well hello there.

It’s been a while.

But that’s life.

This semester has been one different than I’ve ever experienced thus far in high school. Light in terms of school, but heavy in terms of activity. I always seem to be driving somewhere, meeting someone, or working on something. And I love it! But it’s also been one void of creativity and inspiration. All of my artistic sense went into hibernation for the past few months. It’s started to peek its head out, though. And more posts on a variety of subjects are in the works.

This one, however, is a brainstorm in the truest sense – a list of thoughts and activities from the last two months.

My music tastes can be described as very diverse. Literally, I like everything except the songs I don’t like. :P I’ve got a genre for every mood and activity.

Feeling like driving down roads with orange-leafed trees and dancing with billowing skirts? Listen to “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling and Andrew McMahon.

Busy studying for midterms? Treat your ears to “September Song” by Agnes Obel, or “Stationary Cycle” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Need something to wake you up? “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake (hey, it's okay to shamelessly indulge in some good JT once in a while...)

Autumn vibes IN GENERAL got you excited? (same here. SAME HERE. boots, lattes, hats, sweaters...inner white girl, emerge.) Anyway, visit my Spotify and go to the playlist entitled - you guessed it - autumn! (I haven't figured out how to add spotify playlists into posts. frustrating, as I am normally not technologically challenged. anyway, my username is: orgateway2000)

agh. FALL. all the heart eye emojis.

Also, with this semester’s school load being lighter than normal, I’ve been enjoying getting more time to read many things, including a few blogs that I love. Some of my favorite blogs are not related to each other in the slightest. I read everything from “writing” blogs to “lifestyle” blogs to “mommy” blogs (don’t judge, okay? Maybe I like hearing about homey recipes and small children’s antics. Who wouldn’t?). All of them tend to inspire me in some way, though, by the pretty pictures they post or the messages they send. A few all-time favorites:

Lupine Lydia: self-proclaimed “snarkaustic,” Lydia’s witty, chill, photography-laden and coffee-shop obsessed posts speak to my soul. KC residents looking for coffee shop digs: READ THIS BLOG. Oh, and the fact that Lydia knits cements the fact that we are indeed blog soul mates (yes I did stalk the archives).

The Art in Life: I used to read Hannah’s posts lying in bed at night trying to fall asleep, and I would have to suppress my laughter with many blankets due to the hilarity of her writing! I can’t think of anything I don’t love about what she writes about: DC, fashion, rants on classic literature, rants on culture, rants on food, rants on life…you get the point. I like reading these rants. Hannah’s recently become a mother (yay!) and I’m actually enjoying all the baby pictures, as well. THEY’RE SO ADORABLE.

Caroline’s Corner: Can’t not give a shoutout to my BFF and coauthor! :) But in all seriousness, even if I didn’t know Caroline I’d be recommending her blog. Seriously, her posts catch you in the place you are and lift your spirits through playful humor, deep thoughts, or inspirational poetry. I always come away feeling empowered and uplifted.

isn't this the cutest mug ever? also, s/o to the gingham car in the background. #classic

This really has been a season of Discovery for me, which is interesting because my 2016 word was Discovery. I scribbled that down in an old journal at the turn of the new year and forgot about it – until recently. All of us go through a time when we feel lost, unsure, or stuck in a rut, not able to move forward.

As a creative, I was in a little bit of a freak out mode this semester. WHERE HAD ALL MY CREATIVITY GONE? These past few months, I hadn’t produced one drawing, I had barely finished reading a book or two, and writing had slowed to a halt.

That still scares me a little, but as this post proves, I’m getting back in the groove. I had to go through a season of discovery to get to this place I’m at now. It’s alright to allow yourself that time. What’s hard is to recognize the difference between a true creative rut and a season of discovery.


I’m excited to be writing again. You’ll get sick of me, I’ll write so much. :)

Are any of you in a season of discovery? How do you get out of a rut? Tell me in the comments!