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My New Year’s Theme: Walk In It

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Last year, I ditched my list of resolutions and came up with a theme. To shift my mindset, to change my approach, I need to change things up a bit, and let me tell you, I am so happy that I did. Rather than be driven by a list of goals that may or may not be achieved, I wanted to look at how changing things up with a theme would work for me!

Last year’s theme? Own It. But funnily enough, just like when you pray and ask God for patience, he gives you situations to learn it? The same happened to me. I happened to learn not only what it MEANT to Own It, I had to learn (which I thought I already knew) just what that IT was. Talk about process, right? 2016 was a rough one, both emotionally and professionally.

However, towards the end of the year, I finally was able to understand what MY “it” was to own. As cheesy as it may sound, I found ME! Like the nonprofessional face, goofy, cursing, dancing, sassy, playful, and carefree me. I had tucked her away for soooo long, that I hadn’t tended to her needs.

Thanks to therapy, support from friends and family, I was able to unpack a whole lot that I didn’t even know was buried! Girl.

So with all of that, I have my theme for 2017. I have had it for a while, but being sick, traveling over the holidays, and getting the office together, I hadn’t the chance to share with you…

My New Year’s Theme: WALK IN IT

Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista in Chic and Curvy

And I had to play in a few pieces and looks that would illustrate this feeling and vibe, so with the help of Chic & Curvy and photog Will Utley, I am having a bit of fun illustrating this! BUT! For me, this is a new level of confidence. This is facing AND embracing those fears. This is knowing and seeing your purpose and owning it. It is being unapologetic in your existence and standing tall in that. I wanted to be able to attack each goal, fear (hello lingerie shoot?), insecurity and growth through it.

For me, WALK IN IT is a declaration to myself.

To pour love into myself.

To be kinder to myself.

To challenge myself.

To be a better daughter, sister, auntie, friend, and businesswoman.


Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista in Chic and Curvy 

I cannot be all about work over here! I need to let my hair down and breath a bit! Walk on a beach, a bit. Swim in a pool, a bit. Basically, your girl needs to live, a bit!

And WALKING IN IT, allows me the freedom to do that. Not just personally too!

Walk In It applies to The Curvy Fashionista too! This means tightening up operations, taking feedback and implementing the things you want and need, no matter how it may scare me! WALK IN IT! It means thinking big to a place that may scare me, challenge me, and excite me!

I am here for this.

Marie Denee- The Curvy Fashionista in Chic and Curvy

WALK IN IT is a year of growth, freedom, exploration, and release!

I am here for this, no matter what the year will bring me… actually I am hyped with this renewed thought process.

 and I have to know, if you have a word or theme for the year, what is yours?

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. This is so inspiring, thank you! I’ve been on a very similar path. Last year I uncovered me. I dusted myself off, and prepared to reintroduce myself to the world. I cleaned-up, tinkered-with, and repaired what, from lack of use, had become rusty and broken.

    It’s not been an easy journey back to me. I’d sought comfort in the shadows for so long, neglecting my thoughts, feelings, and needs… So focused on the well-being of others, I’d cast mine aside. I was joyless, sad, invalidated… alone in a crowded room.

    What I didn’t realize was that I had the power to be me! To choose the life I wanted! Once I reached out, I found the answers had been all around me, I just hadn’t been looking! I began waking up, like Sleeping Beauty, from a long slumber…

    So, awake and aware, I’m raising a glass to 2017! Let’s hope living in my skin comes back to me, like riding a slightly older yet still pretty cool bike. And when I inevitably falter and fall… Here’s to getting back up graciously and trying again (and again, and again…). Because giving up is not an option!

    Thank you for all you do and, most importantly, who YOU are!

    Love and Light!

    Jamie ?

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