My dad always tells the story of the time we went to the doctor when I was 10 years old for a checkup. At this appointment, he said my doctor said I was never going to reach 5 foot tall.When we left that appointment, my dad said I turned and looked at him and said in the most serious voice, “I will just DIE if I don’t reach 5 foot.” Now looking back at it, there were quite a few perks of being short when I was younger. For starters, I was always first in line in grade school (they always lined us up shortest to tallest); therefore, I was always first to lunch, recess, gym and first out of school in the afternoon! I was always picked first for dodge-ball in gym class. Being a smaller target made it difficult for people to get me out and I was definitely a quick little thing – Hello, short people PERKS!
Well, 20 years later and a few inches past what the doctor predicted (3 inches to be exact, on a good day, technically 2 inches past what the doctor predicted), I am standing “tall” at 5’2 and proud of it! What I didn’t realize 20 years ago, at 10 years old, was that something called high heels existed. If you want to be 6 foot tall, put on some high, very high heels! If you want to be 5’2 – wear flats! Now there are some downfalls to being a ‘shorty’ too. For starters, I can’t reach anything on our top shelves of our kitchen. Getting Anna into my SUV is a daily tippy-toe struggle and I have to get every dress, pair of pants, etc. hemmed to my short girl length (Ugh, I hate spending extra money on things like that!). Lastly, the struggle of all struggles for a short girl is the unworn item we all call a jumpsuit.
Jumpsuits weren’t a concern of mine for many years, until they came back into style and it was love at first sight. I tried on a few and realized instantly these things were NOT made for short people. Not only were they too long, but they also weren’t made for shorter torsos, weren’t made for girls with a little junk in the trunk and they rode up in all the wrong places (probably because of the junk in the trunk). I was completely convinced that jumpsuits were not an option for me and for us ‘shorty’s’!
It wasn’t until a couple months ago my girlfriend Erin Smith who works for Trunk Club randomly sent me a jumpsuit in one of my trunks. I pulled out this navy blue beauty and instantly fell in LOVE all over again. I couldn’t believe it, minus the length, this jumpsuit fit like a dream! I instantly texted my girlfriend a picture and she agreed, it fit me like it was made for me (minus the 10 feet that needed to be cut from the bottom haha). So here’s the low-down on being lower to the ground and like anything in life, you’re not going to find the “perfect fit” in ANYTHING. You just have to keep on trying, keep putting your best foot (or heel) forward and give it all you got every single day! I encourage you to go out and try something new! Now I’m not necessarily talking about a jumpsuit, but maybe something that scares you, maybe something you’ve been wanting to do for a while but have been too afraid to try. Maybe something you have been constantly second guessing yourself on or maybe something you are too worried to try because of what others may say…
And that’s really where the second part of the title of this blog post comes into play – “I wish I was a blogger…” For quite some time now, I have been thinking and talking to my husband about becoming a fashion and lifestyle blogger. I have went back and forth saying “I think I can do this” to “what would people say” to “would it even be successful” all the way back to “I think I can do this.” Through the roller coaster of emotions, my husband Jay has been nothing but supportive, taking my lead and supporting whatever I thought about the blog that day – thanks Honey! About a month ago, and a few motivating words from my bestie Janelle, I finally said “I am going to do this.” With Jay & my girlfriend on board I started reaching out to possible web designers to help/show me how to make my ideas a reality (raise your hand if you’re not computer savvy – my hand is raised high, very high!). Thank goodness for my friend Kelly, who I went to grad school with, for stepping in and answering all my questions & several repeatedly and probably a few ridiculous questions too. I know they say there are no dumb questions, but I definitely think I pushed the envelope on that one! Two weeks later & here we are. I have a working blog that is all me, with the technical help of my girl Kelly, and I could not be more excited & proud!
My journey of a blogger will cover everything from fashion to motherhood, from home decor to cooking, and everything in between! I think back now on all the stuff I didn’t do in life because I was too afraid of failing or what others may think and I’m saddened that I let something like that stop me from doing something I wanted to do! I wasn’t going to allow that to happen again, and successful or not I am so proud of this little blog I have created. I hope you all enjoy and stick around on this journey with me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to this site, taking time out of your busy day & reading what I had to say – believe me when I say it’s very, very much appreciated!
Go out & do something crazy! Tell that little negative Nancy in between your ears to take a hike and remind her who’s boss. Go out & do something crazy… like buying a jumpsuit haha!
For a little jam session of “I wish I was a little bit taller… I wish I was a blogger …” motivation watch the video below!
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