I offended myself yesterday when I realized how long its been since my last post. Sometimes I get busy living and smooching and working and cooking and sleeping that I leave myself no time to spend with my favourite blog in the world. I’d love to catch you up if you’d like to read:)
On comfort, confetti and Meal: I’ve been happily living like a little gypsy out of a suitcase and sleeping in all sorts of places. From sleeping under the stars in the box of a truck, afternoon naps on a boat to an unexpected sleepover in a trunk, I was happy to reunite with my sheets and familiar bed for the first time in a couple weeks last night. I’d been dreaming up this shoot with Baby Meal ever since laying eyes on this picture and I am so excited to have brought it to life. Turns out he’s terrified of confetti but it was nothing a few treats and disco fever couldn’t cure.
On magazines and bigger dreams: Yesterday marked the beginning of the 10 day countdown until my internship at the Edmonton Woman magazine is finished. It’s hard to believe that the same 4 months that felt so daunting back in April are now wrapping up, and I’ll have had my writing published 9 times! I hope to build up a freelance business and contribute consistently to a few different publications in the year to come. (Also- I hope to put together a coffee table book. But more about that later;) It’s easy to get caught up in feeling like you need to get your life together when a chapter, like college, closes. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I’m slowly piecing together some teeny ideas on the components that will make up a happy life. I’d like to live in a small, bright, white home full of colorful and cozy blankets. I’d like to buy my groceries from a local market, and carry my lettuce home in a tote bag over my shoulder. I’d like to write and have my writing be in demand. I’d like to foster baby homeless kittens until they’re strong enough to move in with new families. I’d like to master some sort of talent.
On distance, BC and the importance of vacations: Long distance is like a rubber band, one of us on each end. When we’re together, there’s no tension. We move freely around and see each other when we please. We don’t sweat the small stuff, we laugh about everything. But when we’re apart the rubber band is pulled tight. With each negative feeling the band pulls tighter. And tighter. And tighter. Something you’d normally laugh at makes you cry and emotions are at an all time high. Everyday stresses seem less bearable because you’re already being pulled so tightly by your relationship, by no fault of the other person. You know it gets better when the band loosens and they’re close to you again but with weeks to wait for that feeling, you start to really have to squint to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For August Long weekend Tim and I drove to Kelowna, BC for a mini vacation. It was everything we needed and a huge reminder of why we put up with long distance. We spent early mornings wake-surfing on the calm water (I finally got the hang of it!), Tim taught me how to catch fish (I screamed each time he caught one) and after spending 24 hours in a vehicle together we still couldn’t get enough. There’s a lot of sweet, good quality photos from the trip but this one is my favourite, because we were laying in the grass laughing our guts out after trying to convince a pair of hippies to let us sleep in their van. We had no idea where we were going, and we didn’t care.
Left: I became wildly obsessed with this photo this week. It’s so scandalous and perfect.
Middle: Grey on grey makes for the comfiest of outfits and I think I could live happily in a sea of charcoals, slates and ashes for the next month or 6.
Right: I found a grey hair inhabiting my ‘do quite a while back. I ran around screaming “WTF get off my noggin’ I’m 20 years old” and I thankfully haven’t spotted one since. However, now that I’ve layed eyes on this seriously pretty grey mane I’m happy to announce I’m hoping to go grey by 25! Just kidding. :) Kind of.
On another note, after watching from the sidelines while National Pink Day and National Kiss Day passed me by, I decided I needed to invest some time in finding out when these unofficial holidays were happening so I could prepare accordingly (AKA stage a celebratory photo for Instagram… Just kidding. Kind of.) I took the time to scan through the month of August and find the holidays I think are worth celebrating (no offense to Petroleum Day and Toilet Paper day.. I’m sure someone will enjoy celebrating you). Here they are:
August 1, 2014 is National Girlfriends Day! (another holiday to celebrate myself? Oh no, please, I couldn’t… >:) August 3, 2014 is National Watermelon Day! AND National Sister’s Day! August 18, 2014 is NationalCupcake Day! (I’m a Muffin girl myself, but I wouldn’t say no to a batch of these. Realistically, I’d backflip out a window for a batch of those.) August 31, 2014 is Go Topless Day!
“I’ll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn’t carry us. There’s nothing to do but salute it from the shore.” ― Cheryl Strayed
Left: I saw this and got actual butterflies. BUTTERFLIES! Over un-inflated balloons! Who am I? I feel so inspired and giddy just thinking about decorating with my own balloons in jars. I’m imagining an all white home office with a … Continue reading →
Today I’m inspired by these disguised wonders. I haven’t felt very “me” this week and I’m really starting to miss myself. I’m making a conscious effort on this sunny morning to slip out of my slump and return to my … Continue reading →
“With writing, we have second chances.” ―Jonathan Safran Foer Left: A year ago I created my first post on what I called “dakotabee.wordpress.com“. I had read that you should always have some meat on your blog bones before unleashing it into … Continue reading →
The post is short and sweet but despite being the one that contained my 22nd birthday, this week has been anything but. I can’t wait to get on the road to Saskatchewan for a weekend of camping, surrounded by good people who keep me belly laughing.
Top Left: I came across this photo via this instagram account and can’t believe how much I love it. I’ve never been one to put too much thought into my future wedding, but if it was today- I think I’d pick this gown.
Top Right: I’d happily come home to a mint front door any day of the week. And while we’re on the topic, I picked up this minty bag the other day as a belated birthday gift for myself!
Bottom Left: I’ve found the newest craft to throw in my Things To Make pile. Except I’d design it based on Meal‘s features, naturally.
Bottom Right: This picture made me smile this morning. Looking so forward to shaking up the weekly routine and spending some quality time with nature this weekend. (It’s not you Cubicle, it’s me.)
Top Left, Top Right, Bottom Left, Bottom Right After shattering my iPhone screen at the start of the month (courtesy of a little hand talking and a lot of Twisted Tea) I had it replaced with gold glass. It’s very … Continue reading →
I had the kind of weekend I haven’t had in years. I stayed in Friday and Saturday night, I did crafts and I baked muffins, my mum and I ate pizza for dinner (twice!), I organized my bedroom, I did … Continue reading →
I haven’t felt like posting anything lately, with one big question in mind: How could I follow a post about death and self acceptance with my usual goofy chatter of cats and dresses and things that make me laugh? Today … Continue reading →