StyleDiary: Not Okay

As I laced up my shoes last Sunday to embark on my longest run to date since last year’s marathon, my head and my heart were heavy. So heavy I wasn’t even sure I could make it the measly eight miles. So heavy that not even a dozen of the world’s greatest cupcakes or a new pair of high heels could lighten the load. Everyone says He never gives you more than you can handle, but lately it has felt like I am drowning in bad news. But as I do on most long runs, I turned on a podcast of my old hometown church and headed out to relieve my stress and clear my head.

It was a beautiful fall day, one that only God himself could manifest, and as my feet pounded the pavement it was as if He was trying to tell me something. The message of the podcast/sermon was “It’s okay to be not okay.” This message hit me like a brick wall because lately I have been not okay. But the lesson is that’s okay. It’s okay to admit it. It’s okay to cry, to mourn, and to hurt because these are the moments that teach us who we are and who we desire to be. It’s okay because I have my faith and family, friends and a husband that love me and provide the support system I need at this difficult time. Just because I am not okay right now doesn’t mean I won’t be in the future. And it’s going to be okay.

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{Blouse – J.Crew; Cords – GAP; Booties – JustFab; Necklace – c/o Versona}

14 Responses to StyleDiary: Not Okay

  1. Brittney says:

    Sorry you are kinda down :( I hope life gets better for you really soon. Take it from me- things can change for the better when you least expect it. Hope that happens for you! In the meantime, I'm available for cupcake dates!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This is such a great message! I think we do forget that it's ok to be down from time to time, and this is a good reminder. I hope you start to feel better!

  3. amy b says:

    So needed to read this right now as work consumes me 24/7 and I don't know how to turn it off and then the kids and social life and family all seem to be taking a second seat as I try to figure out how not to be so constantly overwhelmed.

    PS – You are adorable. Hugs.

  4. cait & val says:

    sorry you've been down. it is okay to not be okay.
    the good news- you're doing it in style!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  5. S.S. Milk says:

    I hear ya. It's true that it is okay to be not okay. Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to feel that things always have to be good but in actuality they don't. We wouldn't be human if they were. I'm hope all is well and you look great! Thanks for sharing!
    http://www.accidentallystylish.blogspot.com

  6. Sweetheart, one thing is for sure… you LOOK okay. You look MORE than okay… You look fabulously adorable! Sorry to hear this, girl. Know that you are not alone… it is a tough thing to be in that kind of spot, but I hope that whatever it is, it passes soon. Stay strong. You are right… it will be okay. See you at Thunder Road??

    Lots of love, Whitley

  7. Lindsey Sanders says:

    That was a great sermon!! Keep your head up sista!! = )

  8. Clark.Kent says:

    I get this – being at home with a ruptured Achilles tendon has given me more time to browse and think. We'll all go through phases of not being OK, but if we learn and grow and can come out the otherside the new OK will be so much better. Hoping this phase passes for you really quickly.

  9. Emily says:

    Love this. Couldn't be more perfect!

  10. emily sadlow says:

    you look adorable!! LOVE the outfit!!
    P.S. check out my latest giveaway – last day to enter!! http://thesadlows.blogspot.com/2012/11/crochet-in… XOXO

  11. chelseagrey says:

    Super cute outfit! And thanks for your vulnerability in this post. I 100% agree with you that it's okay to not be okay. The song "Who You Are" by Jessie J comes to mind because the lyrics state verbatim, "it's okay not to be okay". Have a great weekend chica and enjoy running! xoxo

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