a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Love What You Do.

Bow dress, Thigh Highs: H&M.
Blazer: Forever21.
Loafers: Thrifted.

I didn't always know what career I wanted to pursue but I knew the life I wanted to live. The empty objects money can buy have never made me wild. Even though clothes are beautiful and nice, they're just clothes. Even though expensive food tastes great, it's just food. Even though cars and furniture and technology make life easier, they don't make life better. They're all just things.

I couldn't tell you why but I just always pictured myself dirt poor when I grew older. I had (and still have) this strange fantasy of having this life where all my clothes are thrifted, I'm eating ramen noodles every day, and I live in a shoddy apartment with little to no furniture. Why is this so appealing to me? Why don't I want all the nice things that my generation feels entitled to?

Because none of that matters, I guess. Once you have happiness and love, nothing else in the world can compare. There's always this familiar quote that sticks with me saying, "life isn't measured in the amount of breaths you take but in the amount of moments that take your breath away." I want my breath to be taken away.

If I cared about money I wouldn't be studying fashion. I know that it's not the most high paying career out there. You work really hard for little pay, little recognition. Competition is fierce and it's easy to get kicked down because there will always be someone better than you. But I know that I wouldn't be happy studying anything else. I admire people who want to be lawyers and doctors and teachers so much because it takes a special individual to do those things. But for me? It just wouldn't be right. I wouldn't be happy. Even though fashion merchandising is a risky field to go into, I go into it with a full and confident heart because it's what makes me happy. 

Love what you do and do what you love. 

Maybe someday I'll change my mind. When I realize how much debt I'm in from a college education. When I can't pay my bills. When my old car is breaking down and I don't have any money to fix it. When I want the wedding of my dreams and the funds just aren't there. Maybe I'll change my mind and want all that money. All that success. 

Or maybe I'll just always be content with just being happy.

I hope so.

With much love, Lauren.

P.S. I drew a random winner via randomgenerator.org for the Blue Bird Bride Jewelry giveaway and the winner was #2, Laura of Thrifting Through Life! Congratulations Laura and thank you everyone who entered!


Unknown said...

I love this post! Very true and good for you! If you give it your all, and you are happy, you will feel richer than most.

Unknown said...

Oh I love this. I've never found someone who truly is like me in this area. I've dreamed of living where my dad is from. El Salvador. And living like my grandparents. In a tiny house. Concrete floor. Hammock on the porch. Using a pila for a sink. I don't know why but I'm the most happy there. Everything is so much more simple. Thank you for this post. xx | Natalia.

Jane said...

Take my word for it - I graduated with a more "responsible" degree but there still isn't enough money to pay the bills. So you might as well go with you dream :)

Carlee, Little Sloth said...

Love this dress and these are some wonderful thoughts for a wonderful day. I am always inspired after reading your post.
Almost Endearing

K. Elise said...

Love your bow dress, cute look.


Unknown said...

Aw I'm sure you'll be happy with your choices! And if not there's always time to try to make changes. Happiness is the number one priority though. Nothing else is worth much if you're not content with life.
Anyway, this outfit is so super adorable. I love the knee high socks with your pretty dress. The loafers were a great choice too!

Et tu, tutu? said...

Great outlook on life! I used to feel the same way until I decided I kind of actually wanted a "normal" job, but I totally understand. I think God is calling me to be a teacher, but in another life I know I'm a stunt driver/celebrity stylist/female rapper. ;)


Celina Tolbert said...

I feel exactly the same way. I'm majoring in drama in college, so I completely understand your feeling. Acting is what I love to do. Strangely, I imagine myself poor too, living in a big city with 5 roommates and no car. anyways, have a great day!

Celina Tolbert said...

I feel exactly the same way. I'm majoring in drama in college, so I completely understand your feeling. Acting is what I love to do. Strangely, I imagine myself poor too, living in a big city with 5 roommates and no car. anyways, have a great day!

Alice, Pretty Confused said...

Such a lovely post Lauren. I think (particularly in the blogging world) a lot of focus can be put on consumerism, I know I have been guilty of buy something unnecessary for the sake of blogging about it (whether it is something small like a pair of oxblood tights or bigger like my DLSR), then again, at 25 and not being in the best financial situation I do sometimes look back and wish I had done a more practical university course. I don't want to be rich, but now that I'm thinking about the future and possibly having children in the next 5 years has made me freak out a little bit. I want to be able to provide the best life possible for my partner and any future sprogs. You're right though, there is no point in doing something that you don't love xo

Unknown said...

I agree...there's nothing like doing what you love over earning lots of money and not loving what you do. With that said, I adore this outfit! I think it's one of my favorites of yours! :)

Keep it up girl!

xo, gina

Midwest Muse said...

"thrifted clothes, ramen, shoddy apartment, etc" basically describes all my friends hahah. Oh, college.

But I think you will excel incredibly! You've got drive, you've got passion, and you're very talented.

Also this dress is super pretty and perfect with red lips.

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