‘It’s never too late to be who you might have been.’ George Elliot

When I reflect on my past year, it’s hard to believe that so much as happened.

In 1 year I,

1. Became engaged.

2. Graduated with my bachelors degree (yay!).

3. Opened a store.

4. Broke off my engagement (don’t be sad, this is a good thing).

5. Closed my store (bittersweet, but for the best).

6. Last but not least, took some much needed time for myself.

And I have never been happier.

Looking at my list, it’s no surprise that blogging took a back seat, but it’s really no excuse. Having “me” time is just as important as everything else that you do in your day.  This past year was full (to the brim!) with lessons, some learned the hard way.  By far, the most important lesson was that I needed to slow down and enjoy the present; stop looking to the past, and focusing too hard on the future. There’s so much beauty in the simplicity of life, and I’m happy to say that for the first time in years, I have spent many evenings just watching the sunset that’s in my backyard, feeling grateful for where I am today.

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

My new favorite sport: Dune Frisbee

Shell Beach sunset

Shell Beach sunset

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

Edna Valley fog fighting with the sun

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

RIP my beautiful store, so much love

White denim and blue wings

Today was a reminder of why I love living in California.  Sunny.  80 degrees.  And more convertibles on the road than I have seen in a long time.  I finally had a reason to put away my dark denim for a light pair that I picked up in Spain last summer.  I’ve discovered that I’m a big fan of taking pictures about an hour or two before sunset when it’s a little bit cooler outside (and of course this may also be a procrastination technique for school-related reading).  However, sunset photos mean that I get to battle the wind since I live on the top of a hill.  Thanks to the combination of the wind and the bat-wing sleeves of this Velvet top, I may look like I’m about to take flight in a few of these pictures.  But rest assured, I was inside shortly after, trying to find another way to avoid reading French literature for class tomorrow.

I’m wearing a pair of mystery jeans that I picked up in Spain last year, a Velvet top, Sam Edelman wedges, a vintage Rolex, and Burberry sunglasses.

A visit from the “Supermoon”

Do you ever get in those nature-y moods?  Apparently that was me this weekend.  I think it all started with the amazing “supermoon” last night.  According to scientists, over the weekend the moon was the closest to Earth (and therefore brightest) that it will be all year.  Although my camera is obviously not designed to take moon shots (or if it is I obviously do not know how to use that function), but I gave it my best attempt.  My attempt as a nature photographer continued today, and I couldn’t resist taking a few flower shots as the sun was setting.

The “supermoon” lights up the sky at 11:30PM.

The sun setting over the hills.

The prettiest flower in the garden.