Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.

Hi Lovely!!

I spent my weekend at Sakuracon, an anime convention in Seattle (which is why this is getting posted on Monday instead of Sunday). I spent two days walking around seeing people sell their products and being surrounded by so many talented small business owners. It was really rad.

I’m fortunate enough to have a ton of really awesome, talented friends who are following their dreams of having their own businesses. They inspire me regularly to try new things regardless of whether they may be challenging. Thanks to the help of my friend Becky, owner of The Pink Samurai, I made my very first pin!! It was a wonderful experience and made me want to try out more design work. I never saw myself as a creative person when it came to drawing. I could craft but if I had a cute illustration idea I could never translate it into something.

Thanks to so many inspiring friends, I’d like to try out more creative ventures in my free time. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do but never took the time to look into. I’d like to start small and see what interests me.

What about you? Do you have someone in your life who inspires you to take a leap and try new things? What is your dream?

The greatest gift you can give someone is your time

Hi Lovely!

This weekend I spent quality time with Fletch, my brother Dayton, and my dad. My dad was in Washington for a business trip and stayed an extra day so he could spend time with us. I usually only get to see him when I fly down to California, typically for holidays. My dad has been traveling more and more for work and, luckily for me, some of those trips bring him to my area.

We got together Friday night for a yummy dinner in Seattle at Cafe Bizarro. Dayton, being the local food expert out of the bunch, picked the spot. It was delicious!! We then grabbed ice cream from Molly Moon’s before heading home for the night. Saturday was spent together again. Fletch and I headed up to Seattle to do a little brewery tour planned by my brother. We stopped at four different breweries in Ballard and had a super-fun time! Dad is a beer guy so getting to test out different brews was right up his alley. After several beers we grabbed food before going our separate ways. Overall it was a really fun, family-filled weekend.

I’m so thankful for this time I had with my family this weekend. We don’t get to see each other too often so being able to spend time together is really important to me. I’m really glad I’m able to make more memories with such rad people.

What did you do this weekend?

Why I Blog

Hi Lovely!

I spent most of the day today going through stuff out in our storage. It’s crazy how long a task like that takes!! I think we started around 11am and didn’t finish until about 2pm. There’s still a lot that we need to go through but I managed to donate a fair amount of things.

One of the items I re-discovered in storage was a small plastic bin that contained a ton of cards I received. I decided to look through the cards and get rid of the less sentimental ones. That’s when I found a card from my mom. She sent the card because she wanted to tell me how much she loved my blog. She told me that she found joy and inspiration in my posts. Her words helped remind me why I blog.

I blog because I love connecting with people. I’ve always been a people person and blogging has allowed me to meet really awesome people from around the world. I feel so incredibly lucky for making such wonderful relationships.

I started this blog to bring light into the world and there have been many times where I wonder whether I’m meeting that goal. Re-reading that card from my mom helped me realize that I am. My mom loved reading my blog. She went through a really hard time and reading my posts brought joy to her days. That’s pretty darn cool. I can only hope that my posts do the same for you and anyone else who reads my little space of the internet.

I blog because I enjoy it. I blog because it has allowed me to meet rad people. I blog in hope of bringing joy to those who check out my posts. I love and appreciate you all so much. Thank you for being so wonderful.

Fashion changes, but style endures.

Hi Lovely!

This weekend I spent quality time with Fletch, which was wonderful. While out with Fletch I visited a cafe I haven’t been to in months. I used to frequent the establishment when I worked at my last job and haven’t been back since I left. While there the owner asked why I was so dressed up. I replied with, “this is how I dress”. This little interaction got me thinking about style. I don’t dress like a lot of my friends in my immediate vicinity. That’s not a bad thing. I love the way I dress. My cute dresses make me happy. My pins lighten my spirit. My adorable accessories bring me joy. So who cares if I don’t dress like everyone else?

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Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

Hi Lovely!

This weekend one of my favorite Disney movies was released as a live-action film. As you probably know I’m talking about Beauty and the Beast. Belle was one of the first Disney princesses whom I connected with. She was intelligent, focused on more than just finding her one true love. She was different and I liked that.

Of course I then began thinking about enjoying things made for kids. You probably know this by now but I’m a firm believer in holding onto that kid inside of you. I love toys, animated movies, and most other things that are made for children. I learned from my mom the importance of always holding onto your child-like wonder with the world. Enjoy toys and games. Laugh as often as you can. Be kind and help others. I don’t know what it is about growing up but I feel like as we age we’re taught to only look out for ourselves. We ask how something or someone will help us. How will our lives be improved? While kids just want to have fun and be happy.

So yeah. I’m holding onto that little kid inside that used to wear a handmade cowboy hat. I’m holding onto the Littlest-Pet-Shop-collecting, jelly-shoe-wearing kid that used to love playing in the mud and matching color with color.

How about you?