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Color.

Inspiration.

5 days a week.

I wake up everyday thinking about the next day’s melissaAnne Color and Inspiration email.  Where will I find the inspiration today?  Will it start with color?  Inspiring words?  I never quite know where the idea will come from.  And, maybe more importantly, when.  Will I get it early or will I be up at midnight still seeking the right inspiration for my readers.  Today, while eating breakfast I decided to catch up on the DVR and indulge in some guilty pleasure “design time” with The Nate Berkus Show.  I had a few episodes available (yes, I’m quite behind…), and chose the Ellen Pompeo “Gray” episode. 

Guilty:  I should be working…

Pleasure:  Forget work…OH!  That room!  Those grays!  That PILLOW!!

WAIT! WHAT?  Did he just say what I think he said? 

Rewind…BONUS:  Guilt gone.  I’m working!  Nate just gave me the inspiration for melissaAnne Color and Inspiration No. 81.

“Pink and gray, arguably one of the most beautiful design combinations on earth.”   ~Nate Berkus

  

Pink!  ………………….  Gray!  ………………….  Together! 

 

Approved and endorsed by Nate Berkus

Can this day GET any better?  I’m excited about the prevalence of gray in fashion and home this season.  I love gray, always have.  Not sure why really, but I do and I love it even more with pink.  To me the combination of gray and pink says strong and confident, yet soft and sensitive.   So, when I heard these beautiful words by Nate my mind immediately went to Water Colors Diva, part of the melissaAnne Colors Collection.  I knew immediately that it was the “color” for the next melissaAnne Color and Inspiration email.

Water Colors Diva ©Melissa McClain

 

Every day, try and discover something that informs you, inspires you or makes your life better. You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.  ~Nate Berkus

Water Colors Diva inspired me to discover something new, and challenge myself to try something different.  When I downloaded and finished editing the original image I was excited by its great texture and colors.  The background was a great textured display of shades of gray.  The whimsical lines in pink gave it a feeling of feminine fun.  I knew the name had to be strong, yet feminine…thus Diva.  My next thought was “…bag.  I want a bag with this print”.  Not just any bag, I had an immediate vision of the bag I would someday carry in Diva.  It looked something like a Louis Vuitton Noé, the iconic  drawstring bag. 

Louis Vuitton Inspiring melissaAnne Colors Diva Handbag

The trim and  strap for my Diva bag would be leather in a complementary gray tone.  The drawstring would be made of  beautiful braided textiles in shades of pink and gray.  The bag would be functional, elegant, and unique. 

Then there was the inside.  If you know me and have ever shopped with me, you’ve heard my famous phrase (probably loudly, in the middle of a store, in an octave higher than my normal voice, that made you want to hide inside one of the racks…) “It has a hidden color palette!”  You know, that special surprise of colors or shapes (or both) on the inside of a bag or a coat.  A little something extra.  A surprise.  An unexpected gift, secretly hiding inside.  The final touch.  Like this amazing coat worn by Hillary Clinton.

Hillary's Hidden Color Palette

 
The inside fabric for my bag would be a beautiful satin in a brilliant pink, gray, and yellow geometric or stripe pattern that makes the inside of the bag as special as the outside (and hopefully creating loud outbursts from customers in retail stores and friends seeking cover). 

The vision led to the question, “Can I do that?”  Fast forward through research on custom textile printing, successful melissaAnne Colors Collection prints on fabric, prototype pillows, and a fabric bag made during  a sewing class last year…Sure, I can do that!  I can do anything I put my mind to. 

Watching Nate this morning, thinking of Diva, and remembering my bag vision brought back the inspiration and passion I get from textiles and designs and finding new and exciting ways to share the melissaAnne Colors Collections images with others. 

I’m putting my mind back to it!  Someday you’ll see me walking down the street with melissaAnne Colors Diva over my shoulder.  Or, maybe I’ll see you…

Thanks for the color…and inspiration, Nate!

Moments of Inspiration

Boats. There is just something about them.  Old ones.  New ones.  In the water.  Out of the water.  They inspire me, all of them.  So, I’m going to a boat show!  What better place to hang out and find inspiration!  If you are going to the Ft Lauderdale Boat show this weekend, stop by Ingham Engineering at booth 406/407 and see Water Colors Ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  Leave your card and you could win the framed print!  Follow me at the new melissaAnne Colors on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.  Say hi if you’re at the show!

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It felt like Spring today in New York City. It was beautiful!  I love Spring and Summer in the city because I get to spend time on the stoop Brooklyn-style with Alex.  He loves being outside and watching city life pass by.  I enjoy watching the kids run up and down the street and catching up with neighbors as they pass by.         

Sweet Alex - King of the Stoop

If you’d walked by today, however, you would not have found us out on the stoop.  I don’t really know what Alex did today…but it probably involved the couch, the window ledge and the bed with closed eyes.  I didn’t get to enjoy much of the great weather today either.  But, I’m not complaining!  I spent the day at the Arch Digest Home Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan.  I was hanging out with D. Bryant Archie of D. BRYANT ARCHIE T E X T I L E S.   Being surrounded by her passion and beautiful designs and the excitement of the show made for a really great day.  I’ll be at the show again tomorrow and will write more about it in an upcoming post.  But, I’ll say that it completely inspired me and I can’t wait to get my collection out!  Maybe next year you’ll see melissaAnne at the show!  Until then, we’ll continue the journey here and I’ll keep sharing my images and updates.    

We plan our lives according to a dream that came to us in our childhood, and we find that life alters our plans. And yet, at the end, from a rare height, we also see that our dream was our fate. It’s just that providence had other ideas as to how we would get there. Destiny plans a different route, or turns the dream around, as if it were a riddle, and fulfills the dream in ways we couldn’t have expected.  ~ Ben Okri

I was in DUMBO a few weekends ago to meet a friend for lunch and talk about a book I’m working on.   Before lunch we took a little walk through the streets in search of a fence my camera and I had discovered a few weeks before.  I wasn’t done with it yet, knew there was more it wanted to give me.             

I started out walking down the street I had been on before, capturing some new perspectives of the colors and textures as I went.  Then, I turned the corner and discovered that this same fence continued on for another block.  Same fence, but a completely new perspective and color palette.  It was full of exciting possibilities.  I spent a lot of time with this new section of the fence.  I let it guide me and speak to me as my friend waiting patiently.  My camera was moving at all different angles and I was in the zone.  It was exhilarating!  My excitement increasing with every capture.  I couldn’t wait to get home, download the images and see what was there.   

Here are 3 of my favorite pictures from the “new” side of the wall.   

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

   

Urban Colors Collection © Melissa McClain

I love the blue and rust colors in these image.  The swirls give such movement and a sense of grace.  I like how each image is slightly different in direction and color, yet they evoke a similar feeling and energy.  I think I can see textile designs in these images.    

I was sending a sneak peek of these to a friend and put them into a collage for easy viewing.   This would really make a fun wall hanging as separate pieces or three prints in a collage frame.  

melissaAnne Urban Colors Collage In Blue

 

   

Moments of Inspiration  

I have been anticipating the Arch Digest Home Show all week!   There was so much inspiration there!  It was really amazing to see so many designers networking and helping each other make connections.  There were so many young, female designers from Brooklyn who are doing great things.  I’m looking forward to meeting more people tomorrow and sharing some of my experiences with you in a future post.     

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon          

Next post…I have no idea what the topic will be.  I guess I’ll be just as surprised as you!!  Until then…    

I’ll keep moving forward and I hope you will too!

 

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Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.  ~Gail Devers

      

As I work through the process of identifying a production resource, I am staying focused and continuing to move forward on the plan to launch my first melissaAnne pillow collection. A big part of that is identifying the melissaAnne Water Colors and Urban Colors Collection images to test on fabric, selecting the right fabrics, and ultimately deciding what will be used for the first collection.     

I have hundreds of Water Colors and Urban Colors Collection images at this point. I have a connection to all of them. Many of them have a story. A story about where they are from, how I found them, what I see in them, what others see in them. So how do I choose which images to test on fabrics?     

 I’ve selected a few of my favorite images. I selected a few because they have stories that pull at me.     

A few chose for me by getting in my head and not leaving. Some were just a whim, that paid off!     

There are a few that were chosen in honor of friends’ favorites. And, there is one image that I get incredible energy from and I want to share it with others.     

After I select potential images, I order an 8×8 fabric swatch. The swatch is a crop of the full image. The whole process of deciding and preparing for print is really quite fun! The swatches allow me to check color integrity, fabric type, and whether the images transfer well to fabric. Some do. Some……     

I recently received 7 new test swatches from Spoonflower. Some of them are really exciting! One was particularly disappointing but I’m not giving up on its potential quite yet. These new swatches definitely give me a few more options to consider for my first collection. Here are two that I really like.     

melissaAnne Textile Swatch ©Melissa McClain

 

This is a corner of a swatch from an Urban Colors Collection image recently shot in the DUMBO neighborhood in Brooklyn. Because of the strong colors and more edgy, urban feel I printed it on upholstery weight material. The colors and shapes really took well to the fabric.     

melissaAnne Textile Swatch ©Melissa McClain

 

This is another image from the Urban Colors Collection shot in DUMBO. It’s edgy, yet soft. I decided to play up the soft and printed the image on Cotton/Bamboo blend fabric. This fabric is really soft! I think this would be a great fabric design for the “tween crowd”.   

Maybe you’ll see these designs as finished pillows over at melissaAnne Gallery when I launch the first melissaAnne Home pillow collection. Maybe they will be part of a future collection. I guess you will just have to wait and see.  Do you have a favorite Water Color or Urban Color image you want to see as part of the first collection?  Let me know!   

Moments of Inspiration

This moment of inspiration is about one word: Turquoise.   

It’s probably obvious that I like color. All colors. But, turquoise is my favorite color and it ALWAYS inspires and excites me. I was struggling a while back to pick my “brand” image. I had been using one that I really liked but something about it didn’t feel right. I had just finished a coaching session with Jane Button (check her out if you are launching or trying to grow your product) and she told me “it will come to you.” Well, she was right! It came to me. It was obvious really once I really focused on it. It’s what was missing all along.   Turquoise!     

I’m debuting the official melissaAnne brand image and colors very soon. melissaAnne blog subscribers will get a special sneak peek!     

 The Inspired Room     

The Inspired Room is a great blog on design that I read every morning. This particular post came on a day that I needed a little extra inspiration. It inspired all day. I couldn’t stop looking at it. You can see my new dream kitchen (sunset.com) here! How could you not have an inspired, exciting and happy life waking up to breakfast here every day? I have a certain turquoise image that would look perfect…right…THERE!     

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

Next post I’ll take you on a recent Urban Colors expedition and share a few of my favorite images.      

  

I hope you have a dream and I hope you are following it!

 

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To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. ~Kofi Annan

 

I’m still searching for a production resource for melissaAnne. I never imagined it would be this challenging. I’ve researched online. I’m asking for references.  I’m meeting with different people.  I haven’t found “it” quite yet.  I met one  woman who I bonded with immediately. I left our first meeting completely inspired and feeling like I could sit in a studio with her all day and laugh and talk as we busily worked on creating designs for melissaAnne and collaborated about making a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her sewing experience didn’t quite match what I’m looking for. I’m holding her number though because I have a feeling there is a spot at melissaAnne for her energy, vitality, and warm heart.

I found another sewing contractor on Craigslist a few weeks ago and I was initially intrigued by the company’s story and why they went into business. It sounded like they had a great vision for supporting new designers. I was really inspired and excited to potentially work with a company that had a vision similar to mine.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel a connection during our first meeting. I’ve had some follow up communication with the company and it just doesn’t seem to be working for me. I’m not feeling the connection that is so important to me.

But, I’m torn.

I have high expectations. I know that. This is the beginning of my melissaAnne family. This is a relationship that will allow me to take one more step, a big step, towards fulfilling my dream and realizing my vision.  Shouldn’t it reflect who I am and what I stand for?  Shouldn’t it be part of my story of where I’m going and why I want to go there?

However, I’m really anxious to get my pillows produced so I can begin to share them with you. I’m ready to take the designs I see in my head every night and every morning and put them into your hands. Pillows that will bring color, energy, and inspiration into your home. Conversation pieces that evoke story and creativity in your mind.

I’m torn because I wonder if I should go with a resource I have some questions about just to get a tangible product started. Do I lower my expectations? Do I make some sacrifices in the beginning? 

Or, should I wait?

Wait for the resource that will meet or exceed my expectations. Wait for what feels right to me.  I’m sure it’s out there. Somewhere.

Will it make a difference in the final product? Will the energy and inspiration in your melissaAnne pillow be even stronger if I wait? Will the color be somehow more vibrant when you open your package?

What do you think? How do you want your pillow made?

Choose.  Or choose well.   To be continued…

 

Moments of Inspiration

I’m making this a regular part of my posts to give you some insight into what/who I get inspiration from or things I do to ensure the inspiration for melissaAnne keeps coming.

Women on Fire Retreat

I registered for the Women on Fire Retreat this week and I’m so excited that one of my best friends is coming with me! The Retreat is an “inspiration” present to myself. These amazing ladies from around the country regularly provide me with the energy and inspiration I need to continue my journey. I can’t wait to be in a room with them for 2 days! I’m also excited to hear Stedman Graham speak.

Interested in attending and getting some inspiration for your life and your dreams?  You can sign up here. I can’t wait to see you there!

 

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

In my next post, I’ll let you in on the process of picking my melissaAnne pillow collection images from the Water Colors and Urban Colors Collections and show you some new fabric swatches I’m considering for the first collection. I’ll also have a Moment of Inspiration for you. I’ve been holding onto this one. It’s colorful!!

 

I hope you have a dream and I hope you are following it!

  

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I’m expanding my blog. I’ve had the idea for a while but hadn’t quite committed to it. A good friend and mentor gave me a little push this weekend, so here we go. I’ll continue to share my photography but I’m also going to talk about the journey to launching melissaAnne.  I hope my story, the triumphs and the struggles of growing melissaAnne, will connect with you and inspire you. 

 

The way to stay grounded inside yourself is by taking what you have to give and sharing that with the rest of the world.” ~Oprah (Friday’s interview with the amazing Alicia Keys)

 

I was really excited to see Alicia Keys on Oprah Friday. She has such an amazing voice and is a strong woman who is making a difference in the world through her Keep a Child Alive organization. Seeing women using their gifts to create change and improve the lives of others always inspires me to keep moving toward my dream and my vision.

Keeping the  dream alive isn’t always easy. Working full-time and keeping my vision in front of me is a lot of work.  It means late nights and busy schedules. But for me, the sacrifices are worth it because I can see the “other side”. I realize the impact my Vision will have on others. Those “others”, the one’s I don’t know yet but can see in my head, keep me moving forward.

So, I’m following this journey. I’m trying to say “YES” to every opportunity to learn something new or make a new connection (thank you Janette Barber for this lovely advice and the humorous nature with which you deliver it!). I’m saying “NO” to the fear that creeps in to derail me.

A few months ago I went to an Apartment Therapy Meetup. It was scary, I’ll admit. I didn’t know anyone there and was surrounded by designers. That voice in my head kept telling me I didn’t belong there. I was beginning to believe it until I heard John Robshaw talk about his textile line. Did you know he started out as an artist and discovered a love of textiles? Wow! Someone I could relate to!

Not only are his designs beautiful and the colors energizing, but his story was moving and inspiring. The way he works with his team in India and speaks of them as if they are family elevated my respect for him beyond that of an artist and creator of beautiful fabrics and connected it with the person he is. I walked away from the evening more motivated than ever to keep creating images that provide color and inspiration and to build the company I dream about. A company that believes in the value of relationships and is committed to making a difference in the world.

Maybe I’ll interview John Robshaw about his designs and his vision. Maybe I could ask Janette to give him her advice before I ask. He won’t be able to say no. You can’t say no after listening to Janette!

Stay tuned. Hopefully you’ll be reading my interview with him!

 

We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. ~Sandra Day O’Connor

 

After the Meetup, and through the wonders of social media, I connected with D. Bryant of D. Bryant Archie Textiles. We met for coffee last weekend and what a delight she is! A genuine, caring and creative soul who was completely open to answering my questions about textiles and sharing some wisdom she’s learned along the way. I’ll be hanging out with her at the Arch Digest Home Show in a few weeks! Go over to her website to see her beautiful designs and check back here for updates after the show.

 

“Who is inspiring our daughters?” Sharon Bhagwan Rolls of femLINKPACIFIC at Women Hold The Solutions, Global Fund for Women

  

If I am going to accomplish my vision of empowering and inspiring others, I need to have those elements readily available in my life. Here are a few things that I pulled inspiration from last week.

Women Hold The Solutions

I attended a panel discussion sponsored by the Global Fund For Women.  The members of the panel were all inspiring women who run programs to support women’s rights around the world. The quote above has stayed with me and inspired me the most.

Art Milk

I have my favorite blogs and e-newsletters that I get via email and read every morning. Art Milk, an expansion of Design Milk, is one of them. A few weeks ago I submitted to be a featured artist. I felt really good about it, I overcame those doubts and fears and I submitted. Then I let it go.

Imagine my surprise when I opened the email for my daily read and saw MY NAME! It wasn’t just my name…it was me. My Water Colors and Urban Colors Collections were profiled in Art Milk. I was elated!  Thanks Art Milk!  A great reminder to take risks. Put yourself out there. You never know……

 

Listen to the Color of your Dreams. ~John Lennon

 

Check back Wednesday to find out about my search for a sewing contractor to create pillow samples and produce my first collection. I’ll also share some photos of new melissaAnne Urban Colors fabric swatches that arrived last week.

 

I hope you have a dream and I hope you are following it!

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Last weekend I went to one of my favorite neighborhoods, DUMBO.  I always feel really alive and creative when I visit DUMBO.  Maybe it’s the majestic bridges watching over me when I’m there.  Maybe it’s the skyline of Manhattan.  Whatever it is, I’m always happy when I get a chance to spend some time there with my camera. 

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Bridge - NYC

© Melissa McClain Manhattan Bridge - NYC

Did you know DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass? 

I found some great new Urban Color images as I walked around the icy streets of DUMBO.  Until recently, I had a preference for the Water Colors Collection.  Now, well, I’m equally as inspired by the colors and energy both Collections exude! 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

This weekend I took an impromptu walk down 4th Avenue in Park Slope with a friend, looked longingly at buildings with artist studios, met a wonderful resource for product production at Flirt, and found some fun new images!! 

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Neon

© Melissa McClain Brooklyn Market

© Melissa McClain Color and Texture....Oh My!

I was also treated to a few Urban Color treasures on the side streets off 4th Avenue. 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

I’m really getting into these Urban Colors!  

I guess I didn’t get enough yesterday, so today I took a walk down around the Gowanus Canal and I found more inspiration. 

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Color and Lines

Gowanus Bridge

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Bridge

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Tracks

Gowanus Canal

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Canal

© Melissa McClain Gowanus Industrial

And then, I found these AMAZING Urban Colors along the canal.  These colors give me so much energy and joy.  How can you not be happy with these colors around? 

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

© Melissa McClain melissaAnne Urban Colors Collection

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope the colors make you happy and give you energy and joy to start the week. 

 

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I spent last weekend in Naples, Florida. I packed my swimsuit, short sleeves, and flip-flops and headed south. The weather was balmy, a big change from the Winter weather back home in NYC.    

© Melissa McClain - A restful day at Barefoot Beach....barefoot and feeling free and inspired!

© Melissa McClain - Barefoot Beach Friend

© Melissa McClain - Ding Darling Delights

 It was a vacation from the cold, and a whole lot more. It was my second Group Vision Day with executive coaches Debbie Phillips and Rob Berkley. I met Debbie almost a year ago when I attended my first Women on Fire Tea Party in NYC. Within minutes I was struck by how genuine and warm she was and over the last year my respect and admiration for her has grown as I’ve seen the work she does to support women and their dreams. I met her business partner and husband Rob Berkley in September when I attended my first Group Vision Day Martha’s Vineyard. (Check out my posts about my first vision day and Martha’s Vineyard!  I LOVE me some MV!!)  I was just as impressed with the kindness and compassion Rob gives to all around him.  Together these two are on a mission and are doing an amazing job to make their difference in the world.  The last 5 months of my life are proof of that.  I couldn’t be more thankful for their guidance and support in the pursuit of my dream!      

© Melissa McClain - Rob took us all on a sunset photo shoot after Group Vision Day. This is one of my favorite shots. I felt as golden as the surf.

© Melissa McClain - Delnor Wiggins State Park

© Melissa McClain - Delnor Wiggins State Park

I went into my first Group Vision Day in September feeling lost and uncertain about where my life was going.  I was struggling against a transition I wanted in my heart but was resisting in my head.  I felt like I had lost direction and my self-confidence was completely shot!  Fast forward to the end of that first Group Vision Day and I was connected to my soul and purpose like I had never felt before!  By the end of December I had accomplished one of my 3 major goals (a solo art show) and was well on my way to another (launching melissaAnne textile products). I was motivated. I was energized. I had the support and inspiration left by Debbie, Rob and the other Group Vision Day participants as well as my support network to carry me through.   

I decided to attend a second Group Vision Day this month.  That vision I crafted in Martha’s Vineyard, the certainty and desire that still burns inside, wanted more.  I was ready for new goals and bold new steps.  But could this Vision Day deliver in the same way?   

© Melissa McClain - The Sky's the Limit: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

You bet!! It was another amazing experience, yet different from the first one because I was different. I’d spent 5 months working on my vision and taking action almost every day towards my dream.  I had grown as a person and had a new outlook and new priorities.  I believed this was a chance to take my vision to a new level.  And, it delivered!  On the second day, the vision moved beyond me and I shared my complete vision for melissaAnne for the first time.   I was ready.  It was exhilarating!  It feels even more real now that the amazing group of people in that room allowed me to fully share my dream.    They became part of this journey and I couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring and compassionate group to be a part of.  Each of them had a big impact on my Vision weekend and on me.

So what is the vision?  I’m so glad you asked!   

My vision centers around melissaAnne , a home decor line from my abstract photography.  A line that will begin with custom textiles made into colorful pillows.  melissaAnne will share the energy of color and the inspiration of creativity with others.  But there’s more.  Much more.  There is an important purpose behind melissaAnne, one that goes beyond my creations.  One that inspires and empowers.  I was really inspired in December by an article on Kate Spade’s relationship with the organization Women for Women International.  I hope to some day work with organizations like this to help make a difference in the lives of women, families, and communities through production of the melissaAnne line.  I want the people who help to create and share my dream of melissaAnne to be supported and encouraged to grow and expand, empowered to take care of their families and give back to their communities, and encouraged to create their own dreams and follow them.     

    

A post-vision day melissaAnne Photography Urban Colors Collection photo day in DUMBO Brooklyn for new pillow design inspiration   

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

  

It’s a perfect vision, for me.  I get to do what I love; take pictures and share them with the world.  Build new relationships.  Empower and inspire.  Make a difference in the world.   

It’s a big vision.  It’s a big dream.  I plan to have a big life.  And, I won’t give up.  I can’t give up.  You see it’s not just about me any more.  It’s about the people I’ve met along the way and those still to come.  It’s about the difference I want to make in the lives of others.  It’s about a purpose.   

   

    

If I give up I’ll never know whose life I might change.  Or whose life might change mine.    

I’m grateful for this opportunity.  But before I get too far beyond my Group Vision Day weekend, I’m taking another big step.  A process in this journey to my vision and to the life I have planned.  Something I need to do to be the best me I can be and live the biggest life I can lead; a life with no fear and no regrets.  I’m giving thanks to someone I haven’t shown gratitude to in a long time.  Deep appreciation for the gifts I’ve been given:  A passion for photography.  A passion for a simple boat.  For the language that is created when my camera and a boat intersect.  The flutter it leaves in my heart and an opportunity to carry that passion forward and do something good in this world.    

    

melissaAnne Photography Water Colors Collection Boat Photography   

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

© Melissa McClain

    

A passion I recently discovered came from my father.  Thank you for giving me a gift that connects me to the world, allows me to build special relationships and touch others, and ultimately makes me who I am.   

    

Who I Am (Photo by Rob Berkley)

 

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