Yesterday I spent the morning on a photo shoot for work. There were models and cameras and stylists and big fancy Mac monitor… all the makings of a stylish morning. But, the biggest thing I took away from yesterday morning was the conversation I had with the owner of the house where the shoot was taking place.
She’s a mom of a 6 1/2 year old in her early 40s who has been battling lung cancer since the summer of 2008. I’ve known her through work for a while but this was the first time I’ve seen her since her diagnosis.
As we were talking she told me that she had a scan recently that showed her cancer had progressed and that she is really scared. She said she’s just hoping she makes it til this summer. I can’t even imagine how she must be feeling, to know she won’t see her daughter grow up.
I’ve thought a lot about that conversation over the last 24 hours and it really puts things into perspective. I realized with heavy heart that I may never see Melissa again, I hope that’s not the case, but sadly it may be a reality. You just never know what life will throw at you and how long we have.
So how do I tie this back to the reason for this blog? Well, first, there is nothing that epitomizes style and grace more than a woman facing cancer head on and staying positive. Melissa is not letting this ruin her life, she’s held her head high and is determined to fight it with all she has. And, she’s shared her story through the whole thing on her blog, Hoping For Some Grace.
Secondly, I think it is so important to live the life you want, to not hold back, to pursue your dreams and the things that inspire you. While I love cute clothes and chic purses are great, ultimately this blog for me is about finding inspiration and fueling my creativity. I have neglected those things and they are part of what make me who I am. Being inspired makes me a happier person and that makes me a better person for my daughter, my husband and the rest of my family and friends. So, for now, if it’s a blog about purses and makeup and shoes that inspires me, I’ll take it. I just hope it inspires you too.
Please take care of yourselves and make the most of the time you have. Do what you love.