Winter Blues indeed! So many areas in the U.S. have already seen major temperature drops and snow storms – so early! Brrr!
For me, a big life change came about as a result of a snow storm. Five years ago next month (December 7th, an already “infamous” day) I slipped while taking pictures in a rare snow storm and broke my ankle. You can read my sad story on my old blog here. The break was severe and required surgery with a very lengthy recovery – including a month in a wheel chair followed by weeks in one of those most gorgeous of fashion accessories, a gi-normous black protective boot. I was pretty much out of commission for the better part of a year and even today there are lingering effects that impact my day-to-day life. But it was during that extended recovery period that I took up digital designing, which led me to art journaling and mixed media work and – well you probably know the rest … that whole being “fearless” thing that I’ve been focussing on this year.
I took over 500 photos that day in the snow, but except for the image for the Holiday card (see the referenced blog post above), which was the purpose of that photo shoot, I couldn’t bear to look at those images for a long time. Looking through them recently, I was struck by the thought that old pictures can bring up all sorts of emotions and it can be overwhelming to think of past events and what could have been. But then something magical happens. Time passes and you look at your past with older, more mature eyes. And suddenly – and sometimes unexpectedly – you realize you treasure those moments (even the hard ones) because they are what made you the person you are today. And when you accept yourself as you are today, there’s just no telling what kind of love will come your way.
If your part of the world is entering Winter, bundle up and keep warm and safe. And no matter what part of the world you’re in, don’t forget to look back and embrace all that has gone into making you the person you are today.
My Winter Blues product contains a bonus set of scenic backgrounds that came directly from those pictures I took in the snow in 2009.
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