30 for 30, day 19. The Swap

26 Nov

Today I’m doing something a little different. Brett from silvergirl and I swapped posts today, via Fashion Beauty Friend Friday. Check out her pictures and see what she says:

When Fabienne and I talked about what to write for our blog swap, I asked her to write about her experience with the 30 in 30 challenge.  I wanted to know if had been easier or harder than anticipated and if she was enjoying it.  Mostly I was interested in why and how she decided to participate.

As for myself, I struggled with whether or not to participate.  I kept telling myself, “I am new to all of this and I am not ready”.  Ultimately that little voice won out and I DID NOT participate.  This has been a decision that I have regretted from almost the first day.

Here are the 5 things I learned by NOT participating:

  1. Don’t be scared of a new challenge even if you have no idea of what you are doing.
  2. Take a risk whether it is picking out 30 items of clothing that are interchangeable or something much bigger than that.
  3. Be willing to be silly and accept that things usually don’t go as we expect them to.  Expectations are highly over-rated!
  4. Don’t sit on the sidelines and watch everyone around you having all of the fun.  Jump in and have fun with them.
  5. What would have been the WORST thing that could have happened if I had participated?  Bloggers descending on my home and ripping up my clothes for bad fashion choices???  Seriously!

My new found wisdom has made me realize that these lessons not only apply to the next fashion challenge, but to my every day life as well.  Next time another challenge is presented to me, fashion related or much bigger and complicated ~ I will jump in, keep my head up, promote confidence and enjoy the experience where I can.  Even if I do fail, I will be a winner just for trying and taking a risk!

Thanks for letting me wax poetic and don’t be surprised if sometime in the future I am participating in my own private 30 in 30, just to prove to myself that I can do it.

Deets: Striped denim shirt/GAP, brown velvet jacket/J.Jill, jeans/Old Navy, shoes/Unisa, earrings/Handpicked, necklace/Charlotte Russe.


For my outfit today, check out Brett’s blog.


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  1. Kristina

    November 27, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Yay for you…doing the 30 for 30! I wasn't brave enough to try. You look fabulous!
    Kristina J.

  2. TJWisdom

    November 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Brett,

    Please participate next time because it's worth it doing the 30 for 30. I didn't know if I was up for the challenge but I went for it and confirmed that I am a good remixer. 30 for 30 makes you appreciate what you have and I realized that there is so much to mix and enhance in my closet.

  3. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    November 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    If it makes you feel any better, I was too intimidated to do the 30 for 30 last time. But I've loved this one. I've learnt so much (I post my learning from it every day) and it's been really fun.

    Thanks for sharing what you've learnt by not doing it.