You know that feeling of a new pair of shoes that are perfect? They’re kind of exciting aren’t they? With those shoes you feel as though they could take you anywhere. With those shoes you stride with comfort and confidence, as time goes on they are natural and an easy choice each day. But one day, further down the track you notice some wear in your shoes and you start to think about that wear and the fit of those shoes and what you will do about them.
You ask yourself does the wear in those shoes need to be repaired? Can the shoes be revamped in some way or is it time to ditch them altogether and find a better fit and something new and wonderful?
I don’t know about you, but I’m someone who often finds messages and symbolism in things I come by and encounter as I journey through life. I’m also a big believer in what you think you create and that we have the power to nudge or dreams into actualization through positive attitude and gratitude.
In the last few months I have have been in deep thought about how I am travelling through life, about my hopes, plans and dreams. I’ve been in thought a lot about my blog and business and about moving forward, and what I want to do and share with others.
One thing I have always wanted to do is help others, but the how to help others has alluded me for some time (despite having many ideas). You see I tend to let my life unfold organically and I’m happy to be lead by my gut and heart along with my everyday journeys to whether or not something is a good fit for me……much like shoes.
The symbolism of shoes has been something that has been with me for a while now whilst I’ve been in thought about life’s travels in recent months. In fact for the last year personal style, uniqueness and confidence have been themes that have been playing out in my day to day life and encounters with people on and off line, but it’s been with a deeper niggling feeling there is more to all of this.
Last year you might remember I was publicly told in front of many others;
My reaction at the time was confident because the truth is that, I dress for me and not for others. This very public opinion giving episode, didn’t break my stride, but what I didn’t realise at the time was that the exchange was the impetus for new ideas and motivations in my travels with my blog and business.
You see for the longest time now when people have commented on my style they also go on to say that they wish they could do the same, they wish they could wear a certain look or style or express themselves more truthfully and uniquely or how they wish they could afford to be stylish, I have always, always told those people that they can, they really, really can.
I truly believe it’s possible for everyone to achieve these things, and I want to help those people who long to do just that. I want to be the one that helps them find their inner unique style that is a true reflection and expression of their personality and who they are.
Alongside this desire I want to continue to support my own children in their expression of who they are in their personal style and in turn other children. My hope is that over the years they won’t lose their drive to express themselves with their style and bow to conformity for others ideals, trends and desires.
Getting more serious about this, it’s especially important to me with an Autistic child that unique self expression in all forms is something that we should all be trying to strive for in our journey to acceptance.
So as I have been walking this path with all of these thoughts etching and wearing their way into my consciousness, I’ve found myself arrive at a place where I look at my shoes, they are loved, worn, fun and funky, and still have a lot of sole on them for walking this journey – with my blog and business.
My interests and passions remain strong but it’s my intention and desire that are sprinting out of the gate. I want to help others find their unique personal style and confidence to express that. I want to support children in their self expression through style and I want us all to appreciate and admire each others uniqueness. But most of all, I want us all striving for acceptance of who we all are as unique individuals rather bow to conformity.
It’s no surprise to me that in recent weeks as my thoughts have reached a point of clarity to express them as a cohesive thought, that the universe has had her way of sending me tokens to show and confirm to me that I am walking the right path. In my travels to find vintage treasures and stock recently there has been a theme popping up over and over again.
All the shoes pictured throughout this post have called to me in recent times and have made their way home here. Some are destined to stay (Converse All Stars thank you very much) and others are destined for new adventures and homes where they might be symbolic to someone and a journey they are on.
In coming weeks and months you will see, feel, hear and read about what I’m doing in addition to what I already do, to start making these things a reality for me and for others. I hope you’ve got plenty of sole on your shoes to walk this path with me too.