A Playlist from 2014

Its become somewhat of a ritual for me to make a new playlist for every month of the year. Essentially, I dump every catchy song that I like onto my spotify account on the 1st and listen to them all on repeat, until either my ears start to bleed or its finally the end of the month. This rather large playlist is a culmination of all of my favorite finds from 2014. Some are more folksy and others lean more towards electronic. But I'm sure there's bound to be a number in there for everyone.

Happy listening. :)

Via Spotify


Your Voice Matters

I took a public speaking course last semester. One day, our professor asked us to take out a piece of paper and a pen so we could write this down.

"My voice matters. F* anyone else who doesn't agree."

It was surprising. It was blunt. It was straight up awesome.


Here We Go Again | Blog Edits

Its been a looong time since I last took a dip in the coding realm, but I thought the new year called for a little bit of change around here! After switching between quite a few laptops during the past couple of months (long story for another time), I realized that the layout of ze blog wasn't adjusted correctly and the sizing was all over the place. I needed a little refresher in HTML and CSS before I could clean it up, but I think I'm pretty happy with the result! The general framework of the site is in place. But of course, I will probably be making small changes here and there in the future.

Overall, I really wanted to make it more minimal but with pops of texture or color. (Hellooo, little collage of pics from a secret and carefully curated pinterest board. As seen above.) Hopefully, now ze good ole blog is easier to navigate and read!


Brave New Year | A Word to Define 2015

Happy new year, all! I've never really been one for resolutions, so I thought this year I'd shake it up, try something new and chime in with my own "word for the year".

Looking back on 2014, I spent a lot of my time feeling bogged down by one thing or another which led to losses both on personal and professional fronts. And ya know what? I'm done. I am determined to turn things around. And I'm ready to brave 2015.

1. to meet or face courageously
2. to defy; challenge; dare

With a lot of travel plans and new experiences in my future, brave was the first word to come to mind and the only one that seemed appropriate. I want to be able to tackle everything head on and without hesitation. As a generally introverted and sometimes shy person, I really need to break the mold and start being more confident and courageous in all I do.

So here's to making 2015 a brave one! How will you define the new year?

*Note: Of course, this song came to mind.. and a brief dance party may have interrupted the making of this post.


Playing Catch Up

I am a creature of habit. I press the snooze button one too many times. I listen to and/or belt out Sam Smith in the shower. I crave some form of coffee at the start of my day. I over think writing emails and cringe when I have to make a phone call. I wait till the last possible minute to really start being productive. And I start personal projects with what feels like passion and excitement only to neglect them a week later and leave them to gather dust. (*cough* ze blog *cough*)

I thought about writing a formal apology for not keeping up with Tea Marie (again....) and for definitely not participating in my own blogmas initiative, but I know that the only person I've really let down is myself and I refuse to feel guilty for neglecting this space. Since I've been gone, I've been swept up in working towards my architecture studio review, final exams, packing up and moving across country, AND gearing up for a whole year of study abroad. (YASSS! More on that later.) My absence hasn't been for nothing, its been for living, and for that I am not sorry.

With that said, I have a whole month to settle in at home and play catch up with things like updating my resume, networking, job hunting, my shows (Grey's Anatomy, anyone??) and of course this blog. This time I know better not to make any promises that I'll be posting everyday. But I will say this.

See you soon! ;)