happiness dissected.

Some images that make me happy: sketching letterforms and experimenting with type, window light/heat,  my best friends excitement about wedding plans, and a game of no-rules ice hockey finished off with dynamite… all these images are on my instagram, @smilemepretty I’m taking “the Anatomy of Peace in Relationships” and “Positive Living”.  which kinda makes it seem like i’m currently buried in conflict and grief and trying to pull myself out of it.  If you read my blog, you probably think that i’m a pretty happy person. you’re right. i am. And yet for some reason i’m taking classes to try understand how, or what that truly means. For one of my classes I interviewed a few people about happiness. I thought it would be interesting to interview my parents and a few close friends.  I asked them what their definition of happiness was: “Being with those you love and knowing you are […]

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Late Night Ramblings and Musings

The past few weeks have been a bit of a growth for me. I’ve been going out on dates and stuff which has been swell– it really has. but they’ve been a lot of first dates…I’ve been digging deeper into discovering what it really is that I want in relationships. I try to be rational, I aim to be realistic, I truly believe I’m both of those. It comes down to the realization that dating has become best friend shopping. I’m looking for someone to not bore me. See I have a list I’ve compiled over the last few months of fun date ideas. Sometimes they happen when I’ve stop on my way home entranced by the whiteness of snow, or when i see a picture, or there was that one time where I came up with a great one because i bought a new pair of sweats. The thing about most […]

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Hello life, you’re swell.

Today Taylor and I made a stop motion film for his advertising application. Twas an adventure and resulted in an impromptu dance party to celebrate finishing. go us. Life is pretty much awesome right now, i feel like should be impromptu dancing always and forever. I’m so in love with my classes. I sit through my graphic design classes and just feel so motivated to create beauty. Gaaahh i just love it. I feel pretty lucky to be so excited about school. I’m so excited for this semester and that comes with a lot of nerves. I’m applying to the BFA program in April, and it’s kinda a big deal. I’m trying to do everything in my power to make the BFA a reality for me and i think just maybe i might be able to get in. On top of the inspiration and excitement i feel during some of my classes I’m gaining this […]

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15 things I know thanks to 2012.

dress: vintage // tights: target // shoes: scotland (1) good photography involves knowledge, and people generally want you to succeed. it also takes some spine, sometimes you just have to say “no, i will not take pictures on any train tracks” (2) it seems like everyone you know is either getting engaged or going on missions, they are. (3) upon visiting home, you will always get the “are you dating anyone” question. they will assume the answer has changed every time you visit. it’s won’t, it’s always “naaah single as per usual, but i’m loving it and loving my major!” (4) Every time your attractived to a boy you will automatically worry that he may in fact be gay. this is because you’re attracted to well dressed men. don’t fret, the ones you’ve got your eyes on usually like girls…just not usually you. (5) speaking of all those well dressed […]

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this and that

my room is my sanctuary, my hangout, my place to giggle with roommates, or to get things done. no matter what i used this space for i understand that there is something theraputic about surrounding myself with art and when i grow up and have my own house, you can bet your bottom dollar i’ll be finding/making cool art to make it my own. There is just something so lovely about seeing your own personality shine through your surroundings. I like coming to my little space and feel like it’s very much me. It’s like a affirmation of identity i suppose. do ya guys get what i mean? my roommate said the other day “you know that guy that touches something and it turns to gold? well when you touch something it turns to hipster” …i was painting on top of photographs, april deacon style at the time what makes your “space” […]

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cold toes, warm smiles.

 When i was in middle school i used to read and reread Sean Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective teens (look at little Ms Overacheiver here…) and one thing that i always think about from it, is something called a paradigm shift. a a paradigm is another word for perceiving something. and a paradigm shift is perceiving things in another way. Anyway enough of the boring stuff, let me tell you why that is important. I have had a Paradigm shift, something snapped and everything is just SO GOOD right now. Let me guess, you were getting annoyed with sad Emma in my recent posts, well guess what? ME TOO. never fear. like i said, something snapped and all the sudden i can’t think of anything that would make me sad. Even those things that were making me sad two days ago… nothing.  Let me tell you about the past […]

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