This was taken a year ago at my workshop in Cornwall. Every year I let new strangers into my life in this kind of setup. It gets really personal. Really deep really fast. And for a few days it’s like nobody else in the world exists. We make our own universe. Every new group is different. Beautiful. People come with so many layers. It’s funny to me how much we believe we are very unique, and yes, we are - but we are so much alike too. You realise it when you attract your tribe. How many versions of ‘You’ are out there. Yet, how everyone has a very personal, different story to tell - with words and with their work. Uncovering and releasing that story is MAGIC. Three hours ago I did it again. I opened the doors to new strangers and I will let them into my life. Again. In a very raw and straight way. It will be hard. It will be transformative for sure. I cannot wait to see what these people will bring. The door is open and I am ready. #nadiameliworkshop
Free people? I wish what was written ON certain brands was actually IN them. I believe that a teenager in Bangladesh deserves the same freedom that I have. The same rights, the same treatment and respect. Since I refuse to give Topshop & friends my money any longer, I would love to discover more fantastic ethical brands out there that do Relaxed Boho really well - linen, cotton, flowy and comfy. I love @hazelandfolk, the dress pictured here is from them, @seasidetones @arnhem_clothing @linenfox and @ren.london Can you tell me your favourites? Thank you! X 👇🏻
I have a hard time sharing what I think at the moment. I’ve been trying to understand why and I realised that reading people’s opinions wears me out. You can’t have one without the other though? How can you have community without it? It’s definitely easier to just NOT share your heart. Just images and emojis because you get a lot less opinions, what you get back is hearteyes emojis - but then that was never what I wanted. So I’m stuck between wanting community, wanting to inspire, wanting a conversation - and being exhausted by the very same thing. I’ve been here before, I’ve been giving the Internet a piece of my mind for almost 9 years, so this is not new - but this feels different, heavy. I can’t get unstuck. At least for now. I know that behind the little round profile picture there are real people. With lives as complex as mine. But not all of them are mine to be a part of. So I’m spending more time inside my life, with people that I can touch and talk to, with paper, with my camera that gives me new perspectives, with friends who love fries as much as I do, with walks in the rain because I love the weight of raindrops. It’s ok. For now, I’ll be here more. Inside my life. My thoughts will not be shared and double-tapped for a while, they will be just mine. For now. It’s ok.
How beautiful when you find there is a big universe to explore in someone’s soul.
Wind + Love = unfailing receipe 👌🏻
// Someone said something today that reminded me of you.
No longer afraid of darkness. No longer holding back pain. Grief is the receipt for love. Awake + unafraid.