A little over a year ago, I made a huge decision that changed my entire life. Everything I’ve ever known, I left behind. In search of finding something new, something refreshing, somewhere to start again, I moved further south about 400 miles from my hometown.
The first #wip I completed in my new setting was this yellow top with blossom like stitches. At first I didn’t take note on the color, but afterwards I realized that the color yellow symbolizes so many things. Freshness...positivity...optimism...and most importantly happiness. When you find yourself in unusual and unfamiliar spaces, you ultimately hope for and aspire to be all those things.
I wanted to name my sweater, but I wanted it to be special. The blossom like stitches made it easy, since I wanted it to represent growth of some sort. Zarah. I found out that it meant “to flourish”, as if it were a flower. I was sold. Looking back at it now, I wasn’t just searching for a name. I was searching for hope and everything that was meant for me. I wanted to grow, to be uncomfortable. And while growth might not seem as pretty as some may think, there’s no reason why my sweater could not represent the brighter side of things figuratively speaking.
That’s why I gave my sweater the name Zarah Blossom Top.
Looking back at that photo now, I realized how sad and unsure I looked. I had come a long way; physically, mentally, and emotionally. I had and still do have so much further to go.
Two months ago I wore the Zarah Blossom top during a family outing and took some pictures. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post I realized the difference one year made. They say pictures say a thousand words, but I can honestly say I’m happier! I set out to design something similar but not quite the same in honor of growth. That’s how the Zarah Blossom Crop Top was born.
For me, this top celebrates growth and stepping into the unknown without fear. Life is all about risk-taking. Why not enjoy the thrill of it!? Whether you are making the Zarah Crop top, wearing it, or both, I hope you remember its okay to get uncomfortable in order to become who you want to be...who you’re meant to be. I promise you it's worth it all.