the charlotte letter.

and just as the phoenix rose from the ashes, she too will rise. returning from the flames, clothed in nothing but her strength, more beautiful than ever.

- shannen heartzs -

It has been a while.. and if I am being honest, it has felt so great to be away!

I have been, and still am, feeling creatively drained. I don't want to work on photos, I don't want to write. I don't want to do anything really. But, I cannot be a hermit forever (or can it?). And after listening to one of my new favourite podcasts today (Nova Church Podcast), I am ready to get back, give back and rock this life!

I've recently been working on a bit of a project to help me get back to myself, my creativity, and what makes me happy.

I call it "the charlotte letter".

I want to dedicate one day a week (probably Sunday since I am posting this on a Sunday) to get a little deeper with you but also, and most importantly, with myself. Along with this, I will be using the red dress you see below (or different variations along the way) as sort of the "symbol" for this whole journey - hence the play on words with The Charlotte Letter  instead of 'The Scarlet Letter' (just incase you didn't get it - it's totally cool if you didn't!). 

I am really excited to dive deep with you all and get a little more personal (yes, I get even more personal than I already am)! If you are not into this type of thing, I will still be sharing other posts that may be a little more light and goofy. :)

 

Also, as I mentioned above, I am a big fan of the Nova Church Podcast! I was able to attend one of their services while on vacation in Nova Scotia and it has left such a huge imprint on my heart. The people were incredible, the music was incredible, and the message was incredible. I have never been to such a fun church or to a church where you not only see people's love for God and for being at church, but you feel it. I cried a few times from the overwhelming amount of love in the room - and I may be tearing up just thinking about it... my experience there changed my heart for the better.

Even if you are not a believer in God or you believe in something or someone else, I feel that this podcast could relate to everyone's life in some way. Maybe you just need a little encouragement, a little enlightenment, or maybe even a laugh - they are so funny! Definitely give it a listen or share it with someone you think would like it or need it!

Try something new. <3

ride the wave.

"human beings are works in progress that mistakenly think they're finished. the person you are right now is as transient, as fleeting and temporary as al the people you've ever been. the one constant in our lives is change." - daniel gilbert

i am one of those people who constantly tries to figure out who she is. it's honestly annoying.

this quote sort of snapped me out of those thoughts the other day and reminded me that i am never the same person as i was 5 minutes ago. i am constantly growing (not literally..), learning, obtaining, observing, listening, discovering. i am constantly changing. 

and though this constant change brings many obstacles and annoyances (i just want to know who i am!), i want to learn to love it, to embrace it, and strive in the change. 

we are all going through this as i write this and as you read (if you are still reading, you are a real champ!). it's a struggle somedays, looking in the mirror, seeing the impurities, listening to my thoughts - "who are you? what do you bring to the world? what are you doing with your life? why are you so shy?". the most important question i ask myself, "who do you want to be?". i need to stop focusing on who i am in this moment, because she is already gone by the next moment. 

and that is what i want to work on amongst this constant change happening. i want to ride this wave of change and see where it will take me! 

first stop: Nova Scotia next week! bring on the new memories, the ocean air (waves!... ocean!), and some quality time with family, friends, and my other half! :)

 

dress/skort/dort(?) haha!: Winners.