A fresh start

I started the new year with a clean slate. I got a new apartment in a new building. It was the fresh start I needed after ending the past year on a low note.

Now, I’ve known people who are completely against moving into new building until all the kinks have been worked out, but I find it to be quite lovely knowing you’re the first person to use the washer and dryer and sit on the toilet.

My new place is small but is just the cutest little thing and I’ll be calling it home for a while.


Happy New Year

Hello, friends! Happy new year!

What a crazy year 2013 was. Lots of ups, lots of downs. The past six months have been absolutely nutty and, because of it, I sort of went on a little blogging break.

A lot of the madness was personal and I’d like to keep it that way…although I’m sure you’ve taken note of some changes to the blog and my instagram (@thisvalleylife).

I hope this new year brings blogging and creativity back into my life. I just finished pastry school so I’m hoping I’ll have more time for myself and my friends. I’ve been horrible with hanging out and communicating in general.

I’m also dubbing this the year of the career. I think it’s about time for someone to pay me to do something I love and can do long term. There is nothing I would love more than spending my days (or super early mornings) in a bakery. I’m done with being a starving student. Not being able to afford things to bake with has gotten old. No more, my friends! This is my year.

Here’s to less negative craziness in life and more of doing what makes us happy!

Memory Jar Monday

Happy new year! Happy first week of the new year!

New years are like clean slates. It’s like whatever happened last year all gets thrown out the window on January 1st. It’s the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, update your wardrobe, or overhaul your life. Well, if you’re looking for something fun and easy to get your new year/new you started, Paper Coterie has a fun, free download for January.

I’m not one to journal, but I think the Memory Jar download has 52 awesome questions that really got me thinking. So instead of writing them in some notebook, I decided to use them as blog prompts. What I’ve done is cut each question out, folded them up, and put them all in a jar. Every week I will pick one and blog about it.

The topic for the first week of January 2013 is: Would you rather lose your old memories or never be able to make new ones? 

I really wish that the first topic I picked wasn’t such a hard one. I think what the question is asking you to chose between is waking up tomorrow and not being able to remember anything from my past or from this day forward not being able to remember anything I do. It would be awful to wake up and not know why or how you got to be where you are. What would it be like not remembering how we came to adopt Sierra or the day we moved to Portland? Or what would it be like to not be able to make any memories in my new city? I think I’d rather scrap my old memories than not be able to make new ones. I don’t care to remember how ridiculous high school was, how I was severely overweight and teased for it in elementary school, or life before I started drinking coffee. I do want to remember when Sierra jumped into the Willamette River on our waterfront walk, what it’s like to look down the street and see Mt. Hood, and the time Adam and I stood on our balcony and watched the slow flurries flit around on New Year’s Eve. If I had to give up my old memories in order to make new ones, I’d definitely do it.


Well apparently that is where I stand on that. What would you pick?