You enter a room full of people. Some you know. Some you don’t. Some seem excited to see you. So of course you say hi and give them a hug and find your seat. As you sit down the lies creep in. These people don’t really want to be your friend. These people would rather be friends with her or her. You begin to feel alone. Alone in a room full of people as the lies keep creeping in.
Have you ever had that thought, “I just wish God would tell me what to do! If he’d only tell me who I should marry/ what job to take/ which school to attend my life would be so much easier!” Well friends, I’m here to tell you to watch out, because sometimes you get exactly what you ask for.
Welcome to week six of The Lens Revolution challenges hosted by Samantha of Elah Tree (catch up here: week one, week two, week three, week four, week five). The challenge this week is to create depth in your photography and bring photos to life. Samantha quotes, “creating depth in our photography can add dimension and create amazing appeal. It can enhance the story we’re telling and draw the eye in.”
This past weekend I attended the women’s retreat at Brasada Ranch which is near Bend, Oregon (where these photos were taken). Brasada Ranch was named Oregon’s Best Destination Resort (The Oregonian, 2012) and most recently #1 Best Resort in the Pacific Northwest (Conde Nast Traveler, 2014). The ranch truly lives up to those awards as it is a beautiful location full of wonderful scenery, especially for a true restful retreat and practicing photography.
A couple weeks ago I was having dinner with one of my friends. The topic came up regarding what makeup products do bloggers really wear? Many times you’ll see multiple products reviewed on a blog. How do you know if that product is one the blogger truly loves or one they’d even wear? So today I’m giving you a real look into my makeup bag and the products I use on a typical basis (and yes I really love them!)
Along with that these are products that I intend to keep using for years to come. Why spend more time than necessary searching for a new makeup routine when this one works. Sometimes simpler is better!
On Saturday I turn 27, to celebrate I’m giving you 27% off everything in the Etsy shop all weekend long starting NOW!
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I lived with him for twelve years. He lied, cheated, nearly killed me and still I stayed. He made me lie to my friends, my family, and literally to everyone I knew. I was in elementary school when he moved in, so young, so innocent, yet so very broken. I lived by his rules and let them control my life. He was my best friend, my enemy, my dictator, all rolled into one.
The monster I am talking about is Ed. Ed stands for my eating disorder and for over a decade he had control over my life. My Ed was what I turned to when I was sad, mad, hurt, or frankly just needed any kind of reassurance. I was too ashamed and certainly too prideful. I didn’t know how to stop doing what I was doing and frankly I didn’t want to stop.
Welcome to week five of The Lens Revolution challenges hosted by Samantha of Elah Tree (catch up here: week one, week two, week three, week four). This challenge is to, “practice different types of photo composition. Remember that composting visually appealing photos can happen in your everyday life. Get out there a make beautiful photos.”
I might not be a DSLR expert yet, but I’ve been practicing composition for years. Every photo that I entered as a 4-H’er into the fair had composition in mind, especially the rule of thirds. I vividly remember sitting with the judge as they held up the rule of thirds guides to analyze the photo.
This week I’m excited to post some photos from an engagement shoot (Jared and Shauna) that Peter and I did after a morning at barre3. I grabbed the camera while he was in talking with our wonderful friends who own Tried and True to take these shots. Both barre3 and Tried and True are a must visit when you’re in Corvallis!
Photo: Craig Paulsen Photography
It’s 12:30 am Sunday morning as I type this. I’m sitting up in my bed in the dark taking yet another middle of the night nebulizer treatment as I awoke from a coughing fit struggling to breathe. My husband has helped me get my nebulizer all set up and is now laying in my lap in the dark as I take the treatment and it is the most beautiful reflection of our marriage vows especially the line “in sickness and in health”.
When you say marriage vows you don’t realize the magnitude of how the vows will shape you over the course of your marriage. The “in sickness and in health” has really hit me hard over the course of this illness, especially tonight.
How many times throughout the day do you stop and soak up all the goodness around you? Frequently as I’m walking on campus I see people looking at their cellphone and not soaking in the beautiful day (I’m also guilty). As I kid I’d spend hours reading books inside rather than going outside and soaking in the sunshine. I still love reading books in my free time, but if it’s sunny on a weekend or after work I’d rather be outside. I’d rather savor the beauty around me. It sure helps that Oregon is such a beautiful place to explore.
Let’s savor this day, the beauty of the world God made, the richness of family and friendship, the good gifts of creativity and work. All the things that populate our days are worth savoring. -Savor, Shauna Niequist
Savor by Shauna Niequist has been on my Amazon wishlist since she announced that she was writing another book. When Book Look Bloggers emailed me in March letting me know of the opportunity to review this book I was ecstatic! Savor is a devotional and cookbook, because life happens not just when we read and pray, but also when we gather with family and friends over dinners and breakfasts and late-night snacks. There are devotions for 365 days of the year and over 20 yummy things to cook.
Feeling lost and like God is not on my side, have been reoccurring feelings for me since my Freshman year of High School. After experiencing the loss of friends in middle school because of bullying, I was diagnosed my Freshman with Depression and the beginnings of an eating disorder. All that I can recall from that time period of my life was feeling lost and numb – like nothing mattered and who would actually miss me if I was gone. I had reoccurring thoughts of suicide and started to self-harm. My faith in God dwindled by the day. I was eventually admitted to a Christian Mental Health facility and was there for eight days. It surely didn’t “fix” me, but I did feel what they call a “high” upon leaving – like the world was at my feet and I could concur anything that came at me.