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I've been thinking a lot about this image lately. It's one of the lovely icons Lindsey made for me during the Salt + Charm branding process and I keep coming back to it and just staring at it. Soaking in all that it means to me and what it means for the future of Salt + Charm. {because there is this ridiculous future right here and I can not wait to share with you some things that we are working on in the S+C office}

Things happen. Everyday. They just keep on happening. The beautifully joyous things. The surprisingly intoxicating things. The unexpectedly motivating things. And yes, the devastatingly shocking things that send us into a tail spin when we least expect it. Those happen, too. A lot, yes? Yes.

The challenge lies in that overlap part of life - when the joyous and the shocking collide like a hurricane-churned wave on the shoreline. It is simultaneously devastating + beautiful. It is painfully bloody + blooming. It is both HURT-full + GRACE-full.

LISTEN UP, LOVES. You can fall into either one. You can lose yourself in the pain or you can find yourself in the gracefulness of what is possible. I am here to say all the words to you so that you choose wisely.

Did you forget that your heart is such fertile ground? It is bursting at the seems with the seeds of all the beauty and passion that you were created with. There is no one {NO ONE} that has the heart/soil composition that YOU do. And there is no one that has the ability to nurture that soil into something that blooms with beauty and grace like you do.

So TODAY {not tomorrow} shut off the valve of negativity and despair. Stop the downward self-speak and start speaking life over yourself. I know that is painfully difficult for some of us. We have gotten used to difficulty. We have embraced fallow ground for way too long like it is some strange banner of strength. But there is so much more! There is this infinite possibility buried down in your heart and it is time to let yourself bloom like a valley full of fragrant wildflowers in spring.

I cannot wait to share with you all the exciting things happening here soon. What I can share with you now is that this is a place of nurturing {both your body through food + self-care and your heart through encouragement + practical tools to help you grow and move forward}

I am so glad and grateful that you are here. Welcome. Take your shoes off and stay a while... let's talk and learn from each other, loves.

I sure do love you all. (especially YOU!)

-Abs