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sharing a bit about what's it's like 3 days into my big move to Seattle

I’m queuing up some posts for the rest of the week and I felt like I was due for a check in. All I could think about is how I really just need to air out some feelings I’ve been having. Officially, I’ve been in Seattle for 3 days and, overall, it’s totally great. This feels like home… which is exactly the point of all of this, right?

It’s just when I really start to think about things… that things get complicated in my head. There are so many things going on, so much change, so much unknown. When will my stuff arrive? Do the people in my new co-working space like me? Will I bump into my ex-boyfriend and will my hair actually be clean that day? When will my cat stop howling in the middle of the night because she’s scared of the new apartment? And why is that man peeing in the alleyway below to my kitchen?

Stuff like that.

I haven’t been sleeping well and I think I’m sort of fighting off a cold. My body needs a break in a big way. For the past few days, I was able to distract myself from everything thanks to the road trip, the new apartment, the new office, everything. Now though… it’s really catching up to me.

So yeah… there’s that. I just felt like I needed to get it out there and now I feel a bit calmer.

image via my Instagram

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft

This time next week, I will be in my new Seattle home, so it’s definitely time for me to start thinking about how on earth I’m going to fill a space that’s 3x the size of anywhere I’ve ever lived! MEEP. Luckily, I recently discovered the absolutely incredible Homestead Seattle. They sell vintage and antique pieces in a way that feels cozy and totally curated. Founders Ryan and Michelle Tansey have truly amazing taste — so much that I just want to live in their showroom.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loftI’ve already scooped up this incredible live edge shelf, but I have my eyes on a few more pieces to add to my own home. Yeah, I might have already set up an appointment to peruse their showroom 2 days after I arrive.

homestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new lofthomestead seattle // my new favorite place to shop for vintage and antique pieces for my new loft They sell out pretty quickly, so I recommend following them on Instagram to get first dibs on the latest and greatest pieces! And here’s a bonus for Seattle-based readers: Homestead offers local pick up, so it’s even easier to fill your home with these gorgeous pieces.

images via Homestead Seattle

all ears // a spotify playlist for for my upcoming road trip from san francisco to seattle

I want to do something different this time around. I don’t want this month’s All Ears playlist to be love songs, ballads, and the like. That just feels… played out (pun intended?). Instead, I want this month’s playlist to take you, my readers, through a bit of the journey that I’m facing this month. This month (really, in less than 14 days) I leave California in my trusty old VW and drive north to the only place that’s ever felt like a true home, Seattle. I’m leaving behind so much, but in my soul I know this is the right choice for me. It’s bittersweet, yes, but it’s the only thing that actually makes sense in my life right now.

This playlist has two parts: the first is meant to be a bit of a love letter to California. This gorgeous city and state welcomed me with open arms and, although it’s only been year, I find myself changed and improved. The second half of the playlist feels like the best way I can ever possibly explain all of the feelings that are wrapped up in what it means to go ‘home.’ Sometimes it’s easier to let another explain the emotions.

You can play via this widget or add the playlist via Spotify:
photo from my Instagram — follow along on my #PNWpilgrimage to see more. listen to more All Ears playlists here.

goals for 2015 + i'm moving back to Seattle!  see more on www.jojotastic.com

I think at this point, when I say I’m moving somewhere people just shrug and ask what else is new. Yes, I move a lot, but this time, I’m the one choosing the move. It’s not for a company, it’s not for a boy — it’s because I feel like being in a place I love, one that feels like home. Originally I wanted to write this post about the goals I’m setting for 2015, but those are tied so closely to this move that it just feels right to discuss both. Basically, moving back to Seattle is the first step in helping me to achieve these goals and here’s why:

San Francisco is expensive. Yes, I moved here knowing that little tidbit, but I also had a full-time job on top of all the freelance and blogging that I do. The fact is that I wasn’t planning on getting laid off. I’m incredibly proud of the success I’ve had with this blog and have fully committed to going my own way, including setting up my LLC last year. With all that being said… it makes zero sense for me to pay so much in rent every month for a tiny space where I barely have room to work and create. By paring down my expenses significantly (we’re talking about decreasing my rent by almost half), I will have so much more freedom… and savings.

I desperately need an office. Planning and executing photoshoots in 500 sqft while also living there is close to impossible. I’m excited to announce that I’ll finally have a real, live desk space as part of the 95 Yesler collective with my good friend Cassandra from Coco + Kelley. I cannot wait to actually have some space in which to get creative.

I just want to create things that are meaningful to me. When you’re constantly worried about paying exorbitant rent, you tend to do anything to make a buck. For me, this has meant taking on work about which I’m not super passionate or maybe wasn’t the best fit for my aesthetic and brand. I just… do not want to do that anymore. Also, I want to create for the sake of creating, even if that means it’s not sponsored content. For example, I’ve always wanted to explore the art of flower arranging, always. One of my goals for 2015 is to provide you guys with content that I create myself just because I feel like it, while also partnering only with my absolute favorite brands in meaningful ways.

Give myself a time out. I have some bizarre work habits and one of which I am painfully aware and desperately want to change is my tendency to get hyperfocused. Most of the time, I am so focused on work and getting things done that I don’t do the basics, like eating. I’m not joking. It’s especially bad because my desk is across the room from my bed, so I wake up and immediately start working without even thinking about it. A personal goal this year is to make myself take at least one major time out every week. Maybe it’s a field trip to a museum or a spontaneous ferry boat ride to Bainbridge Island or even an hour spent perusing the amazing Seattle Public Library. I really need to break out of my bubble and see more, away from the glowing rectangles (my nickname for computer and phone screens).

Learn a few new things. I feel really stagnant, sort of like I just do the same stuff day after day. Probably because I’m just constantly working. It’s time to take action and do the things I’ve always wished I could do: I want to take a ceramics class; I want to brush up on my Greek; I want to camp more.

goals for 2015 + i'm moving back to Seattle!  see more on www.jojotastic.comThose are just a few of my reasons for the move and goals for the year. I’ve truly enjoyed my time in SF, especially the food and adventures, not to mention the incredible friends I’ve made. Believe me, leaving was not an easy decision, but at the end of the day this move feels like the right choice for both myself and my business.

photography by Danfredo Photo + Film — see more of their road trip here.

When I was last in Seattle, I visited artist Jenny Vorwaller. As we were wandering the Ballard neighborhood, she asked me if I collected anything. At the time, it didn’t come to me, but I do in fact collect something: pebbles. Whenever I go somewhere new or walk along a beach or simply want to remember a moment in time, I search for the perfect rock. I don’t really label them and I probably couldn’t tell you where they’ve come from, but I just enjoy having them to stack and rub together in my hands. It soothes me, what can I say. What do you collect?

Links:

  1. meditation cushions from Canvas
  2. porcelain paper plates from SIN
  3. dessert plates from Suite One Studio
  4. long handle tasting spoons from Harabu House
  5. milk glass vases from The White Pepper
  6. Ya Wen Chou via Sight Unseen

Greetings from Seattle! On Wednesday, I jetted off to Seattle for some quality time With Dan, as well as some much needed wanderings around my favorite city. On Friday I decided to take in two classics: The Seattle Art Museum and The Seattle Aquarium. While the SAM currently has a huge exhibit devoted to Rembrant, the highlight of my visit was definitely The Porcelain Room. Darkly lit and intensely dramatic, imagine a room filled with beautiful vintage tabletop and decorative pieces. Talk about inspiration for days!

While downtown, I popped over to the aquarium (after a quick stop for my favorite pork buns at Pike Place Market…) to revel in the overwhelming beauty of nature. I have always had a fascination with underwater worlds. As a kid, my mom painted a mural on my bedroom wall of an underwater scene and bought bedding to match… you better believe I still have those pillowcases. I think it’s because I’m a pisces, but there is something insanely magical about aquariums to me. I could certainly watch jellyfish for days!

photos by Jojotastic using Instagram — follow me here!

I remember when Dan told me a taco stand had opened down the street from his house. I had just booked a flight to visit him and pretty much demanded that we go check it out — I literally counted down the days {ok, maybe I was excited to see him, too}. What can I say, I had a hankering… Philly has plenty of taco options, but nothing can quite compare to a west coast taco stand! I fell in love with it that first time and absolutely had to go back during my most recent trip to Seattle.

TnT Taqueria has something for everyone — taco platters, Coke in glass bottles, and freshly made churros. Locally sourced ingredients are combined to make amazing combinations like chile braised beef, chorizo verde, and {my personal favorite} hominy hash. While I may not always opt for the vegetarian option, at TnT, I always do. The hominy hash is that good. And my favorite part? Watching the chefs crank churro dough into the fryer and, within a few minutes, having them hand me a perfect doughy, cinnamon & sugar covered morsel.

If you find yourself in Seattle and have a hankering for tacos, stop by TnT Taqueria for a very memorable experience… and make sure you get a churro!

photos by Jojotastic using Instagram — follow me here!