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Is my first photo on my blog really going to be a selfie? Yes. Wait…seriously a MIRROR PIC? … Yup. Okay. I’ll let it slide this once. Sorry for the lack of professionalism here, but with my excitement I’m not patient enough to wait for actual photos before creating my first post. Nothing special here today, folks. I wanted to introduce myself to you more fully than the front page description, and touch on some things I really plan on digging in to for this blog!

I’ll start off with me: Karli. The girl who seriously took a bathroom mirror selfie at work and decided that it would be the best picture to use for this post. It’s the only decent selfie I have from the past three weeks (!!), so that tells you how often I take [decent] photos of myself. I’m 5’1″ (just recently found this out, thought I was an inch taller! But that’s a story for another day), 135 lbs, a dog lover, a cat tolerator, and a girl of many hobbies. I love collecting stationary: fountain pens are my weakness and journals even more so. I’ve taken up bullet journaling just this year and I’m addicted! I even have a seperate journal for this blog. I’ve kept diaries since I was in elementary school, so this addiction definitely isn’t shocking news. It is perhaps a bit painful though, fueled as it is by an adult salary…

This next hobby of mine is a lot newer, also fueled by an adult salary: fashion. I never really was into dressing nice during high school. In fact, nine times out of ten I was wearing a ratty pair of $5 jeans and an oversized hoodie. I could have cared LESS how I looked back then. Turns out, things change when you work a 9-5. Even though our office is officially “casual-Friday-all-week” kind of laid back, you won’t stop me from wearing pencil skirts and button ups and heels. Okay okay, I’ll wear a sweater and jeans other days too. But still! I love finding pieces that make me feel confident, and I can’t wait to share with you some of my favorite finds from some of my favorite stores, including (but not limited to) The Limited, Nordstrom Rack, Charlotte Russe, Express, Target (any other Target addicts out there?!), Athleta, and Fabletics. Yes, I will throw some workout outfits in here too. Activewear is pretty much what you’ll find me in all weekend long, whether or not a trip to the gym is in order. It’s just so dang comfy! And with athleisure items becoming such a fashion statement, it’s not hard to come across great looking pieces that go easily from the gym to brunch!

Last but not least, one of the other categories I plan on spending quite some time on with this blog is my love for nature and being outdoors. I’ve been traveling around the country with my family since I was a child. We’ve camped in more states than I can count on two hands, some of them multiple times! We’ve road-tripped our way to Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, the Grand Canyon, Cade’s Cove, and Acadia National Park. I’ve been blessed with an amazing opportunity to see so much of our country and really take in the natural (and sometimes not-so-natural) beauty of it. Outside of those adventures, I like to try to get outside more by taking Willow on hikes or jogs through local metroparks. The clear-minded feeling you have after a five mile hike through the woods with just your dog, your day pack, and the sound of gravel under your boots is unlike any other clarity. It’s my own form of meditating, and I swear by it as a cure for when you’re feeling down.

 

Now that you’ve read through this longer-than-intended intro, you have a little taste of what this blog will be. Whether or not this is followed, I intend to have a TON of fun with it. This blog will be my self-expression, my lifestyle, and all the words I want to say out loud but don’t necessarily know how to. I’m really excited to see where this blog leads, and I hope you enjoy what you see!

 

XO , Karli