kindred spring

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I used to marvel at the likelihood of meeting a kindred spirit in a world that spins round with nearly 7 billion people.  Lately, however, the experience of meeting someone new and quickly feeling like I’ve known them forever and always is becoming… dare I say, normal?  There seems to be many more kindred spirits than I ever imagined – perhaps I wasn’t looking in the right places before?

Or maybe we get better at identifying similar souls as we grow older?  Our personalities solidify and then we attract people that recognize shared interests and values?  What do you think?  Does finding kindred spirits become easier as we age?
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Perhaps it’s something unconnected to age?  When I think about bonds that formed quickly, I can usually find a shared experience or unique interest that helped to solidify the friendship.  I’ve met close friends while traveling abroad and starting new ‘life-stages’ and moving to foreign places.  Sometimes its been as simple as happening upon a ‘you too!?’ moment in the middle of an otherwise ordinary conversation.
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And now, having pondered the connection between kindred spirits, age, and shared experience, I wonder what role location plays in the equation?  Do kindred spirits gravitate toward similar places where running into one another is not only possible, but likely?
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Kindred spirits were on my mind yesterday as I cut and stitched and sewed fabric of navy and pink into a new spring outfit.  You see my bucket list picture just above?  It’s the top of a suitcase that Jon and I used as a guestbook at our wedding.  We each listed 3 things that we wanted to do as individuals, and then we asked people to help us build our ‘married bucket-list.’  
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The third item on my individual bucket list was to sew a dress.  My mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, and ever since I’ve been doing little projects to prepare myself for the project.  I’m not gifted enough just yet, but I am getting pretty close: today I sewed a scarf and shorts.  

What do you think?  Should I try a dress next, or should I continue the baby steps and do a skirt?

20 thoughts on “kindred spring

  1. Adorable outfit and happy words. Thanks for this! In my sewing experience, sewing the skirt portion of a dress is the easiest, it is getting the top to fit right that can be tricky! I practiced by making simple tank tops before diving into the world of dress making, and it really helped me learn the logistics of it all. 🙂

  2. I am certain that you could handle a dress. But I like the step of a skirt first. It seems like the perfect progression of sewing accomplishments.

    To kindred spirits! I always think of Anne of Green Gables when I meet one myself. There’s a girl who valued kindred spirits.

  3. Teach me how to sew a scarf please! Also, I went to a fund raiser with friends last weekend, and I’ve decided, people who were camp counselors, are my favorite kind of people. They might be different than you in a million ways, but they are so welcoming!

  4. Love that scarf! I think that finding kindred spirits has way more to do with experience rather then age. I think that age defines finding other kindred spirits when we are younger because our experiences are limited by our age but as we grow we have more experiences and more chances to find those kindred spirits!

    Happy weekend 🙂

    Jaclyn

  5. Go for a dress!! I’ve sewn two dresses, but never shorts. I feel like shorts or pants would be much harder to get the right fit in.

  6. I think that it’s easier to identify your own spirit as you grow older, so inevitably it becomes easier to identify a kindred spirit in someone else 🙂

    I wish I could sew like that! I’ve never really taken the time to learn. Maybe one day 🙂

  7. Great job with the scarf and shorts, it seems you would do well whether you made a skirt or dress next! Excuse me while I am super impressed over here 🙂

    I love your posts, they have a way of always making me feel happy. How do you do that? Have the most wonderful weekend (and what a great idea for the married bucket list!) xo

  8. I have had so, so many “you too” moments that provide an instant connection between another individual and myself. And they seem to occur in the most unexpected places: a grocery story, the community pool, a book store, a boy scout meeting. The key, for me at least, is having the courage to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger in order to get to that “you too” moment. We are all connected in some way. It’s discovering that connection that is the most challenging (and fun) part 😉 By the way, I say go for the dress!

  9. Hi 🙂 good question about the kindred spirits. I think once we recognize that we long for these connections we attract more of them into our lives. The law of attraction 🙂 once we become aware of what we want and ask for it, we will get it (not always in the form we expected). I don’t think it comes with age but maybe we are more likely to become aware when we become older?

  10. Wow, you sewed those shorts! They look incredible! If you can do some shorts, you’ll definitely be able to make that dress! Love the print of your scarf!

    Sofie x

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