The Learning Curve

It’s Back to School time!

So here I am wearing a “teacher outfit” and my herringbone blazer, always the first thing I pull out when Fall comes around. 
Fall always brings its own learning curve, I find, whether or not you’re going back to school. We’ve all got to buckle down a bit, find a new routine, work on those New Year’s Resolutions that went by the wayside and somehow find their way into our guilty conscious again come September…
So many people in my life are starting new jobs, new degree programs, and new adventures. I have my own set of mountains to climb this fall.
But all good things. We must always be learning in order to keep growing and moving. Once we stop learning, we’re in trouble for sure! And I don’t know about you, but I always try to avoid detention 🙂 
xo
Natalie

Pink Polka Dots

I’ve been lapping up every second of this November sunshine. Just sitting in the window like a cat, keeping it open a crack to get the crisp air inside. I soak in the sunshine and store it away for the days that are gray. 

This skirt is like a big security blanket. 
I’ve thrown it on with boots to return a movie right at the strike of the 9pm return deadline, I’ve worn it out in the rain to get Chinese food well past a decent dinner hour, and I’ve worn it to work and church. You’ve seen me throw the bottom hem up in a knot because I will admit it IS a tripping hazard. Which for me is life-threatening since I’m just a bit clumsy.  

Here I paired it with pearl earrings to mimic the polka dots, a pink polka dot tee, and my polka dot sleeve blazer. Then I threw on my new favorite blingy-bling ring. Bam. This ring practically walks into the room before I do.

Before I trip on my skirt and fall into the room, that is. 
One of these days, no doubt. 

Happy Repeats

There has been wonderful light in my eyes lately.
{have you noticed?}

But it makes me feel bittersweet, too. 
My heart leaped inside me, saying, Oh, I see what was missing
And the realization that I was missing something, something that came and went and will remain gone…
it’s utterly bittersweet. 

Now you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But no matter. I’m hoping you can relate somehow, in a poetic way. I’m hoping you might say, “Yes, Natalie, I have been there. I have had light in my eyes that shone with bittersweet tears, too.”

And maybe you have a royal blue skirt that makes you happy. So happy that you have worn it three days in a row the first week you got it. It may not be a royal blue skirt…but I bet you know what I mean. 
Sometimes a happy repeat outfit that we know makes us feel good is just what we need to sift out the bittersweet and keep only the beautiful light. 
And when that fails, drive North in the rain to get a hot chocolate. 
‘Cause, speaking from experience, that works, too. 
🙂 

Happy Blues

Hello.
🙂
These are happy blues. 
No sad blues.

Just blue-sky blues. 
Honest-blue blues. 
Saltwater vacation blues. 
All the good kinds of blues.

A feeling of contentment is starting to reside deep down in my heart. If feels more whole and capable of holding on to good things and letting go of bad; of beating through difficult situations. My emotional-heart-muscles feel stronger. I think that’s a good thing, so long as it isn’t scar tissue.

The skirt was getting to be a bit long for the office, so I tied it up in a knot. No biggie 🙂
And now, the sky is pink.
There are always little blessings, my friends. Always. 
Find some, and take in the full measure of their blessing to your heart. 
xo!

Ballet, Rhubarb, and Lily of the Valley

{There is a part of me that will always be a dancer, and it’s a part I cherish}
{ Turn, turn, turn in ballet skirt & chiffon sleeves}

{Half-bun with antique key hair pin}

{Hiking boo-boo & sad face}
{A bouquet of rhubarb!}
{Rhubarb pie shared with a dear friend & a real bouquet of Lily of the Valley}
This feels like a celebration of so many things I love! Ballet, rhubarb, and Lily of the Valley…I’m feeling extraordinarily blessed. 
My own happiness is fragile and fleeting, but the Lord’s freedom and joy in my life are what fill my cup to overflowing.
Thank you, Lord, for YOUR joy and provision in my life. For lovely people who gift me a bouquet of rhubarb. For inspirational mentors to share a meal & rhubarb pie. And for dear friends who offer me sweet, sweet Lily of the Valley. 
Thank you, too, for the spirit within me that loves to dance, and for the rediscovery of that pleasure, if only in my yard and living room 😉
All I can think is one of my favorite hymns…“He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.”
xo