stop waiting for permission

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top: c/o Madewell // skirt: c/o Madewell // sandals: Old Navy (super similar) // backpack: c/o ESPEROS // necklace: Shashi c/o Shopbop

photos by Chelsea Francis

I was standing in the Madewell dressing room the other day, wearing this skirt, but not sure if I was really wearing it or if it was wearing me. Usually I love to shop alone, but I suddenly, desperately, needed the opinion of someone else. I snapped a photo that refused to send via dressing room wifi, so I crept out from behind the curtain to ask the shop girl's opinion. "Suh cuuute!" Whew. Even if she was just trying to make the sale, it was exactly the validation I needed.

But why did I need that validation? I knew I liked the denim skirt on me. The truth is that I felt like I wasn't cool enough to wear it and that I needed someone to give me permission to add it to my closet.

And you know what? That's wack.

Stop waiting for permission to wear something you like. To start a blog. To speak up. To change careers. To learn a new skill. To write that book. To try a new hobby. To ask for what you want.

Start the podcast.
Send the email.
Audition for the part.
Tell them how you feel.
Apply for the job.
Take the bike out of the garage.
Dye your hair.
Ask for help.
Show up.
Buy the skirt.

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