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Celebrating Fall With 50 Acres Of Sunflowers

I have anxiety.

Not the way you thought this pretty flowered post would start, huh? Well, that’s where my journey to the sunflower field started started.

My mom is always thinking of amazing ways to spend our days. She’s been constantly finding amazing trips, free parks, and the perfect memory-making moments since I was young. It’s something that I don’t thank her enough for and completely envy.

Her most recent find was Maria’s Field of Hope. The 50-acre sunflower field in Avon, Ohio was planted in memory and honor of Maria McNamara. The little girl lost her battle with cancer in 2007 at the age of seven. The sea of yellow blooms in September — just in time for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an amazing cause and the most beautiful way to celebrate life.

Believe it or not, I originally didn’t want to go.

My mom asked me all week if I wanted to go. I ignored it. Then she let me know that we’d be going Sunday. I still played it off. I even ignored her texts throughout the week asking about the event. It wasn’t me. It was my anxiety.

I was terrified to go. I’ve realized that my anxiety stems around social activities. The anxiousness instantly kicked in, since I didn’t know where I was going, how to get there, or who would be there. I was actually willing to miss walking through 50 acres of sunflowers with my mom because of anxiety. That’s how strong of a hold it has on me at times.

50 acres of sunflowers

When I told her the morning of that I didn’t want to go, she told me to get ready and get in the car. Sometimes I need that push. I’m so incredibly happy that she did it. Although I was nervous while we were on our way, it helped having my mom there with me.

All the anxiety left my body, as soon as I saw the breathtaking 50 acres of sunflowers. I was absolutely stunned by the sea of yellow that spanned as far as I could see. We walked for over an hour and didn’t even get through the entire thing. It’s a magical moment that I know I’ll never forget.

Maria’s Field of Hope is the happiest place I’ve ever been. Everywhere you looked there were people smiling. It’s hard not to when you’re standing in the middle of sunflowers. The bees, 80 degree heat, and anxiety didn’t matter in that moment. It’s a feeling that I hope everyone has the chance to experience one day.

50 acres of sunflowers

It wasn’t just the flowers that made this moment special. There were tags on the sunflowers throughout the entire field in honor of children that are battling or have lost their battle with cancer. Everyone has a different reason for being there, but the outcome was the same — celebrating life.

I can’t believe that I almost missed this because of my anxiety.

There were people meeting one another, taking pictures for each other, and just having general conversations. It’s incredible to me to think that all this comes at no cost at all. The free event involved nothing but nature and people. It was such a pure event that is so rare nowadays.

50 acres of sunflowers

You know what also cost next to nothing? My outfit. I know, I know. It’s such an emotional moment and I ruined it. But I had to let you guys know about my secondhand outfit. Spoiler alert: I found the oversize plaid shirt from my September Thrift List, and I am obsessed.

I knew I didn’t want to wear anything that would take away from this amazing moment. I decided to jazz up your typical white tee instead. Tying the plaid shirt around my waist was the perfect way to take this outfit from summer to fall. The fact that the entire look cost less than $10 didn’t hurt, either.

This is only the beginning of the fun fall posts to come. I’m SO excited to show you guys the outfits that I have in store for the holiday season. What’s your favorite thing about fall? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

xx.

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19 Comments

  • sylvielois

    Sooo proud of you for going even though anxiety almost stopped you. You go girl! You and your mom look reallty cute between the sunflowers by the way. xx

    September 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thank you so much! It’s all about tiny victories when it comes to anxiety, so I’m marking this down as a major win. Your kind words mean to much to me! xx.

      September 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Amelia in Hull

    It looks like such a lovely place to go and visit!! Well done on fighting through your anxiety and going xx

    September 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! It really was a magical place xx.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Gluecksgeist

    I am so happy you went there and had a great time with your mum in the end. I am still so obsessed with sunflowers so this is a dream! Great great post and you’re amazing Kali xx

    September 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I thought of you as soon as I posted this! I never ended up doing the sunflower tag, so consider this my make-up for it! xx.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply
      • Gluecksgeist

        I love your pictures so much! And don’t worry, that’s totally fine xxx

        September 26, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply
  • lifeofangela

    This post started off in a different way than I though, but I love that you shared it with us! Anxiety can sometimes get the better of us, and sometimes we need someone to give us that push and help us get through it. Good on your mum for helping you out 😀 I’m glad you got there in the end, cause that field is gorgeous!!

    September 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I’m glad I got there too! I think a lot of the times people blog about their highlight reel, and I want to show that this wasn’t just a beautiful place. There was a lot going on inside me, you know? xx.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:12 pm Reply
  • Brittney Ross

    Kali, I’m so proud you for fighting through your anxiety and going to see this beautiful field of flowers! You are such an inspiration and I hope you never forget it! xo

    September 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Your support means so much to me, Brittney! Thank you so much for the kind words. I’m finding that it makes me feel better to talk about it, although it is scary. So having people like you around really means a lot to me! xx.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply
      • Brittney Ross

        Awww, you’re too kind! Your support is invaluable to me as well! I’m always here if you ever need anything! xo

        September 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • kittyp0p

    Beautiful! My mom’s favorite flower is the sunflower (: I’m very glad to know you have such an incredible mother in your life and that she got you out to this event. It’s important to spend that quality time and even better in such a gorgeous place. My favorite thing about fall is the colors for sure, my favorite is yellow so you bet this post made me smile xoxo

    September 25, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Aw I’m glad I could make your day a little brighter! Yes, especially with my mom being sick, every little moment counts. I’m so glad I could share this with her and all of you too! xx.

      September 26, 2017 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • TheFallibleQueen

    What a beautiful place, I’m so glad that you didn’t allow your anxiety to prevent you from spending quality time with your mom in such a beautiful place. That’s such a beautiful event that they have, sunflowers are so pretty and one of my favorites.

    September 27, 2017 at 7:05 am Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    Huge hugs. Thank you for being so raw and honest. I can completely relate. I am the same way. There are times I literally have to force myself to do something (especially if I am going by myself) new. I always have fun, but it is the struggle of getting there. THANK YOU again for shedding light.
    And sweets these pictures are stunning! It makes me want to find a sunflower field somewhere now! <3

    October 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I wish I could take you guys all there, because it was stunning! I think so many people only see the highlights though, which is why I wanted to share what was happening behind the scenes xx.

      October 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply
      • K.M. Sutton

        I wish you could too! It is so true! And I appreciate your authenticity and how real you are. Thank you sweets <3

        October 9, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

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