What would happen if you took a leap of faith, opened yourself up to new experiences, lived adventurously and took a chance? What if you simply said, “Yes!”?
With just a touch of bravery and a tad of reasonable judgment, we embraced one of the last summers of our twenties and lived to our fullest potential. No regrets. No looking back.
These two dolls are very much on the same page in the book of life. In the Theory of Sparkletivity, we referenced that certain connections can you lead you to become your best self. We were leading each other to make some of life’s largest and most exciting decisions. We both felt that as we entered the next stages of life, change would be on the horizon.
BUT FIRST we experienced as many fun things we could fit into sun-filled days – hereon referred to as The Summer of Yes!
One night, Danielle was out to dinner with her cousin at one of Chicago’s most delicious Hibachi restaurants, Ron of Japan. She received a frantic text from Caitlin along the lines of “Something traumatic just happened. I’m coming to meet you.”
Within minutes Caitlin walked through the door, sat down, ordered a necessary martini and with the help of her soul sister looked at the silver lining. This was the beginning. These two dolls made a pact to live life to the fullest and plans for Single Soul Sister Summer began to unfold. (This also happened to be the same evening Caitlin met and danced the night away with her future boyfriend at Vintage Lounge on Taylor Street, but that would unfold naturally as timing would allow).
Saying “Yes!” to almost every adventure led us to The Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores Alabama, The Red Dress Run in New Orleans, Electric Forest Music Festival in Rothbury Michigan, Great American Beer Festival in Denver and Chicago’s summer music and street festivals – Lollapalooza, North Coast Music Festival, Mamby on the Beach, Riot Fest, Wells Street Art Fest, Wicker Park Fest and Do Division. All other adventures worth sharing will pop up over the course of our story.
During the Summer of YES! Caitlin and Danielle fit a move in there too, thus creating a home that quickly became known as “The Dollhouse.” (Danielle will have met her boyfriend in the spring of 2015 but not actually fallen in love with him until he helped with the dollhouse move, another relationship that would flourish when timing allowed).
The Dollhouse became the perfect place to host many pre-parties, after-parties, holiday gatherings, meditations, yoga sessions, cooking and baking extravaganzas. So many activities and space to share love, laughs, crystals, clothes, food and secrets – OH, if these walls could talk.