Where is America the Beautiful?

“America the Beautiful”, where are you? I suspect many of you are feeling much the same way I do. We love our country so much, but it feels like a big, angry mess right now. There’s just so much going on and so much of it feels completely out of our control. We can’t control the Pandemic. We can’t control the wildfires or hurricanes. We can’t stop the violent protesting, burning down our cities. We can’t control the climate of American politics, etc. etc. However, my vulnerability right now has me hopefully wondering: Can we still personally influence the beauty of America through all of this?

When I was little, I believed I would grow up to be someone who could change the world! Then over the years, as reality and maturity set in, the world humbled my childish, naive ambition. I bet most of you felt the same way. I love that God creates little kids so pure and sure of their power. I’m grateful he does. A few years ago, I went looking for that brave little girl. I had become a mom of 3 daughters and a mature woman. I had some things on my heart that I wanted to say back to the world. I knew that little girl would get me back to my writing and help me believe in my ability to write a book. I knew she would convince me that my small words, if I put great love behind them, could inspire. Sure, maybe they would just be helpful to my family or a few friends. But maybe, just maybe, they could help friends of friends and so on. I have always believed in the power of the ripple. I feel that even when we throw something small into the water, it can grow and stretch further than the eye can see.

I’m a pretty positive person who loves looking for the sunshine, but it’s not that easy to find right now. I’m grieving for “America the Beautiful”, and I know I’m not alone. Of course our country is strong. Of course it will eventually be fine again. But America is in need of beauty and healing right now. Our pure, younger self was right. Each ONE of us has the potential to be great…really great! We each possess enormous power through our words, actions, and the examples we provide every day. We make an impact. We can’t think we don’t or aren’t able. It’s the way we work with each other. It’s the way we play with each other. It’s the way we treat each other. We need to believe in our individual power. We need to use our power for good. We need to be the ones who keep America beautiful. 



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Sharon Caldwell Peddie is the Author of “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. For more information on her book visit www.sharoncaldwellpeddie.com or https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1567376389&s=gateway&sr=8-1 or https://sharonpeddieblog.com https://www.pinterest.com/sharonpeddie/pins/

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STYLE. How to Develop Yours!



Article by Sharon Caldwell Peddie

Photography by Ashley Taylor

Originally published in Boca Style Lifestyle

Our personal style is so much more than our clothes. It’s our hygiene. It’s the way we interact with people. It’s how we treat our family and friends. It’s how we decorate our home, as well as the way we take care of it. It’s the car we drive and how it looks inside. We show our style even through the way we wrap a present.

Of course we don’t take all of those things around with us; but our clothes make us a walking billboard. They’re an expression and message to ourselves and others. It’s important we’re communicating what we want to say to all of us. Our fashion and personal style should always feel “authentic” to us. Otherwise, it makes us feel awkward, phony, and uncomfortable. Our goal with our style and clothing should be to make us feel beautiful and comfortable.

Our personal style evolves as we do; and thank goodness, because if you’re like me, we’ve fallen prey to some pretty silly trends. There are always new ones and it’s fun to explore them through designers, magazines, Pinterest, bloggers, and influencers. At any age, it’s a great way to keep yourself current. However, it’s really important we view them through our personal lens. They may get you excited but unless it fits your personality, lifestyle, body shape, and comfort level, it will be working against your self confidence. We want our clothes to work with us in building confidence. I’ve always loved the sentiment “confidence is our greatest accessory”!

I truly believe if something genuinely appeals to us, makes us comfortable, helps us feel attractive, and understood, then it’s for us! So let that criteria help you while you shop and develop your style. It might be the latest trend, but it also might just be something in “your color”. If it fits you and your vibe just right, that is when you will rock the look! People admire the style of people who know who they are and dress like it. That’s your true fashion trend to follow.

Starting a board on Pinterest is a great way to start exploring your personal style. You can put categories in the search bar such as “jeans” or “yellow tops” and pin the ones that feel like you. Pretty soon you’ll have a whole board of fashion inspiration!

Sharon Caldwell Peddie is a new, Inspirational Writer and Author of  “Grow Yourself Beautiful: A Smart Girl’s Guide to Following Her Heart and Focusing on Her Inner Joy”. https://www.amazon.com/Grow-Yourself-Beautiful-Following-Focusing/dp/1532057342/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=grow+yourself+beautiful&qid=1599062525&sr=8-3

Peddie grew up in South Florida and now lives in Oregon. She’s a proud UF Gator Journalism Grad and currently working on Book 2. Check out her social media for ways to grow you and your life even more beautiful!





Anything contained in my blog that is written or shared by me is just my personal view. If you find inspiration in any of my content, please be responsible, safe and legal.