Welcome back to DESIGN YOUR LIFE (DYL)! Last week was full of steps to making under and DYL got lost in the shuffle. But no need to fear, DYL is back and today’s interview is a great one.
I first met Camila via a Jess LC giveaway on This is Glamorous. Camila was the lucky winner of the Astor St. Cluster Bib Necklace. Once we started chatting via email and I saw her blog, High-Heeled Foot in the Door, I knew she would be full of intentions and sage advice for us here at MakeunderMyLife. I was right. Read below to find out about her awesome philosophies (I share her ‘become a YES person’ intention).[Random Side Note: I have the same Essie color on my tootsies as well.]
Be a DO-ER
I use to be a huge complainer. Why wasn’t I richer, skinnier, successful, etc? You name it and I probably complained about it. I would sit around with my sisters and just complain about how life was passing me by. While I was happy with my family and home life my career wasÂ a completely different story. I had always envisioned myself as my own boss and in a more creative field. Finally one day everything changed. What was my Ah-ha moment? An episode of Grey’s Anatomy where George and Lizzie are complaining and finally decide that to get ahead in life they need to be DO-ERs. Right then and there I changed my attitude and took steps to making my dreams a reality. It started with my blog, then schooling in Interior Design and I’m now in the final steps of launching my own interior decorating company called Effortless Style Interiors!
Become a YES person
Along with being a DO-ER and ending my complaining another new addition to my life plan was becoming a YES person. In college I dealt with a lot of anxiety. Having anxiety was really hard for me and most times the best way to deal with it was to stay within my safety zone and that meant being at home. So I said no to many invitations and totally felt like I was missing out. I no longer suffer from anxiety which is a huge yay for me! I now love saying YES to different things. It’s such a simple thing to do and you really never know what you will learn from a new experience so I sayÂ go ahead and embrace it. Get yourself out of your comfort zone. I assure you that you will have a great time.
Act silly at least once a day
I’ve always been really serious. Totally always the mother hen making sure everyone is behaving and taken care of. The bigÂ joke in my family is that I was pretty much born a 40 year old. The older I get and the closer I start inching towards 40 (I just turned 28!) the more I want to make sure I actually have FUN! So now I try and relax a bit more and let my funny, quirky self come out.
Mix and Match
I love variety in life. I think that many times people get dissatisfied with their lives, because it’s always the same old thing. Change is scary and uncomfortable so I understand why it’sÂ hard to do it, but I think everyone needs a little bit of it. I think mixing and matching can be used in all aspects of your life from your clothing options, decor, food choices, music, activities, etc.
Big things come in small packages
Here are my toes with my new favorite nail polish color called Bermuda Shorts by Essie. It’s a little loud, but I love it! Don’t forget to get excited over all the little things. This has always been something that I practiced. I get excited over school supplies, a pretty packaging job on a bar of soap, my favorite song on the radio and even the perfect nail-polish shade.
Who cares about the Jones’s?
I think now a days a lot of the world is all about keeping up the Jones’s. Making sure they have the most current luxury car or the newest Chanel bag that everyone in town in sporting. While those things may be nice they aren’t the only things that can make you happy.Â I say take chances and be original. To me the word strange isn’t a bad thing. I take it as unique and go with it. If you love something that’s all that matters. Don’t forget that.
How can you say no to this face when he asks for a walk? I constantly remind myself to do this. When I’m stressed, nervous, upset I always give myself a time-out and regroup before I make any rash decisions. One of my favorite ways to regroup is by taking my pups on a walk around the neighborhood. They get a little exercise and I get some sunshine along with time to figure things out in my head.