Living in a new city can make you miss the little things you cherished back home. I’ll miss all the quaint, local shops I’ve come to love over the years (including Witherspoon Bread Company’s adorable hedgehog bread pictured above), but I also know this is just another opportunity to discover new places to love.
These orchids are from one of the last trips Lucas and I took together before our respective moves. We visited Duke Farms, a beautiful old estate in New Jersey that now serves as a model of local environmental stewardship. If you ever visit (and you should), make sure to bring a bike. It’s over 2,000 acres of rolling country filled with fountains, sculptures, greenhouses and nature trails.
Part of moving meant that I had to sort through
literal tons of clothing that I’ve hoarded over the years. Most were either garbage or donation ready, but every once in a while I would find hidden treasure, like these beige and mint polka dot/heart pumps that probably haven’t seen the light of day since sophomore year of high school.
I love that this move has given me opportunity to sort both literally and physically through my past and dream about my future.
While most people tend to make new goals at the start of the traditional new year, I find that it’s never a bad idea to reevaluate and reinforce any resolutions I have made. As I start my 22nd year (feeling happy/free/confused/lonely – love you, Taylor), I find myself excited more than anything, and a little apprehensive. The following is a list of goals I’ve compiled for my next year – some general, some concrete, some fun, some difficult.
1) Maintain relationships – and make new ones! (I’m terrible at keeping in touch – I will change this).
2) Create a fitness routine and stick to it.
3) Become a friendlier person – I’m an introvert raised in the often slightly frigid East Coast. Hopefully, moving to the Midwest will help melt my icy shyness.
4) Embrace change and think (a lot) more about the future.
5) Be more communicative – talk more to people and have more meaningful talks.
6) Become a more positive person.
7) Write an average of 2-3 posts a week (also one of my Twenty in my Twenties goals.)
8) Become more involved in the blogging community (host giveaways, guest blog, and join interest groups)
9) Learn to code in CSS and HTML
10) Start new regular features
11) Continue making every month bigger than the last
12) Learn more advanced sewing techniques
13) Reupholster a chair (hopefully happening soon!)
14) Make vintage-style hat (I have so many patterns – I just need to make one of them!)
15) Create an inspiring yet organized creative space
16) Customize a dress pattern with a muslin
17) Go on a real (hopefully tropical) vacation!
18) Get to know Madison – I want to take advantage of this change in scenery and not let the cold keep me down.
19) Visit the Cheese Museum in Wisconsin (I love cheese. I could literally live only on cheese – some years I have.).
20) Cull and cultivate my closet – I want to love (and reasonably use) every single piece in my wardrobe by my 23rd birthday
21) Visit my friends and family (and explore other parts of the U.S. at the same time).
22) Join a team or group of some sort, whether volleyball (a new-found love), knitting, a book group, what-have-you.
Here’s hoping that 22 will be exciting and fulfilling!
When I first started this blog, I tried to do a 365 photo challenge. I dropped that somewhere along the way between writing my thesis and completing my senior year, but the motivation for writing remains the same. 2013 has been (and will continue to be) a huge year for me, my friends, my family, and my peers. I love using this blog as a way to reflect on these experiences and document the ways that my life is changing.
This past week was graduation, and now that I’ve gotten a couple days of rest and relaxation (seriously, between Beach Week, Reunions, and graduation, its been a non-stop party for over two weeks – and I am exhausted), I want to really reflect on what my education and experiences have meant to me.
I’ve met great people and made wonderful friends – and I’ll miss you all (even if I suck at keeping in touch). I’ll miss our dance parties, casual nights, manic energy, and utter exhaustion (and the hysteria that often accompanies it).
I don’t know if I’m in a place where I can really look back at everything accurately. I’m trusting that I’ll have many opportunities in the future to reflect (Princeton is nothing if not nostalgic).
In a few weeks I’ll move to Wisconsin to start my new job, and I’ll leave behind almost everything that’s familiar to me (including semi-temperate climates). It will be sad, but I’m also excited. I’ve lived in Princeton my entire life, and I think that this change represents an opportunity to really grow.
I hope that, as I change and grow, this blog will also change and grow. On a superficial level, I’ll have more access to things like kitchens and interior decorating, but I’ll also have to really think about the role that this plays in my life.
I’m treasuring these last few weeks I have before I join the “real world,” but I’m also (almost) ready to get going. For so long, I’ve avoided change and growth with paralyzing indecision. I want to change that – live with more purpose.
So, I guess what I’m saying is…let’s do this!