Black Corset Belt + Clear Strappy Heels

Top: Walmart

Belt: It's super old.... I can't remember, sorry.

Pants: Ebay

Shoes: BooHoo

Photos: Tosha Chaney @CapturedByTosha

Makeup: Wendy Zerrudo @wzerrudomua

 I usually don't get too personal nor am I that vulnerable, but today I felt like being both.... 

  At the end of 2016, I was super optimistic about everything. I had all kinds of plans and ambitions about what this year would be. I literally had a gut feeling that this was going to be an amazing year for me, and I don't ever feel like that about the new year. Then about two weeks before the new year, ish started to hit the fan. All the stuff that I thought I didn't have to worry about started going south....And that brings me to now....I'm still optimistic, I just feel like I've gotten the wind knocked out of me though. I'm in this strange state of feeling like there's a bunch of opportunity in front of me, but there's a huge cloud of fog and I can't see any of it. 

  Although all of this blindsided me, there's one thing I'm sure of, God's promises. Time and time again he's been faithful. When I had nothing to build on and it looked like nothing could be done, God always came in and turned my ugly situation into something beautiful.

  When God removes things from your life, He's always making room for something better that He has in store for you. If you allow Him to take you to new levels, you also have to allow Him to stretch your faith a little. It's the growing pains. I feel like I'm finally to the point where I've gotten the hang of truly living by faith, this just gives me a chance to actively exercise it.  

  I once heard someone compare being set back in life to a bow and arrow. Being set back is like God pulling the arrow back. The further you pull an arrow back, the further it can be propelled forward. God is just moving things out of my life that I don't need in this season, so he can push me further along into my destiny. Further into new blessing and abundance. The same goes for anyone else that's reading this. If there's something you're going through, trust and know that God loves you and He has something greater than whatever you feel like you've lost, in store for you.

P.S. Can we talk about how sick Tosha is with a camera though? This is hands down my favorite shoot that I've done! & Special thanks to Wendy for doing my makeup! Their information is linked above. Love these ladies!

 

Much Love,

Doni Brown