As you know by now, patterns are everywhere and plaid is a big part of that. In fact, you might notice that it is one of the main patterns you'll see this Fall and Winter.
Here's an opportunity to use all of those Pantone colors. Mix, match, contrast.
Accessories are garnering more interest this season because of plaid. Plaid is traditional, but you can certainly see that there is a 2018 flair to this season's wears.
During Fashion Week, designers showed their creativity with this trend and used many different color and design combinations that can only be described using pictures. Not only were there plaids, but plaids mixed with other patterns. Yes, patterns mixed with patterns. So, you can pretty much wear whatever you want. Permission to get creative, granted.
I am obsessed with these designs by Jodi Pedri. So fun! Check out her other designs by clicking on any of these two pictures.
I have lost another couple of pounds. It's lower than I have been in years and it's propelling me to continue. It's a lot easier to continue with the intermittent fasting and strict diet when I'm seeing and feeling results.
Of course, like I mentioned, I have halted the use of the drops for the time being. That does not seem to be effecting my weight loss in a negative way.
I continue to do my walking when the air is clear enough (which has not been the case much lately). As you all know, I continue to religiously do daily yoga. As someone with a chronic illness, this has been the best medicine of all (other than laughter).
My Journey To Self Love:
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Our first movie was Zoro and we enjoyed it a lot. It was kind of nerve racking though because I felt our chemistry. You know how it goes...'is he going to hold my hand'?
We enjoyed time out playing miniature golf and got to see each others' fun side. Things started to get lighter and more and more fun. We really enjoyed each other's company.
He would spend time at my parents' home with me (my son and I were still living there), going through the night routine with me and my son and then spending time watching movies together. It was surprising how much he wanted to spend that time with BOTH of us.
Always a gentleman, this man was so considerate of my needs as a mom. He was also so considerate of my needs as a woman, as a person. He treated me like I was on a pedestal.
This guy's name is Steve.
Steve invited me to his mom's home (where he was living) to a bbq. He would introduce me to his siblings who all lived near his mother's home.
Talk about being impressed. All of the family behaved like he did. Respectful. Honest. Polite. Speaking kind words. Not complaining. Spiritual. Organized. Clean. Modest dressing. Conservative views. Good humor.
Steve's mom was so inviting. She made me feel at home.
I know it must have been hard for Steve's mom to be so inviting, knowing how her son felt about me. I say that because it wasn't long before that her husband had passed away from cancer, and Steve had been taking care of her ever since. He was definitely an impressive rock for her to lean on.
During this time, while I knew in my heart and my mind that he was the one, I was still watching and observing, evaluating, taking stock. Why? I was still on guard. My guard was still up. I wanted to be certain that I was making the right decision, and at the same time, I wondered if he was feeling what I was feeling.
There was also the aspect of already being a mother and the fact that this relationship also affected my child. I was extremely protective and needed to be sure that this man would be a good father for my son.
So many feelings. So much responsibility. So many internal voices still telling me that I wasn't worthy of this relationship, of this outstanding person I was with. Was I good enough? I had been through so much. My life was not a straight path like it seemed his was.
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