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2015/10/21 / Shanan


Nice to meet you, where you been?

Alas, it’s me. Many moons have passed and my baby Rhys is almost one. In Canada, that’s generally when a mother finishes up her maternity leave and returns to her career. Being a freelancer, my year ‘off’ hasn’t been quite the unencumbered stroll(er)-in-the-park, but I have been taking it fairly easy work-wise and focusing on my family.

So much has happened since I last signed on. I’m raising a delightful little boy… Our country just elected a new prime minister… I became a Taylor Swift fan. Momentous.

I’ve also had a fair bit of time to think (daydreaming = official R&D?) and start planning my next move. I’m happy to say that I’ve begun winding down my duties as a graphic designer, and will be returning to The Symmetric in a fuller capacity.

The itch to thrift is back with a vengeance, so to kick things off I’ll be hosting a pop-up party on Saturday, November 14th and then working towards revamping this website to incorporate an online shop for buying vintage clothing and jewelry.  Etsy was great in many ways but I’m not 100% convinced it’s the right platform.

As for the blog, well… I’m not sure what to say. The interwebs are saying that the blog is dead! I mean the blog format in general. I’ve had so much wonderful encouragement to continue writing, but at this stage I’m also not convinced it’s where I should be spending my time.  What about Tinder, though? I hear that’s really great.  I kid.

Some days I look back through my posts and absolutely cringe with embarrassment. Other times I’m still proud and inspired.  The jury’s out on this one. Time will tell. Que sera sera? Insert additional cliches here.

My relationship to social media is tenuous at best for a whole slew of reasons that I won’t get into here — and I realize I probably sound like the worst kind of ancient curmudgeon when it comes to online life — but, small victory, I am on Instagram again and you should follow me there, @thesymmetric. I post judiciously selected photos of my children, and little vignettes from around our house and outside, and will be incorporating the vintage wares back into the feed. Cherry lips, crystal skies… I could show you incredible things. Really, it’ll be fun.

More soon,
xx Shanan

  • Natalia:

    woooooooooooooo! welcome back!

  • Melinda DiOrio:

    Hi Shanan, Love reading this honest update! I’m just getting back to blogging myself, although I also heard that “the blog is dead”. Haha. (I renamed mine “Journal”, do you think people will be fooled??) And I do agree, blogging’s not as important anymore, but I think it’s nice to keep for occasional updates. It’s funny that you mentioned looking back through your posts and “cringing” with embarrassment or, on the flip side, feeling proud and inspired. I just gave my website a big revamp, and had to go back through a few hundred blog posts….I had the exact same thought process that you described! I considered deleting a lot of older posts, but in the end, I love seeing them there….they show a progression of the site overtime. And they are true to me, which is all that really matters in the end.

    Your pop-up parties sound like fun ventures, if I was in the area I would definitely attend! Glad to hear you’re enjoying motherhood and making more time for yourself and new ventures. I hope I do get to read more posts like this one! Who cares if blogging is dead. ;)

  • Shanan:

    Melinda, so nice to hear from you! Yes I think the online identity crisis is a bit of a rite of passage these days. If I can get into a slightly more routine work schedule, I’d like to come back to the blog (journal? ha) and at least post once a week. I’m currently working on revamping this site, too, so I can sell vintage wares online in the same place. It’ll be a virtual pop-up! Take care and I’m going over to check out your site right now! – Shanan


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