What I’m Wearing: Coat - Good Fellow, Sweater Vest - US POLO, Turtle Neck - Apt 9, Pants - Good Fellow, Shoes - Giorgio Brutini, Watch - Daniel Wellington.
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START OF: Chapter 4
"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"
It's finally December, the last month of the year to try and be the happiest version of ourselves. Christmas is my favorite time of year. To kick off the month every December 7th is my career anniversary. December 7th is a reflection gift to myself. I unwrap my memories and see how far i've come in life and in my career. Then Every 2nd week of the month is Star Wars mania. Literally it's a been holiday week for me for the past 2 years Star Wars has a film release in December. I go all out. It's tradition for me and my brother Jamie to go to the wild first screening release night. I also take time to reflect on the loved ones lost throughout the month, previous Decembers. I lost my Auntie Terry and my Uncle Johnny around this time of year. Both lost in different years, but still feel the loss of them today. I get so into the holidays mainly because most of my fond childhood memories revolve around the love I received from my family. Since getting diagnosed with Glaucoma I cherish Christmas even more. My doctors tell me my eye is literally a ticking clock. One day I could wake up and it will be gone, no sight whatsoever. I cherish the little things, like embracing the Christmas lights through my dark glasses and admiring the beautiful decorations I see in every shop and storefront. I hold onto the visits to the Christmas tree lot and picking out a Christmas tree with my family. I look forward to Christmas day and making memories and enjoying a good meal surrounded by love. Christmas is a time for setting aside issues and opening up your heart and feeling the grace god all around. Time goes by so fast and I want to take the next 4 pages, including this page to tell stories about what makes this the most special time of year for me.
Time. I've spoken a lot about time this past year. Sometimes things don't pan out the way you want it to. It's not the right time sometimes. As I head into the new year, I feel like i'm pressed against time. I'm running towards it and sometimes running away from it. I don't want to loose these feelings i'm feeling inside. I know i'm going to loose apart of myself when I move next year. You always loose some sense of innocence when a drastic change happens. So i'm taking time to cherish more memories and learn more these last next few months of my long as hell extended stay in the Bay Area. Recently Daniel Wellington approached me to collaborate with them for the next 2 months. Through their watches I see time move forward but freeze from their classic designs. Every time the clock strikes 12 i'm reminded another hour has past and i'm getting older every second of time. So I stop. I take a breath... and I continue to move forward. As much as I would love to stay in a beautiful moment forever, time can't stand still. However the pieces of time that we wear can be a reminder of the unforgettable moments in our lives. Daniel Wellington came to me at the right time. Now that it is Christmas time I can wear this beautiful watch and look down at many 12's and remember the good times and memories I will make this holiday season.
I look around me and I see the beautiful decorations all over the city. San Fran is filled with so much love year around, but there is something about Christmas time in the city. I look up at the beautiful tree in Union Square and my heart warms up from the kids skating around the ice skate rink across from me. I see the lights lit up on the trees on the street and tell myself to remember these little details. Around the corner a man and his daughter are busking to earn a little extra for the holiday season and across from them is a woman who dresses up as a robot for a living. Then there is me exploring this big world during the most wonderful time of the year. I step into Macy's and Brett Eldridge's version of "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" begins to play. I look out at the window on the 7th floor and take in everything I have just witnessed. I'm reminded that next week i'll be witnessing a new "Star Wars" film, and the week after it's all about Christmas. I look down at my watch it is 12:00pm. Another hour has past and more stories are waiting to be told. Some old, some new, and some in nearby a galaxy far far way.
Photographer: Joanna Wheeler
Every post I will include the song that inspired me to build a post around it's title.
Stories From My Life - Chapter 4
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Stories From My Life
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