Monday, April 15, 2019

35 years too long





It's such simple things that makes one think profoundly about aspects of their life. Today, I saw a contest for creating a label that would just be awesome for The Tender Two blog. I invited Ruby to design a label, a brand logo, something to participate in this contest as a challenge. She was always the artsy one. She has wonderful poems & designs that need a creative outlet. I thought it would be great to try her hand at a logo for the blog/brand. The innovation process itself just stirred up a fire within me that wouldn’t let me sleep. That is becoming my cue to get to a keyboard or takes notes in my phone or a notepad. Something needs to get jotted down somewhere so I can get the fire out and get back to sleep.

I honestly don't know how I got from one subject to the other, but it reminded me of an email I got yesterday for my 35th year class reunions in Weiser. Someone had taken so much time and effort to put the event together but when the invitation email was sent an important detail was left incomplete. The subject line stated our 30th anniversary reunion.  Those little details set off a whirlwind of serious contemplation.  Should I go? Do I really want to go back and visit after so much time? Was it worth the time and effort?  Would anyone even really care? When I graduated high school in Weiser, the very next week, I abandoned all the kids I spent the last four years of high school with to get myself to California. I had to get back to my “group”of girls, the important ones. I was consumed to get back to watch Ruby, Cee, and Mary, to participate in the graduation that they had.

The reminder for my 35-year reunion just brought me to the realization, “I would much rather go see Ruby” It was time to start planning a way for us to reconnect, to physically reunite maybe before or during 2020. The visions of planning some type of “Viva Madre” escape kept me up all night. Daydreaming of where we could go to really revive our lifelong friendship. Basking in the 🌞 sun with a Mimosa and wide brimmed hats on the beach in vintage bikinis. Taking clay spas and then chilling in the jacuzzi afterward. It would be so wonderful to catch up on so much. More importantly it would be wonderful to catch up on NOW. At this stage of our lives, this new frontier as empowered, creative goddesses within our own right, in our own world, on our own terms. How exhilarating to see, visit each other, and just take the time to catch up on these years that got us here. More importantly to build our future, look to what we could envision together, building our blog and brand.

I think the anticipation for the visit and the prospective content for the blog would be great for archiving this moment in our lives giving us the propulsion to continue with our project together. I think it will just be an awesome testimony to what we're trying to build together--an outlet for creativity, outlet for sharing with others. Motivated to find a way for a generosity outlet, we want to use our talents for giving back.This is mostly how we inspire each other. Such little things that end up in a big line of Dominos in our bank of ideas, contributing to the creative process. The joy that expands within us when we use our endowments is healing both of us in a way we never expected and helping us find a tribute or legacy while on the path to our joyful place.

Hopefully we can share the process here on The Tender Two, where we can detail the progression of how we can build the logo, how we can build the brand, where the brand might lead, what intention we have with the blog for future, the plan for giving back, and just the process of creativity while balancing the ideas. This should be the joyful part for us so it should be a great ride, plus we already know, just the possibility to reunite in person is going to be awesome all in itself.



Love you Ruby

LaLa


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