What a Funeral Taught Me About Living

A couple of months ago I went with my husband to express condolences to the family of an acquaintance of my husband's, whom I had never met. Unfortunately, this man's life was taken suddenly at an age only a few years beyond my husband and myself. As we waited in line to greet the family, we were able to feast on a beautiful display of pictures and memorabilia from this great man's life, highlighting his accomplishments, treasures, and memories. I immediately felt like I got to know this stranger. I knew he loved his beautiful wife, their children, extended family, his faith, travel, scouting, education and outdoor adventures. I sensed he had lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed.

As my husband and I waited our turn to express condolences, I asked him what items he would want me to display at his funeral? This is not the kind of discussion you want to have with your spouse, but the occasion got us thinking. He then asked me the same question, and then answered his own question before I had a chance to. To keep the feeling light, he cheekily responded "I'll just display your clothes and shoes!" At this time I was working diligently on my new blog and was focused on all things fashion, which I was really interested in, and I relished in sharing my talent for fashion design and sewing. I loved what I was doing, but the thought came to my mind "is that what people, even my own husband think I'm all about?" I know that wasn't the truth, and by no means was my husband being derogatory towards my ambitions. He supports me fully, even when he doesn't fully understand, but the thought kept nagging my mind. I do love fashion! And I do love fashion blogs, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I had more to tell about myself. That I had more to share.

This experience played through my mind for weeks and after much contemplation, prayer, and remembering my university education of Home and Family Living, I concluded that I truly do have more that I want to share and more that I have to offer my readers. In addition to my love for sewing and fashion design, I love my family. I love my marriage, and I believe that healthy families and marriages are the key components of a healthy society! I also love to eat. I love to create. I love to travel. I love to play. I love God, and I know that he personally loves each of His children on this beautiful Earth He created, just for us. I love meeting them wherever they are around the world. I believe that there is beauty to be found in everything and I KNOW that this is the message I want to share with you!

The blog title Sheen Chic came about because Sheen is a family name, but as I have contemplated the meaning of each word, along with the message I want to share, I have determined that the real meaning of Sheen Chic is REFLECT BEAUTY. It is my goal to reflect beauty in everything I pursue. My relationships, my endeavors, my goals, my passions and my time usage, are all meant to be a reflection of the beauty of this life.

At the end of my life, I want people to know how much I loved while I lived. I want friends, family, and strangers alike, to know that I did my very best to seek out the beauty of each day. Most of all, I want them to know that I truly LIVED. With that, I hope you will enjoy Sheen Chic and the journey of how to REFLECT BEAUTY!

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