Photos by Crystalin Marie
Pac Sun tank | Anthropologie pants (similar) | Nordstrom bag | Sweet & Spark necklace (love this one)
It’s funny. In high school and college, I always expected myself to have a career in the corporate world. I saw myself in a high-paying, high-power job with some cool title and a closet full of stylish, sharp workwear. I think the main reason I saw myself this way was because I didn’t think there were any other options. Really, that’s what “success” looked like to me. It was all about the externals.
Clearly, I didn’t go down that path. I work at home, wear jeans almost every day, live in a hippie little beach town, and my idea of success now includes less of a focus on accomplishments, money, and power and more of a focus on happiness, freedom, and peace.
The thing is, I know I would thrive and do well in a structured environment similar to the corporate world, and I’m not saying I’ll never be in one again. But for now, where I am is exactly where I need to be. The creative process, experience of freedom, and self-development are more important to me than making more money and climbing the ladder. This experience is a brand new lesson all on its own. A lesson about what’s really important, perseverance and persistance, trusting and believing in myself, and doing what I know is right even if others don’t get it or it’s not the norm. It’s about listening to and following my intuition.
I’ll always love a good wide-leg pant, a structured blazer, and the feel of confidence, independence, and power stylish workwear gives off. I’m just not sure I’ll ever be in a job where that’s the required attire. We’ll see where life takes me. :)