The Balancing Act
As I've mentioned many, many times before I started this blog over five years ago as a travel blog. I wanted to write about all the tiny, dusty towns I became acquainted with living down South. I wanted to write about them so I could encapsulate them - those memories would always be accessible when I had those tinges of Southern nostalgia.
Over time and more recently I've incorporated my instagram into my blog. Instagram has proven to be a very inspiring place but also one where frustration can run high. Instagram is all about followers, and building relationships with those followers so they come to your blog. Between the bots and the people who follow/unfollow to build a higher "number" it can feel like your work is staying stagnant, or you're always going forward to take two steps back. It's an overly complicated dance for something that should be organic.
Throw in a busy full time job, a move and personal life and it becomes increasingly hard to carve out time to write about dresses or well, anything. I'm trying to work on that. I need to write more not just for my blog but for myself. Because it's cathartic, because it shakes all the magic inside my head and lets it through my fingers, because it makes my heart happy. I often feel off kilter but writing brings me back. It creates a world of lyrism and romantism and clarity. These past two days off of work I've reflected on the changes I need to make to be more balanced. I need to stop and smell the roses. I need to scribble in my notebook more. I need to continue my novel I stopped writing 6 months ago. I need to focus on the happy, creative outlets I have before I feel burnt out.
Today my husband and I went to my hometown's festival and I found a vintage pink Betsey Johnson dress, clip on earrings that look like they are from the 80s and a necklace that says faith. Little, pretty things. I wore a short sleeve maxi dress from New York & Company that made me feel like the personification of summer. We wandered through Quinnipiac District of New Haven and then Guilford and took pictures. We stopped to get coffee and dessert bars. We met cute dogs on the Guilford Green. It was a slow and easy day and I needed it. It was perfect. (Shout out to my lovely husband/best friend Freddie for being by my side!)