No. 98

Heartbreak

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I wanted to believe with all my heart. I wanted to believe it in the light as much as I believed it by the night, by the blur, by the electricity that was there.

For a long time, I was living by the credo “Don’t get your hopes up.”

But what kind of life does that let you have?

This weekend, I decided that I want to live in a world where I let my hopes soar high, where I pour trust and love into friends and strangers, where I dare quietly and greatly, where I am soft and vulnerable.

Because even if circumstances don’t turn out as I hope they will, even if I don’t get what I desire, there will still be something exquisite in that heartbreak — something that shines, something I may not have expected but will fall in love with even more.

{photo by Oscar E., used under Creative Commons license}

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

4 thoughts on “Heartbreak

  1. To ” dare quietly and greatly” is a tough endeavor, but a worthy one. And sometimes things need to be broken before we can see them with new eyes and use the pieces in ways we couldn’t imagine when things were whole.

  2. I find myself allowing the excitement and then when it crashes and burns like I think it might I get sad and swear never again. Maybe there’s a middle ground though, maybe we just need to differentiate between things that are worth getting our hopes up for and things that aren’t. I am okay with feeling sad about something that didn’t work out even though it was worth it, but if I’m sad about something that wasn’t even worth it I just feel more ugh. I know, that’s an elegant way to put it, but that’s all I got right now. :)

  3. letting the other shoe drop can be so rewarding. it’s getting to that point of just wanting to experience life-the good and bad that keeps me from acting at times.

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Jane Reaction

(logo and original branding) is a graphic design and art director who works with with small businesses and creative entrepreneurs, creating cohesive and interesting brands and websites.

Carrie Coleman

(photography) is a wedding photographer, whose goal is to capture the visual expression of a couple's love through timeless, organic images. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.