I keep leaving and coming back. It's been a slow year for the blog - not that the previous years have been particularly fast - but this one felt sporadic and inspiration-less. Maybe it's the 'content clutter' out there, making me feel like being on the internet isn't worth it. Like I'm contributing to our world's dumbing down, in one way or another. Or maybe it's just my current relationship with myself and my surroundings. Either way, it's been dry.
This blog was never intended for other people's enjoyment. It's my place to create and store and document - and if my point of view is relevant and interesting to anyone else's life/style/experiences, I welcome it with open arms. It's my place to be and discover and share my most authentic self. Hopefully I've achieved that even in my half-assed presence.
There's been a couple of times when I considered just deleting the blog - but then I'd be erasing 4 years of memories and coping mechanisms. This post was intended to be lighthearted and poke fun at my overworn mom jeans; not sure when it all went downhill. I suppose I just needed a good ol' interwebz therapy session.
For the next year, I look forward to taking on this blog with fresh eyes. My life feels more together. I have a job lined up starting January. I'm in the middle of enjoying a long, relaxing holiday with my family. Everything feels purposeful, and it's given me time to think about the future. I want a 2017 that's focused on experiences, rekindling friendships and relationships, creating new ones, cultural immersion, and very limited materialistic happiness. Of course, style will still be an integral element of this blog - it's my most trusted form of expression. But life is about so much more, and I want to become aware of it. So here's to a new year of blogging - same focus on fashion as a means of expression, in a happier heart, centered mind, and aware body.
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
top: Crossroads Trading Co.
jacket: Old Navy
boots: Crossroads Trading Co.