Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ten things I did in 2012 that made my life better

This year is coming to an end. I have to say, compared the years before it, it has probably been the tamest year ever. A lot changed for me, and I feel that most of those changes were good. This year is coming to a close but also, a phase of my life. This post will consist of a list of what I consider to be the best changes I made in my life. This list may end up being very personal, but I'm willing to share. Also this will most likely be a long post.

1) I graduated college. I think it's obvious why this is the first one. My college experience was...not the best. Well it was awesome when it started, but around my sixth quarter (we were on the quarter system) things went bad. I was in an incredibly abusive relationship, and the grip of an eating disorder was at its peak. I was in a world of darkness. I failed so many classes. I wanted to drop out. But, something inside me kept pushing. Despite the abuse and depression, there was still light inside me. Eventually, that light overcame the darkness. I didn't drop out. I brought my chin up and pushed the bad things out of my life. Two years later, I have a degree that I am so incredibly proud of, I'm healthy, and in an amazing relationship (see #2).



2) I met Justin. I met my boyfriend, Justin, this year. This could end up being very long so I'll keep it as short as possible. Justin is amazing. He is borderline a genius, an inventor, an aspiring homesteader, and a wine connoisseur. He makes me feel like my flaws are okay, that it's okay to not be perfect. Sometimes I want to put a bucket on his head and kick him around the yard, but I think that happens in every relationship. Meeting him and deciding to be with him was one of the best changes I made.



3) I travelled alone for the first time. Okay, so technically it wasn't the first time. But it was the first time I travelled alone and either a) had to take confusing trains to get to where I needed to be all by myself or b) was meeting no one at all and had to take taxis and spend a night alone in a hotel room. I visited my sister in Chicago in November, and had to figure out the trains and such before her fiance could meet me in the middle. Also, figuring out O'hare airport is a feat alone. Early this December, I got a job interview at the Art Institute of Nashville. I did this one completely by myself. I got on the plane, got off the plane, got a taxi, got to the hotel, got another taxi to the interview and back, and then went back to the airport the next day. I spent a night alone in a hotel room. I ordered a sandwich to my hotel room. I did it all by myself and I realized I LOVE travel.



4) I got a dog. When I got my Australian Shepherd (Bodhi), I was terrified. I wasn't sure I was ready for a dog. I thought he was going to end up being a burden and not a joy. Lord, was I wrong. Bodhi is incredible. We have him completely trained, he's quiet (until he sees other dogs or someone comes to the door), he's loyal, and he's friggin adorable. As I type this he's staring at me with his cute doggie eyes.



5) I started a novel. I have been an aspiring author my entire life. I usually get only so far and then give up because I feel it's not good enough. This novel, however, I have been working on for months. I am so excited about it. I get so wrapped up in my characters and plot, I sometimes forget where I am. It happened this way: One night, I admittedly had a few glasses of wine. Suddenly, I opened my laptop and began typing. I typed and typed until I ran out of words. The next day I read what I wrote and decided not to give up. It's nowhere near done, but it's further than I've ever gotten. Those who have read it said they loved it. I'm inspired and motivated, finally.


6) I went to go see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I know this does not seem like a change or whatever, but the night we went to go see them was amazing. We had bought tickets, but the night they played we were scouring change to get the gas money to go. At the last minute we had just enough. We got to the venue and met some people there, who kindly bought us a beer and then generously spent 40 dollars on us to buy us tamborines that had been hand painted by the band! When the show actually started, the energy was amazing. There was so much love and happiness, everyone was on the same level of living. I experienced the same when I went to see Iron & Wine. Music is the most amazing thing on this planet, I swear.



7) I beat Myst. Once again, not really a change. But I watched my dad play Myst as a young girl, and the game always enthralled me. I had started playing it in high school, but couldn't concentrate on it with schoolwork and NHS and a social life. When I was done with school back in September, I realized I finally had the time. So I set it up on Justin's desktop, slapped on some headphones, and started my journey. I played nonstop for three days and beat the game. It felt awesome to accomplish something I had wanted to accomplish for so long. I started playing Riven, the sequel to Myst, but it's 10000% percent harder. Still determined.

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8) I stood up to someone who was harassing me. I had met a certain person, we'll call him Joe, in 2011 and became friends. Joe grew to like me a lot and when I didn't return his advances, things got bad. For a long time I would get what seemed like hundreds of texts a day from him, threatening suicide, saying it was my fault, etc. If I fell asleep, he'd text me nasty things about how I was an awful person for not texting him back. It brought me to tears one day, in front of one of my teachers. I would try to stand up to him but then he would apologize, saying I was the only person he had to talk to. And me being a very caring person would forgive. Finally one night I just stopped. I stood up for myself and haven't spoken with him since. A weight has been taken off my shoulders. Don't ever be afraid to cut someone out of your life who is bringing you down.

9) I began cross stitching. I had this odd urge to begin cross stitch. The night I graduated, we had to stop at WalMart on the way home. Though I can't stand WalMart and wish it never existed, the one near me does sell pretty decent sewing supplies. I meandered over while Justin did what he needed to do, and found a very pretty, simple cross stitch kit. I knew the gist of it, having made a baby bib when I was younger. My mom taught me. The next day I began, and I haven't been able to stop. My mind just kind of wanders and I get lost in thought, in a good way. When I finished the first letter, I felt very proud. I've made a few mistakes but that's okay.



10) I climbed a mountain. I'm not a very active person. I should be, but I'm not. I'm terrified of heights. But, I climbed King's Pinnacle anyway. And this was my reward:


I hope everyone had a seriously rewarding, awesome, life changing year. And if you didn't, then take 2013 by the horns! Climb a mountain. Make your life better. Confront a fear, stand up for yourself, do something that makes you happy, find a new hobby...allow yourself to love and be loved.

Always remember, you are in control of your own life. Don't let anyone ever tell you you CAN'T do something. And if they do, prove them wrong. Be your own person. And always remember, you're beautiful and I love you.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Shop Update with a Christmas Treat!

Wow! It's Christmas Eve! How is everyone this holiday? It's raining here in Charlotte and Justin has to work until six, and I need to do dishes but I promised new items, and I am delivering! Tomorrow we leave bright and early for my parents' house in Pickens, SC. I am really excited! Tonight we are having our own Christmas Eve with venison, mashed potatoes, and garlic green beans. I feel very blessed this holiday season. It's my first Christmas out of school and unemployed, but I feel like it's going to be the best one yet. 

Before I talk about the items, I wanted to mention a REALLY cool contest Modcloth is hosting on their blog. If you are a Star Wars fan, go on over and post a comment about your geekiest obsession and your best quote/moment involving it for a chance to win a Star Wars Cookbook Kit!!! I entered and I really want to win, but I also like sharing and if someone else can win and tell me about it, that's just as awesome. 

Okay! So, this is a beautiful 1950s - 1960s red pleated polka dot skirt from Cos Cob. 





Isn't absolutely lovely? Because it is the holiday season, I am offering a vintage Nancy King black slip along with it!  







Now, even though the skirt says size 7/8, it's actually an extra small/small. The waist measures 12.5 inches across (25"). The same goes for the slip. It's labeled a large, but measures 11" across (22") with stretch. 

I am offering the Cos Cob skirt with the free slip included until January 1!! Grab it while you can!

I also have this pretty gold Trifani brooch.







It feels so awesome to have new items in my shop!

I really hope everyone has a great holiday. Be safe please!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Doggie Date

Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale is amazing. I thought I'd lead off with that.

Anyway, today I had originally planned to clean the apartment with Justin and then take some photos of items for the shop.

I ended up cleaning the apartment with Justin and having his sister and her boyfriend over so our dogs could play together!

It was a lot of fun. We have an Australian Shepherd named Bodhi and they have a Siberian Husky named Seven. Bodhi is three, and Seven isn't even a year old. But she is seriously tough and they hit it off like crazy (except for Bodhi trying to...assert his dominance, to be diplomatic).

Anyways, I've had this shop update planned for a while and it seems like it keeps getting placed on the back burner. However, not for long! I promise that before Christmas, there will be new items in the shop.

For now, here is a photo of a Siberian Husky puppy chasing a full grown Australian Shepherd.


Improvement

I've been trying to think of ways I could improve this blog. Obviously, I need to get organized when it comes to updating my Etsy shop. But what else could I do?

There are a few other projects I'm working on, like cross stitch, altering a vintage dress, and creative projects. Would people be interested in seeing those?

For example:


Is that something you would be interested in hearing about?

Also, happy Sunday Funday!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A New-ish beginning

I have officially made the switch from Wordpress to Blogger. I think I'll be much happier at this platform.

Please bear with me as I continue setting up and getting my blog to look how I want it to look!

Thanks :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Consideration

So, even though I haven't gotten much feedback/comments on my blog, I know people read it.

I've been considering importing this blog over to blogger.com. I love Wordpress, but I have hosted a few blogs on blogger and I found it to be better for views and such. I have jumped around a lot with my vintage shop, such as rebranding myself and beginning this blog after the new name. I don't see it as being indecisive, I see it more as making the best moves for myself.

Does anyone have advice? Pros, cons, etc? It would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

So Will The World End Tomorrow?

It's raining pretty hard here in Charlotte. Fitting, ominous weather for the prospective end of the world.

Personally I don't think it's going to end. I mean we had Y2k, "the rapture', and lots of other doomsday threats. If it does end, well at least I was able to accomplish one thing.

Remember my post about Portfolio Show and being done with college? Well, a few days ago I actually graduated. Cap and gown, diploma, the whole shebang.

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Please excuse my dirty mirror and hairspray.

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Also excuse my messy apartment. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to play a banjo. But, I really enjoy that in order to get confirmation of my education, we are forced to wear robes and a silly hat.
photo (7)These would be the wonderful graphic designers I spent four years with, minus a few who decided not to walk. The pretty lady standing behind me in the black dress is Erin. She's probably one of my closest girl friends. The kid in the front, with the glasses, got like every single honor and award possible. Graphic Design wizard, yo.

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I got to wear a white thing cause I got a Bachelor's degree.

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Mom and dad drove all the way up from Pickens to come see me :) Unfortunately my siblings couldn't make it, but they congratulated me.

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My and my mommy :)

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Sorry they're sideways. I didn't feel like going into Photoshop to flip them. But, behold my diploma! Yeah. I'm awesome. After we went to a restaurant called Halcyon. All the ingredients are local and organic. We got a bottle of white wine, a cheese platter, and then my dad had something crazy and I split a burger with my mom. It was delicious but I was scared the burger wasn't cooked because it was SO red in the middle. But I ate it because it was awesome and did not get sick. Justin had scallops.

I didn't get the job in Nashville :( but it's okay. We finally have internet here and I can continue looking while Justin works. We're thinking about looking for a house in the Fort Mill/Rock Hill area.

Unfortunately, he's sick right now and I'm trying to nurse him back to health with soup and tea. I can hear him coughing from out here :( Poor boy. Well, until I get photos of my newest vintage products, that's really it for now. Hopefully the world will still be intact.

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Leaving Nashville

Well...I only stayed one night here but I have to say, I've been enchanted.

Everyone is so nice here! That's not something you find much in Charlotte. The air seems cleaner, and even though it's cold it's a natural kind of cold. In Charlotte when it gets cold, people freak out. Here, life just moves along the way it should.

I think I did really well on my interview yesterday, and the kind lady I spoke to said she would try to get back to be before I left (which is only a few short hours away...I'm tempted to "accidentally" miss my flight =P ).

This is what I wore to the interview. Sorry it's blurry

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Dress from Modcloth
Black tights from Target (Not shown)
Black wedge heels from Rack Room Shoes (Not shown)

Would you hire me? I'd hire me!

Well...I gotta finish getting ready here and then bum a ride from the free shuttle back to the airport. -sigh-

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I'm In Nashville!

Yup! I am in Nashville...only for one night, but if all goes well, I will most likely be relocating here.

I have a job interview at The Art Institute of Nashville (I know, I just can't escape AI schools apparently). I flew in this morning and go in at five. I really hope this goes well because I could use a change of scenery.

I had a window seat for the flight, and Nashville Tennessee looks like heaven, at least from above. Land and trees and lakes and everything I love. I feel like I could grow more here, professionally and personally. Also, this was my first time travelling alone to a place where I don't know anyone. Pretty exciting!

Sorry for my lack of posts. I mentioned before that I don't have internet at home right now, but that should change soon. This is a short post but...I just had to update :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chicago

Oh Lord, I have not blogged in a long time.

This is not due to me being lazy. Justin got a job so having photos taken is a wee bit more difficult. Also, no more internet at my apartment. And my camera is mainly broken. I'm a tiny bit limited on where to go for free WiFi. The only reason I'm online now is because I am in Chicago, visting my sister and her fiance! Unfortunately all I have are iPhone photos, but it's okay.

It's been a while since I had been in Chicago, having used to live an hour and a half away by train before I came back to the Carolinas. I forgot how different they are. Not in a bad way, just as a different way.

Their apartment is in a building that was built in the 1890s. They have wood floors and vintage doors/doorknobs and an exposed brick wall in the kitchen. I, personally, absolutely love it (except the awkward bathroom, I'd change that around a bit) but they don't seem to like it much.

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That's the back porch. I love it. The stairs are insane though!

I got in Thursday evening and we went and got Thai food from downstairs (they live above a Thai restaurant, a grocer, a coffee shop, and convenience store. I'd become a complete and total recluse omg) my sister Cat and I had wayyy too much wine! No regrets...

Yesterday Chris had to work so Cat and I went down to Clark and Halstead, which is basically hipster central. If you're reading this from Charlotte, imagine Central Ave, but about 300 times bigger. We went to a store called Rag Stock, which I had been to before, that I wanted pretty much everything. Peplum dresses, gauzy shirts with collars, flower pants... you name it. I can't pull off floral pants until I lose about 15 more pounds.

We went to The Chicago Diner after that, a 100% vegan restaurant (meat free since '83!). We shared a vegan Reuben, vegan mac and cheese, and sweet potato fries. I decided I would either move across the street, kill myself, or kill the chef. It was way too delicious to ever be shared or be too far from.

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I mean just look at that. I love my meat and cheese but once in a while...damn. A good vegan meal will make me very, very happy.

We walked home and after Chris got back we went to Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods, a tiny little British food store I absolutely fell in love with. Chris got super excited when he found out they had back bacon. I just loved it all, especially the owner, who had his adorable little baby with him.

Chris then decided to make the most amazing meal ever. Asparagus soup in boule with smoked bangers. Please excuse my language, but holy. shit.

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I mean just look at it. I actually got really sad because I was so full I couldn't finish it.

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That's Karma, their crazy German Shepherd.

And these were the past two mornings:

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Today we are hopping all around the city, ending with a trip to Christkindlmarket! I hope to have more to blog soon!