Weekend: Wild & Crazy Winter Weekend


12-16-13 wild and crazy weekendI’m sure that, for true winter enthusiasts out there, our weekend was decidedly not wild and crazy. However, Sam and I are both fairly new to winter sports (or I should say, I’m reintroducing myself to most winter sports I enjoyed as a kid), and we spent the majority of this past Saturday burning a lot of calories and exerting our minds and bodies more than most weekends in the winter.

Our morning started off with an early cross-country ski at the Vasa trail. We’ve gone out once already this season, but it was too icy and there wasn’t a good base layer to make it entirely enjoyable. It’s been snowing on-and-off for the past week now, and while there isn’t a ton of accumulation there is a nice coat of fluffy flakes all over everything. It’s absolutely beautiful outside up here in Traverse right now.

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Let’s Talk – Identity


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I’m learning that most fads and styles are just counter-styles of some other style, as though you are either an example of a particular style or some antithesis of that that style. Classic vs. Modern. Modern vs. Post-Modern. Grunge vs. Metal. Prep vs. Goth. Realism led to Impressionism led to Post-Impressionism. Sometimes life seems less about finding your own identity and more about deciding which societal identity you decide you want to imitate.

This all started when I really started delving deep into the identity of Lorde, one of my favorite artists right now. I mean, putting aside her age (which I think we are all obviously blown away by), the girl is straight-up talented. She gets it. She cuts through the BS injected into our bloodstreams by big brands, celebrities, Hollywood glamour…and it works. It reaches people, and we are suddenly thinking, “Yeah, girl! That’s it! We don’t need that materialistic stuff and pop music, because we’re rocking to our own jam.” Continue reading

Design – A&G and K&R


Greetings, all! Things have been busy around here, but with all good things: we have been working on unpacking more boxes since our move last month, and we started a new project in the front yard (tearing up the old path and laying down a new brick one). Even though the house is a ton of work, I am still so appreciative that we have our own home at last and can continue to make it everything we want it to be. Lots of love, lots of labor, and (unfortunately) quite a bit of cash, but we are building our dream every day and that’s what I’ve wanted my whole life.

I am working towards another dream, too: more designing. My goal some day would be to expand to work for real clients (i.e., people who pay me money to do what I enjoy), but for right now I’m testing the waters. Could I do graphic design as a profession? Would I want to sit in front of a computer all day tweaking layouts here and there? Am I a driven, independent worker who can make ends meet doing something that I love? These are all questions I am trying to answer by building a portfolio and looking for inspiration around me. It is tough for me to put myself out there and offer my services to people, but I am learning more about myself and what I want to do with every step and every project. I feel that I am moving forward, which is better than standing still and infinitely better than moving backwards.

Today, I wanted to share some designs I’ve been working on for two good friends (well, and their fiancés), Anna and Kellee. I am helping them with their wedding materials (mostly save-the-dates and invitations), and I couldn’t be more excited to work with both of them. They each have a different style and their weddings are pretty different–for starters, one is in winter and one is in summer–and I’ve enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture each couple in different ways. It’s been a test to my technical design skills, and I like that I’m designing things with entirely new content that will be used by someone for the most important day of their life…how cool is that?!

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Mo’ Thoughts – Certainty & Uncertainty


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I feel that there is a big change coming in my life. There is an energy and motion inside me that I can’t ignore right now, because I feel there is a force at work that is moving me towards the person that I am meant to be and the responsibility that I am meant to hold.

I have spent much of my life in a certain state of uncertainty. I went to college without a direction or target, but I was filled with ambition and determination to engulf everything in the world around me. I graduated with History of Art degree with the certainty of knowing that I will likely never use my degree in a practical application and uncertain if this was some big mistake and I should choose something more reasonable and safe to study (engineering, medicine, etc.). I was certain about my passions and extracurricular activities outside of class, but I was uncertain about how much I could handle and if I was passionate about any of these extracurriculars enough to make them into a career. Continue reading