I want to come home from work on a cool autumn day and feel the leaves crunch under my shoes as I walk up to my porch. I want to pull on a cozy sweater, grab a warm cup of tea, and curl up on the porch to read as the sun sets. One day, I want to walk along the streets of Kyoto so I can watch the cherry blossom petals dance in the wind as I drink something sakura flavored. These are two very different things that I want so badly. Unfortunately, I am no where near being able to do either. I live in hell… I mean, Florida. There are no cool days in the fall complete with crunchy leaves. At best, we get not hot days.
I have been obsessed with living anywhere but here, and sometimes I forget that I can still live now.
That might seem weird to think about. That we can forget to live in the now. But, it’s true. I have gotten to the point that I very much so live in a monotonous routine. Unfortunately, I do exactly what I need to do in order to get through the day, through my classes, through the year. I hate Florida. With. A. Passion. It’s hot, humid, too people-y, and there are no seasons. I suppose we have “depths of hell” and “tolerable” for seasons. Many years ago, I went on vacation to North Carolina in the summer and it was beautiful! There was a breeze daily, the sun was hot but not “I’m going to cook you for dinner” hot. I also went running around in the woods and no killer spiders, snakes, or insects came after me. Such a lovely time. I don’t leave my house May-September if I can avoid it because it is too hot here.
However, I am at a point in my life where I am realizing that I truly am stuck here for another few years. The least I can do is make the most of it.
That is why, starting now, I am going to try and live my life to the fullest. Hot summer days and all. I want to make bucket lists, make memories with my daughter, turn the a/c a bit colder and wear cozy sweaters in October. Even if I can’t be in a state with beautiful seasons, I can pretend for a little while. However, in 4 years when I am done with school and my fellowship, I am getting out of here! At least for a little vacation in Japan. Then I can decide where I want to call my home sometime after that.
My jewelry and shop will reflect this as well
In addition to me being more present, I also want my jewelry and crafts to be a little different too. Starting next month, every month will have its own theme. I will make all of my stuff around this central theme and then there will be one monthly release instead of random releases. July will be a bit of a hodgepodge as far as the release goes. I have all sorts of things that I just needed to get out of my system. Pastel tropical things, beach vibes, victorian era steampunk pieces, and so many glitter pieces!
I will also be adding in new mystery bags! I have a lot of jewelry. To the point that I am running out of room for it. I want to take some of those pieces and do deeply discounted mystery bags. Each bag will have a common theme or color palette that you can choose from so you get pieces you like. I would hate for you to detest steampunk stuff and end up with steampunk inspired jewelry. I will probably have a few different price options for these and they will be released July 22nd.
Next months theme will be announced July 25th on my Instagram and Facebook accounts so keep an eye out for those.