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Follow your heart, smell the roses

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Every time I re-fresh the Lune blog's design, I like to look back over the years of posts (it will be 7 years this summer) and reflect on change. 7 years is a long time, and for us, so much growth has happened. My baby has become a boy, not just a young one, but an increasingly independent soul with personality to spare. We became a family of four, with a baby girl who is rushing through toddlerhood and just two months away from becoming an adorably curious three year old. My vintage clothier career brought me through 2 antique malls, 2 brick and mortar shops, a 3 summer long traveling mobile shop in our '76 eggie and currently (happily) is manifested through a laid back instagram shop @luneshop. I've created screen printed feather headbands, hand dyed vintage slips, jersey caftans, fleece leg warmers, tasselled earrings, fringed necklaces, marble pendants, fringed moon crop tees and sold hundreds upon hundreds of vintage garments, furniture and decor items in this 7 year span. In the time I've written for Lune, I've had the joy of being published in several magazines, online publications, newspaper articles and offering wardrobe contributions as well as creating feature posts for blogs and DIY's for the Etsy Blog, A Beautiful Mess, Prudent Baby and a number of others fantastic blogs. In February I had the opportunity to be interviewed about blogging on CTV, which was the 3rd time seeing my nervous face appear on the screen thanks to Lune. I've done fashion shows, sales and festivals, all putting on my best game face despite being endlessly aprehensive about the whole show of it. I've both contributed to online courses and co-taught the very successful Indie Business e-Courses as well. And with this, I've grown from a complete beginner to a decent photographer who is comfortable photographing others, and documenting life through photography. Being still and stagnant, I have not.

And yet, here I am at 34, taking pause. My 20's and early thirties were full of self doubt, but also an incredible drive to create and be part of something new and exciting. It didn't have to make perfect sense, and the numbers didn't have to always add up (to Todd's dismay) but the challenge to create always won over. It was tumultuous at times, I admit. But, how could I regret a thing? Even with the stress, it was so much fun.

On the lush hiking trails at Blue Lake last summer.

On the lush hiking trails at Blue Lake last summer.

I don't know what's next for Lune. These days, I think of making the statement that I'm going to stop and smell the roses, travel like we have begun to do increasingly, and take up a new hobby just for fun. That's how I feel now, anyway. But tomorrow might bring some different flash of inspiration - whether it makes sense or not, I can never be sure. What makes me excited now? The opportunity to travel to new places, the chance to get closer to the natural word with Eggie, and my goal of becoming a more heathy individual so I am able to continue to climb, swim, hike and jump wherever I want to for a long time to come. Whatever happens, I know I'm still devoted to photographing and journaling here on Lune. I never really thought I'd look back at this blog and appreciate it so much for what it's taught me about life, ambition, choices and the definition of success. I think that starting this blog was the most valuable idea that ever spawned from Lune. I hope that even though there have been a lot of changes over the years, that you find value and enjoyment in reading it too.

Hobby photographer, traveler, maker, vintage curator, mother, blogger.