We're onto our last two lighthouses of our Mackinaw City trip! Phew, are you guys sick of these yet? To be honest, I'm kind of ready to move on. Ha! I told Eric last week that when we go visit lighthouses... it needs to be a few scattered throughout the year. Don't get me wrong. I love traveling to visit lighthouses, but I think I went a little overboard in August. Haha! We recently took photos with an amazing photographer in Grand Rapids, and we also shot some photos for a Free People collaboration that feel very fall and I'm excited to post new stuff!
But anyway, before I get too far off the lighthouse path... this is White Shoal Lighthouse. We visited it during our trip on Shepler's Lighthouse Cruise: West. I wanted to separate this post from the others because of a few reasons. First... because I bought this dress. Of course. Secondly though, it didn't really hit me until I saw it for the first time, but I got major tears in my eyes the second I saw it. It's way out in Lake Michigan; all you can see is blue water and all of a sudden... there it is. It's such a hidden beauty and not many people can say they've seen this place.
I read that lighthouses have the symbolic meaning of a beacon beckoning people back home. Lighthouses were meant to guide sailors back into the harbor, back to their home. So, in a way, lighthouses represent optimism and the return of life back on shore, back home. Exploring lighthouses has gotten me through some really hard times, or rough storms if I want to be super cheesy. But they've given me something to plan for, to look forward to, to be excited about. And I feel like they brought me "back home", back to feeling like myself again. I get a lot of emails from people who wonder how I'm so happy after such a hard life event. It's not that I'm happy all the time, it's not a matter of flipping a "happy" switch. Life isn't that easy. But if you continue to do the things you love, and fight for what you want, life has an oddly funny way of working itself out.