And it’s me!
Visit Water Lily Thrift to view new and relisted items.
2012 was a long year.
In 2012, I:
- quit fashion blogging.
- opened Water Lily Thrift (and sold more than 50 items on etsy alone!)
- quit the craft store where I worked as a framer for nearly a year.
- got poison ivy and experienced ‘roid rage.
- celebrated Daniel’s and my two year anniversary in St. Augustine.
- considered many academic and career options.
- sewed a lot of things, including curtains, pillows, skirts, and a dress.
- cooked more than ever before (and kind of enjoyed it).
- became passionate about fair trade and buying second hand.
- converted almost all of my makeup to organic.
- learned barista skills.
- photographed my newlywed friends.
- became a better photographer.
- won a couple giveaways.
- wrote a few poems I’m proud of.
- went antiquing often.
- read 25 books!
- moved to Charlottesville.
- felt lonely, became better friends with myself, and made awesome new friends.
- hosted Thanksgiving.
- visited the Shenandoah Valley.
- toured Florida Caverns and Luray Caverns.
- kayaked with Andrea.
- wrote 252 blog posts.
- bought some pretty good clothes.
- went on a country road adventure (and crossed the FL-GA line) with my sister to photograph old barns.
- played a lot of Barbies with the seven year old I babysat (I miss her).
- went to Lowry Park Zoo.
- attended two weddings and a high school graduation.
- had my wedding featured on Ruche’s blog.
- was featured in the company newsletter for great customer service.
- took nearly 1,000 photos (maybe more).
- dyed my hair blonde (not doing that again).
- ate lots of wonderful Asian food.
- photographed some grad school graduate friends.
- photographed a baptism.
- quit church and found a church I love.
- took adult ballet classes.
- expanded my graphic tee collection (narwhals and elephants and cats, oh my).
- painted, scrapbooked, modpodged, and canvas-stretched.
- became a pet mice and rat owner. Oh, rodents.
- saw a Bluegrass legend in concert.
- felt defeated and uncertain.
- felt confident and content.
- had Christmas with part of Daniel’s family.
- visited Baltimore.
- experienced snow for the first time in a long time.
- experimented with varied depths of field.
- had horrible and wonderful work experiences.
- felt humbled by the love of companions and the beauty of the natural world.
It’s not often that I feel that a year carried its full weight in time. But this year held a lot of change of both the psychological and the physical sort. I changed jobs three times, moved several states away, blogged a lot, opened an online business, doubted myself, loved myself, read many books, practiced patience and self-control, hosted parties, cooked real food, ate at good restaurants, played with Barbies, went to bars, discussed personal struggle with great vulnerability, put on fronts, argued, cried, practiced compassion, found a church community, adopted causes, voted, felt stupid, felt brilliant, slept in, woke up early, put my foot in my mouth, and spoke eloquently.
I overheard a woman at a restaurant in Baltimore telling her friend that she was glad 2012 was over. I have no desire to redo any part of this tumultuous year but I’m thankful for how the experience, transition, and room for contemplation have changed me. I feel that I, and my life situation, have changed for the better this year. There’s no reason things won’t keep getting better. Thanks for everything, 2012: the chaos and the calm, the tears and the laughter, the boredom and the ecstasy.
Another update of many to come. Click on the picture to go to the listing. There are a few new items not pictured here, so please click around the shop for more.
The tree is up, adorned with an assortment of ornaments, old and new. Our most prized ones are from Ten Thousand Villages, a Mennonite-founded company that provides jobs to artisans around the world at a fair wage. The tree topper is 1970s Hallmark.