A while ago, in a far away land of sweet tea and oak trees, I made the unconventional decision to move all the way to Denver with no set plan. I’m talking zero contacts. . . aka zero guarantees. It was a choice that defied every ambitious bone in my body. One that opened the door to uncertainty and invited a house full of loud, impatient guests in.
My free time is certainly FREE, as the piggy bank dwindles while I receive the mixed messages from potential employers: no, maybe, not now, ok, come back later, and now we changed our mind – yes. When you finally get the answer you’re looking for it just so happens that you’re preoccupied buttering toast in a man’s collared shirt. Working in a steamy kitchen of the bustling local breakfast joint is exactly what it sounds like – tiring. This is when you start thinking, “Can’t somebody just realize that I’m fabulous – at my convenience – and use my time accordingly!?” ;-)
Such frustration necessitates a little pick me up here and there. One of mine is the colorfully illustrated book “Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less” by Anna Johnson. Reading her tid-bits on living modestly with fun and flair remind me of that girl I was with allowance and flashy spring break vacations, yet gives me a new perspective – I can show “her” up, on a dime!
As we come into the Spring season, I wanted to share a note of hers on fashion, “I buy one dress with a strong graphic print in a monochrome palette, and I wear it with a bright red, lemon yellow, or green shoe. No other accessories (spare a neutral bag). If you wear an eye popping dress it, it conveys a high level of social and professional confidence.”
My spoonful for the season would taste like this: a Unas 4 Tunic by Marimekko! There it is, top left corner ^ !!!
In summary, I’d like to admit that change is hard. My move out west has stumped, challenged, and certainly got the best of me from time to time; but it has also given me a view of the rockies that I can’t resist. And a surplus of Vitamin D! I’m letting the serendipitous moments in – embarking on a chic, new career path (this Thursday!), meeting wonderful people, and just simply taking it one day at a time. So keep the faith when things aren’t working out the way you’d like them to.
With a bit of positive energy and a pocket full of ingenuity, the puzzle pieces are bound to start fitting together. “There are easier ways, but artists rarely choose them.”