Without Change

Rent the Runway Outfit Cedric Charlier Chloe ReissWithout change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.

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Dress – Cedric Charlier c/o Rent the Runway || Bag – Chloé Mini ‘Drew’ (budget options: 12|| Sandals – Target || Belt – Reiss (similar|| Jewelry – J Crew

Photos courtesy of blogger Heidi

With less than 2 weeks until my birthday (my last one before 30!), I’ve been thinking a lot about change, time, and how I’ve evolved as a person throughout my 20s. I remember starting my 20s by living in India for 5 months. I landed in a new country excited and a little scared but incredibly eager to make something of my time there. Eager to make my life an adventure.

Now, almost 9 years later, I’m laughing at how much of an adventure my life has actually been! Nothing I planned or expected for myself worked the way I thought it would.

I always suspected I would marry in my 30s. So naturally Hubby and I were married by the time I was 25 (such a young age in these modern times!).

I thought I’d spend a few years living in India working on economic development projects and doing photography on the side. That certainly didn’t happen.

I thought I’d have my father with me throughout my twenties. But he was gone before I turned 23.

I thought I’d be traveling constantly. Instead I have stayed behind to spend time with my shrinking family (and to spend time with my loving pugs!).

And after my father passed away, I NEVER thought I’d return to photography. And now here I am booking quadruple shoots most days of the week.

It’s funny the twists and turns life makes. The one constant we can ever expect throughout life is change. But I am daily grateful for the experiences and opportunities I’ve had, especially over the last decade of my life. I can’t even begin to imagine what the next decade will look like!

On a side note, after weeks of searching I finally found my perfect birthday dress — this gorgeous Cedric Charlier number via Rent the Runway! The photos could never possibly do the beauty of this patchwork eyelet fabric justice. It’s one of the most stunning prints and silhouettes I’ve ever worn! The subtle lime green and pink pops of color underneath the beige and navy make for such an interesting contrast — I know this dress will most definitely be a talking piece wherever I choose to wear it!

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  • Natali

    Oh yes, you have found your perfect birthday dress, it’s incredible, unique piece which fits you like a glove! 🙂
    I’m getting close to my 29th birthday and I’ve been looking back at my life too and thinking about things that did or didn’t happen. Just like you, everything I thought I would be by certain age or would have happened to me, nothing of that happened or was how I’ve imagined it.
    They say that people plan, God laughs… I guess there is truth in that. We imagine this “perfect” life and get all those ideas about how our lives should play out, but I’m happy that some things didn’t happen the way I wanted or hoped for… Everything that has happened to me has created me and who I am today. Everything is part of my unique path, the one which was already decided on me the minute I was born and change, yes, that’s big part of life. Nothing is consistent and sooner or later we have to face those changes because that’s the only way for us to grow.

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  • Such a lovely dress on you! Happy early birthday!

  • These shots turned out beautifully! I love gold accents so much! And this is such a lovely post. I’m so happy that our paths crossed during your adventures and I can’t wait to see where life takes you next!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  • What a stunning dress! Again! I like your style a lot and the golden accents are perfect! You can hardly plan your life as it can make funny jumps! I believe in making the best of each day and take it as it comes.

  • Hi hun, wow this was an amazing post to read. I love these reflection posts, and I’m so sorry to read about your father. It’s a difficult thing for any child to go through but I’m happy to read that you’re back to photography. This dress is absolutely stunning on you. I’ve never seen anything like it. I wish it wasn’t so darn expensive or else I would purchase it!!

    xoxo Emily
    ditchtheheels.com

  • I adore this dress! It looks absolutely perfect on you!!