New Month // September Goals

Hellooooo September! This new month feels so good to me. This summer was very strange and I feel like I am now able to settle into my "new normal." I am ready for a fresh start with things across the board.

Here is a review of last month's goals and my new ones for this month!

+ Pack up & move.
Done & done! I'm gonna go ahead and be really honest here: this was so stressful and exhausting. My dad was even so burnt out and said, "I've moved countless times before, but this one is just the worst move ever..." So basically that sums it up haha but we made it through!

+ Start school off on the right foot.
So far so good! I'm just starting my fourth week already... I really enjoy my classes and my teachers. It also has been the least stressful semester so far, which is good since I think I've earned a little break ;)

+ Wash car exterior.
My dad sprayed it off with a hose... Good enough, right?

+ Get into the habit of flossing.
It was so funny how everyone commented about this random thing on my list, but it was good to know that I wasn't the only one failing at this! That motivation actually helped and I did really well with this silly goal.

+ Get back to blogging!
I'm actually super bummed that I didn't do so well at this one, but I'm gonna go ahead and give myself a free pass. There were more urgent things going on, unfortunately...

+ 30 Day Smoothie Challenge
This is just something that I came up with when I was looking at my September calendar and was like "hey, there's 30 days in September... I should do a challenge!" So here we are... I also fell out of habit of using my Nutribullet and wanted to get that going again. It has been really great so far! The green smoothies I make are pretty yummy and I just feel better when I have one each day. Maybe this is something I will post more about if there's interest? Or something we could all join in together on and do another month?

+ Start my new job!
Praise the Lord, I have found another job as a nanny! That means no more late nights and weekends at the restaurant! That was one of the hardest parts (besides the hefty pay cut...) because I have realized that I am the kind of person who needs the structure of a set work schedule to maintain some sanity in my busy life. This is seriously such a weight lifted off of me! I start next Monday and can't wait!

+ Create a budget.
I have a budgeting sheet that I created a few months ago that really comes in handy (free download!), but I haven't been using it since my income became so sporadic. Now that I have a pretty good idea of what my income will be like each week, I can start using that system again to plan for each month. Gotta be smart with my monies!

+ Consistently spend time reading/commenting on other blogs.
I used to do really well with this, but lately I have barely had the time to write anything for my own blog, let alone read some of my favorites! I feel like I'm missing out on so much that's going on in my blogging friends' lives. Plus, I really believe that spending time reading and commenting on other blogs is such an important aspect of this community!

+ Get back to blogging!
I'm adding this one back on the agenda for this month and am reeeaaallly going to try to do my best to accomplish it! I am feeling like I have a bit more control over things in my life and can kind of resume things as normal again. Woohoo!

+ Resume outfit photos!
While I don't consider myself a fashion blogger, I do like putting together outfits for outfit posts! It is a lot of fun for me and has been surprisingly well-received with readers in the past. So, as long as I can convince Dai to help me, I want start doing these again! Now to finally order some of the things on my ModCloth wishlist.... (I'll add it to the budget ;) )

What are your goals for this month?
Is there anything you would like to see here on the blog?

Have a great week!


Blogtember // About the Author

Hello there! Can you believe it is September already?! School is back in full swing for me, I'm working, and adjusting to the new things in my life. With that, I want to pull my blogging boots back on and get back into the right state of mind with this space. Have you heard of blogger summer burnout? I think that's what happened to me. But, nonetheless, it is a new month, the start of a new school year, and almost a new season, so it is time for a clean start!

I recently discovered Bailey's (of the blog Brave LoveBlogtember Challenge. I decided why not jump back into blogging with some of her prompts throughout the month? I'm a few days behind on this post, but I decided to write it anyway since it is a great place to start. So, here we are with a little post "About the Author!" I thought this was an especially nice post since there are quite a few new faces around here :)
As you may have guessed, that's me, Jess. Or Jessica for long. I have lived in the SF Bay Area for the past eight years and have really come to love it as my home. I currently go to community college and generally work as a nanny (although I did take a little break from that this summer). My major is graphic design/photography and I hope to have my own business one day or just have a creative career in general! I am passionate about adventuring anywhere and everywhere, and hope to do a lot of traveling in my life. I love fashion and sometimes I share bits of my personal style here, even though it is all over the place and I am definitely no expert on the matter. I enjoy wandering around San Francisco, coffee dates, thrifting, and photographing my life. I'm a daddy's girl, love my family above all else, and love spending time with them.

Loves iced coffee, ModCloth, mason jars, blogging, books, a clean room, smoothies, anything salted caramel, reading blogs, boba drinks, Gilmore Girls, taking photos of everything, the beach, Netflix, and speaking with an English accent for no reason. Dislikes homework, getting up early, traffic, most seafood, line cutters, commercials, and working in retail (praise the Lord I don't do that anymore!).
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For the past three years, I've also shared my life with this guy, Dai (short for Daisuke ["dice-k"] and pronounced like the singular of dice haha). He was born in Japan, but moved here when he was just 2-years-old. We met in a film photography class and started off just as "friends," but it quickly became clear that there was a deeper connection between us and now we are best friends, adventure buddies, and simply put, in love with each other. He loves baseball, Japanese TV shows, fantasy baseball, reading manga, playing baseball, kids and babies, new baseball gear, passion tea lemonade, Sports Center baseball updates, Candy Crush, and baseball. And Jessica hehe. Did I mention baseball yet? Dislikes being late, tomatoes, coconut, root beer, and taking outfit photos.

I will admit, it has been quite the interesting journey being with someone that also has a different culture than my own, but it has made our relationship that much stronger and more dynamic. He loves sharing things about his Japanese world with me, whether it be food, traditions, or silly entertainment, and I love getting to know more about him through these things. We love traveling together and have so far been to Texas, NYC, all over California, and most recently, JAPAN!mar-aboutauthor
Lastly, this is my little fur baby, Marly. He is a 9-year-old 15lb dachshund/chihuahua mix that I adopted from the humane society when he was just under a year old. Aside from Dai, he is my other best friend and adventure buddy. He loves cuddling under the covers, sleeping, stealing human food, playing with/chewing on his blue ball, chasing birds, squirrels, and cats, being brushed, going for car rides, playing at the dog park, watching over the house, and his mama. Dislikes being alone, being moved when he is sleeping, getting his nails clipped, getting a bath, ocean water, lettuce, delivery men, and Huskies (yes, he has a specific breed he doesn't like for some reason!).

Well, I think that is enough about me for today! Hello to all you new readers! It is nice to formally meet you :)

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?
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Moving Up + On

This room pictured here is no longer mine. It is just memories that I will hold close to my heart forever and ever. They are memories filled with happiness, excitement, tears, heartache, and love. This is the room and house that have been my home the longest, and the space I grew the most in. I lived here through high school, through getting my license, through my first jobs, through graduating, through loss, through first boyfriends, through great friendships, through starting college.... The list goes on and on.

It has officially not been my room for a week now. Which means I have had a new room for a week now.

Guys, I would be lying if I said that the past two or three weeks haven't been hard (like really hard), which mostly explains my absence here. I've had a lot to digest and adjust to in my non-cyber life that I honestly just haven't had the energy to invest in this space. Plus, my posts would have probably been a little depressing to read or filled with fake happiness just for the sake of having a post to publish.

Moving is definitely stressful, and even though I have moved plenty of times in my short twenty years on this planet, this was by far the hardest. Emotionally, physically...just everything. All of my past moves have included my dad and I going to the same new home, but this one just held uncertainties in all aspects of life. I think what has been the hardest part is not having a sense of "home." Where is home for me now? I'm not really sure.

I avoided this whole moving situation until pretty much the last two weeks leading up to it, which left me with a lot of packing to do at the last minute. Then there was also the fact that I had no idea where I was even moving to until like four days before I actually moved. Yeah. Thankfully, I have temporarily moved in with one of Dai's coworkers who was looking to rent out a room in her home. A little random, I know, but so far it is actually going well.

I say that this current place is temporary because no pets are allowed, so Dai has graciously taken Marly in for the time being while I figure out where I can move with him. It is hardly ideal to be separated from my pup, but I trust Dai with him completely and I know Marly adores him, just not as much as he adores his mama ;)
This first week "on my own" has been interesting. Dai has been unbelievably helpful and kind, assisting me however he can, making me laugh, and letting me simply cry when I need to. I am so thankful for him. My dad has been out of town all week house hunting in San Diego for his next move, so I've really been relying on Dai to get me through. I am happy that my dad will be coming back up here this weekend though because I have really missed him and it has been especially tough not having him around this first week. I think he will be proud of how I set my new room up, bought groceries, and have been cooking all on my own!

I was originally going to write this post last week, but I am glad that I decided to wait because I think it would have turned out a lot differently. I did a lot of crying last week, that's for sure, but I am happy to say that I am no longer bursting into tears multiple times per day and things are starting to get easier bit by bit.
I will forever cherish the memories I shared in this house with my dad, Marly, and all of our friends and family who were part of it. It is sad to see a chapter of our lives together ending and to know that things will never be quite the same, but I hear that growing up can be kind of cool too. I know I will always be my daddy's little girl even if we don't live under the same roof anymore.


Britt + A Coffee Date

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Oh holy moly, I am so happy to be writing this post! Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Britt of Britt & Hive in person. Like, a real breathing, smiling person right in front of me and not just a voice in my head as I'm reading her posts online! Amazing! Britt is the very first of my blogging friends that I have gotten to meet in person and I couldn't have asked for a better time with her.

A few things about Britt:
- She is adorable. The sweetest personality like I imagined her having, so funny and lively, and also the cutest little baby bump.
- Her voice and the way she talks is more animated than I had thought, in a good way.
- She is very observant of the things around her. I like that.
- She is easy to talk to! I didn't think she would be difficult to talk to, but I liked how our conversations naturally flowed as we walked down the street or in and out of shops.
- Being with her was like being with a friend I've known for years. It just felt right.
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Britt scouted for meeting spots online and we settled on Hollow, a coffee shop in the Inner Sunset District of the city. After reading about the quiet, quaintness of this place (and the mocha with a big homemade marshmallow cube plopped in it) were were sold. It was an overcast summer day on this side of the city, which made it the perfect day for two friends to meet for a coffee date and pretend it is winter.coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
The decor and vibe of this place couldn't be more calming or eclectic. There is just an easiness about it that makes you feel so welcome, which in my books is something to be celebrated, especially since some artisan coffee shops have a way of making people feel like a fish out of water.coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
There are only two small tables and one bench in this little shop, so we had to take our coffee outside. No complaints here though since the cloudy weather was perfect for hot coffee drinking and chatting.coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
I loved all the unique gifts and treasures that were displayed for sale in every nook & cranny of this place. All of the little baked goods looked amazing too, but I restrained myself (barely).coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
After a bit of internal debate, I settled on a butterscotch latte. I wouldn't say that the butterscotch was very strong, but the drink was frothy and lovely all the same. Plus, there's just something nice about going to a coffee shop and getting to drink from a real mug, am I right?coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
Behold, The Titanic II. That would be Britt's super rich mocha on steroids with an "iceberg" of a marshmallow in it. Really though, how could we come here without one of us ordering this monstrosity?coffee date, blogging friends, britt and hive, san francisco, bloggers
After our coffee date, we spent some time wandering up and down the streets around the coffee shop before making our way to our lunch spot, my beloved Nopalito. We had a matching lunch of chicken mole enchiladas (highly recommended!) and almond horchata before exploring the boutiques in the area and eventually making our way deeper into the city to the sunny Mission District. There, we visited more unique shops and thrift stores, daydreaming of all the fancy home decor we cannot afford, as well as having a panic attack when we thought Britt's car had been towed/stolen for about 10 minutes. City life, isn't it grand?

I don't really know how to end this because how do you really end talking about a lovely day with a friend? I'm not sure. I will say this though: I absolutely loved being able to spill my guts about all things blogging related to someone that actually understands what I mean or what I'm going through. I could talk about other bloggers like they were just our mutual friends (because in some strange way they actually are) and she would just get it. Let's face it, who do/can I (or really any of us bloggers) talk to about blogging besides other bloggers? No one! Because no one else really cares about or necessarily understands these online friendships and communities. You know what I mean?

It makes me sad that Britt and I live so far away from each other, but I am hopeful that we will meet again one day (soonish)! This wonderful day with her also makes me excited to meet some of my other great blogging friends in the future :)

Have you ever met any of your blogging friends in person? What was it like? Also, who do you talk about blogging with?


New Month // August Goals

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Hello! I'm here, I'm alive! I've been away from here for nearly two weeks now and while I wasn't necessarily planning a blogging vacation, I was okay with it. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of this month! This is quite the big month for me. I've got moving to deal with, school starting back up, and adjusting to these new things on my plate.

I made some goals for July, but let's face it: they didn't really happen for me. Aside from getting a job, I was largely unsuccessful (just like I was in June, actually haha), but it is okay. I'm actually not all that torn up about it and know that I will just try to do better with what is left of this month. Onward and upward, am I right?!

No time like the 11th day of the month to make some goals. I haven't been so succussful with my goals the past couple months, so I'm going back to the basics for a fresh start. Simple and attainable!

+ Pack up & move.
This isn't necessarily a "goal" per say, but something that is going to happen whether I want it to or not. Nonetheless, I do need to pack up all my stuff in order to move it! This has been slow going for me, but something I need to get serious about. I did pack 3 boxes today, so that's a good start!

+ Start school off on the right foot.
Eek! School starts a week from today! How can that be?! I am definitely not ready for this, but I'm going to have to get used to it and start the semester off well. Hoping to make the most of this last week of freedom!

+ Wash car exterior.
Seems like a simple enough task, but I am quite the procrastinator. I've been using the excuse of CA's drought as to why it's okay that my car be so dirty (haha), but I finally need to just wash the darn thing. She is a pretty baby when she is clean anyway.

+ Get into the habit of flossing.
Don't think I really need to elaborate much on this one, but I did go to the dentist last week and was scolded for not adopting this practice into my routine, so I suppose now is the time!

+ Get back to blogging!
I haven't had the best blogging behavior lately since, you know, I haven't actually been blogging. BUT, I'd like to change that! And I think now is a good time to delve back into things full force because it's not like I'm busy or anything (sarcasm) and also I would actually like to document this time of many changes in my life. Plus, I have high hopes and big goals for this space, none of which will be realized if I'm not actually putting in the effort.

Well, I think that is enough for me to handle for August, especially since it is already 1/3 over. September though... I've already got a list started of goals for September. What can I say? Guess I'm just a planner ;)

Thank you all for your endless kindness and support during these past few difficult months! You are all so very appreciated in my books <3


Tips for Beginning Bloggers

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind a bit: blogging advice. There is so much of it out there and I know everyone has different things that work best for them when it comes to blogging. I don't consider myself an expert by any means, but I have been at this whole blogging thing for two years now, Foreign Room being one-and-a-half of those two years.

I never really thought I would be one to give others advice, but WOW, I have come a long way (Pssst! And am SO close to 200 followers on Bloglovin'!)! People (outside of my family) actually read my blog! And comment! And care about what's going on in my life! And care if I post here or not! When you start the journey of blogging, it can be a lonely thing, but is so worth it when people start to take notice of what you do and decide to stick around.

To be at a point where I am actually feeling pretty confident in all this is amazing. It takes a lot of work to get here, but I am so happy with where I am and want to share a little of that love with those of you who are just starting out in all this.

Here are some things that I have learned from others along the way, figured out myself, and maybe wish people told me when I was just starting out. Of course, these are tips for bloggers who are looking to build a strong community around their blog and maybe even earn a bit of a living doing so. For those of you who blog solely for your own pleasure, keep on keepin' on!

So, here goes...

+ Be genuine and be yourself.
If you only take away one thing from this post, I hope it is this: If you are not genuine, people will notice, and if you are not yourself, what is the point? Be yourself, be sincere, and people will notice. And guess what? They will come back. The internet is a big place full of people who will like you just the way you are. Of course, not everyone will like you, but there will always be people who do, so be yourself for them and to heck with the rest.

+ Connect with others.
This is what blogging is all about! Follow others on social media, reply to Tweets, comment on other blogs, don't be afraid to e-mail people to ask questions or simply say 'hi'. These are all great things you should be doing if you want to get to know others and build blogging friendships! And, hey, these are the people who will become regular readers of your blog, which is awesome.

+ Invest in a clean, streamlined design.
I'm gonna be really honest here: I cannot stand blog designs that are sloppy and look like a beginner put them together. Design and coding is not everyone's strong suit, I get that, but there are plenty of great (inexpensive) blog designers out there and even fairly cheap pre-made templates to choose from. If you are hesitant to invest the money into your blog, don't be! You are investing in yourself and your success, which is priceless.

+ Focus on community, not numbers.
I cannot tell you how long I agonized and obsessed over the stats page of my Blogger dashboard. It was unhealthy and I knew that it wasn't helping me be a better blogger, so I just stopped looking. I focused on writing, being sincere, and creating content I was proud of. People took notice and comments started coming, friendships formed, and new opportunities were presented to me. A community was forming, forming without me even keeping track of page views and visits (all that stuff is so confusing to me anyway). To me, the "success"of posts is now measured in comments. I am still giddy with excitement whenever I get a new comment on a post because it is an opportunity to build friendships and expand this community!

+ Proofread, proofread, proofread.
We all make mistakes here and there, but some writers continuously make errors that become down right annoying or distracting. It is truly one of my pet peeves! Please take the time to proofread and edit your writing so that you can share your very best! It really will only make you better in the long run.

+ Set goals.
Setting goals in all areas of life is the best way to ensure that you are moving forward with what you want. Blogging is something that I feel especially needs goals! Whether you make weekly, monthly, or yearly goals (or all of the above!), it is a great way to motivate yourself to keep growing and learning. Plus, it always feels great to know that you have accomplished something you want!

+ Reply to comments (& return the love back!)
Remember all that talk about building a community? This is how you do it. Reply to comments that others sweetly take the time to leave on your posts, show them that they are heard and cared for. Then, do your best to visit the blogs of those who have reached out to you, especially if you notice particular people continuously commenting. Boom. A friendship is now made, a friendship that holds endless possibilities! Also, honestly, if you are a smaller blog and people leave comments, but you never reply to any of them, it makes you look bad/snobbish/insincere. We don't want any of that!

+ Utilize a monthly editorial calendar.
This is something that has overall dramatically improved my blogging! I use a small, paperback monthly calendar that I got from Sugar Paper's line for Target at the beginning of the year, and simply put, I love it. It helps me to plan ahead, set monthly blogging goals, make notes, keep track of post ideas, and record social media stats from each month so that I can clearly see my growth. I highly recommend doing something similar for yourself to make things easier and also help keep yourself on track for meeting your goals!

+ Do your best not to compare yourself to other bloggers.
I'm not gonna lie, this can be tough to do, especially when you are just starting out. Blogging is hard and it is even harder to look all around Blogland and see others who already seem so "successful" or "put together." It is difficult to have confidence when you see all that! But, if you are going to give this blogging thing your all, you have to focus only on yourself and do your best to encourage others!

+ Don't let blogging get in the way of living your real life.
Sometimes a day or two (or three) will go by and you have not put any blog posts together. That's okay. You are out living your real life, one that doesn't always need to be narrated online. Readers get it. If you aren't feeling inspired or don't have the time to write a post, don't worry. We would all much rather you come back when you have something you can say wholeheartedly instead of just a slopped together post for the sake of having a post. Go live your life, guilt free! This is, after all, just the internet.

And there you have it! I often still think of myself as a beginning blogger since I know that I have so much more to learn, but I think I have experienced enough to share a bit of what I have learned (mostly through trial & error). I hope that this was helpful to all of you in someway!

What do you think of this advice? Do you agree? What would you add?

Also, thank you to those of you who come back to my blog time and time again! It really means the world to me! :)


Life // Catching Up

^^ 3 brothers looking peacefully at the sunset on our evening walk ^^
^^ Living that young, fun aunt life ^^
^^ S'mores in our patio chiminea! Made with PB cups instead of milk chocolate! ^^
^^ Doing touristy things like riding a cable car. Also, having 3/4 sisters together is quite rare for us! ^^
^^ Special aunt-nephew time with the eldest... And Marly too! ^^
^^ This boy's 1st birthday! Also, he is loving the sushi set we got him in Japan ^^
^^ And you know, this guy. Always. ^^

So it seems that things have been a little quiet here lately.... I finally realized that I could just tell y'all what's up with my life and why this month has been a bit slow. Because, like, isn't that what a blog is for?

Alright, so, we all know by now that this summer has been a tough one. My job plans haven't worked out like I had hoped, our house has in the process of being put up for sale, I pretty much just hung out at home for the entire month of June, I've been running out of money, I have no idea what I'm doing etc.

Well, in the past couple weeks it has become apparent that it is time to figure all this crap out. We cleaned/organized the house, put it up for sale, showed it for a few weeks, and now it is sold and officially in escrow. WOW. We have to be out by August 22nd, which means that I need to find a new place to live in the expensive land that is the Bay Area. Where am I going to live you ask? NO IDEA. I've been scouring Craigslist (where else do you find rooms for rent?) and wracking my brain to think of someone I know that has a (pet-friendly) room that can be my new oasis or is looking to rent a place with an awesome 20-year-old gal (you know, me). Oh, and I've also been figuring out how my dad and I are going to work together as a team to make this all financially happen. Not to mention that this will be my first time living on my own.

Additionally, I've also been trying to figure things out in the way of a job. I love being a nanny, and let's face it, the pay is outstanding. There is nothing else that I can do at my age that will pay me as much as nannying does. And, hello, set schedule! I always hated not knowing if I could make weekend plans when I worked in retail. It was awful. So, I've been working with a nanny agency for a little guidance and they have actually been wonderful, enough so that I think I may have (hopefully) scored a great position. I need to see how that all plays out, but I am hopeful that things are turning around in that area.

Oh, I should also mention that last week I started working as a hostess at a Japanese barbecue restaurant. I know, very different than nannying! I needed something to do for the time being since I have things like bills to pay, and I figured why not try something new. I was feeling quite lost the first day, but I'm starting to get into the swing of things. My training is over this week and I will start working on my own, which I am actually a little scared for. Being a hostess is actually kind of stressful! A lot of pressure since people don't like being told they have to wait to eat and there's a lot to juggle in the planning of tables. There's more to it than I would have thought! It is likely that I will quit once I get my fall schedule nailed down (that is if I have enough nannying hours to support myself), but for now it is bearable.

Last week my super awesome sister was visiting from San Diego with her husband and three boys. I had a great time hanging out with them and have been pretty busy ever since they left! Working at the restaurant, doing an interview and trial work with a nanny family, and looking for a new place to live has sucked up most of my free time, hence the quietness around here. I've also been told by several people that I need to start packing. They all think I am avoiding it, which maybe I am. It is just difficult to pack up all my stuff into boxes when I don't know what my next step is. It is a bit unsettling, really. Plus, I guess I just don't think it will take me that long, but they have all assured me otherwise... I promise to stop avoiding it soon though!

Right now I am currently sitting at Starbucks having one of my first coffee dates with myself in a while. I need to be working on a project that I need to present this week for my communication class (did I mention that I took an incomplete in that class because I went to Japan? The professor wouldn't pass me because I missed too many days, so now I am just making up a few hours of class and presenting my final project! Really actually a blessing to not have had to deal with it along with catching up with my other classes after getting back from Japan. Also, kind of funny that he is the only professor that had a problem with me being gone for two weeks, but I digress....). BUT, of course, I got a little distracted with all the other things I need to do to sort out my life (see above paragraphs) and thought that this would be the perfect time to update y'all on what's happening over here.

SO ANYWAY, now that I have typed out enough with my little fingers, I must go. Have no fear, though, I shall be back soon with things that I typically like to talk about. Speaking of that, is there anything you would like to see around here? Something I'm somehow an expert about that you'd like me to post about? In need of a little inspiration! And maybe someone else to spruce up my design. I love doing it myself, but you know, a fresh set of eyes is always, well, refreshing.

Have a lovely week, my friends! <3