They say “Home is where the heart is”, and I could not agree more. Currently, I am California dreaming with the mountains in view, and a clear blue sky overhead. But even though I am loving my new home in the West Coast, a piece of my heart will always be in the East Coast, where I was born and raised. I believe that everyone should step out of their comfort zone, and discover who they are by exploring the world. However, I also think that remembering where you came from can be incredibly grounding.
For twenty-four years, I lived in a small town just north of Boston. I grew up doing all the things New Englanders love to do…
~eating a healthy Sunday breakfast, consisting only of Dunkin Donuts
~going on road trips though out New England, that really don’t take that long at all
~eating all the seafood I could get my hands on
~apple picking in the fall
~attending sporting events (we really do have the best teams)
~visiting beach towns
(just to name a few things)
After attending college in Vermont, I fell in love with a boy and his dog, and quickly moved to Boston with them. We lived together in the city for three years. During that time, I discovered a new-found love for Boston. There are restaurants rich with culture, districts that radiate with history, and parks that provide plenty of nature. To this day, there is nothing like running along the Charles River with my GSD.
While I love my new home and creating new experiences, little memories tend to sneak up on me and remind me of my roots. I welcome these moments, and hold on to them tightly. Because of this, I carry with me objects that remind me of New England. This is exactly why I love my Greetings From Map tote. I found this Spartina 449 tote at The Paper Store, and could not be happier with this bag. This large tote is of great quality and holds all my daily essentials and more. It features a beautiful map illustrating the Northeastern Harbors with beaches, rolling waves, and sea creatures. The tote has splashes of white, blue, and orange – which is one of my favorite color combinations. This nautical bag is a great reminder that you can take the girl out of New England, but you can’t take New England out of the girl. Whether I’m on the West Coast or the East Coast, I am thankful for The Paper Store keeping me stylish, and reminding this New Englander turned Californian of where she came from.
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Side Note: I thought it was important to note that this Greetings From Map tote comes from a collection, and there are other locations featured. Spartina 449’s Greetings From Map collection features products that have illustrations of Northeastern Harbors, Texas, Sea Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Savannah, and Bay Dreams.
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