on life, lately

Forrest View “When it feels scary to jump, that is exactly when when you jump. Otherwise you end up staying in the same place your whole life.”

– A Most Violent Year

I’m not exactly sure what it is about me wanting to make decisions lately. I think that subconsciously, I’m wanting to better my life before I turn 30. That, and perhaps it’s due in part to the change of weather. Whatever the underlying causes are, I’ve made some major life choices as of lately. I’ve alluded to these changes on Instagram, but have not yet gone into detail. For that, I have been chastised. Today I’m going to clear the air for my readers.

This is going to sound silly to most people, but the single event that inspired me to better my life was this post on my store’s Instagram page. It read:

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset“I don’t often post photos that aren’t clothes-related. However, I couldn’t help but share the story behind this little plant. He was brought to the store when we opened in October, and was placed in a west-facing window. His growth has been exponential. 2 weeks ago, I decided to remove the top half of the plant in hopes of repotting it and making it into a new succulent. Since then, I have consistently experienced a twinge of guilt each time I looked at his missing top half. This morning, that guilt was alleviated when I looked down and saw brand-new growth sprouting from the very place where I had cut him in half. I firmly believe that if we look close enough we can always learn a new life lesson. This morning I learned that new opportunities can be gained by cutting off old ties, and sometimes when you doubt yourself, those moments turn out to be the best ones in the end.”

What ties were I referencing? One of my jobs that I have had for four years. I job that I have had so much pride in obtaining, but for the last year, have been trying desperately to find a reason to keep. To be more specific, I’ve put in my notice to quit my job at the library. The morning I did so, which was one week ago exactly, I wrote this on Instagram:

Bedroom Quote

“Today is a fresh start, a new beginning. Why? Because I’ve chosen to make it one. This morning I made the decision to let go of something that has a been a big part of my life for nearly four years. Something that I considered as an integral part of my identity. For the last year, it just hasn’t been making my life anymore enjoyable or beneficial. I’m not sure if letting it go was the right decision yet, but so far, it feels as if it is going to be.”

That post received much attention on the social media site in which I had other members of the Instagram community telling me that they had done something similar, all the while not knowing specifically what I was referring to. The ambiguity of my words resonated with them in a way that they could relate it to their own lives and offer input for me. I think that’s why I did it. Yet, because I wasn’t specific, I also caused much speculation and even some anger among friends and family members who weren’t yet aware of what I had done.

Well now you know, at least one of my big decisions. I’m still keeping a few to myself. You guys even know this information before any of my coworkers. Here’s hoping that they won’t read my blog in the next week, before my last shift on May 13, 2015. If anyone at SPL is reading this, keep your mouth shut! Just kidding. :-)

In all seriousness, please message my work email before spilling your guts to anyone else. Thanks!

Lake View

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I know that I will.



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Hello 2014, Goodbye 2013

IMG_HSB_1.jpgNow that it’s officially 2014, I feel like I can breathe a little easier. As each year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel as if something major is coming to an end. It’s an unsettling feeling for me, and so when the new year rolls around, it brings much alleviation.

Like every year, 2013 brought many new changes. These are some of them:

PHOTO_1.jpg 10.31.53 PM1. The birth of Hello Scarlett Blog occurred in June. This was my first post.

1400740_739212962760511_911879269_o2. My daily dose of laughter came from Timmy Alvarez’s YouTube channel. Here is one of my favourite videos from Timmy Fell Down The Well.

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.29.13 AM3. My weekly dose of love and laughter? ‘Girls‘. I cannot wait for Season 3!

on-the-road-dvd-cover-924. The movie that I completely fell in love with was ‘On the Road‘. Consequently, I found a new celebrity crush in Garrett Hedlund.

youth-in-revolt-poster-big5. However, my favourite scene from any movie this year was Michael Cera doing what he does best.

country-god-or-the-girl6. The CD that I had on repeat was K’naan’s ‘Country, God or the Girl‘. 

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 10.10.13 AM7. HSB can also be found on YouTube! It all began with this Reclaimed Shelf DIY video.

1.jpg8. As for real births, my niece came into this world on 09/09/13. You can visit her birth announcement here.

DSCN55149. For some reason, with a birth usually comes a death. My Baba passed away only 6 days after Emelia was born. Since then, I often mention her in my posts. You can read a bit about the passing of this great woman here.

DSCN496810. As you can see, the blog had many ups and downs over the last 6 months. My most successful DIYs were probably the ‘Lace Flower Pots‘, ‘Bathroom Reno‘, ‘Chicken Wire Cupboard‘, ‘Photography Backdrop Stand‘, ‘Tree Branches‘, and ‘Snow Globe‘. 

IMG_10.jpg11. Last month, I was chosen to be featured on one of my favourite blogs! This was a new experience, and one that I hope to repeat often. Starting this year, I am going to be having my own monthly feature. You will have to keep reading HSB daily in order to see when and what it will be.

HW_IMG_1-1.jpg12. As for Geoff and my little pet family, I only grew to love them more with each new day, week, and month. I could write a whole blog post about the many things that we did as a family, but I don’t want to bore all of you! I can only hope that 2014 will bring about more love, and maybe some changes as well.

PHOTO.jpg13. Last but not least, I am so utterly grateful for this new blogging community that I have been introduced to through HSB and WordPress! I love how warm and enthusiastic other bloggers are, and have made so many more friends since I started blogging here in June.

Huzzah to all of you!! Happy New Year and Happy 2014!!


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