Photo taken in Sausalito, CA by Cherry Bazaar Photography.
Two photographs from a Brigitte Bardot – inspired shoot about two years ago. I just found these on my laptop and realized how much things have changed and also stayed the same. I feel blessed to be alive and really living.
“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.” -Brigitte Bardot
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” Louise Erdrich
This was from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and was the first thing that came up on my Facebook feed this morning. It honestly came at the perfect time. Graduation is 8 days away and the “real world” is almost here. If you asked me what I would feel like about a week before graduating from college, I would probably say that I thought I would be terrified right now. I’m not though. I’m excited. I’m ecstatic. I feel a million different adjectives. But most of all, I feel ready. There’s nothing like leaving on your own terms, whether it be from a relationship, college, high school, or a job. There’s something genuinely wonderful about looking back and feeling like you honestly did things to the best of your ability. I worked hard these past four years, and I never compromised who I am. I didn’t step on anyone to get what I wanted. I really put everything I could in to everything I did, and I am so proud.
Me wearing a dark metal Betsey Johnson leopard print heart necklace with rhinestones, a pastel pink GAP cardigan and a black H&M dress.
Nails: Coat of NYC In a New York Minute Quick Dry Clear Nail Polish. Two coats of a teal City Color polish. While the second coat is drying, shake some large gold glitter over the tips of your nails. Top with a clear coat of NYC polish.
If I could give one piece of advice to you, it would be: Shine. Don’t be afraid. You can do anything you want to do, and be anyone you want. Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream.
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.“- Charles R. Swindoll
When one door opens, another closes. Or so they say. I’m not really sure who “they” is, but I’ve heard that saying a million times.
I’ve always believed it though. There is just something so lovely and wonderful about moving on.
Keep it light. The world is too beautiful to be living someone else’s dream.
Me wearing one of my mom’s vintage peasant shirts. Forever 21 skinnies. Dangly gold earrings and vintage bag from the Oakland Coliseum flea market.
Photos taken by Alisha Light (A. Light Photography) Like her on FB: http://www.facebook.com/alightp