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Hi there! Welcome to my corner of the internets. I'm a 26 year old therapist, photographer, and shop owner currently living in Seattle, Washington. My online spaces are educational and lifestyle accounts dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering women through digital art, home design, and travel.... with a touch of humor and personality sprinkled throughout. Stay a while!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Final Internship Things

GUESS WHAT! I AM OFFICIALLY DONE WITH MY INTERNSHIP!

I am going to save a lot of my feelings about it for when I turn this post private, but I wanted to share a few cuties before I forget!


So this is so funny. Toward the end, my placement closed and I was moved upstair with the other interns. As things slowed down toward the end, we started going to this little coffee shop every day and we were all like WHY DIDN'T WE DO THIS SOONER!!! Hahahah I think we all just felt very overwhelmed and had so much to do we never took any breaks, but honestly I think that was a huge mistake. I am a true believer in the 30 minute break, even on a busy day. I think taking breaks makes your work better and keeps you efficient! Also #mentalhealth haha. Anyway, it's just funny we didn't do this until like literally the last month, but hey. You live you learn. 




There were a lot of other interns but these were the two I was closest with. The way the agency was set up was kind of weird, because for the majority of my internship I was in a separate program than the rest and even in a separate part of the building. Like they were all 2 floors above me and I was in a basement, lol (with a few other people, but none were interns). So it was pretty isolating, I'll admit! I didn't get to spend as much time and bond as much with all the other interns as I probably would have liked, but once I was moved upstairs and we could spend more time together, it was really nice to have other people to talk to who were going through similar things! 10/10 would recommend having coworkers to talk to lol. 


Anyway, that's all I'll say for now! I am very glad to be done with internships and on to real paying jobs!! It's still so crazy to me therapy interns are unpaid but like bachelor level business positions are lol. Not saying business positions shouldn't be paid, more so saying therapy interns should be paid. But alas! The world we live in! 

Wish me luck finding a job! I have been applying to a lot but at this point am only applying to things that I am super interested in. So hopefully I get something before I get to the stage where I apply for anything at all lol. 

XOXO
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Funday

Hi, it's been a minute. Here's some pics. A lot of Sundays we got to the local Goodwill and get treats from their vending machine, and then drive around and look at houses.


Obviously the dog child comes with. 


We went to a new area today and were like, in awe the whole time. New England style houses are SO CUTE. 





Also we rolled down the window for T and he was sniffing SO HARD the whole time. Like his breath in and out so heavy because he was sniffing so much lol. Idk why but it cracks me up for some reason. 


This book is so good. It's a collection of short stories, so it's an easy read. I love being in a steamy bathroom <3 Today while J took a shower I got some reading in and it felt GOOD. 


Also it's the end of April but our spring is finally here! Check out these blossoms in front of our apartment!


The rest of our Sunday has been spent mass applying to jobs haha. It's crazy to think that we only have 2 weeks left living here! I can't say I'm sad lol. It just seemed so far away for so long, because it was cold outside and it just didn't seem like May was close, ya know? But now that it's almost here I am HYPE. If you have any recommendations for places we need to see on our road trip from the CT to the west, let me know. We haven't decided on an exact route yet!

XOXO
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dog In A Raincoat


YOU GUYS TUCKER IS ALMOST LEASH TRAINED!! 

Here's the thing, when we got him he was 1-ish and not horrible on a leash, but not the best. He didn't pull super hard (which if you've ever walked a dog that does pull hard, you know what I mean), but he would pull and walk in front of you and stop and smell the daisies and be all over the place. So, after a while we realized we needed to leash train him (for non-dog people, this basically means teaching your dog to walk right by your side at the speed you set), but then it got VERY cold and it was hard to do. So, it was until recently that I started up on the whole leash training thing again.

I was hearing all these things from all these people about the best way to leash train. TBH a lot of the things they were suggesting were training techniques based on fear or pain (like the spike collars that poke the dog if it pulls or choke collars) and I just didn't like the idea of that (here's a good article about why). Turns out, dogs learn best by POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT instead of punishment. Basically meaning praising and giving your dog treats when they do what you want goes MILES FURTHER than putting them in time out or hitting them. 

Anyway, so I decided to just do things that way and leash train him from a positive reinforcement perspective. Long story short I used a lot of treats, key word "heel", redirecting his attention when he got distracted by having him sit, had J do the exact same thing I did, did it consistently for a week or so, and took it shorter walks at a time. And guess what?! Homeboy is walking like 80% perfect now. 

Idk, I just feel like, so passionate about dogs being well trained and about people training them nicely (say no to spike and choke collars!). Nothing is more annoying than someone's dog like attacking you, or having to babysit a dog that is horrible on a leash (happened to me a lot lol). I guess if you live on a farm or something it probably doesn't matter as much, but I feel like if a dog is going to be around other people a lot it needs to be trained decent. 


Here's the thing with training a dog. Yes it's annoying and hard word, but the end result is so good. Like, I would rather be really annoyed for a few weeks but have a wonderful dog on a leash, than be mildly annoyed for the next 10 years, ya know? 


Anyway, idk why I am posting this and I know for sure some people are going to bite my head off about being anti spike collar, but as is the beauty of the internet lol. I am deciding that if people want to have a genuine conversation about things then I will engage, but if they just want to voice their disagreement I don't really need to respond! Everyone can have their own opinion, so it's a whatever thing. It's just interesting to me how some people feel such a burning need to let other people know they disagree with them lol. But people do it! To each their own!

XOXO
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Portland!

So, as I was saying yesterday, we headed back to Portland to catch our red eye flight. Necessary stops were made at Starbuck's (which we do have here but hey it's good) for a pink drink and Jimmy John's (which we don't have here and miss greatly) for a #6.


In Portland we drove around downtown and went to Cathedral Park. I can't believe how pretty Cathedral Park was!!!! I'll let the photos do the talking.


This hoodie I have been wearing on repeat can be found here!


Our last stop before the airport was Blue Star Donuts! I think I got strawberry basil... or something like that. I remember it being v delicious! J got something poppyseed and said it was ok but not his fave. 


After that, we caught our flight and went home! We got into New York at 7:00am and were welcomed back by the shuttle to our car being late (they were on the other side of this area we were supposed to meet and never called us or told us there was another side lol), our shuttle driver arguing with his boss about money when he was supposed to be getting our car (like literally right in front of us with our car keys in his hand lol #priorities) and some drama at work! We were like, "welcome home!!" lol. Needless to say, our personalities are definitely not made for New York or Connecticut (idk if there are other "mean" states in the northeast, but I am just speaking from my experience). 


Anyway! It was a good little trip and I'm glad we did it! I have two weeks left of my internship and only a few weeks of school after that! So it all really feels so close. I feel like my "real life" is about to begin and I'm excited!

XOXO
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Seattle!

Last weekend we took a lil trip to Seattle to assess livability. As you know. I am constantly debating between Denver, Seattle, or Portland. We went to Denver a month or so ago, and when we got home we decided we should go to Portland since we have never been there before. So, we booked some tickets. A week or so later, we decided to just move to Seattle and stop all the debates lol. I tried to change the tickets but couldn't. So, we had a red eye to Portland and then drove 3 hours to Seattle lol. It wasn't too bad though and we did have a lot of fun! Without further ado, a day to day breakdown!

Saturday/ April 7th

I guess this is technically Friday night but whatever. So our flight left at 11:00 or something. We ate Chipotle before we dropped Tucker off at his babysitter (the one he has stayed with before and likes! Thank goodness 😅), but true to my personality I wanted a snack. Turns out, THE AIRPORT HAS A BAKED BY MELISSA! They have bite sized macarons and cupcakes, and they are the cutest. Go there.


We got to Portland around 1:00am on Saturday morning and picked up our car rental. People there were so nice!! J and I both agreed our experience with the people at the car rental there were the nicest car rental people we have ever encountered. Also when we were exiting the place, the kid who had to open the gate was so nice. He was asking for our reservation but pronouncing it like, "reserva-sheon" just being weird/funny. The niceness carried on for the whole trip and it was amazing!! Then we came back to the northeast and had like 3 different encounters with mean people over the course of one day and were like, "Welcome to the northeast!!!" lol. 


Anyway, so we got to our Airbnb (click for link) around 4:00 or 5:00 and napped for a few hours. We thought we were going to be super tired, but it actually wasn't that bad! The Airbnb we stayed in was SO CUTE and so cheap!! I would 100% recommend it if you want to visit Seattle.


J had a meeting at 9:00 in Bellevue, so I grabbed breakfast at Third Culture Coffee while I waited. Their hot chocolate and scone was so good! Definitely would recommend. They also had really good coffee shop vibes: good music, cool indoor swings, tall ceilings, modern, etc. 


I walked around the Bellevue Downtown Park. It was so pretty! I don't think we would mind living in Bellevue one day at all!


J finished his meeting and met up with me. There was a group of older men driving row boats with barbies in them around the water lol. It was also such a nice day! It had been raining earlier but it was still warm. That's what I've decided I care about. I would rather have a rainy warm winter day than a sunny 5 degree winter day lol. 


We got hamburgers at Dick's and drove around downtown next. I was hoping driving in Seattle would feel different than driving in New York, and it totally did! I feel like Seattle feels more open with more space. 


On this trip I decided to start a food Instagram, as if 3 Instagrams isn't enough lol. Anyway, you can go follow it here if you want. 


I have been looking at a lot of houses for rent, even though they will all be gone before we move lol. So, we drove around some areas to see what they were like IRL. One thing I love about Seattle is how you can live in a house with a backyard, but be like 15 minutes from the downtown of a huge city. So, I am hoping it will be a good fit.


Of course J wanted to stop at a motorcycle store lol. Surprisingly the guy there was saying a lot of people ride motorcycles year round, even in the rain!


Driving from Seattle to Bellevue has the prettiest bridge! I love how low it is to the water. 


OK YOU GUYS. IF YOU TAKE NOTHING FROM THIS POST. PLEASE TAKE THIS THAI FOOD. 

So full disclosure it was vegan, but stop your judgement right there because my very meat eating husband said it was the best Thai food he has ever had. Also it won for the best Thai food in all of Seattle in 2017, including the meat Thai places. So there!

So it's called Araya's Vegetarian Place and it's in Bellevue. We got the Pad Thai with "chicken" (idk what this fake chicken was made of but it was seriously the best I have ever had), fried rice, and mango sticky rice. I used my phone for these photos so they suck, but go look at their website for better photos. And if I could recommend one place in the Seattle area for you to eat, it would be this place. SO PLEASE GO THERE. 


Sunday/ April 8th

Sunday morning we had breakfast with my uncle in Ballard at a place called Stoneburner. I got the dutch baby with rhubarb and would 10/10 recommend. It was so good! I also liked that it was a smaller portion so I could snack on other things later on in the day.

After breakfast, we went to this park (looking at a map now I think it was Golden Gardens Park?). It was so pretty! One thing I didn't like about living in New York was not being able to escape anywhere. Everywhere felt so busy. I loved this park and the idea that I could grab food, and eat in my car at this pretty water view. 


Next we went and did all the typical Seattle things. We went to Pike's and I got my little fruit logs that are soooooo good. 


I contributed to the gum wall. 


I tried Beecher's original mac and cheese and it did not disappoint! I also loved that there was no line and it was ready immediately. 


We ate on the pier and rested for a bit. I really want to ride that Ferris wheel one day. 


Our last stop before heading home for naps was General Porpoise donuts. We got chocolate marshmallow (my fave), vanilla custard, and honey yogurt. They were SO GOOD and also the interior decor there was 100%. 


After our naps we headed back out for dinner. This is what the houses look like there. So cute, huh!? well, they don't all have steep steps in front like that, but they are all cute and little and cottage-like. 


We explored some more neighborhoods we might be interested in living and ended with dinner in West Seattle at Mioposto. I forgot to take a photo of this bread they had, but it was so good! It had rosemary which I am deciding is suchhhhhh a good herb, and an olive oil to dip. We split a Margherita pizza and it was such a perfect amount of food. And also v delicious.


We watched the sun set from Luna Park. From what we saw, I wouldn't mind living in West Seattle one bit! Those views are 😍


We ended the night with Molly Moon's ice cream. I got lavender with sprinkles. The lavender was so good and I would definitely recommend it. I probably wouldn't get the sprinkles again, though. J got strawberry and said, "I've had better but this is really good" so take that how you will lol. 


Monday/ April 9th

We left our cute little cottage and headed out! 


J had some interviews so I went to Storyville Coffee at Pike's Place and did computer things. Their hot chocolate and almond croissant were so good. Also they were really nice and brought around water to everyone who had finished their food/drinks but who were still there working on laptops. 


After J finished his interviews, we met up, hopped in the car, and headed back to Portland! I'll post those pictures tomorrow!

Overall, we had really good impressions of Seattle and feel comfortable aiming for that to be our next move. I am really excited!

XOXO
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