Hi, everyone from social distancing in Texas! Maybe we can’t hug or shake hands right now…but we can smile and wave! Despite everything going on, spring 2020 will definitely arrive this week and it will help for all of us to put on a favorite color and touch of spring style. I have this beautiful new outfit from Soft Surroundings and was happy to pair it with my bright pink Kenneth Cole suede sandals I bought a few years ago…love the pearls on the heels and they go perfectly with the embellishments on these gorgeous pants…..
I think we all can acknowledge that clothing can often transform our outlooks and help us to face the day with more confidence and joy. That is what I encourage all of you to do today. Resist temptation to wrap up in an old sweatshirt and just watch the intense news headlines over and over. At least put on some color and do something around your house which gives you a smile.
This COVID-19 situation may or may not go on for awhile, but one thing is sure, it will affect the economy and the businesses so many of us love and support on a regular basis. Many retail store fronts are closing even for just a few days…but online is still happening! If you are shopping and planning to purchase some items for spring, think about your favorite retailers and try to give them some love and support. Soft Surroundings would be one on my list of brands I hope will be around for awhile. This tunic is gorgeous and it is a bit heavier, so if you are in a cooler climate, you will love it for spring. It has a great design in the back with seams and buttons which give it a more flattering fit. I also like the tabs on the sleeves for taking them up or taking them down if the weather is colder. These white denim pants are one of my new favs!
REMEMBER TO BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED
I know…Bloom where you are planted…is an overused cliche of a phrase…but I still like it…especially now. Spring is all about new growth; new birth; new beginnings; blooming flowers; singing birds; and sunshine often after long dreary days. This year the season comes at a time when the world most needs refreshment and HOPE. There are other phrases which say, HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING and HOPE IS THE ONLY THING STRONGER THAN FEAR. It is often the case that this time of year you will see beautiful Texas wildflowers blooming with dead leaves and limbs around them…in the midst of the ugly dry land, the flowers bloom. So, how can we bloom amidst the brown ugliness of this virus that has changed our way of life for the moment?
- Be a light in the line! If you are stuck in line at the market or department store, smile, laugh and be patient. I just don’t get the panic, anger or judgmental attitudes of those in line or even in the aisles. Be the one of reason and calm and laughter.
- Once again, look for ways to help others (without putting your own health in jeopardy)…perhaps it is just a call, email, or note to tell someone you are thinking of them.
- Don’t stress out family members. I am very careful what and how I speak to my adult children right now, I do not want them panicking or worrying needlessly, but I do want them to be wise.
- This is only a time of drawing back…from a very busy, crazy world…and enjoying the quite, the calm, and opportunity to focus on relationships or home…especially for those of us who tend to go, go, go.
- Have a hopeful attitude that this too will pass. Just as other trials have for our world and country…at some point this will pass and life will return to normal…although we may see some modifications and that is ok.
- If you need help yourself, ask for it! Reach out if you are fearful or anxious, but I will say, the best way to deal with our own anxiety is often to help others with theirs. The best way to find joy amidst difficulties is to serve and help other people.
In other words, BLOOM. Springtime 2020 needs more blooms than ever!
Would anyone like to add to this list? Ways we can be a light and a blooming flower amidst all happening during this time? Please share.
There are other Soft Surrounding styles in the slideshow below to help us bloom this spring. I hope you enjoy them and please, please, be hopeful and
By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: The clothing was provided for review by Soft Surroundings, but the words are my own.