Please tell me you’re loving meeting my new contributors as much as I’m enjoying introducing them to you! Up next is Koseli, who finds the coolest things for us daily in addition to having one of the coolest names ever. (I just discovered that I’ve been saying it all wrong in my head!) A New York transplant, she also gives me a lovely dose of East Coast edge that I crave all the way from La Cressonnière. Among other things, Koseli has shown us beautiful subway art, changed the way we see clouds in the sky, and took us along when she met Maira Kalman. And now, I’d love for you to meet her. Friends, this is Koseli!
Q: If we only knew four things about you, what would they be?
A: I love young adult fiction and crave good solid teen angst every couple of months. Keeps me grounded. I love to cook, collect Japanese stickers and stationery, and I also have serious wanderlust. I want to move to Copenhagen, or really anywhere in Scandinavia, for a year and see everything. My name is Norwegian, actually, and pronounced Kos-lee. There isn’t an exact English translation but it’s an adjective that means warm and cozy. Like Christmas morning. (I couldn’t stop at four!)
Q: How did you get here?
A: I come from a big, happy family, and what I’ve learned within that framework defines much of who I am. My husband’s name is Keenan. He’s my better half and I still feel like I’m crushing on him even after five years. I don’t feel like my professional pursuits can be unraveled from my personal ambitions; they work in tandem. Unlikely mentors along the way have guided me towards copywriting, but blogging was always there, keeping me writing and aspiring — though I was scared to death and only published privately until I started Inadvertent Haiku last year. I’ve since retired IH and just launched Original Archiving Company. It’s blog as catalog.
Reading is so important to me. The first year I lived in New York City I worked at a huge publishing house and had unprecedented access to a multitude of bookshelves labeled Free Books. I read more than 300 books that year. My mind was already buzzing with the newness and oddities of the city; unearthing previously undiscovered authors was the cherry on top. It was a transformative time for me. I spent almost every lunch break sitting in a park off Hudson Street, reading. It makes me super nostalgic just thinking about it.
I also think that kindness and curiosity are two of the most important qualities a person can pursue.
Q: Tell us about your life today, right this very minute.
A: I often feel like a child playing an adult, but I’ve always been an old soul. I say I love this or I love that at least twenty times a day. But I really mean it! I have a one year old little boy named Silas. He has mullet-like blonde hair that I just can’t bear to trim! I take mental snapshots of him constantly. I feel I’ve become more me and more creative since his birth, which has been a wonderful surprise.
We’ve called Brooklyn home for four years but are both transplants from the West. In simplified terms, we love the take-out but hate the winter blues. If you’re ever in New York City, get in touch! I would love to recommend our favorite restaurants and to-dos in the city, and will also cleverly convince you to cross the bridge and explore the best borough of them all. Oh, my Brooklyn. Please do not miss Brooklyn Bridge Park at night!
Q: Three things you love, and three things you don’t love at all!
A: I love tiny things, stickers, brunch, tacos, a good zinger, my son’s rosy cheeks, and Freaks and Geeks. (I could not keep it to three for the life of me.) I do not like unhelpful customer service representatives, lousy fitting t-shirts, and Thai food. I’ve tried liking Thai for so long but I threw in the towel this summer. All I ever want to eat is a variation of a burrito bowl so I keep canned black beans, fresh mozzarella, spinach, green chiles, and brown rice on hand, always.
Q: How do you spend the favorite part of your everyday?
A: Almost every morning before my husband and son wake up, I walk or run in Prospect Park. Some say Frederick Olmstead saw it as his personal masterpiece. I run by splashing natural waterfalls, dense green woods, and a shimmering lake en route to home. The park has kept me a happy Brooklyn resident while I miss the pined and wild mountains of my home state. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to Prospect Park to get away from the city and felt like I was transported somewhere far away. It’s important to feel transported every once in awhile. It’s a magical place.
Q: The last thing you saw online that moved you…
A: I feel like I should say something serious, but Pusheen. I am just another person who loves funny, fluffy, fat cat pictures. If they’re animated, all the better. Truthfully, there are so many things I see online that move me but sometimes I just need a laugh.
Q: If you were given one do-over, what moment would you choose to change?
A: The second I threw in a ‘d’ in H-E-G-E-M-O-N-Y in my elementary school’s spelling bee. I was meant to be a District contender!
Q: Please fill in the blanks: If I weren’t a (blank), I’d probably be (blank).
A: If I weren’t a mediocre cook, I’d be a food critic. I love good food so much but my palate is nothing close to educated. Maybe joy school standard!
Thank you, Koseli! I love that your name means warm and cozy…like Christmas morning! And when you wrote that “I feel like I’ve become more me and more creative since his birth,” I smiled at your luck. It’s a wonderful thing when our babies bring us closer to our truest selves, isn’t it?
P.S. — You’ll be meeting more of my lovely and smart contributors soon!