Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hi! We're over here today!

Hi! We're over at Little White Whale sharing a doggy bow tie DIY! Hop on over to see how you can make one for your furry friend and see a little bonus on how you can all be matchy matchy with the best pal in your life!

Head on over to see us! 

PS - Boy was I getting my numbers all mixed up. Remember yesterday how I was saying this blog of mine is turning three this week? It's actually turning two. I was counting by the actual year of when it started, 2012, but technically this will be our second September celebrating since we began our storytelling in this space. So terribly embarrassing, but you know me and numbers don't go so well together. :)  Gah. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the world blog hop!

I was tagged by Jane over at Projects by Jane to participate in fun little blog hop today!

I first came across Jane's blog and went ahead and introduced myself because I have a thing with meeting other Janes from across the web. Since, I have been amazed by her wonderful creations - making and sewing bags of all sizes and shapes. So thanks Jane for this tag and also to Jessica over at The Jessica L Blog who tagged me a couple of months ago in a similar blog hop. 

The questions were really open to our interpretation and so I focused on answering them as it pertains to this little blog space of mine. Thanks for reading along and see below for three ladies I have tagged who will carry the baton in this Around the World Blog Hop next Monday!

 // What am I working on? 
Something exciting is happening this week. My blog is going to turn three! I have something fun lined up that I can't wait to share. It's been an amazing three years. The first year I was kind of in my own bubble carefully stepping out to meet new folks , all the while trying to find my voice. The second year was all about experimenting with new things, doing more collaborations and honing my voice. I don't know what the third year will have in store for me, but I'm certainly looking forward to it.

 // How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My blog doesn't have a specific niche. It's kind of a lifestyle/diary type of blog. At first I felt a bit self conscious because I didn't have a specific direction, but for me writing about the trials and joys of life and sprinkling everything in-between has been quite a fun and therapeutic experience. Also by sharing stories as a woman of color who grew up with two feet in two worlds - a world I grew up in as a young immigrant in the US and another as a child who has strong roots in Korea - I have made so many different connections with people who were able to relate or find a new perspective. 

 // Why do I write/create what I do? 
This is actually my third time blogging. I think the first two times I had no idea what I wanted out of it and they fizzled as a result. This time I started blogging because after finding a wonderful community on Instagram, mostly among fellow dog owners who I became friends with and share wonderful moments, grieve sad losses and swap helpful tips with, I wanted to find the same in the blogging world. I have definitely found it and have been inspired in the realms of fashion, photography, gaming, cooking, crafts, DIY and so much more. I hope that I am somehow contributing as well - whether it's through life experiences or just finding the fun and happy in daily life, I hope that I am able to connect in a meaningful way with people. 

 // How does my writing/creating process work? 
I don't have a rigid process, but I do keep a very loose calendar where I plan out what I will write. It's flexible and if I want to write about something else at the last minute, I do. I have so many different ideas popping into my head at random times of the day that I have topics lined up for a few weeks in advance. This is supposed to be a fun and therapeutic space for me, but I also want to be organized about it. So I definitely try to be fluid and also plan.

Thanks for reading along. 

Next week, these following ladies will be continuing this blog hop! 

Jane -- Deluminators 
Jane blogs from Australia and shares bits and pieces of her life, and her photos from around the world are some of the most beautiful I've seen. Her latest from New Zealand from July were breathtaking to see! 

Niken -- Main Street Corner 
Niken probably sparks some of the most interesting conversations and thoughts on her blog. As a freelance film production manager, the experiences she shares and the stories she gets to tell are intriguing and very thought provoking. 

Marla's got style, taste, funk and humor! It's always a treat to swing by her corner of the blog and go on quick travels whims and contribute to some interesting, serious and hilarious topics she shares. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September wishing.

01 // 02 // 03 // 04 // 05 // 06 // 07 

Mornings are so cool now and I've come to terms that fall is around the corner. A little wish list to welcome the new season. What are some things you're eyeing? 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Thoughts on this summer of clovers to head into the weekend.

I found some time on my hands yesterday and finally got around to doing my part of the yard work, which was to trim the pesky grass in-between our fences. I must say, I thought it would be a quick job but ended up taking about 2.5 hours and a lot of sweat. Afterwards though it felt good. Even drinking an entire bottle of cold water tasted a bit more delicious. I guess the rewarding feeling has all sorts of positive effects on the body, mind and soul. 

The other day, the three of us - Yangkyu, Piri and I - went to a local garden center to pick up some Dr. Earth products. We held out for as long as we could but once those brown spots and weeds had a more visible presence on our lawn, we knew it was time for some treatment. To be honest, I think I was in denial in the weeds department.

When I was pregnant for that very short time, we called her Basil. Most of you know that by now. What I didn't share though was that Yangkyu and I started a short list of possible baby names. And right around the time I miscarried, I was stuck on the name Clover. For some reason she felt like a Clover. After trying for over two years, coming to terms with infertility and four failed IUI treatments -- we had conceived her naturally. She was our little bundle of luck. And for her middle name, I was leaning towards Yeo Reum {여름}. It means summer in Korean. My favorite season and the season when we conceived her. 

It didn't click to me that clovers are considered weeds. And so when we began to have a clover crisis in our backyard, I couldn't bear the thought of killing them. Because clovers weren't weeds and clover was supposed to be our baby. This may all sound really weird and silly to you, and I don't blame you. I look back now and I'm kind of tilting my head thinking, "really, Jane?" But that's what I was feeling back then. And so we, ok.. I just let the clover patches be. But then they started multiplying. And growing. And sprouting up in other places. And the whole thing just got ridiculous. 

Summer is almost over. And the clover patches are now being sprayed. Both are coming to an end. And so maybe I'm finally learning to let go. The process has definitely come in increments. First my actual miscarriage, and then my second bleeding. I found out that my body was actually holding on to a piece of placenta, which it finally let go a few weeks ago. It was another physically painful experience that was probably a bit more traumatic and hard emotionally than the actual miscarriage. And now finally this mental process of letting clover go. 

I didn't mean for this post to sound so depressing. It's really meant to be more uplifting, for me at least. I read on this guest post on Little White Whale, where it said that we can look at fall as starting new. Almost like a new year. I liked that perspective. And so, I'm ready to start new. I think I'm ready. 

This weekend a couple of my very close girlfriends are visiting. I can't wait to see them and spend time with them. It's been too long. I think Piri will be super excited to see them again, too. And Yangkyu always have been fond of them and he's also delighted that they are making the trip down. 

Are you ready to say bye to this week? If so, I hope your weekend will be a fulfilling and relaxing one. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

If you're ever in DC, go to Pleasant Pops.

On a hot, muggy, sticky summer day, we walked into Pleasant Pops in the pretty little neighborhood of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, I don't have any other pictures other than the popsicles Yangkyu and I got because I felt a little embarrassed to snap away photos inside {sometimes I get weird like that}, but trust me when I say that it's everything good and better. 

I got the strawberry ginger lemonade flavor pop {so good! I wanted to eat like three} and Yangkyu the cinnamon vanilla peach. Right before we left I also got the New Orleans Iced Coffee flavor, which was also good {but still my favorite is the strawberry ginger lemonade. mmmm.}. Our only regret is that we didn't bring Piri along. Why? Because they also sell pupsicles. Oh my dog. 

If you're not in the mood for a pop {or two or three}, you can still come and enjoy other things on their menu. It's in a pretty young and hip neighborhood and and atmosphere is pretty chill too. And if Adams Morgan is a ways off of where you plan on being in DC, then you can also check out their other locations in Mount Pleasant, Dupont Circle or near the White House. 

Happy pops to you! 

Pleasant Pops - website / twitter / instagram