10 Reasons Why I Wear Dresses

10 Reasons Why I Wear Dresses

A dress has always been my strongest suit.

I’ve been a dress enthusiast ever since I was little. I was the girl in elementary and middle school who only wore skorts (I had six of them, three orange and three pink. We bought them in bulk at Costco before every school year, and I thought I was the coolest kid on the playground -- and, let’s be honest, I probably was), and I’m the girl that you’ll find in class wearing some sort of dress or skirt. Because of my dress obsession, I constantly get asked the same five questions:

Q: Don’t you ever get cold?

A: I’m from Minnesota. We don’t believe in getting cold.

Q: Do you ever wear pants?

A: Rarely.

Q: Where do you buy all of your dresses?

A: Where do you buy all of your pants? Chances are we buy our outfits at the same place.

Q: Do you ever get sick of wearing dresses?

A: Would you do something every day if you were sick of it? Probably not.

Q: Why do you always wear dresses?

A: Well, complete stranger, grab some popcorn and gather around your brightly lit computer screen. Here are 10 reasons why I choose to let my legs breathe and wear dresses every day.

1. I look like I put in effort whenever I wear dresses, but really I am just too lazy to put on more than one article of clothing.

2. I can go from drab to fab in less than 10 minutes.

3. Which means I get to sleep in because I can just slip on a dress and go.

4. When I twirl, I look like a Disney princess.

(You can also do this in pants, but I guarantee you it’s not as fun and I will look cooler than you.)

5. Whether you’re curvy, skinny, bumpy, athletic or something in between, you’re going to look good in a dress.

6. Because dresses fit even on the days when I’m bloated, I never have to take the time out of my day to stretch them out like you do with jeans.

7. I never have to worry about my butt crack being exposed.

8. Pants are the worst.

9. It's an instant mood booster when I get complimented on my dresses.

10. When I’m in a dress, I feel confident and beautiful and like I can conquer the world.

In the end, choose whatever is comfortable and makes you feel confident. If that’s a t-shirt and jeans, fabulous. If that’s a fake fox tail and cat ears, go right ahead. If it means that you wear a prom dress with your hair all done up, I will fully support you. You do you.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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A poem that reminds you that you're not alone.


Some days,

You dread the sound of your alarm. You snooze and snooze and snooze and snooze.

When you finally pull yourself out of bed, pressed time forces you to throw on stained sweats

you find yourself chugging a cup of coffee.

You sit on the couch and contemplate calling out of work

You caught the stomach bug,

Or perhaps the flu,

Maybe you broke your collar bone

Or need a new phone

The endless list of excuses repeats through your head as you sit on the couch, wishing you were still in bed.

It takes every ounce

Every breath

Every fiber of your being to pull yourself off the couch

And into the car

And into the building where you work

Some days,

This is just how it goes

You are not alone.

Some days,

You awake to the beautiful sound of birds

Chirping outside your window

The sun sneaks its way into your room

A smile creeps across your face as you realize you are awake to see a new day

You make a good breakfast

You read a few pages of your favorite book

You get your mind ready for the things it will accomplish today

Before you know it you've worked an entire day

Your job is done

As you pull into your driveway,

you take a few breaths

Feeling grateful for another meaningful day.

Some days,

This is how it goes

You are not alone.

Every day is a gamble,

Every day is a gift

The key to getting more good days

Is believing that everyday is one.

You are not alone, this is just how it goes.

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