Ephemeral May

 
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**PS: your free wallpaper download is in the last section of the blog post!

Reflections on THE MONTH OF APRIL 

So... April has been one crazy month. 

Most of the past month has revolved around preparing for my trip to Florida, as I mentioned in my latest journal entry. I left my house at 5:30am on the 14th of April and drove 3.5 hours to Toronto in order to catch my flight out. Just my luck - my trip to Toronto happened to coincide with one of the worst ice storms of the year, but luckily I made it into the city safely.

Despite a 3-hour delay, my flight finally landed in Tampa Bay, FL. I was then picked up and driven to the Air BnB we were staying at, located in the city of Indian Rocks Beach, FL. I've included some pictures below that I took of Indian Rocks Beach while walking around the area: 

The first few days of my trip were spent shopping and exploring - I got to visit an Ulta Beauty store (which we don't have here in Canada) and was elated to finally purchase some beauty products that aren't available where I live. These purchases consisted mostly of products made in Korea, but also included some from the US. (By the way: I've compiled a list of the products I'm loving lately below for your shopping pleasure.)

Other than a bad sunburn and a wickedly itchy heat rash (because I underestimated just how much hotter the sun is in Florida), I had a wonderful trip and met some of the most fantastic women out there. It really sent home the notion that connecting with strong, intelligent and dynamic women in a vulnerable way is so important for me. I'd been deeply missing it in my life and I brought a lot back with me from the experience.

This trip taught me that: 

  • Authenticity translates in every language and in each geographical location. 
  • It's okay to not always have your shit together, so there's no use in pretending you do.
  • Despite evident differences, it's surprising how many similarities you can share.
  • I cannot tolerate zinc lozenges - consuming them will make me vomit all night. 
  • I missed pine trees and should always reside in a location where I can view them daily.

Wishing you all a wonderful month of May! 


WHAT I'M LOVING LATELY:


Lettering + Design Updates

What kind of girls trip would it be if we didn't have an art project? Not one I'd like to be on, that's for sure. So when I was approached to help organize the project, I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
(To see more of my design work, visit my design page. ) 

We headed to the Blick Art Materials and the Lowe's in Tampa, FL and grabbed all the ingredients for a day of lettering: sand paper, minwax wood stain, posca paint pens, paint tape, water-soluble pencils and all purpose varnish spray. 

SHOP SUPPLIES:


Writing updates

An article I helped write was published recently in the Gainesville HOME Magazine - you can read the entire article right here


APRIL PLAYLIST

Curated by yours truly - hope you enjoy! 


Monthly Wallpaper Download

As per usual, click on the link you want below and save that baby! Lettering was drawn by hand and designs are for personal use only. Choose one, or download all three if you wish. 

Enjoy + share!

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