Well, I apologize for the leave of absence, but I'm back!
I just needed a bit of a break. To be honest, I'd thought about stopping blogging altogether. I think I just let it get a bit out of hand. I had started this blog as a creative outlet, but pretty soon I became preoccupied for making my posts look a certain way, making sure I was reading every new post on every blog I was following, becoming fixated on the number of followers I had, that sort of thing. Also, I felt a bit too driven to post almost every day. It got too overwhelming. I have a full-time job, I'm studying for a Praxis test that I'll be taking at the end of April, and I just registered to begin my Master's part-time, so I'm pretty sure I'll be too busy to post as regularly as I did starting out, but I'm realizing that that doesn't mean I have to stop blogging altogether.
Also, when I began my blog and my goal of shopping strictly second hand for a year, I had hoped that this would mean that I would shop less, but I was shopping even more on Etsy shops and at thrift stores! I was beginning to feel like I needed new clothes constantly for my blog posts, but I'm going to focus more now on remixing pieces I already own and on posting more of the clothes that I wear to work (I'm a middle school librarian) and some more casual weekend outfits because, let's face it, I don't wear skirts and vintage outfits every day (even though I do wish I had the vintage wardrobe to do that!)
Basically, after a much needed break and a reality check, I'm back. I won't be posting as regularly, but hopefully that will improve the quality of the posts. Before my break, I received a request to see a photo of Dan, the man behind the camera. Well, here he is. This photo was taken on my Droid, so the quality isn't great, but I love it anyways. It was taken at the end of last summer at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Dan's a great guy, and he refused to acknowledge the fact that I might have given up blogging. He absolutely insisted I stick with it. Thanks, dude!