Saturday, December 29, 2012


Hello All! First, sorry for my lack of posts as I have been indulging in the merriment of the holiday season. Also I want to apologize for not finishing 25 Days of Christmas. Basically, it was a great idea that needed more preparation (than I normally give for any given post) and better content quality (more fashion on fashion). However, you can expect something very similar Christmas 2013 (Yes I am already planning!).

Secondly, I am so happy to shift into a new year. I know things aren't going to magically change on January 1st but for the first time in my life I am making plans and setting goals I am excited about and I am following through. I am growing in many ways: My career and fashion knowledge is growing, my philanthropic efforts are increasing, I am networking and building genuine connections with wonderful new people, my spiritual walk with Christ is getting healthier and I can talk about it.

All in all, I feel free! I have been broken for a long time and I have been trying to fix myself for years. But I think it is time for me to pick the pieces up and hand them to someone who can fix me. I love Jesus, I love the fact that his love is unconditional. But I had a hard time sharing this because I am not perfect. I have done some things and experienced some things that I felt could never be forgiven, that could never be washed away, that would always be thrown in my face no matter how "perfect" I tried to be.

Now if you aren't spiritual or Christian, it's OK. Please take this from my message today: It is never too late to begin again. Every period in our life won't be smooth sailing. However, it is how we recover and push forward in those hard times that make us better equipped for greater things coming. I looked to people (men, other girls who I envied) to validate me when I could have spent that time qualifying myself and focusing on things in my own life. I have learned so much this past year. And yes, this may be Epiphany Number 251 but everyone needs to hear this. The key to letting go of regret, bitterness, incompetence, envy, and anything else distracting you is to focus on the plans you have for your life and the dreams tugging on your heart. Once you are diligently seeking something, everything else not in line with it won't be worth your time in the larger scheme of things. You will be too busy and everything not important will slowly fade away. We can't let those emotions control us and dictate our next moves.

So my goals for 2013 are slightly different this year. As always, I will strive to be a better Elisa. But instead of worrying about my progress compared to others and what I feel I lack, I will embrace that this is a new beginning for me and that by diligently seeking Christ and major career moves, I am making a conscious decision to free myself of anything that will make me feel as if I am being held back when I know I possess all the power I need to move forward. I am not perfect but I am going to do my best no matter what happened in my past.

I hope this wasn't too long. But I hope it influences your new year. SMOOCHES XOXO