Do you hear the sound of crickets at night? Do you listen intently or do you try to drown them out? Sometimes they cast their lovely song off in the distance. It’s incredible when one cricket invades your private space it immediately becomes overwhelming and you try to seek it out, in many cases to end that song. We have no patience. Why is that? They are doing their own thing. The act of chirping is the male trying to attract female crickets. I always want to catch them when they come indoors and not because I want to put them out of my misery, but because I learned long ago that they are lucky. Don’t laugh but I first learned this watching Mulan with my daughter years ago and of course had to research for myself the symbolism. True enough, I read, “they are symbol of good fortune, vitality and prosperity” (and I can use all the good fortune the universe can spare).
Thursday, May 17, 2018 (this date has significance), I woke to an email from British Vogue asking to be showcased as a featured designer. After I realized it was legitimate, I immediately knew who I was going to highlight for August 2018. You see, on August 25, 2018, Hopeless + Cause Atelier will be turning three years old:
Happy Birthday to You…Happy Birthday to You…Happy Birthday little Atelier….Happy Birthday to You.
I wouldn’t still be designing and producing charitable fashion events without so many supporting me in this community. However, there is one person in particular that taught me that failure was a gift. She was not only biggest supporter but my loudest cheerleader.
So to celebrate this milestone, it had to be her. I submitted my write up and photo and was told the issue would be released on July 6, 2018 (loved that it was the day after my birthday). Yet, the cover art was released on July 1st. No other celebrity figure or model was more perfect to be on the cover.
There was talk about how regal she looked and by some, how airbrushed she was. I thought she looked quite exquisite and a perfect representation for this particular issue. Why? Well, if you follow this blog (and actually read it—P.S. thank you), then you know I wrote about her conversation backstage at the Golden Globes and her golden nuggets of truth. I encourage you to read the blog (www.HopelessCauseAtelier.com/I-See-You). Here are a few highlights and her advice (the link for the entire conversation is included in the blog):
The best advice she received,
“When people show you who you are, believe them THE FIRST TIME.”
Single greatest wisdom she’s gleaned professionally,
“…is that the key to fulfillment, success, happiness, contentment in life is when YOU ALIGN your personality with what your soul actually came to do.”
And probably the most profound for me,
“You have no idea the power of noticing another human being and what it feels like when they have been seen, truly seen, by you.”
For me, no other person could be on the cover. And it hit home, while I love the symbol of the cricket providing good fortune, I know it is something that I have to put in the work for. I know there are so many of you out there reading this that are taking a chance on something new, or feel like the world may be against you because things just aren’t falling into place as quickly as you like. Believe me, I know how you feel. I’m constantly struggling with impostor syndrome (the feeling that I’m as good as people think I am), or I feel like I take a baby step forward and get pushed two giant leaps back. Yet, I continue on because it brings me too much joy. I have loved every opportunity and every person that has come my way. And then on my birthday I had my numerology reading for the upcoming year solidify this feeling and it said this:
Dara, the theme of your year is:
A Year Of Optimism (Sun trine Jupiter)
What’s better than optimism? Having your optimistic hopes and beliefs turn into reality. This will be an excellent year for your career, as everything you’ve been working on will finally reach the big payoff, and you’ll receive the recognition you deserve for all your efforts. There’s nothing like the power of positive thinking (and traditional good, hard work) to help bring about great results! You’ve also got a great opportunity on your hands to improve your love life. You’re so generous and big-hearted that it will be hard for anyone to not fall for you, and that confidence of yours is equally sexy. In addition, you might want to take a look around at your life and try to determine if it’s as absolutely great as it could be, or if there may be some things to improve. The timing couldn’t be better for bringing about change than when you’re in an idealistic frame of mind — it makes letting go of the old or the negative so much easier. This is true for any aspect of your life. Meanwhile, if you’re in the mood to expand your world, consider traveling. A far off place will add culture and knowledge — as well as a bit of excitement — to your own life. Your personal growth will inspire others.
I want to share this gift with you and hope in return your will remind me to be patient. I am always so excited (like a kid at Christmas time) for things to come and I need to remember they will come in their own time and in the right time. I am EAGERLY AWAITING, and patiently too (kind of), for the hard copy of the British Vogue, which I’m told I should receive within the next week, but thought I’d give you a sneak peek.
My photo perfectly centered…
However, if you are at a newsstand or book store that carries it, please send one my way (EEK! You have no idea how excited I am). I am excited for the next few months of issues because again I get to share them with some incredible people who have been in the mix of it all and have reminded me again that we all have the power to see people and elevate them too.
With light and love and currently listening to the sweet chirping of crickets,