Oh, it is so very sweet to be home. Pardon my radio silence as I’ve been soaking up every second of my time with family and friends. This past weekend was a huge reunion of life-long friends at one of my best friends’ weddings and the comfort of familiar things is always such a warm feeling in these briskly cold months.
I take so much for granted and since arriving here I’ve been reminded at how blessed I am in every facet of life. Being surrounded by such love is something always worth celebrating and cherishing. This year I’m most thankful for my family and friends. I love my family in exactly the state that we’re in – learning and growing in our relationships while having a healthy sense of humor and fighting for clear communication and understanding. I’m thankful for my crazy, obnoxious friends who continue to love each other throughout our relationships and in spite of distance and countless embarrassing moments.
This season is a solid reminder that there is always something to be thankful for. I hope you all have a wonderful, heart-warming time with people you love. Happy Thanksgiving!
[ photo by Sweet Root Village, edited + typeset by Megan Soh ]
With many of my best friends getting engaged and married this year [starting this weekend!], I thought it’d only be appropriate to continue with the wedding-related posts. Ruffled wedding gowns are one of my favorites – there’s so much character and texture in a ruffled wedding gown that translates so well into photographs.
These are some of my favorite ruffled wedding gowns:
The Anemone gown by Kirstie Kelly [photo by Elizabeth Messina]
The Cloud Dress by Oscar de la Renta [via James Nord]
Blush ruffled gown by Monique Lhuillier [photos by Sweet Little Photographs and Alexi Shields Photography]
Ooh la la, I’m in love with them all…
This chalkboard globe from C.S. Post & Co. is such a great idea, though I can imagine it’d be hard to write on a curved surface. Many of my friends have traveled a lot this year [I suppose I have too!], but I’d love to know where your favorite place is in the world? What’s on your visit list, where do you dream of traveling to?
A few of mine in the States include Portland, San Francisco, and Charleston. On my abroad list, I’ve dreamed of Santorini, Greece [the mediterranean in general], London, Spain, Amalfi Coast or Venice, Italy, Australia, the list goes on…but what makes the top of your list? Would love to add some to mine!
Today’s coffee talk is a pretty sensitive one for me. I know us millennials often talk of the pressure we feel from others to perform well, excel quickly, and do it all by yourself. And while I do feel that, I more importantly want to work on something worthwhile with people who I respect and love. Talk about high expectations. I’m lucky enough to have a job [and other gigs] that I thoroughly enjoy and I work for people I wholeheartedly admire. A part of me never wants to leave, but reality kicks in and tells me that it won’t be forever. So then what?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next for me, specifically in life and in my career [yes, those are two separate things] and I’m met with this tug-of-war in my heart. I realized the past few nights that I have a lot of dreams + ideas all the time and I do next to nothing about them. I haven’t decided if that’s a good or bad thing, but there are one or two that I want to actively pursue and I just need to begin. So I’ve given myself this push to write my ideas down frequently and to meet for coffee with inspiring people who do things that interest me. Because while I don’t know what’s next right now, I know that what F. Scott Fitzgerald said is true for me in every fiber of my being.
So what’s next for you? Maybe your dreams aren’t so many, maybe it’s just one. Maybe you haven’t got a thing figured out, and that’s okay. My encouragement to you would be just to try and make honest steps toward something, anything. Don’t stay idle where you are and worry about the future. My mom isn’t so artsy, but she has this saying that she cross-stiched and framed in our house. If I recall correctly it says, “Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”