Hiiiiiii 2015. I Like The Sound of You.

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I say this every year but I’ll say it again, I don’t really enjoy making resolutions for New Years. I think they put a lot of unnecessary pressure on the person who creates them which then causes that person to feel like a bag of poop when they give up three weeks into January. Instead I like to make wish lists. My wish list consists of things I hope to do or see or experience in the upcoming year. If they happen, cool then my wish came true. If they don’t, maybe the wish fairy had something else even cooler in mind for me.

2015 Wish List

  1. 2015 is the year of do what you want. It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. The people in your life should not make you feel bad about your choices or make you sacrifice your own happiness for theirs. If they do, stick them on a train and don’t look back.
  2. Write. All the time. About everything and nothing.
  3. Share. Share the things you create with the people you trust. They’re going to love you no matter what.
  4. Sparkle. With glitter bombs. With flash tattoos. With twinkle lights.
  5. Read all of the books that you can get your hands on. Fall in love with the characters. Soak up the stories like a sponge.
  6. Take a few trips. Runaway trips. Burn run trips. Vacation trips. Just go places.
  7. Dance. A lot. To every type of music. Even the music that only plays in your own head.
  8. Go see your favorite bands. Spend the money. Regret nothing. Buy the stupid overpriced t-shirts that you love and wear them every chance you get.
  9. Paint new stories to hang on the wall. Replace the old ones but remember why they happened and what they taught you.
  10. You have fire in your words. Use it when necessary.
  11. Make things. Dreamcatchers, flower crowns, poems, stories, memories.
  12. Take lots of Polaroids. Take too many Polaroids and even then know you can never have enough.
  13. Trust your instinct. Continue to be/find out who you are. Love yourself.

One final thought on this New Year. As the clock struck midnight and the ball dropped I had a little epiphany when I looked around at the aftermath of the glitter bomb. Nothing happens unless you make it happen. I wanted my New Years evening to pan out a certain way so I set myself up for complete and utter success. I had macaroons, glitter bombs, champagne, Polaroid cameras and Taylor Swift’s “Style” ready to play at 11:59pm. I set myself up to have the best transition into 2015 as I possibly could with all of my favorite things and with a few of my most beloved friends. No one hands you anything, you have to go get it for yourself. If you want something, you better damn well go get it.

Here’s to many more macaroons, dance parties and glitter bombs in 2015.

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Goodbye 2014, Hello Brand New Sparkly 2015

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Today is December 31, 2014. We are currently in the last few hours of 2014. The last few hours of “what did I even do this year and why did it go so fast.” As I get older, the years go by faster. I’ve slowly come to realize that small fact isn’t as fun as 8 year old Sarah imagined it being. I want time to go extra slowly throughout my 20’s.  I want to enjoy this weird chaos and constant state of unknown (as painful as it sometimes is) because I know it’s never going to be exactly like this ever again.

This year was an interesting one. I transitioned from 22 to 23 (the last year of being a baby adult), I held the same job for the entire year, I saw my favorite band twice in one week (STEVIEEEEE), I handled a lot of adult like responsibilities on my own and I also bought a lot of new socks. As lovely and weird as 2014 could be at times, I am more than ready to start 2015. I haven’t felt this settled in my home, work, and personal life probably ever. I finally feel that for the most part, I can stand on my own two feet and handle a lot of things that get thrown at me. As much as I would say that in the past five years, it hasn’t necessarily been true but now I finally like slightly less of a liar about it.

Here are a few lists because I love making lists. Also they make me feel like I can compartmentalize/organize my brain which in turn makes me feel just a tiny bit more sane.

“Adult” things I’ve done this year

  • Bought a new car (HELLO THIS IS A HUGE DEAL)
  • Bought a new laptop (HELLO THIS IS ALSO A HUGE DEAL)
  • Cancelled my cable
  • Managed to set up a new router and not destroy the internet in my apartment
  • Successfully cook banana bread on more than one occasion
  • Bought a new vacuum and actually used it more than five times

Sarah things I’ve done this year

  • Saw Fleetwood Mac/Gypsy Mother Stevie Nicks TWICE in one week
  • Proud owner of 7+ kimonos
  • Learned how to make dreamcatchers
  • Proud owner of crystals for healing, meditating and spiritual learning
  • Read lots of new fiction and poetry books
  • Completed my self given Phoenix writing project on time and was very very proud with the outcome and actual completion of a long-term project
  • Brave enough to show others things that I’ve written aka making baby baby baby strides to get over my self-consciousness about writing
  • Bought 14+ new pairs of socks because I love new socks
  • Done things not because I had to and not because someone told me to, but purely because they make me happy

This is me in the last week of 2014. I hope next year brings a lot more photos like this one because in this exact moment, I was so happy to be exactly where I was. I was so happy just being present.

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Hiiiiiiiiii Let’s Have Some Word Vomit For Dinner

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That title is disgusting but I am sitting here chuckling to myself thinking I am the most clever girl on the planet so I am leaving it and no one can make me change my mind.

I wanted to do a little update on here since I’ve been missing my daily word vomit and I needed a little break from the chaos of holiday season. I currently have eighteen mugs baking in my oven for Etsy orders (just call me Santa) and have Melody Gardot playing through the speakers. I have also just finished a hair mask, face mask and taken the most glorious bath with two Lush products (including this one) so pampering is at an all time high.

These past few weeks have been a flurry of activity. Holiday season is my favorite time of the year with all the sweets and love and gift giving (my FAVORITE thing) so I have been in quite the tizzy (I also like to pretend I’m British around the holidays – probably a side effect of too much Love Actually.) I am in the midst of finding the perfect gifts for friends and family so you can bet my Google Doc is in full force with links and prices and shipping deadlines. I take this very seriously, it’s kind of like my own personal Olympics.

The week of Thanksgiving was probably one of the best weeks of my life. Enter the list of incredible things that happened.

  1. I was able to go home and be with my family for seven days which is amazing in itself.
  2. I went to see Fleetwood Mac aka STEVIE GODDESS NICKS with my Dad and it was a moment in time I will never forget.
  3. My parents found not one, but TWO of their old Polaroid cameras from the 70s and 80s. (Enter kid in a candy store sound here.)
  4. Not only did I see Fleetwood Mac in Northern California – I flew back to LA on Saturday afternoon and saw them for a SECOND TIME IN ONE WEEK at The Forum. They were just as amazing and magical and wonderful as the first time.
  5. I now own two new Fleetwood Mac t-shirts and I will cherish them forever.
  6. Side effect of seeing my favorite band of all time twice in one week was being able to dress in full gypsy attire twice in one week and feel incredible and twirl as many times as my heart desired. Very Stevie inspired.
  7. FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE WAS PROCURED. Thirteen in a half feet is the official tally.

So that was my Thanksgiving break. I could write paragraphs upon paragraphs about my love for Fleetwood Mac and then I could also write an enormous spin-off series just on Stevie Nick’s beautiful shawls and twirling ability but I will save that chapter for the inspiration section in my autobiography that I will write in a few years.

To keep my little brain happy I am currently reading two books. The first is The Paris Wife and it is a fictional account of the love story that is Hadley and Ernest Hemingway. The second is a short book of poems titled Love and Misadventure that is quickly becoming one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. The way the author writes is so whimsical and charming that I find myself rereading the poems over and over again in the same sitting.

Until Christmas I will be doing fun things like making peppermint bark, making mugs, wrapping presents, making mugs, writing cards, making mugs, baking cookies, and did I mention making mugs? Because I do that at least four times a week.

I sign off with one of my favorite lines so far in The Paris Wife because it is so simple and so beautiful. Headed to Santa Monica to do some shopping the rest of the weekend. Happy Holidays and gift giving and love sharing to all.

I’ll write to you, he mouthed. Or maybe it was I’ll write you.

PS here are some recent snaps brought to you from my iPhone and Polaroid.

Polaroid camera

Turkey polaroid

Hair Cut 11/14

Clean polaroid