I WANTED TO BE BEAUTIFUL

I love that getting older means more confidence and fearlessness to be who I’ve always been on the inside.

I saw this quote floating around online and it really captivated my attention. How true it is that we change with the seasons; over time our perspectives, desires, and goals evolve into who we are today.

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don’t quit your daydream,
xx,
Olivia

Full-time Grad School Student

I feel lucky that after spending years living in this small city I am getting the opportunity to experience it in a way I never have; as a student. A few weeks ago, I started Graduate school.

A Master’s degree has been something I always wanted and intended to pursue. I cannot verbalize how happy being in school again makes me even though I find myself knee-deep in readings, papers, and illustrations. Yes it is stressful, yes it is a lot of work but yes, it is one of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences I’ve had to date.

I believe that going to college, like everything else, is what you make it and for me, I am taking advantage of every minute. I am diving into subjects with amazing professors and colleagues in a way that no other experience has allowed me to. I am also getting a lot of time at the library and walks along the East Side of Providence which is so lovely this time of year.

Here’s a snap shot of some of my days in Grad School at Brown University and RISD so far. A lot of coffee, me with coffee, library time, nature, awesome Brown architecture, RISD Nature Lab, and PVD.

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“There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you.”
-Oprah Winfrey

 

don’t quit your day dream.
xo,
Olivia

// all photography by Olivia //

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT… HE LOVES ME.

I have always loved flowers. The colors, fragrance, and feelings flowers give off has always resonated with me. I remember as a little girl sitting at a park plucking petals off flowers and saying, “he loves me, he loves me not….”.

My husband knows that I love flowers more than any other gift and he recently surprised me with one of the most beautiful wild flower arrangements I have ever seen. It’s a late-summer-early-fall arrangement made by a local florist here in Providence. Floristry is truly an art.

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…..He loves me.

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You can check out the florist that made this stunning arrangement here: Flowers by Semia.

xo,

Olivia

// photography by Olivia //

Our Place in Space

Our Solar System is really large from our perspective on our small blue planet. In the grand scheme of the Universe and other galaxies however, we are a speck of dust, if not smaller. I always find that reading Astronomy gives me such a broader perspective of my existence, and no matter how incomprehensibly large the Universe may seem, it gives me a sense of wonder and adventure.

The great science communicator, Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space wrote some of the most poetic and beautiful pieces about our place in space. Here is one of my favorites:

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

You can see from the image below, Earth pales in comparison to the other planets. Can we just talk about how ginormous Jupiter is?!
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Today, we know more than any civilization has ever known. And, we’ve only scratched the surface of what there is to know about our Universe. Never lose your sense of wonder. It’s what has kept our civilizations and humanity going for so long.

Olivia

The Dilemma of Time

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The concept of time is absolutely mind blowing. We understand time in our day-to-day events but when you sit down to think about the concept of time and space, I guarantee it will blow your mind. One book I highly recommend is Why Does E=mc2? (And Why Should We Care?) by Brian Cox is absolutely wonderful in explaining Einstein’s theory of relativity and why we should care. The truth is, we should care.

It’s sad but there are so many concepts we learn in middle and high school but quickly forget because we are so wrapped up in other things like boyfriends and tamagotchi’s (please tell me you know what a tamagotchi is…) It’s a beautiful thing revisiting Science, Math, English, Art, etc. as an adult especially because so much has changed since the first time we learned it; I know that my perspective and appreciation is so much greater.

Unfortunately, we cannot escape our concept of time and here it is in our faces everyday. It’s insane that the summer is coming to an end and we are now closer to Fall. The more years go by, the faster time seems to get and I am really making it a point to enjoy each moment and to make the days really count. What does that mean? Well, progress towards career goals, progress towards relationships, and progress to overall mental and physical health on a daily basis.

I am reminded of Andy Warhol’s quote:

“They always say time changes things,

but you actually have to change them yourself.”

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 Cheers to Einstein and Brian Cox!

xo,

Olivia

//photography by Olivia //