create and capture

The beauty of dying mediums will never lose its appeal to me. Letter writing, libraries, mix CDs. I don’t shoot with film often, but boy when I do, I can just feel the magic. The uncertainty of not knowing what moment you captured. The patience until you click the last frame. The surprise of seeing […]

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austin, texas : feels like home

I don’t know what it was, but my trip back to Texas a couple weeks ago made me more homesick than ever. Austin just feels like home, and despite the heat, I fell in love with the city all over again. We ate all the food and revisited old stomping grounds (I somehow forgot how […]

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the difference between trying too hard and trying hard

Something I’ve often struggled with is the notion of “trying too hard”. It’s a phrase that is always uttered with a negative connotation. Why? Because trying too hard reeks of desperation. It implies that you are not confident in your work, your sense of self, the knowledge that your successes will be earned, that you […]

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sweet summertime : a bucket list

July 6. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the year is HALF WAY OVER. Because honestly, wasn’t Christmas yesterday? In all seriousness, the months are blowing by. I feel like summer has been in full swing for weeks, and I have yet to do ALL THE SUMMER THINGS. Any reassuring […]

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a recommitment to slowing down

A few weeks ago I made my first trip to Illinois. We spent a couple of days in Chicago, but the real purpose of the trip was to attend my husband’s grandmother’s memorial in Putnum, Illinois. His maternal side of the family comes from a long line of corn and soy bean farmers – I’m […]

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wedding season and the opposite of things

It’s officially wedding season! Both my husband’s and my cousins all decided to get married this year, and we’re pretty excited about it (one is in Croatia). If you’ve ever planned a wedding, you know just how stressful the time leading up to it, and the day itself, can be. But if all we have […]

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embracing my inner child

To be honest, I’ve been feeling a bit all over the place lately. Excited about opportunity one moment…completely overwhelmed and defeated the next. For as much as I try to live in the present, I’m a worry-wart at heart: an endless planner, a list checker, a goal seeker. In the midst of all of that, I […]

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find what makes you happy and do more of that

It’s funny – I think life has a way of making us forget what makes us happy and remember all too well what doesn’t. It’s easy to feel discouraged and down in the dumps and convince ourselves we’ve got to accept our current set of circumstances. But…what if we didn’t? I shared how I’ve been feeling […]

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the solution is simple

We live in a digital world, that’s for sure. And though I love the speed and convenience of technology, I often find myself grasping for those mediums of the past – handwritten letters, dropping off a roll of film to be developed, picking up physical books from the library. There’s a slowness in these efforts […]

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valentine’s day baby

Well, today is February 14th. I have mixed feelings about this date because of course you should celebrate those you love every day (which honestly, I think is even more meaningful). But, that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as an excuse to leave work on time and spend some quality time with your significant other, your friends, or even […]

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