Friday, 18 November 2011

book, terrace, cat

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This was originally a guest post for Chantilly's Songs, who's launching a kickstarter campaign to record an album of lovely songs. Check it out! I, meanwhile, was asked to share my experiences on the road less travelled by, basically, pursuing my own creative pursuits from a rooftop terrace in Barcelona.

I recently chose to move back to Barcelona, a city I lived in in my early twenties, ignoring more normal career paths for the time being at least, and working on my children's novel. In this pictures you can see me working, or at least attempting to work, on my terrace (I love Barcelona weather). Though I sometimes feel stressed under the weight of social expectations, I'm ultimately really happy with taking this time out to work on editing, improving, and hopefully someday publishing my novel. I also work part time at a job that doesn't excite me too much, but the satisfaction of pursuing a creative goal and living in such a beautiful city goes a long way towards soothing my frustrations....

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Writing, editing... and I won't lie... a degree of this goes on too!

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wearing a vintage dress and belt

Oh, and here's a few more gratuitous shots of life on my terrace, before it got cold and started raining. And Fraggle again!

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A visiting Vancouverite, cat-lover, and thrifter extraordinaire!

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Check out my old skool phone!

29 comments:

Miki's scrapbook said...

Hi, Emily! I'm coming from Chantilly's blog; it was nice to know about you.

Hope you have a great weekend! ;D

Miki.

CessOviedo said...

Wow your terrace is the perfect place to chill and hang around, wish I had one at home! Love the relaxing mood here! Enjoy the weekend!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Raquel, Black Sheep said...

Aw you can still go without tights? Damn!
I enjoyed reading your post at Chantilly's blog, and sometimes wish I could lead an unorthodox life too, oh well...

Oh and I had a phone like yours when I was in 10th grade I think ;)

PS: Will try to write you an e-mail today!!

My Favourite Fashion Things said...

great photos

Nina the Little Nomad said...

Great photos, looks like you're still having such great weather in Barca I'm jealous. Good luck with all your editing and writing.
x
Nina

Collette Osuna said...

How funny, I posted my cat yesterday, Ive seen three other cat posts today...yours is pretty incredibly cute too!!

Happy Weekend!

A Funky Little Fashion Blog

Ashley said...

I officially love your terrace! Fraggle is giving you competition again :)

chantilly said...

THANK YOU again, so much, emily!! i loved your post, and your life is truly amazing. your children's book is such a wonderful idea, and i hope you can get it published someday soon!! xx

Amber Blue Bird said...

your phone and my phone could be best friends.

Kirstin@CrimsonRosella said...

This looks like the perfect life just sitting on the balcony in the sun!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Amber: Haha, excellent!

Eleni said...

Oh, for a sunny terrace and a cat! I'm in bed, under a blanket, with man flu (again!). I'd love to know more about your book! And please, can we refer to such retro mobile phone designs as "vintage" of "classic"? We are in Blogland, after all!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Eleni: haha, awesome! Yes, me and my "vintage" aka "ancient" phone. And I'm intrigued trying to imagine you with man flu....

Monique said...

ah you are so lucky to have a balcony. good luck with your writing and i'm off to check out your post.

Monique said...

um i'm love with that orange dress!!!!

Closet Fashionista said...

Loving these shots, kitty is sooo cute :) I have an old school phone too! Go us ;)
I'm off to check out your guest post!
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

The Daily Fashionista said...

I'll be checking out that post, then:) Have a lovely weekend!! Love the terrace photos.

Imogen said...

What a sweet kitty. Good luck with the book.

Annabel said...

this looks like a perfect little spot! i love your blog :)

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Agnes Deer said...

That's wonderful the courage to pursue your dreams :) I love the cat and that cellphone is REALLY old school! I remember my best friend used to have that one!! :)

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Maria Ramona said...

yup, doing what you love makes the part-time gig a lot less painful. i totally agree. also, i'll have to take a picture of MY phone one day to show you-- i think yours is actally a little more technologically advanced than mine, believe it or not. ;)

Caitlin of doverpeak said...

You've got to do what you've go to do. You'll come out victorious when you've accomplished what you are there to do. And it'll all be so amazing and worth it :). That terrace looks magical and you look lovely.

Chloe said...

This post is absolutely gorgeous! That terrace is so beautiful. Loving your vintage dress!

xoxoo
chloe ** http://flowerponychloe.blogspot.com

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Oh, I love these photos! Your terrace looks like the perfect place to get some work done, and take a cozy nap break too, of course.
It's wonderful to hear that you're focussing on what you really want to do. Being a Junior in college, people keep asking me "What are your career plans?" and while I really want to say, "I don't know. Stop asking me. I just want to write some good poems" I generally just say that I'm not sure. It makes me happy to see that you're doing what you want instead of what other people expect :)

Meanz Chan (Koi Story) said...

I love your orange dress! This also look like such a cozy spot! :)

Shannon said...

Love that orange dress. Looks stunning.

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

dusanabotswana said...

That's just the sort of phone I always end up with abroad too, so funny (and only not here because x company always forces me to buy their phone, hence being cellphone-less for the past 4 months). You have an absolutely beautiful balcony, lucky you! That dress is amazing on you & you look so dainty in all these pics. And of course I always love to hear how you're pursuing what you love.

caitlin said...

um, i am jealous. big time. this looks like the perfect afternoon (or morning, or evening... or night). i always liked writing outside when i had a balcony... there is something about the out-of-doors that worked wonders for my creative process. sadly, that will not be happening for many months now that the snow is about to hit!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Gah, you look picture perfect working away in this beautiful terrace setup. Best of luck with your novel. Is it the same one you outlined on your blog some time back?

Social expectations have been weighing me down, too. It's key to just find the groove you're comfortable in and work toward your goals that way. Or at least that's what I've been telling myself.