Inside-Out

So a week ago I was sitting on my couch and I had this thought, “I want to become a better guitar player.” As trivial as that may sound, that statement has profound implications for me. I am a self taught guitarist. About 3 years ago, I bought myself a guitar and taught myself how to play the instrument. I’m no Lenny Kravitz, Carlos Santana or the late and great B.B. King (may you rest in peace) but I can play the guitar now. However, technically I have room to improve. I have a few bad habits I know that I can clean up. Technical things like hand positioning, etc. However, cleaning up those bad habits require me to go through the long and painstaking process of retraining my body. I don’t know if you’ve ever encountered this, but its hard to break a bad habit.

 

One of the most hardest and humbling things to do is to take an introspective look at oneself, highlight areas you need to improve in, & take active steps to becoming better in those areas. As humans we don’t enjoy admitting the areas we may fall short. I’m not immune to this. I used to cut people down with my words. If someone said something to me that I didn’t like or agree with, it became my mission to immediately use my words to slice and dice them with samurai like precision. I am a wordsmith by definition. I have a way with words so I excelled at tearing people down. One day something changed in my heart (it was probably the Holy Spirit speaking to me). I realized how much I was hurting people. Y’all it was hard for me to admit that I was failing in this area and needed to take steps to make a positive change. It finally occurred to me that words are extremely powerful.

“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” – Proverbs 18:20-21 NIV

We have the choice to either use our words to hurt or to heal. From that day I chose to use my words to heal, encourage and uplift the people I come in contact with everyday. I am a work in process. Today, I still have to make an effort to be mindful of the words I use.

What areas are you falling short? What internal area of you life can you improve to become a better person? To change our world, we must first start by changing ourselves!

But we must shift gears to the style! Y’all know how much I love style! This wide brimmed hat lets me fulfill the inner hipster side of me. I love this hat and I’m just gonna speak for everyone else and say that they love it too ha! It’s a statement piece that stands out in a crowd (even in Texas). And who doesn’t love a good hat? Seriously.

So here’s a little insight scoop for y’all. The floral button down shirt I’m wearing in this picture is THE floral shirt that started the craze for me. I bought this shirt a while back. I’m proud to say I was an early adopter of the floral trend. A few of my guy friends tried to throw shade my way for rocking a floral shirt. Fast forward a head a bit and those same dudes are now wearing floral print shirts! Moral of the story, don’t throw shade! End of story ha. As if the floral print design and color of this shirt wasn’t enough of a selling point for me, I love the random denim pocket on this shirt. DETAILS matter! I can’t stress that enough.

With a shirt this busy pattern-wise its always a good idea to be mindful of your colors and simplify the rest of your outfit. So I added a pair of comfortable black jeans to this look. Keep the black jeans in the rotation. You can’t go wrong with a good pair.

My timepiece of choice is the black leather sheffied watch by Daniel Wellington. This watch is so simple, classy and elegant. You wont find a watch that as (please excuse my ebonics) “clean” as this one. I am a fan of this watch and for good reason. On my feet I am rocking a pair of Hi-Sk8 monochromatic black Vans. These shoes are super comfortable if you are shredding up an down a half pike or just walking down the sideway to your car while holding your guitar case ha. Your feet will personally thank you if you snag a pair of these shoes.

Full Outfit Details:

Hat / Brixton
Shirt / CottonOn
Jeans / CottonOn
Watch / Daniel Wellington
Shoes / Vansoffthewall

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