A photo popped up on Facebook from a feature I was in on the former StyleList.com. Four years ago, in the height of my fashion blogger days, I was getting ready for my move to New York City. I had just escaped a bad relationship, where I had split my time between Traverse City, Charlotte, and San Francisco. Off to New York, I would go- I would start fresh, and my dreams would come true.
Or so I hoped.
Bright eyed in a midi skirt with a fresh new bob, this girl was off to her new life on the Upper West Side. Little did she know what was in store for her over the course of the next three years, though.
2014 was a magical year. Despite the challenges, the heartbreak, and the transitions- it was exciting. It was full of life. New York had yet to make me jaded, and my eyes were open to every possibility. Maybe too many possibilities!
Lately I’ve been getting back into that old mindset though- the mindset of living life with excitement. Viewing it as one big story. A big fairytale… where anything can happen.
The mindset of living life in color.
I’ve been stuck in black and white for so long that I almost forgot about the pinks and the reds. The yellow of the sun and the orange of my favorite baseball team. The bright opal sky on a warm spring night and the greens of the forest.
So that’s where I’m going to pick back up again- in color. Back to that girl in 2014 who was packing up three dozen boxes of clothes (no exaggeration) and accessories before shipping them to an uptown apartment she had never seen or been to before. Who got on that plane on a warm June day, on her way to a brand new life. That girl who walked into restaurants alone, ordered an Eggs Benedict, and would meet a cute stranger (true story).
That girl who was fearless.
Never, ever let anyone break you. Take the challenges as opportunities to grow even stronger, and instead of looking back with regret, be grateful for the ones who have made you tough.
You deserve to live in color.