Chic Canoe

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Voyager upon life’s sea,
To yourself be true,
And whatever your lot may be,
Paddle your own canoe.

Never, though the winds may rave,
Falter or look back;
But upon the darkest wave
Leave a shining track.
Paddle your own canoe.

Nobly dare the wildest storm,
Stem the hardest gale,
Brave of heart and strong of arm
You will never fail.

When the world is cold and dark,
Keep your aim in view;
And toward the beacon work,
Paddle your own canoe.

Would you crush the giant wrong,
In the world’s free fight?
With a spirit brave and strong,
Battle for the right.

And to break the chains that bind
The many to the few
To enfranchise slavish mind,
Paddle your own canoe.

Nothing great is lightly won,
Nothing won is lost,
Every good deed, nobly done,
Will repay the cost.

Leave to Heaven, in humble trust,
All you will to do:
But if succeed, you must
Paddle your own canoe.

-Sarah T. Bolton

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

I have come to realize over time that each of us as individuals are made up of a combination of unique interests and characteristics that often seem unrelated, random and sometimes even in direct contrast with one other.  If you are truly being honest with yourself and not trying to play a role that you know others will approve of, you may discover this about yourself.  After years of trying to come to terms with how I could equally love the untamed outdoors with the messy hair, dirty fingernails and wood smoked clothes that go along with it, as well as the the glossy, camera ready glamour of fashion, I discovered that our strengths lye in embracing the strangeness of ourselves! Our unique combination. Instead of resisting the weird contradictions of the things I love, I began to embrace them as “myself”, who I truly am, whether it makes logical sense or not.  When I say embrace, I mean that I did not second guess my natural desire to be true to myself as weird or wacky as it might seem to others.  For example, when an overwhelming desire to wear vintage lace, Scottish tartan and paddle a canoe at the Lake occurs, I go with it!  It’s truly incredible what happens when you give yourself permission to be you.  You discover a flow and purpose you never knew you had and somehow, it just works!  And so the expression goes, “paddle your own canoe!” ,I dare you!

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

 

Photography by: Gregory Chomichuk  (Note: photos were taken with my iphone and un-edited)

Styling, Hair & Makeup: Tara Cole-McCaffey

On Trend/Current: Manitobah Mukluks moccasins

Vintage: lace Victorian-inspired blouse, tartan skirt (made in Scottland), felt hat, Afghani carnelian and silver earrings, wool Hudson’s Bay coat.

**Special thanks to Guy and Colleen for the use of their gorgeous canoe for this photo shoot.  Also, to our good friend Stuart for making us these beautiful paddles for our wedding gift.  They now have an honoured place hanging at the entrance of our family cabin. xoxo**

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

Photo by GMB Chomichuk

 

 

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