This past week was a great one to be back in New Orleans. Dreamy spring days. Tulips in the park, 70 and sunny. Visit New Orleans in March and you'll never want to leave. Until June, that is.
Once I arrived back in New Orleans after a few quiet weeks in Nashville it was go time. I packed the schedule:
- A photo shoot for the book (which included 5 locations, 4 models, tons of wardrobe) ... can't wait to share those images with you guys. I've got some behind the scenes on insta** now.
- A festival weekend for a branding client - and this wasn't just any festival … it was a Tequila festival, 4 bands, 4 DJ's, a Grand Tequila Tasting, and a solid 30 hours of work in 3 days.
- And then catch up time with my friends and fam… brunches, lunches and dinners, music hangs, and general New Orleans good times. It felt great to be back in my home city this go round. Really great.
On the day of the photo shoot, around 6:30 am, on our way to catch a sunrise shot under the old Oaks of City Park the 19 year old model riding in the back seat asked a question:
"When did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?"
…. my photographer friend Hunter and I laughed immediately - are we "grown up"?
Do we know what we want to be? In my case I've changed my mind and trajectory multiple times over the last 5 years. Kind of.
It's not like I'm going from being a doctor to being a lawyer (that would require more than 5 years of course in both cases) … I've stayed in the vein of creative work with each shift …. Thinking of things from her perspective - she's spent most of her life seeing things through the eyes of what we all share on the internet. And of course we make it look like we have it together and figured out.
My response back to her question was something along the lines of: "I haven't grown up. What I have done is grown in to being comfortable in my own skin. I know me, who I am, the type of people I want to spend my time with - and that is the most grown up thing I can be."
I used to believe I couldn't create unless something was pulling me down a bit. No more. That's crazy talk! My life today is a drama free one. Past constraints, they don't exist.
A little more rambling (this post is clearly about more than this killer jumpsuit, which I am obsessed with btw) and I'll wrap this up:
I had a past partner who commented regularly that I was past the age of pursuing my career ambitions. From his perspective I needed to cool it and settle down.
The way I feel? I'm no different from 12 year old Andi, 16 year old Andi, or 21 year old Andi in regards to my dreams at least. So, there's not a chance I'm giving up my dreams for anything, not ever. Ya'll shouldn't either. (And don't hang around people who don't feel the same). Like that quote up there says we never get to be this way ever again.
Lastly (because I feel a need to comment on this):
** Instagram had an algorithm change. The way you see posts is going to change. Ok. So be it. Let's use that platform as a place to share, however, there's lots of places to share our work and our lives… that one little square on an app on our phone is exactly that, a square on a phone in a big digital universe. I love instagram for the community that it is. I plan to keep using it that way. And, anyways! There's lots more fun to be had outside, adventuring through this life than there is on your phone. K? k.
In the meantime, that's where I'll be, chasing the flowers, the sunshine (and my dreams too) ... and if I find something beautiful, I'll probably post it. Thanks for hanging around you guys.
p.s. my jumpsuit is from Shop Stonefree. See it here. See it on insta. And here's a few others that I love.
p.s. kisses to Ben for the photos!