Me. Part 1

Monday, August 18, 2014

On Saturday morning, my sweet friend Johanna agreed to snap a few photos of me... I had envisioned a gray, overcast day, and we were given about as clear and sunny a morning you could get... but some of these turned out lovely. (of course, later on, as we were sipping drinks at Starbucks, the clouds rolled in and the weather I had envisioned appeared. That's Ohio for you.)

Thank you Johanna!

Enjoying my morning coffee. Because that's a thing. More to come... if you want to stare at photos of me. Its kind of weird, I know... but then again, not really. 

(all photos by Johanna, edited by me)

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Living Authentic, or Something Trendy Like That...

Friday, August 15, 2014

I was inspired by Allie the other day, and her post on "Why I blog"  . I was taking one of my long walks and had to keep stopping to jot down little inspiration notes.

I have blogged for what feels like forever. It started with Myspace and Xanga... (if you don't know what those are, consider yourself blessed?) and continued on with Blogger and Wordpress. I've gone through seasons where I posted regularly, times when I haven't blogged for months at a time. Bouts where I was trying to be super professional and post all my photos and network, times where I was attempting to be a fashion blogger, and times of being exhausted and not knowing how or what to blog.

But consistently, I have always strived to post an authentic version of myself. To be straight forward and honest. Over time, I've definitely developed necessary filters. Way back when, on Xanga, I'm sure I over shared all over the place- and no one needs that. But as an introvert with a LOT of thoughts, a lot of opinions and a lot of creativity, blogging has been my way to process and connect with people. I have had so many neat interactions with people over the years. I have met people who tell me they follow my blog, and people I'll never meet who have left me amazing and encouraging comments.

I strive to be real. Always. Sure- I want my blog to be visually appealing, but the words and emotions I convey are mine. I've never pretended to have it all together. I try to be honest about where I am in life. To share battles and challenges, but also to celebrate and excite when things are beautiful. Many of you have followed me through good times and bad, some of you may have picked up with me as I traveled the world on the grand adventure God had me on last year... some of you are still sticking around as I flounder a bit and try to find my footing where I am at this moment.

So, just to be straight-forward with everyone... I'm home right now. I'm living in Ohio. Currently I am blessed to be able to stay with my parents as I figure some of my next steps. While the past year of traveling and serving with YWAM was amazing and life-changing and even sort of impressive, this current season is a constant waiting game. I am doing my best to listen for God, to see what He has for me. I am job searching and applying. I am reconnecting with old and new friends. Sometimes, I am just trying to pass time without allowing myself to get depressed or defeated. Other times I spend the day with lovely people and I KNOW why I am still in Dayton.

I am a mixed up mess of a woman who has so many possibilities and so many beautiful people supporting her. I am waiting, waiting, waiting. And honestly, I'm not very good at it. I'm impatient and ungrateful and sometimes find myself feeling entitled and bratty. But I hope you all feel welcome to follow me as I (attempt) to trust God and see where He has me in the coming days, weeks and months. (Lets not talk years just yet.)

I have plans to keep busy, to keep taking photos, to do what I can to be ready whenever the time comes... for whatever it is that's next. Its scary, and exciting and I'll probably cry and whine way more than I should... but that's life right now. Honest.

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A little help...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hello all,
As most of you know, I've recently returned from almost nine months abroad. Seven of those months were spent volunteering with YWAM, a non-profit missions organization. The process of that included me quitting my job of twelve years and raising full financial support to fund my trip and living expenses.

Now that I've returned, I feel as though God has me in Dayton, for a little while at least. I've spent the past month and a half job searching and applying all over the place, from Columbus to Cincinnati. I would prefer to stay in the Dayton area at this time if at all possible, but I'm open to options. 

This is where YOU all come in. If anyone knows of anything in an art/creative field and wouldn't mind letting me know, that would be amazing. (photography, interior design, visual merchandising) or in a book related field (libraries, book stores etc). I have a degree in Interior Design and years of experience in photography, styling and design. I also have twelve years experience working for a public library. 

That being said, if anyone needs photos, please let me know! I'm available for engagement sessions, families, seniors, couples, musician photos, and other lifestyle sessions. If you have any questions, just send me an email! ( I am also available to second shoot for weddings or other sessions if you are a photographer and are looking for assistance. 

I am also thinking about offering a few limited, interactive sessions on learning how to use your DSLR. Please let me know if you would be interested in a casual, hands-on approach to knowing a little more about your camera and how it works.

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Two Things

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I don't feel as though I know very much right now... in a stage of readjusting, picking back up- figuring things out... but there are two things I know...

I love photography. Regardless of what I've done through the years, I have had a camera with me. Whether I was being paid or not, its what I love to do. People, places, things... color, black and white, film, digital. High quality, low quality, toy cameras, Polaroid... I love shooting and I love talking to people about it. Last night I took the plunge and made a purchase to upgrade my camera to a full-frame camera. Excited for the possibilities that will hopefully come with this step.

The second thing I know? I love investing in young women. I've spent many years volunteering in youth ministry. When I first graduated I spent several years at my old church with the students- and the past three or so years I invested in some young ladies at Apex. I am so proud to not only see them as they graduate and take on college and the future, but to count them as friends, ladies I see on a fairly regular basis who are a constant inspiration and encouragement to ME.

So- sure. I don't know what's next for me exactly... but these two things will always be a part of who I am. Because its who I am, not what I do that matters.

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The Cliffs of Moher

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Photos don't do the Cliffs justice. The size and magnitude just doesn't come across in a small, 2D photo. Take a close look at the tops... those tiny specs are people. And, in one case, a small castle tower. Yeah. Look how small it all looks. It was like being on the edge of the world. Why yes, there was wifi. Weird, yeah?

My red TOMS have been everywhere. Australia, Japan, Qatar, Amsterdam, England and Ireland. I don't know if they'll last for anywhere else, but they're pretty well traveled.

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