Finding beauty in your very own community {Delight & be Savvy}

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 Written by No Comments
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Often we look around where we live and get bored, or maybe you just dont like where you’re living because its not “pretty enough”.  You probably see all those gorgeous places from your favorite photographers and you throw your hands up and say “Ill never have photos like that, theres no cliffs or waterfalls near me.” At least I know I do that far too often.  But hey, if you have cliffs and waterfalls near you, I’m still jealous. ;)   I promise there is beauty everywhere, sometimes you just need a fresh perspective to see it. I’ll give you…

{Be Confident} When Community Breaks Your Heart

Posted on: January 28th, 2015 Written by No Comments

I made the mistake of turning the TV on. I know, I know, I should have been content with Netflix, but I closed my computer and turned the TV on anyway. I’m not one to watch the news- don’t get me wrong, I think it’s SUPA important to stay informed, but every time I watch it, my heart agonizes and breaks. Images from the national news station played across the screen as **breaking news** stories revealed themselves in subtitles and violent imagery. The world constantly reveals the condition of itself. It’s broken.  People are constantly pitting against each other.  Selfishness seems…

{Be Real} A Glimpse of Heaven

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 Written by 3 Comments

When you find your people, you just know it. People that just “get” you. People that inspire you. People who are real, who are a refuge. You know, people who make you feel good about being human. Who fill your heart with hopes and dreams and encouragement. This fall, I went to a conference in Georgia with a whole bunch of creative Christian women, and I felt it like the wind brushing my skin – these are my people. I felt something about heaven coming down to earth every time we gathered. The Lord’s presence just rested there when we…

{Be Loving} 3 Steps to a Better Community

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 Written by 4 Comments

This last fall, I was living in a close-knit community. When I say that, I mean I was living in a 4-bedroom house with 23 people with another 20 down the road in another house (we were all working for a non-profit doing outreach, events, worship nights, nationwide tours, and more in the southern California area). With 24 people in one house, community just happens. You never eat a meal alone (unless you try really hard), you always have someone to pray with you, there’s always a Bible study going on, worship happening…the list goes on.  Obviously the situation I’ve…

Don’t get lost {Delight & Be Savvy}

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 Written by 2 Comments

Often times I get really wrapped up in everything that comes with running a small photography business, from finances and bookings to editing and keeping up with my social media. It can be one big viscous cycle and before you know it, you find yourself constantly sitting at the computer hopping from program to program, website to blog to facebook to twitter to another blog to a photography forum to emailing back to editing, oh yeah, you were probably just supposed to be editing in the first place. #AmIRight ? ;) Thats me anyways, anyone else in that cycle? Dang,…

{Be Confident} The Beauty of Being Different

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 Written by 2 Comments

When I was a senior in high school I was restless.  In a world filled with college applications and dreams of the future I had no idea what I was going to do with my life.  I had so many interests in so many things.  While my friends knew what they wanted to get their degrees in and which careers were the ones they wanted to pursue, I fought back tears of frustration.  My heart found itself brought to life by so many things.  Nothing seemed to stand out more than anything else.  I didn’t fit into a career path…

{Be Real} The Answer is You

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 Written by No Comments
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Let’s be real: looking for community is just plain hard. I think deep inside ourselves, we know what community is meant to be. We know God intends real community to be a space for us to love and be loved, for us to be challenged, to be kept accountable, to feel known and accepted, where we are vulnerable and safe. Yet I know I’ve had seasons of deep discouragement when I’ve measured what they’re supposed to be against how they actually are. I’ve cried many tears over community. And I know I’m not alone. I’m not the only one who has…

{Be Nourished} Breakfast Pizza with Spinach & Ricotta

Posted on: January 18th, 2015 Written by 1 Comment

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. – JRR Tolkien Breakfast Pizza with Spinach and Ricotta Spread 1 store-bough refrigerated pizza dough on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes at 375οF. Heat 1 TBSP olive oil on a cooking pan, add 3 minced garlic cloves and 1 ½ cup grape tomatoes, cook for about 3 minutes. Then add 4 packed cups fresh baby spinach leaves, cook for about 1 minute until leaves are slightly wilted. Spread the spinach and tomatoes over the pizza dough, and top…