Saturday, August 14, 2010

A Summer Cold & Some Fashionable Thoughts

Today I have a cold.  A summer cold.  I hate summer colds.  They are, truly, one of the strangest things to me.  I feel stuffy and sneezy and want to curl up and cuddle somewhere.  Only problem is that it is 100 degrees outside.  So strange.

Because I have a summer cold, I missed going out with my husband this morning junking.  Instead, I sat on the couch watching who knows what and researching the fashion status of my new home, Kansas City.  I was overwhelmed to find that this place, nicknamed the Paris of the Midwest, is chalk full of fashionistas, creative endeavors, and promising ideas that are FAR larger than me.  Suddenly, I feel like a little fish in a big ocean. 

First the summer cold and now this.  The unsettling dynamic of both a yes and a no in my mind at the same time...  I feel this sheer exuberance for the what lies ahead and still yet a strange self-consciousness of what I might not be. 

You see, I've spent the last 3 years in a town of 100k people in northern California.  I grew to love that town and the people in it.  So much so that I put heart and soul and creative ideas into it in the last year as if I'd lived there all my life.  I had vision for what it could be and would be.  I had people around me that were as excited as I was about it's creative potential.  And in a small way, I impacted that town.  I helped build a little bit of something that helped make other visionaries a little more pleased to call it that town home.

So as I researched this morning, I pondered what I might have to offer this city.  I no longer live in a town.  I live in a city.  And this city, based on my research,  has some truly grand and monumental ideas.  Did you know that Kansas City has it's own Fashion Week?  Now, I'm keenly aware that it probably doesn't hold a flame to the originals, but the fact that it has one is quite ambitious, I think.  Did you also know that it has a First Friday Artwalk and a newly renovated downtown just stuffed with hip eateries, galleries, and boutiques?  Yeah, I didn't know that either.

I mean, I imagined that, culturally, I'd be highly stimulated.  But, I didn't realize to what degree I could be.  Here's to seeing what lies ahead!


1 comment:

satsumaart said...

That's fabulous! Hooray for vibrant creative communities, and here's to the mark you will make on this one!