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Carolyn Keep

Springing into Summer...

If I were a season, I would be summer. I hate being cold, I like making a conscious effort to remain positive in my demeanour (“sunny” one might say), and well quite frankly, I hate the rain and the wind, so summer is the obvious choice.

Summer, in my mind, is the peak of all seasons. The one season that makes the other 3 tolerable. The pot of gold at the end of a seasonal rainbow I guess, and yet, as spring is now upon us, I got to thinking about the fact that the last year in the life of this particular blonde has most certainly been springtime. A time of growth, a time of learning, learning to let go of some things, while happily gaining others...basically, shedding a lot of shit, and in that, feeling a whole lot lighter and happier in all my present moments. If spring is about rebirth and growing and blossoming...well, I’ve been in it for sure.

But what happens next!? Do I take all this 2014 ‘spring experience’, the excitement, and anticipation with me and my beach towel to the beach and just lay there waiting for it to be hot enough to sunbathe summer styles?  No...I don’t like waiting. I’m not the most patient person you’ll ever meet! So, I figure that I may have got it wrong about the seasons...without spring, summer wouldn’t be so magnificent. Without autumn to soften the blow of winter, winter would be even worse...no, there are seasons for a purpose and right now, bang smack in this life of mine, I get the feeling that summer is just around the corner and my spring is drawing to a close.

(Total coincidence it happens to match the ACTUAL seasons, promise.)

I started fashionistafail at a time in my life where I had promised to myself that no matter what goes on around me, happy, sad or otherwise, I would follow what my passions are as they are the only thing that can really ‘light us up’ during the lack of control we have when the seasons change around us in life...Little did I know at the time that I was opening many exciting doors, just by staying true to myself and the goals I had.

Who would have thought that, come October I would be a published columnist, have had the opportunity to experience New Zealand Fashion Week, be writing for a couple of other things I can’t yet mention but am very excited about!?

Why I mention my surprise accomplishments is not to be a wanker, but to use it as a case and point as to what one can accomplish when we adapt to going with the flow, but also commit to something exciting for ourselves. It’s exciting and I’m very grateful I took a punt and put my fashionistafail challenge ‘out there’...

I’m heading into summer not so excited about my summer wardrobe this year (bugger it), but more about the fact that no matter what I choose to wear on the outside, my insides are happy and smiling with the fact that life is as exciting as we make it, and also as exciting as we expect it to be...

I hope we can all enjoy what Spring has to offer – the blossoms, the babies, the sunshine and fresh cut grass to cartwheel on...the excitement of new possibilities being endless...and head into Summer shining bright like diamonds from the inside out (nice one with the lyrics Rihanna...cheers)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and work on my tan...

Caro x

Posted: Monday 29 September 2014


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