loving you feels…: jamie + dekoven

The past week in America has been especially heavy.

There is so much grief. So much hurt. So many ‘us vs. them’s. And endless words being shouted about who is right and who is wrong.

Making someone wrong will never draw them closer to me.. and so the days grow more pain and the cavern between the sides gets far more severe. What is one to do?

Yesterday, I posted “artists, my challenge to us: put down our phones and go make art. your art speaks more than the shouting ever could. what you will create can reach hearts, and make real change” and today I shared; “when the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.” -joni mitchell

And so now this. My money-where-my-mouth-is moment. the Loving You Feels series.

I’ve been working on this project for awhile now. It has come from a place of realizing that love and the way love is portrayed has nothing to do with the way love actually looks in my life and around me.

Love is not just a white, hetero couple in their mid-20s… it is so, so many more things, and so many more feelings. Love around me is biracial, it is same sex.. it doesn’t fit into a category, and it doesn’t need to

I don’t need the love around me to look like my love in order for me to be impacted by it.

When I look at people around me in love, I feel love. The beautiful, painful, mountains-and-valleys that true love brings. The differences. The similarities. The cultures, the heritages; the things to be proud of and the things that may bring shame.

I’m honored to get to share a glimpse into the loves of 6 inspiring couples in mine and Jayden’s life that we get to call our friends.

Over the next 6 days, I’ll be posting snippets of their lives together through my perspective, and my most sincere hope is that you’re left with hope. Because Love does always win. However dark the night must get before the sun shines again, we know it is coming. And these beautiful faces and their stories and sounds are the rays that I turn to for inspiration, for comfort, for a reminder of how far we’ve come. 

Because things sure do feel dark right now.. but it is always darkest before the dawn.

Loving You Feels… like Jamie + Dekoven [ and Rain! ]

[Each post is going to have a little minute or two long audio clip… be sure to have a listen!]

J+D, thank you. I love you. xx

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