A Life Update + A Beautiful Video + And A Thank You to You My Friends
Prettiest recipe video of all time. via Making it Lovely.
I'm headed back up to Seattle tomorrow with my lovely boyfriend in his good ol' car. 13 hours of driving...the second big long drive this week. Wish us luck! We were busy busy all this past week with our friends' wedding festivities (it was the most gorgeous wedding I've ever been to... and I forgot to bring my camera. Damn.) I got to meet my boyfriend's best friends from high school which was super rad because we went to the same high school, and he and I and all of his friends knew OF each other back then, but I never met his friends or got to know my boyfriend while we were all in high school together years and years ago. My boyfriend and I were acquaintances through college, but got to know each other after college and immediately started dating. We've been dating for a year and a half now and I love him very much. :) And I LOVE his friends, most of which were at the wedding.
I went to another friend from high school's wedding shower in the past couple of days which was really sweet. And I got to spend time with my parents and sisters and their new doggies. Both of my little sisters got dogs this week and our family home has been packed with animals and fellow animal lovers all week. My family also always has someone needing a place to live at our family home which means I am always accumulating new pseudo brothers. I am so thankful my family is so compassionate and kind to others, especially those who have no where else to go or who need family and guidance. And it has been great getting to know our new friend Justin. Needless to say, this week has been busy and I am wiped out, especially after dancing my booty off last night at the wedding with new friends! It was glorious.
First, in my thanks for the week, I would like to thank my wonderful friends who have been guest blogging for me while I have been traveling and attending wedding celebrations. I really really dig all these ladies and it has been fun getting to introduce them and their blogs to my readers!
And secondly, I would like to thank all of you who left me kind comments on that Urban Outfitters post I wrote (which I immediately took down after reading some nasty comments that some not so gentle hearted people left on my blog.) This is the last time I will speak of it. And I am thankful that many of you understood that I did not intend to sound victimized by Urban Outfitters. I simply wanted to empower the blogging and Etsy community to stand up against big businesses ripping off Etsy artists' work.
As many of my faithful blog followers understand, I am passionate about standing up for the rights of individuals, loving and empowering people in my community and those outside of it, promoting the importance of supporting the handmade artist community and small businesses, and just trying to keep my blog a positive, honest, and loving space filled with kind words. I appreciate all of you who left me kind notes. I am sorry some people took my post the wrong way and left hateful words that I had to delete. And I hope from here on out that my blog can continue to be a space where people share encouraging and uplifting words with one another. No anonymous criticism or hate. No backhanded comments, defensive words, or arguing for wrong or right reasons. Just simply thoughtful and intentional good spirited words shared with one another.
I appreciate you all a lot, and I know that we are all mature enough at any age to be kind to each other. I have experienced plenty of bullying in my life and I understand now as an almost 25 year old woman how to let it roll off my shoulders. I'm a tough cookie. But cyber bullying is never ok on my blog, or anyone's blog. I would NEVER leave you a condescending, critical, mean, or backhanded comment on your blog on purpose. Never. So spread the word to your readers from here on out, we will not accept cyber bullying, and we won't let it hurt us. We will fight hate with love as a community. And we will treat others as we wish to be treated, even those that seek to hurt us. That is the way of a wise and thoughtful person who understands the power of kindness. And I know that my readers are an extremely kind and thoughtful collective of people. I appreciate you.