I take a picture of #thatsunnysidedock almost every time I walk the boardwalk near my house. I don’t post them all on Instagram, but thanks to the search function on Google Photos (🙌🏽) I can look back at them and am always reminded of how wonderful and poignant it is that seasons change and things shift and we evolve. On a cold grey day in February the dock is not such a welcome sight, but late summer always comes around again. ❤️
Yesterday I went to @riverfestelora for the first time! So much fun. Thanks to @victoriamoniquekh and @briwithlove for keeping me company all day, and to @donovanwoods, @carlyraejepsen, and @songsbyralph for being unreal live. Life is weird and unpredictable and wonderful, and I am trying my best to fully soak in all the amazing experiences I’ve had over the past few weeks. #onwardsandupwards
Last week I attended Unresolved Feelings (an event by @with.outpretend) for the fourth time, but this time I stood on stage and shared my own (very fresh) story. The event is always magical, but this time it was made even more so by the people who found me after to say, “Thank you, I needed to hear that.” It was the first time I really understood that MY feelings could be art, too. This week we launched @vaultzine, a project we’ve been working on since the beginning of 2018. I am not only proud of the thing of beauty we’ve built, but of the fact that I got to be a part of the incredible team that built it. When I first read this story by @floral.manifesto, illustrated by @wentingthings on my phone on the streetcar I cried, because I could fully feel in my bones the importance of this project and of having a safe place to tell our stories. It’s both hilarious and awe-inspiring how much work went into building something that now looks so beautifully simple, but there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the subscriptions come in as people step up to say “yes, this is important to me too.” Thanks forever to the incomparable @erin.klassen, genius and visionary, for creating such magical things and for letting me be along for the ride. There aren’t enough words in the world, but ‘thank you’ is a decent start. #oursecretsaresafehere #vaultstories #feelingscanbeart #stephlovestoread
Things look so different from this angle, where I sit now, compared to the last time I took in this view, but so many things are exactly the same: I’m learning, I’m bolstered by incredible support, I’m grateful for the love I have in my life. I constantly think, “How did I get so lucky?” and mean it with all my heart.