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Experiences over Things

Earlier this year, Matt and I decided that we wanted to have ‘experiences’ over gifts this holiday season.  We started by going to Alaska to surprise his family (and boy were they surprised!) and now that it’s December – we have planned a holiday activity for every night that Matt has off and/or the weekend.  So far our list consists of:

– Leavenworth (Christmastown a few hours from home)
– Holiday Lights at Enchanted Village w/ rides
– Melrose Grill (we always do a fancy Christmas dinner together)
– Scrooge the Musical
– Book of Mormon play
– Hosting Christmas Eve dinner for my family

& it all started because of this quote written by yours truly below —


It feels good to do things and to spend money on experiences that don’t add to the overall ‘stuff’ in our home.  I’m also trying to be more diligent about photos and where I put them and save them, and actually getting them printed.  We’ve done a hundred and one things together and it’s too easy to not relish in the memory when they photos are suddenly removed and life just goes on.  Goal for next year?  Maybe. :)

PS – The lettering artwork is downloadable.  Just right click to save as!

Humbled & Truth(s).

It’s officially March, which means I’ve been at this self-employment thing for about 3 months now.  And to say that I am grateful is an understatement.  The sole fact that I’m okay, that I have constant work, that I’m being picked up in retailers/ boutiques proves that I really can do this.  That I AM doing it.

I am so humbled by all of the support, the kindness, the return customers.  Living your dream, creating and making work that you are so proud of, the feeling is beyond anything I’ve ever experienced.  While I’ve always had creative side work, it’s always just been side work.  It was never my total income or fulltime gig, and I can’t even begin to express my gratitude.  If it seems like I’m in total shock right now, it’s because I (still) am.  Sometimes I even catch myself telling people I’m a Marketing Manager… ha!  Such a lifetime ago.

Aside from all of that, I’ve been thinking about family a lot lately.  While I am so happy about my business, I definitely didn’t plan for any of this – being 30 and not married, with no kids and no health insurance.  I never thought I’d quit my job and put everything I’ve always wanted on hold, while I figured out… life.  It’s scary to be in my shoes and worry that life will pass me by, and before I know it I’ll be 40 with an amazing job I’ve created – but have nothing else to show for it.  The truth is that if i hadn’t left my job, if I was still in my plush gig, I’d probably be thinking about really *trying* for a baby & getting married right now.  I’m not really sure what else to say about any of that – because this is ultimately what I chose.  I guess some days that reality is just harder to swallow than others…

Anyway – enough of that.
Happy Sunday, friends.