Updates + Ask Me

Welcome to the new and improved nataliemerrillyn.com! {I’m now a .com — woohoo!} I was so ready for a change and had long outgrown my old design, a huge thanks to Amanda who helped me put the new one together. Hope you’ll bear with me as we’re still working out a few kinks and I hope you like the updates!
A few of you gave me the idea to do an all-about-London post to talk about our lives here, pros and cons of living abroad, that sort of thing. I thought it would be fun for to give anyone a chance to ask specific questions about London living so I can answer them in a fun post down the road — feel free to leave a comment with a question, email me, or tweet me

Five Things

A lot of bloggers have been doing a Five Things post and after I was tagged by the lovely Tiffany I thought it might be fun to participate. I’ve used my blog primarily as a source of inspiration and less about me, but I love getting to know other bloggers — hope this allows you to get to know me better as well!

1. I’m one of seven kids.

I am the second oldest of seven kids, four girls and three boys. The age gap from the oldest to youngest is only twelve years {can you imagine birthing seven children in twelve years? Shoutout to my Mom!} so we all grew up pretty close. Every time we get together it’s like no time ever passed. Though growing up with lots of siblings was fun, I think our family will end up being a little smaller. ;)

2. I’ve always wanted a pet pig.

After my mom sewed me my very own pig {Twinkie} when I was seven, pigs became my favorite animal. I had a million stuffed pigs when I was little and have always wanted a mini pig as a pet. I look on Craigslist sometimes, but since we’ve always lived in cities and pigs need to be outdoors and able to run around, it has never quite worked out. I totally imagine buying it little shoes and walking it around the city, but I’m not sure how practical it really is. I mean just look at these cute little things!

3.  My freshman year of college I got an insane form of mono.

It was the sickest I’ve ever been. It started out as your basic mono and escalated into a form of hepatitis, where my liver and spleen became enlarged ten times the normal size. I was in bed and wheelchairs for a few months because doctors were afraid they may rupture. I made a full recovery, but being on bedrest and in hospitals made me incredibly thankful for good health — I try to never take it for granted.

4. I play the violin.

I started in fourth grade and became hooked. I played violin in two youth orchestras during high school and we got to go to England, France, Estonia, Finland, Russia, and Spain to perform. It was such an incredible experience. I played for weddings, etc. in college. I still play a little bit and I still love it, I’d love to start taking lessons again. I secretly want to just tour around the world playing my violin — maybe someday.

5. Me and two girlfriends camper-vanned around the island of Tasmania in five days.

This is still one of my favorite memories. When I was studying abroad in Australia, me and two of my girlfriends decided to rent a 20-foot campervan and camp around the entire island of Tasmania {just off the coast of Australia}. My parents and Matt, who I was dating at the time, were super worried and and were strongly advising me against the trip {we had no cell service in Tasmania}. I did it anyway and it is still one of the coolest things I’ve done. We kayaked, hiked, explored, got stranded, got rescued, and drove that camper van around the entire island in five days. #YOLO, right?
Have you done a Five Things post? Link to it below so we can read your facts! 

Thanks for reading!
xo

London Prep

M. and I decided to dedicate this week to some major housekeeping before our big move to London. I’ll be taking a short hiatus from blogging and social media while we concentrate on getting tons done — so far our chairs are getting a coat of dark stain and are will be dropped off at the upholsterer. I can’t wait to reveal their transformation! Our dresser {which now acts as a TV stand} will be getting a fresh coat of glossy, white paint. We have a huge pile of clothes and other items that will be donated — the best feeling! I love that moving gives you and excuse to purge and organize all the things you normally wouldn’t think about, the fresh start is super exciting. 
I’ll be back next week with some fresh inspiration!
xoxo