Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Guest Post: I Love My Lemonade Life

+40 Fashion Blogger, and #SHOPSECONDHANDFIRST advocate, Debbie is part of the Rosebud Community
Hi!  I'm Debbie and Bella invited me to guest post today about my Lemonade Life.  "What's a Lemonade Life?" you might ask.   In a nutshell, it's a belief  that even though life is sometimes sour, we can still sweeten it up by how we live.  I Love My Lemonade Life is actually my second blog.  My first blog was "Thrifty Girl Vintage", which I started in 2011. 

It was fun meeting other bloggers and learning how to blog.  But after a year or so, I decided to take a break and concentrate on my real life.  I lost thirty pounds, started exercising, and worked on my spiritual life.  But eventually I missed the blogging community and my friends there.  I missed having an online voice and I also missed having a creative outlet.  I realized I still wanted a personal style blog with a focus on thrifting, but I wanted to broaden my scope to include writing about how to live joyfully.  That's how "I Love My Lemonade Life" was born.  My blog's motto is "Life is often sweet, sometimes sour, but God is always good." 

Making Lemonade: Debbie Keeps Things Sweet in Thrifted Chic
A Lemonade Life is about trying to find the positive in every negative- by facing the world with zebra shoes, a pink cardigan and bright lipstick, and trying new things. However, living a "Lemonade Life" doesn't mean that everything is perfect. I still have fat days, old days, ugly days, complaining days and tired days just like everybody else.  A lot of times you look at other bloggers and think, "Wow, she's really got it together!"  If we're all honest, what we really need to say to each other is, "I am trying to get it together!   And I would like for you to read along and try to get it together with me."

Living a Lemonade Life is like a quote I have hanging up at home.  It says "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about dancing in the rain."  The real world can be a challenge at times.  I created my blog to remind myself that looking on the bright side is possible regardless of circumstances. As for fashion, I believe in expressing your personal style whatever your income.  It's like Coco Chanel said, "Fashion changes, but style endures."  I find it inspiring to see how other bloggers put themselves together, but the real fun starts when you begin trying things out for yourself.

Thrifting is another part of the Lemonade Life lifestyle.  Living below your budget is one of the best stress busters in the world.  I run a thrift store and it's amazing all the beautiful things that pass through my hands.  Most of what I wear these days is thrifted.  As a fellow thrift store owner said to me a few years back, "I don't like to see myself coming and going."  Shopping at a thrift store is like browsing  a collection of one-of-a-kinds. 

Debbie Baker Burns is about being positive and thrifty in your life. Her blog inspires the "Lemonade Life."
Living a "Lemonade Life" doesn't mean that everything's perfect. I still have fat days, old days, ugly days, complaining days and tired days just like everybody else.
Lastly and most importantly, my faith is part of everything I do.  Everyone needs a best friend who will love them at their worst and help them to be their best and my faith provides that relationship for me and that helps me to be positive about my life. That sums up my Lemonade Life.  Thanks for taking the time to read this post!  There's a million things you could be doing and I want to thank you for spending this time with me.  I also want to give a big shout out to Bella for inviting me to guest post.  She's my hero in thrifting, shopping locally and encouraging + 40 bloggers.  If you're not on her + 40 Blogroll, GET ON IT!  I get traffic every day from Bella's blog.

If you'd like to know more about I Love My Lemonade Life.  Check out my blogmy Facebook pagePinterest and my twitter feed.  I'll be looking forward to hearing from you!


Vix said...

I wondered what had happened to you! Lovely to see you back! xxx

Anonymous said...

I'm glad i found your blog!

Krista said...

What a beautiful girl you are! Thanks for sharing a bit of your positive energy with us!

Patti said...

Thanks for this, Bella. Debbie is a treasure. xoxoxo

No Fear of Fashion said...

A very positive person. I like that. We cannot have enought positive people.


Very nice, I like it! ;) kiss andy

Unknown said...

Bella, I was honored when you asked me to do a guest post! Thanks so much and I do enjoy being a Citizen Rosebud! Debbie @

Crystal Hammon, ABC, MLS said...

Sweet and inspiring post, Debbie! Thanks for the introduction to Lemonade Life, Bella.

Melanie said...

Thanks, Bella, for this guest post by Debbie. These are words to live by. She looks gorgeous in her bold print, seizing the day, rain or shine.

Unknown said...

Thanks Bella! Wonderful post, Debbie. I especially like your comment about "trying to get it together". I feel the same way!

Ofelia said...

Hi Debbie, so nice to see you here and to read about your points of view on life and on secondhand shopping.

Shybiker said...

I like Debbie's attitude toward life. I feel the same way. And she's stylish, too!