Here we are halfway through the year, and I’m feeling a change in direction happening in so many different areas of my life. It’s been coming — part of it already happened and the rest I knew was coming but have been too preoccupied to go with it as it relates to my work.
Also do me a favor and ignore the calamine lotion on my wrists/arms — I had poison ivy when I did this shoot!
Change No. 1 — Buying a House & Moving Into a New Neighborhood
Looking for a house, buying a house, and moving straight took over my life for two months. It’s just a really time-consuming process to find places you like, go look at all of them get all the paperwork done, etc.
The change from living in the heart of DC with 4 grocery stores within a few blocks, my gym literally across the street, a dog daycare IN my building, and a million good restaurant within walking distance to now moving to an entirely new neighborhood and figuring out my new routine and all of our new places (dry cleaners, dog parks, favorite grocery stores, etc.) has been interesting. I have to use GPS just to get around!
Learning a new neighborhood and getting everything in order just takes time. One thing I do feel in my new neighborhood is just an instant relaxation. Being surrounded by green trees and grass, birds chirping, and far less sirens just gives me an instantly relaxed feeling. Hemingway likes it too. He likes the yard, the quiet, and all the squirrels!
Change No. 2 — More Travel
Even though it’s exhausting and sets me back on my work, I love traveling, and I’m getting to do a lot more of it lately.
Not that you can’t travel when you get older, but I want to do as much as I can while I’m young and don’t have any physical issues so I can do adventurous things. I’m excited for what’s to come! I have a few trips in the works but one for sure is Lake Tahoe in August!
Change No. 3 — Art & Content
The change in direction for my work has been a long time coming. You’ve seen it on the content side with all of my new columns I’ve come out with this year — Muse, Beauty Dossier, Heirloom, Mood Board, Beauty Experts, Book Club.
But another shift will be to me working on my artwork. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and once we moved a year and a half ago I lost my studio space. I finally found some a few months ago, but moving and travel took over my life the past few months so I haven’t been able to use it as much as I’ve wanted yet.
Now I’m dedicated to creating several bodies of work ASAP. I’ve had the ideas in my mind for years. One idea I even forgot about and when I pulled out a sketch book from a few years ago and flipped through it, I remembered an idea that I sketched out that I still think is AWESOME and I want to execute it immediately!
I’m excited to put some time into my artwork and really making my art be a larger part of my life and business.
Change No. 4 — Allowing More Color
What is this colorful dress I’m wearing!?! Who am I?
I’ve mentioned before that every once in a while I see something colorful out of my typical neutral wardrobe palette — usually a patterned dress — and I can’t stop thinking about it.
I love wearing dresses in the summer and this is typically when the colorful patterns hit me. Lately I’ve just been going for it. While the majority of my wardrobe is black, white, gray, olive green, tans and blushes — I love having a surprise in there every once in a while with something colorful. Hence this striped dress. It was perfect for the 4th of July!
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Photos by Emma Weiss