Dapper Day: Spring 2015

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Happy Dapper Day! My mom and I attended the Spring Dapper Day event at Magic Kingdom this past Saturday. We had a blast! Here are some of the pictures that I just couldn’t wait to show you.

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I set my camera on one of the benches on the Liberty Square Riverboat and used the self timer for this one. We waited and waited so that we would be the last people off of the boat and have a clear shot!

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Those balloons are actually really difficult to keep hold of. The balloon holding cast member told us that in 1994 someone let go of all of the balloons on purpose and was fired. If you need help with the math that’s 90 balloons times $10 a pop. Yikes.

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Cinderella’s Wishing Well was FINALLY open to the public again. I just adore it.

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Okay, so here’s a funny story. Both my mother and I just about had our feet fall off. We went to first aid and loaded up on band-aids, then went to find some new shoes. That’s why you see me where purple flats and not my super sparkly flats. They were just not broken in enough yet.

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Let’s just say that we are super excited for the Fall Dapper Day event this coming October. So. So. So. Excited.

being twenty-something

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Yes. I am turning twenty-two this month. No. I do not need you to comment on how young I am.

Many of my friends or people I have to deal with day to day are in their thirties. And I am constantly reminded of my age. However, I am TWENTY-TWO. And the reminder of my age is typically in a derogatory way. I know that I am more mature than your average twenty-two year old these days. I am focused on my work, I never go out and party (I’d rather go to Disney World & always do), I don’t drink, I’m not a video game junkie, and I find it hard to have a conversation with people around my age. We just don’t “click”. And because of this I’ve put myself in a position where I befriend like minded people in their thirties. It causes me to feel inadequate because I haven’t had this or that life experience yet. It most likely wouldn’t bother me as much if those like minded thirty year old’s didn’t brandish my age like a knife and try to use it against me. Should I be sorry that I’ve only been alive for so many years? Absolutely not. And honestly it says more about the maturity of the people that I’m around who feel the constant need to bring it up and throw it in my face like a weapon. Having met thousand of people at varying ages I’ve decided that there are some who are bitter about growing older and not feeling as valid or that they can’t “pull something off” because of their age. What a load of crap. Stinky, smelly, crappy crap. It makes me sad for those people and even more hurt because they feel the need to inflict their insecurities, knowingly or not, on today’s young adults.

I am a young adult. I am enjoying the freedom of traveling, having my own plans, and doing things my way. I am learning and growing every single day. And those who feel that they are older and wiser should be sharing all of their learned knowledge, not belittling others for not knowing just yet. I’m not going to punish myself for not knowing how to do something before I’ve learned to do it. So you probably shouldn’t try to punish me either.

currently: March

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Reading:The Dollanganger series by V. C. Andrews (again….)  

Wearing: A thrifted yellow raincoat. I know that it’s vintage and originally from Bergdorf. Hunting it down on the Internet to learn more about the designer. No such luck yet. 

Dreaming: Fresh starts. Fresh air. Lots of sunshine. 

Traveling: Orlando for Dapper Day and the Flower & Garden Festival. Planning an upcoming trip to Disneyland, California. I just can’t even believe it. 

Capturing: Myself. Seeing myself through others eyes. And also trying to not judge myself based on the overly critical eyes. Accepting fair criticism.  

Obsessing: Pink walls, tropical plants, and the new Cinderella movie!

Listening: I’ll Be Seeing You – Billie Holiday (because obviously I enjoy torturing myself)

Dying: My hair! Hello gorgeous, fresh overhaul! I’m so ready. 

Losing: My cell phone. My mind. My car keys. Daily. 

twenty two


It’s March. Already. I just didn’t see that one coming. You know how calendars lie. But it really is here and that means that in twenty three days I will be twenty two. And that is pretty weird. Anyway…. I’ve decided that in honor of my twenty second birthday I will finish twenty two tasks before the big day. They are completely random and some are even adventures. So, here we go!

1. Finish 22 layouts
2. Photo shoot for a special family at Magic Kingdom
3. Dapper Day and totally strutting my stuff (more on my outfit next week!)
4. Run 22 miles (not super thrilled about this one)
5. Drink 22 cups of coffee
6. 22nd Annual Flower & Garden Festival
7. Reestablish my garden
8. Find a new local bakery that I super yummy
9. Finish Gossip Girl on Netflix
10. MAJOR closet overhaul
11. Do something that is completely outside of my comfort zone
12. Sign up for my fist half-marathon
13. Walk 10,000+ steps every day and track them with my Fitbit
14. Read a book everyday
15. Take a break
16. Learn to deal with difficult people
17. Create an inspirational room (work & home)
18. Join a worship team (possibly at a new church!)
19. 22 days of yoga and keep it up after
20. Visit 5 new places pinned on my Wanderer board
21. Find myself, wherever she ran away to
22. Wake up an hour earlier and start a new morning tradition to be done everyday

a meaningful conversation

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I find that as I go through my average day I interact with more than 100 people. And in those 100 people I can’t even think of more than 3 that I actually have a meaningful conversation with. “Hi, how are you? Good” Que walk away. And that’s it. Nothing more is discussed. That is until this past Wednesday when one of my eight year old students came into the classroom and sat right down next to me. She asked me how my day was going and I answered and asked her in return. Then she asked me what my most favorite part of the day was. It took me about two minutes to figure that one out myself. And then I answered her with something about a project I’m working on. And she sat there and listened and responded and asked more questions. It was the first time in a long time that I was actively engaged in conversation with someone who wasn’t too busy or just doesn’t have the time or that wasn’t climbing up the walls and needed to be talked off of the ledge (mostly four year old’s, but there are a few adults too). Anyway, it makes me think of how people are so consumed in their own little worlds that they don’t take the time to really open their eyes and see what the people around them are dealing with. They overlook and assume that they know everything that’s going on in your life when they don’t even bother to ask in the first place. But out of all of the conversations that I have had this week, the one with the eight year old is the only one that I can remember having any real meaning to me.

Signing off to go find some new friends on the internet and in the real world.

Getting it Down: Hawaii

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Four months post Hawaii and my tan is officially gone. Sad face. But it’s been a blast going through all of the pictures and being able to have all of those memories flooding back. It really was one of the best experiences ever. So, finally I’ve had a chance to get some of these down on paper and start the process of creating my Hawaii story to share! I am really loving the story kits from Ali Edwards right now. Several of those products were used in these two layouts. I’m kind of leaning towards a more photo driven, simple type of story telling for this album just because the pictures speak for themselves. I’m so excited about this and can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

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One Little Word 2015

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This is my third year participating in Ali Edwards One Little Word class. I’ve found that my words come very easily to me and seem to have a theme. In 2013 I choose “be”. While it seemed easy at first I soon learned that just being content or just being focused was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. It actually felt like having twelve words instead of one because each month felt like a new word or a new challenge. In the end it all worked out. There were a lot of new things happening in my small corner of the world. In 2014 the word “joy” just kinda stuck. It fit nicely with “be” and helped me continue fitting “be” into my life where I could. Just be joyful. While that may have been the mantra it really wasn’t all that easy. Yet again I managed to choose a word that wasn’t simple and was multifaceted in ways I didn’t even think possible. But that word was perfect for my 2014. I went on business trip to NYC (first time ever!) and had a really amazing experience and got to hang out with my awesome co-workers and make lots of new friends. I flew up to Idaho to photograph my aunt’s beautiful birth of sweet Benaiah. Pure joy. I planned the biggest trip of my life and then actually made it happen. I was able to go to Hawaii for THREE weeks and have the best time ever. Once again, pure joy. On second thought, maybe my word should have been “travel”. Inserts giggles here. And while there were plenty of less than joyful moments, the year ended pretty well. I’m hoping that 2015 will be filled with just as many surprises and because of that I choose “celebrate”. This is the year of new business adventures. This is the year where I step outside of my element. This is the year when I explore the place I’ve lived for the past eighteen years like a tourist. This is the year that I will run my first ever half-marathon (I still can’t even believe that one….). This is the year when I will be soooo planty that I may need to create a new Instagram account just for documenting it all. This is the year that I will go to California. This is the year that I celebrate everything. This is the year that I will start making my dreams come true. It’s a year worth celebrating. And I intend to document it all.

December Daily: Cover Page

Chances are that when you completely run out of ink in your printer you will be several days behind in your December Daily. And honestly? That. Is. O. K. It really is. I’d rather live the story than be anxious about recording the story. I just finished up Ali Edwards Lens of Joy class and she talked about that several times.

Here’s a quick look at my cover page. I wanted to keep it simple and clean. I’m excited to see how the rest of the month evolves!

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Oh, Lucky Day

This past Saturday my mother and I went to a local popup vintage barn sale. Don’t let the title fool you. It has twinkle lights, loads of mirrors, and I’ve found a natural bokeh in many of my pictures. Adore? Oh, yes. Also, all of the super cute vintage holiday items! If there’s anywhere I want to visit to gain some inspiration it’s Lucky Day’s Barn Sale! I just want to hang beautiful lights everywhere now! And buy a ton of mirrors! And pretty things!





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Hawaii: Part Two

EEEK. Looking through all of my pictures makes me want to go back. NOW. Alas, I am here in the dreaded sunshine state. Where we have first class beaches, famous amusement parks, and yummy sea food. Darn. Anyways…we are still talking about the very beginning of the trip. Making ourselves at home. Finding our favorite spots. Starting a new routine. We only had a car for the first week and we made the most of it. One of our first trips (besides Walmart, because you know we like to eat.) was the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. It was stunning. Ariah and I busted tail to climb all two miles of it. The lighthouse itself was small and I’m not sure if it would have been something to do again if that had been all. But the view? Stunning. I’d hike it everyday to see that. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. You’re standing on a mountain, in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by water that I don’t think I can describe. The first word to come to mind is blue. The first picture shows the exact blue I’m talking about. A deep, mysterious blue that I wish I could put on canvas. To replicate onto everything I own. The second word was small. I had never felt so small. Not insignificant. Just small. It was very overwhelming and I wish that everyone could experience something so beautiful.

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