Life Update #2: I Gained 10 lbs.

Whoever said they didn't pig out during these past few days is lying. 
I mean, what else is there to do when you're back at home, hanging out with family other than eat, drink, then eat some more? Besides going to the movies, that's pretty much all I did.

En route to Palm Desert. << ok, who else double checks every time they spell "desert" to make sure they used the right one? I do it ALL the time. 

En route to Palm Desert. << ok, who else double checks every time they spell "desert" to make sure they used the right one? I do it ALL the time. 

I used pomegranates for my family's Christmas dinner centerpieces. Since everyone was already picking at them by the end of the night, my super patient cousin volunteered to seed them. If you've ever tried doing that, you know it's hard. I even tried the "hitting it with a spoon" trick that they showed on Buzzfeed — it didn't work! (maybe I didn't hit it hard enough?)

Anyways, it's ridiculous how much they sell de-seeded pomegranates for! But I get it. It's like eating crab. You do all that work for such little reward. I'll just stick to grapes. 

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Our fanciest family Christmas dinner yet. Shoutout to my sister's amazing cooking and baking skills. Follow her on INSTAGRAM!
Check out my tablescape skillz too. Thanks Pinterest! 

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Our annual siblings photo, 2015 edition.

Our annual siblings photo, 2015 edition.

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Anyone else feel like this? I don't know if it's all the traveling or just the sheer pull of laziness. Whatever it is, I'm just waiting for the New Year to mentally get back to a proper state of mind. 

View from the plane. Isn't it crazy to see big cities like this? To see thousands of homes as tiny dots of light that can fit in the size of your palm. 

View from the plane. Isn't it crazy to see big cities like this? To see thousands of homes as tiny dots of light that can fit in the size of your palm. 

On a completely unrelated note to the photo above, I've been on a photographic and creative standstill. These past few months of shooting hasn't been as fulfilling as it used to be. Don't get me wrong, I'm so thankful to have been able to work with some incredible clients and collaborate with super talented people, but there's just something else I'm looking for. I don't know what it is exactly, but I can feel it. It's out there somewhere out there and I'm gonna try my hardest to find it. 

Writing these weekly updates is a start. Years ago, I regularly took the time to evaluate myself, my life, and my art — then I wrote about it. I realize now that I've been creating without evaluating and this end-of-year introspection has unearthed an old a habit. A habit that I'm welcoming with open arms into 2016.

Here's to old school blogging about real life, making meaningful art, and less "creating content" to simply fill our feeds with. Cheers. 

See you in the new year!