I can’t think of a better time to bring out a new design your life interview than today! After Jess’ big announcement yesterday, I think we’re probably all feeling inspired to focus our attention and energy on our true purpose and passions. Today, Joelle from Something Charming is going to be sharing her intentions with us. As a wedding planner and blogger, I knew Joelle would be able to shed some insight on her intentions for her creative passions and business. I definitely resonated with all of them as I was reading this morning. Thanks so much for sharing, Joelle! Enjoy, everyone! -Caitlin

DESIGN YOUR LIFE: joelle of something charming

This. I have a problem with this sometimes. You see, I like to over think things, and plan out what I need to do. Sometimes it gets to the point though where I don’t get things done because I’m too busy planning out what I need to get done. Or I’m too busy worrying about all that I need to do to actually get things done. I’ve realized recently that I need to stop. I just need to stop worrying and thinking and just get it done. Because I’ll feel a lot better once I do.

This has to be one of the most powerful things I’ve realized in my life. I have a lot of experience with unhappiness, and even depression. And while I don’t believe that changing your mindset is going to change everything, knowing that you have the power to control your circumstances and outlook is a powerful thought. I make a very intentional decision every day to choose happiness and joy rather than anger or sadness or anxiety. I try to remember what is important in life, and that I’m seriously blessed to have all that I do.

I would not be able to get through the day if I didn’t prioritize. When you’re busy and have a thousand commitments, you just have to. And you have to be okay with the idea that you won’t get your entire to do list done in one day. That’s the beauty of prioritizing. I definitely prioritize things intentionally, making honest decisions as to what I value most and what work is the most important at the time. It really does help!

I am not an overly religious or spiritual person. I was raised in a church, but I currently consider myself religiously indifferent, though not necessarily agnostic, since I do have a set of beliefs that I subscribe to. That being said, I’ve recently {very recently} realized the power of having faith. Faith in anything, really. Yes, I pray to God, but I also have faith in myself and my family and my circumstances. I have to, or else I’d be too worried to get anything done. I have to believe that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, and that I can do it.

Over the summer, I got rid of 90% of my closet. Most of it was hand me downs leftover from my high school days {seriously embarrassing, at 25 years old}, and a lot of it was stuff that I bought spontaneously just because it was on sale. I’ve built my wardrobe back up over the summer using some of the lessons I’ve learned right here from Jess. If I’ve been intentional about anything in my life, it’s to only buy things that I absolutely love. It’s resulted in a closet that I am proud of, which hasn’t before happened in my life. I now only wear things that are my style, and it’s been fun to discover what my style is!

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  • http://www.lazybonesrunning.blogspot.com Christina

    I very inspirational post. I love the honesty of someone who struggles with unhappiness AND makes a conscious effort to CHOOSE joy. Having those same struggles it was good to be reminded that I need to make this choice each and everyday. Today….I choose joy.

    Thanks for the awesome post.
    (P.S. I think I should get rid of my wardrobe too and discover my style)

  • http://byjacki.com Jacki

    These are all things I struggle with, Joelle! Thanks for the reminders, particularly “get it done” and “choose happiness.” I struggle with depression and with that comes a sort of paralysis in which it is REALLY hard to drag myself up and just do things. When I force myself to do it I always feel better but it can be hard to remember that.

  • http://DreamGreenDIY.com/ Carrie @DreamGreenDIY

    SO excited to see Joelle here today!! She is such an inspiration to us all – Her honesty and attitude are positively infectious…Love her!

  • http://www.studioeats.com Jamie @ StudioEats

    I totally agree about choosing your wardrobe and filling it with items you LOVE. I think that it resembles how you feel about yourself and how you prioritize YOURSELF in general. Opting to wear things that truly express yourself and make you feel good shows that you care about yourself, being true to who you are, and that you have made a decision to be yourself and go after what is important to YOU!

  • http://www.trialbysapphire.com/ Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire

    I love Joelle so much, and it excites me to see her here on Jess Lively!

  • http://ashleynicolecatherine.blogspot.com ashley

    love this and love joelle! she has such an authentic and honest voice and i could borrow an intention or two from her :)

  • http://mylovelyfrench.wordpress.com Anouk

    That was really inspirational. Thank you for all those great advice. I love this category !

  • Liondragoncustom

    I have already fall in love with your style now,thank your post