24.5.11

Good News and Bad News


Well, here is the good news!  
I have some new headpieces in the shop!  I am super excited about this new group.  I've created a variety of styles to accommodate a wider price range, making some more affordable options for those of you dying to get your hands on a pretty lil' thing :)
I've also create a new necklace for the shop!


And here is the bad news:
My best friend Katie, the red haired beauty who has been kind enough to be my model for my jewelry line since it began, is moving away.  I have known Katie for the last almost 7 years.  She was one of my first friends when I moved to Seattle for college, and one of the first people I ever met in my LIFE who I truly felt accepted and understood by, truly loved, and never judged by.  And I hope I have been able to equally give her back that love that she has given me for the past 7 years.  She is the greatest friend I have ever had.

She and I lived in the same dorm her freshman year/my sophomore year, the next year we lived on the same floor, the next year I ended up basically living in her house since she had an extra bed and lived basically on campus while I lived an hours bus ride away, the next year we lived in a house together, the next year we lived in another house together, and then this year we lived just a few minutes drive from each other.  She is one of the few friends who I never get sick of and am always excited to hangout with.  She seriously has the most accepting heart and most honest & open minded spirit.  And in our differences, we compliment each other and encourage and enliven each other.  We are true cohorts and I am truly, deeply sad to see her move away.

I am really excited to see where her future takes her.  And I hope that she follows that inkling in her heart that tells her to study herbal medicine and natural healing.  She is made to love others by researching ways to make the body be the best it can be.  I hope she has some incredible adventures on her travels in the coming year.  And I hope her love for humanity only increases exponentially as she grows up.  We may or may not live in the same place ever again, but one thing for sure is that I can't even thank God enough for the joy that has become a part of my life because of Katie's influence and light hearted spirit.  Her friendship and acceptance through the past few years have been pivotal in helping me grow up to be the woman I am now. 

The adventures we have gone on together are unforgettable.  Couch surfing in Oregon and Canada.  Road trips to California.  We went to the 2010 Olympics!  We had a New Years in downtown San Francisco.  We both met our beautiful boyfriends.  We celebrated 4th of July in Seattle.  We've had ridiculously fun highs and incredibly low lows.  We lost one of our dearest friends in college, we helped each other through painful personal situations.  God, just reflecting on all of the hardship that has happened in the past 7 years and remembering that Katie supported me through it all is just astounding.  Breakups, Flooding, Computer Crashes, Deaths of friends, Trips to the Hospital, Failures in School, Family Trauma, Me crashing her car on Halloween a few years ago...ugh.  We have not only stayed friends through all of it, rather we have become closer and closer.  And for each of those hardships, I am SO graciously thankful because I have learned how grow and find hope and joy in friends like my sweet friend Katie.
I will be friends with this girl forever.  And I am so thankful I was able to live in the same city with her for so many years.  I have been SO lucky to have a friend like Katie.

Katie.  I love you lots.  And I'll miss you so much.  You know I am a crier :)  And you bet I've got some heavy tears to cry because I love ya so much <3  We'll see each other soon.  Don't you worry.

23 comments:

Meanz said...

Oh Moorea, I love the new editions to you line, I really want to buy a headpiece, but I'm not sure if it'd look good on me. Anyways I'm so sorry to hear about your friend moving away. Anytime that happens, it is super hard, but from the sounds of it, I'm sure you two will make the friendship last and although it's already stronger, it could make your bond stronger!



Meanz (Koi Story)

--JamJam said...

Whoa! Hey Moorea! I happened upon your blog randomly. It is Jamey (friend of other Katie from Mr. Baxter's art class). Your blog is gorgeous and so are you. <3

Neus said...

Ohhh these are adorable! I really like them! Is very hard when a good friend moves to an other city... she is very beautiful!!

danielle said...

Happy to hear about your pretty jewelry, and sad to hear about Katie. Sometimes separations from your closest friends can make you that much stronger and bring you THAT much closer. I hope that's exactly what happens for you both.

Kyla Roma said...

Aw, I'm sorry Katie's moving away! That's one of those things that there's no easy way though but you'll stay close or grow closer because of the distance. And thank goodness for skype- it makes it so much easier on the heart to have friends who are far and wide when you can really see each other <3

naomi: said...

I'm so excited about your new headpieces, and that necklace - gorgeous!! But sorry to hear about Katie. She has the cutest freckles, I love looking at her headpiece modeling photos! You two sound like you have a solid friendship that won't be comprised by any number miles. So good luck to her! Maybe she should start a blog too so you two can keep up with both of your adventures ;)

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

sorry about your friend. that is so sad. :(
but i do love your new pieces - they are gorgeous! i think you and chelsea helped me to decide to take the leap - so you'll be seeing an order from me soon enough, lady!

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

The new additions are lovely! So sorry to hear that your friend is moving away, but as I'm sure you know, friendships that good don't disappear with distance. Hugs to you!

strataflora.com said...

These are so gorgeous, Moorea - your line just gets better and better! So sorry to hear your friend Katie is moving...I love seeing her model your jewelry. Her smile/freckles/hair rock! Real friendships like that can weather any distance though! Sending hugs and happy thoughts your way! :o)

jooleedoh said...

i love your new headpieces! so glad to see your creativity expanding all the time.

and what you said about your friend, katie, was just so sweet. it made my heart warm and gave me hope to find more friends with the same kind of connection. those are so special.

Shelley said...

Love the new necklace designs! So sorry to hear about your friend moving. Luckily the great thing about bloggin is your never far away AND it makes sending pieces in the mail that much more fun. Can you say Pen Pals?!

Liz said...

I'm super sad for you that your bestie is moving away. I know that is probably so tough BUT fortunately you are a strong person plus you girls have been friends for so long, I'm sure there is little your friendship cannot withstand. It will all be ok <3

Ps; I bought the Renaissance crown. I AM SO FRICKIN EXCITED!

kristin e bazan. said...

awww that is BAD news. so sorry your friend is moving. but hey, you can visit her right? and i gotta say she is BEAUTIFUL! her freckles are amazing. so so pretty.

Allie said...

Blahhh, Katieeeee. Come baaack. :( :( :( I'm so happy she was my roomie, because that's how we became such good friends, Moorea! That was an awesome year.

Farjana said...

So sorry your friend is moving away. The headpieces are gorgeous !

Janette said...

The new designs are incredible!!! WOWOWOWOWOW! And your model is so lovely! Epitome of natural beauty! Sad to hear about your friend moving away...That's always a bummer..But looks like you have a ton of funny memories to cherish...Couch surfing??? How exactly do you do that???!


Janette, the Jongleur

kelly ann said...

I love you dearly, Moorea. Wonderful, sweet friends moving away is such a weird mixture of emotions. But your friendship is as tough as nails, you will always be in each other's lives! Sending you so much love and peace. <3

LOVE the new pieces - that first one is AMAZING!

Ruzu said...

awww :( to bad, but I hope she find her way and it is a new step
theres always a open door!!!
lovely collection :D

Joy said...

What a sweet poignant post! I love her freckles. I wish her the best in all her future endeavors :D

Anne Elysabethe Barkett said...

My Dearest Moorea,

When I think of friends, true friends, friends that understand, encourage, love, challenge, and hope I think of YOU and I think of our KATIE GRACE. I miss you both terribly, but am so thankful to have found friends- sisters like you two at such a young (but not so young) age. I love you both, and hope I radiate that to the both of you. I find myself thinking and talking of you both mucho mucho. Can´t wait to be reunited. In love and peace.

Alicia said...

These pieces are GORGEOUS!

<3

rosemaryx said...

The first one is amazing! I want one - but it's not in the shop! sold out?

-grace
rsmryx at gmail dot com

Jennifer M. said...

I've been wondering who this girl in your photos was. It was obvious she was a close friend, and now I'm glad to know more about her! I'm sad for you that she is moving away, but know that friendships can survive distances too. Thankfully with Facebook and blogs, it is easier to keep in touch with friends who have moved away -- it's not the same, but at least it's something.

That's definitely really cool though that she's going to study herbal medicine. That's a fascinating field that would be very interesting to learn about. Does she have a blog? I'd love to follow her adventures.