About Luna Moth Life

So glad you stopped by! I’m Chloe, a college student studying communications and graphic design while trying to cultivate a creative and purposeful life and draw closer to Christ. This blog will be an experimental platform for me, a place to share what I’m learning or experiencing or creating, but it will all stem from a heart of positivity and wonder that is rooted in my faith, my love for connecting with other people and my gratitude for this life I have been given. I’m hoping what I share might encourage you to be more intentional in the way you live your own life.

 

Why “Luna Moth”?

Moths have a bit of a creep factor, I know. They’re like annoying furry butterflies that get in your face at night. But the Luna Moth, with its fluffy white body, feathery antennae and large, pale green wings is more ethereal than annoying. And it’s a bit rare to spot, which is why you may be thinking: oh, that’s a real thing? Not just a visual on a sleep aid commercial?

In addition to being interesting creatures, luna moths also have a nostalgic connection for me. When I was at my grandparents’ house one summer day somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5, we found one resting on a bush in their front garden. It’s one of those childhood memories that seems like a dream and never really leaves you. Even then, the sighting felt both beautiful and unsettling, like a rare glimpse into some sort of secret magical part of the natural world. (I don’t know whether my mom added “luna moth” to her list of random things to call me because of that incident or just because she likes the sing-song rhythm of those two words, but it is sort of an obscure, occasional nickname of mine as well.)

Nostalgia and fairy tales are some of my favorite indulgences, and I believe maintaining a certain degree of childlike wonder into adulthood is important. When you lose that playfulness, that ability to be amazed, it is too easy to become cynical and pessimistic and forget the joy of life in the midst of the drudgery and heaviness of responsibilities. Therefore, the luna moth, for me, represents the everyday magic, nostalgia, and other qualities of life that make you uncomfortable in the best way. It represents the soul, vulnerable and always striving for purpose.