"To the brim" by Rachel Awes
This piece challenges me to think about what beauty means to me and what I would want the bowl of my life to be filled with. My life's beauty includes my family and friends. I imagine a big bowl filled with all of their love, our shared memories and how good it feels to walk through life with them.
I learned that I was going to a conference in Minneapolis on the same day that I was rifling through some old snail mail. I stopped to take a look at an envelope that the creative Rachel Awes had sent me when I had purchased some of her uplifting art from her Etsy shop. It dawned on me that she lived in Saint Paul, twin city to Minneapolis. I asked her if she would like to meet and we set a date!
Rachel and I.
It was comfortably strange and wonderful to be sitting across from Rachel. Her art and words had been speaking to my heart over the internet for a few years and there we were getting to know each other in a different way, outside of our blogs. I hadn't really thought through what meeting Rachel was going to be like and I wasn't sure what we would talk about. I had no anxiety around it, I was just excited to see all her colour in real life.
Rachel and I had a great chat about the loves in our life. I spoke of my family, friends, my work and my Earvin. She spoke of her children and her husband. We also talked about our "former lives." Below, Rachel poses for a hand shot. She used to be a hand model. Who knew?