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the old and the new.

my “once-a-month posts” skipped November and almost missed December.

as i looked through photos on my iPhone, i realized that a lot that happened in two months. telling you about all the details would take far too long and let’s be honest- no one wants to read that much. so without writing too much, i’ll just say that November and December consisted of writing my thesis. and working. and turning 23. and Hayley & Matt getting engaged. and having Thanksgiving in SoCal for the first time. and working Black Friday. and drinking LOTS of coffee. and surviving a crazy windstorm. and buying a Disneyland pass. and going to Disneyland in the rain with my roomies. and finding the perfect rain coat. and spending time with friends. and spending at home, without friends, just me & my thesis. and saying goodbye to some lovely co-workers. and finally making it home for Christmas. PHEW. told you it was a lot.

okay, let’s back track for a second. finishing my thesis was a huge deal. in fact, i almost cried while it was printing. realizing that i was truly done was a great feeling and absolutely surreal at the same time. even after turning it in, i was still thinking about what was on my to-do list. it was a joyous feeling to remember that every single thing on that to-do list had been crossed off! i praise GOD for carrying me through that journey. there were days i felt like i hit a wall and couldn’t write another word. i felt stir-crazy and cross-eyed from sitting in the same place, staring at my computer. but with the God’s strength and mercy- it’s done! i could not have done it without the support from my family, amazing friends, and roommates (now i feel like i’m giving an award speech…) but seriously. i finished my Master’s Thesis. and i couldn’t be more thankful, happy, and relived.

after finishing my thesis, i had one last week of work at Sephora. the Old Town Pasadena Cast will always have a special place in my heart. working there has always been a dream. (afterall, i did my senior project in high school all about makeup!) i feel so honored to have been part of the grand opening of a brand new store, to understand some of the behind-the-scenes of such a well-known company, to have learned SO much, and to have met such incredible people. i very much loved my time there. and will definitely miss it! even the 5am “ops” shifts! so, holler to my Old Town crew- you guys are awesome. miss you already. i promise i’ll be back to visit! <3 Tristen

and now, i have approximately 2 weeks until i am in Washington. my mom, sister, and i are headed to SoCal this week to pack up all my stuff. then i’m back in the Bay for a few days, and off to the Northwest for a little while!! i can’t believe this time is actually here. i’ve been thinking about it for a few months and now, it’s REAL. i’m feeling a bit nervous and definitely excited. i also feel confident that Tacoma is where God wants me to be for my internship. that confidence and peace is what i’m holding on to. if i let doubt creep in, i start to panic and wonder what i’ll do without my community of friends and comfort zone. but i know that i’m gonna be okay :) and that it’s 4-5 months of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. so let the packing and driving begin!! with that said, i’ve been playing with the idea of having a pen pal or two. i’m thinking, hand-written, snail-mail notes. they don’t have to be pages long. but i think it would be something fun, just like a little piece of home to find in the mailbox. anyone interested? :)

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well, that’s all for this… year. wow! i am thankful for the adventure of 2011 and can’t wait to discover what God has in store for 2012!

Happy New Year!!

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the story of seattle.

this is the story of seattle (and puyallup and tacoma).

i left from burbank, ca (it’s gotta be one of the smallest airports in California) on a cloudy august morning, walking up an old fashion stairway to the plane.

i traveled with this awesome red-leather, 1960’s carry-on bag. i found it at a consignment shop in glendora and i’m in love with it. it fits perfectly under the seats of the plane and holds a surprisingly great amount of things.

i had a layover in Oakland, which was great for this reason:

with my non-fat iced carmel latte in hand, i waited to board the plane for my vacation to the great pacific northwest. i packed for rain, sunshine, and everything in between. it turned out to be one of the most beautiful weekends they had all summer…

i was greeted in baggage claim by Kelsey’s lovely mom, Marjie, with coffee in hand (apparently, that is the Rochester tradition). i immediately felt welcomed and beyond thrilled to be there. we took the scenic route from Seattle to Puyallup and finally arrived at the Rochester residence where i found my beautiful roommate! being reunited with Kels was a huge blessing. after spending the whole year together, being apart for two months was difficult. as both of us were in the midst of life transitions, we treasured our time together. sitting on the couch with her and simply catching up on life was just what we both needed.

Kelsey was the greatest host of all time. she planned out the most perfect things to do while i was there. we spent our first day in Seattle with Brett and had a blast enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. we walked around Pike Place and they endured the crowd of tourists with me as we walked in and out the shops in the marketplace. we found some interesting creatures along the way- a large otter, named Elliot and an enormous troll that lives under a bridge.

we had dinner on the water front and then picked up ice cream cones from a local ice cream shop. Kelsey and Brett were sure to take me to the places where we could best see the cityscape… who wouldn’t want to sit and look at this all day?!

with seaplanes taking off and landing right in front of us and the warm sun shining down on us- Gas Works park was the most perfect place to enjoy our delicious dessert. then we headed to Kerry park where we found loads of photographers, a bride and groom, and another gorgeous view of the city.

watching the evening become night, with the moon shining and the city glowing, i took a deep breath and took it all in. how could someone NOT want to live here? (this is when every native of Washington says, just wait till it rains…)

the next day, Kelsey and I packed a picnic and had lunch in downtown puyallup. we laid our blanket out next to the rose garden and people-watched as a farmer’s market was coming to a close.

we met up with Brett in a neighboring town and we walked in and out of antique stores. Kelsey found a steal on two beautiful chandeliers, while Brett and i decided we would survive without the collection of fishing poles, creepy dolls, and baseball cards. later that night we barbecued some tasty kabobs at Kelsey’s, sipped on a glass of wine on the porch, and continued to catch up on life. a perfect summer night.

my last full day in Washington turned out to be just as lovely as the previous two. it started with a tour of a children’s hospital in Tacoma. as i am in the process of interviewing for internships, i thought it would be beneficial to see one of the hospitals i applied to. the tour was great and i was so thankful for the opportunity to really get a feel for the hospital and the Child Life program there. more on all that later…

afterwards Kelsey and i drove over to Point Defiance in Tacoma, still dressed in the “casual professional” clothes from our tour, and sat on the “beach” for a while. just an FYI- there is no sand on this beach, just little rocks. but it was beautiful nonetheless…


much to our surprise, it didn’t rain a single drop that day! we both planned for rainy afternoon and brought boots, fleece, and scarves. so we were a bit unprepared for the warm sunshine. but we didn’t let that stop us. Kelsey had a spontaneous urge to go kayaking, so we went. in our nice clothes, wedge heels, and glitter flip-flops. we were on the water for about an hour, and while we had some difficulty steering, we had a blast paddling our way around.

after the kayaking adventure, we headed over to the Point Defiance flower garden. it was like heaven on earth. beautiful blooms and stunning colors. i’ll let the flowers speak for themselves :)

last but not least, Brett met up with us in Tacoma for another lovely dinner on the water. it was the most perfect way to end a perfect vacation. gorgeous sunset, watching the moon rise, delicious food, and great company- it just doesn’t get much better.

final thoughts? i LOVE washington. and i can’t wait to go back!! rain or shine ;)


adore these apps!

2 posts in one week?! how could it be?

let’s just say, i’m procrastinating, stumbling upon new blogs, and need a break from doing homework :)

okay. i just wanted to rave about a few iPhone apps… because i can’t get enough of them!! here’s a run down of my top 5 current favorites:

1. Instagram– i’ve been talking about this one for a few weeks now. love the filters and the “following”. it’s a fun way to keep up with friends and create some fancy pics!

2. Diptic– used this app for my last post to display pictures in a group of four. Diptic has numerous layouts for your pictures. definitely convenient for blogging! :)

3. LabelBox- add fun text to your pictures with the varieties of labels. here’s another picture of the castle from my Disneyland trip last week… (used Instagram and then used LabelBox for this one!)

3. Cartolina– this creative app allows you to send text messages or emails with personalized messages. here’s one i sent to my parents as they celebrated 25 years of marriage today! woohoo!

5. RedStamp– i just found this app today in Matchbook Magazine. and i’m already in love! this one is similar to the one above, but there are SO many more options!

there are plain templates like this one… fill in your own message- then email, text, or share via facebook or twitter.

or you can choose a picture of your own and place it into a template, like so…

this second one was to my sister. she got a few of these today as i was playing with them :)

anyways, i am LOVING these five apps right now. thought i’d let you in on a few of my iPhone secrets/tricks/obsessions :) i hope you have as much fun with these as i am!!

happy May!


times are a changin’…

okay, two more days of april and then it is may… WOW.

i feel like i have so much to share and i’m just not sure where to start! so here it goes- i finished a great big (worth 1/2 of my grade) project last week and i am beyond relieved! i won’t go into the details of it all, but i made these precious little journals as a part of the “take-home” portion of my presentation. it was probably a little bit of a waste of time, but it was fun for me :) love all the colors!

after the crazy presentation came the wonderful celebration of Easter! i didn’t have the chance to go home this year because of school, but all of us who were in the area made due. my roommate kace and i learned a bit about the Gustafson family traditions (one of our other roomies, holler Hay!). we dyed eggs and had a fun teasing each other and laughing a lot! the church that i have been attending for the past year, Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), had a beautiful Good Friday service that was filled with worship. and we actually attended a saturday night Easter service in order to provide more space for guests on the traditional Easter sunday…. overall, it was an incredible celebration of our Lord- the great pain and suffering He went through for our sake. and the HOPE and LIFE that He brought as He conquered death. my roommates and i celebrated with some other friends over a delicious meal. we cooked up some tri-tip (shout out to Matt!), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and a fresh salad. i’d say we did pretty well!! i made some Easter cupcakes for dessert… although i think i’m in desperate need of some baking lessons from my brilliant cousin, Morgan (check her out!). after that, we all cuddled up together and watched my all time favorite- remember the titans- and rested in the joy of our Lord and the fullness of our bellies :)

lucky little me got a VERY special treat the day after Easter. my friend Sabrina and her family invited me to go to Disneyland with them for the day! it was MUCH NEEDED break away from school. and i had a blast with a family that i hold so close to my heart. with a top notch lunch at club 33 and front row seats to the firework show, it was the fullest Disney experience! there are so many great pictures, i’ll probably post some on facebook- but here’s a little preview…

after a great Easter weekend and a fun-filled day at the happiest place on earth, i soon felt like the world’s unhappiest, most stressed out girl on the planet. with a school semester that has been beyond overwhelming, leading me to daily visits to a little local coffee shop, i had a bit of a mental/emotional breakdown. this definitely is not the place to get into the details, but i will say that i believe God must sometimes break us to our most vulnerable and desperate state to get us to listen to Him. and on tuesday- that was me. and i realized that in my utter exhaustion, i am in desperate need of break from school. my path in completing my master’s is being delayed a semester and i am feeling great about that. God has lead me to a path that will allow for a deep breath and REST. (and family. and crafts. and friends. and vacation. and reading. and everything that has NOTHING to do with school!) i greatly look forward to the end of the semester and finally, a break from the insanity.

so that’s the latest and greatest. it’s crazy, but God is good. i hope you all are doing well! in the midst of all this, a friend shared this verse and i think it is perfectly appropriate. i hope it resonates with you as well. my prayers are with you as seasons of life change and grow into something beautiful…

The heart of man plans his ways, but the LORD establishes his steps.

-Proverbs 16:9


productively unproductive

hellooo april! how are you here already?!

the time is seriously FLYING by. anyone with me? well, as i’ve talked about in the last few posts, grad school is crazy busy right now. each week, it feels like theĀ researching and writing is never ending. and i guess that’s what grad school’s all about… but it’s so hard to stay focused when the sun is shining and new blogs are discovered and everything within me wants to do ANYTHING but homework. and well, to be honest- today was one of those days :) i had every intention of finishing another assignment, but i just didn’t have it in me. so i decided that i was going to blog instead! Ā here’s what i researched and created today:

an anthropologie inspired collage!! (click to enlarge)

now you all know exactly what i am drooling over, so if any of you would like to send a nice gift to a poor grad student- all the work has been done for you! ;) ha! okay, anyways- almost all the blogs i follow have these great inspiration boards and picture collages. so i thought i’d give it a try as well. but that of course meant that i had to figure out HOW to do them. so after much time spent researching and playing with different collage generators, i found that Google’s Picasa had a really simple “program”. i used Picasa for all my picture storing/simple editing before i got my mac, so i’ve had lots of experience with it- but not this part! i had lots of fun playing around with background images and playing with all these lovely things i found on anthro’s website. it’s really unfortunate that i’m a student and can’t afford a single thing on there. well maybe that cute little key bottle opener, but that’s about it!

(all images found at anthropologie and the super cute sandals found here)

so aside from being busy with school, i’ve also been busy playing with this instagram app on my phone. i talked about it a little bit in my last post, but i seriously love it! it has such great filters for pictures, especially for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about editing pictures/making them look cool… here are a couple recent shots:

pretty sweet, huh? instagram’s neat because it’s almost like facebook where people can post pictures and if you’re “following” them, the pictures show up in a feed. i’m only following 3 people (3 wonderful people, might i add), and they are the only one’s following me :) so if you’re an instagram user, let me know so i can “follow” you… yikes- that sounds so creepy!

anyways, enough of the anthro craziness and the instagram following…

in the midst of the insanity of school there is one thing that keeps me going. and that is HOPE. there is hope in finishing an assignment, getting through a week, the semester, landing an internship, and eventually hope in the completion of my master’s. there is hope because of a God that loves and forgives. a God that is greater and more powerful than anything else there is. and i am forever on my knees thanking God for the hope he gives me each day. it is truly what keeps me going.

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hold on to hope. may it bring you the strength to get through the day, the week, or whatever it may be. my prayer for you is this- “may the God of hope fill you, with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” — Romans 15:13


so much for sunshine…

well last week it was sunshine and roses (literally) and this week it’s rain and snow…

i flew home for a long weekend with the fam. it’s been a few months since i’ve been here and i have to say, it’s always nice coming home. i’m also home for the wedding of a beautiful couple :) so excited to see them say “i do” and commit to a lifetime of love together. not only is the couple amazing, i know their wedding will be phenomenal! the bride has been working HARD on DIY things for months. i can’t wait to see how everything comes together!

so, i used my lovely phone to snap a few pictures from my travels today. i’m loving the instagram app for the iPhone. it has some pretty great filters that make pictures look great! take a look…

here’s a picture of the beautiful snow-capped, southern california mountains from the plane…

and here’s what i found when the plane landed… cold.wet.rain.

needless to say, this week is the polar opposite of last. but beautiful nonetheless :)

i also have to share a little story with you… those of you that are friends on facebook, you probably already saw/heard this. but anyways, at the airport, there was the CUTEST little boy running around with a superman shirt, belt, and cape. with both parents and little sister close by, he zipped through the terminals with the cape blowing in the wind behind him. his face was filled with determination and pure joy. he looked indestructible. nothing was stopping him… let me just say that this is THE reason i love working with kids. they don’t hold back, they live in the moment, and they can find joy in life’s most simple things- in this case, a red cape. there is this zeal that they carry with them and i just can’t get enough.

so here’s to you superman… thanks for making me smile and feel inspired to run with a red cape and live with eagerness for today and this moment.