April 14, 2015


Do you ever have those "aha" moments that appear seemingly out of the blue? But when you later try to think back on that realization, you find that the moment was quickly forgotten, and no matter how hard you try to think back, it's just gone?

Life is full of those moments - milliseconds of sights, sounds, thoughts, smells, tastes, etc.

However, it's easy to forget those moments that are significant at the time. Life keeps going, we move, we change, and new moments enter into our lives and distract us from those profound ones we hoped to remember.

A lot of times in the busyness of life I feel like my head is in a dense jungle, where it's hard to reach a clearing. I have to wade through the foliage to find that nugget of wisdom I thought of earlier.

For the past two weeks, I've been trying to weed through the dense forest of thoughts and profound moments from my Kenya missions trip. There were countless nuggets of truth that suddenly surfaced in my mind during the trip. However, most times I was so focused on getting the task at hand done as quickly as possible so I could get more done; in the next moment, I would forget why that moment was so meaningful.

In the Western world, busyness is often seen as a sign of accomplishment. But busyness just places us deeper & deeper into the jungle where visibility is zero due to the dense forest around us. Why don't we value rest more? Why don't we take time to be still and find a clearing in our heads by reflecting on how we can apply truths to our lives and become better selves? Even if we just stopped for a few minutes, that would make all the difference.

I've found that taking the time to share stories here has helped remind me to stop, listen, and reflect on those moments.

So thank you for reading and helping me find a clearing in the jungle...the mighty jungle...that is my mind! For those of you who have just started reading my story, welcome!! I hope you'll stay a while!

To capture today's look, I ventured into the jungle of Chicago aka. the Lincoln Park Conservatory. I'm wearing a gorgeous Anthropologie jumpsuit paired with statement accessories, including a chain fringe necklace. It's so fun that it mimics the fringe trend going on in clothing.

Oh, and I found my way out of this jungle. In case you were wondering.

Photography: Mayden Photography -- Photographer in the Chicago area specializing in weddings, engagements and portraits.

Jumpsuit: Anthropologie (Similar) // Heels: BCBGeneration (Similar | Similar)

Necklace & Earrings: Anthropologie (Similar | Similar)

Bracelet: Benevolent Jewels {Receive 20% OFF with JHCODE20!}


  1. What a cool outfit! I love the lacey top you chose to pair with these pants. Really great together!


  2. This look is adorable Joanna! I loved when you said "I feel like my head is in a dense jungle, where it's hard to reach a clearing. I have to wade through the foliage to find that nugget of wisdom I thought of earlier." Your phrasing hit home for me because I often feel the same way but had never been able to articulate it before. We should call the malady jungle mind!!! Thank you for sharing -- you helped me put to words some of my own experiences too!

  3. Loved the pics with the palm trees .. very visual pleasing .. which is why I stopped by :-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  4. I love these photos of you peeking out from behind the fronds. Beautiful! x

  5. I love your outlook in life and beautiful photos. Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


  6. Love these pictures! And yes, I think I get you on getting caught up in the busyness of life and not being able to reflect on the moment. It's good that we can recount those moments though--at least we have our memories to go through and ponder on. :)



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