Starting to feel a bit antsy. Almost 1 month away from our trip to Tokyo! Can’t wait! If you’ve been there and have recommendations, please let me know. I want to see some cool stuff and eat some good things :)

Three things I was grateful for this week:

1. Awesome Arcanum meetup at the National Cathedral. So fun taking pictures with friends.

2. Starting a new book this week but can’t forget about this one.

3. My excuse for sleeping in a little this past week.

Hey, Guess what! It’s suppppeeerrrr cold and windy outside. I can actually hear the wind blowing outside my window right now. I don’t know about you, but that does not make me want to go outside.

But when you think of DC you think about all the monuments and cool stuff around the mall, you may or may not know that our nation’s capital has some of the coolest, prettiest interiors that I’ve ever seen. Don’t believe me, check these out:

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Take the free tour at the Capitol building and be prepared to be blown away!

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Looking up at the US Capitol Dome

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My favorite hidden gem, the Library of Congress

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The metro even provides some cool lines and shapes

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And don’t forget about National Airport.

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Whoever came up with these designs for the DC transit stations gets my two thumbs up. Love all the shiny gold in Union Station.

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And how can you forget about the National Cathedral. Gorgeous!

That’s the list for now. I know I haven’t covered all of DC interiors so stay tuned for more…

In case you missed the any of my other DC guides:

I finished reading Big Magic a couple of weeks ago and it’s a book that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. If you haven’t read it then I’d highly recommend it. It’s a book for creatives but when it comes down to it, it’s a book for everyone because we all have hidden treasures inside of us. You just have to be brave enough to seek them out. (A little tidbit I learned from the book.)

One of the biggest ideas that I got from this book is that there are other people out there like me! Sometimes you get frustrated or discouraged by your art and sometimes it can be labeled as suffering for your art. Another word to use instead of “suffering” is “dedication”. Dedication to what makes me happy and also what keeps me feeling alive. If an image I created is less than perfect, it’s ok. I’ll still keep on working on it because it’s what I love to do.

“My work loves me as much as I love it.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic.

Want to hear something funny? Or at least I think it’s funny.

Typically I’m a pretty calm, laid back person. I’m a slow walker and I like to take my time doing things. The other day, Andrew told me that the only time he ever sees me rush is when I’m out taking pictures. I thought that was hilarious because it’s so true. ESPECIALLY if there’s good light. The sun don’t wait for nobody so you gotta grab your camera and go!

This was taken last night at Great Falls park. A great example of a time where I had to rush.

We were at the National Cathedral so early we could see the sun light peaking through the stained glass windows. It was literally the most colorful sunrise I’d ever seen. All the lights bouncing off the Cathedral walls was so cool and bright, it kind of turned the ceiling blue at one point.

Another super fun Arcanum hangout. This time at the Washington National Cathedral. Thanks so much to Chris who took the time out to show us around before it even opened. It was so cool to visit without being other people’s way and he even took us to a few places the general public aren’t allowed to visit. Awesomeeee…..

Here’s a group pic of us on the balcony.

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I took so many pictures, I’m pretty sure you’ll be seeing more of the Cathedral in the next few days.