Something really magical and tragic happens when you turn 25; you really do wake up with this feeling some days and just think, "Ahhh! Who am I? What am I doing?" Everyone talks about the quarterlife crisis at some point or another, but I really believe it's true. It happens to all of us. And you don't have to be 25, exactly. You could be 18, or 33, 0r 46... We all question our life decisions at some point. But I think twenty-somethings especially have this tendency to worry about the future. The current economy doesn't help matters, with job security (or finding a job, period) up in the air, quite literally. It's natural to stress over these things, which one day, with a heavy dose of experience and perspective, will seem trivial. I am looking forward to that day (and I hope it happens before I turn 35!).
I do apologize for being a moody blogger of late. That's why, some days, I've simply chosen not to post anything... Because, as Thumper once told Bambi, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!" I've been quite grumpy, but I realize it's pointless to get so stressed. There are far more serious things going on besides my own happiness and satisfaction (like the Haiti devastation, the war overseas, climate change... goodness). As long as I have healthy friends, family, a roof over my head and the ability to dream and create, I can push forward into the future, not worrying over every little thing.
But I've been debating whether or not to move forward with this blog. It's kind of evolved past a fashion blog... I no longer track the trends (no time!) and we all know that trends don't equal fashion, anyway. I do miss doing runway reviews, but perhaps one day I'll work for a glossy and will happily sit at the shows (wishful thinking alert!). I do tend to talk about my daily life on here quite a bit, and I hope that isn't too much of a bother. Right now I'm dreaming up a new blogging project that will be even more personal, so I'm not sure that Ip & Audrey is the right... venue for it, so to speak. I may embark on an entirely new frontier for the next phase of my writing. I hope, wherever it takes me, that all of you will come along on the journey!
Once I've finalized this project, I'll happily let you in on all the details. For now I'll strive to post more regularly... about fashion, music, art, films, the things that help our lives go round. As always, I love hearing from you and learning your thoughts. I'd even love to interview some of you about your own blogs at some point. You all fascinate me and make me smile on the grayest of days (and in this New England winter, there are lots of those!).
Thanks for continuing to stick with Ip & Audrey... and do stay tuned!