Around this time last year, I did one of my favorite shoots to date. Another local fashion stylist, Ashley Meyers, and I had an idea to create a vintage shoot. Everything you would imagine for a holiday party would be front and center … lights, a Christmas tree, fresh sprigs, a gorgeous table setting, Christmas music and, of course, vintage fashion. We rounded up another local blogger, Lindsey Schuster of ‘The Mother Chic,’ and an amazing team of makeup artists and hair stylists to be part of the shoot and away we went!
As I sit and look at these photos one year later, I realize there is a peacefulness and stillness about them. As I imagine it, living back in ‘vintage times’ of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s would have a different feel than todays device-driven, internet crazed generations. Even though I appreciate very much all that technology offers us, I often wish we could go back to a more simple time. A time when eating dinner together as a family was paramount to running around to sporting events, practice, or a PTO meeting. Last year, I wanted to give the gift of time … more time with my husband, more time with our two boys, more time with family and friends. I will admit I did NOT do a good job of providing more time for anyone … in fact, I have never felt more spread thin than I have this past year. As we approach the new year, I challenge myself and I challenge all of you to give the gift of time and to slow down. Slow down enough so that you may be present in every moment (ok, most moments … we’re human) and with every breath. Do more yoga, practice meditating, pray … do whatever fills your soul with more peace. Be enlightened and more patient … with family, friends and, more importantly, with yourself. As we say goodbye to 2017, lets look upward and onward. Lets conquer some of the goals we set for ourselves in 2018 and lets support each other along the way. Yes?