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January 24, 2015

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 "A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015"

DJ - 
You found these cowboy boots tucked deep in your closet. They were handed down to us and are much too big for you, but you don't seem disturbed. You love slipping your feet into them and clomping around upstairs for minutes on end.

10 Pieces of writing you should all have read by now

January 22, 2015


For as far back as I can remember, there has always been a correlation between what I'm reading and what I'm writing, as in: the better reading I do, the better my writing. In the past two weeks I have read some truly amazing books, blogs and articles, and they have inspired me so much that I wanted to share them with all of you.

1. Just you wait - "When you calmly respond that "nope, not quite yet!" the person will shake their head, smile wisely and say slowly in the most terrifying voice, "Just you wait." " Elise has always had a way with words, but as a mother of a 22 month old, this particular post really hit home. 

2. Why all 20-somethings should journal - "Nowadays it’s easy to get caught up in all the things going on outside of ourselves," says the author, and I couldn't agree more. As someone who began journaling at the ripe age of seven, it is something that I cannot imagine ever stopping, and what has helped me through many troubling periods in my life.

3. 30 Life things I Try and Remember - I only recently discovered Emma Gannon, and my goodness, I didn't know what I was missing. From "A good song in the morning can change your day" to "Don’t listen to everything your idol has to say" I found myself nodding along to everything on her list.

Project life 2014 | Volume Two - Video Overview

January 21, 2015

Happy Wednesday!

As a follow up to showing you volume one of my 2014 Project Life album, here's a look at volume two. I love watching this and looking back at all the different page designs, embellishments and papers I used. As you can tell, I really enjoy experimenting.


* Project Life is a product, system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. In 2015, I'm creating a spread for each week of the year. Here are all of my pages from 2013, 2014 + 2015.

Winter lists on a Monday morning.

January 19, 2015

We've had it easy so far this winter here in Las Vegas. There was a week of bone-chilling cold, and then things warmed up again. Christmas has gone, New Years is a memory, and January is in full effect.

This morning I'm thinking about the here and now.

things currently on the table.
laptop in need of charging
half-burnt candle
a discarded banana peel

things that haunt me.
disposing of my college journals.
all the stories I haven't written.
the self-depricating voices in the back of my head.

things I want to do but won't.
learn to surf.
go jeans shopping.
stop being envious of others.

the type of woman I want to be.

what I'm working on.
my marriage
writing. always writing.

things I've loved lately.
tiny beautiful things
red lipstick
ending every day reading
a new year

p.s. spring + summer lists.

02 / 52

January 17, 2015

"A portrait of my son, once a week, every week in 2015"

DJ -
I am in constant awe of your personality that is shaping right in front of our eyes. Already, I see so much of your daddy and I in you, both good and bad traits. You make me so proud.

Why the season premiere of GIRLS made me sad

January 15, 2015


I love the show, GIRLS, I do. From the moment I finished the pilot episode I knew I was hooked, and I watched all three available seasons in quick succession. But something happened this time around that made my heart ache. 

It started when Marnie stopped by at 6am to see Hannah off. As they struggle to get her suitcase zipped up, Hannah pulls her friend into a long, heartfelt hug... and the aching in my chest exploded. 

I can empathize with Hannah. I know what it's like to leave the security of your home, and everything and everyone you know, and move on to a new chapter in your life, hoping that you're heading towards something amazing, something that will define you and shape you into the person you so desperately want to be.

January 22nd will mark four years since I left my friends, family and everything behind to move to Las Vegas. There has and always will be a hole in my chest for all that remains back in Canada, and witnessing that desperate hug among two best friends really hit hard. Not a day goes by that I don't miss my life back home.

And so, as Hannah and Marnie hugged, I cried. I cried for all that I am missing - all the coffee dates and parties and milestones - and what my friends and family are in turn missing in regards to my life. Distance is isolating, lonely and deafening, and I often wonder if and when it will ever get any easier. Yet as the episode ended with Hannah in the back seat of her parents car on the way to the airport, I wiped my tears with the sleeve of my shirt and took a deep breath.

I am stronger than Hannah Horvath, this I know.

I'll be okay.