Introduction: A Brief Ten Things

On Instagram I was tagged in one of those ‘share ten facts about yourself’ that lots of different creatives have been spreading around recently. I was reflecting on how much I’ve made public about who I am vs. what people project / assume through what I post. I assumed it was time to share a little more in detail if you haven’t been following through this weird n’ wild journey we call the internet for the past eight or so years.

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     1. I am a follower of Jesus and have been most of my life.

I was raised Christian and have been attending church ever since I can remember. I have definitely fallen in and out of my faith at times (like any young person can on this journey) but the foundation of who I am, my marriage and my Hope is found in Christ. I am still growing and learning to cast my anxieties, insecurities and stress onto Him but loving others like He loves is my main purpose in this life.

      2.  I met my husband on the internet.

Back in 2014 I slid into Ryan’s DMs just looking for someone cute n’ interesting to talk to and a month later, unknown to me, I found myself in a hotel parking lot meeting my future husband for the first time! It was the most amazing and nerve-wracking experience of my entire life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. This Fall it’ll be five years together and this May, two years of marriage! Sometimes challenging but always rewarding when it’s the love of your life. Thanks, Instagram.

     3. I’ve been in the coffee industry for three years.

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In what happened to be just a cool part-time job has become one of my most treasured trades. What a complex, fun, tiresome, ever-changing industry to be a part of and I wouldn’t be who or where I am without it. I’ve met some of my closest friends and had some of the most important turning points of my life making coffee. I don’t plan to do it forever but at this stage of my life it’s allowed me to travel, balance a creative outlet, move to a new state and meet some amazing new people. The work may not always be glamorous but it’s rewarding to be a small part of someone’s day.

My go-to order is always a single origin pour over unless I’m feelin’ crazy, I’ll get an oat milk cappuccino.

4. I am the youngest of six.

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I have five older siblings – four sisters and one brother and love them all dearly. It’s amazing to watch everyone grow into their own identities, raise their own families but still have a forever bond with them. I wouldn’t trade growing up in a house full of occasional chaos for anything, also thanks to everyone for taking care of lil’ ole baby Paige.

   5. Germany + Austria have been the most amazing place I’ve traveled to, so far.

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In college my best friend Olivia and I went on a trip with my great uncle’s highschool class all around parts of Germany and Austria for almost two weeks and I still think about how magical it was. Being 19 and never having left the country yet, it broadened so many horizons and I felt really connected to my grandma’s family’s heritage being German immigrants. Ryan and I are planning some pretty exciting trips in the future but those two countries will always hold a special place in my heart.

   6. I have my assiociates in Graphic Design. 

I started off community college as a fine arts students and then after the first semester switched to graphic design. I loved it during that point in my life but never felt the urge to continue onto a serious program (or pay the money honestly). At that point I was way too insecure and never thought I was good enough at the craft. But truly, I’ve grown as a creative in my own way and never looked back in regret!

  7. 100% a morning person.

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It probably helps that I work in a field where you’re serving people early in the morning but something about accomplishing things before everyone else’s day has begun makes me feel so alive! I especially love waking up extra early in the Summer to watch the sunrise or go on walks, it’s all I’m looking forward to especially being so close to the ocean. Also don’t even need coffee to function because I’m pretty sure I’m immune to its effects at this point, LOL.

  8. I love taking photos but sometimes I forget it’s a passion?

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Styling, flowers, traveling, reading – those are the big things I love and enjoy in my free time. Even though I’m capturing all this content myself I forget how important and crucial it is. I’m at the point in the small moments I see it everywhere; potential frames. I think with just my iPhone I don’t like to label myself with such a serious title as a “photographer” but it’s definitely one of my greatest and beloved ways to pass time. Not much has changed since 2010 on flickr, filled with photos of the sky, moody self portraits and flowers.

9. I’m the truest version of an introverted extrovert.

Especially moving to a new state, being thrown into a new community not knowing anyone I’ve really learned a lot about myself during this season. It’s been pretty tough at times but I’ve been able to make connections with lots of sweet people and have been learning to put myself out there more as well instead of retreating / floating around on my own. Connecting within new friendships is almost (if not worse honestly !!) than dating, it takes a while to find the right fits but it’s certainly worth the time and effort.

10. I would never label myself a “foodie” but I love food …. and everything that comes with it.

From the dining space to the service, the wine pairings and the specials offered that evening .. I love everything about the food industry. Ryan becoming a cook has opened my eyes into the heart and soul of what makes the restaurant world so compelling. The connections made over food have been so powerful in my marriage as well as in my community of people. In the past six months I’ve tried (and fell in love) with so much seafood (uni, caviar, prawn, etc.) and expanded my palette. It’s allowed me to push my own cooking abilities and take risks as well. I’m really looking forward to lots of summer picnics, local produce and the continuation of endless cheese platters.

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