blog hiatus

First of all I want to start by thanking those of you who stayed following me even though I haven’t posted in months! There were some major life changes happening and blogging was pushed to the bottom of the list of my priorities.

Also, when I started this blog I did it as an escape. We had just bought a house and neither of us were enjoying it. With the exception of having my best friend/love of my life by my side, I was escaping the fact that I was living somewhere I didn’t like, doing things that I didn’t like, and living a life that didn’t look at all how I expected my life to look like. I lived in a state of stress.

Needless to say, I gained 30lbs. I let go of myself so I started blogging blinded to the fact that I wasn’t myself anymore. I’m extremely fortunate to have Mat as my life partner. He’s helped me and has been there for me in ways that I’ve never seen or experienced before!


Now my existential storm has passed. We sold the house and made the changes that were necessary to have peace of mind. I feel so much better about who I am as an individual! I’ve lost the weight I gained by cutting out junk food and unhealthy snacks from my diet and I started to workout every day.

I am currently doing the PIIT28 challenge by Blogilates. This Friday will be my 14th day which is supposed to be the day I compare my first before & after photos, so I will be posting about it here, maybe some of you will be motivated to take on the challenge! *wink face*

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January faves

I can’t believe that January 2016 already came and went. Just like that, in the blink of an eye it’s gone. This year has already started with the right foot though. We’ve been making some changes around the house, have some trips planned, and have discovered some great stuff!

Like this candle. Seriously one of the best candles I’ve ever bought. I can’t wait to buy it again and again… And I’m sure that’s going to have to happen pretty soon considering we light it at least twice a day! I’m not even kidding, you will thank me later. Neither the tobacco nor the patchouli are overwhelming, I would say it’s a really nice, healthy combination of both creating its own scent.   

One of my newest goals is to start writing everything down again. My habit of documenting everything I did every day started back in 2009 or so and then it stopped in 2014, but I really miss doing that. It’s just so much fun to go back to those journals and read what I did the year before. I guess that’s just a quirk of mine but I’ve decided to rediscover it and that’s why I bought this planner. I’ve known about Rifle Paper Co for so long but this is the first time I’ve bought from them. They had a sale and next thing I know I had a planner, a very needed phone case and a recipe box! Bottom line is, I’m having so much fun documenting my days again!   

But a candle and a planner are not the only cool things about January, I mean, I dyed my hair back to brown and cut it reeeeeal short! I know you can’t see the full haircut in this photo but I’ll make sure to take some more soon :)

Also, Mat and I went on our first bike ride of the year the other night, which I don’t have pictures of but I’m sure I’ll take some next time!

Do you like to write? Or do you have a weird little quirk/habit that you enjoy? What are some of the things (material or not) that you’ve discovered (or rediscovered) this year so far? Let me know in the comments! Can’t wait to hear from you guys :)


I’ve missed my blog a lot lately! The last few months have been a roller coaster. Some of you know I (and Mat) was going through a theology class, so that was very time consuming, then the holidays, then blablabla… 

Anyway, I’m back at it now, so thank you so much to all of you patient, beautiful people for still being here! :) I’m so thankful to have this outlet of expression and inspiration! Here are some pictures I’ve been taking lately, follow me on Instagram (@thecolorsofana) for more!

The Verrazano bridge in New York during the holidays 
I love jelly fish! These were so cool at the aquarium a few weeks ago :)  

Been playing around with this camera lately! Mat’s aunt gave it to me, brand “new” from back in the day!  

Wearing my Miss Patina button down and playing with tiny dried flowers    

I love how the sun enters our home! Such great light!  

New bad boys!  

Just being comfy and trying to stop being so scared of taking selfies :)