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Lately I've been so busy with multiple jobs, sick pets, and home improvements that I haven't had a moment to think, rest and recover. Leaving myself space to dream is something that is so important to me. This space between one planned activity and the next is where my magic happens. I've found that it is necessary for not only my survival, but the survival of my work.
For some creatives, like myself, "busy" is a steel cage. I look around lately and I see so many others with booked up schedules and no time to breathe. Being able to think quickly and turn around solutions and multi-task are common requirements for most jobs these days. Honestly, I just don't think most humans are hard-wired that way. I think something gets lost in translation. I think we need some space to wander!
I'm currently working on adjusting my schedule so that I'm not overbooking myself like I have so many times in the past. I think we could all use a little reminder that we need time to ourselves in the midst of work and life obligations. It's best for us, our well-being AND our work to take some time off and daydream.
I'm committing to spending more time reading fictional stories. I'm committing to spending more time at the places that inspire me. I'm committing to watching more magical movies, taking walks to the park, and day trips to the beach. I want to explore. Wander. Daydream. Because THAT'S where my best work comes from.
I want you to give yourself permission to take time off and breathe. Give yourself permission to say no to something because you can't add one more thing to your schedule. Dare to dream.
I love a shoot that ventures outside of the "norms," breaks tradition, and gives a refreshing perspective on a theme. This shoot was a dream to work on, and I was thrilled to provide rentals to go with this deeply romantic idea. You can always tell when a lot of thought is put into the details of an event, and I find that this is always the case with Kelly Marie of Fleur and Olivia Leigh. They pulled this shoot together just beautifully!
I will let the rest of the photos do the talking!
You can see the rest of the photos from this perfect shoot on Ruffled!
PHOTOGRAPHY AND CREATIVE DIRECTION: OLIVIA LEIGH PHOTOGRAPHIE / FLORAL STYLING AND CREATIVE DIRECTION: FLEUR / WEDDING DRESS: SARAH SEVEN / BRIDESMAID DRESS: BHLDN / HAIR: DANIELLE KELLER OF DUAL ATTRACTION / MAKEUP: SHANNON O'BRIEN / GROOM'S SUIT: PAUL SMITH / WEDDING CAKE: ELYSIA ROOT / RENTALS: RE:FIND JOY / ADDITIONAL TABLETOP RENTALS: NIMBLE WELL / CALLIGRAPHY AND PAPER GOODS: FEAST CALLIGRAPHY / MODEL: HAYLEY FINKELMAN
What if we didn't have any fear? What if we took a chance on the opportunities that came our way, gave a resounding yes!, even if our insides were quivering with a hesitant no? What if we had the courage to live up to our own potential?
Can you imagine?
Part of growth is doing things we're not comfortable with yet. It is how we learn, acquire new skills, and figure things out. Mistakes, often more than successes, are what keep us fresh and moving forward. Sometimes you have to play big, surround yourself with people who are more established than you are, and take risks. That "fake it til you make it" concept is not without some truth!
Is there something you'd love to say yes to but don't quite have the courage yet? What would happen if you just said yes anyway? What's the worst that could really happen? Anything that you couldn't recover or learn from? I'm betting that with many potential scenarios, that last answer would be a no.
Right now I'm working on three projects that absolutely terrify me. But I've decided to move forward with them anyway. I am ready to start my next period of growth, and this is the only way. There is so much I want to accomplish in this life! If at the end of my time, I look back and think "I am proud of the legacy I created," then I will rest peacefully.
Will you join me?
Earlier this week, I shared the latest inspiration for today's prop recipe: creating a pastel oasis. Of course, I picture a lot of plants in this recent styling but they're not necessarily needed! The whole idea is to create a space to breathe, relax and hang out. Maybe it's for your home and this is where you will escape to read a book, or maybe you're trying to create the perfect atmosphere for guests at your event. It is becoming more and more common to have hints of home decor in event design. Either way, I think color is key! I love mixing patterns and bright color blocks together. Mint, yellow and chalky pink are a few of my favorites, but you can use whatever your heart fancies! There are so many combinations of props and objects that could work to fill the space out, from kantha throws and kilim rugs, to plant pods, wood flower boxes and white or bright colored ceramics. I think diversity really helps to tie this look together!
Do you love color? What are some of your favorites to decorate with? Where do you find your decorating inspiration?