Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cause for Celebration








Top: American Eagle (similar); Jeans: Paige Denim

The weather has taken a turn for the gloomy in the late afternoons and early mornings and I've been so exhausted that taking outfit photos has been far from my mind. But yesterday afternoon, with a glass of prosecco imbibed, we decided to snap some photos. Ben brought home some prosecco to celebrate our moving processes finally coming together - we've identified apartments to go look at in Portland on Saturday and I'm moving quickly along to the end of my job search (more updates to come soon!). 

I think everyone experiences this, but do you all ever have a hard time celebrating because the journey to resolution has been so taxing? I feel like I've been sitting in a leaky inner tube at sea being dashed around in the waves for so long that I can't even focus on the rescue - I still have my sea legs (and sea bruises). I'm hoping that my excitement is going to come as soon as an apartment is secured, I have 100 million moving boxes in my living room, and I'm actually ready to take outfit photos in the Portland streets rather than the Tacoma ones. Maybe that means my excitement is going to come when I first start decorating our new home. That's probably going to be the first moment that changes from stress to joy.

I'm going to miss my current city with a vengeance. I've been here for six years - I arrived in 2007 for college - and all of my friends live here, my favorite restaurants live here, my favorite wine shops and bars, my favorite happy hours, and parks, and most of all my favorite views. My apartment looks across mountains that have been a familiar viewpoint and anchor throughout my entire college/post-grad experience. Out the kitchen windows the Olympics stand in craggy glory behind a wall of clouds. Out the living room window is Rainier, the beautiful behemoth that watches over the city, and it's range of hilly, never-ending Cascades. 

But I anticipate that Portland's Mt. Hood will start to watch over me, the river will be a horizon companion, the trees and skyline my new Olympics (and I suppose I'll still have the Cascades). So, here's to growing up, and out, and moving on - a glass of prosecco in hand to celebrate, even if I don't feel like it yet. 

34 comments

  1. I teared up reading this. I don't know if it is because I am anticipating also moving but I am seriously balling like a baby.

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  2. I hope that you start getting excited soon...decorating should help :) Change is always hard...but I'm sure everything will work out perfectly!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  3. Moving and change are always stressful scary things, but we have to believe there are better things on the horizon and just see it all as an adventure!
    xx
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  4. you are soo gorgeous! i love your hair~!! and moving can always be stressful but i know great things are in store for you!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  5. I love this color on you. It's so flattering. You need to get more clothes in this vibrant color.

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    Kisses,
    Sofia

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  6. The prosecco was such a sweet sentiment! Moving and changing jobs is always so mind consuming! Love your orchid too!

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  7. Moving somewhere new is definitely a big change! But I think once you get yourself situated and settled, you'll start to feel better about it.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Scarf Giveaway!

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  8. These photos are so pretty and your congrats on the move :)

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  9. Lovely pictures! And good look for these new challenges! :)

    Gemma
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  10. Change can be difficult but also super exciting! I know you are going to love Portland just as much as Seattle.

    Sarah @ Life As Always

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  11. Packing things up and not using them for a while is difficult. Good luck with your move. I agree with the previous comments, getting things settled in your new life would get you feeling great again.

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  12. So beautiful pics!
    Im sure everything going to be allright!

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  13. the color of your shirt is so cheerful, I love how you tied it and paired it with skinny jeans.

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  14. The great thing about memories is that you can never run out of them! You can always make more!! I'm sure that Portland will be just another epic chapter in your life... Enjoy that Prosecco.... You deserve it!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  15. SUCH a cute look!!! The pop of red is amazing! Love me some prosecco too! :)

    xx,
    Mary
    M.A.S. FASHION

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  16. good luck with the new job prospect and the move. sometimes dealing with a lot at once can certainly be overwhelming so i totally understand that it can be hard to feel in a celebratory mood. good luck and i think the next phase will be great for you! :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  17. Yay for the job search almost being done!

    XO,
    http://sororitygirlintherealworld.blogspot.com/

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  18. Cheers to a new chapter lady!!! And to making new memories, friends and new favorite places!!

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  19. LOVE those jeans! You look so cute!

    Just remember, you can do it. We are all here cheering you on, excited to see where life takes you next. :)

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  20. Oh, I hope you love Portland too. I think Oregon is the best and it'd be sad if you didn't end up liking it. I think you will though.

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  21. You look beautiful and that picture of you with your cat is so cute ! I wish you the best for you in this new stage of your life in Portland. Be careful with the move and lifting up boxes. Bend properly to pick things up.
    kisses,
    Elsey
    http://whisperingstyle.blogspot.com/

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  22. i am sure that you will celebrate once everything is done and you have moved. love the blouse!
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.com

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  23. awww so sweet! i have cats, too

    xx

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  25. The pic of you and your cat is SO cute, I'm literally "awwww"-ing. Keep you chin up girl, moving is SO tough, I've been there! And trust, there's nothing a little prosecco can't fix! XOXO

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  26. Gorgeous pics!

    xo Ally
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  27. I love this casual look girl! And congrats on your new adventure! I am sure you will love it! :)

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  28. love your outfit!!!! and good luck with your new adventure :)
    kisses

    Ana
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  29. Yes, new adventures are always good for the soul! :)

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  30. beautiful photos, good luck with your new adventure!

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  31. wow what an amazing time in your life! I think moving is so exciting! lovely pictures by the way, red really suits you!
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

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