Yet another year goes by, and I’m left evaluating the month of October. Every time I tell someone about the October Dress Project, they ask me two questions: “do you wash the dress?” and “why do you do it?” Normally, I give my standard “pro simplicity, anti consumerism, creativity booster” response, but something tells me there has to be more than that. What is it about this project that keeps me putting on the same exact dress every day for an entire month? I don’t consider myself to be materialistic, I’m a pretty creative person in general, and simplicity isn’t really my cup of tea. After thinking about it, I’ve come up with three things that make me stick with it. The first is commitment. When I start something, I finish it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a terrible movie or a craft project. When I decide to do something, almost nothing can stand in the way of me finishing. The second is the challenge. I really enjoy trying to make each year’s dress look different every day. It excites me to search through my closet to find obscure matches. I like seeing how many people don’t notice (especially this year and last year, when I wore patterned dresses). Not everyone who participates in the project makes it look different every day, and that is perfect for them. This leads to the last thing, which is the community. The group of women who participate in this project year after year are amazing. Reading their posts and seeing their pictures encourages me to continue, inspires me to try new things, and reminds me of the things that truly matter. Because it’s ok if you skip days when your kids are sick or your house is flooded. It’s ok if some days you wear the dress over sweat pants and slippers. The building up that occurs on the ODP Facebook page, which is full of women from all over the world, many of whom have never even met, showcases the community that Christ desires for us. These are the women that reel me in every September as I begin sifting through thrift stores for the next October dress. These are the women that read this blog and write encouraging comments. These women are friends, although I have only met a few, who I can count on for kind words and affirmation. You are the women who make me do this project, and I love you all.
Ps: first non ODP outfit, and it’s a floral dress.. Perhaps my wardrobe could use a little diversity..
Today, the last day of The October Dress Project of 2015, I cut the dress. I blame Joanna (pictured below) for encouraging me in this rebellion. Do I regret my decision? Nope. The dress turned crop top is actually something I might wear after tomorrow!
Look at that face. The face of conniving.
Look at those faces. Faces of love and happiness. How far away is thanksgiving, again? I think I can make it; I think I can.
My original thought for a Halloween costume was a flower fairy, but after an unsuccessful quest to find wings, I decided to be a flower child instead. Enter: a scissors and Alexa’s sewing machine. Enter: the dress turned crop top. Enter: adorableness.
ODP 2015 was real, y’all. Join me next year with a lace dress?
Today was a day for parties. Dancing in the rain parties, skyping with sister parties, youth Halloween parties, and coffee at midnight parties. Have you ever had a dance in the rain party? It’s super fun, y’all. You should try it sometime. It works especially well if you live in an apartment complex that has horrible drainage, because that causes the biggest puddles. It’s ridiculously cold, but totally worth it.
Also, isn’t my sister the cutest person you’ve ever seen? Totes adorbs. I heart her.
Ps: I’m making up for yesterday’s lack of pictures by giving you a million today. Enjoy, peeps 🙂
One of the best parts of working with the youth is that when you’re on their team for corn hole, and you’re super terrible at corn hole and win 0% of the points, they can win all the points and you still get one of the prizes. Shoutout to Alex for being the bomb.com at corn hole. I’ll think of you the next time I’m at Starbucks.
The second best thing about working with youth (and youth leaders) is that they make these faces when you tell them to take a selfie with you. #loveit #bestyouthgroupever
Apparently I only got a picture of this outfit from the face up. Which is quite a bummer, because it was super cute! Just imagine you can see the high-low sheer skirt line with sparkly tights and chucks and you’ll get the picture. It was adorable, if I do say so myself. It’s ok though, because I realized that what I’m wearing tomorrow is almost exactly the same, and y’all won’t even know the difference. Perks of being a lazy blogger…
Can I just say, I love Skype. I love FaceTime. I love Whatsapp. I love my friends.
Sometimes, it’s more important to spend the evening video chatting with friends you haven’t talked to in forever. There will always be another paper due; relationships are what truly matter. That’s not to say I won’t write my paper. In fact, I’m waking up early tomorrow morning to finish it. I work better in the mornings anyway, so we’re going to assume that if I had written my paper tonight, it wouldn’t have been all that great anyway. My advice for you, especially as we try to finish up assignments before thanksgiving: call your friends; the papers can wait.
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