Friday, December 19, 2014

Life Is... with Mrs. Measom

During the summer months  I came across the blog, Xo, Mrs. Measom. Sweet, funny, and full of charm, this mama loves her life with all she has.

The thing that really got me was her Instagram posts. As a college student and a young woman that's frequently surrounded by people who often post something negative, self-defeating, or inappropriate, Mrs. Measom's posts are a breath of fresh air. Every caption makes you love life a little harder. Or laugh out loud as she recounts parts of her motherhood experiences. Or totally swoon over how precious family is and her killer style.

Her Life Is interview is short and sweet, so I am also sharing a blog post of hers that really hit home for me. And has me rooting for her, whatever creative path she chooses. Thank you for sharing a piece of your heart with us today, Kirstin.

Going After Your Dreams, by Mrs. Measom

"As a young girl, I always had big dreams. (don't we all?) I wanted to be a ballerina.  The kind who just floated across the stage, traveling the world, doing something I loved more than anything else, but reality had to set in. It was just the three musketeers. My mom, my brother, and I, and there certainly wasn't enough money for me to take any kind of lessons, and even more so the expensive kind. (hey, being a well versed ballerina at the age of five ain't cheap.) 

Even when we are still young, and full of hope, dreams had to come face to face with reality. There is something so beautiful about a child's outlook on life. You know, anything is possible, and you're not scared one bit. Where that goes, and what happens to those feelings I'm not sure, but I do know that somewhere between childhood, the teenage years, and adulthood we all start to lose faith in ourselves. Some people call it "being a realist," other's call it "being a pessimist," I think it's just us adapting. Could this loss of fearlessness and faith in ourselves be a way of protecting us from the overbearing feeling of failure? I could just as easily agree with that idea, as I could that we also adapt to survive.

If we remained totally fearless, most of us would probably be dead. I mean let's face it, some people jump out of planes for fun, but a lot of us would also maybe keep dreaming of things that wouldn't provide for our worldly needs, like buying food. Is that sad that we sellout for money? Maybe, but I have to say that a lot of the things I "gave up," to be more realistic, or to protect myself from the feeling of being a failure brought me to the very place I find myself now. Happy with a husband of my dreams, and a baby I just can't stop watching.

I think where I am going with all of this is that over time we change, and just as we adapt so do our needs, our wants, and our desires. It isn't always a bad thing, and sometimes it is necessary, but we need to be careful that we don't sellout of our dreams because of fear. We need to have faith in ourselves and our passions because if we don't learn to embrace the beauty within us we might as well just sign up to work in a cubical call center for the rest of our lives. There is safety in that. You can't fail at that, & if you're thinking no way in hell would you ever do that job, then just tell yourself no way in hell would you ever stop believing in your dreams next time that crosses your mind. You are valuable. You have talents. You can do anything, if you just work your tail off. Don't sell out. I have faith in you even if you don't. We are all inspirational in our own way, so let's make a dent in the universe.

I know I ain't leaving without leaving my dent. So help me. I am going for my dreams. Failure may come, sure, but at least I can say I believed in myself. Which is more than I could say just a week ago. Hey, that's some kind of progress right?

Live out loud. Live your dreams. Dream big."

Life Is...

1. What do you think the three most important parts of living a meaningful life are?

There is one part I know connects all the rest and it is loving yourself. Without that you are just wandering through life like a zombie. Going through the motions, but not living intentionally. So love yourself, and if you don't work at it everyday until you get there. 

2. Who do you look up to?

Two words- Carrie Bradshaw, & of course my momma. 

3. What are three non-essential things that get you through the day?

Diapers. Dr. Pepper. Netflix. 

4. What does the world need more of?

Organic produce. Free range chickens. Non-GMO everything. 

5. What is your personal mission?

Loving hard. 

6. Tell about a moment in your life that has shaped your belief system. A single moment that your heart holds onto forever.

The day I held my son, I knew I was part of something a lot bigger than me. 

7. What is your favorite quote?

Que sera sera (what will be will be).

8. Fill in the blank. Life is...
Grand, unless you're a complainer then it's just crap.


If you want to follow Mrs. Measom's beautiful life:

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 Wishing everyone a happy Friday & a great weekend! xo

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