A little help from my friends: Bloom Where Ye Planted by Bella of The Citizen Rosebud

by byanika on 29/01/2012 · 14 comments

in A little help from my friends,Bella of the Citizen Rosebud

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

Hello Sweethearts! 

My name is Bella Q, I’m delighted to be doing a guest post over here on Anika’s blog. Anika is a kindred spirit, an inspiration AND a dear friend, even before I ever met her. Some people are like that- they pack a big impact on your life, and change the way you see things, because they see life in a different way, and they take the time to share their view with you.  Today I want to share with you my view, the way I take in my world, and by doing so, offer up a new way for you to see your world.   

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

Let me share with you a little about myself: I am 46 years old, a 5 feet 6 inched brown eyed-brunette-cocoa chunk of a girl who is left handed, has a wild temper and an even more wicked grin. I’d much rather laugh than cry, so I joke a lot. I’m a bit of a misfit; I’ve never fit in, a day in my life, and you know, I kind of relish that. My motto is “Bloom where you’re planted,” because I believe we are made up of our life experiences and our environment. There’s never an “out there,” that is any better than “right here,” so you might as well stop waiting for your happiness to catch up with your zip code and start catching your happiness right where you stand, on your mark, and on your terms.  

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

I’m a Californian girl, through and through. In fact I often say I’m more Californian than American.  My hometown is the state’s capitol, Sacramento, and this medium sized city has had a HUGE impact on me, on my style and on my personality. You know the saying, you can take the girl out of the town but you can’t take the town out of the girl- well, that’s me, and the city of Sacramento. I am and will always be a Sacramento girl regardless of whatever current location I may call home.  

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

When you visit California, the first thing you might notice is the sun. The sunlight is special here, I can’t explain it- the way the light hits an object, be it a pretty girl, a tree, a car, a building, it looks like no other place. Light saturated this part of the world. The people are friendly and casual- there are little formalities here! We say “hi ya” and “how ya doin’?” to any and all that cross our path.  Because of all this sunlight, we grow some of the best agricultural products on the planet- grapes for wine, wheat for bread, rice, peaches, olives, pears, tomatoes, you name it- and we probably grow or raise world class victuals for your plate. This produces a very indulgent and sensual nature in California’s residents, and we can drink, eat and partake in guilty pleasures like nobody’s business.  

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

But let me return to the sunlight, because that’s what I want to share with you. This light, this nearly magical sunlight that saturates my landscape, that colors my hometown, has left an indelible mark on me, and the way I see the world.  When you learn to appreciate the magic of place, your place, you come to see the world in a completely original way.  Beauty can then be found in all things, no object is to common, no landscape is ever banal. Everything is beautiful, when you see it in the proper light.  

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

When you choose to be an artist and your art is everyday living, you bring the special light of your place into your world.  Beauty unveils itself to you at every turn, on every corner, and your neck-of-the-woods blossoms into a garden of earthly delights. A car becomes a work of art,  a cup of coffee turns into a study of contours, and a friend becomes a muse, and they all fill your world with the most breathtaking draught of sunlight and inspiration.  

Photo Credit: Bella Q 

Bella Q is a California based blogger who writes for The Citizen Rosebud, and Street Style SACRAMENTO 

 

While I am getting back on my feet I have reached out to some of my dear friends for help. I am honoured to feature Bella and her post here chez moi. To say that I love this woman is an understatement, I am absolutely bonkers about her, I have even sewed a dress inspired by her. It was love at first sight, and finally getting to meet my dear friend in NY last year was exactely as I knew it would be. We walked into a big hug, and we were at home with each other. Bella, thank you for being you, and for sharing you with all of us. You are loved.

 

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