True To You

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Ever heard the saying: To thine own self be true? I love it! Why? Because it says: own who you are. I’m all about that, sisters.  And I hope you are too!! It means never apologizing for who you are or what you love. Be as kind as you can, do all the good you can, as much as you can, but never, never forget who you are!
I was fortunate ~ although I grew up in a world full of cowboys on a beautiful historic ranch in Texas where the standard style was cowboy boots, Wranglers and a cowboy hat, I was never given to hard a time about my crazy sense of fashion and my free spirit.  I was even encouraged ~ imagine that!  When I was younger I couldn’t help myself ~ the wilder the outfit the better.  With age it has changed some ~ my shorts aren’t quite as short ~ but the freedom to express myself through my outfits has never changed.
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Maybe you’re conservative, maybe you’re not.  Maybe you love to talk and you’re loud and boisterous, maybe you’re a wallflower.  Maybe you’re super sexy and always put together like a model, maybe you prefer messy buns, giant t-shirts, loose shorts and zero makeup.  It doesn’t matter ~ be the YOU that you were meant to be.  I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that there are days when the looks I get make me doubt my choice in outfits, the crazy thoughts that come out of my mouth or even the dance moves I might throw out there during markets.  But, even if I have a moment of doubt, I take a deep breath, throw back my shoulders and hold my head high.  I can’t help the way I am ~ and I don’t even want to.  I can promise you this sisters, if you always hold your head high when you walk in a room you will not only be who you were meant to be, but you also might actually encourage others to own it!
I have a friend who has to fix up for work. She’s always told people, “If you saw me on the weekend, you wouldn’t recognize me.” She told me a story about going to Target on a Saturday, passing a co-worker in one of the aisles, and the co-worker walked right past her because she didn’t recognize my friend, who had on no makeup, a messy pony tail and a weathered old t-shirt and shorts. Seriously! My friend, who also happens to be very outspoken, wasn’t the least bit embarrassed. She accepts who she is and thought it was hilarious that she looked so rough she was basically incognito!
Not everyone will like you, but that doesn’t mean you need to change. At the end of the day, when you lay your pretty little head on your fluffy little pillow, you’ll sleep well knowing you’re true to yourself.  Never give up on you and never give up on your dreams ~  God made us who we are and we should never deny that.
Be unrepentant about who you are!
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Amy & Lorinda’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It is overwhelming to see all the posts on Facebook of people taking the ALS challenge from grown ups to kids everyone is getting involved.  Social Media can be such a great positive tool.  Here at Gypsy Land, Amy, my two girls and I all took the challenge along with donating to our friend Jeye Johnson’s mother who has ALS. Jeye has been a friend to all of us for over 10 years. Amy or I never even knew her mother was ill. I am so glad she wrote about her mother on her Facebook page so we know how we can help her. If you would like to donate to her mother here is her address…

Lorry Warren
c/o David Bass
10019 Silver Mountain Dr
Austin, TX 78737

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We were challenged by our good friend Kyle to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Here is the end result! Don’t you love how they put their own twist on it!

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Learning To Grow

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How long has it been since you have learned something new? As we get older it is important to learn something new everyday. We all know that I am turning 40 this year! So think, when was the last time you learned something new? Was it today, yesterday, last week or last month? Can you remember?

Last Thursday night Charley & I were riding in the arena and her sweet little horse decided he was a little fresh and he bucked her off.  Yes, it was scary seeing my 10 year old dumped in the dirt. She hit the ground, dust started flying and she jumped up and ran. When I finally got off my horse and got to her I asked her where she was going.  She told me she didn’t want her horse to step on her. Her horse stopped dead in his tracks when he saw her hit the ground.  As I stood there checking her over and hugging her I don’t remember teaching her to get up and run or telling her that if she fell off to get out of her horses way. I think when you are put in a position like that your instinct kicks in and you just know what to do. After all the excitement, we did get back on and ride one time around the arena. But to my biggest surprise the next day at work I got a call from Charley asking if we were going to ride that night. I felt AWESOME because I knew she wasn’t giving up, she wasn’t quitting.  How many times in our lives have we quit or walked away because it got a little hard? Or we had to work at it more than someone else in our life.

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I know this sounds like a story about not giving up but it’s more than that. If you are not fighting for something in your life or trying something new then you are not learning anything new! I know lots of people are stuck in the same old job with the same old bills and the same old life and they are too scared to try something new or different. Start small instead of getting on a big horse, jump on a pony instead. In other words, start with something you can do and move up from there.

Amy’s Fall Faves

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Ahhhh ~ with every new season I get giddy with anticipation for not only the weather change, but also the trends it brings with it.  Something old made into something new, something I never even thought of, something I wouldn’t have looked twice at last year, something I did think of, something I am searching for ~ something that puts a smile on my face!  For me a trend isn’t always a tangible item I can pick up at a store though ~ sometimes it is a feeling, a song, a place or a time.  Let me know what y’all think of my Fall Faves!

1.  Ear Cuffs ~ I am an 80′s child; I am somewhat surprised that all those holes in my ear from my numerous ear piercings grew up!  Although, I really don’t think you can even call these anything close to an earring ~ they really are Ear Art.  I still haven’t found the perfect one ~ but trust me folks if it takes all Fall I will find my match.  I am hoping I will get lucky on my trip to Ruidoso next month and find a beautiful turquoise and silver one!  If I do I will let you know!

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2.  Denim Overalls ~ now this one truly is a blast from the past for me.  There was one certain summer, many moons ago, that you wouldn’t catch me in anything but my ripped up old Dickie overalls.  I rescued them from my best friends dumpster after her stepdad threw them out at her wedding!  Evidentially they had way to many holes in them for him, but were just perfect for me!  I have found my first pair for the season at Hollister, but have a feeling I will add a few more to my collection before it is all said and done.  I started with denim, but feel a print version coming on ~ or maybe an Amy tricked up special?  Pictures will follow!

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3.  Patches!!  On everything!  Finally my years of collecting patches from every junk store and flea market have paid off!!!  I am having trouble though figuring out what new item is worthy of my treasured collection.  Soooo many options! Right now, I am leaning towards splitting them up between my boyfriend jeans and my antique mechanic olive green flight suit.  Also, be on the lookout, you might see a few popping up in the Fall Gypsy Soule line!

4. Purple Lipstick ~ I have found my new love of lip color!  I will never give up the bright pinks or the bold reds (lips this big gotta have some color!!), but I am loving this new trend of purple hues.  Up the Amp Mac Lipstick is my go to right now, but with the cooler temperatures around the corner I am sure the purple lips will go little more plum and dramatic.

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5.Aviator Sunglasses ~ I feel like I have Top Gun fever all over again!!!  Normally, with all my curly hair I am not a big fan of metal frame sunglasses with the wire nose pieces getting all tangled up in my hair, but I have found the PERFECT PAIR!!  Maui Jims has come out with a lightweight all black pair that are to die for.  I had to have a pair ~ just sayin’!  I am concerned sunglasses have become my new obsession though.  Because, even though I am digging my new aviators, I couldn’t pass up a chance at these wild bright red cat eye sunglasses.  It is all about making a statement!

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Your Message

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From time to time I think of the silliest things! It’s always funny to me the huge differences in personalities and how they’re reflected in something as mundane and simple as voicemail. It makes me think of the people I know who love to talk and those who don’t say a lot, and how their voicemails often mimic those different dispositions.

I can remember when we all had answering machines and we’d always try to have something clever on the message. Each person who lived in the house would leave their name on the recording, or record some cool music in the background—well, you thought it was cool at the time! Maybe you would do the, “Hello…hello,” then, “Nope, sorry, you got my voicemail, not me!”

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I know I should spend my time thinking about more important things in my life. But, this topic makes me think about people whose outgoing voicemail message is just their phone number, or people who leave their name and 62 details on how to leave a message! Then there are the people who only say their name on their message. Does your voicemail say something about you? And, what should it say?

I hate getting the “number only” voicemails, especially if you’re not sure you’re calling the right person: “Hello, you’ve reached 555-5555, leave a message.” Um, I’m pretty sure I know what number I called, but who is this?

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I do like it when they at least say their name, however, I don’t need instructions on how to leave a message. I think, as a whole, we ALL know what to do at the beep! My Dad’s is so his personality, even if he doesn’t answer, I always listen to it because it makes me smile. I think, in honor of my dad, I need to show my personality more on mine.I want people to smile when they hear my voice. I want them to listen just a little longer.

XOXO- LV LO