A trend avoider. 

 Good Morning, today is Wednesday. How are you? How are you feeling today? I’m a little tired from not sleeping the greatest, a bit frustrated because of issues at work, and I’m a bit elated from watching a good tv show last night. A fangirl calls these emotions the feels, basically feeling every emotion at once and being stunned into silence. 

 Are you a trendsetter? Are you someone who plows the world with new fashion, ideas, or even new ways of cooking. I am a trend avoider. I avoid following the crowd. I set my own path and often are hit with bumps and bruises from exploring unbroken terrain. It’s even funny because there are things that I have loved for years that other people didn’t, or it didn’t as much recognition. Sometimes that shifts and all of a sudden, there are a million products for this character or tv show. And suddenly, I feel like the world has caught up.

 One great example is the Harry Potter series. I was 11 when these books first came out. I avoided them. Most of the people were ranting and raving about them, and I thought, “That’s nice, but I want to spend my time reading other things,” Which I did. I avoided them all the way until I was in college, where I needed to read book one and book 3. At that point, I read the whole series. I enjoyed them but never was going to a bookstore at midnight to pick up the newest book. 

 I often avoid trends. There is the time I’m frustrated about myself that I don’t do the trends, and then that voice in my head says well if you did these trends you would have more friends, or even be more popular, or also have a more fulfilling life. I have to ask myself, would I, though? If I wore the most expensive clothes and read the best sellers, would I have a more fulfilling life?

 I don’t think so? I think I would be even more broke because I was buying clothes that I’d never wear and have superficial friends, and probably that voice that haunts my head would be louder than it is on the most booming days. 

 I spend my money on things that make me happy. Books, makeup, movies, funko pops, decorations for my home. I also am cautious about making friends. Sure my friends and I might watch the same tv show, but we may even don’t. And that the beauty of our friendship we don’t have to like all the same things.

 Finally, I rely on my Heavenly Father’s guidance. God spells out what we should be focusing on in Philippians 4. Whatever is the real, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable focus on these things. I’ve paraphrased this verse. God, the king of Creation, created you in his image and loves you for who you are. He is honored by who you are. Life moves quick. Things are just things. People are important. And things that make you happy is what we should be investing in, not just trends that seem to change like the sun. 

Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

TTFN and God Bless You and Keep You.

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