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Hi loves! I hope you all have been well and that you've been enjoying your summer so far! I've really missed you!
In my last post, I mentioned that I would be back in June but it's already July! Oops, it looks like I underestimated how long it would take for me to incorporate blogging back into my schedule.
Life took a hard turn at the end of May when my grandpa passed away, and I needed to take some time to disconnect and be with my family and loved ones. My grandpa was the first close relative I've lost and it was tough taking it in at first. His funeral was the Friday before Father's day and on Father's day, my dad, two uncles and our families took Grandpa's boat out and went fishing. Grandpa used to take us to the beach to fish while we played in the water and sand. I only recently realized that he is the reason why I enjoy spending time at the beach so much. I miss Grandpa, but am glad he had a fulfilling life surrounded by loving family.
My grandpa's passing was one of the main reasons I took a blogging break, but I enjoyed having time away from my computer. Sometimes blogging feels like a second job and it's nice to step back and enjoy other things in life too. During this time off I decided that I would come back to the blogging world with a little more than nail polish. I added an "INKCITRA" section to my blog to share my love of calligraphy and typography. I've always loved the arts and my interest in calligraphy in particular has sparked up again after 14 years when I was first introduced to it, and I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into blog posts.
Another interest that may be incorporated to my blog is the concept of minimalism. It seems ironic as I have an extensive nail polish collection, but I'm hoping that this concept will slow my wanting of such quantities. My fiancé and I have slowly been going through our possessions and donating items we don't need. It's been a long, ongoing process, but it feels good to think about living a simpler life and focusing more on our needs than our wants.
In the spirit of becoming more minimalistic, I picked out Essie's Minimalistic to wear on my nails this week. I also took this opportunity to practice a bit of calligraphy (please bare with me as I learn and practice!). I used a Speedball oblique nib holder with the Brause 361 Steno Blue Pumpkin nib and J. Herbin's Gris Nuage ink.
If you stuck with me until now, thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this! Here's to more blogging and more connecting! ♥