Charcoal Alley

GUEST BLOGGER – PARIS GERRARD OF CHARCOAL ALLEY.

Model Paris Gerrard
Photography T Barton Photography
Hair Alex Gerrard
Skirt Spell HERE / Top Kelvin Klein Bra.

Looking for home . . .

Do you dream of a place called home? Do you long for someplace, somewhere out there? Do you picture yourself on a lush, tropical island, on a quaint, city street in San Francisco, in a hip, ski town, or on a green, hill top in the Mediterranean ? For awhile now, I’ve been telling myself that I need to move; that Salt Lake City, is too small, too conservative, too . . . familiar for me. Last week I was on the island of Kauai. Breathtakingly beautiful. This is it, I told myself, “I need to get back to the islands–I want to live here.” But, by the end of the trip, it also felt small, isolated and limited. I was ready to get back to my real life.

As I travel and experience different parts of the planet (always with an eye that — “this might just be the place”), I find that everywhere seems to have it’s own form of duality. This part feels good, but that aspect feels, not so good. It’s beautiful, but the traffic is horrendous. It’s peaceful, but too hot in the summer. It’s perfect, but, it’s too expensive. You get the picture. SLC, with it’s perceived limitations, is also safe, convenient, and
beautiful. So, here I am for now.

The key to life, then, is appreciating and being grateful for wherever you are. We must love what we have, here and now, because things constantly change. If we are always feeling that the “grass is greener” someplace else, we miss the abundance and goodness that surrounds us, now. We can always paint an ideal image of what could be or should be, but, have you noticed, life never works out exactly as we envisioned it? And yet, that’s the beauty of life . . . nothing is written in stone, and it’s always surprising us.

I’m not telling you not to take an adventure, or move somewhere new. In fact, listen to your heart and follow its sage advice. But, wherever you find yourself, take a tip from this line from an old, James Taylor song, “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”. So wherever you are, here you are. This is your time. This is your life. Surrender to what is. Even better, trust what is, who and where you are. Then, shine!

x Paris

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