[Passion Projects]

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You know when you have something you reeeeeeeeally believe in and you can’t help but be super proud and supportive no matter what the situation? Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to participate in the journey of American Bear. It’s an amazing documentary directed by two of my favorite people, Gregory Grano + Sarah Sellman.

I met Sarah in 2011 when she started working at Pastabilities with me. We hit it off immediately and became fast friends; all my college friends had moved out of Syracuse and Sarah was new to the area. She mentioned this documentary she filmed with her boyfriend. The premise, relying on the kindness of strangers for a place to stay each night during a road trip across the country, really intrigued me, and I instantly wanted to be involved, even if that meant donating services.

Over the last 3 years I’ve designed stickers, postcards, posters, maps, web graphics, ran their tumblr for a year and a half, and participated in kindness events. Greg and Sarah paid whatever they could, but I think I’ve gotten more from them than I could ever give back in design hours. I am now, and will forever be, consciously aware of how much of an impact tiny acts of kindness can have on people. I feel like I’ve become a better, kinder, less selfish person simply through knowing Greg and Sarah, and everything that their film preaches. I can’t imagine not having ever crossed paths with them.

 

ANYWAY…they need help. Greg and Sarah are planning a screening tour of their film that will hopefully make it around the country. It turns out it’s really challenging to make that logistical madness work! And though they are inspired by the amazing pieces that are already coming together, Greg and Sarah are finding that there some gaps in their journey.

They would love to partner with an organization, university or high school in your current town/home town/college town/dream town to create some kindness magic and critical thinking.

It would be absolutely amazing if you could you introduce them to someone who might want to screen the film. OR you could share this info with your network to help them expand theirs!

 

Here’s all the info you need to share American Bear’s words and acts of kindness with everyone you know:

emailbeardocumentary@gmail.com

facebookAmerican Bear

websitehttp://americanbearfilm.com

movie trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5yJtP4IFhU

info packethttp://www.mediafire.com/view/m114xq7y380suw6/American_Bear_Info_Packet.pdf_(beardocumentary@gmail.com)

 

Please please pleeeeeeeeeeease share this passion project with everyone you can. It will be 100% worth your time and effort.

 

– S

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[Playing Catch-up]

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It’s been awhile since I last posted, and for that, I apologize.

Here’s the short version of what’s been going on:

  • I turned 25.
  • My mom came to visit.
  • I fell in love.

 

Here’s the long version:

You know when you say you love someone for the first time it feels weird coming out of your mouth even if you wholeheartedly believe it? Yeah, that happened. After Mr. Sullivan and I exchanged those words Valentine’s Day weekend (a touch cliche, but it felt right) for a week afterwards it felt a little strange. I have never, ever, ever, ever felt this way about someone and I think we might be in it for the long haul…but stay tuned to find out.

I turned 25, but my last couple birthdays have been kind of depressing. Last year it was the first one I spent away from my mom, dad, and sister so to say it was weird, is an understatement. It was so nice having my aunt, uncle, and cousin to celebrate with, but it wasn’t the same; I didn’t really have any friends and I was in this new, unfamiliar place far away from everything I’d ever known. (I’m sorry that was so dramatic.)

This year it was totally different; I have friends, and a wonderful boyfriend who went above and beyond what I was expecting. I had a lovely morning and got flowers delivered to me at work (bravo) and also received an orchid from Sara, who is the sweetest. My work day was easy and lots of people said ‘Happy Birthday.’ (Last year basically nobody at work knew who I was, and my birthday was on a Sunday.) As soon as I got home, which was early, I hopped in the shower and got ready for dinner. My handsome man picked me up curb side and even showed up with more gifts, which I was not expecting; flowers and dinner would have been more than enough. BUT, he got me a lovely Kiehl’s set of lotions, facial cleanser, and soaps, AND a very generous gift card to Aritzia. Then on top of all that, we went to Palisade, which is tres nice. I felt so special, loved and like I was the luckiest girl in the world.

Three days later, my mom came to visit me! There were some flying issues, but she managed to make it to Seattle only 12 hours late. I felt like we went non-stop for four days straight; we went to the Space Needle, Chihuly exhibit, took the monorail downtown and explored Pike Place Market, visited the Seattle Art Museum, had dinner with Mr. Sullivan (that’s right, Mama Liz met the boyfriend), spent an entire day at the Salish Lodge and Spa getting massages and mani-pedis, we had dinner next to Snoqualmie Falls, ate a late breakfast at Toulouse Petit, drove up to the casino and outlet mall in Tulalip, and then finally met up with my aunt and uncle for a late lunch Sunday afternoon. My mom spent a couple of days with my cousin and we reunited Wednesday night when I brought her home with me. She was able to venture around city center and visited the EMP museum Thursday. When I got home from work we went to see the Ballard locks and got dinner at Red Mill. Obviously it was a tearful goodbye, but she’s my mama and I’m gonna miss her…until the next time.

So that’s that. Hope it was worth the wait!

 

– S

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[365] Mission Accomplished

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Guys…I did it! I took a picture every single day for an entire year and shared it with you. I’m still a little surprised it wasn’t harder for me to find the will to complete this project. I’m like a proud mama, but of myself…if that makes sense.

To celebrate the last day of this particular project, I went to a show at High Dive in Fremont. My boyfriend’s band was playing so that helped me get my ass out the door, but I had a lot of fun and met some new people, one of them originally from New York, so that was cool. I even got invited to the next girl’s night, which is cool too.

To commemorate this momentous occasion I’ve compiled a list of things I did, or happened this past year, in no particular order:

  1. Moved across the country.
  2. Spontaneously went to Hawaii.
  3. Got my first big girl job…at Microsoft!
  4. Dated for the first time ever.
  5. Walked to the grocery store…twice.
  6. Spent my birthday away from my mom, dad, and sister for the first time in my entire life.
  7. Watched my sister graduate high school.
  8. Went to my first “professional” baseball game.
  9. Started drinking red wine.
  10. Made gnocchi for the first time. (They were perfect.)
  11. Met people, and made some new friends.
  12. Got a Washington state drivers license.
  13. My pants ripped up the ass in public and I had to buy new ones.
  14. Let my blood thin out and think that 40 degrees is cold.
  15. Inherited an unexpected hatred for 49ers fans, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  16. Willingly participated in a Segway tour of Seattle with my family when they visited in July.
  17. Tried running…I hated it and that’s never gonna happen again.
  18. Took an 8 week letterpress class and produced some lovely work.
  19. Received some New York apples from my family because I missed our yearly mecca to Beak and Skiff.
  20. I read the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.
  21. Went to Discovery Park.
  22. Found an apartment I loved and moved to lower Queen Anne in Seattle.
  23. Became a Seahawks fan.
  24. Remained a Giants, Bills, and Syracuse Orange fan.
  25. Furnished most of my with stuff from Ikea.
  26. Sold my soul to Pottery Barn for the perfect bed.
  27. Went home to Syracuse for Christmas.
  28. Attended a Syracuse men’s basketball game.
  29. Got myself a boyfriend.
  30. Called Seattle home.

I feel extremely fortunate to have an amazing support system that not only, well, supported me on this adventure, but gave me the confidence and accolades I needed to enjoy this chapter in my life. I love you all, and I promise to keep this blog going, although, I may take a small hiatus to recuperate and let myself miss the blog so I can continue to love doing it.

 

– Stephanie

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[359] In the Zone

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I’m finally getting to some work that needed to be done, like, weeks ago. I’ve been a little distracted.

Speaking of distractions, I met up with a friend who I used to work with in Syracuse. She’s in town visiting friends, and her boyfriend’s family. We got some drinks, drank them, and caught up. I really like getting to see people out of the context you know them from. It’s pretty nice.

 

– Stephanie

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[355] A Tiny, Miniature Roadtrip

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The boy took me to meet one of his friends who lives in Everett. Doug came along for the ride because there were some pitbull waiting to play with him. (I know that sounds dirty, but it’s exactly what they did…play.) We just chilled for awhile and then went and grabbed a couple of drinks! Not a terrible way to spend a Wednesday night.

 

– Stephanie

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[347] Eves

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The night before any big event, in most cases, tends to be a letdown, so New Year’s Eve has never really been a very big blip on my radar. Plus the resolutions that most people make are bullshit, and they annoy me. So, when my new man friend asked if I had plans and/or wanted to make some with him I said ok solely because I like spending time with him. We ended up stopping by Amber’s house for a little bit, then went to a dive bar to see one of his friends who happened to be working, and when we decided we didn’t want to be there until midnight, we left and went back to his house to watch the fireworks shoot off of the Space Needle on TV.

My night ended with a kiss at midnight that made me rethink the whole New Year’s Eve thing.

 

– Stephanie

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[296] Cakes, Laughs and Diabeetus

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The day started out with some great football; the Giants and the Seahawks both won, AND I won my fantasy game. Post football I headed over to my friend Amber’s house to bake a carrot cake. It turned out really well and since there was extra frosting after covering the cake, we obviously ate it.

 

– Stephanie

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[278] Some Things Are Worth Waiting For

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So everyone knows that I’m dating, right? I love the girls I work with because they’re all currently in relationships, and they actually like to listen to my dating stories. Whether it’s about a ridiculously awful message I got from a 59 year old man telling me I’m the one he’s been waiting for, or a knee-weakening song someone sent me, they’re always genuinely interested. Maybe it has something to do with living vicariously through me and not actually having to deal with the whole dating scene, but I appreciate their excitement.

Besides missing my family, one of the hardest things about moving to Seattle was leaving behind everyone that I’m close to. I’ve been seriously lacking female friendships, but I’ve managed to find, or stumble into, an amazing group of girls that I not only work well with, but can easily hang out with outside of work. I love that we all have things that we’re passionate about outside of work, and I don’t think they know how much their love, support, and friendship means to me, but now they will!

 

Amber is a complete inspiration. Not only has she been a designer for 5+ years, but she also competes as a Figure athlete in body building competitions, and has the most infectious laugh that makes me smile always. She’s awesome, and you should check out her website for both her design AND fitness portfolios!

Sara is probably one of the coolest chicks I’ve met in the past few months. She started a non-profit with a friend and has an amazing wardrobe. We love talking about boys, and she gives some pretty great advice. If you take a look at her website, you’ll probably like her as much as I do.

Last but not least, Corina. She’s vivacious, thoughtful, and just an all around awesome woman. She loves to draw and take walks where we get to talk about life outside of the office, plus she’s a really good listener. Should you be interested in viewing some of Corina’s adorable drawings, I’ll provide you with this link!

 

I’d go lesbian for you guys.

 

– Stephanie

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[273] Putting in Some Hours

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Fridays have a soft spot in my heart, as they probably do for most people. A small group of us went out for a bittersweet celebratory lunch. I decided that after my disaster of a letterpress class on Tuesday, I’d give studio hours a shot and start working on some Christmas/holiday cards. I was there for a couple hours getting a bunch done and then went and got dinner and drinks with a friend. Overall I’d say it was a pretty good day!

– Stephanie

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