Head, Heart Soul Connection - Portland Blog - Style Interplay

I recently took a long weekend in Montana and the first morning there, felt inclined to write. For me that means journalling, sometimes riffing feelings and thoughts... coming to realizations I like to share with people close to me. This is one of those pieces.

Figured why not start publishing some writing like old times... 

Placid Lake, Montana. 
8/17/18. 9:30am. 

We spend so much time listening to what our heads tell us. What our hearts tell us. But, what is your soul telling you? Have you spent time with her? Where is she? With you, behind you, or ahead of you?

We live with such a dynamic ability to think, learn, and feel. There is no “me,” when you think about it. It’s “us.” It’s every single side of you that has been conflicted at the face of a decision. Everything in your being working together to make your body function every second of your life.

I want to be on the same playing field as my soul. To be the body she wants to exist in; the heart she wants to love with; the mind she wants to communicate with. I want her to be happy with the body, heart, and head she has right now. I want her to be taken care of, to feel safe, and to feel like she’s growing. I want her to be the fullest expression of who she wants to be. For her to experience everything she wants to experience—so that the next vessel she finds herself in, she can live that much more of a beautiful, wise, and caring life.

That perspective explains a lot about my beliefs about comfort in my life. I value it immensely. Comfort is one of the best ways for me to measure balance and happiness. When I think of discomfort, I liken it to a feeling of being unsettled. Something between the innerworkings of my head, heart, and soul are in different places. It's my responsibility to find a compromise between all of those energies to find my ultimate comfort. My ultimate balance. My ultimate happiness.

Sometimes my heart will win. Sometimes my head will win. My soul steps in last, I think. I feel it more as a guiding energy that I can choose to listen to—and live for—or not.

Maybe the soul is the most sensitive of the three. The one that needs most care. Like the younger sibling everyone wants to make decisions for and take care of; but, really is pretty smart and knows the best decision for them.

I'd describe the feeling as an instinct. An unwavering knowingness. Everyone has it, but I think where some lose sight is not trusting it, or even lacking the awareness that it exists inside them.

We’re so wrapped up in thinking about the “me,” letting our hearts or our heads take over. Sitting for hours, days, sometimes years in confusion about the direction and purpose of our lives. I think we are the most ourselves when we reign in the battle of our heart and head, find rest in our body, and feel the energy of our soul.

When you find it, feel it. Sit, and listen. When you let your soul’s energy flow through you; balance will find you. You don’t have to force what is ahead one way or another. It’s your job to listen to your soul and act accordingly. But, you have to have that close relationship to your soul to feel it, listen to it, trust it, nurture it. Keep it close because you're lucky to have it.

At the end of the day, when you ask yourself things like, are my kids safe? Is my partner happy? Is my family healthy? Maybe we should signature that with, is my soul with me today?

Head, Body Soul Connection - Portland Blog - Style Interplay



Things that have happened in June. 
Tying jute in pretty little bows.
Jumping, playing juveniles.
Summoned to the jury. 
Happy Father's Day, Joe. 
June 28, the day we met.

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Black Leather Shoes - Style Interplay
I popped over on instagram stories to talk about these babies, but figured it'd make a great post as well. SO— here's what we've got.

In 2014 I bought the patent leather mila loafers from Topshop. These babies have traveled across the country with me, have been my everyday go-tos to class back in college, and have made a few appearances post-college as well. I've worn and loved them so much that there is a hole straight through the ball of the foot on both shoes. Some of my favorite posts featuring these shoes are this everyday look, this outfit with my fav Rachel Comey jacket, and with the spring dress I made.

I've kept them because they are still a favorite, but haven't worn them in two years. I moved on to the Everlane Modern Loafer, which was my first purchases from Everlane. Loved these. The breaking in process was very similar to my Brixton boots, which I reviewed here. These are my every day, wear with anything loafers. At this point, I need to get the sole repaired, and see if there's anything we can do about the toe dimple happening at the tips of the toes. If you guys have any tips on fixing or avoiding that—please let me know!

Now, the new new. I was shopping at Crossroads this weekend and ran across a pair of Everlane Modern Oxfords. (Far right in the image above.) Very excited for this find, especially because I got them for $37.50 and they retail for $168. Also, I am a size 8/8.5 shoe, in Everlane I size up to a 9, but in my experience with the Brixton boot and Modern loafer I think I should go up another half size. So, finding these at a size 9.5 was perfect. I can finally bid farewell to my Topshop oxfords and replace with these new babes.

Taking stock: loafers and oxfords

This has made me want to take stock of a bunch of other things in my closet. Sneakers, tees, jeans, button downs... Might be a good addition to make sure I'm getting rid of old or unworn things, as I invest in the new definitely-will-wear-every-day things.

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