Monday, March 2, 2015

So inspired by this Norwegian tumblr and particularly, these laid-back photos of their friends that I found there. It almost makes me want to go out and buy a nice digital (gasp!) camera! It would be nice to be able to shoot at a moments notice, instead of having to find and load film and figure out all of your settings... huh?

We'll see.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hey all, are you feeling completely done with winter where you are? I definitely am. I started working on a few projects in 2015 that I just cant wait to complete once spring comes around, but until that time, I've just been vegging out, and not accomplishing much of anything. For that matter, I haven't done much of anything for awhile now.

I worry that I've hit that point in homeownership where all of those things you had dreams of changing, are all just that now, a dream. I feel complacent in our space, now that 90% of the aesthetic changes we wanted to make are done. They are all done "for-now" but not done "the-way-I-inevitably-want-them" you know? I would still love to totally-overhaul the upstairs bathroom someday, and restore the exterior of the house (that is a whole nother story, my friends), but a little refresh to all things in the meantime makes it feel just fine, you know what I mean?

Every single wall in our house now (except for the attic, but I'll get to that in a minute) has received new coats of paint, virtually all of the fixtures have been replaced, and every room has almost all of the furnishings we need for them purchased and installed: beds, tables, rugs, etc. It all just feels like we're waaaiting to upgrade at this point. Like: We have a rug that functions for now, but eventually we'd like to upgrade to this one...

Do you ever feel like that, home / apartment owners? How do I keep my vision alive and well in my brain, and stay motivated until such time that I have the time and money to take on these projects? I dont want to stall out now and remain like this forever, dreams-deferred.

But at the same time, I realize that I am so fortunate to have come this far, to have done as much as I have. I try to remind myself what it all looked like when we first moved in, and the leaps-and-bounds better everything has become (and not just aesthetically, but functionally too!).

In the meantime, as we continue to putter away these last few weeks of winter, I'll leave you with some photos of the house as it is today, and will remind myself to enjoy them! Hope you are all safe and warm and well, friends. And here's to spring!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

I had so much fun hanging with our friends during the Holidays at our place this year. Of course we missed our friends on the coasts so much, but we had a surprise visitor in town from SF, so that was a huge treat for everyone. And the film photos I am known to take at parties turned out especially well, so I thought I would post them here for the record!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 was a pretty great year, but it was also a roller coaster. It was a year of great friends moving away, siblings moving closer (physically and emotionally), life-altering trips to europe, strengthening of new relationships and old, and there were heartbreaking losses to our little community. There were both uncertainty and celebration in droves. And countless (albeit meaningful) little things in between.

I know that 2015 will be even more of a trip, with three vacations already in the works (and it's only January, folks), two weddings and potentially big life-plans in the balance. Families are changing all around me. But this year, I hope to fit in as many time-outs for myself as possible. I need to learn to take better care of my mind and body, in order to keep up with it all, to fully soak it all in. Isn't life supposed to slow down as you get older? This year will be the last year of my twenties, and with my thirties inching ever-closer, I feel an itching to clean out the cobwebs. I feel a need to learn all of those things you're supposed to be good at when you become an adult. Like washing your face before bed every night, removing your makeup before it has a chance to crust itself into your pores like artifacts to haunt you years into the future. Like learning to better manage your finances, and pay off old debts, taking charge of your dreams once and for all. Like putting yourself out there more, going for what you want in life and especially in career; this is no time to rest on your Laurels.

But it all seems so daunting sometimes. There are things I should know how to do, and the idea that I need to learn them is at once overwhelming and exhilarating. This post has become weighty, but it was meant more as a pep-talk for myself, but we all need those sometimes, right? Here's wishing you all a happy, healthy, and most of all, an extraordinarily fulfilling new year.

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