The Promise | Self Portraits

The Promise

The story behind the dress. 

The thrift store is located in a 17 room 1860's mansion in a local town by the shore. The earnings from this store benefit the church by paying the annual subsidy for the school next to the thrift store. 

As I walked in and looked to the left I saw the dress. After immediately scooping it up, the kind woman approached me with teary eyes. Smiling she said, " I prayed this morning for someone to come in and buy some of our formal wear today because it's filling up and taking up too much space." 

At the time she was most likely under the impression I was newly engaged and had just found my wedding gown. After bringing 2 gowns up to the register she informed me all clothing was 50% off. She was slightly hesitant once she learned I would be using the dress for something other than a wedding.

"Just promise you won't destroy it and you will take care of it."

The dress will live on to tell many new stories. 

"I promise." 

Lone Wolf | Self Portraits

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” 
― Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don't go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” 
―Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

“Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak its truth, she is pressured to be silent.” 

―Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Women Who Run With the Wolves

Many Moons Ago...

I recently purchased these masks through a shop on Etsy. The artist does incredible work and she's a pleasure to do business with. I would think it could be a little unsettling sending your creations off to strangers having no idea of what will become of them.

I hope I did her art justice. 

You can check out her shop HERE

Running Out {Self Portrait Project}

The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not....

~Thomas Carlyle

The clock talked loud. I threw it away, it scared me what it talked.

~Tillie Olsen, Tell Me a Riddle

“It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” 
― Rose Kennedy