Sparklista Sundays

micaela's dolce vita

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
(Tolkien)

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Raleigh—and I’m grateful to have some time to sneak off to Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte. My mister and I spent the weekend with his lovely mom who came in town for a visit. We had a delicious dinner and saw Wall Street on Friday night (my mister’s pick). On Saturday, we toured our local art museum and cooled off with yummy Locopops.

After a quiet week online, I’m excited about today’s Sparklista Sunday—the forth post in a series of interviews with creative and inspiring folks on the web. Caiti from Life is a Canvas was last week’s feature, and today I am happy to introduce my dear friend Micaela.

Micaela is the beautiful blogger behind Dolce Vita. She’s a Texas girl who recently followed her heart to Virginia to be with her darling fiance in January—after all, Virginia is for lovers. Her blog is sweet little corner of the internet that I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

1. Why do you blog?
I have always loved writing. I love connecting to people around the world and have met dear friends through this world we’ve created. I’ve often shared personal heartache and the ups and downs of relationships that it surprises me sometimes that I hit “post.” I do this though, because perhaps some beautiful stranger will happen upon one of my entries and if they should ever find themselves in that unfortunate situation… they will feel less alone. That the reader can relate to me in that moment. It is always my wish. That my writing can inspire someone, fill them with hope, or out of them a friendship is born. It’s an open book about me.

2. What are your favorite creative resources?
Etsy.com is an addiction, postcrossing, art, and my family

3. Who inspires you online? Offline?
So many people inspire me online… First, my best friend (who I wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for blogging and yet—we have never actually met in person! People find that hard to believe because we talk like we’ve known each other for years) Marisa who is my true soul mate. Someday I hope to be the mother she is. Claire over at Bicoastally who’s posts always make me giggle and who’s passion is magnetic. Meg Fee paints such emotion with precision—yet it flows like magic from her heart. Danielle over at Dinosaur Toes is a crafting goddess who loves animals as much as I do. She was my first friend in my new city, so she counts as an online and offline muse.

Offline… Definitely my twin sister Marianne. She’s half of my heart really. She just recently started blogging thanks to my insistence and I love that she has. It’s so hard to be away from her. Art, vintage knick knacks, old films, and mail art—especially from my friend Lauren Nicole.

4. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a budding blogger?
Never put pressure on yourself—it’s never about popularity nor is it about comparing your life to the happy couple on this blog or that one. People will appreciate honesty as much as sharing just when life is good.

5. What are your favorite things to do when you’re not online?
Thrifting, adventures with my husband-to-be, writing what I call love letters to my friends, chatting with my momma, movie dates with myself at home in my pajamas, and reading.

6. How do you make every day an extraordinary adventure?
I try and do something kind every day… smiling at your cashier in a store and genuinely asking how their day is. Putting a care package together for a soldier. Hugging my puppies. At the end of the day, thanking God for the life and love he’s blessed me with.

image credit: Micaela

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