Monday, January 28, 2013

spring is in the air.

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I know for sure I am jumping the gun on this one, but I swear I can feel spring in the air. Never mind the weather, there is just something deep down in me that seems to be subconsciously shedding all the old "baggage"...fear and doubt that maybe I've been holding onto for far too long, making way for new patterns of thought, faith, and optimism. Aaron told me a month or two ago that I was seeming "older". It was a little random, but I was fascinated by the idea. Me? Growing up? I asked him, "What do you mean?!", and I don't think he had a very specific answer for me. But I've tricked him into telling me the same thing a few times since then, and every time I consider it the highest compliment one person could give to another, because honestly, isn't that all we want? To know that our experiences and struggles in life aren't just all for naught? That we come out on the other side having grown and progressed even a tiny, tiny bit? To think maybe I'm getting somewhere in this continuum called "life" is an encouraging thought.

It was a little rainy the end of last week, but today was more than beautiful. The gardeners were outside this morning pruning the branches of the huge tree that grows right outside our front door, and when I got home from work this afternoon I opened all the blinds to let in all the fresh new light. Light was streaming in like it had never streamed in before, it seemed. I could finally see parts of our living room I had forgotten even existed! Colors were more vibrant, and everything was more clear. (Yes, our apartment really IS that dim most of the year...that blasted tree!) I've had a few moments of clarity in my life that I will always remember, and every time seems to involve light. Today was one of those moments. I puttered around for a little while, straightening pillows, emptying the dishwasher, wiping the counters, and thinking to myself of a nonspecific time in the future when everything would all eventually fit together perfectly.

**To go with this post is a silly GIF (because all GIFs are silly) with some photos taken after church yesterday. Did I mention I chopped off about 6 inches of my hair the Thursday before last? It's taken me over a week to get used to the new length, and I would maybe regret cutting so much off, except that my hair is just one huge tangle when it gets too long. Ohh, the joys of having baby fine hair.

27 comments:

  1. Love the new hair! So cool and fresh.

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  2. Your hair and your outfit look so so SO beautiful! And, I know what you mean about growth. My husband and I have been feeling similarly when it comes to our life together. It's truly an amazing feeling...

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  3. I love the first paragraph so much. I love moments like that, and I can't wait for another. I'm currently feeling a bit stuck with bad habits, but this makes me hopeful. Thank you!

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  4. what a beautiful post. thanks for sharing. :)

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  5. beautiful post, and beautiful gif. love the hair too :)

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  6. Love the new haircut and your beautiful words here!

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  7. Pretty lady! Love this post. Such a beautiful thing, those moments of clarity. Glad to hear you are letting go of fear and doubt, those are no good.

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  8. A good dose of sunshine seems to always be the best in terms of feeling fresh & rejuvenated, both emotionally and physically. I'm excited for what lies ahead for you two, cause I know it's going to be fantastic :)
    xoxo

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  9. i like this. and i, too, am ready for that nonspecific time when everything will fit together perfectly! xx

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  10. I loved these thoughts you shared. They seemed real, which is refreshing.

    I did the same thing with my tangly mess of hair ans chopped it off. Im still not sure how I feel about it though ;)

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  11. I think we are kindred spirits. I have had those same thoughts so often and I find myself doing the same thing. Wandering around our rental home dreaming about "the day" when it all fits. Also, I am pale with baby fine hair. I think we would be friends in real life. ;)

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  12. Great post! Oh how I want to be "older." I try everyday but somehow fall back into girlish ways by day's end. I think it's a constant struggle for all of us, at least I hope so anyway ;) The shorter hair looks so good!

    xo,
    Ashley

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  13. I really hope spring is coming soon!
    you look lovely!

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  14. First of all, this post is absolutely beautiful! I wish the mister would tell me that I'm looking older, as in wise, maturing, taking everything that life throws at me and progressing with it. To not be stuck while the world just moves on by. Love this!!!
    And of course, I already told you how much I am in love with this outfit. Gorgeous! And the hair is perfect! Keep it this length forever!!
    xo TJ

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  15. Totally know how you feel. It's amazing to think of how much we grow from trials and how incredible it feels when we know we're at the end of one and we've grown more than we ever thought possible.

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  16. I love the new hair! Very springy!

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  17. Love the new hair length! I've been thinking of chopping of my locks as well, perhaps it will incite maturity within me ;)

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  18. Your hair is gorgeous... and I like the idea that spring is in the air.. and in your step..:) xv

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  19. you are adorable and your hair is super cute!
    i think it's awesome that you're feeling growth and change. those are things i used to be scared of, but now i relish in them and i'm happy for you!
    happy spring!
    xo,
    andrea >>hecallsmewifey

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  20. whitney...seriously..it takes me like forty minutes to comb out my long hair, and i combed out a dread (a DREAD) last week!! i love the new look, the new perspective + the *nearly* new season :)

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  21. I can understand wanting a change, and a nice hair cut always feels fresh. This is a wonderful post with beautiful pictures.

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  22. whitbug! i didn't know you cut your hair. love it. guess natalie is next...

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    1. thanks girl! and i'm afraid natbug is a lost cause..her hair is too glorious to cut off ;)

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  23. Love the new hair cut and that outfit.
    Beautiful post. I can't wait for spring.

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