Graphic Design and this Week’s Spread

  About 4 months ago I started bullet journaling and planning in an Erin Condren planner.  They both are so different and I find them to be great outlets to foster my creativity and keep on top of my goals and personal development.  Currently I am planning in a Leuchtturm notebook and the 2017-18 Erin Condern life planner.  My bullet journal has been great for ideation, goal setting and expanding my creativity in graphic design and layout.  My Erin Condern…

Day and Night: Photography

  This weekend Jason and I are traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma to photograph a wedding. The bride and groom are both in the armed forces and their wedding is set to be a mixture of candle lit romance and early winter beauty.  We will be flying out tomorrow to shoot the wedding on Friday, then on Saturday we will be venturing into the wilderness of Oklahoma (yes, there is beautiful wilderness there) to photograph their day after shoot. This is…

A little life update and a soon to be husband

Well holy shit, how the heck do I start this one?!? Let me just state the big things and maybe I will explain them later. Basically, in late July I met the man of my dreams. It was love at first sight, literally.  I always thought that was kind of bull shit, there is no way someone could just know they loved someone by just the first meeting. It was so far from anything I had ever personally experienced I believed…

Feminine Energy

A new chapter has definitely started, I am not quite sure when things changed but I feel a renewed power in myself that only comes from getting back up after you have been down. I have SO much more clarity about my life, my purpose and how amazing I am that I am now look back a little bit in gratitude for those really fucking difficult moments I had over the last year. I can just feel this new chapter is…

The Valleys of Life

I am in a valley and I just need to accept that. This valley has lasted longer than I have wanted it too. At this point, I wanted to be starting my ascent for the top of another mountain but instead, I feel like I am wandering across a vista in search of that mountain. I have felt really out of place before, like a misfit, but this time it feels different. Instead of running away I am trying to stand…

Killing the Ego

I have been doing a lot of inner work recently after coming to the hard-fought conclusion that all my struggles with life are internal and have absolutely nothing to do with what is happening around me. My mission right now is to understand the inner working of the mind and find a way to silence my ego and see my true self that lies beyond. This sort of sounds like some hippy bullshit but I would beg to argue that…

Closed Heart, Open Mind

Every time I think I am ready to start dating and I take steps to make that happen, I am reminded why I am grateful to be single. There are a lot of guys out there in this world, and while I am sure there are some with whom I would probably be really happy, I think I am just more cautious than ever to actually start something. When I was in my early 20s it was sort of easy…

Why I Left Academia and Life Moving Forward

Something that has come with age for me has been acceptance of the fact that I am not a person who can settle. I am an enthusiastic liver of life and I dive into new adventures and opportunities with great enthusiasm and zeal, but when those things no longer serve to better my life I am not afraid to set it down and walk away. This is who I am. I know this can frustrate people in my life, especially those…

Turkey and Greece

Two years ago my sister, dad and I were lucky enough to accompany my stepmom on one of her trips to Greece and Turkey. For those of you that don't know Marilyn (my step-mom) owns an incentive travel company where she organises incentive trips for big business. She also has a leisure division called WOW travel where she designs similar trips but for friends and non-business related people. These trips are high-end and usually have some element of surprise and adventure. She…

What Matters

  The following was written at the beginning of December 2016 but was never posted. After starting this post I went through a complete... what do I want to call it... crisis state, where I began to re-evaluate my whole life. I want to post this because it was the spark that has started a revolution in my life (which I plan to write more on this week).  I went back and forth deactivating and reactivating my social media, half…