Sometimes, I dream about my life being an LA version of a Jane Austen novel with golden-edged pages. Recently it’s been more like a heavily annotated, weathered copy of a Jane Austen novel. When I say heavily annotated, I mean by myself. I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection lately, as my life has been a whirlwind of both excitement and uncertainty. But I guess that’s just a part of being a senior in college who has an internship, all upper-division class load, and various other commitments while trying to figure out what’s after the diploma.


While the pages of my autobiography are weathered, while the ink of my notes in the margins have begun to form some intricate pattern of semantics, I thank God and trust his plan for my life. I look to the mystery of it all and am thankful for it, because the art of not knowing is a poetic, engaging cliffhanger that keeps me turning the pages.


But I’ve also learned to stop speed reading. Each page of this crazy thing called life is worth enjoying with a cup of tea in hand. I recently had a conversation with someone about how senior year is going by so fast, and I’m so busy that I’ve recognized a need to stop. and. take. it. all in. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

Each page, each paragraph, and each sentence of this last year as a Pepperdine student in Malibu is filled with such gorgeous prose. A breathtaking sunset. The view of the ocean. A heartwarming conversation with a group of friends. Friends singing to you while you’re in the shower. Seeing my byline on a story I wrote. God artistically coordinating the haze of the sun on my commute with a description of the morning light in one of Beck’s songs. I plan to be more intentional–and read to enjoy rather than comprehend.

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And as this is still a fashion blog, you bet that the protagonist will be wearing some cute outfits in each chapter!

What about your own personal story are you most excited about?

Keeping it Krischic,

Kristin Vartan

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One response to “Annotations”

  1. Very nice pic! I am pretty sure the future holds beautiful things for you. Try not to over analyze -we all do it sometimes- but rather live the moment! You are young, beautiful and definitely intelligent so enjoy and do the best you can to be happy with what you got and do make others happy too. Nice reading you.

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