This blog is meant mainly as a personal journal, a place for me to catalog and look back on in the future, as well as a place to share travel photos/life updates with family and friends a bit more easily than trying to text photos to everyone I can remember. I expect that really, the only people to read this will be me later on, and my mom (hi mom!). But, in case you're curious (and to act as a snapshot to future me), I thought I'd do an introductory post here.
My name is Lauren, and I have lived in Portland, Oregon, U.S. my whole life (I was even born downtown). Right now (February 2018), I work as a commercial photographer, but have been offered a place on a postgraduate programme in the archaeology department of Durham University, UK, which begins in October of this year. This honestly has been the impetus for starting this journal, because I (correctly or incorrectly, judgment reserved) finally feel as though I will be living a life worth documenting. I have had "live in a different country/U.K. and at least one other" on every bucket list I've ever made, along with "get a Master's degree (or further)." I'm thrilled that I found both of those in a calling like archaeology (I should have realized this much earlier in life–more on that later). This programme, in this field and in this country, is truly a dream come true for me and a life goal, and I want to be able to look back on this time (the good and the difficult) in images and words that I'll have forever. I know a lot of my future as a conservator will involve polishing and perfecting heavily procedure-based scientifically accurate reports and experiments, and I want to establish a place that is set aside for more fluid, creative, and poetic pursuits–I do have a B.F.A., after all.