Thankful :: A Grey Story

When life gives you lemons

We’ve all read numerous quotes from great men & women, imploring us to not “force” things. I’m particularly fond of  “you will never force anything that’s truly meant to be – unknown”. We wouldn’t be here now if I had been able to turn this quote (and the other 1000 I have screenshotted on my phone) into action but alas!

I had planned to write a post on a topic that I’ve been ruminating on lately. This was 2 weeks ago. I made several attempts but I couldn’t find the right words. So I refused to publish a post, waiting for words that never came. For this post, we’ll just have to settle for the words that flowed, The Behind The Scenes story of this shoot:

Lester, my photographer, and I had scheduled two consecutive shoot days over the weekend. The first day started with a delay which resulted in our inability to shoot all scheduled looks for the day. This meant the next day was going to be a long shoot day.

The only problem was, it was a Sunday. Most places including the makeup studio open late which meant we didn’t have the option of an earlier call time. The earliest studio I found was 30 minutes in the opposite direction from our shoot location.

Bright and early Sunday morning, I embarked on the 1hr commute to the city and an additional 30 minutes to the studio. By the end of the session, I looked like Beyonce but was officially pulling a Lauryn Hill by how late I was. I hurriedly requested my Uber for the 30 minutes commute to the shoot location.

It all went wrong when the Uber dropped me at the wrong destination which the GPS claimed was a 4 minutes walk from my actual destination except I ended up walking for approximately 20 minutes.

The straw that shattered this camel’s back was the rain. 5 minutes into my “4 minutes” walk, it started raining. Full face beat under the rain with no umbrella.

Wet, tired and frustrated, I finally arrived at the shoot location with less than an hour left of the scheduled shoot time. I had completely given up and was ready to call it quits. Thankfully, Lester being the MVP that he is, was able to encourage me to make the best of the time we had left.

And so, I touched up my makeup to the best of my abilities and the craziness began. We shot 4 looks in approximately 45 minutes including travel and outfit change time.

I embarked on the long commute back home with a heavy heart: I had spent a lot of time and energy planning and had great expectations for the shoot. I was brought to tears by the overall feeling of disappointment from the weekend.

       While moping in bed, I was randomly browsing Instagram when I saw this picture that spoke to me. I had dwelt on negative emotions all day, forgetting that not too long ago, I wasn’t in a position to produce content for the blog. I had prayed for days like this when I’d be able to go back to doing what l love.  But in the moment, I forgot.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for life, love, family, and friends. I’m thankful for Lester who messed up our schedule but delivered great content, the makeup artist that made me late while transforming me into Beyonce, the Uber driver who transported me to my shoot location but dropped me off at the wrong destination and of course, the rain for doing rain things.

I’m grateful that I have this platform to share my voice, connect with you all and impact the world. I’m thankful for every single one of you. I couldn’t have asked for a better audience than I currently have. The constant outpour of love, support and encouragement is overwhelming, to say the least.

Today, when it’s my turn to list the things I’m thankful for at dinner, I won’t have to look down – I will have a long list bearing testament to the fullness of my heart.

When asked if my cup is half-full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup – Sam Lefkowitz

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you so much for reading. As always, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated.

Photography by Lester Platt Productions.

Sweater: H&M. Skirt 1: Forever 21 (old). Skirt 2: Asos. Slingback: New Look via Asos. Oxford: Aldo (similar). Purse: TJ Maxx (in-store). Sunglasses: Karen Walker

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