Confession...I might be a little bold color phobic. I mean, most of wardrobe is black and white with a touch of navy or grey. My color of choice? Blue, the sister of navy. But in an effort to mix up my capsule wardrobe, I added a pop of color—a bright teal green.
I've been thinking a lot about comfort zones lately and how this teal-green isn't quite a comfortable choice for me. There have been times when I've pulled my own version of the movie Yes Man or Shonda Rhimes' The Year of Yes, but lately it's seemed less appealing. Over the past year I've seen my potential for growth and embraced the opportunity to stand on my own two feet. I know that I can do things that make me comfortable. I can say yes when my gut reaction is to say no. But I think it's time for a break from saying "yes" to everything.
Much like with my capsule wardrobe, I want to move back to the basics of my life, focusing more on what makes me feel content and at peace as opposed to always striving for bigger and better. I've finally found out what "enough" feels like and I'm more than happy to rest here for awhile. Sure, I'll keep adding a pop of color into both my life and wardrobe—I don't plan on closing myself from all the opportunities I'm fortunate enough to be presented with.
But instead of saying yes to going to a musical festival I know will make me miserable because I feel like it's an experience I should have, I'll politely pass and instead choose smaller steps out of my comfort zone, like double dates with new friends or trying new foods. Little experiences to make my life interesting.
I've reached a pleasant point where I know what activities and choices will drain my introverted self and which will provide an opportunity for exhilaration and joy. My pops of teal green remind me that there's excitement within my comfort zone. I don't know if I necessarily believe that the clothes make the woman, but I definitely think mine remind me of the woman I am.
Photography by Ellen Borza