I just remembered this collage that I made in 2007; sometimes I can’t believe how much different my life was back then. Looking at that stub, I still remember my first trip to LA quite clearly. My brother and I had booked the tickets less than 24 hours in advance and during our first and only night there, we hung out with both Star and Jeffree Star, had a run-in with Suge Knight at Pinkberry, went to a Courtney Love concert where Paris Hilton danced across from us…and just like that, we were back on the plane and returned to Portland the next day.
Magical moments like these stick with you forever. And, after re-reading The Alchemist, I can again feel my life shifting. Each day brings something new and unexpected. I’m learning to take the ups with the downs and fighting hard for what I want. To-do lists have fallen by the wayside over the last few weeks, but those are slowly making a comeback as well. Once you know what your purpose is in life, everything else slowly but surely falls into place.
Portland. I used to never go out much, instead choosing to stay inside and work on projects. The running joke was that I’d rather be home designing a business card than out at a party. At 28, I am realizing that there’s a lot of unexplored territory in my hometown and the last few weeks of accepting invites, going to meetings and visiting friends has been really refreshing.
The Big 4-0. My friend Brent just turned 40 so Katie and I took him out to breakfast in North Portland earlier in the week. Brent and I met at a shoe store in the mall back in 2003 and the rest is history. We’ve gone to art shows, watched Miami Vice re-runs and taken off on day trips to the beach; he’s always up for a spontaneous adventure. Happy birthday, Brent!
Window Displays. Seriously, how eye catching and cool is this?!
MAC Loves Type. Another reason I love MAC makeup? Their promotional materials are always super spot-on; I love this use of Memoriam Pro.
Matte Black. I kept noticing the matte nail polish trend everywhere I looked and finally gave in. It is pretty amazing, to be honest. I found a brand called L.A. Girl and it works surprisingly well.
Grandma. I love my grandparents! We went to a traditional English pub called the Horse Brass in S.E. Portland a few nights back. Even at 80, they can drink me under the table, love to gamble, don’t use walkers and are full of life. How refreshing!
Rainy Mornings. I spent the night in the suburbs, sleeping on the floor of my dad’s living room which brought back all the memories from the six week tour I went on in 2004 (we mostly slept on floors). As I was driving home this morning, I was reminded of how life is constantly shifting and changing, but we still have the memories from our past close by.
Readers: How was your week?