Quatre années have passed since May 19, 2012… the day fourteen-year-old Abby settled herself upon her mother’s worn, black office chair and decided to create a ‘lil space all of her own on the interwebs. Goodness, how much as changed since then. Lace & Lilacs has evolved tremendously over the past four years, as have my photography and writing skills and abilities. While in the eighth grade, I had absolutely no intention of pursuing photography as a serious career. I did not even own a proper camera at the time. Then, I assumed I would spend the following four years of my life attending high school in Orange County, California. I would apply to various colleges during my senior year, and was seriously considering Seattle and NYC as potential cities to invest my future in. Straight-‘A’s, an AP/Honors heavy course-load, and evenings devoted to memorizing nonsense for my academic classes were all far-too important to me. But it was the adolescence I had always envisioned for myself… though I knew I wanted a creative life and far more than high school and an academic degree (I was contemplating either english or history) could offer me… I didn’t quite know how to go about obtaining my dreams.
But things have a way of falling into place, non? Because one personal matter that resulted in my initially involuntary departure from school eventually led to my very voluntary dropping out, earning a certificate of high school proficiency, applying to college during what should have been my junior year, and using said gap year to travel and continue building my photography portfolio. So, here I am today. Sitting upon my dusty pink sheets in Paris, France, having just completed my first year of university studying for a BFA in photography, taking a brief pause from studying French (I’ll be fluent a year from now, whilst composing my ‘Year Five’ post, God-willing) to string together a few paragraphs of coherent words celebrating the fourth birthday of this itty-bitty blog of mine.
Lace & Lilacs has been a figurative safe-haven of mine for years now. Through the ups and downs, the moments, both wretched and beautiful, the friendships I have made and lost, and all the memories, from the first day of high school to moving out of my parents’ home to attend college in a foreign country. I would not be where I am today without my blog. And so I will be forever grateful for the opportunity I had to establish a world of my own the internet 1,461 days ago. Here’s to all the years to come. I adore you for taking the time to join me on my insignificant little journey. I just love you. Really, truly.
Moments to Remember
- I began experimenting with the art of pressing flowers.
- I acquired my very first internship with lovely Carrie Anne.
- I went to Disneyland Paris!
- I survived this.
- I went to Amsterdam, The Hague, & Bruges with my dad.
- I took these portraits for a class project.
- I turned 18!
- My work was published in a magazine for the very first time.
- I moved to Paris.
- Lucy-Claire and I began podcasting.
Year Four Statistics
- Pinterest: 125k Followers
- Twitter: 374 Followers
- Facebook: 123 Likes
- Instagram: 1051 Followers
- Steller: 19.4k Followers
Merci mille fois for reading. Thank you. A thousand times.
About Abby Ingwersen
Abby Ingwersen is the 19 year old founder, primary author, and aspiring photographer behind the lifestyle blog Lace & Lilacs. She is passionate about sharing bits and pieces of her life here, and enjoys travel, Pinterest-ing, and thrifting for vintage treasures.