|The little black dress in the Blue Mountains
This morning I did not want to put it on. I have been traveling all week and was heading off to spend 24 hours in airports. I just didn’t want to spend those hours in the dress. And then it hit me…
I was tired of feeling bland.
I love clothes and I spent the week in a city full of fashion and shopping. I was starting to look around and notice the people around me and how cute they looked in their clothes. I saw the girls with shopping bags galore and thought perhaps there is something to the muse shopping is good therapy.
But thats why I started this anyways right?
To debunk the notion that I am the sum of what I own and what I wear.
To fight the advertisers that claim to be more you must buy more.
Yet after spending two weeks in the same dress I am realizing that those battles are not fought quickly. The tendency to accumulate does not die easily. The thoughts and lies and feelings I have believed for so long are deep rooted and unwilling to budge.
I set out on this journey for six weeks and it is already feeling arduous.. I can’t imagine doing this for a whole year. (OneDressProtest) And yet, I can see now that six weeks will not be long enough to defeat the giants of consumerism and shallowness that weigh heavy on my heart. In less than four long weeks, the dress will be retired, perhaps never to be worn again, but the battle will go on-raging and back-talking every time I put those demons in their place.
What about you? Have you to been consumed by the notion that you are what you wear?
|The LBD and I with a kangaroo
Because friend, you are SO SO much more than that!
Wear the same dress everyday for a year.
Fight the tides of consumerism and materialism and status quo for a whole year.
Endure questions and ridicule and praise and media attention.
Inspire, challenge, and motivate others to do the same.
Not only is she an amazing person, who took on an incredible challenge, she is a sister in Christ and an astounding role model.
For the past few weeks I have been really convicted over my habits, my desires, and my thoughts about fashion, and clothing and have been really challenged to think differently about my role in this crazy, mixed up world and the endless cycle of fashion. But when conviction and challenge end with happy thoughts, you might as well never have thought about them in the first place. Great thoughts, while needed, are never going to change the world. It is only in turning those thoughts into action that change is bred.
Therefore, I have committed for the rest of lent to join her in her fast from fashion.
However, it is not just about wearing the same dress everyday. It is about debunking the lies I have bought into about who I am, what I must wear, how I should look, and what I should have. It is about leaving who I used to be in the dust and embracing who I am becoming. It is about living out the passion that for so long has been pent up inside. It is about becoming who I was created to be. It is about being a voice and speaking up. It is about saying “No more.”
So join me on this journey to live life to its fullest, kick the status quo to the curb, and spend the next 6 weeks in one little black dress!