Fall is finally upon us, and while it's easily our second-favorite season (winter will always have our hearts), it's also our busiest. Dylan is slammed with schoolwork and job-hunting, and my full-time job is so busy I sink into an exhaustion-fueled fugue state as soon as I get home. Diving deeper into art helps keep me grounded, but it's hard to find the motivation for new artworks as I burrow under covers and dream of hibernation.
The changes that come with fall always stir a desire for change in my life. I find myself browsing the web for my next dream home, or looking at potential future pets, or wanting to feng-shui the entirety of our living space. Having these sudden aspirations without the brain energy or means to accomplish them, however, inevitably leaves me restless. This might be why I look most forward to our fall hikes with Sen and Kota; when I'm in the woods, I find it easiest to be present in the moment. The sensory overload of crisp air, happy, panting pups, crunching footfalls, and earthy, decaying leaves pushes out the stresses of every day. My need to capture every moment of these hikes is probably what initially drew me to photography, now that I think about it. I never go into the woods without my camera.
It was on one such hike, up to Chimney Rock in Thurmont, MD for our seven-year anniversary, that Dylan proposed to me. Now how is that for change? It was simple and perfect: we climbed up to Chimney Rock, and were setting up a picnic at the vista when he put the ring box in my hand and asked if I would be with him forever. And there, sitting with our boys and surrounded by the trees, I said yes.
It's been a whirlwind of planning since, as we hope to set a date for October 2018. We want to incorporate as much of our shop and skills into our wedding as possible, and also to break tradition in pretty much every way possible. The only thing the concept of marriage really symbolizes for us is, "Hey, I love you, and want to commit to being each other's emergency contacts for the rest of our lives, and also to share legal benefits." Everything else we already have achieved through the seven years of our relationship.
And, speaking of weddings, Dylan and I were recently in our very close friends' ceremony, and I got to photograph my very first wedding. It was a fun experience, despite me accidentally dropping a picnic table on my toes and breaking at least one of them. Oops. Still, slowly but surely, I am building up my portfolio while getting to experience some amazing events. Congratulations, Dustin and Brigitte!
This year has not been the easiest, but it certainly holds a lot of great memories for me already. I hope to hold onto these thoughts as we continue to change and move onto the new year. For now, Wayward Rabbit's goal for the rest of 2017 remains building up our portfolios and stock for sale and continuing to change for the better.