RISE UP WITH FISTS AND FLOWERS!

23 November 2012



This past year has been an interesting one, super awesome for the most part, like getting featured on Apartment Therapy and styling for an Elle shoot. And then, there was the breakup.

My heartmate and I broke up seven months ago which explains why I haven't tossed that word around and the lack of Bea appearances. We were together for ten years but we grew very far apart towards the end. It was a mutual breakup, so it wasn't terrible. It was bittersweet. I was scared and anxious and excited to be on my own. All those feelings made me feel more alive than ever. Now that I'm fully moved into my new nest, it's absolutely liberating.

Anyway, it's the holidays and I know it can be either really heartwarming or empty-hearted feeling. To those who recently broken up with your heartmates, it's okay, it'll get better. It already has. Let's rise up with fists and flowers! To new beginnings! :D

I truly am very grateful for all you guys following along my Old Brand New adventures. Thank you for the sweet comments and encouraging words. This blog is one of the few things that keeps me ticking, moving forward and at the same time grounded too. You vintage vultures have been so supportive. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! You guys are awesome! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


35 comments:

  1. I too am working through a breakup and a move out onto my own. Your blog truly inspires me, so full of light and color.

    I hope you have a wonderful and warm heartfilling holiday season, you deserve it. We deserve it.

    From one lonely heart to another, Sandy

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  2. Sandy — We indubidably deserve it. Happy heartwarming holidays to you too. Thank you for your lovely and heartfelt comment. Hugs :)

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  3. I don't comment a lot, but I read your blog everyday! I'm not going through a breakup but I become a mom earlier this year and I'm still trying to figure out how to fit the "me" back into the "mom" if you know what I mean. Life is tough sometimes but there's always the super sweet spots that's made sweeter by those tough patches!

    Happy thanksgiving and have an awesome holiday season!

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  4. Dab, this is such a great and encouraging post. An end points to a beginning, and being alone is sometimes really helpful, a sort of catharsis for body and soul. Here's to a great and successful future, with a new love and more vintage fabulousness!

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  5. beautiful photo!
    after all you've been through, i think you can truly say that you're grateful. and i'm grateful for your lovely blog that always cheers me up when i read its posts. especially beatrice's posts. just remember to smile, no matter what, and to always mean your smile. that matters a lot. sending you light and courage. :) happy thanksgiving!

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  6. Love when you open up on here. Miss you so much Dab, and so happy to see little bits + pieces of your life on here. You are inspiring to all of us, your loving readers :)

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  7. HELEN — Congratulations on being a new mom! I don't know what that's like but I can only imagine all adjustments. It's not easy but you're still in there somewhere. It'll take time to find your groove back. That's life. That's old brand new for ya! Life definitely wouldn't be fun without the rough adventures. Thank you for dropping in today to share your story. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  8. IGOR — You are so sweet. Thank you for always sharing your wise words with me. To to new beginnings!

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  9. What an emotional year this must've been for you. Lot's of creative success, but a farewell to loved ones at the same time. I'm in a relationship for a decade now, I feel like two entangled trees. Saying goodbye sometimes is the best choice, but sad nonetheless. Have a great holiday season and on to new and exciting things!!

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  10. It's such a brave thing to move on from something that's not working. I remember very how how hard it is, so I commend you. Now here's to a happy new future with lots of exciting new things to come!

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  11. the thought that the end also equals a beginning often gets lost in the shuffle -- it's good to have that reminder in order to chin up & gain some focus on the possibilities that await! here's to moving forward anew with fists & flowers :)

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  12. his is actually my first comment on a blog + i hoped to initially encourage you, but after seeing all these lovely responses i just wanted to simply share that reading your blog as well as your thoughts have stirred in me the hope of starting my own blog. by the end of the weekend i hope to accomplish something that ive wanted to accomplish for years! thanks for such sweet inspiration. fists + flowers indeed!

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  13. JOCEE — Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments. I'm so happy to hear that Old Brand New lightens up your day. That means a lot. Thank you and happy holidays!

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  14. SHAUNA — Miss you too! Hope we get to play soon! And thank you for always being so encouraging. You are an inspiring missssssy!

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  15. IRIS — That's s'wonderful! I love hearing that after so many years you guys are still so passionate. Congrats! And thank you. Happy Holidays to you and your heartmate!

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  16. MOSEYBLOG — Thank you. And yes! To new and exciting adventures! Happy Holidays!

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  17. I wish I was over there to give you a big hug and a massive high five to happy, positive days ahead. Your talent, warmth and (lets face it) handsome looks mean you are set. Here's to fists and flowers!

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  18. PAPER AND TYPE — Especially with your fist and flower! :D Thanks, VV.

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  19. JODY LANE — That's so sweet. Thank you. Blogging is one of the best things I've ever done. It's a fantastic way to stay creative and keep making things. It's a creative outlet. I think we're friends on instagram. Your photos are beautiful and it looks like you have excellent taste so I definitely encourage you to start a blog. But I gotta warn ya, it's also very addicting. You can't stop! ;D Happy Holidays! And please share your blog with all of us here!

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  20. WILL — Huuuuuuuuugs + Hiiiiiiiii Fives! You're hilarious, Will! Thanks for always bringing a smile. Fists and Flowers!

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  21. This made me smile real big. Cheers to you dear friend (and heck, all of us) to new beginnings and continued happiness ahead. I really think it's true — the more we experience and grow, the better life gets. See you sooooon. xo

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  22. Although my most recent break-up involved removing myself from a five-month relationship, which pales in duration to yours, it is still nevertheless life-changing. I wholeheartedly believe in the gamut of emotions felt. It is a journey of liberation but also anxiety and uncertainty. I have no doubt that you'll continue do amazing things and inspire many others, including myself, to do the same! I am so very lucky to have you as a friend, Dab :)

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  23. I wanted to comment but I didn't know how to put in words how this post made me feel so I will just insert emoticons <3 : D

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  24. David! Sorry to hear about the breakup, but very inspiring post. I miss you, lets try to meet up this winter break to catch up. Maybe you, me, han?

    Cristina

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  25. SO glad you're staying positive. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving too!

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  26. Breakup sucks but once you get through it, everything will be alright.

    I like your positive thoughts though. I wish I could do the same but I'm always hard on myself.

    Anyway, I like the pic :)

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  27. I thought maybe, but I know exactly how hard it can be to put into words on a blog what is going on when you're going through something like that! Things definitely get better. And it can be awesome to do only what you want to do. :) Upwards and onwards, my friend. <3

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  28. aw, i had no idea that's why there was no more bea. sorry buddy :( hopefully your heart continues to heal.

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  29. Sorry to hear about your breakup, but sounds like you're doing well! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  30. Oh Dabster, you're marvellous! Best wishes for everything from the frozen North- and two of your biggest fans!

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  31. Wonderful to hear you're feeling better! Nothing a little holiday spirit can't help! Think positive!

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  32. It is funny - I had a recent breakup that left me in a such a dark place, that I thought I would be devastated through the holidays.
    But a few months have passed, and I agree with you... seeing this time as the beginning of something new and inspiring and just for ME, sends me into the holidays with a huge grin on my face!
    Cheers to all of us who have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and keep moving!
    xs

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  33. You are all so wonderful. I can't thank you enough for all the kind and cheery words, especially yours, Ms. Dear!

    "Cheers to all of us who have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and kept moving!"

    Totally writing that on my wall somewhere. :D

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