoyed mine!
Over the holidays I spent some time in reflection over this blog asking myself questions like, ‘Why am I doing a fashion blog?’, ‘Is this blog something I want to keep pursuing in 2013?’, and most importantly, ‘How does my love for fashion intersect with my faith in Christ?’
I usually veer away from sharing anything too personal on this speck of web space, but there is this issue I’ve been wrestling with ever since I started Beauty & Bows…Is Jesus ok with my fashion blog? Can I be His follower yet post pictures of myself with clothing I’ve bought for myself? There is sure a lot of ME in those questions when I want my life to be modeled after my Savior who laid down his life for OTHERS.
When conviction started to well up in my heart, my immediate thought was, ‘Well, I guess I need to shut this site down b/c it’s turning into an outlet for selfishness and couldn’t possibly be used for the good of the kingdom of God’. (Talk about being dramatic, right?). But after talking with a close friend she gently reminded me of the heart of our Creator. He is a CREATIVE creator that knit me together with a strange fascination for fashion and finding good deals. He is a GRACIOUS creator that can turn something bad (or headed that way) into something good. So maybe what I need is a ‘heart check’ to re-purpose this site into a way to point to my Creator and not to me. Does that mean not posting outfits? Heck no!
When I think about the origins of fashion I realize that my Father was the very 1st fashion designer! When Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden they tried to hide their shame by clothing themselves with leaves. As heartbroken as God was over their sin, in His LOVE for them, he made them better clothes out of animal skins. He took clothing, a device used to cover the shame of sin, and made it a bit better for his children. So when I think about it, clothing is a constant reminder of 1) How much I need a Savior who clothes me with everything better than I can imagine 2) How gracious the Lord is to have allowed clothing to become so beautiful with texture, color, pattern, etc…when it was 1st so shameful.
With all these swirling thoughts (that I pray I communicated clearly!) here are a few of my goals for 2013 for Beauty & Bows:
1) RELAX! So what if I only have 1 outfit post a week? Some weeks, that is just life! My Creator loves me when I look cute, He loves me when I’m in my pj’s!
2) Look for ways to be more collaborative. The few people I’ve done collaborations with have been so sweet! I’d love to meet more people and share what OTHERS are doing in the world of faith, beauty, and fashion too!
3) Be more expressive with how my faith intersects with fashion. My faith is a part of every area of my life…so expect to hear it referenced a bit more. (I promise I’m not one of those ‘shove it down your throat’ type people! Ew!)
I’m so thankful for a God who is willing to lead me to better places and love me along the way! Cheers to 2013 and all the adventures and growing it will bring! Please let me know YOUR thoughts on faith and fashion and feel free to email me if you want to chat! email@example.com