LILIES.

Still, my favorite flowers are probably lilies (& probably should seeing as how two of my three tattoos include one!). I have a bunch of wild daylilies planted outside my studio window, and the first opened up on the very last day of spring. And the rest opened up the following day. It was a magical subtlety from nature acknowledging the change of seasons ♥ BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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BALD MOUNTAIN.

One late Monday afternoon, I felt inspired to pack my camera in my bag and hop on my bike (for the first time this year!). I rode over to the closest bit of Bald Mountain State Recreation and immediately came across a family of geese. I didn’t venture much further, happy to snap away. Also, my bike seat was loose and my tires were low, making the ride there not very comfortable. The trip was short, the ride was short, and the desire to be alone (not amongst joggers, bikers, and general-park-goers) was high. But I’m glad I finally drummed up enough in myself to get out into nature this spring. Check out more of my (near & far) travel-related posts here. BLOG ▪ ETSY SHOP ▪ INSTAGRAM ▪ TWITTER ▪ FACEBOOK ▪ PINTEREST

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SELFIES AND SELVES (+ A FEW HONEYMOON PHOTOS).

WHY I DREAD WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I have an expensive camera / phone. What if you drop it? What if you steal it? I prepared with a proper lens. It’s wide. We both fit in the view. You will walk twelve feet away and we’ll be super tiny. If I don’t like what I take, I’ll take another. If I don’t like what you take, I feel obligated to “be done” with the photo until you’re out of sight. We probably won’t feel inclined to make ridiculous, goofy faces. WHY I DON’T MIND WHEN STRANGERS (OR ANY PERSON IN GENERAL) ASK “WANT ME TO TAKE YOUR PHOTO?” I will have a rare full body shot of us. I won’t have to put down my drink. We’ll get a photo of “the bigger picture.” Likely, it’s more flattering. Just go…

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A BIRTHDAY WISH.

You guys, I turn 30 this year. Thirty. In fewer than one month. Thirty. I hear it’s a big deal. Cause for celebration. Presents. “What do you want?” Every year, around birthdays and other holidays, I ponder this. And every year I usually just avoid answering (as I can never come up with something). This year I’ve got it! If you would be so kind, please visit David Roszczewski’s GoFundMe page. Please read his story. And please please please donate. Anything. $5. $50. $500. Anything will help, even if it’s just the $7 you were going to spend on your Starbucks latte this morning. And even better if it’s the $7 you were going to spend on your Starbucks latte every morning this week. Or month. But still, even if it’s just today, I’ll still be grateful. David (Rosie) Roszczewski is a friend to everyone. He will help any of…

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LANDSCAPING IDEAS & INSPIRATION.

When the weather began warming up, I was hit hard with the motivation to overhaul our yard. Eventually, when the weather became nice AND dry, I even busted out the shovel and tore up a bunch of grass (then promptly left the chunks behind to deal with “later” [and “later” has still not come]). I quickly decided that I needed a plan. A MASTER PLAN. Not a “oh, it’d be nice to have something here” and plop down a few plants in the area only to move them out a few years later. So I started sketching. And it got OUT OF HAND. So I turned to Pinterest to explain my desires to Brian. 175 Pins later, I have a lot of commonalities, and a few oddballs. With chunky stone walkways, lush foliage, and pops of purple, the overall feel is low-maintenance perennials with a Secret Garden Oasis feel. Here’s…

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ONE LITTLE WORD: MARCH 2017.

Remember the last time I shared something about my My One Little Word, JOY? No? That’s because it was in January. I have been getting around to the monthly prompts, but I’m always (ALWAYS) late to the game. It’s a little bit of a different feeling when you’re kind of doing your own thing weeks after the rest of the “class” did… But that’s always been my life. Late homework and Saturday detentions back then; willingly dishing out money on classes that I’m always “getting to later” now. My January and February pages are still a mess with the intentions of “getting to them” to polish them up later… March is technically done, I suppose. March’s prompt was to make a vision board. And I was totally NOT into that idea. Which surprised me, because cutting up magazines and books and other paper bits and gluing them to anything and…

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STUDIOFFICE: YOGA.

When imaging my future “studio/office” space, I knew I wanted to leave a nice open space with no furniture, decor, or even receptacles, so that I would have somewhere to use for photography purposes. Turns out that that open space has also given me a place to start doing yoga. Yoga has been one of those things that I’ve put off. I’ve had interest in trying it, but have never gotten around to it. With a “me space” available where I can 1) close the door and shades, 2) use a TV/the internet, and 3) have a place for a mat that I can use without playing Tetris with my furniture, I’ve actually started practicing. Not only that, but I’VE BEEN STICKING WITH IT. I came across Yoga with Adriene, and am doing 30 Days of Yoga. Today, I did Day 14, and have practiced for twelve straight days (there…

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ESSENTIAL OILS: PART 1.

My Beginning With Essential Oils WHERE DO YOU START WITH ESSENTIAL OILS?!?!? I mean, seriously! There is so much hype and information out there about essential oils, it’s overwhelming! I want to share my story with essential oils and hopefully it might help anyone else get on the path to an oily life. I honestly can’t remember what the first occurrence of essential oils in my life was… When I was a kid, I used to steal a bunch of household chemicals from around the house and “concoct” mad scientist potions, thinking they would solve all my problems [no kidding]. This was always a failure because 1) they smelt bad; 2) they tasted bad (I would mix, say, toothpaste, soda, flour, or some other edible things, thinking that they can mix together and taste good); 3) I usually damaged something. In my childhood home, I ruined a room of carpet…

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CATS & PLANTS.

I’ve had a cat in my life constantly. I’ve also always had a household filled with plants. Over the years, some combinations of certain cats and certain plants have been more successful than others, for sure. Our current household consists of two kitties and many varieties of plants. Some are non-toxic to kitties, others are. My cat, Milo, is (technically) an indoor cat but has always been a sucker for gnawing on plants, and almost nothing will stop him if he wants a particular one. His weakness is definitely palms, specifically the Parlor Palm from IKEA. I put that thing on a seven foot shelf, and I still woke up to a plant-carcass and dirt everywhere! My compromise was just to accept that that plant was a goner and to not buy any more. San, on the other hand, has been going outdoors since she was a kitten and is…

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