The First Step

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The first step is often the most difficult.  At least, this is what I have found to be true as I embark on this blogging journey.

For years, I have routinely read and followed a handful of blogs that have given me a great deal of inspiration and I have admired the courage of these creators to express themselves in their content.  During these same years, I have wanted to share in a similar way, but have been reluctant to put pen to paper, or in this case, word to blog.

Two years ago, I moved closer to the world of blogging when I came across the social media phenomenon, Instagram.  This platform only further fueled my desire to share what I saw as beautiful, inspirational or special with others.  To me, Instagram was a way to get my feet wet in the online world and this platform, like the world of blogging, spoke to me for several reasons.

Firstly, I am a woman who lives visually.  I am constantly searching for life’s beautiful moments, like the way disappearing sunlight shines on a rose at dusk or how a vintage silver teapot glistens after polishing.  I find many of life’s beautiful moments as I scroll through my Instagram feed.  Secondly, I am interested in experiencing the way others view the world.  The images one posts gives the viewer a look, sometimes quite intimately, into the life the creator lives and the things they hold dear.  Finally, the most intriguing part of Instagram for me is how it connects those who may have never connected otherwise.

While I have and continue to enjoy Instagram, I craved something more.  A forum to further share, and thus, Pearls, Lace and Grace was born.  Allow me to elaborate on what you may expect to see on this blog.

Pearls…

What thought comes to mind when you hear the word pearls?  The first thing that may come to mind is jewelry.  I know it often does for me.  While anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an avid admirer and collector of pearl jewelry, especially Tiffany & Co. pearls, I am also excited by other types of pearls, like pearls of wisdom.  To me, pearls reinforce that in a world full of manufactured possessions, often it is nature that creates the most beautiful objects and images in our surroundings.  On occasion, I may share all types of pearls with you.

Lace… 

A delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern.  Perhaps your mind goes to a favourite lace blouse or the lace detailing on your beloved wedding dress.  On this blog, I may post about a beautiful piece of clothing or an accessory.  However, to me, lace also represents the complex, weblike interconnectedness of our world.  Our relationships with others, near and far, and the way our lives intertwine.  I may speak to different interpretations of lace from time to time.

Grace…

Like the above mentioned, to me grace takes many forms.  For example, my favourite actress-turned-princess, Grace Kelly.  While Grace was and remains revered for her beauty, she was also a complex woman with strong values.  On this blog, I may discuss other individuals who inspire me.  A more universal understanding of grace conjures thoughts of simple elegance or refined movement.  Understanding this, there can be a grace in the way an artist applies paint to their canvas, a grace in the way one sets a table for dinner, or the graceful movement of the title dancer in the ballet Giselle. On this blog, I may speak to anything that lends itself to the idea of grace.

In reading the above, you may be somewhat confused as to the theme of my blog.  I have done so purposefully so that I may share whatever I find interesting or inspirational with you.  Whether they be words or images, it is my hope that along the way, you may find some interest or inspiration too.

Pearls, Lace and Grace is a lifestyle.  A way of living that encourages one to appreciate life’s beautiful moments.

I wish to thank those who have inspired and encouraged me to take this first step and I look forward to the journey.

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One Comment

  1. I’m so glad you’ve decided to take this step Ashleigh. I have only read this one post so far, but I can assure you that your writing is as beautiful and eloquent as you are. I look forward to reading more.

    Best of luck with your future endeavors in the blogging world!

    -Stéphanie Mitchell

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