Adventures of abandons, part 1

The last few years I have really loved finding abandoned structures and taking pictures of them. My friends and I enjoy it, my mom thinks it’s very strange. (Meanwhile, I distinctly remember her telling me a story of how her and her sisters went into an abandoned house with a beehive a few stories high!)

I went searching last weekend with my pup in the car and found a lot more than I had hoped for! Many times, I would be on a busy road and see one in passing and think ahhhhh! I wish I could pull over and get that but there are cars behind me….so I have started keeping notes of those in my brain as well as written down.

So I thought I would share my collection so far with you…in multiple parts. Because there will be more exploring to do. There always is!

♫ Listening to right now:

Where have they gone?

Where have they gone?

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lex house 3

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I like to think about their story... did they have to leave or did they leave by choice?

I like to think about their story… did they have to leave or did they leave by choice?

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Through research I found, believe it or not, this restaurant was only closed in 2009!

Margo’s Yelp reviews- was a booming place once!

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I am not really sure what this one is, but it reminds me of Ireland.

I am not really sure what this one is, but it reminds me of Ireland!

The skies were also very dark that day and at times it was so rainy I had to pull over for a bit, so it reminded me of Ireland weather, as well!

The skies were also very dark that day and at times it was so rainy I had to pull over for a bit, so it reminded me of Ireland weather, as well!

This next one saddens me every time I pass it...

This next one saddens me every time I pass it…

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I tried to research this one too with no luck so far.

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Old lonely farmhouse

Old lonely farmhouse has made a new home for the birdies and critters.

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A little baby one, seen as I went to turn around down a dead end road.

A little baby one, seen as I went to turn around down a dead end road.

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Now, I already posted these in my Seasons passing post, but it was too relevant to this theme, I couldn’t resist.

Berries thriving amongst the dead...

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Do not enter

But do you really want to enter?

And a few lost photos from my week before that somehow didn't make the blog... of this abandoned house I pass all the time and decided to photograph

These were taken awhile ago on my iPhone- not ready to see snow again! But I love this place.

These were taken awhile ago on my iPhone- not ready to see snow again!
But I love this place.

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Balance, baby

My sister posted this article today. The link is below, so before you read this, go read that!

Passion article- Mark Manson

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It spoke to me right away because I have had the exact feelings that he talks about:

“The issue here is, once again, expectations. If you think you’re supposed to be working 70-hour work weeks and sleeping in your office like Steve Jobs and loving every second of it, you’ve been watching too many shitty movies. If you think you’re supposed to wake up every single day dancing out of your pajamas because you get to go to work, then you’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid. Life doesn’t work like that. It’s just unrealistic. There’s a thing most of us need called balance.”

Let’s start from the beginning.

I graduated college May 2014 with a sociology degree and a concentration in human services. I have never been the kind of person that knew they wanted to be a certain thing since they were little. I changed my major multiple times and kind of just rolled into sociology and as soon as I graduated, considered going back to school for something else.

I worked really hard the summer after college but I also made sure to travel and have fun- I road tripped down south and had the best summer. I scored a job as a youth employment case manager for a local nonprofit in august after I graduated. I started my job and wasn’t sure what to think at first- In the first few months, I did not have a lot to do and not many clients- my job is a very self-motivated job. If you want people to help and work with, you have to do outreach and go out and find them. Once you have the people to work with and help find jobs, the job gets more exciting- much of it is out in the community finding local businesses to offer people internships.

When I first started this job, and it wasn’t exactly what I had thought or expected, I was not happy- so my focus became finding the next thing to make me happy- the next job, the next field. I was not living in the present and always focusing on my future- whether this was researching potential careers, schools, or jobs. (This is crazy now that I look back to think that I was about to switch fields after trying out one job after college graduation!?)

I realized that I was driving myself crazy- living every day waiting for the next “thing,” and not even knowing what that was- searching for it, really, became exhausting. I had given myself anxiety with my own thoughts and questions of the future, without even knowing it.

I had a different blog post planned for tonight, but felt inspired reading this- because I have been through the same thing. I noticed something: as soon as I stopped obsessing about the next thing, about my future, about what am I doing right now and is this really my forever thing- I enjoyed my job more, put more of myself into it, and started to feel more passion about it. I am a strong believer that you can find a passion in almost anything if you work hard enough at it and like Mark said, create that balance between work and life. That’s another thing that improved more for me in that time- I made more time for friends and other things outside of work.

I still don’t know what I’m doing, but like Mark said, that is kind of the beauty in it! I have an idea, but I have many ideas. I already know that I won’t be a one career forever kind of person- just because you majored in something, does not mean that that will be the majority of your life. I want to work in an animal sanctuary/nonprofits, mental health nonprofits, be a photographer and a blogger. I am determined to find a way to integrate all of these things together in some way, but I’m also not going to obsess over it- I’m going to let them find me.  Whatever happens, happens. And if I am working hard, I will be passionate and it will be a success.

Things that I changed to make myself happier in the present (while still not            knowing what I am doing!):

  • Thinking about every day things to be grateful about- writing them down and journaling. This can be something as simple as “my favorite coffee shop had a new coffee flavor I love” or “I went to dinner with my friend!”- Writing it down makes you realize every day is different and makes you focus on the positives.
  • Being happy where you are- notice the great things about your job-for me it was the flexibility, getting to be out and about, getting to be creative, problem solving at times, and helping people. There is a reason you are where you are at this time and something led you to that- so go with it and throw yourself in.
  • Accept your bad days, get a cup of coffee or tea or a wine later and move on. Tomorrow is another day, you are only human, and no one has it all figured out!
  • I think the biggest thing that I figured out is that you can do it all. And if you want to and have enough drive, you will.

dreams dreams adult

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Final market ; sunday drives

My mom and I have frequented the farmer’s market every other saturday since the beginning of the summer. Today we went to the last one of the season, which was bittersweet. It was freezing out, a bitter cold that you can feel winter’s edge in. However, there’s a certain warmth that the market brings for us. We see the same faces throughout the seasons and I have watched the tall tree just outside the market tent adapt to the passing of time. For me, the tree has been such a representation of how quickly things seem to change.

August 16th

August 16th

This one was taken on my iPhone sometime in september

This one was taken on my iPhone sometime in september

Beginning of October

Beginning of October

October 24th, the last market of the season.

October 24th, the last market of the season.

Here are a few more little ones from the last market… we will miss you!

My pictures on farmer’s market page!

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I asked him if I could please take a picture of him- he was wearing a Robin Hood hat.

I asked him if I could please take a picture of him- he was wearing a Robin Hood hat.

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Sunday- the day of la la drives. Getting lost on purpose, taking photos. Now that I have the camera I seem to want to do this very often- especially in the fall. So I put the pup in the car (she cried the entire ride until she wore herself out enough and finally laid down) and we headed off down a strip of roads that I drive a lot, but have quite a few little tidbits that I have wanted to photograph. I have a whole list dedicated to this lately! When I pass something but don’t have my camera with me, I write it down later on in my journal.

Playing in the car on the way:

Hello by Adele (obsessed)

Heartbeat by Carrie Underwood

Same old love by Selena Gomez

What do you mean- Justin Beibs (I know okay, but it’s super catchy)

This isn't my car, but I'm a little jealous of Jerry.

This isn’t my car, but I’m a little jealous of Jerry.

Fishermen and falling leaves

Fishermen and falling leaves

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This way

This way

I'll live here

I’ll live here

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Misty Day throws a party!

Let’s start this one off with some good old Fleetwood Mac.

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If you all have not seen American Horror Story:coven, permission to close this post, go watch, them come back and read this! I threw a spooky gathering last night with some friends and decided to dress up as Misty Day, a witch from coven who loves everything Fleetwood Mac.

We could all use a little more

We could all use a little more “twirling while listening to Stevie Nicks” in our lives- take it from Misty.

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An excuse to dress up as a sassy witch is always fun- and I already had everything in my wardrobe! I realized I have been dressing like Misty all along and just didn't know it....

An excuse to dress up as a sassy witch is always fun- and I already had everything in my wardrobe! I realized I have been dressing like Misty all along and just didn’t know it….

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Misty is all about fringe, big belts, feathers, lots of jewelry, and twirly skirts. Hat: Christmas gift from mom Shawl: H&M Shirt:TJ Maxx Skirt: Thrifted Earrings:Gift Belt: H&M

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Boots were thrifted, but they are Worthington brand. The plan was to also put my hair in braids the night before and scrunch it to try to make it big, fluffy, and kind of crimpy like Misty’s. The party got the best of me and I didn’t leave myself much time to get ready! I did do smudgy dark Misty makeup, though.

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Later that night….

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Some DIY! Pinterest was a big help for this party.

Some DIY! Pinterest was a big help for this party.

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Just a little bit of spook

Just a little bit of spook

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Little one enjoyed begging for food all night!

Little one enjoyed begging for food all night!

Speaking of food....mummy dogs!

Speaking of food….mummy dogs!

I was lucky enough to visit the Buckner Mansion in New Orleans this spring, where they filmed Coven!  Here’s a picture of that:

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Don't forget to get a little spooky and twirl to Stevie...

Don’t forget to get a little spooky and twirl to Stevie…

the sound of that

October mornings

I have grown to like getting up earlier lately… I have 2 pups, one of them is 13, and can’t hold her bladder for as long as she used to. She normally wakes me up around 6 am, when I don’t have to get up until 7am-7:30.

The past few times when I have been woken up early, I have had extra time to play my games, watch my favorite youtubers, (right now i am obsessed with vlogtobers)and take some beautiful morning shots with the camera.

Do you guys see that one star in the sky? Every early morning that I wake up lately it is there…. ! So beautiful.

  
  
 

Seasons Passing

We had snow on the mountain top this morning. This is not rare to have pre halloween snow up here- but I am going to an oktoberfest today! Time to bundle up:

me whole outfit

Vest and cardigan were both lucky finds at thrift stores, leggings given to me from mom but are from victorias secret, scarf is H&M,boots are Blundstones ($130 value gotten for $54 from sierra trading post!) Jacket was also a lucky goodwill find, but is from forever 21- it is actually a size XL even though I am a small, but I got it because I have been liking the oversized coat look lately, so it still works.

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Early morning shots when my older dog Lily wakes me up at 6 am,.

Remnants of our snow shower….

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Early morning shots when my older dog Lily wakes me up at 6 am,.

Mom's coziness

Mom’s coziness

I just want to show the progression of the october trees, this photo was taken on october 9th.

I just want to show the progression of the october trees, this photo was taken on october 9th.

This is the bottom of the same tree, taken on october 17th.

This is the bottom of the same tree, taken on october 17th.

And a few lost photos from my week before that somehow didn't make the blog... of this abandoned house I pass all the time and decided to photograph

And a few lost photos from my week before that somehow didn’t make the blog… of this abandoned house I pass all the time and decided to photograph

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Do not enter

Do not enter

Themes…

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Found on kissikissi.tumblr.com

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Foxy Tunes
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Cozy reading with dinosaurs illustration for Bologna Children's Book Fair by by Marta Dlugolecka

Cozy reading with dinosaurs
illustration for Bologna Children’s Book Fair by by Marta Dlugolecka

autumn cat

cute halloween

trick or treat

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all hallows eve hocus pocus

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It’s an autumn affair…

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This house is so beautiful

This house is so beautiful

Cozy up with a good book

Cozy up with a good book

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This little sleepy baby wore herself out growling any anyone who came by to say hello.

This little sleepy baby wore herself out growling any anyone who came by to say hello.

For all you fashion bloggers out there, I'm in love with my tights and was happy to bring them out. I love fall fashion the best, I always have

For all you fashion bloggers out there, I’m in love with my tights and was happy to bring them out. I love fall fashion the best, I always have

Of course food

Of course food

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Street lanterns

Street lanterns

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Jackolantern guy

Jackolantern guy

Church tips

Church tips

This tree....

This tree….

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A saturday well spent

balloon fair

And on my way home I stopped to take pictures in this field that I pass a lot and always admire...

And on my way home I stopped to take pictures in this field that I pass a lot and always admire…

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Ribbons

Ribbons

After the fair, we went to see Elijah and the Moon play- he was amazing! Check him out: