To Start With

First post!

My name is Ariana VandeMerwe (ah-ree-ahn-uh  van-deh-meer) and today is my birthday!
About me: I lived in Utah from the time I was born until I was 15 years old. At 15, my family and I moved to Maine. I moved back to Utah (by myself) when I was 19 years old and here I am, still in Utah. My hobbies include weaving, calligraphy, Pinterest-ing, Instagram-ing, Netflix-ing (not words, but they should be), and spending time with my little family.
My husband Blake and I met one month after I moved to Utah (he was my first Tinder date *insert heart eyes emoji*). We used to say we “met through friends” because we didn’t want to admit that we met on a dating app. But now we own it and it’s cute. We dated for 4 years before getting engaged on April 23rd, 2017. We were married on September 9th, 2017 (aka the best day ever). Since being married, we have both started new jobs, we have moved twice, and we have adopted a chipoo puppy named Odin.
I am currently a receptionist, which is honestly the best job I’ve ever had. I have a very strong background in customer service/call centers. Over the course of a few grueling weeks, I realized I couldn’t take the anxiety of my job anymore and thankfully, a receptionist position was open where my husband used to work. My days definitely have stressful moments, but my quality of life has improved tremendously now that I don’t dread waking up every morning.
My dream/end goal is to eventually be a stay at home mom. And if I’m reeaally dreaming, I’ll have a successful Etsy shop where I can make money doing what I love, which is creating things that I find beautiful.
I’ve always been a DIY-er. I love the satisfaction of making something myself, or having a vision to improve or modify something to be more than it was.
I’ve been practicing calligraphy for a few years, and have done work for clients creating prints, invites, and announcements. One of my favorite things about calligraphy is that I never have to buy another greeting card again, I can just make my own!
I’ve recently taken up weaving, and I am OBSESSED. I love everything about weaving, and I’m so proud of everything I create, the good and the bad. I love how you can do this without thinking (for the most part). I can whip out my loom, turn on some Netflix, and get to work. Before I know it, a piece is completed and beautiful (9 times out of 10).
My husband surprised me with a new camera for my birthday, so I’ll probably find a passion in photography as well, which I’m very excited about!!
My goal for this blog is to share photos, record memories, and hopefully, contribute something new to the internet.
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