“It’s Not The Years, Honey. It’s The Mileage.”

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I’ve gotta tell ya, my original post was going to go a little something like this. Step 1: Get out of the house and head to VA Wine Country. Step 2: Realize after a little wine tasting buzz, while looking in the bathroom mirror, you sorta resemble a certain title character from the Indiana Jones franchise. Step 3: Make silly comparisons about your outfit components to Indy’s wardrobe choices. Step 4: End scene.

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But this quote, which is also from one of the Indiana Jones movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark to be exact, got me thinking. These old flared jeans from Paige (which happen to be the very first pair of premium denim I purchased after receiving my very first big girl paycheck in 2003!) have seen a lot of miles. Been a lot of places. Worn on some very special occasions. I can’t say they aren’t now a bit tight in a few spots. I can’t say they aren’t showing their age. But I can say the memories I have while wearing these bad boys…they’re pretty priceless. I met both baby Gabby and baby Brody in these jeans. They were super soft, tiny little butterballs at the time. These flares jammed out to STP and Alice in Chains at Shamrock Fest in DC years ago. They rocked the cradle of love with Billy Idol. They saw the Baltimore Ravens beat the husband’s beloved Oakland Raiders. They’ve seen some stuff. They’ve experienced life at its best.

And despite it all, the years, they kept on rolling. And here we are…12 years later! It truly is about the journey, not the end game. About the life in your years, not the years in your life. While I think we all *know* this, it really hit home for me over the past few years. I’ve always felt I needed to get to this place where I’m settled and established, knowing exactly what I’m going to do with my life. But I guarantee you when I get there, I can feel it deep in my gut, I’ll be restless and bored and start the search all over again. Variety is the spice of life after all, and it’s something I’ve come to terms with that I’m always going to need peppered into my days. It feels pretty good to finally accept this, as I’ve fought this aspect of my being my whole entire life. Do you feel it too? Relief!

Oh and if you want your very own Indian Jones custom tailored outfit, I’ve included a few links below. I mean, Halloween isn’t all that far away! 😉

Utility Shirt: J.Crew // Similar version here
LS Tee: Ann Taylor Outlet // Similar version here 
Denim: Old Paige Flares // Similar version here
Hat: Express
Booties: Sam Edelman

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