It’s been a while, people.
My life has consisted of writing a lot of essays and papers these day, but that doesn’t leave much time for real life blog posts. Often times it doesn’t even leave enough time for a clever Instagram caption. But here I am.
As a writer, I feel myself growing, and with growing, comes growing pains. I was recently accepted to read for the campus literary magazine’s fall event, and it was one of the scariest moments of my life. I antagonized over it for days, and felt a general sense of nausea for the entire day of the event. After it was over, I was so relieved it was over, but knew I could do it again and do it better. I proved to myself that I could do it, and that maybe my (personal) writing is worth sharing.
Other than writing, I’ve been studying and reading and trying to survive on less sleep than usual. Not only has my schedule been hectic, but so has Kyle’s, so we’re just trying to balance marriage and work without becoming more like roommates and less like a married couple. We watch TV, share ice cream, help each other around the house. Maybe one day we’ll have time for a date night, but for now, this is enough.
In September, I became a Stylist for Stella & Dot, and I cannot explain how rewarding and exciting and fun its been. My sister and I became Stylists together and we are having the best damn time with it. I hosted my first ever Mountain Gypsy Open House at the beginning of the month, where I offered Stella pieces as well as my art prints and crochet items from Etsy, and it was so successful. More importantly, it showed me that I could own a business of my own. I think I could really make that happen. I’m working toward that, and hopefully, one day, Mountain Gypsy will not only be this little piece of Internet, but also a physical, welcoming store you can visit and hang out in. I’m working on getting some t-shirt designs rolling, as well, so be on the lookout for that. I’m holding another Open House for Shop Small Saturday, so if you’re local, come say hi! I’ll have plenty of coffee to fuel your holiday shopping. 🙂
A couple weeks ago, I celebrated my 10 year high school reunion, and that was pretty awesome. Most of the people there were people I still consider close friends, but I also got to see some long-lost faces and that was refreshing and wonderful. It’s weird how much we all change, but also how the same we still are. It’s both comforting and odd to feel that way. While it was a great time, Corey would have made it so much more fun.
I recently had a pretty fun Halloween. I love Halloween, and I’m not really sure why. Maybe because it’s an opportunity to get really creative with who you want to be, and I love all the weirdos that roam the streets during this time of year. Kyle and I attended a friend’s Halloween party on Friday, and went as Beyonce in her “7/11” video, and a Party Pooper, because Kyle hates Halloween. Then on Saturday, I dressed up as Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks. My date? My sister as the Log Lady. So perfect. My amazing brother, who has been planning his costume for weeks, was a very glittery King Midas.
In addition to all of these life events, I’ve been listening to Lady Gaga’s Joanne on repeat since it was released. It might be my favorite work from her, but I’ve been a fan from day one, so that’s hard to say. It’s soulful but still iconically dance-party. I love it.
These days are different. Things are constantly shifting it seems, and I’m trying to ride it all out. My life was completely thrown upside down this time last year, but now looking back, if that hadn’t happened the way it did, I wouldn’t be challenging myself or pushing myself or writing what I’m writing. Everything is different now, and I’m grateful.