Sitting in class at Penn State, dreaming about the florist I would have one day (still in the works!), I already knew what the name would be, Shallin Blue. It may seem conceited, to name a color after yourself.
But it had become me, it had claimed me.
Choosing to include 'blue' had become en vogue after all - Beyonce and Jay-Z named their daughter Blue Ivy. Before her, John Travolta and Kelly Preston and named their daughter Ella Bleu. And before that, Elvis had those blue suede shoes. But it was more than just a trend to me.
Shallin Blue was inspired by a certain shade of blue that had captured my heart.
Not cerulean, azure, cobalt, navy; neither turquoise nor sapphire... It's a color that I have never been able to find in paint swatch for (Who names them anyway? Sign me up!), although my eyes glance that direction every time I venture through the local hardware store.
A certain hue slightly lighter than those roofs slapped against the whitewashed homes escalating my beloved Santorini; it's the water that draws many to the Caribbean, whether to dip their toes in the warm sand or in their everyday day dreams; it's the ribbon of color situated between green and purple on God's promise to us from Noah until now; it's in the vintage Mason jars in pints, quarts and half gallons with the matted silver lids formed out of zinc that were meant to be used at my wedding someday; and coincidentally, it was the color shirt a very Handsome soldier wore the first day we met.
Shallin Blue just is me.
Since high school, those who know me and love me best use it freely. "I saw a pair of Shallin Blue earrings today and thought of you!" or, "We are assigning a certain color hand towel to each employee, I'm assuming you want Shallin Blue?" YES!
As my business follows my Handsome soldier wherever the United States Army sends us, I can readjust my business to each new place without a hitch. It will follow me easily - because this business is me.
I have invested all of me into these two callings God has placed on my heart - serving as a doula and photographer. They have their fierce grip on me, squeezing out a fire and a passion that overflows and overwhelms. I am embracing it. I am ready to serve.
Are you ready to receive?