Happy New Year, everyone!I recently returned from eleven days in Australia. It was an amazing getaway. And honestly, it couldn't have come at a better time. A time when admittedly, I'm a little confused about life, love, and oh how the list goes on...On my trip, I met many interesting travelers. In fact, I spent a night at sea with 23 of them on the SV Whitehaven sailboat. They came from Germany, England, France, Sweden, etc. It was a great group and by the end of our journey to and from Whitehaven Beach, we all became quite good friends. And our boat started to feel like home.There, on a boat in the middle of the ocean, I felt at home. This experience, and the many new people I met (some who are traveling for years at a time), inspired me to create the print series below. Reminders that love doesn’t have to be defined by marriage or babies. And home doesn’t have to be defined by a house with four windows and a door. Love is all around us. And home is wherever we make it. Love Is All AroundTraveler's CompassI also entered these prints into Minted's Work of Art Challenge. So if you like them, click here and here to vote (voting ranges from 1-5 and ends January 21). And as always, thanks for reading!
A lot has happened over the past couple of weeks. Multiple close friends have gotten engaged (Congrats Melinda + Kara, Lindsey + Brent!), I became an aunt and Godmother (Congrats Jonny + Brigid!) and I celebrated turning 30 while sipping wine in the vineyards of Northern California.But in all honesty, I am having trouble pinpointing exactly how I feel about all of these milestones. On one hand, it is all very exciting. But on the other hand, it concerns me how quickly life is flying by.I think Audrey Hepburn described my feelings best. She once said, "Getting older doesn't frighten me, but I wish I didn't have to because I like life a lot."So true. In fact, I love this quote so much, I decided to make it a print to commemorate my 30th birthday celebration in Sonoma, California. Enjoy!
I know. I haven't posted much lately. I apologize to anyone who looks forward to reading these things. (I'm lookin at you, Aunt Lou.)But I promise there's good reason for it. Here it is.Remember when we were kids and we had time to rejuvenate after a long school year? It was called "summer vacation." And it came with that same over-excited feeling every year.But now, it seems like summer just comes and goes, doesn't it? And a lot of us see most of it through office windows.[morning at Stuart Goldenberg's photo studio in Philadelphia]But just because we're not kids anymore doesn't mean we don't still need time to reenergize. In fact, we probably need it more. So I've decided that this year, I'm actually going to treat summer like summer.I kicked it off a few weekends ago with a surf trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida. And the morning of my flight, I woke up with the same over-excited feeling I used to get on the last day of school.In Cocoa Beach, the weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful, the waves were ideal for beginner surfers and Pete Dancer over at Cocoa Beach Surf Company gave some killer lessons. I highly recommend it.I followed that up with Memorial Day weekend in Dewey Beach, and spent this past weekend in Baltimore enjoying some Natty Bohs and baseball. Because I've decided that this year, I'm not going to let summer slip away from behind a computer.I guess what I'm trying to say is, sorry I'm not sorry for going light on the blog posts lately :-) Happy summer, all!
As I mentioned last week, I recently returned from an amazing trip to Peru.My favorite part of the trip was dusting off my Spanish. It has always been a love of mine, so practicing it in real-life situations was such a treat. And in only nine days, my Spanish improved significantly.And that got me thinking. Design is very much a language too, isn't it? It is a way of communicating information, and just like any spoken language, the best way to improve upon it is to practice it.We could study design in a classroom for years. We could know every designer, color and typeface out there. But it's the physical act of designing that is going to make us good. So take on real-life projects. Solve real-life problems. Practice design like a language. Speak it often.Do you think design is a language?