I’ve lived in a small town in Southwest Louisiana for about 9 years now. I’ve gone through waves of hating living in a small town to now calling this small town most likely my forever home.
Since starting my blog almost 4 years ago (I think that’s what we’re at now…I’ve lost track), my little town has evolved so much and is continuing to do so. From meeting like minded individuals to supporting different “brands” in town, it’s cool seeing people putting themselves on the map of fashion, photography, art, etc.
Even though I keep to myself and I’m not a very social person, I love to support people when I can. A good friend of ours, Clark (the guy that shot our wedding video) recently came out with an awesome clothing line. It’s so cool to see someone have a vision and bring it to life, even in a small town with not many “resources”. He knocked it out of the park with the launch of this line and makes me even more proud to live in a town that is showing more creativity.
I don’t know about any of you that have lived in a small town, but I feel that everyone goes through the waves of wanting to get out, in some type of way. Now, I’m not saying I live in a town with a population of 500 where there’s absolutely nothing, but it would be considered a small town. In high school I always dreamed of moving and getting out the town where everyone knew your name and knew everything about you, or so it seemed.
I thought if I stayed in this town I wouldn’t ever make anything of myself. After high school, when I decided not to go to college and focus on what I wanted to do, it became more and more prevalent that it wasn’t the town holding me back, but myself thinking the town was holding me back. After realizing this is where I’m supposed to stay and build my family and my life, I became more content with the diversity of my fashion and my outlook. Yeah, I may get weird looks when I’m shooting looks downtown, but what have I got to lose? And maybe those people aren’t looking at me in disapprovement but rather in curiosity. I do my own thing because it makes me happy and hopefully shows other people it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to live in a small town with big dreams. You’re the only one holding yourself back.