It’s Sunday morning, and there is a misty rain falling outside our living room window, with my candle lit, and three dogs surrounding me as I write. It’s a very cozy morning, to say the least, and it’s right where I want to be.
It’s been two weeks since I produced a client’s wedding in Palm Springs, and these two weeks sure have been a time of reflection. A time of breathing. A time of healing. And I believe many of my readers can relate.
As you may or may not know, 2021 has had its peaks and valleys. In May, Quinn, my now 8-year-old Goldendoodle was diagnosed with lymphoma t cell cancer and has been in chemotherapy ever since. For the first four months, he was in treatment weekly, and today, we are in treatment every three weeks.
That same month, I miscarried. Yes, you read that right. J.R. and I were early in pregnancy, and we miscarried. I was devastated. Between the diagnosis of Quinn, and processing our loss, I was emotional, overwhelmed, and never really had the proper time to grieve. At the same time, my work went from being on a 14-month standstill to producing back-to-back weddings for 6 months straight, never coming up for air.
Sitting here today, as the rain falls, I am filled with gratitude.
Gratitude for my clients who kept with me through a global pandemic, and never gave up, giving me the opportunity to give them and their loved ones the weekend they deserved. Gratitude for my partner, J.R., and being a pillar of strength. Gratitude for my deeply rooted friendships that carried me. Gratitude for healthy family and friends. Gratitude in celebrating my older sister’s engagement to her soon-to-be wife, Mel. And lastly, gratitude for what’s to come for all of us. You’re not alone.
I produced an event last month for someone who is the epitome of this word, and someone very dear to me. We designed a celebration for her birthday at L’Angolo Estate, her daughter brought me on board to do so, and they were surrounded by immediate family and friends, and it was so special. An event that will always tug at my heart. She is a feeling of home, as I personally described.
As you scroll through these images, I hope you can always remember to find the beauty in life’s most simple, and precious moments. Precious moments surrounded by those who mean the most to us, and the beauty in our everyday lives, even through hardship.
I am so excited to be dreaming big dreams and feeling a sense of relief as I begin planning and designing for new clients. It’s what fills my cup, people like you.
Sending you and your family love during this season of rest. Thanks for being here, it means so much.