Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

Photo cred: Meagan Abell

So I've kind of been thinking about this post all day.
I wanted to write something but, to be honest, I was a little unsure of what to say.
I was going to do a year in review sort of thing like I've done in the past, but for some reason I wasn't really feeling it. 

Although I did go back and read quite a few posts from this past year that I'd forgotten I'd written and, to be honest again, I think I needed to re-read. 
Namely this one, this one, this one, this one, this one and well this one and this one too.
I've been out of the blogging routine for some time now, and while it's mostly due to my excitement for the new blog/website next month and being a little tired of this current platform, it's also because I've had a hard time keeping up with all of the posts I need to write. 
I think I got it into my head that if I hadn't done the work related posts that I needed to do, I couldn't do any others just because, and just for me. 
Which is silly.
Because that's how this blog started. As something just for me. 
But I'm kind of a systematic, check off the list as it comes, sort of person and it's hard for me to get out of that sometimes. 

But anyway, point being, even though I have a system for this time of year, I'm going to toss it out the window and write something I actually feel like writing. 
I have quite a lot of things that I'm thinking about though, currently, as I sit here in this chair, by my desk, before heading out for New Years Eve festivities. 
Quite a lot. 
And I think my lack of ability to properly sort through these thoughts and put them in a shareable format this evening is why I put off writing this post all day, but I did have a few things I wanted to be sure to say, if even just to myself, on this last day of 2014.

Overall, it's been a good year. 
A really very good and wonderful year.
But it's also been a hard one for me too.
In a lot of really big growing and stretching and painful ways.
And I think this was the year I finally kind of realized that that's just how life is. 
There's a lot of good, but there's often a lot of bad too.
But that, really, the good usually outweighs the bad, and that even the bad, doesn't end up being all that bad because it leads you, grows you, pushes you, into somewhere and something better.
(Ignore the fact that that was probably a run on sentence and that I said "bad" like 45 times)
At least in my experience, and I think, if you really examine yours as well, it's probably the same for you. There's always going to be some not so great stuff that you have to deal with and get through, but so very often it makes for better circumstances than you were in before anyway. 

I think one of the biggest things I learned this year though was the state of becoming. 
That you're really always becoming, you never arrive. 
I am in a constant state of becoming. 
I am growing, learning, failing, finding, wanting, stopping, starting, trying, staying, reaching, succeeding, dreaming, and all those other action words, always. 
Or at least I should be. 
Because that's the only way to live really. To go through all of it. The good and the bad.
To the fullest and largest extent. 

There are always going to be high points and there will always be low points. But it's what I do in and on the way to and from them that determine how the next ones will feel.
How I feel overall.

I don't know if any of that really translates in the way I want it to, in the way I'm thinking about it up in my head right now. I know in and of themselves they aren't new ideas, and some of them are quite repeated and over talked about ideas really. But sometimes I think we all need a refresher on these sorts of things. Especially when looking back or even looking forward on stuff and needing to maintain perspective. 
Especially for someone who can so often get overly excited or impractical about things and needs reminders to have perspective. 
*ahem*

Props to you if you actually read this whole thing. 
Again, these thoughts and reminders were mostly for myself this evening, but as always, I tend to share these with you because I feel like there's usually someone else out there who needs these words too. 

So goodbye 2014.
There are some parts of you I'm really going to miss, and some parts I very much will not.
But I am grateful for all of your parts. 
Because together they make up a year that has produced the person that's here, right here, and I've really come to love this person that I've become and continue to become. Flaws and all. 
Which is such an important thing, loving who you are, and without all that not so good stuff I don't think anyone can really learn to do that fully.
So thank you 2014 for leaving me in this place, right where I am now, because it's good. 
It is. 

As always, bring it on 2015.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Collaboration | Joules

At the end of last month I ventured up to the mountains for an annual apple picking excursion. 
If you live in Richmond, on any given weekend during the height of Autumn, you can count on your instagram feed being flooded by Virginia residents and their Carter Mountain apple picking photos. Us Virginians live by this tradition and though my trip was a little later in the season than usual, I still managed to come home with some delicious apples.

I absolutely loved wearing this coat from Joules during my little autumn adventure. I've worn it several times since then and not only is it warm but water resistant!
 (Which is kind of essential for someone who wanders around in the rain/goes sailing as often as I do). Definitely check out more of their coats and parkas. This one is another cute one in particular.
They have all kinds of lovely things though, go see for yourself!

Big thanks to my lovely friend Emily for shooting these photos.
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Outfit Details
Overalls// Thrifted
Vest// DIY
Cowl// From my shop
Necklaces// DIY
Jacket// Joules (similar here)

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This post is sponsored by Joules. You can find their shop here as well as find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Thanks!
All photos shot by Emily Patton Photography

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Things


This was actually a post from my instagram last night, but I decided to share it here on the blog today too.
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I spent this evening talking with a dear friend of mine about big things.
The kind of things you’d do if you could do whatever you wanted to do. The things you were made to do. The things you dream about doing. For me there isn’t much I’d rather be doing than talking with people about the things their dreams are made of. I love listening to passionate people talk about the things that excite them.

It in turn made me really excited for 2015 and all of the wonderfully cliche new year possibility that it brings.
2014 has been such a big year for me with doing a lot of things I’ve always wanted to do. 
Things that have excited me. 
Things that have scared me. 
Things that I’ve laid awake at night thinking about. 
And I want to continue this trend next year.
And I want you to too.
I want you to get that thing that gets you more excited than anything else out of your head and out into your life. The thing you lie awake thinking about. The thing that scares the crap out of you. 
You only have one life in which to do things. You don’t get another one to try again with. So don’t think about the “what ifs” and the “but hows” so much. Chances are if you can’t stop thinking about doing it, there’s a reason. So go do it. Because you should live a life doing things you love.

And I realize I just said “things” like 78 times but that’s the beauty of that vague word. That thing, it can be whatever you want it to be. You get to decide.

P.s. This photo is only related because one of the things that excites me most is traveling. And this is a photo from a plane from one of my trips this year. And so yea. That’s the explanation for that. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Shop Local | Blackbird Tees

Small Business Saturday was yesterday, and so in light of that I thought it'd be a good opportunity to give one of my favorite small (and local!) small businesses a little shout out.

Blackbird Tees has been mentioned a time or two here on the blog, so you might be familiar with them, but even if you've already checked out their shop, you need to again because they have some awesome new stuff up!
And I'm not just saying that because they asked me to model some of it.
;)

Jody and Karl are the hard working duo behind Blackbird Tees which they run from a studio here in Richmond. They're pretty much some of the coolest cats around and not only make awesome apparel but killer blondies, have great taste in beer and are excellent printer fixers.
(Not so subtle shout out to Karl for helping me with my printer issues last week...)
No but really, they're pretty great and you should definitely hit them up for some Christmas gifts!
Plus, everything in their shop is on sale right now!

A few of my personal favorites...
Loose Fit Full Moon Tunic
Grizzly Bear Sweatshirt
Night Scouting T-Shirt
Geometric Maxi Dress
Full Moon Tote
Roam Sweet Roam Crop Top
Canoe Infinity Scarf
You Cook I'll Clean Tea Towels
Full Moon Sweatshirt


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All photos taken by Meagan Abell