The. 125th. Anniversary. Vogue. Cover.

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This rather large slice of fashion heaven arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon and I haven’t been able to put it down since. No, you won’t find work from a famous photographer, call-to-actions or even runway models on the latest Vogue cover. Instead, you’ll find a painted portrait of Jennifer Lawrence. The cover is avant-garde in style with a Rococo, Dutch master-like feel - almost like a peculiar renaissance version of Dr. Seuss. Needless to say, it's captivating. It's romantic. It's warm. And I found myself staring at every stroke, every fleck of color. I don't know if it was because I was a Fine Arts major or my deep love for art or because it simply sparked memories and inspiration.

Now, this next little bit of information I’ve kept to myself because I rarely like to burden people with the things that bother me, but sometimes in an effort of transparency, you just have to let it all flow. Lean into it, acknowledge it and then allow it to propel you forward. So I’m leaning into the stifled creativity. And I’m leaning into the feelings of stress, imbalance, and chaos that I've been having lately. A lot of overthinking, over planning and overworking. Creating a less than stellar work environment.

But what does any of that have to do with a cover of Vogue? It has to do with allowing inspiration to happen. Being open to inspiration despite the chaos that you feel may be going on around you or within you. Being open to life's reminders and life's inspirations. You can’t force it. You can’t summon it. You just have to take a deep breath and absorb whatever it is that you feel connected to in the moment. Whatever inspires you. And maybe it took something as arbitrary as a Vogue cover arriving on my doorstep.

“Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life."
 
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