I have this thing with doors, especially blue ones. For the last few years I've been collecting photos of them from all over the world.
The door below is found in my most cherished city in the world, Florence, Italy. I lived there for 4 months in 2012 and fell in love with the rich art culture, the cobblestone streets, the emphasis on family ties, and the slow nature of the everyday. This image, taken by my dear friend Kelsey Nelson Photography, has been one of the main sources of inspiration for my new Fine Art Wedding Collection. (coming this September!)
Aesthetically, I love the cool mixed with the warmth, the imperfect textures, the wild greenery welcoming all who enter. But it's the meaning behind what I see in these blue doors that stirs me the most. I see new beginnings, hidden curiosities, adventures awaiting, legacies forming, and the beautiful juxtaposition of the comforts of home and stepping out towards a world unknown.
Since leaving my home in North Carolina, and moving to the unknown world of Colorado, I've seen blue door after blue door. Some closing, more opening, and God's faithfulness found behind every one. It hasn't all been sunshine and roses, I admit. Change is tough. But gratitude overwhelms the fear and new adventures outweigh my longing for the past. From joining The Articulate team, to finding places to launch watercolor + calligraphy workshops (coming soon!!), to being welcomed into communities with joyful + generous hearts - I've seen prayers answered and doors opened that I didn't even know existed.
Home is peaceful and change is renewing, but I've found that it's the scary place in-between where hearts are impacted the most.
So if you find yourself feeling pulled towards an unfamiliar place, I encourage you to embrace the discomfort, lean into the fear, and step out into the unknown. You never know what doors will be opened to you. Keep the faith, dear friends.