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TunnelVision

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Living life is a journey and a road that we’re all traveling. Along the way we come across some speed bumps and road blocks that may hinder us from going the desired rate that we imagined to reach our goals. However, we should in no way allow that to deter us from the desired outcome that we planned for. Although the plans to reach your goals may change along the way, don’t let that stop you from achieving what you have set your mind to do.

Things will not always turn out as we think they should. When that happens, we should reroute to pick ourselves up and keep moving forward. Don’t hesitate, move forward, there is more joy in accomplishing what you are passionate about than giving up and creating an excuse that’ll make you feel better. Where there is a will, there is a way, so set your mind to it and make that dream happen.

All things are possible if you believe, are you willing to believe? Do you have faith that you can overcome that obstacle and achieve your dreams, hopes, passions, most intimate desires??

Let me tell you a quick story, I once knew a girl who so desperately wanted to earn her college degree that she could taste it. However, right before her senior year of college, she was faced with serious financial difficulty. She had to pay over $2,000 to the school or she’d be kicked out of the university until she paid off that semester. Her mom couldn’t help, her father just gave thousands to her younger sibling in school as well, and just paid a few hundred on her semester bill that fall already- with two more children at home, he didn’t have it then.  This girl reached out to family and friends and prayed every night for God to show her a miracle. As it became closer to the deadline, she became more stressed and her faith began to waiver. She cried EVERY NIGHT. She wasn’t ready to give up the campus life that she built for herself, without her degree that she was so close to earning.

One night, this girl had the brilliant idea and the “balls” to e-mail the president of the university about her situation, to ask for  her  help and offer any freelance skills she could in art. That night, the president forwarded her email to the executive director of financial aid. Who was this?? Lol. She already knew people in high places in financial aid, but never anyone such as this! That night the executive director of financial aid e-mailed the girl back….and would you believe it…her bill was paid….with thousands leftover!

That girl was me. I say all that to say, don’t let go of your dreams, look them in the face and achieve them by any means necessary! Fear and doubt are no longer options!  Turn off the interference and turn on the TunnelVision, there are some dreams and goals to achieve right now! If you’ve stopped, pick up from where you left off and keep going!

How I made my way to THRIFTING!

What is this new trend called “thrifting” that’s so popular??? First of all, its not new, people have been buying used clothes for decades….mainly because they couldn’t afford to purchase clothes brand new. When I was growing up, we didn’t go to the thrift shop at all. My parents made enough to purchase our clothes brand new. The one time my mom did try out the thrift shop with a friend and purchase me clothes….I never wore them lol.

During my senior year of college….something happened…..I gained weight! Eek! I didn’t have enough money to purchase brand new clothes!!!!! So I began thrifting at the local Salvation Army and another church thrift shop in West Chester. I was working 25 hours a week, helping to pay for my education, books, supplies, groceries, and traveling expenses. I didn’t have much money then.

I found something beautiful at those thrift stores! Cute tops, jeans, and more!!! It got to a point that I loved going to the thrift store and I was always complimented on my looks! During my college graduation weekend….I put together some of the cutest outfits from the thrift shop!

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In the picture above I’m wearing a thrifted vest and blouse, and I believe I thrifted the skirt too. All in all….although I looked down on the thrift shop as a teen….I love going there now although I can afford to and do purchase some of my clothes new. I’ve never purchased my daughters clothing from a thrift shop because I find them super cheap and cute in the stores! I just look extra hard lol.

I love to thrift now because I like to look different and I don’t want someone to have on my exact same outfit!

As always….thanks for stopping by and reading about my thrifting story!

Thanks for visiting,

JanetsJournee