Ahhh, there’s nothing like the start of the Christmas season…So today, I hope you enjoy this very easy and simple all black look with a pop of Christmas plaid. It’s just an easy way to take a staple outfit and make it a little more festive. This scarf is super cozy and warm, too. As always, you can shop it on the widget above!
Ok, today I want to talk my girl, Taylor Swift. We all know she released her new album a few weeks ago–appropriately titled, reputation.
If I’m honest, I did not love the album at first. It has grown on me now and I actually really enjoy several of the songs. If you’re curious, my favorites are …Ready For It?, Dancing with Our Hands Tied, End Game, King of My Heart, Delicate, Don’t Blame Me and, specifically, the end of Getaway Car.
One thing that was very noticeable in a few songs is the scandalous nature of some lyrics. Now, I know that there are plenty of songs on my iPod that have scandalous lyrics. However, few of them are Taylor Swift songs. Needless to say since she’s in her late 20s, Taylor has grown up.
In this album, she sings more about adult things than albums past. You know, I pray we all get to make our own choices about adult things like alcohol and sex (because we all know many times others make choices for us and that is not okay). That’s part of free will that God has given us. However to me it’s particularly impactful that the once squeaky clean Taylor Swift is now…not. People say she finally grew up, but I don’t want young women to feel like they have to choose to do certain things to have “grown up.”
I know that there are many, many others lead a far more scandalous lifestyle than Taylor Swift. I’m not trying to paint a picture of her as the wildest celebrity on earth or a villain or judge her actions. I love Taylor and think she’s wonderful and beautiful and so naturally business savvy it’s scary. I just think that this shift needs to be addressed and young women need to know that just because [insert celebrity here] does it, doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for you to do. In fact, just because I have a blog to tell you what I think, doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to gossip and lust just like I do.
I know there aren’t any perfect role models. I am for sure not and neither is my girl, Taylor Swift. Even King David really messed up, which cost lives. Jesus is even an impossible role model. He was perfect; we are not and never can be. That doesn’t mean we should give up, it just means we are really fortunate God gave us a wonderful tool in His word, which guides and shapes us.
All that to say, if you want to sing along to Taylor’s new album, be my guest. I’ll probably be doing the same. Just don’t fall victim to the lie that you have to live a certain way to truly live.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.