Autumn has always been a time of contemplation for me. I don’t know if it’s the change in seasons or the leaves starting to fall or the fact that I am in my last year of my undergrad, but it is always around this time of the year that I find myself thinking about the future.
Right now, I am sitting in my kitchen with a cup of hot coffee, watching my dog play in the backyard. Of course, this seems to be a clichéd set-up, but sometimes, these setups conjure up the most truths. And the truth is, I am making plans for my future.
I am a self-proclaimed dreamer. That means that some of the things I want to happen are pretty far-fetched. But aren’t most dreams? Everyone had a wild crazy dream and then they did something about it and that dream became their reality.
So I encourage you to sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee and make a list of your “Autumn Somedays.” I think you will be surprised to see how many dreams you have stored away in your heart. They don’t even have to be serious or long-term – you’ll find from my list that I have a few goofy ones and some that are relatively short-term.
Just write and plan for your somedays.
Someday, I will…
- Be the next Anna Wintour. Or Natalie Portman. Or F. Scott Fitzgerald. I haven’t quite decided yet.
- Write and publish a best-selling novel that will be added the the New York Times “books to read before you die” type of list.
- Be the poet that lulls people to sleep while also preparing them for war.
- Graduate from Laurier.
- Raise a little hell once I finally move to New York City.
- Get my masters at Columbia School of journalism, when I take a break from my hell-raising. Obviously.
- Sit front row during Fashion Week. Doesn’t matter to me if it is in New York, Milan, London or Paris.
- Re-explore my old dreams of being an actress. Who knows? Maybe something will come of it (still haven’t let go of my Academy Awards dream either!).
- Give modelling a try (even if I completely suck).
- Adopt a couple of dogs and cats from an animal shelter.
- Travel to Kigali and work with the Gorillas, as part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Foundation project.
- Become more involved as an animal activist.
- Travel as far as my mind can go. And then travel some more.
- Be a better sister, daughter and friend.
- Go on a crazy road trip with my three best friends.
- Go camping.
- Go on a vacation with my sisters.
- Have a health-driven lifestyle. Workout for the purpose of being happy and healthy, not to turn myself into something I’m not.
- Run a marathon.
- Forget about the one who forgot about me. And don’t run back to them when they want to remember how much I miss them when they leave.
- Meet Leonardo DiCaprio. I don’t know if I’d prefer to meet him professionally or in holy matrimony.
- Meet Harry Styles. Again, I don’t know if I’d like to work with him, be best friends with him or marry him.
- Conquer some of my greatest fears. Sorry, this is a cliché, but when I think of conquering my fears, I picture myself swimming with sharks or eating tomatoes.
- Find recipes that I want to try.
- Actually cook and bake the recipes that I want to try.
- Learn how to sew and make my own dresses.
- Get a small tattoo with special meaning. Maybe. It might end up being a henna tattoo.
- Become fluent in French and Hebrew.
- Complete my #100DaysofFashion challenge on both my instagram and my blog.
- Learn that it is okay to not be the best at everything. I know, easier said than done, but finding the patience to practice that is important.
- Have that great love I won’t be able to summarize with words of mediocrity or have tainted by inevitable heartbreak.
- See myself in little faces I created with this faceless great love. Preferably after we’ve had our lavish wedding of the century, of course.
- Throw a themed party. Or host a wine tasting. Or afternoon tea. Whichever one I feel like.
- Own the house of my dreams and decorate it the way I always wanted to. Or the way pinterest makes it look.
- Be able to drive far enough from the city that I can see myself in the stars.
- Practice random kindness.
- Be kind to others.
- Be kind to myself.
- Do the things that I have always wanted to do.
- Live. That’s the best thing you can do. Just live, and let live.
On Thanksgiving, it’s tradition to give thanks, just as a family, for each other, for good health and fortune, good food and grades. A time to reflect, to pause and cherish all the beautiful things one has; one day free from wishing for all the things one doesn’t.
Between the cooking and the eating, religious or not, you say a quick prayer, to whomever or whatever, for your loved ones who are not well and the loved ones who are no longer here.
Instead of just being thankful just one day of the year, be thankful everyday for the people that came into your life and stayed. So few come and don’t go.
The people in my life – both my family and my friends – are the wonders of my world and they have bettered my life simply by just being in it. Their love and support has shaped me into the person I am today.
On Thanksgiving, please, be thankful.
It feels like forever since I’ve done an Inspiration of the Week, so I’ll try to start that back up at least twice and month now (Fingers crossed!). This week, I am really admiring model, Kate Upton. With her blonde hair, model features and killer curves, you can’t help but compare her to Old Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.
Whatever your opinion of her is, you just can’t deny that Kate Upton is an ‘It Girl’.
It isn’t a secret that Kate goes against the stereotypical model stature, but I don’t see anyone complaining. Kate is quite proud of the fact that she is a woman and she celebrates that by choosing clothes that accentuate her curves.
Whether she is wearing a dress, a bathing suit or a pair of jeans, Kate is not shy or uncomfortable in her body. Her body positivism just makes her clothes look even better somehow. Confidence is always the best accessory.
She may have made her career by prancing around in scantily-clad bikinis, but when she dresses up, Kate dresses to impress. Her best photo shoot to date so far has been her Vogue spread.
When I first saw the photos, all I could think was that Kate looked like Marilyn Monroe. Yes, she had the short curly blonde hair and the mole by her lip, but I was paying attention mostly to what Kate was wearing. Her outfits not only flattered her curves, but her clothes also were simple and classic. She looked every inch a lady and it was a nice change of pace from her Sports Illustrated covers and photo shoots.
“I’ve always loved fashion, but it’s not what I set out to do.” ~ Kate Upton
My good friend Heather is a photographer and she also has her own blog right here. Combining Heather’s love of photography and my love of fashion, we collaborated on a little fall photo shoot. This is also part of my #100DaysofFashion challenge.
So give a big thanks to the lovely Heather Davidson, because without her these pictures would not have turned out as well!
Leather Jacket – Thrift Shop
Blouse – M for Mendocino
Belt – M for Mendocino
Skirt – M for Mendocino
Necklace – A gift my nonna brought back from Morocco
Eclipse Ring – Suzy Sheer
Heels – Burlington Coat Factory
Headband – Etsy
100 – 9 = 91 days left!
Again, be sure to check out Heather’s blog!