June 24, 2014

The Story of Your Life

Top: JCrew; Skirt:Alexandra Grecco

If you were the protagonist in a novel written by your favorite author, what would you want your story to look like? Where would it take place? What would you do?  Who would be your supporting characters?
Now, look at the cover. Don't judge it. And don't skip to the end {that's cheating}.  Just take your time and flip through the worn pages. Get comfortable, because you will be here for a while.

While reading The Incredible, Beautiful and Sometimes Messy Story of You (that title is working and open for interpretation, of course), maybe you will find marked highlights of magical and beautiful moments that moved you so much, you never want to forget them. Or maybe, you will come across the jagged remains of missing pages that have been ripped out from the times you wish you could forget. Maybe you will laugh out loud hysterically. Or maybe.  There will be pages that catch your inked tears...

While reading your story, do you like who you are? Is it everything you dreamed it could be? 

Let me say that again. Is your story everything you dreamed it could be?

I hope you say yes.

For a long time, I found myself saying no. I desperately began searching for answers. My heart ached and yearned for resolution. I knew an ordinary life would never interest me because I knew I couldn't settle on anything that I didn't touch with my whole heart.

So, I picked up a pen. Started crossing things out, and began re-writing. I found new words to define who I am; Confident. Strong. Creative. Smart. Enough….I found new characters who began teaching me amazing things about life and allowing me to open up again.  I revisited old characters because at times when you feel most alone, that's when you really learn how to be a friend.  I closed chapters and opened new ones. And began doodling along with the words that now suddenly became poetic. I changed my story because I wanted to change my life.  And decided that no one can write it but me.  Not even my favorite authors.  {Ok Fine.  Nicholas Sparks.  You can take a stab at it.}  

I don't know how my story will end.  But I have faith that it will be filled with adventure, passion, vivacious life, and a love that move mountains.  Right now, I'm just at peace reading what's on the page in front of me. I skim the words with my finger.  I turn the page softly, and savor the story.  Even in it's incompleteness, I am still whole.  And I am still beginning.  Even though my pages are weathered.  Worn.  Torn out.  Rippled from catching inked tears.  I still know, that the very best moments of my life are up ahead. 

And isn't that something to keep reading for?


ravenlocks said...

This is a beautiful post (not just because of the lovely outfit...but your words, too!).

I had to think for a little bit before I answered the question: Is your story everything you dreamed it could be?

Right now...I'll have to say yes! And I can't believe I'd ever say yes. I too once felt that nothing was ever good enough :/

Thank you for an inspiring post! Have a wonderful day, gorgeous <3

xo Azu


Caitlin Lindquist said...

You are just the cutest Katie. I love you friend and I hope I get to be a part of your story for a long time. We can make for some fun chapters. I am so glad we're friends. Love you!

Hanna Lei said...

You look so pretty here, and the post is fantastic.

Rory said...

That, Katie, is definitely something to keep reading for. Thanks for always inspiring with your beautiful words.

Ashley Aspinwall said...

What a gorgeous post! You look amazing-inspiring as always :)

xo SideSmile,
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Dusty Yurkin said...

This post is so eloquent and beautiful, that words can't even describe the inspiration and love that will evolve from this.
Thank you, from one writer to another :)

Enara Girl said...

Hello pretty!
I think that my story is not which I dreamed, but I have still time to dream.

Elizabeth Daisy. said...

What a fabulously original post lovely and you look beautiful in your tulle skirt :)

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Seriously you look fabulous! I love everything about this shoot...I might steal it if I ever get around to some new photos of myself. Have a great Tuesday darling! Kori xoxo


Ashley @ Your Jubilee said...

I can't even begin to tell you how much this post resonated with me. I've been working on a rewrite for a while now and isn't it amazing that when you stop allowing ghost writers to write your story it becomes a story that is filled with much more life. Congratulations on your rewrite!

CoastWithMe said...

Wow Katie! This post really touched my heart and moved me to tears! You have a gift girl and thank you for sharing it with all of us! I hope you write a book soon! So eloquent and beautifully written! I'm so proud of you!

Kacie Firkins said...

What an inspiring post! And these photos are gorgeous!!


Lauren Lifeimagined said...

Gorgeous! It's rare that beautiful photos like these are matched, if not surpassed, by the message.
"Is your story everything you dreamed it could be?" This question will be with me a while as I mull over my response. Thanks for provoking deep thought.

Huong said...

This is totally me right now. Thank you, Katie! XO

Ms Meatballhead said...

Very inspiring post, and beautiful photos as always ♥

Liz said...

What an adorable post! Love it!


Miss Pippi said...

Inspiring post! I am happy to read that you are satisfied with what you can see now in your life!


StyleCrush said...

Beautiful & inspiring. Not only the pics but also your words, your questions, your imagery... I am currently in the midst of re-writing, re-reading, and essentially re-publishing my story book life right now. It's an adventure, it's difficult, but yet so enlightening.

Thank you for this post. it's exactly how I feel, you just put it into words.

Here's to writing our lives more beautifully with every page :)

Sienna said...

I love this post, you're so right that no one can write your story but you, even if it's easier sometimes for someone else to make decisions for you. looking at your life like a story is definitely a necessary thing sometime...

cheyenne said...

i think i need to print this post out and hang it above my desk (not wanting to sound creepy). such beautiful words, and so so true. i'm still at the 'no' stage, but this post really motivated me to make some changes. great blog!
xo, cheyenne

ediot said...

fantastic post.
adore the interesting words along with the cute tulle skirt

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

You are absolutely adorable!

Steph Anie said...

Thank you for posting such wonderful, uplifting things. Your attitude is SO encouraging! We should all be able to close the story of our lives with a smile and a breath of satisfaction! And I am certain that you will. Never forget that the happiest girls are the prettiest girls... And you are gorgeous!


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Couldn't have said it better. This is beautifully written and very inspiring I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog!

Also, all of your pictures are so beautiful! What editing program do you use?


Rose Frey said...

Very inspiring. Reading this post came at the right time for me. All of your words really touched me. Thank you!! Also, it's rare that you fiind a post with a message so profound with an incredible outfit to fit the inspiration! True art!!

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The photographs and the words were beautiful! Thank you for the insight and the inspiration!


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