Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bohemian Missionary

I spent hours and hours of my life daydreaming about being a magical princess, a damsel in distress,
a bohemian missionary, a bride on her wedding day, and Anne of Green Gables...

I am so drawn to the whimsical side of life. My heart cannot bear my femininity, so it bursts forth
and spills out into the way I dress, decorate my home, take care of my family... it cannot be contained!

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I was a receptionist at a dealership back in the day.
(This is actually where I met my husband for the first time. He was selling cars and I was
buying the whole deal... I mean... we had NO idea we would be husband and wife one day!)

There was another salesman who was harsh and hardened by the world.
Short little dude with a red face. We did not see eye to eye. To be taken both literally and figuratively.
One day he walked in the door by my desk and asked me in a frustrated tone:
"Why do you wear those skirts all the time? And the layers? The tank tops
with the sweaters? So many layers... and dresses... SUCH A MYSTERY."

He then proceeded to tell me that I should "loosen up a little" - and that's when Nathan interrupted
and said that he appreciated the way I dressed and that the mystery was a GOOD thing!

I made note of that in my journal that night...
"Such a mystery... so many layers... Nathan rescued me."

I think my 16 year old self told the red faced man, "You have issues."

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All I know is that I am made in the likeness and image of God: "God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." - Genesis 1:27.
The "mystery" must be Him coming out in the way I express myself...
in the way WE express ourselves as men and women.
"The body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and
the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden
since time immemorial in God, and thus be a sign of it."
- Theology of the Body / John Paul II

Dear Red-Faced, Little Man:
10 years later I am still rocking the layers and skirts...
working the mystery angle and confusing men every day.
Hope you are doing well and someday wake up and smell the coffee -
the brew of purity of heart and femininity would be good for your masculine soul.
Just sayin'. God loves you.

Love, the Bohemian Missionary

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skirt + Gap // shirt + American Apparel // tank + H&M // sandals + Wet Seal // bracelets + Kohls
:: linking up with Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy to bring you this whimsical fashion moment today ::

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  1. Brittany, you rock those mystery layers beautifully. Femininity can often be smoldered when our skin becomes the main focus. Love the way you right and the way your soul shines through these posts. Its a breath of fresh air.

    1. thank you, Anna! i like the way you put that.. "femininity can often be smoldered when our skin becomes the main focus." i'm always flattered that you read my blog :-)

  2. 'did not see eye to eye....literally and figuratively' too funny.
    i completely agree. the mystery these days is seen as a negative thing and so many girls buy into it. a mysterious femininity is so beautiful and dare i say it.. even kind of sexy. i know those two words might not go hand in hand together well, but hopefully you know what i mean! lol.
    so sad that so many men no longer appreciate that anymore.

    1. no, i totally understand what you mean! it's true! i think girls/women feed into the mainstream media's idea of "beauty" - and end up losing so much in the effort to achieve it :-( we have to be the change we wish to see, Leah!!! more men will see... when more women rise up to the occasion of being the version of themselves that God intends them to be!

    2. amen. having a little girl, it's so important to me that she understands herbeauty comes from within alone and given by the Lord.


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