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25 for my 25th

September 10, 2014


Today is my 25th birthday. Yikes. How am I already closer to 30 than I am to 20? It’s such a cliche, but time really does move faster the older you get. Lately I’ve been feeling really nostalgic about my childhood and college years and how I didn’t treasure those moments enough. A lot has changed since then, and if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to appreciate the every day. Life moves too fast, and it doesn’t help that we live in a culture that is always looking to the future (that next milestone, vacation, big job, etc.). But if you’re stuck in the future, you’re going to miss today. In ten years I don’t want to look back and think that I should have appreciated my mid-twenties more. I want to soak up every moment of it.

There are a lot of things I want to do with my life. There are a lot of places I want to visit and goals I want to accomplish and experiences I want to…well, experience.

So here’s to 25! I’m scared of that growing number, but I know life has barely just begun. Here are 25 things for my 25th birthday that I want to do in the next year (in addition to just living in the moment, right?):

1. Visit Portland, Oregon

2. Learn how to use a sewing machine

3. Make my own sandwich bread

4. Go apple picking

5. Enroll Kipling in an obedience class (you can still teach an old dog new tricks, right?)

6. Read the entire Anne of Green Gables series

7. Buy a new mattress

8. Run 3 miles straight (I’ve never run more than 2 miles)

9. Go camping at Joshua Tree

10. Get my splits back (this will be the year)

11. Go on a day long hike

12. Take a lesson at a shooting range (so I can believably shoot a gun on TV)

13. Take a SkillShare or other online class

14. Learn how to actually plant an herb garden (my last attempt was half-hearted and failed)

15. Have a pen pal

16. Read Harry Potter (it’s probably time, huh?)

17. Book a national commercial

18. Book a role on a TV show

19. Sign with a theatrical agent

20. Have a picnic in Central Park

21. Ride on a train

22. Invest in new friendships

23. Unplug (I’m tired of technology!)

24. Find a fitness regimen that is right for me (finally)

25. Be happy.

I’m just going to do what makes me happy. And my new decision maker? Will I regret doing it, or will I regret not doing it? I think that’s a good way to look at things. ;)

-wonderland sam

things that make me happy

August 29, 2014


A homemade banner for our wall.


A wind chime to hang by our hanging plants (confession: it’s from Disneyland).


A book I am thoroughly enjoying but also desperately trying to finish as it’s already past due at the library (this is a long book, guys).


A page from my Project Life album – almost finished with this past year’s album.

-wonderland sam

sweet summertime part two

August 28, 2014


This summer was the summer of visitors. A month after my family visited, my in-laws came into town for a week and a half. I didn’t snap too many photos (I was enjoying the leisure of having them take the photos), but here are a few from my film camera. We had a great time showing them new places and having a few new experiences ourselves.

We caught a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, spent a day at the beach (trying to) surf, got Korean BBQ, visited the Getty Villa, ate Roscoe’s chicken and waffles (so. good.), went to the Culver City fair, took a tour on the Warner Brothers lot, and got seafood at Redondo Beach. They took many more photos on their phones and camera, so I may share some of those later.



Thanks to my sister for giving me my dream dress!






Sunset at the beach? √

-wonderland sam

summer bike ride

August 27, 2014


I love leisurely bike rides. Like, love them. And we don’t do them nearly enough for some reason or another. One Sunday afternoon I was determined to get our butts off the couch to bike through the surrounding neighborhoods (which are so cute and we can only dream of buying a house in one day). It was the perfect weather (isn’t it always here?), and the streets were so quiet. We ended our bike ride with a stop to get a Boba drink – the perfect end to the weekend.


No hands.


-wonderland sam

sweet summertime part one

August 26, 2014


Oh, hi. Nice to see you there. I’ve missed this space. I’ve been milking my last roll of film for the past month, and I finally finished it. But that’s okay because they pretty much encapsulate these last few weeks of summer. I may switch back to digital for a bit to keep costs down and to have more photos to share, but I’ll think about it. It’s always exciting to get my roll developed and to see these images for the first time – a short, tiny trip down memory lane.

Remember when my family was in town last month, and we surfed and went to Disneyland and had a birthday party for my grandpa and did a bunch of fun things? These photos are the last of those (and my favorites from our Disney trip – so magical, huh?).








On another note, I really wish my mom lived here. It doesn’t get easier being so far away.

-wonderland sam


August 1, 2014


reading : The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

listening : Sam Smith

smelling : This candle. I’m obsessed.

watching : Freaks and Geeks on Netflix. Busy Philipps’ character is crazy, and I love it.

feeling : A lot more anxiety lately…go away!

planning : My in-laws’ visit in a couple of weeks.

catching up :  On my steps and planning to be more diligent about it.

working on : My surfing.

cooking : New recipes…trying to tackle more of this cookbook.

going : To my acting class and loving it.

wishing : To always be present.

brainstorming : Ways to propel my career.

anticipating : My last performance of Cave tonight…after almost a year of being involved with this show.

receiving :  Whatever life has to throw at me.

buying : This print pack and supporting Elise’s Make29 project.

this list inspired by elise

-wonderland sam

california summer

July 30, 2014


This past weekend was a quintessential summer weekend, and I loved every minute of it. It has been hot here (I know, coming from a Texas girl), but we don’t have AC, so there’s no escaping it. After a busy couple of months of traveling and having visitors, we are so grateful for some weekend downtime to spend together – mostly outside. The sunshine makes me too happy, and I just want to spend all of my time in it.

Friday night was the opening of my play – outside – in a cave. It went wonderfully, and we have another sold out performance this Friday. It is such a cool experience to be a part of, and my grandparents sent me a beautiful flower arrangement in celebration of it.

P.S. These are all Instagram photos, so I apologize for the poor quality.


I bought a surfboard, and we took it out Saturday morning. It was overcast when we first arrived, but the sun came out soon after. I’m really excited to get into this new hobby and have another excuse to make it to the beach on the weekend. Sunshine and fun AND exercise? Count me in!


We caught the Angels game Saturday night with some friends, and it was the perfect evening for it. We had the necessary ball park food, cheered on the Angels as they won, and watched a pretty cool firework show at the end. There’s just something about catching a ball game on a summer evening.

Sunday we laid low a bit, but we did finally make it to the theater to see the new Planet of the Apes movie. I really enjoyed it; have I ever told you I used to want to live in the jungles of Africa and study chimpanzees a la Jane Goodall?

It has been a while, but I’ll be posting an easy craft here soon!

-wonderland sam


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