Vivatramp

adventures, books & creative lifestyle.

I'M BACK.

So, I took an unintentional hiatus from this space for many many months. The longest break I've taken in the 9 years I've been commanding this corner of the internet.

Life happened. Time went by. I felt a little lost and disillusioned along the way about occupying space on the internet and…

wayfarer: a poem for Catherine

Between scratchy palms,
I found you
taking tea on the fussy streets.

A wayfarer betwixt patchwork houses,
eyes settled beyond the deep.

In the matchbox village,
I saw you
with blueprints baked by careful hands.

Watercolour timestamp bleeding
from sketch paper out to land.

In the promise of endless …

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fresh blooms around the village
when my business efforts pay off 
therapeutic crying 
nailing my to-do list before midday 
learning to be relentless and go after what I want 




I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can delve into the archi…

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when difficult circumstances motivate me instead of scare me
singing along to albums from start to finish with best friends
eyeing up pretty houses and grand architecture
adding words to a note in my phone to use at a later date
new music from my favourite bands
how no two creative processes look …

Books I Read In January

*This post contains some books I bought with a gift card gifted to me by Books Are My Bag. This post isn't in collaboration with them, however. 

I started the year by reading five books in relatively quick succession.

In the interests of documenting everything that I read in 2019, here's a …

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finding gift cards in my purse and suddenly feeling powerful
when the smallest home improvements make it feel like a different place
being able to talk openly and honestly about my experiences
daydreaming about new places
new notebooks, even though the old ones aren't filled
knowing that days …

whalebone: a poem

this home is mine
and mine alone;
you'll never know it by name.

patient paws have padded the
close-thicket carpets,
but it's mine all the same.

you'll find me in the reverie
of someone i once knew,
or in the eyes of the dawn
as it breaks across the sky

before it casts itself anew.

some…

Books I Want To Read in 2019

Devotion by Patti Smith.
One of the newest additions to my bookshelves, this is a slim volume of Smith's musings on why and how she writes - complete with a short story. This will be read sooner rather than later. 


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.                        I was sent this book by the publi…

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the promise of days getting longer, even if it's only by minutes.
days when inspiration comes, seemingly, from nowhere.
empty schedules.
managing to actually take good care of plants.
when there's hope that things can get back on track.


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I have been sharing things that make …

2019

2018 was a pretty revolutionary year for me in terms of giving myself permission to move forward with my life after years spent anticipating, enduring and then recovering from surgery.

I started my copywriting and blogging business and worked hard to get it off the ground. I also birthed an entire

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tea time walks when the air is full of foodie smells queer eye transformations when things that once felt impossible become second nature  once in a blue moon plates of pancakes

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can sc…