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wednesday ramblings – just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you can’t be it

It’s been quite a while since I have blogged. I have been busy with school, trying to make the most of my last couple of months in Seattle and in general, just living life. But whenever I feel like everything is starting to spin out of control, I always return to “The Brass Blossom.” I feel like it is a space where I feel safe, but I also feel like I can stretch my wings. Writing a blog post always makes me feel both grounded and empowered all at the same time. So I return to the trust worthy BB this week to share some thoughts….

This week has just been one of those weeks. I have felt like I was just in a funk. Being in Grad School at the ripe age of 27, I feel like I am just in the wrong place, at entirerly the wrong time in my life. Even though I always try to focus on the present and how “comparison is the thief of joy,” sometimes I just want to give into comparison and by like, “you win!” I see everyone else getting married, getting lady boss jobs, having babies and in general, just kicking ass in life, while I am over here like, what pages do I need to read for economics?

To add to this funk, my best of friends from Idaho are all going to the women’s march this weekend in Boise. I just felt left out and sick of being away. It didn’t help that Seattle decided that this week would be the prime time to start torrentially raining again and I just feel stuck. Both physically in the rain and in Seattle but also mentally.

I also happened to actually be stuck on the bus when all of this came crashing down on me. I was talking to my mom and she asked if something “happened.” I couldn’t even say yes. There wasn’t just one thing or even really a thing. It was just a bunch of stuff. So naturally when she asked if I was okay, I started crying and then it got awkward because I was having a minor public meltdown on a very public bus. And the girl behind me wouldn’t stop staring. This was probably due to the fact that I also chose the one sit that is perpendicular to all of the others and is smack dab in the middle of the bus, because apparently it is the safest. So I just rode it out. The tears, the stares, which probably weren’t even stares but just poor bus seating. But hey, at least I was in the safest spot. It was just a no good, very bad, but really in the scheme of things, not so bad moment. Disclaimer: this is why you don’t have personal conversations on the bus, so you don’t appear to be unstable.

But then later, an amazing friend inspired me. She inspired me out of my funk and inspired my weekend. She proposed that this weekend we celebrate all of the things that women can do. Regardless of your political stance, or what you think about e-mails, health insurance or who to tax, one thing that I hope all women can agree on is that this election was discouraging for at least one reason. That one reason alone is that a woman still is not and cannot be the wholly President of the United States of America. You can’t be what you can’t see.

So as someone who is generally pretty lady boss focused and a results oriented person, I think that celebrating all that I can be is a pretty fine way to turn around my week. I can celebrate wanting to be a lady boss and achieving that. I can celebrate buying a tweed blazer with fantastic elbow patches to one day wear to a board meeting to lean in. I can celebrate drinking whiskey. I can celebrate my body for what it can do, not what it looks like. I can celebrate crushing it at Crossfit. I can celebrate being independent but also being encouraged – by a family, a boyfriend and friends that encourage me to my highest potential. I can celebrate growing up in a home that didn’t solely define gender roles and limit that very potential. I can celebrate choosing to have children or not. I can celebrate reading a health law book just before finishing my trashy romance novel. I can celebrate choosing a career, whether it be a CEO or a calligrapher. I can celebrate that I am intelligent, athletic, strong, motivated and maybe, even witty. And I can celebrate me.

So I encourage you this weekend to celebrate the things that you can do, regardless of your gender. Don’t focus on the funk (or the flu as it is going around like wild-fire – stay healthy people!). Focus on the future and what we can do. And as I’m walking my own walk and talking my own talk, remember, especially all you boss ladies out there, that just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you can’t be it.

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weekend love it — spring, showers, and simplifying

It’s been a doozy of a couple weeks — and my life will continue to be crazy — as I’m preparing for my biggest work event of the year. For that reason, I have really been a fan of the freshness of spring, healthy habits, new beginnings, keeping it simple, and, as always, celebrating the people I love in my life.

Here’s a look at the last couple of weeks:

1. spring and healthy habits: Spring has sprung! There are shoots of bright green everywhere you turn right now, and it’s so energizing. I have tried to hike at least four times per week, I’m drinking as much water per day as possible, and I’m soaking up every ounce of sun I possibly can between a crazy work schedule.

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2. new beginnings: I started to include this in my love it from two weeks ago, but the cat wasn’t out of the bag yet. I am so excited that the boy started a full-time job as a dealer services representative at hunting apparel company, First Lite. While I love all things furry and feathered, First Lite is a truly awesome company that takes care of its people and is growing like the spring grass in Sun Valley right now. Also, Taylor and I have matching hobbies, matching dogs…so why not add boyfriends with matching jobs to the list? I am so very proud of him and so excited to finally be able to share some incredible Sun Valley summer weekends with him!

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3. keeping it simple: My cousin Anna introduced me to to Blue Apron last week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. They sent me three meals on Saturday — all three were easy to prepare, super delicious, healthy, and even came in 100% recyclable and compostable packaging materials. I highly recommend Blue Apron fro crazy weeks like I’m having this week!

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4. some love for my favorite ladies: The boy and I ventured to the big city this weekend to celebrate his sister’s engagement. I attended  a beautiful fiesta themed wedding shower that featured some very inspiring event ideas and a classy turned crazy engagement party on the water. It was such a beautiful weekend, and I am so excited for Jenna and Brad to tie the knot this summer!

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My mom celebrated her 64th birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday, Mom! I love you very much.

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On my way home from San Francisco, I received the absolutely incredible news that Hilary Clinton will run for President of the United States in the 2016 election. This makes my heart pitter patter. It’s about time a woman controlled the Oval Office, and I just couldn’t think more of this incredible woman. This video legitimately brings goosebumps to my arms and tears to my eyes.

As this New York Times article states, “Pay equity is an issue that Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy will take up in earnest, along with others important to many women, like paid family and medical leave, a higher minimum wage and affordable access to child care.” Amen.

I also love this quote from her 2008 concession speech: “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it,” she said. “And the light is shining through like never before, filling us all with the hope and the sure knowledge that the path will be a little easier next time.” Hillz for Prez!

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5. care packages: College = care packages. I am long past college, but this care package from my brother felt college cool…even more cool was that it was addressed to “the brass blossom.” I could get used to that! Thanks for the delicious snacks and tank tops from company 50th State of Mind, brother Drew!

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6. got: There’s really nothing I need to say about this show…you know. I loved hearing some creative takes from people much funnier than me on GOT this week. The first episode was amazing! Can’t wait for an awesome season.

I hope you have a far less hectic week than I will 🙂

cheers krista

 

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