i adore autumn, especially when the weather in middle tennessee turns crisp & with all of the color changes of the leaves. my friends also know that fall brings football season, which for me is huge. yes i was a cheerleader in high school, loved supporting mckenna’s high school team & then of course there is the team who has my heart, the alabama crimson tide.
i digress. what i adore more than all of this is halloween. always have. yesterday my nail technician quizzed me about which holiday was my favorite: thanksgiving, christmas or new years?
my answer continued to be HALLOWEEN!
if you would like to learn more about the history of halloween...read on here.
seriously who does not love the creativity it offers for a person to be whomever or whatever they wish for one day? oh the imaginative play it offers for those who allow it!! it is one of the first & biggest opportunities for children to express their individual personalities. the decorating is fun, the candy is delicious & the parties are so lively.
i was lucky enough to grow up with access to a costume trunk. it is an old steamer trunk, with a top sectional tray lined in paper & painted bright red. it carried all manner of old clothes, wigs, shoes, costume jewelry & almost anything that was no longer useful in daily life. i adored this trunk & it brought me nothing but pure joy. each time i lifted it’s tremendous lid, the musty smelled was quick reminder of the history stored within.
then there was college & all of the fraternity swaps, which meant more opportunities for playing dress up. yay! i was happier than a pig in slop. here are few of my greatest costume moments.
no surprise when mckenna was born, there were plenty of costumes around. it escalated with every year. i made many of her costumes bc there wasn’t extra money around, plus i welcomed the challenge. as she aged, mck used her voice to have more influence over her costume choices. here is one i made for mckenna by hand & then decided to re-purpose it for my halloween costume five years later.
yes, we still have it.
when we moved to los angeles, there was extra space for her own costume closet. it was a proud mum moment i will admit. silly i know, but for someone who lives for halloween it was the fantastic. everything was organized, duh. there were so many days of watching mck & her friends playing dress up. nothing made me happier & reminded me of my childhood. here is a peek into her playful childhood.
gotta give babybird some creative kudos for some of her costume choices as she entered her college days. when she sends me snaps of her squad decked out i am completely giddy. i hope she doesn’t lose her sense of wonder & creativity.
i am educated enough to realize some humans do not enjoy halloween. understandably it can be scary for children & nervous-making for those who find it anti to their choice of religion. allow me to propose taking the day as moment in time where we can show our creativity & playful nature. i believe we as adults have forgotten how to use our imagination & play, to enjoy the frivolous & be childlike from time to time.
as a part of PRoj&ct GiRL consulting i offer decorating for holidays & parties. lucky for me this is the perfect conduit for my inner child to enter this world if but for nano second. ergo, my favorite opportunities are halloween & autumn events. when i see the happiness in my client’s eyes or hear it in their voices upon announcing their approval i am elated. it's affirmation that what i do matters & my dreams have become my reality. conversely i am baffled that clients pay me & then thank me. isn’t it i who should be grateful to them for allowing me to do what i love?
each & every client’s mailbox, front porch, doorway etc. receives individual attention all unique in their own way. even when decorating my home with many of the same items each year, it is never the same twice. i cannot help myself. why be normal?
so on this gorgeous, autumn sunday morning, as i watch one of my heroines, jane pauley begin her first day as the host of cbs sunday morning (a woman who doing what she loves since she was 25), i am reminded how lucky i am to be PRoj&ct GiRL. i love what i do & am so grateful for my clients who trust me.
i leave you today with this one small wish. even if you are not a fan of halloween & are not want to celebrate it, remember the small child within you. go out today & do something playful. go run through the leaves, wear a funny hat, play your favorite music & dance like a maniac or read your favorite book from childhood. your inner child has missed you & will thank you big. don’t worry…no one is watching, so bring on your silly.
as always thank you for reading & i wish you…