Stop. Reflect.

Life moves so fast! I may not be the first person to say it, but I definitely say it often: there are NEVER enough hours in a day. 

I have been extremely busy lately, performing my very own juggling act. Full time school course load, part time work schedule (with a great promotion I will write about soon!), trying to get enough sleep, Cat Scratch stuff, and attempting to catch up on my long list of TV shows! Sad to say, the TV show list just seems to be getting longer and longer! 😉

This Fall I have been helping out on my College’s productions of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee, and “In The Heights” by Quiara Alegría Hudes.  That among everything else has put me a bit behind on the more fun parts of life, Cat Scratch especially!

Below I will share with you an amazing picture of our production of “Woolf”, taken by Richard Michael Johnson:

Virginia Woolf CastIt has been a lot of fun working at this new school, everyone has been extremely welcoming and friendly. I look forward to the next year or two and all of the things we will do!

As for what else I have been up to, here are a few small images to show:

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My new antique industrial Singer, the machine itself is from 1899! ❤image1My extremely washed out picture of my laptop (doing homework), the tv (Simpsons Treehouse of horror episode), and a Newcastle werewolf, best Halloween beer ever. This is what an average night looks like for me lately.FullSizeRenderSpending a tremendous amount of time dreaming of seeing Hedwig in NYC. If it can’t be NPH, Dexter is a close second! 😉

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New obsession: Trader Joe’s Popcorn. Thanks to my fellow “Woolf” dresser, Jeannie.

Anyway, the whole reason I started this blog today was to talk about growth. Today is a day, like any other day. Wake up, make coffee, wash your face, get dressed, go from point a, to b, to c, etc.
But today I woke up thinking about how much I have grown in the last ten years. Every teenager, every young adult, every person in their early twenties, they feel that they have it all figured out, that they know best. Its a part of growing, up. Today when I took a few moments throughout my day to realize just how much growth I have experienced, just how much change and hardship I have experienced, and to each and every joy I have, I am thankful for my experiences.
My sewing skills, my design skills, heck, my people skills, I can see the growth, and I can feel it too.
While I am older, I know now that I do not have it all figured out, but I have discovered something great about that. It doesn’t matter, its a part of what makes life so beautiful. Navigating through the love, the pain, the failures and the achievements, figuring out what works and what does not. Life is beautiful.

Today is a good day. I am happy to be full of ideas, to be actively designing things that make myself and my customer happy. I have the best people around me, a boyfriend who is an amazing salesperson, (as many of you who have seen me at shows will testify to!) and who is the love of my life; a family that is supportive and giving of everything, a real unit; friends that are truly the best I have ever had, and understand of my time spent on my goals; and blessed with the everyday interactions of amazing people I meet everyday. If all that led up to this didn’t happen, I would not be in this amazing space I’m in, with the most awesome of people, doing what I love.

I’ve gotta head to rehearsal, so I will cut this short and get to my point:

When I woke up this morning and realized how different my life is, how different I am, from this time compared to 10, 8, 5, 3 years ago, I can smile. I can smile that I am definitely in the right place at the right time of my life, and I am so happy to share that and all of my creations with all of you!

Stop for a second, where were you ten years ago? Five years? Stop, think of your growth and smile. Life is beautiful, you are beautiful.

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Designer by birth. Blonde by choice.
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