It seems the universe is trying to get me to think about some things lately. This trip has been so filled with introspective inspirations, that I find myself mulling over topics that I never expected to be considering...such as babies.
This little nugget totally stole my heart. I went to Chicago to visit one of my best "sisters", Mollie, who became a mother a few months ago. It's such an amazing thing to have known someone since the teenage years, through life changes big and small, and to remain as close as ever...Then to witness the many stages of life that seem to pop up faster than we ever could have imagined, namely marriage, babies, cross country moves and the general "grown-upness" that just seems to appear one day when you look in the mirror. I am in the midst of a time in my life where all my oldest friends are coming into their own and shining like diamonds through the biggest changes that life can throw their way...My three closest girlfriends have all married and/or had babies in the past few years. To witness these changes in them, to share a few special moments in their company, has truly been a gift...An emotional gift, and a true eye opener to say the least. The grace and beauty these special ladies embody as they move on to the next phase of their lives, has been a powerful thing to witness...and has made me open my mind to the possibilities of what my future may hold. I'm not making any decisions or grand statements of what I want, I just have realized that maybe now is the time to start thinking seriously about what I see for the future of my life with my amazing partner in crime, Jo. Mostly the idea of having kids scares me to death, and my over-active mind is going a mile a minute with the minute details of how we could make such a thing happen, and whether or not it is even something I want. The bottom line and lesson of this trip seems to be that at least I am opening my mind to think about our future in a way I never thought I would. I'm not even sure why I'm sharing this here, or where this is all coming from all of a sudden...All I know is that if feels great to be musing about the topic, and to get it all out of my head and onto the "page".
A few more highlights of Chicago, in pictures...
|Towels at Missoni Home...drooling.|
|It's a lake! It looks like the ocean...Crazy|
|My first Kir Royale! Where have you been all my life?|
|People in Chicago really know how to do a planter box right!|
I suppose it's because winter can be so nasty, that when it's springtime, you want
to get all the pretty you can!
We went to the Chicago Institute of Art, a seriously amazing museum, and I snapped a few shots of my favorite pieces to keep for inspiration...
|There was a huge wall of windows by Chagall. I don't know what came|
over me, but it made me weep...Something inside me was
immediately connected to them and I felt it in the
pit of my stomach, I love that feeling!
|Random breezeway with THE most gorgeous shade of blue.|
|My favorite Lichtenstein|
|RAD fabric art|
|AMAZING copper enameled breastplate/necklace...kicking myself for not|
just getting the damn thing.
Is somebody trying to tell me something? Maybe, maybe not, but either way, parts of my brain have been activated, and now there are topics swirling around in there that I never expected.