DSC_2981Welcome to Shea-ish! If you’ve been following me for a while now, you probably know that I used to have a fashion blog called “Sassafras and Honey,” that I started in high school. My blog was a place to engage my love of fashion, even in the isolation of suburban Ohio. I took most of my photos using Photo Booth on my MackBook and wrote posts about whatever was #trending for 16-year-olds at the time. As I grew through high school and college, my blog posts became more infrequent, as is expected when life becomes busier and fuller. However, when I did post, it was usually about thoughts pertaining to my life or current events, rather than outfits. My love of fashion persisted, but it was within the context of my life, rather than as the centerpiece of it. The decision to retire “Sassafras and Honey” was a result of lack of time to write due to a full time job, and a desire to grow past the box that “Sassafras and Honey” created for me. For the past two years I have taken a break from blogging and focused on Instagram as means to express myself creatively through images and a mini-blog in the captions.

So, why did I start Shea-ish, and why am I blogging again?

Though Instagram served as a low-maintenance home for my creative content for a while, I have found myself wishing for something a little more permanent that I have complete control over. Writing has always been a part of my life and the easiest way for me to work through the ambiguity of my thoughts and feelings. Lately, I’ve had a lot of things I want to write about, that just don’t fit well on a platform like Instagram.

When I changed my Instagram handle to Shea-ish, it was mostly a playful contraction of my first and last name, which is pronounced Ren-ish. The name started to grow on me more when I thought of the other meanings of “ish”: a suffix indicating vagueness, and a term used to replace “shit.” In essence, that’s what this blog will be; a collection of my shit, and an exploration of the vagueness and fluidity of being me.

Shea-ish will serve as a place for me to share my personal diary. I’ll still write about topics like fashion and beauty, but I am expanding this blog to include mental health, current events, travel, and just life in general. Shea-ish will be the permanent home for all of my creative content and hopefully a way for me to form deeper connections with the world via the internet.

Though I know I’m not perfect, I hope to stay consistent with posting on here. I ask you to hold me accountable as well. If there’s anything you would like to hear my thoughts on or would like me to write about, just shoot me an email or slide into my DMs. I want this to be as much a place for you as it is for me. I hope you find something here that resonates with you.


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Shea is the photographer, artist, and blogger behind She lives in Madrid, Spain teaching English and traveling through Europe. When she isn’t awkwardly taking photos of herself in public places with her tripod, Shea enjoys drawing, eating ice cream, talking about her dog, and watching 30 Rock all the way through for the 18th time.

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