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Things That Happened When I Was 24 in Photos

My 25th birthday was last Friday (November 28th), so I wanted to make a list to commemorate some of the things that happened while I was 24.

1. My birthday was on Thanksgiving. I made the entire meal for the first time by myself, and I decided once and for all that Birthday Pie is the best kind of pie.

1. My birthday was on Thanksgiving. I made the entire meal for the first time by myself, and I decided once and for all that Birthday Pie is the best kind of pie.

2. Radiant Orchard was picked as the color of the year by Pantone. I was a fan. I feel like purple doesn't get enough credit in the color world. 

2. Radiant Orchard was picked as the color of the year by Pantone. I was a fan. I feel like purple doesn’t get enough credit in the world of color.

3. We learned (okay, confirmed) that Leia Batman does NOT like to wear costumes.

3. We learned (okay, confirmed) that Leia Batman does NOT like to wear costumes.

4. I might have went a little overboard on holiday and winter decorating. Just kidding... that's not possible. ;)

4. I might have went a little overboard on holiday and winter decorating. Just kidding… that’s not possible. ;)

5. I worked seasonally at Sephora and absolutely loved it. I also worked at an art store and absolutely hated it.

5. I worked seasonally at Sephora and absolutely loved it. I also worked at an art store and absolutely hated it.

6. The inaugural Friends Christmas happened, and it was both adult and awesomely kid-like all at the same time.

6. The inaugural Friends Christmas happened, and it was both adult and awesomely kid-like all at the same time.

7. I went home for Christmas for almost exactly 24 hours and drove 5 hours both ways to get there. Retail - ugh.

7. I went home for Christmas for almost exactly 24 hours and drove 5 hours both ways to get there. Retail – ugh.

8. I had my very first trip ever to the Emergency Room. It was a complication of IBS and my stomach hurt excruciatingly bad, but the amazing part was that three of my friends showed up to take me and stay with me in the ER while Jake was out of town. I can never thank them enough for being there for me. <3

8. I had my very first trip ever to the Emergency Room. It was a complication of IBS and my stomach hurt excruciatingly bad, but the amazing part was that three of my friends showed up to take me and stay with me in the ER while Jake was out of town. I can never thank them enough for being there for me. <3

9. I chose EXPLORE as my word for 2014, and that was the driving notion for a lot of things I did throughout the year.

9. I chose EXPLORE as my word for 2014, and that was the driving notion for a lot of things I did throughout this year.

10. I had long, brunette hair.

10. I had long, brunette hair.

11. I jump-started a car for the first time. And a second. And a third... Also, I learned that battery corrosion is very not-good thing.

11. I jump-started a car for the first time. And a second. And a third… Also, I learned that battery corrosion is very not-good thing.

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12. I went to DisneyLand for the first time, and it was just as amazing as I’d dreamed. Also, I think Thor digs me.

13. I went to CHA Winter and got to see so many of my very best friends in the entire world.

13. I went to CHA Winter and got to see so many of my very best friends in the entire world.

14. I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.

14. I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time.

15. Melissa (Jake's sister) and I became really, really close friends. I don't hesitate to call her my sister now. We're both so weird in all the right ways.

15. Melissa (Jake’s sister) and I became really, really close friends. I don’t hesitate to call her my sister now. We’re both so weird in all the right ways.

16. I had good days and I had bad days. I learned more coping mechanisms to have in my tool box so that I can deal with my anxiety and depression more effectively. Art journaling helps me when I feel frustrated and down.

16. I had good days and I had bad days. I learned more coping mechanisms to have in my tool box so that I can deal with my anxiety and depression more effectively. Art journaling helps me when I feel frustrated and down.

17. I tried Wood Burning for the first time to make an invitation to the second annual Feast of Thrones. Everyone brought a dish and beer to share, and we had a huge feast before the season preimere of Game of Thrones.

17. I tried Wood Burning for the first time to make an invitation to the second annual Feast of Thrones. Everyone brought a dish and beer to share, and we had a huge feast before the season preimere of Game of Thrones.

18. I lost two very important people in my life. My first deaths of close loved ones. My grandma passed away after a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson's Disease. But I knew everything would be okay because she's at peace now.

18. I lost two very important people in my life. My first deaths of close loved ones. My grandma passed away after a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson’s Disease, but I knew everything would be okay because she’s at peace now.

19. The second loss was gut-wrenching. One of my best friends, Tim, lost his fight to depression. He took is own life in June, and I will never be the same. (You can read more about losing Tim here.)

19. The second loss was gut-wrenching. One of my best friends, Tim, lost his fight to depression. He took is own life in June, and I will never be the same. (You can read more about losing Tim here.)

20. I became an all-in, absolute advocate for Mental Health awareness and suicide prevention. My friends banded together to mourn, help and transforming our pain and loss into effort to help others.

20. I became an all-in, absolute advocate for Mental Health awareness and suicide prevention. My friends banded together to mourn, help and transforming our pain and loss into effort to help others.

21. In the summer, I ate more Greek and caprese salad than I knew was physically possible for one human to consume.

21. In the summer, I ate more Greek and caprese salad than I knew was physically possible for one human to consume.

22. I officially became A Person Who Buys Chairs At Garage Sales.

22. I officially became A Person Who Buys Chairs At Garage Sales.

23. I went to 4 MLB games, 1 Saint Paul Saints game, 2 Gopher Basketball games, 1 Gopher Hockey game (outdoors!) and 1 Gopher football game.

23. I went to 4 MLB games, 1 Saint Paul Saints game, 2 Gopher Basketball games, 1 Gopher Hockey game (outdoors!) and 1 Gopher football game.

24. I lost 40 pounds by moving more (walking to hit my fitbit step goal and exercise bike) and focusing on eating more healthy than I already did. I also gave up soda (except on vacation, because vacation doesn't count). I don't have a fitbit anymore since the recall, but I highly recommend getting a pedometer to keep track of those numbers. Steps are so much more forgiving than pounds.

24. I lost 40 pounds by moving more (walking to hit my fitbit step goal and using an exercise bike) and focusing on eating more healthy than I already did. I also gave up soda (except on vacation, because vacation doesn’t count). I don’t have a fitbit anymore since the recall, but I highly recommend getting a pedometer to keep track of those numbers. Steps are so much more forgiving than pounds.

25. I went with five friends on a crazy adventure to Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. We called it #FriendFestNW and it was worth absolutely every cent I spent to get there.

25. I went with five friends on a crazy adventure to Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. We called it #FriendFestNW and it was worth absolutely every cent I spent to get there.

26. I started playing bass. I love my bass. We're working on a band name, but someday we'll write a song, and it will be magical.

26. I started playing bass. My friend Steven and I formed a band. Still working on a band name, but someday we’ll write a song and it will be magical. We’ll be doing our first open mic soon!

27. Jake and I celebrated our 3-year anniversary and tried to go on as many day dates as possible when he had off work. I love him more every day.

27. Jake and I celebrated our three year anniversary and tried to go on as many day dates as possible when he had off work. I love him more every day.

28. We dressed up as heroes and went to a beer fest at Midway Stadium before it was torn down. We ended up getting featured in CityPages twice - once in photos from the event and once from the September Highlights.

28. We dressed up as heroes and went to a beer fest at Midway Stadium before it was torn down. We ended up getting featured in CityPages twice – once in photos from the event and once from the September Highlights.

29. Leia continued to be my ever-loving furry companion, and our apartment is still undoubtably Leia's Castle.

29. Leia continued to be my ever-loving furry companion, and our apartment is still undoubtably Leia’s Castle.

30. I went back to short, blonde hair (my natural color).

30. I went back to short, blonde hair (my natural color). (And I like it. I also like silly faces.)

31. Jake's cousin, Chris, married Taylor, and it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever attended. I cried. A lot. I'm so grateful to be considered part of their family.

31. Jake’s cousin, Chris, married Taylor, and it was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended. I cried. A lot. I’m so grateful to be considered part of their extended family.

32. We, as a friend group, drank ALL the craft beer. This included too many brewery taproom visits to count, a tandem bike brewery tour in Portland, attending four beer festivals, attending the grand opening of a taproom practically in our neighborhood and, of course, excessive use of my favorite-ever

32. We, as a friend group, drank ALL the craft beer. This included many brewery taproom visits, a tandem bike brewery tour in Portland, attending four beer festivals, attending the grand opening of a taproom practically in our neighborhood and, of course, extensive use of my favorite app, Untappd.

33. I participated in VEDA (vlog everyday in april) and #Inktober (draw everyday in october).

33. I participated in VEDA (vlog everyday in april) and #Inktober (draw everyday in october).

34. I had this not-so-crazy idea for a business, so I made it. ThingsCrafted launched November 13th, and it was terrifying. I have so many more plans and dreams and can't wait to see where that road takes me.

34. I had this not-so-crazy idea for a business, so I made it. ThingsCrafted launched November 13th, and it was terrifying. I have so many more plans and dreams and can’t wait to see where that road takes me.

35. I got a real, adult job working with kids at a local elementary school with before- and after-school care. I work early in the morning, come home for 6 hours to work on design business stuff and then go back to work in the afternoon. It's difficult and exhilarating and exhausting and wonderful all at the same time, every day. I get paid to talk to kids, teach them things and do craft projects. It's a perfect fit.

35. I got a real, adult job working with kids at a local elementary school with before- and after-school care. I work early in the morning, come home for 6 hours to work on design business stuff and then go back to work in the afternoon. It’s difficult and exhilarating and exhausting and wonderful all at the same time, every day. I get paid to talk to kids, teach them things and do craft projects. It’s a perfect fit.

36. I saw one of my favorite musicians ever, Watsky, preform live for the second time. It was just as amazing as the first time I saw him and also 100x better and I can't explain why. His music inspires me every day.

36. I saw one of my favorite musicians ever, Watsky, preform live for the second time. It was just as amazing as the first time I saw him and also 100x better and I can’t explain why. His music inspires me every day.

37. I celebrated my birthday in two places - at The Farm (Jake's cabin) with Jake's family and in Neenah with mine. It was Black Friday. We had steak and green bean casserole for dinner, and I wrapped ribbon around my head. It was wonderful.

37. I celebrated my birthday in two places – at The Farm (Jake’s cabin) with Jake’s family and in Neenah with mine. It was Black Friday. We had steak and green bean casserole for dinner, and I wrapped ribbon around my head. It was wonderful.

This last year was so many things. In a lot of ways, it was the hardest year I’ve ever faced… but with the lows come the gratefulness and joy for everything I have and love. I’m so thankful for everything, and every day is a new learning experience. I’m also thankful for you for sticking around and reading my blog. I know I haven’t been a consistent blogger this year, but this blog isn’t about just crafts – it’s also about my life. Thanks for being part of it. :)

Love,
Britta

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EXPLORE.

I know I still have things to talk about from CHA, but I have all these words that I want to say today, right now. I guess that’s why I have a blog. Ha! It’s time for another life update from me, because things are changing. It’s been a while since I sat down and really told you about everything going on around here.

My One Little Word

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I’ve followed the Ali Edwards OLW idea for the past four years, and my word for this year is explore. It fits me, Right Now Me. I picked this on the second day of the year, 32 days ago, and I can’t even describe how much this word has already meant to me this year. You’ll see throughout this post that each medium to large decision I’ve made so far this year has been driven by this word. Explore is  good for me.

My Hair

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I’ve been making changes in my lifestyle over the past year to a more natural, less-hazardous-chemical-involved way of living. With as unpredictable and turbulent my health can be, I’m trying to take as many variables out of the equation as possible. I looked into using henna as hair dye to touch up my roots to maintain my beloved (by me) auburn hair, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt like it was time to make the change back to my natural hair color. Jake’s sister, Melissa, did a wonderous job on blending all of my many dyed pieces of hair together into a color that blends in with my roots – my real hair color. So I’m currently a blonde with very redhead ends, and that’s the way it’s going to be for a while. I like it.

Leia is Still a Rock Star

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Adopting Leia is still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. That’s no new news, but I couldn’t resist sharing a picture of her for you Leia Lovers out there.

I’ve Made Some Tough Decisions This Week

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With my seasonal position coming to an end at Sephora, this week really forced me to figure out the next step in my professional life. Since graduating last May, I’ve been struggling trying to find a path to head down that fulfills my ambitions, nourishes me creatively and pays the bills. Along the way I’ve learned to break it down into steps and just worry about the next step. Not three months from now, tomorrow. Not next year, this week. I needed some creative therapy on Monday, so I sat down with my art journal, a black brush PITT artist pen, set of watercolor pencils and a water brush and made the entry above. It helped get my feelings out, and now I’m feeling more confident about the next step.

What is this next step? I’m going to pull together and polish my portfolio focusing on my work with typography, stationery and graphic design. A few steps from now, I’ll be applying for full-time jobs in the Twin Cities (and possibly Portland and Denver). I’ll keep you updated with the process as it goes along. I finally have a better idea of what kind of jobs I want to apply for, the types of people I would like to work with and people to talk to in order to find those places. I have steps, and those are good.

In Case You’re Wondering, I Still Love Makeup

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I couldn’t end my fun experience working with Sephora (for now, at least) without buying some new goodies I’ve been dying to try. My favorite picks of my latest haul: the Chocolate Bar Palette from Too FacedRouge Infusion in Coral by SephoraCheek Stain in Fearless from Tarte and Solid Cleanser by BeautyBlender. Plus, this is another look at me with my freshly blonde hair.

Above all, I’m happy.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Your support means the world to me; I hope you’re ready for another adventure! See you again very soon with more crafty goodness.

Love,
Britta

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Confessions of a Stay at Home Cat Mom

It’s been a while since I just sat down and wrote to update you on what’s going on. It’s about time! Here are the top 5 big things going on in my life right now:

1. I got a job!

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I’ve been working on freelance and odd jobs for the last few months while going through my post-college identity crisis, but I’ve known for a while that I wanted to find a “real” job. Well, I found one. Mostly. ;) I’ve been incredibly inspired by everything wedding-related, stationery and calligraphy. I’m still working on my portfolio on those aspects, but I found a part-time gig that’s perfect for now. Starting on Sunday, I’m going to be working part time at an art supply store. It’s a perfect fit for me right now: part time, with a group of awesome people and surrounded by art and inspiration. Yay! Everything just kind of fell into place all at once.

2. I’m finally feeling inspired again.

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Ever since scrapfest (aka 1000+ make and  takes!), I’ve had literally no mojo. Something finally clicked into place a couple days ago, and I’m finally ready to get back at it. I’ve been sketching blog post ideas, business ideas and feeling much happier in general for the past week. And man, it feels good.

3. Leia is such a rockstar.

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Because I’ve been spending a ton of time at home lately, Leia has been doing a fantastic job of keeping me constantly on my toes. I recently installed a bird feeder out on the porch and filled it with sunflower seed hearts, and now we all the get the pleasure of dozens of birds (and the occasional albino squirrel) visiting every day. We’ve even had a Blue Jay! Needless to say, the patio is Leia’s new favorite tv show.

4. My health has been up and down, but I’m feeling great right now!

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I’ve been through a couple of rough weeks lately. My sleep study revealed that I have delay onset REM sleep; that’s causing me to need at least 10 hours of sleep per night (boo!). I’m in the process of switching around some of my medications in hopes that my REM will return back to normal. To be able to sleep a normal amount of time without waking up exhausted would be so AWESOME. I also threw out my back  few weeks ago, but I immediately started some physical therapy, and it’s made a world of a difference. Plus, now I’m feeling great because I’m getting a work out in every day. All in all, I’m feeling really great right now – yay for a healthy road ahead!

5. I’m so inspired by everything makeup (and shopping in general!)

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Lately, I’ve been compensating for bad days and lack of inspiration by diving into the world of makeup. I’ve been totally into painting my nails, eye makeup and good skincare. Here are a couple of my absolute favorite must-haves right now:

  • Nails: the Julep Maven subscription is not to be missed. Not only are Julep’s polishes free of all the icky ingredients that a lot of cheap nail polishes contain. I subscribe to the bombshell style, and I couldn’t be happier. I picked up a few Christmas gifts with my last box, too! Oh, and this is my current favorite nail polish: Ignite from the new Formula X for Sephora collection. It is SEXY.
  • Eyes: the months leading up to Christmas are hands down the BEST time to pick up fun sampler sets and palettes from your favorite prestige makeup brands. I recently had some store credit to spend, so I picked up the Joy to the Girls holiday palette from Too Faced. Man, it’s fantastic! I love the colors; they’re more purple and pink than what I’m used to wearing and look fantastic on my skin. (If you’re looking for a fantastic go-to neutral palette, I can’t recommend the Naked 2 palette by Urban Decay enough. I use it almost every day!)
  • Skin: I finally took the plunge and purchased a Clarisonic Plus [Sephora 1] [Sephora 2] [SkinStore] to add to my skin routine. I am absolutely, positively in love. Not only has it made my skin clearer (it does the BEST job of getting off all the makeup that you would normally miss with your hands), but is very programable and even can be used on my shoulders and back in the shower.
  • Bonus fun: I have a (not so) secret obsession with watching QVC while working on my computer, cleaning and cooking. Today’s Special Value over there is a set of my beloved Vera Bradley bags, and I’m obsessed with this new Venetian Paisley pattern for the winter season. If you’re a Vera lover, be sure to check out this deal!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. You make me happy, and I would love if you would share what’s making you happy today. See you again soon!

Love,
Britta

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