It's been a minute. Life got really busy after Easter, and finding time to blog has been difficult. Here is what we have been up to.


So, I guess the biggest thing that has happened was my change of jobs. I knew my first job in Portland wasn't the right fit since day one, and job-hunting for an ideal position similar to the one I had in Los Angeles was more time-consuming than I had anticipated. But, with patience, I landed a perfect position at an awesome company, and it's been even better than I imagined. I am so glad to be there!



Word on the street is that home renovations always take longer than you wanted. Well, thats 101% true. Here we are, entering June, and besides my husband's studio project, putting a new toilet into our main bathroom, and painting one of the bedrooms, then turning it into an office, and now our bedroom, not much has physically has happened to our house. But, good news: demo for our stairs starts next week, so I will have some fun updates to share soon!

The backyard: We have been making progress on our garden! When you move into a home in late fall/early winter, in a place that actually has seasons, you don't know what you have growing in your yard until Spring! But, back in March, I got antsy and we went to the nursery to buy a peony bush (because I have a backyard now, damnit). So, I bought a Coral Charm because they are my absolute favorite and duh. We planted it and were excited to watch it grow. Little did I know, our backyard was filled with peony bushes! Within weeks, tons of shoots started to sprout. I couldn't believe it! If we would've known when we first saw the house, I would've said SOLD right away. Now, we will never have to buy overpriced peonies at the store again! And I have tons to share!


In additional to the peonies, our garden has also been sprouted tulips, four different color irises, tiger lilies are coming soon, and our apple trees are started to populate baby fruit for the Fall!

Last weekend, I also felt like we needed more color and foliage, so I headed back to the nursery, and bought some fancy rose bushes on a whim. I mean, I actually don't love roses, but this is Portland so it seemed like a must-have. Since our backyard shares an exterior wall with our neighbor's garage (with the window looking into our yard), I thought it would be a perfect place to plant climbing roses. I really wanted to bring in some more vibrant colors to pop on the blue paint, so I got Pretty In Pink Eden roses. I can't wait util they start blooming and getting huge! It's going to smell heavenly out there!


Lastly! We bought some cute patio lounge chairs from Ikea and it has made a huge difference! We love to sit outside and sip coffee in the mornings. But something was missing: A Fire Pit! So, this past weekend, Danny and I jumped in the van and picked up a ton (literally felt like a ton) of masonry stones and built our very own fire pit! Should be up and running soon! I'm so excited to spend evenings out there!

It's safe to say that our yard is turning into a magical garden.

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Travel has slowed down a bit due to house projects and my career change, but we have managed to get out and explore a little more of Oregon. Early Spring is tulip season and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival is where it is at! From seeing photos on Instagram I knew it was going to be beautiful, but it was more stunning in person than we thought. Tulips of every color literally went on forever! I definitely recommend stopping by here if you are in Northern Oregon around this time.
Pro tip: bring your rain boots! It is VERY muddy!


Then, our friends from Vancouver, B.C., came down to visit us in April and we headed to an area of Mount Hood called Rhododendron. We rented this super charming cabin in the woods that was vintage but cozy. Scattered with many hiking trails near by, we chose to tackle the trail to Ramona Falls. Roughly about 3.5 miles each way, we were faced with crossing a river by shimmying over logs and trekking through tons of snow! It was a pretty challenging hike, but making it to the falls made it worth while! I hope we can visit them again in the future! Steve came along, too, but he chose the luxury route - in a backpack on Danny's back!

Look at these Canadian Cuties! And they are expecting August 2018!

Look at these Canadian Cuties! And they are expecting August 2018!

As part of my birthday gift back in January, Danny wanted to take me to this Alpaca Farm about an hour from our house in an area called Molalla! And man did we luck out: upon arriving for our tour, it turned out the others that were supposed to join were no-shows, so we got a private tour! Oh my god, they are so freakin cute! It's so funny how each Alpaca is so different from another, all with their own faces and personalities. Not only did we get to admire and learn about them, but we got to feed them, walk them, and pet them! It was so special. Thank you, Marquam Hills Ranch!


And then somehow in the thick of things, Danny and I made it to Los Angeles for a weekend to celebrate his sister and dad's birthdays as well as Mothers Day. It was a quick trip, but we were able to pack in seeing our best friends and even went to my first metal show to see Behemoth. I am now a fan of metal.

Shitty concert photo.

Shitty concert photo.

So, with blog radio silence came a lot. Time moves really quickly nowadays, and I know it's only going to move faster soon. It's crazy to think about what we were doing last year at this time, getting ready for our wedding, or two years before just having gotten engaged, and here we are now living in Portland taking care of our dog and working on our home. A lot can happen in a short amount of time, and I keep trying to remind myself to slow down and try to document and store memories before I lose them. I am also excited and looking forward to seeing where we will be another year from now.




I don't believe in resolutions because no one ever keeps them, but I do believe in setting intentions for myself. I know it's past the "new year" but it's never too late to set goals, and well, I needed more time to really know what I wanted to set out for myself. 2017 was a whirlwind - especially the second half - and quite frankly, it may have taken some years off my life... it also started to pepper my never-dyed hair ever-so-slightly. So, in 2018 I am focusing on health (both mental & physical), my career and skillsets, and my relationships.


master my mindset.

I ended the last two months of 2017 as a newlywed living minus my husband in an old, unfamiliar, unfurnished house in a new city, practically knowing no one, in the middle of winter (where winter actually exists). It was a wake up call. Now is the time to leave baggage, bad attitudes, grudges, self-consciousness, and more, behind. I am setting the intention of taking a minimal approach to 2018, clearing my head to focus on gratitude and to master my mindset (thanks Jen Sincero). This year, I am going to do what I want and need - and I'm going to do it well. Eyes on the prize. 
Are you listening, Universe?

getting over it.

I have always been athletic. I've been running since I was 15, I was on cheer and swim team in high school, and even acheived one my life goals of running and finishing the LA Marathon in 2015... and then thought I was a badass, and ran and finished the Chicago Marathon seven months later. I was in the best shape of my life. Since then, and with the wedding and move, my weight has fluctuated. I am a self-proclaimed wine-o and I am french fries' best friend. I've had highs and lows and now I am just looking for the healthy balance. I don't need abs or thighs that don't jiggle a little bit to be happy. I just want to feel good. I began this month with setting a 100-mile running goal, and although I'm more than half way there, I've learned not to put too much stress on it, and to make it fun. So far, it seems to be working. Living a healthy lifestyle and working out shouldn't be a chore to make those pants fit. Fitness is really not everything.
I have also started being really consistent about taking vitamins every morning: a probiotic, a women's multi vitamin, B12, and D3 along with a healthy scoop of Vital Farms Collagen Peptides in my coffee every morning (also, thanks for the tip Tasty Yummies) and it has made a huge difference in my energy levels, my skin, and gut health. So, I'm going stick with that.

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dotcom & beyond.

With this mastered mindset, I plan on going after the career I want more than ever. Although I am still working out the kinks, I would like my blogging and photography to play a major role in my career. I took a leap last year and started this blog to help improve my creative writing, lifestyle photography, cooking, and to share my life and travels. This year, I would like to take my blog and photography to the next level and work on branding myself. Seems scary and overwhelming, but again, I got married, got a dog, bought a house, moved to a new city, started a new job, and made new friends all within six months. So, yeah... anything is possible. I also intend on doing some tidy-work with my site and blog, updating my portfolio, and changing my domain name since I am legally no longer a "Baker".


What's the saddest thing about moving? Leaving your lifelong friends behind. And with all these new life changes, it's easy to get distracted and lose touch. I want to make a concerted effort to keep the friendships I held so dearly in Los Angeles alive even though I am now in Portland. I am also working on being open to new relationships. Relationships with other girls are always tough, especially when you're in your 30's and everybody else is also still trying to figure out their lives, or they figure it out before you, or they have kids (and you don't), or visa versa. For that reason, I'm learning to not judge and be more accepting of others, and so far, it's been working out pretty okay. I am happy to say that since the New Year, I have met and bonded with some really wonderful people here, and I can't wait to meet more.

my other half.

My husband arrived permanently last week and I could not be happier. It's been so great to have him home and start our lives here. But with our new house will come a lot of hurdles. Although it's going to be tough, along with more grey hair, I want to make sure we put our relationship first and to not let projects or renovations get in the middle of us. In the end, they are just "things" and won't matter years from now, but we will. I intend to always make time for him and to be more understanding, patient, and compassionate. After all, he is  going through a transition in a new city and a new home as well.


let's GO!

I know this year holds a lot of house stuff, but I also intend for Danny and I to go on at least ONE adventure. Travel has been such a big part of our relationship that we shouldn't let a house get in the way. Not sure where we will end up, but I know it will be great. And dog friendly!