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Note From Lay: Tis the Season To Give

The Holidays is always the time of year where we look forward to spending time with family and giving gifts. It can also be a tough time of year for some people for various reasons. I know this time of year is bittersweet for my family because of loved ones we lost. Therefore, I just want to encourage each of us to reach out and give to someone in need this season among all the fun festivities. There are many people who just need someone to talk to or shelters that could use donations. My friend helped connect me with a local shelter that I was able to donate a lot of items they needed just from cleaning out my closet. So I encourage you to reach out and see if there’s a way you help in your community this season even in a small way.

Of course, this month I’m also going to be doing some giving of my own. I did my first giveaway of the season on Instagram so be sure to follow there to stay in the loop and sign up to the email list (below). To stay in the holiday spirit over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing gift guides, the easiest way to silky smooth skin and what to wear for all the New Year’s Eve festivities. I may even sneak in a few of my favorite or most embarrassing holiday memories. As always I hope you enjoy this month’s content and I look forward to connecting with you. Muah.

Remember Why You Started | Note From Lay

Going back to our roots is always necessary for life. When you feel lost, uninspired or you need validation that you’re on the right path. Lately, I’ve been really evaluating my life and checking to see if it’s headed where I imagine. I’ve asked myself if I’m walking in my truth, following my destiny and am I doing what I feel deep in my spirit I’ve been called to do. The answer is yes and no. Here’s why.

I started this blog for a few reasons.

1. As a place to share all my stories and push my creativity. Whether they were true or figments of my imagination.

2. To answer all the questions I received about where I shop or what deep conditioner I used on my hair

3. As an ode to the women who inspired me the most, especially my mom and grandma

Along the way one of these reasons got lost. That being the storytelling. It was a struggle for me to figure out where my creative stories would fit on the blog. Following all the blogging advice of sticking to a niche, focusing on adding value in one area but at the same time have a unique perspective. Honestly, following advice from too many people just left me feeling lost. Just the way obsessing over numbers, growth, success left me uninspired. Taking a step back to gain some perspective helped me to realize my storytelling is who I am and makes me unique.

I fell in love with fashion, books, art and writing from a young age. I was very shy and didn’t like to speak much but I was so curious about the world. So I observed everything and then I’d create my own stories. Sometimes those stories would be in the form of fashion collages, my closet doors were covered in cutouts from my favorite looks in Seventeen and Vogue growing up. Other times those stories were sketches in a random notebook. I always just let my imagination run wild. So I’m going to remember why I started and go back to my roots.

I love the community we’ve built here on the blog and across social media. I love speaking and connecting with all of you. This blog is becoming so much more than I imagined. I feel so grateful and blessed. So I hope you all will enjoy how I weave in these changes, personal stories, and the increased creativity.

It is because of this change that now I’ll be able to answer yes when asked if I’m walking in my truth and destiny.You ever have a dream that is beautiful you wish it were real. We are given the blessings to make our dreams come true. Go make them a reality but always remember why you started.

 

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