This past year has been a year of tremendous change for me.
I learned how to sew and crochet, and I started working on my drawing skills.
I wrote a 35 page thesis paper and graduated from college.
I moved back home from Walla Walla.
I spent some time in New York and Vermont to visit my boyfriend and then road tripped across the country with him.
I got my very first full-time job and am making more money than I ever have before.
And I moved into a “grownup” apartment in Seattle.
This year is starting out with a lot of positive energy, which feels good. There were a lot of things about last year that I wish could have been better: my mental health, my productivity, my social life.
But I just started taking interior design classes, I’m resolving to be more creative and productive, and I’m working on eliminating bad habits.
I’ve received some good omens about my path this year, and I think that I just have to trust myself and continue to come to terms with the person I am and am becoming.
So, Blog Land, here’s to 2013! A year of arts! crafts! home decor! and so much more!
Every morning, I drink a cup of strong black coffee, except when I’m at my parents’ house. They buy light coffee and brew it light.
So, during my breaks from school, I have sweetened coffee-flavored milk for breakfast.
Once when I was in Fremont, a barista claimed to be “anti- latte art”. I’m not even sure what that means, but I think she was probably just lazy because latte art is the best.
Almost every day when I was in high school, I used to order vanilla lattes after school, usually with an everything bagel with cream cheese. I would spend most of the afternoon doing homework or reading in coffee shops around my school until my dad picked me up. Coffee is probably the one drug I could never give up. If you cut me open, I’d probably bleed out coffee. Don’t be alarmed, though; it just proves I’m Seattle-bred and truly American.
My sister Camille and I are starting up yet another blog. Collectively, we’ve had more than a few: new beginnings that never mature. This one – Boats and Moats – unlike the others that inevitably fell to the wayside, I have extraordinary faith in. To some extent, we both feel stifled by our present lives: the small town, the daily grind, the monotony of a life with little reflection and celebration. I think (/hope) that this blog serves as a reminder to both of us that our preoccupations and obsessions have value and that our time should be spent on things that make us happy.
Boats and Moats, then, is a fitting title to our new venture. It brings to mind exploration, motion, and freedom, while also invoking obstacles to be overcome, confinement, and stagnation, a sort of cabin fever. This blog will document all of those feelings through the somewhat minute things that color our personal lives: food, fashion, crafts, and other little inspirations.
I don’t mean to be grand, but I’m just so excited to be starting fresh. So here’s to a good thing!
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