DAY 13 (of 30) of my writing challenge: Think of any word. Search it on google images. Write something inspired by the 11th image.
A couple of months ago, a kind friend did something INCREDIBLY special, generous, and lovely for me. She made me a video. My very own video! In it, she interviewed friends about me and asked them why they think I’m special. (Let me tell you. I BAWLED like a baby when she played it for me!) She also asked people to describe me in three words.
One friend said … excellent people watcher ; )
That is SO true. I can spot just about anything on anyone even in the most crowded environments.
Another said … bohemian. (She also said bizarre and complex, but I’m choosing to focus on the bohemian part, lol)
I feel like we hear that word a lot today. It’s very “in” to be boho. And I’ve never really felt like I’m someone who is “in.”
So I looked up the word to get the actual definition of a bohemian …
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia.
2. a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer.
“the young bohemians with their art galleries and sushi bars”
synonyms: nonconformist, free spirit, dropout; hippie, beatnik; informal boho
So yes … I would agree that I have unconventional social habits … I am an artist … and definitely a free spirit. And yes, I’m not one to conform. I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum. I’ve worn my mother’s vintage indian print wrap skirts for the last two decades and have always loved bright patterned, long-flowing dresses and moccasins.
All of those “nonconformist” things happen to be a la mode these days, which makes me feel a bit strange, actually. It’s odd to walk into almost any store and find styles that I love. I used to only find my style in vintage treasures hidden away in the backs of thrift stores.
The plus side, however, is that Free People now exists. And so does Spell & the Gypsy. And other cool companies who sell things that my bohemian, gypsy-loving soul absolutely LOVE.
For this writing assignment, I searched “bohemian” and the 11th image was the one above from Spell & the Gypsy. It’s from their blog post on how to throw a boho dinner party. And yes, it’s exactly the kind of dinner party I’d love to throw in my new yard. It’s also the kind of wedding reception I’d want. (Followed by a honeymoon up the West Coast in a VW van. Maybe one of these.)
I don’t really think I followed the rules on this writing assignment. It may have something to do with the fact that it’s late and I’m ready for bed. Or the fact that the Aztec clay mask on my face is crazy tight and needs to come off. Or simply the fact that I’m a free spirit who doesn’t follow the rules ; )
And now I’m off to remove this mask! Good night : )
p.s. Check out some fun instagram stories hacks I posted on Hudson Valley Parent’s blog.
Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.