As we are finally starting to gear up for summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I have been thinking about how I can give our patio a little refresh. I love that we have a covered porch, so really despite the weather we can be outside, but once it gets sunny and warm, that is the only place I want to be! We are starting to prepare for a remodel to our house and our deck getting moved, so I have been challenged to find things that can easily be moved to the new set up! Such exciting stuff!
I have to admit that one of my favorite parts of the planning process was actually planning our honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, I loved planning the wedding but it was just different. There were times when it feels like you are planning the wedding for other people. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all have expectations of what your wedding will be. And realistically, they are all coming to this event for you, so it is kind to keep them in mind when planning. But, the honeymoon. The honeymoon is different. The honeymoon is truly just for you and your special someone. I love traveling in general, so this was even more fun.
Last week I shared my take on a Capsule Wardrobe. When I was choosing the items to include in the capsule, I wanted to make sure that each piece was high quality and could be used in a variety of ways. Fast fashion has become a huge problem in our society, so finding high quality, timeless pieces is more important than ever. It is also a better option to find one high quality piece, than have to replace the piece more frequently. I also want to make sure the pieces can be used in a casual outfits, work outfits, as well as more dressy outfits.
Within a year of moving to Seattle, I found myself living in Kirkland, Washington. I have called this sweet little town home for nearly two years now. If you have asked me four years ago if I thought I would be living in a suburb of Seattle, rather than Seattle itself, I would have called you crazy. But I am a true believer in things working out how they should and I believe this is no exception. I have fallen completely in love with the city of Kirkland and have truly found my home. It is a wonderful city full of life and is a great place to explore for a long weekend!
Over the last year I have become more and more aware of my impact on the world around me. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to help other people. Growing up whenever anyone would ask why I wanted to do when I grow up I would always say I wanted to be a doctor. When I was asked why, my answer was always that I wanted to help other people. In my very narrow view of the world, I thought the best way to help others was to be a doctor. A profession that I idolized and looked up to.
Earlier this year I posted about my most recent trip to Boston. I talked about all of the things we did, things we ate and where we stayed. All in all, it was such a great trip and one of my favorites to look back on. I had always planned on sharing what I thought would make a fun weekend in Boston, but have been wanting to even more recently. With the increased time at home recently, I have been daydreaming of the day we will get to travel again and all of the wonderful places we will go.
A few days ago I posted the most personal post I have ever written. In reality it has been a couple of weeks since I finished writing and editing the post and it took me another couple of weeks to finally post it. All in all, it has been a strange few months. Not only because of this news, but because of everything that has been going on.
Seattle. I fell in love with you five years ago and what a journey we have been on these past five years. It is a bit crazy to look back on some of my original posts about Seattle. So much of what I wrote then still rings true, but so much has also changed. My love for Seattle has changed and evolved over the years and gone through many stages.
We are have completed month two of our quarantine. I am at the point where I am never sure what day it is and can never remember when things happened. I have been trying to keep my days as consistent as possible, as well as doing things I find productive everyday. This actually result in a fairly good month in terms of my goals.
We have been officially been under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for over a month now, but have been staying home for close to two. Being home so much has given me a lot of time to think, feel and do. Think about my life and how I am feeling. Feel a lot of feelings and put names to them. Do the things that I have been saying I want to do, but have never had the time to do. It has been a weird, but clarifying time for me. I am not saying that I have everything figured out, but it is certainly a great time to learn about yourself. It has also been an interesting journey.