ABOUT THE STORYTELLER
Hi! Welcome to Dreams, etc., a creative lifestyle blog that aims to inspire those with a crazy busy schedule (including myself!) to incorporate creativity into daily life, soak up inspiration wherever we can and turn dreams into action.
I’m Crystal, the storyteller behind the blog. I was born in the beautiful land of Wisconsin and unwillingly moved to Minneapolis when I was nine. I’ve grown to love this state that I now call home and am so thankful that I live in a city that values the arts.
I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember and began writing them down when I was in 7th grade. I started to carry a notebook with me wherever I went and have been writing ever since.
A visit to Vienna before I started college inspired me to try a few art classes and I fell in love. I studied drawing, photography and art history. That exploration almost led to my pursuing a degree in art history, but I decided to go with my first love and graduated with a degree in English with a writing emphasis.
Once I officially entered the working world I realized how easily creativity can fall to the side if I wasn’t intentional about incorporating it into my life. On this blog you’ll see how I attempt to incorporate creativity into my everyday life—sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
WHAT ELSE WILL YOU SEE ON DREAMS, ETC.?
I also talk about things like books and movies… because taking in creativity from others fuels creative pursuits. In the words of Stephen King, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
I believe that the experiences we have inform our creativity so you’ll also see reflections on life and hear about my adventures. I also talk about self-care, since taking care of ourselves is vital to productivity. And, of course, you’ll also hear about my side-kick and muse, my pup Little One.
WHY DREAMS, ETC.?
When I started my blog, it was meant to document my pursuit of publication, but it didn’t take long to realize that it wasn’t something I was interested in writing about week after week. At the time the name of my blog was “The Teller,” a reference to both my passion for storytelling and my job as a bank teller. After I moved to a different position at the bank and my blog started to take on a more lifestyle aspect I decided it was time to change the name. I spent a few weeks brainstorming with a friend. Our ideas always centered on being a dreamer, but I had trouble coming up with “The One”. When I talked to my dad he immediately said, “Dreams, etc.!” I asked why and he said, “Because you’re a dreamer, but you’re so much more than that.” When I told my friend she said, “That’s it!”