Solace in Seattle

Friday, October 5, 2018

I have seasons of wild, chaos, or slow.

But this season is none of the above.

This season is about finding middle ground.

Finding middle ground habits I've been enjoying:

Being okay with night's IN...I know, I know.

Using a paper planner for personal life and digital planner for work and not mixing it.

Work doesn't come home with me, or as often.


Reading more.

Slow walks downtown and watching the leaves change colors.

Making the right friends and saying yes to the right things.

Mini road trips.

Saying positive things out loud about the people around me, often.

Texting my parents more often

Listening to podcasts each week.

Writing more gratitude & thank you cards.

Learning to take my time.

Opening my window to listen to the rain...the closest sound I have to waves of the ocean. 

Collages and art.

Playing with my new tarot card set.

It's been nice. Nice finding some solace in Seattle.

Anniversaries & Nesting

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm not sure what it is about tonight...
Maybe it was the soothing of Jack Johnson playing in the background or hearing my family's laughter over skype. It could have been the home cooked meal that filled my stomach or maybe it was the sunlight seeping through my blinds.

But it's been lately too...
I scurry around my kitchen and it's familiar and known. I've grown to like the way my apartment smells after making my morning coffee or how the twinkle lights brighten my living room on a summer night. I enjoy seeing familiar faces and feeling fortunate to know a small sliver of who they are.

Whatever it is. Whatever it has been. It feels like home. Who knew the every day, the mundane things are what make my home, a home. It's not the adventure that I thirst or the times spent exploring a city I haven't explored. All of those things help make me feel alive and attached, but the quiet and simple things about my life the past 373 days have established this sense of home to me...and it feels good.

On July 8, I approached my 1 year work anniversary and on August 3 I approach my 3 year anniversary in California. I may have lived in 4 different cities in this beautiful state, but each with its own lesson and each have played a role in my story of becoming. 

It's just different this time around. I'm not in transition or worried about where I'll live next. My belongings aren't scattered between friend's garages, my car, and a storage unit. It's all here with me, nesting in my peaceful home. 

"That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets—this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience." - Shauna Niequist in Cold Tangerines
Shauna's books help me digest the seasons of my life and I couldn't agree more that this current pedestrian life is one of the most precious lessons I've had in my young twenty something life.

Happy Nesting!

Decorating your living room as a minimalist

Monday, September 9, 2013

I have a confession. I hadn't seen my place prior to moving in, but I figured it couldn't be too bad. So...when I arrived, I thought holy water, this is so clinical looking...what in the warm pit of fire am I going to do to fix this?! The place where I am at is a former military base, so everything is so.....militant?

I fell asleep on the couch, the one below, and pouted myself to sleep [pathetic alert]. I told my mom how I didn't like my new place and she responded, "Well, suck it up"...You have to know my mom to think it's hilarious, because it was.

My friends re-assured me once I added my belongings in, it would feel more at home. I was also feeling guilty because I learned that I had the largest apartment on campus, so that alone changed my little tude'.

Things my new living room always need:
1) LIGHTING - Seriously. If you haven't figured out the art of good lighting...Please do. It changes the whole vibe of a place!
2) SPACE - Arrange everything to make it personal. I wish I had taken a photo of when I first got looked nothing like the before photo. I tend to host groups of 3-6 people, so I wanted my space to reflect that. Which meant seating, television angles, and how much I'd crowd into my living area. So, get your space figured before you start to decorate!
3) Photos - Even if I can't share my physical space with every person close to my heart, they might as well be hanging on my wall or sitting on a shelf or table. I try and refrain myself from shrines, but that's a tough promise :)



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