SELF CARE SERIES: THE CONFETTI PROJECT
When I arrived at the Confetti Project studio a few weeks ago in Bushwick, I had no idea what to expect. What motivated me to a buy ticket for their Open Studios were the beautiful pictures I saw on Instagram (however I would soon realize there was so much more depth to the shoot than that). Also in the spirit of self-care I decided to treat myself to a photo shoot. I’ve always been a fan of photography because I think it empowers the person in the photo to recognize his or her own beauty and feel like a supermodel for a day.
Once I arrived at the studio building, I was greeted by a bubbly volunteer who brought me up to the studio. It was a magical wonderland filled with shelves of jarred confetti and photos from past shoots. On the far wall there were pieces of paper taped to it. Then the volunteer asked me to write on one of the pieces of paper what I was celebrating today.
I had to stop for a moment and think. This was not a question that I often took time to consciously think about.
After some internal debate, with a bright colored pen I finally wrote down: “Learning how to my love myself and knowing that it takes time.”
As much as I talk about self love on my blog and Instagram, it is very much something that takes time and something that is still a work in progress for me. While I would like to think it’s a linear path or consistent upwards trajectory, there are days when it feels like you are running in circles or taking 5 steps back.
What Jelena Aleksich, the founder of the Confetti Project, emphasizes through her work is encouraging people to celebrate themselves and focus on being in the present moment. This is one of my favorite quotes from Jelena about The Confetti Project because it truly expresses the beauty and importance of her efforts: “My mission is to get people comfortable being vulnerable. We live in such an achievement-centric society that we don’t have moments to check in with ourselves about what we care about or where we are in our journey. The confetti invites people to surrender to that divine art of playing and being in the present moment.”
This quote resonates with me a lot because as someone who is Type A and a perfectionist, I often can get caught up in achievement rather than the journey (as I mentioned in my mediation post). While I talk a lot on my blog now about self care and self love, they were things I truly neglected over the last year. It’s truly important to check-in with yourself in this fast paced world we live in. It’s what I’m doing now - taking time to figure out what’s meaningful to me. In these pictures, I feel happy - truly happy, which is the product of now taking better care of myself.
It was amazing experience to participate in the Confetti Project. If you’d like to get tickets for an open studio session, there’s availability in September.