thank you – seattle – xoxox, n+t

08 Jun
June 8, 2010

when i started this blog, i was sitting in my basement, looking for jobs online.  i decided that i’d always wanted to wander around and take photos, and since i had just been laid-off from what i considered to be my dream job… i wanted to be proactive.  i’d been looking for a job at that point for almost 3 months.  i thought… oh, i’ll be able to do this even when i find a job in a few months.

fast forward 18 months later.  i never thought i’d be where i am.  i’m still wandering.  i’m still stopping people who wear something i admire, or come across stylishly to me (until yesterday, i was still unemployed).  i’ve met so many amazing people, and beyond all of that, i’ve discovered a part of myself that i never would have found if i hadn’t lost my job.  i’ve done things i’ve been afraid to do.  i’ve had many FREE glasses of champagne… and i now carry my camera with me every single day, and rarely does a day go by that i don’t photograph something with it.

i’ve pushed myself, i’ve evolved, and the best part is… i see new directions.  i don’t feel stagnant, and i’m inspired EVERY SINGLE DAY.  this blog is by no means life changing to any of you, but it has changed my life.  literally.  i’ve realized just how important it can be to do something you passionately love… it doesn’t have to be one thing.  maybe one day i go take photos, another day i attend a show, the next day i sew or draw, and some days i sit on the couch with a blanket and my dog, and read.  it’s come to me, to be aware; to not plod, and to by no means compromise.

today i was hired.  and although i will now be working every day, i don’t want you to think for a minute that i’ll abandon this project.  if anything, i will tenaciously guard and foster this pocket of inspiration.  i may have to be more selective about the events i attend (can one girl work full time AND attend 5 events a week?), i may have to give some things a miss altogether.  but since i’ll be working downtown (jumping up and down and twirling in circles about THAT) i will wander some of my favourite corners, camera in hand…

this site has always been about capturing this city… in a myriad of ways.  thank you seattle for letting me take your photo while i found my way… xoxo- kam

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7 replies
  1. caroline says:

    congratulations! you’ve created a wonderful thing here on your blog, so i am so glad to hear you won’t be abandoning it.

    also, i just peed myself when i saw your daily reads. thank you so much!

  2. TheLadyDayDreamer says:

    Oh my gosh! You scared me so bad! Right up until the last part, I thought you were stopping N+T. Thank goodness you’re not! Congrats on the new job and much continued success with your awesome blog!

  3. mark says:

    S’up Kam?

    I don’t know how much feedback/following needle+thread gets, but I thought this post really deserved a response . . .

    Essentially, . . . your work is inspiring.

    Every time I stop to check your latest post, I get a couple of minutes of happiness in my day. Its as if your own passion for this subject matter exudes happiness through this blog.

    I also really like the fact that this blog epitomizes the “Think Global, Act Local” mantra which I so respect.

    Anyways, congrats on the job and as always, I look forward to seeing what else catches your eye.

    Best and all,
    ps. Happy upcoming BD.

  4. admin says:

    hey all… no not stopping! 🙂 couldn’t dream of it. i might not always take style shots, but i’ll always post pictures of our city. i guess it’s where my meandering takes me… thanks for being readers. it means a lot to me that it’s appreciated!

  5. the jaunty magpie says:

    CONGRATS!! I know we’ve shared many a virtual/real conversation about this same topic, but it’s so true — taking time to collect one’s creative thoughts is invigorating and worth the wandering. And you’ve been working your creative muscles like a mofo, so you’re totally buffed-up for whatever the professional world puts in front of you!

  6. Irina says:

    I am so happy for you! What an inspiring journey!

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