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Holiday Cheer.

6 Dec

Last week I spent some much needed time in one of my favorite stores in the Old Village, Out of Hand. The ribbon and fine paper filled walls literally make me dream in glitter and gift wrap. They have the most wonderful paper products, jewelry, and gifts. Every inch of the store houses perfectly unique gifts and plenty of holiday cheer.

One day I will have an entire room devoted to paper, ribbon, buttons, and glitter. And I will probably never leave. Or have to clean it up and store it away. What a dream.

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shop: sugar snap pea

22 Jul

Most of my life has been dedicated to the following thought process: go to college, graduate with a degree, land a job in that field, work for the rest of your life. I blew this thought process way out of the water my first month post-graduation. So, it has been introspectively encouraging to learn in the past year how utterly wild it is to operate on the belief that our paths in life are so conventional. The more I talk with people and the more stories I hear, the more I realize what a journey our lives are- that there is no straight path, or even one way to get to where we are going- rather the more indirect route taken, the greater the opportunity to learn, grow, and figure out what truly makes our hearts happy. After all, how do we honestly seek the outcome to this dilemma without first determining those things that fall short of our strongest desires?

Tonight, as the warm and sticky summer air filled the narrow district of lower King Street, I observed the edifying experience of a sweet friend’s unconventional path leading to an idea being realized; a passion that kept her up late at night with thoughts, rather healthy-obsessions, concerning baby get-ups and snack-food containers. Sugar Snap Pea, a modern baby and toddler boutique, debuted its grand opening with deliciously mini cupcakes and eager mommas at the appropriately fitting, half-sized address of 161 1/2 King Street.

What toddler doesn’t love a little sparkle… or anything that creates a mess? My contribution to the event was to hand cut the letters G-R-A-N-D O-P-E-N-I-N-G from foam board (this is where an exacto knife made its way into my best friend spot), slather with everyone’s favorite childhood school glue- Elmer’s, and sprinkle heavily with silvery glitter. Glitter still remains stubbornly attached to my hands and face- and I’m sure this ingenious art supply will continue to surprise customers and Sugar Snap Pea’s owner, Zhenya, on more than one glorious occasion.

I may have tasted 1 or 2 or even 3 cupcakes… but who’s counting? It all started with the carrot cake and naturally I had to taste the chocolate and red velvet. A little self-control was exerted though- I created a solid boundary between myself and the petite cake donning Sugar Snap Pea’s giraffe logo.

Truth: one of my many dreams is to write a book about the unconventional stories of compelling people I meet to encourage others to embrace the seemingly stagnant or unknown stages of life and find comfort in knowing that where they are is significant. I’ve learned how important it is to realize that right now is my life, that if I continue to wait for what is next or tell myself “when this happens, my life will begin”- my live will never begin and I will have lived my entire life waiting for “it” to begin. Ours lives are now, they are unconventional, and they are significant.

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