Excellence How to Lead a Life of Excellence



I had a professor in college who constantly emphasized the importance of excellence.  He said that doing your best in all that you do was the most important thing that you could give to your life.  In return, you reap self-respect and a whole host of other admirable qualities.  I have found five quotes that I believe point to excellence.

Good people strengthen themselves endlessly. – Confucius

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. – E. E. Cummings

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. – Wayne Dyer

Insist on yourself. Never imitate.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the first quote, I believe Confucius was talking about excellence.  Strengthening ourselves endlessly will lead to excellence.

E.E. Cummings was correct when he observed that the world is constantly trying to change us, to make us into somebody us.  If we stay ourselves despite this challenge, we have achieved excellence.

The third quote is a great one because being comfortable being alone is essential to growth and becoming excellent.

Fourth, being true to yourself is achieving excellence wholeheartedly.

Lastly, listening to yourself and how you feel will gain you more excellence than any other avenue.

Be excellent!


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Corduroy Comeback and 5 Other Retro Trends (Guest Post) Guest Author: Lynn Lewis Representing Pink Lily, an Online Boutique


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Retro finds are an exciting part of every fashionista’s shopping excursion. Since it’s time to transition into fall, you can expect to see even more retro fashions than usual. You’ll find ton of retro styles on the runway, in online stores, and in your favorite fashion boutiques all season long. From corduroy to flared sleeves, everything old school is taking the fashion world by storm! Read on for the top retro styles that you should keep an eye out for.


This soft fabric is the best way to welcome fall weather, and you’ll look hip while you’re doing it! You’ll see corduroy appearing in skirts, jackets, dresses, and even pants. Corduroy is a fresh change from all your jean and leather go-to styles, so switch it up today and pair this soft design with tons of turtlenecks and knits.



Not exactly your grandma’s sweater, embroidery can be found trickled in among the latest fashion trends from local designers to runway stars. On jeans, jackets, blouses, and even shoes, embroidery adds an intricate touch to your everyday wear. Flowers, patterns, and images really pop when embroidered instead of printed, and they ensure your outfit is incredibly unique.

Bell Sleeves

Bell Sleeves

These flowy beauties are simply irresistible! Fun and elegant, bell shaped sleeves are a blast from the past! Popular in medieval times, as well as in the 60s, there are two eras that inspire this look. You’ll find bell sleeves in dresses this year too — no just tops, so pair this style with your favorite set of jeans or leggings for comfortable, trendy fashion.

Oversized Hats

Hats aren’t just for lounging on the beach! Throw on a floppy hat with a soft, silky blouse and wide pants for a throwback look that you’ll want to show everyone on Instagram! Sunny or not, here comes a bold look that’s bound to turn heads! You’ll find that burgundy, navy, and dark green hues are taking over for the straw filled styles of summer without jumping too deep into the blacks and dark browns of winter.

Robe Style Coats

The smoking robe was popular in the early 1900s for both men and women. Some news sources even went so far as to say that a smoking robe or jacket was synonymous with comfort. Well, in 2017 we have good news for you — fashion is bringing back the ultimate in comfortable outwear with smoking robe inspired trench coats and jackets. Crafted from fine silks and cashmere, this isn’t your 10 year old stained bathrobe!

polka dot dress

Polka Dots

Anything polka dot brings to mind the house dresses of the 1950s. Traditionally black and white or red and white, this retro pattern is great to mix and match with other patterns and colors. Try a large print polka dot top with a mini version of the same pattern, or go all out and mix stripes with spots for a really bold look.

What’s Old is New

Fashion is definitely cyclical in nature, ensuring old trends come back again and again in new, contemporary styles. For trendy items that will match your unique vintage vibes, shop your favorite fashion boutiques to find the top retro trends of the year.