The Next Chapter
05 . 09 . 14
I can always tell who actually reads the blog and those who just look at the photos based on those who know about my upcoming summer in Paris. I also know that I’ve been a little vague about why I’m going and what I’ll be doing.
Spending more time in Europe is something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now. It’s not that I’m unhappy in New York but I can’t say that I’m completely happy either. It’s probably to be expected after living here for 12 years but it also has to do with how the city is changing. So many of the places I love are closing like Rizzoli Bookstore, Jim’s Shoe Repair, and Pearl Art, all probably to make way for another high rise glass building…or “something really depressing like a Baby Gap.”
It’s almost as if this architectural upheaval is mirroring what is happening in our society. Our American obsession with youth and beauty and everything new is sometimes too much to take. Even Garance Dore has addressed this issue on her blog in her post Talking Age. Europe and other parts of the world are so much more accepting of imperfections and aging. I always feel so much more attractive when I travel to another place.
New York used to be a city where people hosted dinner parties made up of the most fascinating people who they knew would make interesting conversation. People were invited based on their intelligence and accomplishments. Now, people are invited to events based on beauty and social media following. It’s all about who will look good in the party photos that will be posted online.
Don’t get me wrong, I love America and I’m very proud of the freedom and opportunities available in this country but right now, I feel like I need to get away. At the end of these next four months, I will either figure out how good I have it here and appreciate New York again, or I will recognize that the quality of life is better in Paris and make a permanent move. I also realize that I’m very lucky that I can work anywhere and don’t have children yet to try this out.
Every blogger also experiences a point where they start to feel uninspired. Sincerely Julesadmitted this in her post Orange Love recently. I’m hoping a change of scenery will inspire my creativity. I really want to get back to taking my own photos and creating more original content. In addition, I hope this trip will be the catalyst for working harder again. While the premise isn’t completely confirmed, I plan to start working on my second book while in Paris as well. The blog will also be transitioning to a real website soon which is very exciting. I feel like this is a good time to take things to the next level on all fronts.
As always, I appreciate your support and encouragement these last seven years and I hope you will enjoy following along on this next chapter of Habitually Chic.
Photos by Heather Clawson for Habitually Chic