6.1.17

50 QUESTION YEAR IN REVIEW: 2016

Another year, another 50 question year in review. This is my third year doing Anuschka Rees' (previously: IntoMind) 50 question year in review, see my 2015 and 2014. Again, I'm putting this out there for first and foremost: myself. To reminisce and take some important time to reflect on the year... and this little ol' blog that's still barely alive is a good place for me to keep that. So without further ado, Q&A awayyyyy.

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
I can never answer this one. But this year, I think my Peru trip was such an adventure I’ll definitely remember to tell youngin’s.  

2.If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
Stimulating, secure, consistent. 

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?
I can do it. Boundaries that have been set by my own anxieties are easier to overcome than I really thought.

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?
Ayyyy. I always answer this one career focused. It’s my first time staying at a company for over a year, I think that’s a big thing. Also traveling internationally for creative work is something I'm very proud of and feel has been a milestone for me.

5.What was the best news you received?
That a work trip to Peru was approved... Work Trip. To South America. To visit farms and factories. And take photos. And tell a story. Obviously still not over it. Can I just do that my whole life?

6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2016?
Peru. Chincha, Lima, Pisco.  

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
Last year I said that being naturally independent helped me... And I'd honestly say that again. I get so much security and happiness from knowing that I can do things. Not worrying or being nervous about learning something new or a different way. I think it goes back to self confidence... Which I think is also exactly what I said last year.

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
Momma! Can't answer that any other way. But shout to some homies Rach, Laurel, and my boo A.

9.Which new skills did you learn?
Someone great answered every question I had, and taught me in just a few hours everything I wanted to know about taking bangin’ photos this last April. That that was seriously invaluable to me, and I’m super grateful. I’m still learning, but but it was pivotal in me taking it to the next level when I needed it the most.

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
The people who’ve sat and listened to me just spill when I need to figure out what to do next, and who always offer a different perspective. You know who you are, but it’s beyond appreciated as I evolve into someone who values talking through problems rather than letting them eat me up inside.

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be?
Comedy. The daily dang-it tales.

12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2016?
Being open pays off. In big ways you'll always be thankful for.

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
Mental blocks. Hmmmm. I feel like they are always happening but then I bug someone enough to listen to me talk it out or cry it out until I figure out how to pass them, (as I mentioned above in question 10). So nothing major, really. Trying not to put too much emphasis on my issues cause really their minor in the grand scheme of things.

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
Merri (my kitty), Amado (my bb), all of the peeps. You know who you are. And I'll remember. 

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
Getting the opportunity to travel to country that's been on my list for years on work time was an amazing milestone for me. Not only a great experience personally, but I learned so much and experienced so many things I had studied about for years right in front of my eyes. 

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?
I think it evolved positively. For sure. 

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
Can I say a t.v. series because I'm definitely going to say Avatar the Last Airbender. Didn't expect that from me? Ya, me neither. 

18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
You know number 9? Well because of that, I've been able to apply that skill to a lot of my work and career, and that's been recognized. When that started happening more frequently it really took me back and I'm super grateful for those folks who've taught and encouraged me creatively this year. There's a few of ya. So thank you. 

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
Something new is incorporating drawing into more of a weekly routine. A and I can sit and draw for a couple hours together and it's honestly my favorite thing we do, and makes me so happy to bring back into my life. 

20.What cool things did you create this year?
I'm super proud of the photo and storytelling work I did from my trip to Peru. It followed the process of organic cotton farming, to finished product and everything in between. Really rad experience, and the coolest work I've ever done.

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
Even though I remember all the good… anxiety and stress have taken up a lot of time in my mental space. So I'd say excited, stressed and anxious. Being open is constantly something I'm thinking about and using to reset my mental space everyday. So I'm going to say my final answer is actually: open.

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
Flew out of this dang country. Touched cotton plants. Made it passed the 1 year mark at a company. Partially learned to skateboard. Had a pop up shop of my own creations.

Also let's be honest and provide some tmi, and be relatable. Whoop! It’s been the first time in my adult life being off birth control. Big deal because that stuff really messed with my body in ways I didn't even realize until being off of it. Also totally a hot topic this year so I thought I'd raise my emoji hand and say "me too!" Yay mental health and being a woman. Clap, clap, clap.

23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
"Summertime shenanigans always are a thing to remember." My 2015 self. Also my 2016 self.

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
An all the time goal is to be a better person. For me that means being more open, accepting, less anxious, more kind. I feel confident that we’re in a good place to continue working on all those things for 2017.

Oh also, I moved into a cheaper apartment so I could start saving more. Gotta get those dollar bills saved up sooner rather than later.
  
25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
Yo. All of them, right?

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?
I think I've been answering this one wrong the past two years. Like a bad experience do-over or a good experience, do it again? Sooo. Not do over the bad things and def do over the good things. Or just keep re manifesting the good experiences over and over in different ways. Yes. Blah. I don’t like this question.

27. What was the best gift you received?
A new love.

Shut it, just gimme the moment.

Also really though, I think the as the years pass I become more and more aware and grateful of the people who believe in me. And that’s really all anyone can ask for.

28. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
I think the constant evolution I'm having dealing with anxiety. Not something that comes up too often, but when it does. IT DOES. It's one of those things that forces me to really think and grow because it's not at all a hole I ever want to be stuck in. So, the outlook has been even more positive and patient than last year. But it’s hard not to also be really sad about things happening in the world.

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?
A big problem this previous year was that I wasn’t saving as much as I wanted to. So I moved out of my beautiful studio into an older place to save money. Problem solved. Life goals: closer.

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
So there was this one time.

Ya, I ain't telling ya'll but I'll definitely be texting my friend in a minute to laugh about it again.

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
Going out that dang bumble date I was ignoring for months. 
Yes bumble.
V thankful.

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?
Totes going to be very honest here, But I know some will relate... I fall guilty to that thing that happens when you introduce new things into your life, and let go of others. Whether that be people, habits, hobbies. I've done that, and wish I didn't because I want some of them back. I’d like to rebalance some of the positive things I obtained early last year. 

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
A big thing that I think that has been a recognizable difference in me as a human is my communication skills. I used to be such a shut in when it comes to verbalizing anything I felt. And I think anyone who’s known me for 3+ years can attest to that. It’s been a goal of mine since 2014 to fix that. It’s taken a lot of work and I’m happy about where I’ve come in that regard. So pat on ze back, T Money.

34.What activities made you lose track of time?
Always art. Always brainstorming my next creative venture and getting excited (but not always taking action) on what's to come next for my next creative happenings.

35.What did you think about more than anything else?
I have thought A LOT about my next steps. I teeter the line between being super business woman and creative maker. And since both are part of who I am, I struggle going back and forth. I think that’s also because I’m not working for myself, rather another company. I think that balance will be hit in the future when I’m able to work for myself and am motivated and forced to do both.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
Dovetailing on my last answer... Entrepreneurial creative and business podcasts. They are my shizz. Every morning and at work I love listening and learning how other people have paved their way.

Also the photo stuff I was mentioning earlier in question 9 about skills. Big time. 

37.What new habits did you cultivate?
Actually, something as simple as taking a deep breath whenever my current task, thought processes or conversations are in places I don't want them to be. I always thought things like that are cheesy but It's helped me be more present and realize things don't have to be so life or death all the time. 

38.What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
It's okay to have downtime. It's okay to not know where you're going. It's okay if things are moving at a slower pace than what you'd like. You'll get there. 

39. Did any parts of yourself or your life do a complete 180 this year?
I was a lot more adventurous than I've been in the past, mostly socially. I'm quite the introvert so it's easy peasy for me to stay in my own bubble and not be bothered. But you can learn a lot about yourself by being around and with different people. So not really a 180, but something new. Partially improved. 

40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
Queue the cheese. 

Amado. He's been such a positive person to have in my life and I'm the most thankful. He's re-inspired me to practice art in a way I haven't in quite a while, which means the world. He reminds me to breathe and is the best support in both happy and sad times. His stupid kewt face makes me laugh even when I don't want to. I’m always so proud of him and how he lives his life; he’s a big inspiration for me.

YOUR 2017

41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
More art for me. Make stuff. Dive into things for yourself again.

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?
Everywhere. I'd love to go on more hikes. Just need a good rain jacket and I'll be good to go. More hikes around Oregon, maybe finally make that trip to LA to see Alex. And last year I said Canada, still haven't been so that would be awesome too. 

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
Just everyone. I'm naturally a homebody so it's always a goal of mine to reach out and get out.

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
I recently signed up for a jewelry metalsmithing class. It's something I've wanted to do since I was a kid so I'm really excited to explore that opportunity to see if its something I really want to take up as a hobby.

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
Something that A has inspired me to do is offer up more kindness. It can go such a long way and I’ve really seen and felt that this year. I want to work on, and be more aware of for others.

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?
I want there to be more motivation this year. More things that I set myself against so I always have something that I’m looking forward to or working towards on a more short term, or maybe monthly basis. Finding more purpose in my every day.

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
This goes hand in hand with my previous answer. I’d like to implement more personal projects and goals to regain motivation and purpose in my everyday life.

48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?
I really want to take what I do as my career, and apply it to my personal business. Start utilizing my knowledge and skill for my own projects to advance creatively and grow socially. Once I started doing social content marketing as my full time job 3 years ago, doing it for myself took a backseat and eventually faded. I’d like to find that creative spark again for myself and see where it takes me.

49.How do you want to remember the year 2017 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
The year that I started taking bigger creative steps for myself.

50.What is your number one goal for 2017?
Number one top five: Create more. Drink more water. Be kinder. Go on more hikes. Save money.



24.10.16

NEW FIND: HEINUI

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Niko Dress
I stumbled across a piece by heinui on Pinterest, and dug around to find her lookbook posted on Miss Moss only to find that I DIE... over every. single. piece. I have to share.

I'm the biggest fan of illustrated figures as print on apparel. This first piece is what initially caught my eye, but you know what else I love? Big cocoon jackets, indigo, and denim. I feel like she brings the perfect balance of feminine, chunky, modern and retro shapes... it really gets me going.

I'm feeling a bit of 50's housewife silhouette, Japanese indigoes, a little bit of wake up and go, wear it anywhere because it's your favorite and goes with anything even if it doesn't because you love it so much, kind of pieces.

Yeah, that's a method of dressing I haven't quite let go of, the five year old Tayler who wore princess costumes everyday. That's not how you dress after finding new faves? oh.

Portland Oregon Blogger
Niko Dress
"Heinui is the project of French fashion designer Claire Pignot. The label produces charmingly quirky, highly feminine clothes that are effortless, easy-to-wear and quietly sophisticated, subtly mixing high-end materials carefully sourced from all around the world with timeless, casual silhouettes." - about the brand
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Rosine Coat
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Rosine Coat + Lucio Dress
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Lilith Dress
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Aiko Jumpsuit

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17.10.16

HAND WEAVING: WHAT YOU NEED



For anyone who follows me on instagram saw that back in the winter of 2015, I got REAL into weaving. I thought I'd share some of my favorites that I've made, and create a little resource hub for anyone interested in trying it out who just wants to know the very basics.

Last year weaving became a therapeutic practice. At a time when I just moved into my first "nice" apartment by myself, was still settling in at my new job, and all around having a bit of a lonely moment. I found what filled that void for a good entire winter season was weaving.

My senior year in college, in 2013 I taught myself how to weave and integrated my own textiles into my senior apparel collection, more here and here.

At the start of that project I designed a fairly large hand loom and enlisted my dad's help in making. Cool thing my dad was willing to help, or I probably wouldn't have moved forward with the project looms were spendy at the time!

So, my looms were just sitting around, and suddenly woven wall hangings were popping up left and right on my instagram feed and Etsy. So naturally, I thought, "I can do that." A thought more people should have... cause you're awesome and can do anything. Anyways, I started. I did it, and became a wee obsessed for a time there. I now reap the benefits of having beautiful wall hangings all around my home! I've been meaning to share my weavings and some of my starter kit faves:Starting with aesthetics....To hang: Copper welding rods. I really like how these look. Not pictured above, but pictured hereOr, you can go crafty and organic and forage your neighborhood for good sticks. Just make sure you scrape off any moist or unwanted bark and are left with a mostly smooth surface.  As for yarn....Weft: I used a variety of yarns for the actual design. Anything that I found cheap on amazon or at my local Fred Meyer. I liked anything with a higher denier that was thick, soft, had a full body. A thicker yarn makes the process go by faster, and I also really like the softer look. A few are: this yarn or this one from Wool Ease, or, bulky wool yarn that makes really large statement patterns like this, or this.Warp: Red Heart craft yarn. I used fairly cheap craft yarns for my warp yarns. (These yarns you typically don't see unless you have an open design). I got these in a variety of neutral colors so I could just choose depending on how dark or light my weft palette was going to be.A loom: Now, for anyone just getting into this, I wouldn't say upright buying a loom is the best idea. Though, if you've got money to throw around, this loom is a good starter.  Or, DIY it and make yourself proud. Here is for the intermediate DIY'er and this tutorial is super easy one that anyone can follow.Weaving needle: I went the cheap, less efficient route here. I used these large eye blunt embroidery needles. But, I'd suggest something with a larger stem so you don't kill your hands and fingers. Much like this one on Etsy. That's really all you need to start. Obviously some scissors, time, and I'd suggest locking your cat in another room or they'll be really cute at the beginning and then really annoy the heck out of you a couple minutes in. Other tools that could be helpful, but you can live without:A weaving comb. I found that I was able to control the tightness of the yarn going through and just push it up with my fingers after each weft. But you can totally be extra fancy and more gentle with your art than I and get one of these combs.  A heddle. Now, if you're doing the same weave all the way through, this can be useful. For example, if you're just going to do a plain or basket weave for the entire piece. But I found myself alternating the weave like crazy depending on what texture, pattern and shape I wanted where. My designs were much more irregular so I didn't find myself wanting to use one of these.Now... do you know nothing about weaving?! No worries, it's pretty easy to learn. Here are some resources to get you started on a few basic weaving patterns. This will give you more freedom and precision in your designs. Here are some articles from The Weaving Loom. Just browse the site and really you'll find everything you need about weaving patterns. Here are a few: Plain weave, twill weave (the same weave as the jeans you're wearing right now), the soumak weave, and your chevronThat should get the job done! Now you're starting off with way more resources than I ever did a few years ago.Find me more frequently on instagram: @taylerworrell