Escape from reality…

I did just that with a spontaneous visit to the beach with my favorite friend. We explored the sleepy town of Cannon Beach, OR, bought overpriced chocolate, drank cozy chai lattes, absorbed some much needed Vitamin C, and discovered our cats (but not really). It was a beautifully rare day indeed.


~~ For in Him we live + move + exist ~~ Acts 17:28




Very exciting things!

Spring has launched with the bloom of all the flower buds, and so has my professional/social life.

Through the stand-still of winter I was going through a rough patch in my life. My social life (or lack-thereof) was suffering because of my busy school schedule, I was unemployed and therefore broke, and I was just not a very happy person. (Let me just say that the winter weather in the PNW was not not helping). Life kind of sucked.

In recent weeks, there have been some drastic changes. First of all, I turned 20 (yippee!), so I could no longer use the excuse of, “I’m still a teenager” to get myself out of uncomfortable situations. Secondly, I am now officially a senior in college so…. I kind of have to get my life in order. So, I did what any desperate college student does to strengthen her grad-school application/life… I applied to be a volunteer. And… I got in! I’m currently volunteering in a research laboratory and in a hospital so, you can say I’m an adult *inserts sunglasses emoji*. I applied in January (?) and have been volunteering for almost 4 months now. And, the most important part of all, I got myself a pretty sweet job. Yasasasasasssssssssssssssssssssss.

I guess you can say that…



All I can say is that life has really turned itself towards the best. It’s really amazing to see the craziness that is my life unfold into something so, how should I say it, hopeful(?). It just shows that there is always something to look forward to and changes are soon to come. I mean come on, a mega introvert like me was able to make some new friends. That on its own is a miracle.

To anyone who is maybe going through some similar rough situations, I hope this mini post serves as a form of inspiration. Whatever it is that is troubling you, it’ll pass. Just have hope and know that tomorrow is a new day.

I am forever grateful to God because if it wasn’t for His love, timing, and hope, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. He helped and blessed me with these new opportunities.


Thanks for reading and I’ll keep you posted on the nonsense up ahead.




Even though Vancouver and Portland ​greeted spring with rain and wind, it still felt like spring. I guess God decided that the PNW would spend March 20th watering flower buds. I don’t mind as long as that means more flowers and sunshine later 0n.


To keep with my bucket-list,  here’s one of my old sketches of a blooming tree from last years spring. (‘весна’ means spring in Russian)

Когда весна придет – не знаю,

Пройдут дожди, сойдут снега…

Но ты мне улица родная

И в непогоду дорога.

(Весна на Заречной улице, 1956)




Yesterday’s adventures were amazing. I was able to escape the chaos of school and work for a few hours with a spontaneous trip to the beach. The whole trip was something like a dream. We left Vancouver in sunshine and were greeted in Seaside with rain and fog. There we ate delicious Halibut (in the form of fish&chips), spoiled ourselves to matching “Beach Patrol” sweaters, and walked the sleepy sea-town whilst sipping on steamy coffee. All I can say is that there’s a certain charm to a winter’s beach trip. Though we weren’t kissed by the sun, we were most definitely embraced by a cool winter’s breeze. The pacific northwest never ceases to amaze me in its breathtaking beauty. Ecola Point is a living example of the great artwork of the Lord above.

— Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you. — Psalm 55:22




I don’t say this often enough but, I’ll say it now. I love where I live. There’s a certain charm about the Pacific Northwest that makes it so unique from other places I’ve visited. It has a perfect mix of city skyscrapers and nature’s skyscrapers.  Portland, Oregon, I appreciate you.

Photos by me.



2k17 Bucket List

I’m a bit late but, it’s whatever. I’ve been making a bucket list for the past… I don’t know, it’s been a long time. I think that 2017 holds a lot of promising events so for this year, I would like to do/overcome/fulfill a variety of different things. Most of them are a bit dumb, but nevertheless, it’s my bucket list. So, without further ado, let us commence… (NOTE: this list is not in the order I would like to complete it. It’s completely random)

  • rope swing
  • go to a summer festival
  • complete a 30-day drawing challenge (upload it to your blog?)
  • go to a tropical beach
  • go to a non-tropical beach
  • go on a date
  • jump off a waterfall/walk behind a waterfall
  • rock climb
  • travel along the Oregon Coast
  • befriend a stranger
  • go to the movie theater by myself
  • go to a concert (preferably a kpop artist)
  • watch a meteor shower
  • explore Seattle
  • visit grandpa
  • learn the basics of a new language
  • master winged eyeliner
  • visit the zoo
  • visit Russia
  • finish college
  • go zip-lining
  • run in the Portland color run
  • watch an opera/ballet performance
  • go to Canada
  • watch the sunset with a view
  • watch the sunrise with a view
  • go on a missionary trip
  • get a henna tattoo
  • dye my hair a bizarre color
  • go to Disneyland
  • take up a new hobby
  • tell my parents I love them more often
  • adopt a new fashion trend
  • skydive
  • donate blood
  • beach bonfire
  • go on a road-trip
  • start a scrapbook
  • go to a Pink Martini concert
  • meet Agust D
  • go kayaking
  • Times Square, New York
  • visit a vineyard
  • catch a butterfly
  • take dance-lessons
  • start a YouTube channel
  • spend the entire day in the library reading
  • ride a hot air balloon
  • support my favorite artists by buying their albums
  • start gaze
  • become more flexible (actually touch your toes)
  • learn how to play a song the mandaline
  • complete something on my bucket list


Good luck to me!




I am back. It’s been a year and I feel like I am a completely different person from who I was when I first made this blog. I’ve graduated the hell-hole that is High School. No more teenage drama, no more worrying about how popular one is. I’ve moved on to more promising things like college. I’ve made and lost friends. I’ve found out things about myself and the limits that exist to me in this world. I have went on my first date with a boy and held his hand (which was great). I will be piercing a hole in my ears next week for the first time and I am both terrified and excited. I have discovered a new genre of music that makes me feel like a badass. I have ended this semester of college with a shitty GPA and don’t feel bad about it because of all the long hours and sleepless nights that I put into that shitty GPA. I have secrets from my parents and friends about my life that I will never tell. I can’t wait to move from this place and finally be on my own so that I can just not stress about my reputation and what other people think about me. Overall, I have become a different person. Life changes you and I am living proof of this. I hope that this blog will continue to be part of my life and that I will not neglect it (again).