I hope this Christmas finds you surrounded by the ones you love somewhere cozy and warm. And for those of you who find yourselves a little less spirited this year because you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, a job, or just an old way of living pre-2020, my heart goes out to you. Hopefully you know, that even in the midst of all the darkness, it does get better. I had quite a few holidays growing up where it felt like Christmas was a cruel joke because a family member was sick, had been laid off, or we were just generally struggling to get by in life. I look back on those moments and how far we’ve come as a reminder that there is no limit to how far you can go if you keep working and believing in the good that life can bring.
On that note, I’m feeling extra grateful for the good in my life looking at our full proposal shoot from Megan Niger.
I feel so lucky to be with Dave every day and honestly, even though we’ve only been engaged for a few weeks, it feels like we committed to each other a long time ago (I suppose that’s what moving interstate, buying two houses and puppy does for you). I still remember our first date 2 1/2 years ago and how easy it was. It felt like I was talking to an old friend and now I’m blessed to call him my best friend.
On another note, you may have noticed that I’ve gone from the ipsee to maybe both. I started the ipsee a few months ago as a means to share affordable home decor and DIY tips. It’s been so much fun connecting with you all here and on Instagram, but as I continue to blog, I realize there is so much more I want to explore (I’ll still be sharing decor tips though, don’t worry!). I’ve found that the best part of blogging is hearing from YOU, relating over our shared lived experiences and encouraging you to hopefully find a little more attainable beauty, in whatever form, in your life. Given that life during a pandemic can be pretty isolating, I hope maybe both can leave you feeling a little more connected and inspired. TL;DR: New direction, new name.
As for the name, maybe both was inspired from a line in my favorite play, Smokefall by Noah Haidle. While I won’t try and do justice to the whole play by summarizing it, here is an excerpt from my favorite scene:
SAMUEL: Will I be strong enough? Can I transform this lineage?
BEAUTY: Maybe not, but maybe so, but maybe, the attempt is how we live. Tell me a story as I fall asleep.
SAMUEL: Happy or sad?
BEAUTY: Maybe a little bit of both.
This blog is an homage to having it all – the good, the bad, the ugly, the pretty, and to know that through it all, what defines us is not what we have, but what we do with what we have. And maybe, with a little creativity, you can have both your cake and eat it, too (or, as Dave likes to say when we’re deciding between two desserts at dinner…maybe both? :P)
“Every love story is a tragedy. The ending is built right in from the start…either somebody falls out of love or somebody dies. It is required to end. I don’t say that as a warning, but as a challenge…to love anyway.” – Smokefall, Noah Haidle