Subscriber Spotlight: Meet Emily S.

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New Year. New Subscriber Spotlight. I am excited to bring you our fifth spotlight! The goal of these quick spotlights is to foster this Haven community we have, share life and the stories we are living, and maybe even learn something from each other along the way.

This spotlight has so many good little nuggets in it. I love it. I hope you enjoy taking a quick journey into the world of Emily S.

Without further ado, meet Emily!


What part of the country do you live in? Are you originally from the place you live now?
I currently reside in beautiful gray Seattle, the Ballard neighborhood to be exact. Though I am originally an east coaster. My husband and I transplanted out here almost nine years ago for graduate school, fell in love with the city and haven’t left!
What is something interesting/you love about your city?
I love the mix of mountains, water, and city all together. When visitors arrive from the airport we try to take them on 99, a road that cuts through the city. On one side is downtown and the other side the water and snow capped mountains in the distance. Also the ferries! I love taking the ferry, I’ve gotten to see a pod of Orcas, sea lions, and a submarine going out to sea.
What line of work are you in?
I currently work for the University of Washington focusing in early learning (birth to five). But my passion is libraries! I earned my Master of Library and Information Science almost two years ago and can’t wait to work in a public library with children. If anyone is looking for a children’s librarian let me know!!!


At Trinity College Library


What is something people are often surprised to find out about you?
I think there are two things people are most surprised about:

  1. I’m originally a New Yorker! People are often surprised by this because A. I don’t have an accent (only on a few words). And B. When I tell people I’m from NY they are like “but you’re so nice!”.
  2. People are often surprised that I like nerdy things. It’s not even that I’m a huge nerd, I just like a huge variety of things and don’t worry about what sort of people are “supposed to like it.”  I like girly things, action movies, hard sci-fi, a sappy romance, crappy tv, and documentaries, just to name a few. I like what I like and it doesn’t always match with what people think about my personality, which people find surprising.
Since we are just starting out a new year, what is something on your list to do/accomplish this year?
I decided that my theme this year is to be a bit selfish. I’m a person who usually puts others ahead of myself, which is important, but often it’s at a cost for myself. So there are a lot of things that I want to do and learn this next year, and by putting myself first more than usual hopefully I’ll make them happen. First up on the list, learn brush calligraphy.
Can you tell us one item on your bucket list and why it’s there!
I really want to live in a space that wasn’t originally designed to be lived in. For instance an old corner store, a converted fire house, an old library, an old warehouse (the floor to ceiling windows would be amazing). I’ve actually been trying to figure out why for the last few months and I think it’s because I love a sense of history, and thinking about all the things that have taken place there previously. And also, those spaces end up looking amazing!
What is a favorite place you’ve traveled to? Tell us a bit about it.
The United Kingdom. My husband and I went a few years ago and we knew we would enjoy it, but we really loved it even more than we could have anticipated. I especially loved Edinburgh and London. The history is amazing, the mix of old and new. I love old and new together. Also, I ate one of the best meals of my life there – Ottolenghi. GO THERE!
Tell us about someone in your life who makes you feel really special?
My husband. I honestly can’t imagine doing life without him.
If you could write to anyone (living or past) and they would respond, who would you write a letter to?
Author, Rainbow Rowell. I love her books, her writing style, her characters. She writes people like I’ve never read before. She writes them so well, through her characters she articulates something real, what it’s like to be a complicated, messy, feeling human being. She’s also hilarious. Her books make me laugh and cry. I always have a book hangover when I’m done reading.
How long have you been a Haven subscriber, and what inspired you to subscribe?
I’ve been a haven subscriber for about a year and a half. I actually was introduced to Haven Paperie because it was a birthday gift from my husband. For my thirtieth birthday he got me 30 things, and this subscription was one of them! I also hoard stationary and cute greeting cards, so this is totally my favorite mail I get every month.


As counter culture as it might sound, I love Emily’s theme for the year to be a bit more selfish. I think we are often taught to think outside of ourselves at the expense of truly taking the time to care and listen to what is going on inside of us. I hope this year is full of new self-discoveries and dreams, Emily.

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