A Fresh Start / by Elise Joseph

Photo by The Shipping News.

I was recently being interviewed for my hometown paper, and was asked a very poignant question. Was there a moment you felt your career and passions really take off? When do you believe things really started happening for you? Fighting back tears, I immediately knew in my heart what the answer was. When my husband and I separated. It's not often that I get very personal on this blog, but I wanted to share with you a major change that has happened in my life, and a main reason for my posting being so sparse over the past year.

Around the same time that my world seemingly began spinning out of control, many many amazing things started to happen for me. Dreams that I had longed for for years began to unfold before my eyes. Opportunities that I had never imagined were suddenly right in front to me. Incredible friendships were blooming. Doors were opening… but some doors were also closing. I was struggling and grieving the loss of something so important, so special, so sacred: my marriage. My husband and I officially divorced in December. 

Amidst the hardness of it all, I have grown and learned so much this year. I am learning to be present. I am learning to embrace little joys: a song on the radio, a random act of kindness, warm sunshine, a good meal shared with friends. I am learning grace, humility, selflessness. I am learning to listen. I am striving to constantly become better, both professionally and personally. Two steps forward, one step back. I know that I have a long road ahead of me, but I am humbled and grateful for the journey and adventure.

That being said, I have found myself more motivated and passionate than ever to continue sharing on this space. Will you join me on the ride? You may notice some changes around here, as well as regular posting and some very exciting projects and collaborations. My hope is for this space to be constantly evolving and inspiring for us all.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your constant support, love, kind words, encouragement, and for taking the time to read this.

Happy 2013… Here's to a fresh start - and to finding beauty - no matter where you are or what situation you find yourself in. Press on, and keep searching for beauty. It's there, shining in the darkness.

Love,
Elise