Hello again!

After taking some time off to both work (graduate exams) and play (holidays spent at home with family and friends), I’m back for the new year, and optimistic about everything it will bring.

I plan to devote more time and energy to creative pursuits such as this blog, and I intend to post three times per week on average. I want to try my hand at more DIY and craft projects. I also want to grow my Etsy shop, improve my product photography, and develop a bit more knowledge about running a small business. Staying in touch with my creativity has been an uphill battle during my years in grad school, but I’ve come to realize just how important it is, and how good it makes me feel, to prioritize it.

This will also be the year that I start work on my dissertation, and the year that I travel to Key West, FL for my close friend’s wedding. Although funds are tight, I’d like to make it a goal to take at least one other trip to a new place this year. Some places on my list are San Francisco, Portland, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. (I’ve been to DC as a kid but don’t remember much of it).

And I want to read more fiction! A week or so ago I saw an article that discussed new findings on the effect reading fiction has on the brain, and it renewed my commitment to reading for pleasure. You can check it out here:


I’ve been reading Phillip Pullman’s Golden Compass series, and really enjoying it. I have managed to thrift the first two books for just a couple dollars total, and I’m keeping my eyes peeled for the third. I also have a ton of other books I’ve picked up at thrifts that are just waiting on my shelves to be read. Maybe by the end of the year they will be.

I try not to make “resolutions” that I don’t actually feel excited about working towards. However, I did resolve to finally tackle some small projects around my apartment that have gone untouched for far too long due to lack of motivation. I am going to finish building a cabinet today that I purchased in September (some of the holes were supposed to be pre-drilled but weren’t, so I have to drill them before I can move forward). It’s such a small thing that probably won’t take more than 30 minutes, but will vastly improve the look of my dining area. I’ll share the results when it’s complete!

What about you? Have you set any fun goals for yourself for the new year?


About Emily

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a 27 year old living in Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate student studying sociology and working towards my PhD; I run a vintage etsy shop in my free time.
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