big plans of travel and adventure, aimless wandering of some of my most favourite cities, to find what it is i left there and how it all came to be. to visit those pieces and make peace with what it was and what it is and why it's ok to move on. to know that wherever we go, we leave tiny pieces of ourselves and that's ok. we're ok. in leaving pieces of ourself we gain so much more. our hearts expand and grow and the joy we experience is immeasurable. what we learn is hard to explain or quantify, nor should it be necessary to do either of those things. it just is.
of becoming softer and learning to slow down. to not being so hard on myself all the damn time. to remember that i am only human and i only have so many hours in the day, so instead of sitting and procrastinating (as i so often do) i should act. action will speak so much louder, particularly this year. this is the year of action and of choosing what is right for me. just the act of choice alone is enough. not just letting life happen, but instead being an active participant. having my voice heard and my thoughts count. it all adds up.
of listening to my body. not pushing myself when i know i'm burnt out. when i've burnt the candle at both ends and my body has nowhere left to go. i know that i'm stronger and more resilient than i've given myself credit for, but pushing past that boundary has been my undoing. i need to quiet my mind and listen. to slow down. to breathe. to know that there is no harm in taking a break. it does not mean that you have failed, but that you are learning to know yourself on a deeper level. a level that up until now you've ignored because it scares you, on some level. you've always known it and time and time again it shows itself. so be present and listen.
on staying connected to those i love. writing 52 letters (or more!) this year and being open, at least, more open, than before. of not being so quick to judge. of forgetting or ignoring what others think of me (or what you perceive them to think of you) - it's not important. following your heart and being your most authentic self is. stop over thinking and start being.
on creating, exploring, and seeing the world with childlike wonder once again. nourishing the artist child within and being open to the possibilities that come my way. on choosing happiness and love and to see the beauty in all things, even when others choose not to.
on trying new things, dancing under the stars and marching (prancing?!) to the beat of my own drum.
on daring to be myself in a world that is constantly telling us who we ought to be.
this vintage beauty just arrived and she is everything i ever dreamed of in a dress (and then some!)
layer upon layer of dusty mauve tulle, stunning embellished flowers and a boned bust, this 1950s number is now hanging happily on my wall - though i totally wish i could wear her out everywhere (coffee anyone??)
I've been on the search for my very own vintage prom dress since the beginning of time (aka - since i began obsessively buying vintage 6 years ago) but many of the dresses were far too teensy and also way out of my budget! ($600 and a 21 inch waist...?!! whaaa?!)
when I spotted this beauty over on the Lantana Vintageinstagram i spent way too long drooling over her ♥ she was in my size and just perfect in every way! so when i saw that Annie had a black friday sale, i pounced!
and while i don't have an occasion to wear her (yet!), i really don't care! she's everything i ever dreamed of in a dress and just seeing her makes me giddy with glee - and that can't be a bad thing! that being said - if anyone is thinking of hosting some sort of a ball or gala, please invite me! I'm so excited to take this lady out for a twirl somewhere other than my bedroom (or kitchen! hah!)
starting 2016 with my dream dress is just the icing on the cake!
once again i find myself here.
a blank page in front of me and a year of endless possibilities.
whatever words may come shall come. photos and thoughts shall be shared.
and i will strive to once again view the world with wonder and wild abandon.