Everything’s Coming Up Changes

Berkeley Hills, San Francisco sunsetI’m sorry. I know I’ve been neglecting you. Here’s a pretty picture Jim took of the bay to make up for it. Two months ago, my posts came with regularity, and I was always working on something new. February and March, however, were a very different story. I know I’ve been vagueblogging a bit about some big things going on in my life, and now I’m in a place where I can share it with you (yay, emotional posts!).

I haven’t talked about my day job much on here, partially for privacy but also because it wasn’t something I particularly wanted to talk about. After six years of working towards a permanent career as Marriage & Family Therapist, I realized that I had pursued the career I felt like I “should” pursue, instead of one that felt like it would truly make me happy. I was getting burned out, but I felt like I was obligated to continue on the path I was on. Now I’m changing that.

It was scary to admit that my life was about to change dramatically, but with the support of friends and family and the epiphanies that can only come from sitting in a mountain cabin, I decided to take the leap. I had to leave my job without having another one lined up since I needed to give my clients ample notice and time to process my departure. Not stressful at all, right?

But it feels like the right thing to do. Even though I’m not sure what the future will hold, I feel much more like myself. So, away we go!

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Five Quick Snaps

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Change is in the air, and it’s not just the scent of spring. Whether it’s as monumental as the arguments being heard today and tomorrow in the Supreme Court or something smaller like a change in life’s direction, I feel completely surrounded by bodies and ideas in motion.

I know I’m being a bit vague (and not for the first time), but I promise to explain myself this week! For now, all I can say is that just like in the picture above, sometimes childhood dreams really do come true.

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I snapped this shot mere seconds before my final interview that has now led to my dream job. Armed with my favorite purse and look-at-me horizontal stripes, I had all the confidence that clothing could possibly bring. Mint: it’s not just for gum anymore!

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I raised my iPhone high to grab this shot amidst the crowd marching down Market Street from Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro to City Hall in the Civic Center. Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies marched in a show of support and hope that marriage equality will be upheld this week.

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She said it better than I ever could. Live + let live, love + let love.

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Happy Spring!

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How to Style Winter-Spring Layers

winter-spring layers, fashion layers, sweater over shirt, knit layersAround this time of year, I always have to take a reality check before I assume that the rest of the country is also experiencing weather alternating between balmy 70-degree days and foggy 50-something evenings. All it takes is turning on the live stream of my favorite Minnesota Public Radio station and hearing the weather report to bring me back to reality. Sorry, guys- freezing rain sucks.

Even though much of the country is still blanketed in snow, there’s a little something in the air that hints at warmer times to come. Whether you’re in San Francisco or Duluth, this winter-spring transition time is the perfect excuse to pile on layers like there’s no tomorrow. Knits never go out of style, and it’s hard to go wrong with a classic plaid flannel. Chunky or light wool scarves are a cozy add-on that brings a serious dose of texture to your ensemble.

When layering, especially under a fitted jacket, start with long layers first and keep them thin in order to build visual interest without the bulk. I like to balance out volume and layers on top with a pair of cigarette pants or even leather leggings (yep, I’m still on that wagon!). If you like to define your waist, a masculine belt gives your figure shape without looking fussy.

I hope you enjoy the inspiration, and please share your own in the comments! Image credits below.

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Vanessa Jackman: London Fashion Week 2012

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Images (from top left) via 25.media.tumblr.com, fashionindie.com, pinterest.com/threadandbones, atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com, pinterest.com/mariedob/, refinedstyle.tumblr.com, 25.media.tumblr.com, refinedstyle.tumblr.com, vanessajackman.blogspot.com, anearlymorningwalk.tumblr.com, quinceandco.com, chambraybeau.tumblr.com, thestylistheart.blogspot.com

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