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My long hiatus from blogging deserves to be resurrected for a "thankful thursday". I can't tell you where the fall has gone, or even where the year went; time just flew by. It seems pretty good to reflect on everything's that been happening to me. Without further ado, I am thankful for...

Lance's job. When I was in college it never occurred to me that I'd have a job where I could travel; it never crossed my mind, and if it had I probably would have dismissed the idea of having that kind of opportunity. Funnily enough I ended up with an unconventional job that afforded me the luxury of traveling a lot for both fun and work. Right around the time Lance and I got married, though, I was growing tired of traveling. I spent those seven years when I was single traveling every month. I loved it and all, but I was getting older and enjoying being a homebody. I was excited to settle down with Lance and save my traveling for visits home and occasional work trips. Turns out marrying Lance is the main reason I'm traveling nowadays. Thanks to him and his job, we've gone on several trips (like the Grand Canyon!), with a big one coming up! I'm so thankful his job has given us so many opportunities. 

Editing. I've always loved editing. I like to edit when I'm stressed or sad. It acts as a wonderful decompressor for me. I'm so thankful for those editing classes in college and learning lightroom when it first came out. It brings me so much joy to edit, especially for other photographers. Recently I've gotten some new clients and have been working with some amazingly talented photographers. I love the challenge of it all. And with the big move, I'm still trying to grow my Alabama client base, so I appreciate all the editing work I've been getting. 

Knitting. Since high school I've been knitting here and there. At some point I exhausted all the scarves I could ever want and started selling my excess scarves. I usually reserved my knitting to the winter months whenever I was watching a movie or bored. This year I joined a knitting group and it opened up so many possibilities. Recently I've loved experimenting, learning and practicing my knitting skills. I even finished two blankets (one was queen-sized!) and countless more scarves. Knitting can be very mathematical and all about problem solving, so I feel like I get a mental workout figuring out how to read new patterns and make my own. I would have never tackled a blanket or these new techniques I learned without this knitting group. And thanks to my long talks with Lance I knit a lot. I feel so accomplished with all the little projects I finished and techniques I learned. 

People. I always wanted to live somewhere where I knew people in town, and I have that here. I'm friends with my coffee people and my smoothie people and my librarians.  I like living in a community that feels like community, where people will stop and talk to you about your day. It seems so cliche, but having lived in the Bay Area where I routinely ignored crazy people on the street, it's nice to live somewhere where I don't always have to do that. 

Marriage. Of course I have to put something about being married to Lance on this list. I am so thankful for Lance; for every flaw and imperfection and bad habit I have he's still always willing to forgive and love me. I never thought being married would be easy, but I honestly never had a gauge as to how much work it would be or how incredibly selfish I actually was. But that's what marriage does, I suppose, it highlights the weaknesses in people, while also bringing out the goodness. I'm so thankful to be in this marriage, which is constantly teaching me to be a better person and pushing me to overcome my faults, while building up my strengths. There's nothing like knowing you have your best friend to live through life's ups and downs. 

 

DC 3 Abandoned Plane, Sólheimasandur, Iceland. June 9, 2016 | Canon 5d markii 16-35mm 


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"Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them."
Albert Einstein

This post of Thankful Thursday is a special one. St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love the mint chocolate milkshakes at McDonald’s; the corned beef, cabbage and red potatoes; and everyone wearing green.  I loved it so much that I even spent on St. Patty’s Day in Ireland! That was a hoot. But this St. Patrick’s Day I’m extra thankful and here’s why.

Lance. Lance is my best friend and fun, adventure partner, and I’m so thankful he’s my husband.  He’s always orchestrating little surprises for me and taking care of me.  He’s so kind and thoughtful. I don’t know what I would do without him.  For my birthday he helped Alison, orchestrate one of the best birthday surprises, which was.....

Alison came to the BHams! I couldn’t believe it.  Lance told me to be ready for a surprise at 9:40am today. I was ready, but not really. Nothing could prepare me for Alison showing up at our house! I had suspected that Alison would be visiting me, but as Lance’s proposal as an example, no matter how well I guess what the surprise is, I’m always surprised regardless. So there I was and there she was, and I just about wanted to cry.  It was such a great surprise.  I was so happy to have a visitor! I’ve been wanting for a long time for my immediate family to visit me here in Birmingham.  I often drive through our little neighborhood and dream about all the things I could show them about my life here.  It’s really amazing to have Alison here. I’m so thankful she was thoughtful enough to visit and surprise me. And I’m so thankful I have a husband to loves to surprise me, too. 

This house. With a bunch of cleaning and some sprucing, our house is finally becoming a home. The two rooms we use the most, our bedroom and study, are really starting to come together. Each room is basically set up in a way that suits our lifestyle, and we’ll slowly but surely get some art/pictures on the walls.  As for the other rooms in our, they’re showing some progress, too, however at a much slower place. I love coming home to our house. I love that it’s ours, and we’re making it ours. I feel like it’s so Lance, and yet so me.  It’s cozy, and I’m so thankful for it. 

Serendipity. Last Saturday Lance and I headed to the library, as we often do. Our plan was to spend the afternoon reading and working. While Lance perused the bookshelves, I headed to the Plaza, an area in the library with open seating, couches and a small coffee shop where I was going to situate myself and read.  To my surprise, that Saturday was “Purl in the Plaza”, an event the library hosts for knitters to come and hang out.  I’d always wanted to go but never made it for one reason or another.  That day for some reason, I decided to bring my knitting to the library (which I never do), so it was quite fortuitous that I found myself with my knitting and it was Purl in the Plaza. I parked myself between two older ladies and started to make friends while I knitted alongside them.  As we talked, I discovered one of the ladies hosted a knitting group every week. And you know what? She invited me! I inwardly squealed. I always wanted to be part of a knitting group. Yay!

The quote above by Albert Einstein. I remember when I was in college, our residence hall hosted a lot of fun trips.  One time they went to the Price is Right to be contestants on the game show, and another time they went to Hearst Castle.  Looking back those are two things I’d love to do, but at the time I was too scared to do something like that and do it alone, no matter how much I wanted to.  Nowadays those things don’t even phase me. I find myself in a lot of situations now where I don’t know anyone, like that knitting group I’ll go to or Field Trip. Yes, I still get a little nervous doing new things and meeting new people, but not to the degree that I used to years before that it would prevent me from doing things. I’m so thankful that I was able to overcome my “limits” and grow to the person I am today. I’m thankful for the hurdles that I overcame that gave me the confidence I have today. Plus, that quote is super awesome… and it’s from Albert, who is also super awesome! 

Last but not least, I’m thankful for another year of life. My birthday is coming up and I’m so grateful for another year lived. My life is really good.  I have an amazing family, husband and community of friends/cheerleaders/supporters/encouragers.  Lance and I are very stable and together we have a great life here. I really have nothing to complain about and so much to be thankful for.

 

El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA. February 23, 2016 | Hasselblad + Film processed by The Indie Film Lab


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Red Mountain Park Photography

Can you believe it's already February?  Oh how quickly time passes! It's about time I think about the things I can be thankful for.  My life as of late has been especially blessed. These three things have  So without further ado, here are some things I'm thankful for today.

our house. I really cannot express how grateful I am for this house and Lance's promotion.  It came out of nowhere and has surprised us beyond belief.  You just never know what God has in store for you.  Living in a house versus an apartment (in a residence hall) is such a blessing.  We don't have to look for a parking spot anymore; we can park right in our driveway! We don't have to walk to the dumpster to get rid of our trash. We don't have to worry about sharing walls/ceilings with loud neighbors.  We have a back porch! It's nice, quiet, and beautiful.  And I love it.

my health. I can't take health for granted anymore. I'm neither young or in shape, but yet I feel good and am in good health.  I so often forget how blessed I am to just simply be healthy. Many people don't have that luxury. 

a loving husband.  I am so thankful for Lance.  He's always there when I need him and such a great supporter of me, my business and my dreams.  He challenges me so much, and we have so much fun just being together.  I literally could not have imagined a better match for me than him. 

knowing that I am loved. Beyond Lance, my family, and my friends, I am so blessed to know that I am loved by God.  I was made in His image and am precious in His sight. In Him I have an overflowing, endless amount of love. I can depend on Him and know He'll never fail me.  God loves us all, and it breaks my heart that so many people forget this.  In my darkest moments I know that He will always care for me and love me.  I feel so at peace when I remember that. 

 

Red Mountain Park, Birmingham, AL. October 31, 2015 | Fuji x100s


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I haven't done one of these posts in a while, but "thankful thursdays" are one of my favorite posts to write.  A long time ago a friend told me in order to stay positive that he'd list all the things he was thankful for.  Ever since then it stuck with me.  I've found it so valuable to take time to reflect on all the blessings in my life and maybe even the upsides to the bad things.  So here are the things I'm thankful for this week.

Carmax. Lance and I bought our car from Carmax about a month ago. I took it in recently to get the bluetooth fixed and the brakes checked.  Turns out there was something loose on the brakes and that we didn't actually have bluetooth in our car.  But... Carmax was awesome.  They fixed and replaced our brakes and installed bluetooth for free.  They've had our car since Tuesday, but in the meantime they've loaned us a car. (And I just happen to love this big SUV loaner.) I'm so thankful for their excellent service.

Apple. Another snafu this week was my computer. My poor desktop computer.  Between Lance and me we have five computers.  Unfortunately for me there's really only one I can work and edit on, and of course that's the one that broke down.  I'm going to have to get a part replaced, but I'm so thankful an Apple store exists near us.  They were so kind at the Genius Bar, and I hope I get my computer back soon.  I don't know what to do with my time if I can't work!

Hiking. This is that perfect time of year here.  It's a bit warm and a bit chilly.  Birmingham is even more beautiful this time of year, colored in fall oranges, yellows and reds.  I love that Lance and I have access to really good hiking trails.  Before we got married we didn't do much hiking but ever since our honeymoon, where it seemed all we did was hike, we've been on a hiking kick.  I love it.  I love the challenge of the hike and that it's an enjoyable way to exercise.  Lance and I talk a lot on our hikes so we have a lot of good conversations.  Not to mention, there's always a lot of things for me to photograph. 

Reading.  In the past two months I was in a really awful reading funk.  I read good books, but I couldn't finish any.  I recently picked up Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid and loved it.  I finished it in a couple of days it was so good.  Reading just makes me so happy.  I can't describe it really. 

Coffee Shops. Birmingham has some really amazing coffee shops, and one of my favorites is just down the road from where we live.  I'll come here to write emails and blog posts or just read.  It's the perfect place to hunker down.  I love it here. 

Music. I play a lot of music while I drive nowadays.  And I've got some good music! Music really does it for me.  It makes me happy and calm while I drive.  It helps me focus while I work.  It even helps me clean our apartment!

Thanksgiving & Christmas.  It seems neither holiday could come sooner.  It's a little bittersweet for me, as this Thanksgiving will be the first time I've been away from my family for the holidays.  With all the traveling I did over the years and going away to college, I always managed to make it back home for Christmas and Thanksgiving.  My family always had turkey, stuffing, yams and my grandmother's fried rice! Yum! I love Thanksgiving foods. But, alas, even though I don't get to spend Thanksgiving with my family (wahhhhhh) I get to spend it with my other family, Lance's family!  I'm excited. I'm looking forward to seeing what their Thanksgiving is like.

Samford.  I have to admit sometimes living on a college campus isn't always the most ideal for 31 year old newlywed.  Sometimes it's a little odd to be so old and surrounded by people more than ten years younger than me.  But, all in all, for the most part I love living at Samford.  I love that there's always people around, and we get to live near friends.  I love that we have access to a beautiful campus.  I love that Samford is constantly having events. (They just hosted Bob Goff!!!!) And that people here are generally so wonderful.  I'm so thankful to be a part of this campus culture, even being the oldie that I am.

Friends & Family.  Of course I am thankful for my friends and family.  Being married and living far away is a constant reminder of how important they are in my life.  Even when I can't keep in touch with them, I'm thinking of and praying for them.  I really would not be where I am in my life without their support.  I've really been blessed with a great, amazing family. I love them beyond words. 

Lance. And last but certainly not least it is Lance.  I am so thankful God put him in my life.  He is my support and my rock and my encourager and the source of almost all my laughter.  He's a good man and a great husband.  I just can't imagine living this life with anyone but him.  He is the best man I know, and I love him more every day.

All in all I have so much to be thankful for. God is soooo good. And I'm thankful for every day He's given me. 

 

Red Mountain Park, Alabama. October 31, 2015 | Fuji x100s


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I have so many things to be thankful for, but these things have especially been weighing on my heart this past week.

I'm so thankful for…

a wonderful home & husband. Everyday being married to Lance is such a blessing. I know I couldn't be the person I am today without him.  He's constantly supporting me and encouraging me.  And I'm so thankful he got us this great apartment… the perfect little starter for us newlyweds.  It's just the right size and has everything we need.  We spend our time in our home talking and reading and spending time together.  What more could I ask for?

a healthy new niece. After all the births I've witnessed, I'm so grateful for my sister and new niece's health.  Some families aren't so lucky.  I'm so thankful both are doing well. I can't wait for some baby snuggles and a million pictures to last me when I get home.

the library. I've been missing out for years.  Now I know the glory that is the library. I love it. Lance and I may have gone to the library several times already.

phone calls and skype. I'm not much a fan of phone calls. I blame my awkwardness and introversion.  But despite all that, when I get the courage to talk on the phone I savor it.  In the past weeks I've had more than a handful of phone and skype calls that lifted my spirit in so many ways.  I'm so happy to catch up, share deep conversations and talk to my friends again.  It's such a blessing.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens. April 02, 2015 | Fuji x100s