I'm happy to announce that I'm running a print giveaway contest starting today, to celebrate the relaunch of my print store! There's a few ways to enter, first being tag 3 friends who you think would be interested in the contest (you my be following me). Then head over to the link in my bio to see a few more ways you can win! The contest will be open until midnight on July 28th! Five people will win, and make sure you check out ericballardphotography.com/prints! Full contest rules are on my website. (Hope I didn't miss any details)
Can't even believe this was two years ago! MA in Social work. The proudest day of my life. The sense of achievement was incredible. To know that shedding those tears and dedicating all them hours of hard work eventually paid off. It wasn't easy, but I did it and it just reminds me that anything really I possible as I didn't in my wildest dreams imagine to be completing a MA!
I think this photo is the last one me carrying this little angel. Today was the first day she was literally walking around the house aaaalll day. She took her first steps about two weeks ago and today, she suddenly seemed to have decided that she only wanted to walk from now on. This milestone is bitter sweet.
This is @ikarikris. He is one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet! His band @weareikari have just released their debut single 'Ghosts' today and you should totally go check it out on Spotify or Tidal 👻♥️👌 Give it a listen and then say hi to the band!
You guys, I'm back there. I feel SO MUCH more like myself. I feel peace.
I'm not sure what brought it on. I'm dogsitting for my sister while she's away on vacation and I've had so much crucial alone time. I've been drawing lot. I'm sitting listening to podcasts about creativity. I'm thinking a lot. I'm feeling refreshed.
I was talking to my friend the other day about traveling and the funk of being back here and us both feeling the same way, and I was talking about how GOOD I felt in Korea, about how I just felt like I knew myself inwards and outwards and that I liked everything I saw. She asked me how I got there.
And while we talked about it and I hashed out these thoughts I came to a lot of conclusions.
Every god damn interaction I had in Korea was meaningful. If it was with my friends, we were all in frigin' Korea living this life that was so blatantly beautiful and all of our conversations took on a much deeper meaning because of that. If I was speaking with a Korean in very broken English or Korean, we were both trying to overcome some kind of communication obstacle. I spent 8 hours a day with my students doing meaningful things. Every aspect of my life had some layer of importance.
And my friends and I sat around drinking a lot and eating food and doing fuck all, but we were sitting around actually speaking to one another. We had conversations that had value and revolved around important things. We weren't out at a bar getting shitfaced and not speaking to one another. We were communicating.
And there was absolutely no competition. Everyone I knew were such interesting people in their own regard and brought so many different histories and perspectives to the table. Everyone had a story and no one was shy about telling it.
That, all of those elements combined to create this fertile environment where I found infinite growth. And since coming home, and even while traveling in some instances, those elements were taken away from me a lot. And I had to find new ways to make due without what had aided me so positively in the past and that was hard.
But I'm here. And I'm looking forward to what comes next.
Happy Fridayyy! 🎉
It's been a little while since I participated in #FridayIntroductions , so here's a few fun facts about myself!
1) While this blog is only a few months old, I've actually been blogging for around five years. I wrote a blog about my experience in the Disney College Program, which sparked my love and passion for blogging and helping others! 👩🏻💻
2) Summer has always been my favorite season, but I'm starting to appreciate the cooler seasons a bit more. I love wearing fall outfits: boots and jeans are my favorite! 🍂
3) I'm a huuuge Marvel nerd. I actually waited in line for over 6 hours last weekend at #D23Expo for the chance to see the entire Infinity Wars cast, especially Robert Downey Jr. 😍 I'm still pinching myself from the experience!
Tell me a little about yourself! Do we have anything in common? 💕
в эту поездку я впервые посетила Русский музей. впечатления остались полностью положительными, ведь там нет непроходимой толпы людей, и в нем гораздо проще ориентироваться. также работники музея более приветливые, что немало влияет на настроение.
отныне русский музей - один из моих любимейших музеев.
🍽 Sautéed Greek-inspired chicken bowl
🤓 Adding feta and hemp seeds will relinquish your desire to pair this dish with pasta or rice
📝 Just toss this all in a skillet or wok for 7-10 min: chicken without skin/chicken breast, feta, hemp seeds, lemon, spinach, cherry tomatoes, fresh dill, thyme, black pepper, oregano, basil, garlic
It seems that when you stop to smell the flowers, you really do find remarkably beautiful things.
This magical plant is from my Persian "auntie's" garden just after the rain.
I can't believe just how much being around my family and the other Persian families I grew up with has lifted my heart and spirits. I know on Instagram, we all prefer to show the happier moments in life, but I think it's okay to be sad sometimes and not have to keep it a secret.
After all, there would be no light without dark, would there? 💗
🥂 F R I D A Y 🥂 • Serious question: does anyone else feel like @oprah when they talk in all caps? 🤔 Maybe it's just me. Oh well, anyways, Friday how are we doing?! Today on the blog we are toasting to our cousin with @monikahibbs @dailydoseofcharm @francescas and more so come check out what's going on 🍾💕 [link in bio] ••• What is your drink of choice?👇👇👇#friyay#clinkclink
Happy Friday y'all. I have so much love for locally owned flower shops, this one in @westsideprovisions is absolute perfection, and I even got to practice my French with the lovely ladies working there. Mais oui! ☺️ #fridayfeels#flowerstagram#buylocal#iloveatl