I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to have my hometown traditions back, including one of my all-time favorites for Autumn…Green Bluff farms! Maybe you remember last year’s search for a pumpkin patch while living in Denver. It didn’t go so well, and I was left without a pumpkin or caramel apple and really without any kind of experience at all. Since moving back, I have been looking forward to this day to revisit my favorite farms on the bluff, Siemer’s and Harvest House. How I missed the expansive rolling hills that look out to the mountains and over the valleys, the live music and people-watching, the sweet smells of warm pumpkin donuts and caramel apples. Autumn never feels complete without a trip to Green Bluff with out family. In fact, I feel like our family photos taken there each year show our growth the best from little kids to adults.
Soon we will be carving our pumpkins and this year we will be trying to use the pumpkin seeds to bake and eat as a snack! It seems crazy that we have never tried that, but it will be a new and fun experience to actually use all of those pumpkin guts. :)
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/15/2014
It has been a busy last few weeks between my usual work while at the same time, branding and creating the Little Pacific Design Studio. Although a slow process, it has been fun to see my dreams become a reality simply by using photography, typography, colors, and graphics. These things don’t happen overnight, but I am excited to be taking the first step of starting my own design business.
In the past, I feel like I have underestimated myself, and while I still can’t say I am fully confident to do this on my own, I also know that I really am capable to accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I know that passion can pull me through the tough times and along the way I will learn and experience new things. But most importantly, I am excited for the adventures this will bring. I am excited to meet new people, design amazing spaces, and have the flexibility to do whatever my creative little soul feels like doing. Bring it on!
Anyway, check out the Little Pacific Design Studio’s website, although it is fairly limited right now while I get my first projects going. If you have any interest or need any design work, I would love for you to contact me!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/01/2014
Sometimes we choose to hide our feelings away rather than pick up the pen and express them. And sometimes, you can’t keep pushing those feelings out because they just keep re-emerging until you acknowledge them. It is sort of funny how it happened…
While soaring through the clouds in the airplane on the way to Vegas last week, I couldn’t help but feel the presence of an old friend who passed away just over a year ago. I started to think about it and realized his spirit always seems to keep me company when I am near the sky.
He was often with me when I lived in Colorado. I always felt his presence as I looked to the most beautiful mountains on my daily drive. He kept me company during my commute but sometimes made me cry.
When we moved back to Spokane, I stopped feeling his presence. It was like we went back to normal elevations and I wasn’t close enough to the mountains in the sky to feel him any longer.
But then, I took this flight, and his spirit decided to visit me again. And out of the airplane window, all I could see was the mountains.
At one point in my life, he was my best friend. And at one point in Connor’s life, he was his best friend. And then, he introduced us. I owe him all of the happiness he has given us and I hope he knows how thankful I am to have known him. I will never forget his smile, laugh, and jokester positive attitude despite his health which he struggled with his entire life. He had big dreams for a teen who knew there was only a short time to achieve them and he lived every day like there WAS a tomorrow for him. It was this kind of example that he set and why so many called him a friend. I miss him very much and I think about him every day.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 09/24/2014
For Connor’s birthday, we celebrated in Las Vegas this last weekend. We had a ton of fun walking the strip (with blisters and aching bodies to prove it), shopping, people-watching, and even got to experience Fremont Street, Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and met Siegfried in his Secret Garden at the Mirage. It was hot, in the 90’s and 100’s the whole time, so I am definitely appreciating the slightly cooler weather back here at home. Here are some pictures of our trip:
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 09/17/2014
Ahh, the county fair! The fair, for me, always marks the end of summer and the beginning of my favorite season, Autumn. I love the ambiance the fair brings; it is sort of magical and nostalgic with the lights, food, animals, sounds, shows, and people. This year’s fair did not fail to please, either, even on a Monday night. The weather was perfect and we were lucky for the warmth, despite the last few days of cooler winds.
As soon as we arrived, we grabbed some food and ran over to the first show, the hypnotist. I have been to this show several times before, but the hypnotist changed it up a good amount, and it may have been the most enjoyable one I have seen yet. We also spent a good amount of time playing with the animals, and I found my future pet, a large Flemish rabbit. They were adorable!
My favorite part of all was visiting the Palm Reader. Several years ago, Connor and I came to the fair and had our palms read by a mysterious brunette. We were skeptical at first, but both of us had an amazing experience and an accurate reading. This year, we wanted to find her again, and I was so excited as we were wandering and looked over to our left, recognized her tent, and saw her sitting at the entry and smiling, looking back at us as if she was expecting us. Only I got my palm read this time, but Connor sat next to me. Not only was she accurate about the current experiences I am having in life, but she also was consistent with facts that she mentioned at our first reading, such as the gender of our future children. She knew about the recent deaths of my grandfather and a good friend. She knew about my past but said my future was bright.
If you have never done a palm reading, I would highly recommend you to try! The experience is always reassuring and leaves me with a positive feeling moving forward. It encouraged me to continue along the path I am walking, and not to give up because we can be successful at whatever we set our minds and hearts to. It is just what I needed to start the new season with a fresh outlook on life. Enjoy the last days of the summer and embrace the new season!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 09/10/2014