To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. Exactly this time last year I had finished my final project in my Interior Design program. Our school had given our class a project within the school: To redesign the college bar. My three girl friends and I worked an uncountable amount of hours redesigning the space – Our ideas bounced off each other and grew into this incredible dream. If you haven’t read my original post about this project, I would recommend you do so, because it is chalked full of our design concept photos and this post is about how I got to go see the space all finished!
I had been texting my teacher asking how she had been doing when she told me that Spurs was done. How could such a simple text be so flipping exciting?!!?! Spurs was the very first project my friends and I had the opportunity or pouring our time and energy into knowing that it had a chance at becoming reality. They explained that Spurs was in need of a major redesign because they were losing money and the space wasn’t being used by the students as they hoped it would be. When my teacher text me she said, “Guess what was profitable this year???” I was over the moon. When our class had first been given this project, it was explained that all of the designs would be presented to the school and one design would be chosen to redo Spurs. My friends and I’s design had been selected by the school board and would be completed over the next two years in a series of phases. We had created a list of problems with the current Spurs (other than it not being profitable). From there we made a list of solutions to those problems and went to work. Interior design is a job that no one notices unless it is done wrong – then everyone notices. It was obvious that this redesign of Spurs would test us as designers to see if we really could solve design problems on our own and execute them efficiently. I finally got to go see part of the finished design that we had spent so many all-nighters in the computer lab working on drawings.
Here are a couple shots of the spaces that are finished:
As a group we decided that we wanted the new Spurs should be industrial and rustic. Our concept was to blend all of the school’s trades and agriculture programs into one space specifically for the students. But what better way to create a space for the students than the include the other sections of the school in the design process?? As we worked on the design we went to the trades and sourced materials and created designs they would be able to do themselves. That way, should our design be chosen, this would be a “Bragging Rights” spaces for every one! Our electrical and welding trades would make all of the light fixtures, lighting details and metal furniture pieces, the carpentry tradesmen would do all of the mill-work, tables, etc. obviously the interior design trades would do the design the agriculture students would provide tons of materials for decor, and wood refacing accent walls from the barns, etc.
It was so cool to stand in a space I had previously been imagining and only seeing through the eyes of 3D modeling and AutoCAD. It was the first time that I had been able to stand in a building, see all of the flaws and been given the opportunity to come up with a solution. To then stand in the same space afterwards was just such an unreal feeling. In all honesty, I always knew I loved interior design and the thought of being able to change a space and solve problems. But this was the first time I was ever able to DO that and ACT on those loves and interests. I can’t wait to grow in this field: to learn more and to have more moments like this with other talented trades and designers!
Keep doing what you love and documenting each milestone – Looking back at your accomplishments is the greatest way to make sure you continue growing and learning.
– Stay Satisfied
Often when I travel somewhere I’ll Google what the top tourist attractions are in a city. Yeah, yeah, I know “Tourist Attractions” are the worst and ultra tacky and should be avoided at all costs – But really when you think about it, they’re popular places to check out for a reason. However, I did not have to Google the famous Seattle Gum Wall to know that I wanted to stick a piece of my own gum to the wall 🙂 For those of your who don’t know; the Gum Wall is a brick wall covered in used chewing gum in an alleyway in downtown Seattle. It’s located in Post Alley under Pike Place Market with a unique fragrance of fruit + mint.
I’ll confess that I did a little bit of research on the history of this place because I’m a nerd and I like knowing these things. The wall is by the box office for the Market Theater, and the tradition began around 1993 when people would stick their gum to the wall and push coins in the gum blobs. Theater workers scraped the gum away twice, but eventually gave up aftermarket officials deemed the gum wall a tourist attraction around 1999. It was named one of the top 5 germiest tourist attractions in 2009, and it is a popular site with wedding photographers which I find ultra weird… Like, I understand wedding photos in back alleys and industrial areas but this one is covered in gum… why is this a romantic place for couple shots? My sister and I are a different story – We’re two girls checking events off our Bucket Lists 🙂 Our family made the pit-stop to all stick pieces of our gum to the wall! What was crazy, was that a couple years ago – My sister and Dad were in Seattle visiting our brother at school and they went to stick a piece of gum on the wall, but when they went, they happened to be there when the gum wall was receiving a total scrub down for maintenance and steam cleaned for the first time in 20 years!!! SO CRAZY FOR TIMING. When we looked into it, we learned that it was announced by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority that to prevent further erosion of the bricks on the walls from the sugar in the gum, it would all be stripped on November 10, 2015. Apparently, it took 130 hours to complete, and they removed over 2,350 pounds of gum. My Dad and sister were there that day watching it being cleaned!! I can’t imagine Gum Wall before it was stripped – That was over a decade of chewed bubble gum built up! It was probably repulsive – Especially in the summer heat… At first people were wondering if they would allow the tradition to continue but sure enough after the cleaning was finished a couple days later, gum began to be re-added to the wall immediately.
Keep chasing those Bucket List tasks guys!
– Stay Satisfied
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go bungee jumping! At the time I was living on Thetis Island in BC, Canada – There aren’t many places people can go bungee jumping in the flat prairies of Saskatchewan. Obviously, I was thrilled at the chance to jump off somewhere of high altitude! We had found out a couple months prior to the jump day; I was so excited I called my family back home to tell them. “ABSOLUTELY NOT.” My Mom stated. As I listened as to my parents explain why bungee jumping is not the brightest idea, I got more excited about the event.
The day finally came where my friends and I would all hop in a giant 15 passenger van and drive a few hours to the bridge we would all willingly jump off of. I had decided to not tell my parents until after I had jumped. A couple weeks previous to this glorious moment, I had spent the weekend at my Aunt and Uncle’s place. While I was there hangin out with the crew, I told them about my plan. The catch was that I was too young at the time to sign the waiver for myself…. so I asked my Aunt to sign the waiver for me. I had brought the forms with me and she agreed that as long as I wouldn’t die, she would sign.
In all honesty, when I look back at this adventure, I relate to Rapunzel from Disney’s: Tangled. “I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID THIS!!!” As we were driving we took a quick pit stop at Tim Horton’s – everyone was getting snacks and coffee but there was no way I was able to consume anything! I was way to excited!! Once we finally got to the bridge, we walked through the forest to the bridge and up what felt like a million stairs. With each step I felt my palms sweating and my heart racing. I kept looking up to the top of the bridge where the stairs finally ended and I couldn’t believe what I was about to do!
Walking across the bridge to the center where we would soon jump off, I looked over the side and saw the river below. My eyes were wide like coconuts and I was grinning ear to ear. I felt like life was happening in slow motion. The bungee jumping team came and gave us the safety low-down but I did not hear a word they said. I was getting so excited. I watched as my friends one by one had their ankles tied and jumped off the bridge. It was incredible to even just watch someone else jump! When my turn finally came they opened the gate, sat me down and began to tie my feet with the bungee cord. My heart was beating so fast I swear I could see it pounding in my chest. Before I waddled out to the ledge, I texted a photo of the ledge to my Mom with the message, “Guess what I’m doing today”. Then gave my phone to the jump team and made my way to the ledge.
It’s incredible, even though I had previously looked over the edge of the bridge just minutes ago, it looked so much higher with my ankles tied, toes over the edge and no banister in front of me. I stood on the ledge. For a really long time. The 2 minutes felt like a decade. It wasn’t until my friends watching starting counting down, “10 – 9 – 8 – 7” they yelled. I slowly raised my hands above my head, “6 – 5 – 4” I closed my eyes, “3 – 2” I slowly tilted forward, “1!” My body fell. I couldn’t breath the feeling of free fall engulfed me.
So many people say that they would not be able to bungee jump because their back wouldn’t be able to take the snap back once the whole bungee cord is stretched out. I’m happy to tell you that there was absolutely no snap back because when you jump, the cord slowly stretches out and slowly retracts while you are in the air. Even after my jump I had no light-headedness. As I fell and bounced up all I could do was scream and laugh – This was AMAZING.
As I hung upside-down, I could only giggle. I wanted to jump again and again! I was vibrating I was so happy. They slowly lowered me to a trampoline floating on the river. As they untied me and we made our way to the river edge, I continued to watch the rest of my friends jump from the bridge screaming with joy. We all wanted to jump multiple times but unfortunately there was only enough time for one jump per person.
I hope to one day bungee jump the Grand Canyon – I think it would be an incredible experience now that I’ve tried [and loved] bungee jumping off this bridge!
– Stay Satisfied
I’ve been on this motivating Encouragement Train lately. Last week I wrote about how we tend to view our lives pessimistically or can often portray them that way. This week I’m encouraged. I’m happy. There are so many good things in this world people!!! Last week I hope I challenged you to change your outlook on your world – Or at least open your eyes to see the silver lining. I know it was a bit of a wake up call for myself 🙂 I’m continuing that thought and continuing that vibe and I hope you catch it!
A while ago, a friend of mine posted a photo of her son Moses on Instagram – I screen shot it because first of all he’s absolutely adorable and second because the story behind the photo filled my heart: Read the caption.
Seriously. He is the cutest, most thoughtful little kid. His compliment made me sit back – I’m sure he said it because he hasn’t been walking all that long and realizes that it takes some time to learn, but when I thought of it (granted I don’t know exactly how old this older woman was) there are a lot of elderly people that have lost their ability to walk! We take so many things for granted. It filled my heart to see that Moses took note of and appreciated functional legs. I’ve often gotten the simple compliment at work about how my printing is flawless. Until now, I’ve always laughed it off blaming it on my crazy drafting teacher for being so strict and redirecting the compliment. What if tomorrow I couldn’t write? Guys we are so blessed – Even if you are having a hard time finding the silver lining right now.
I think of Job from the Bible. Job was a man that you could say had everything in his life taken away by the Devil and then had it all given back to him from God; his home, his health, wealth, family, etc. I’m sure a lot of people use Job out of context, but when Job was sitting and mourning with the few friends that hadn’t died I’m struck with a two thoughts. 1. He still had those few friends to keep him company and 2. He was not sitting in Antarctica. Those may be two very thin silver linings in the midst of an unbearable situation, nonetheless those two things remain true. Job himself says in Job 27: 1-6, “Job continued speaking: “I vow by the living God, who has taken away my rights, by the Almighty who as embittered my soul. As long as I live, while I have breath from God, my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies. I will never concede that you [one of his friends] are right; I will defend my integrity until I die. I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live.””
Obviously Job is the extreme case – But I want to encourage you guys to continue seeking for the positive thing in a day and sharing that positive thing with others. Ask the Lord to help you shift your view to the way He sees your life. I want to also challenge you to speak up and share encouragement with others just like Moses did! Who knows how far those kind words will go in another person’s life 🙂
– Stay Satisfied
I feel like we are too hard on ourselves. The past couple weeks, I’ve noticed how people tend to share about negative experiences before their positive ones – I’ve caught myself doing this. But it got me thinking – Why do we do that? Why do people have to almost have a competition about who’s day was worse? It seems odd because we’re trying to do exactly the opposite on our Instagram feeds… I think we do this because we’ve been trained to share about our lives this way. When we’re with people, we have this awkward balance of wanting to share about our lives without coming across self-absorbed or narcissistic. So we over-correct by sharing what’s “awful” about our lives before telling about what’s awesome. (Sometimes we don’t even get to the part of telling about what’s awesome!) This way, we think we’re safe from people accusing us of trying to be perfect or having it all together and being a snob about it. (Why do we even care what they think?) It’s sad. True friends will be happy for you! People can and should be happy for good things in someone’s life without being jealous. We also shouldn’t have to live with this fear of our “success” being judged by others.
“In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid What can mere man do to me?” – Psalm 56:4
One of my favourite mugs that I use at home has a quote on the front that says, “The cup is always half full”. I personally think it’s an ironic quote to put on a mug because there will be more times when it’s empty instead of half full… but whatever, it’s optimistic. There are many things in our day that might happen and we could view them optimistically or pessimistically. Maybe it’s work, our family, or our body, our friends, our hobbies, or possibly our pets. The same goes for how we share about our life to others whether it’s on social media or in person: We could tell a story with an optimistic point of view or we can chose to hone in on the pessimistic view point.
I want to encourage you to see everything that happens in your day optimistically! I want to encourage you to share about your life from a happy point of view! I want to help you see the silver lining that happens in each and every situation. It could be a soft, subtle silver lining that you really have to search for, or it could be screaming obvious! Maybe it’s work, our family, or our body, our friends, our hobbies, or possibly our pets but but however you see the silver lining in these things – Hone in on it. I saw a video clip on Facebook the other day of a bird singing – It was so cute. This bird was beautiful and sang beautifully. I confess I watched it a couple times. Admittedly, as I listened to this bird singing for the third time, I realized that this could be annoying to other people. It made me sad to think that some people could hate birds singing in the house altogether. This thought started to snowball. I thought about everything I’m thankful for and thought about what it was that made me love those things. Then I flipped my mentality: What if I had the exact opposite of everything I love? What if all that bird did was screech instead of sing? It hit me how much I take for granted; all the little silver linings. Guys, don’t focus on how ugly, inconvenient, boring, or irritating something is. The cup is always half full. If all that bird did was screech, it was still a beautiful bird to look at. I found a quote the other day about seeing our bodies in a new light:
Have this mentality in everything ❤
– Stay Satisfied
Change can mean a lot of things. It could mean starting something new, letting go of something familiar, going somewhere you’ve never been. I was reading my devotional book the other day, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young which read, “This is a time in your life when you must learn to let go; of loved ones, of possessions, of control. In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My [God’s] Presence, where you are complete. Take time to bask in the Light of My Love. As you relax more and more, your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.
You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence. The One who never leaves you is the same One who never changes. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. As you release more and more things into My care, remember that I never let go of your hand. Herein lies your security, which no one and no circumstance can take from you.”
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord.” -Psalm 89:15
Sometimes change is welcomed and looked forward to – I think those people are crazy: I’m a person that hates change… but maybe that’s why God has me go through big changes regularly. It’s a way to remind me of my reliance on Christ. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” -Hebrews 13:8. As the big changes continue to come, I can trust and remember that God never lets go of my hand. That doesn’t mean the adjusting and uncomfortable feeling of change won’t go away, but I can trust that going through them with Jesus it will get easier.
“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear – I will help you.” -Isaiah 41:13
I want to encourage you guys (and I’m saying this more to myself) that as we experience change big + small, we can go through each event as fast or slow as we need to, but no matter the speed we push through life altering situations – God is here for us and He cares. God wants us to pursue Him and talk to Him with each step. So do that. Talk to God, share your thoughts, explain your feelings and know that He cares for you. This ugly feeling of growth could be us pushing out of our cocoons and transforming into something stronger, smarter and more capable of taking us to something/ someone/ somewhere greater.
– Stay Satisfied
I have been loving the pursuit of being intentional with my Bucket List. One of the things on my Bucket List was to take a pottery class. So my Mom and I decided to sign up for a local class from 4 Cats Art Studio here in the city! We weren’t too specific when it came to taking classes… I didn’t want to sign up for something that would be a couple months worth of classes, we wanted a one time, drop-in class to try pottery out! When I was in elementary school, I had the opportunity of taking a beginners pottery class for a semester which taught me all of the clay pottery basics. This class was very similar to that, we signed up for the Lazy Morning Sloth Clay Mug class.
Enjoy each morning with possibly the cutest animal in the history of universe—the sloth! In this workshop, you get to hand build, design and glaze your very own sloth mug from clay.
My Mom and I were both so impressed with the class hosted by 4 Cats Art Studio and had so much fun making our own clay mugs! When we showed up, we all sat around a giant table and watch our curator’s 15 minute step by step instructions. After the demo, we got over an hour to sculpt our clay, get creative and add the details. What we really liked was how the creating time was self-directed for us to enjoy the process of creating! Our group laughed because 4 Cats Art Studio had a Zero Tolerance for mug shaming policy.
The goal of the sloth mug was to make a nice, plump shape – perfect for your hands to cup and hold. There were 20 people in the class and it was quite funny to see how all of the sloths developed differently. There were tall and skinny sloths and fat sloths. My problem was that I simply loved playing with the clay, the texture was so soft and cool. Honestly I could’ve just squished the wet clay all day! Ultimately I decided to make a huge fat sloth because I’d be able to have a bigger cup of coffee that way 😉
Our curator showed us how to add a handle to the mug and mold the facial pieces for the front of the mug. After we created our beautiful, unique sloths we got to mix our glazing colours and add the life to them! My handle was ridiculously oversized… but there was no going back. I chose to mix grey and pink together while my Mom picked a vibrant blue. Afterwards the mugs stayed in the studio for a week to completely dry. Once our little sloths were dry they were put into the studio’s kiln for their two firings. Our curator called this the ‘bisque fire’. After our clay mugs were bisque fired, our mugs were given a glossy glaze and fired again, then they were ready for pick up!
Surprisingly enough, the mugs were a success and hold liquid with out leaking. I’m looking forward to trying more classes like this! It was so fun to make a memory with my Mom – Her’s definitely turned out more elegant than mine did… as elegant as a sloth can be anyways 😉 I’m thinking this would be something I’d love to do with my whole family in the near future because watching my Dad sculpt a mug out of clay would be pretty fantastic!
Psalm118:24, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Stay Satisfied