A New Year is a good opportunity to outline the next chapter of the narrative that shapes our lives.
Not only are we heralding a new year, we are also transitioning into a new decade. January is a challenging month for many, however, it can also be an invitation to reflect on what has been and set intentions for things that could change.
At STORIES Parfums we believe perfume is an art form that both connects us to the past and empowers us to make new memories through scent. We are pausing on this threshold to reflect on the last decade and plan for the year ahead. Who have we been? Who are we? Who do we aspire to be?
Sometimes we need permission to be ourselves. The temptation to compare ourselves to those around us is so strong. However, we will never discover our unique perspective or find the voice that is truly ours, if we are concerned with being like someone else.
Award winning American writer, Mary Oliver, gives us this permission in her poem, ‘Wild Geese’.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. - Mary Oliver
We do not have to be good - phew. So often our goal is to be likeable, amenable, whatever that person in our life wants us to be for us to fit in or be more loveable. If our being good compromises our values, we are selling ourselves short.
Oliver encourages us to love what we love. What is that? Are we chasing it? Is it driving us forward with purpose and passion? Or have we pushed it to the side in order to pursue security? The world, as Oliver so beautifully puts it, ‘offers itself to your imagination’. How we interpret this offering and share it with those around us is the gift we bring to the table. If we live what we love with courage and commitment, we will find what Oliver calls, ‘your place in the family of things’. True belonging can only be experienced when we are brave enough to be ourselves.
'As we look ahead to 2020, we are excited to be one of the fragrance houses carving its own path as part of an exciting niche perfume revolution.'
At STORIES Parfums, Creative Director and Founder, Tonya Kidd-Beggs, develops fragrances that are rooted in memory and inspire hope for the future. As we look ahead to 2020, we are excited to be one of the fragrance houses carving its own path as part of an exciting niche perfume revolution. We are committed to developing low waste luxury products that encourage customers to think differently about scent. The fragrances are numbered in order that wearers can suspend any perfume bias they might carry. The blends have a non-binary aesthetic in order to appeal to men and women alike. Tonya is doing what she loves with creativity and passion. You can discover more about STORIES No. 01 and STORIES No. 02 here. Fragrance is a powerful way to explore connections to our past and map the road ahead. Are you ready to wear perfume that empowers you to find your place on the journey?