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As I’m writing between the lines to get this post out, I have tons of other things on my to-do list that need to be done. Will I get it all done today? The truth, is I may not get it all done today, but I will still have the things I haven’t been able to crossed off the list on my next to-do-list until I meet my goals. Sometimes, I may even shift things around due to certain circumstances after I determine which needs to go first or which one can wait. See where I’m going?

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One question I’m often times asked is: “How do you do it, Edwige? How do you balance it all… ?” The truth is, I don’t! Yes, I’m wearing a lot of hats right now, and I get that I probably make it all look easy. But is it really easy? No, it’s not. That’s a discussion for a whole ‘Nother day. Lol.

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“Why do I say I don’t balance it all, yet I seem to make things look easy?” you would ask. Well, “Balance” is defined as a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions. So it’s safe for me to say that I don’t live a balanced life right now. Everything that I have going on right now is not “balanced”- that is far from the truth.

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From experience and from what I have learned throughout the years, especially in my blogging and entrepreneurial years, it is not about balancing it all, but rather about prioritizing. And to the people who often asked “how do you balance it all”, that is always my answer; I don’t balance! I prioritize… And since I believe that “passion” is our driven force, don’t be surprised if the word passion, somehow finds its way to that response.

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In all seriousness, I don’t think there’s such a thing as “balance it all” at least not to me in this period of my life. It’s all about making certain things a priority at different moments, as long as it is in synchronization with my life’s events and in accordance with my partner and my family.

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At this moment, I’m writing this blog post, and making sure it goes live at a certain date and time, and that’s my priority at this time. My next goal is to take a little breather after completion of this task and then serve dinner in about an hour and a half… That will be my priority, then. So basically, each moment, each day, each week or month or even year is called for different priorities; and in order for me to achieve my goal, I set these priorities forth.

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I can guarantee you that, it’s not always as smooth or easy as I sound right now. Sometimes, I would have tons of things on my agenda that need to be done in a certain period of time or a due date; and that would be one of those days or weeks that seems almost impossible to meet, let alone exceed any expectation, but like I mentioned earlier, when those moments of frustration arise, I would need to sit down and really study my agenda and shift my priorities around in order for me to achieve my goal(s).

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Things can get really overwhelming and stressful; and I think I will go crazy if I try to “balance” everything all at once. Or maybe that’s me balancing it all, doing what I believe works best for me and my family? Ultimately, we can only do so much; and I’m learning to take that step back and re-evaluate everything when needed.

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Let’s talk about this dress! I know you were all wondering if I would ever get to it. 😛 Well, here we are!
It’s called Oye Maxi Dress, and I’m here for it! Merry, the brain behind the brand Nomose Couture  has done an incredible job with this off-shoulder maxi dress.

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I have seen the short and top version (which are both cute), but I’m obsessed with this maxi version! I feel I can style it over and over and still reach out to it without hesitation. I could go one or two size smaller but it doesn’t take away from the dress.

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It comes in a few other fabrics which are all beautiful and difficult to choose from. I’m contemplating getting this dress in one of the other fabrics… what do you say? A lady can’t have too many dresses, right? Hahaha. -This dress is selling out so fast and I know they just restocked again, so if you want one, go grab yours before you regret it. 😉

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Today’s post was another long one, and thank you very much if you made it to its end. So, what are your thoughts about the topic of “prioritizing over balancing”? Does that sound about right to you? Let me know in the comment session below.

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prints-dashiki-maxi-dressAnd what do you think of this fun print maxi dress? is it a yes or a no :-)? As always, thank you for stopping by! 

Cheers,

Edwige

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The quote above by Susan Falls-Hilles reminds me of how most of us are grappled by fear of the uncertain and sometimes, really prefer being in the phase of “status quo” that becomes our comfort zone. 

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The situation may well differ from one person to another but it comes down to the point where we sacrifice something for the sake of one other thing. Perhaps, it’s an unfulfilling job that we don’t like, yet we don’t want to leave because it pays the bills; or maybe it’s an abusive and unhealthy relationship that you have a hard time getting out of, because your financial freedom depends on it…
 
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Whatever the case may be, when your gut tells you to move on, move right on and don’t be afraid of the uncertainty. In most cases, they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” or “Don’t rock the boat”, but like the author of this quote suggested, when it’s starting feeling too comfortable, especially when your life depends on it, it’s time to move on!
 
Summer-casual-top-and-capriThe fact is in most cases, while you may feel at ease in your comfort zone, it may actually be unhealthy to just stick with what has become the norm for you simply because it’s comfortable or familiar.
 
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At the end of the day, we have only one life to live; and you risk going through it missing your purpose and not realizing your dreams.

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While the uncertainty may seem frightening, you will never know what’s on the other side of the door, unless you muster up the courage to open it.

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Some people may find this analogy to be flawed because they strongly believe in the statement: “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”.  For others, however, it’s rather the continued setbacks and failures in their everyday life that have created a sentiment of fear or desperation disguised in the feeling of comfortability.

Reality is, at one point in our life, we all have experiment setbacks and failures. Eventually we get tired, drained, unmotivated or uninspired to keep trying or keep going. – Life has happened so much that we believe that because we haven’t been successful in the past, our chances of being successful at a new venture is nearly impossible.

Summer-casual-top-and-capriWe believe that there’s no reason to do more, to become more or be better. We continually see a barrier that separates us from our dreams, and we get so familiar with it that it becomes our reality.

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Unfortunately, as a result, we become our own barrier… our worse enemy. We are too afraid of the uncertainty and we become too comfortable in our mediocrity.

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So, If you’re reading this today, I hope you already know that there’s no real barrier that separates us from our dreams and that it’s okay to dream big and expect more. We are created in the image of greatness; and it is in our right to want to be great. There’s nothing wrong with that.

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Thank you for reading and cheers to fabulous week!

Love,

Edwige

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Happy Wednesday beauties,

Do you remember when I share my excitement here about the Victoria Beckham collections for Target? Read all about it HERE! Well, this Summer Style Short Dress is a piece of the women collections.

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This little dress right here is one of my favorite from the whole collection. The color is so vibrant, and I think the scallops details on the top part of the dress is ultra-cute. 

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The flounce hem gives a bit of femininity and shape to the dress, which I think could have be maybe boxy if it wasn’t for that detail.

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I was amazed by the fit and quality of this short summer dress designed by the Queen of Posh. I think she did an incredible job, making her collections very affordable and attainable to the rest of us! 

This summer chic dress has become one of my favorite and I can’t believe how many compliments I’ve received every time I wear it.

The best part is when I tell people I got it at Target, I would see their jaws completely dropping. Lol – Unfortunately, the last time I checked, it looked like the collection was totally sold out or unavailable. 

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I’m just glad I was able to get my hands on a few of my top picks before they were gone!

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Believe me, I could’ve made a “Haul” post or Youtube video out of them. Lol! Well, you will definitely see more of this collection here on the blog. Stay tuned! 🙂 

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For this look, I kept the accessories to a minimal and let the little summer dress speaks for itself. 

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My new favorite prints shoes were perfect on the dress. I think I’m loving these heels a little too much, but hey who can blame me? 🙂 You can get similar ones here

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Well, I hope you love this look as much as I do. I can’t wait to share the other pieces of the Victoria Bechkam Collection with you!

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If you were lucky enough to get yourself a piece (or a few) of this collection before it was sold out, I would like to know what you think about it. As you can tell, I’m here for it! 🙂

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Thank you for reading and have a fantastic day!

Love, 

Edwige 

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The emotion behinds this video, the story of this plane crash survivor will have you in tears! It’s a blessing and a gentle reminder to us all, that we should never take life for granted and every single day on earth it’s another opportunity for us to be grateful and strive to be and do the best we can. What’s your excuse? What’s my excuse? Every single ounce of breath that we take is sufficient enough to get us going and dream our wildest dreams.

Out of 109 people, Kechi was one of the only 2 survivors of the plane crash that had occurred on December 10th, 2005 in Nigeria. A tragedy that the nation has never forgotten. Even though doctors gave Kechi little to no chance of surviving her injuries, after numerous (about 70 in total) chirurgical interventions, Kechi fought hard for her life and pulled through! A miracle if you ask me. She now lives in Houston Texas with her mother, and is living a fulfilling life.

What we should take away from this story, beside the fact that miracles do happen every day, is that no matter what may have happened, no matter what we may be going trough, as dark as the future may look, as long as we’re still alive and well, we should never give up on our dreams and goals. We should always cultivate a mentality and attitude of gratefulness… Remember, it could be far worse. This young lady has been through a lot (and I’m sure she still is), but her courage, her perseverance, her faith, and desire to make lemonade out of the lemons life has given her took her where she is today… and where she’s going! 

I’m living you today with this message in the hope that, Kechi’s story will move you and give you hope, and inspire you to go for that whatever dream you have deep in you. Watch the video below and see how she stuns the judges at America Got talents! 🙂 Enjoy!

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Kechi is an inspiration for us all, and I admire her for her strength, determination and performance! I wish her the absolute best in life!

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BELIEVE… Such a simple word with a powerful effect. If we only know how much of a difference we will make in our life with a strong belief of our ability to be or do anything we want to, well, we will have no other choice but to believe! 

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Believe that you are in the right place at the right moment 

Believe that anything you set your mind on you can do

Believe that everything you pray for or dream of is on its way 

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-prints-shoesBelieve that no one can make you happy but yourself

Believe that you are enough

Believe that you are here on planet Earth with a specific purpose

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-white-shortsBelieve that you’re equipped with greatness… for greatness

Believe that you have what it takes to get to the next level of your life and career

Believe that you are a winner

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-prints-shoesBelieve that you are loved

Believe that your smile can make difference

Believe that YOU can make a difference

Ankara-prints-blazer-and-prints-shoesBelieve that you can change anything negative in your life, if you so desire

Believe that you are a miracle worker

Believe that everything is working in your favor

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Believe that you can shift in what’s possible

Believe that you are a testament of power and strength

Believe that you will grow through everything you go through

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Believe that you can change the “CAN’T” in “CAN” and the “WON’T” in “WILL”

Believe that you can live a fulfilling and successful life

Believe that you can be an inspiration to your generation and the generations to come

Believe that you can walk into your purpose with faith and confidence

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Believe that you are not a mistake and that you matter

Believe that you are unique 

Believe that you are beautifully and wonderfully made by the Most-High God 

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Believe that you are a light and your magic will touch hearts

Believe that you’re fully capable of creating your reality

Believe that you are where you are supposed to be in life right now

Believe in your callings, talents, and passions; they will take you places

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Believe in the opportunities ahead

Believe that what God has for you is for you

Believe that you can make things happen and make magic

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Believe that there’s always light after dark 

Believe that good things are going to happen

Believe that when you are grateful for what you have and smile to life, life gives you more

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Believe that you are not your past and that your past does not define you 

Believe that you are not what society describes you to be, but who you want to be 

Believe that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens you

Know it. Feel it. Believe it and Manifest it.

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I’m wearing Nomose Couture Ankara Blazer (c/o) USE CODE “HYPNOZGLAM” for a sweet discount 😉 – SIMILAR! JustFab’s shoes (c/o) – TJMaxx’s  top and shorts – Target’s crossbody bag – Guess’s sunnies and L’effet Glamour’s necklace. 

Wishing you a fabulous week ahead, 

Love, 

Edwige

 

 

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