The Fork in the Road

26 Sep

I have to say that one of the (many) reasons I can talk with my dearest friend Jessica for hours on end (aside from the fact that our chats often involve a bit of drooling over stuff, whether it’s typography images or delish-shoes that call our names) is this:

We can talk about anything under the sun and get each other completely. We talk, and it’s light and it’s deep. It’s funny and it’s heart-rending. We get equal servings of silent bow-your-head thought-provoking moments and boisterous throw-your-head-back silly laughter. Oxymorons, these? Nah. Just a description of the precious connection of friendship.

We had extra servings of all that during the two weeks of our Type+Writer course. And a big bulk of it was filled with awe, wonder, gratitude, and appreciation for all the courage and honesty and heart-baring that our Type+writer students were sharing with us through the amazing stories they were telling on their layouts. (I’m still going through our class gallery savoring every layout that’s there).

So. The Type+Writer journey we took together was awesome beyond words. (hmmm… sounds familiar. Haven’t I mentioned that somewhere before?   😆  ) And as awesome moments go, hearts are moved and brain gears start whirling. Deep desires make themselves felt, and the vision becomes clearer.  I think this has been true for every single one of us who participated in the Type+Writer course: outside, things may look pretty much the same, but inside things are different.

I think this has been true, at one point or another, for you too. Have you ever been at that point in your life? That life-changing, rearranging point? Ever felt excitement and maybe even a bit of trepidation mixed in the salad bowl of your life?

As we all know (especially my dear sis who’s starting to carve a new life in Paris), sometimes changes can be a bit unsettling, maybe even a bit scary. It has a lot to do, I think, with the uncertainty that comes with change. It’s like riding in the same jalopy year after year, and suddenly you’re sitting behind the wheel of a flashy red ferrari. You’re happy, you’re excited, you can’t wait to feel the wind slap against your face as you speed down the road, but at the back of your mind, you’re thinking: Can I really do this? (Absolutely). Will I hit humps on the road? (You might, but if you do, you’ll survive and be better for it). Is this the right thing to do? (Search your heart: if your heart says yes, there’s no other way to go).

My friend Jes has decided to incorporate some changes in the little home she has shared with us, our Spraground. Wonderful changes. Beautiful ones. We’re at a fork in the road, and it’s the same road, it’s the same path, but suddenly we look up and see how beautiful the rays of sunlight are as they filter through the leaves in the trees, and we look down and we see how the path under our feet has pebbles of every size and shape and color. It’s an amazing sight. And we walk together, linking arms like little girls, because we know this is a great road to take.

So here’s one for my dear friend Jes, and for all my sweeties whose lives and loves and hearts I am honored to have been afforded a glimpse of these past two TW weeks, and all my friends from around the world whose lives have touched mine because of this wondrous thing called the internet, and YOU; this one is for you:

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4 Responses to “The Fork in the Road”

  1. Chrystal Friday, 26 September 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Liv,
    I wanted to tell you that the T+W class literally changed the way I scrapbook! I have never like the journaling part (okay, so I still don’t love it!), but now I truly realize the importance of adding words to the photos. Thank you!

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  2. Deb P. Friday, 26 September 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    You always find the perfect songs for whatever occasion we are going through. I’ve never heard of this artist before but her voice is beautiful and the message is right on point. Thanks sweetie!!!! I’ll follow wherever Jess and you lead me. Love ya!
    Deb

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  3. michelenz Friday, 26 September 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiration during the TW course Liv. I found myself telling stories that I didn’t even know existed. Now they are some of my most precious layouts. The ones that my children will cherish in the years to come. You both helped me to dig deeper and search my heart and mind for the memories. Jess is right – that is what scrapbooking is all about.
    I look forward to seeing what comes next….and I plan to be taking that journey right along with you…whatever that may be.

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  4. Jackie Wood Friday, 26 September 2008 at 11:27 am #

    Simply beautiful!

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