Happy #worldphotographyday !! I just want to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for encouraging me and following me through my passion and I'm forever grateful for you guys 🖤 | Photo by @meghans.photos
We made it safely to Lincoln City from Portland. Not too bad for traffic...I was expecting to be stuck on the road for 8 hours lol. We will be here for a few days to watch the eclipse. Everyone stay safe. PLEASE protect your eyes!! Wear the appropriate protective eye gear and have fun! Much love from the Oregon coast this weekend. It's looking rather nice and I'm about to go walk on the beach with my princess :) this shot was from our sunset exploration at the wetlands about 2 weeks ago :)
Relaxing way to spend a Saturday- meet up with girlfriends, drink a delicious dark chocolate mocha & finish it off with a mani/pedi. 🙌🏻 Now to relax with my super cute husband & watch the Mariners! ⚾️💕 Happy Saturday, everyone!
When I'm not silversmithing you can find me in my garden or in the mountains.
After returning to the US from Peace Corps Niger (W. Africa) in 1998, my partner (now husband) and I moved to Seattle for grad school and to begin our careers. We lived the metropolitan lifestyle, working 60-80 hour weeks, for a decade before completely burning out and relocating to the countryside. With a four year old in tow, we chose to shrink our income in exchange for more time together, fresh air, a strong community, a smaller footprint, and balance. Eleven years later I still pinch myself to ensure this place is real. I feel eternally grateful that I can walk out our door to meander the hills and harvest baskets of fresh produce every day. My heart is so full for our friends and my family. Even with the hiccups we've encountered along the way, if I had to rewind time, I would choose this life again.
I am thankful.
I haven't been singing as much as I would like, sometimes life changes get in the way of my music, and i've taken the past couple months to just live a little. But a side effect of that, is that my voice isn't as up to par. This video is just a snippet of a 5 min video, in which I very much had voice cracks, flat notes, annoying neighbors, it ain't perfect. I feel like with marketing/advertising sometimes the pressure to present myself "perfectly" on social media gets to me. Even though I try to live as authentically as possible, and as transparent as I can, you have to remember that literally nothing you see on social media or any media for that matter is the whole story. It never works that way, because the whole story usually takes longer, and it doesn't sell. I have to remind myself that most of you don't know my full story, where i've been, what i've been through, my failures (which are plenty), but I feel so blessed to have made it this far. Most of you don't know the places i've lived, or the people I know, (until you go to the grocery store with me, and end up seeing a few dozen people who want to chat it up.) Most of you don't know that I love kids, and animals, and hopefully will have my own little homestead. Most of you don't know that I haven't had my natural hair color since I was 16. Some of you DO know that yes, music is my biggest dream of all, to make it as a country artist, which might never happen. But my first dream? Is to help people. To help people know that I'm a friend, I care, and that you can always call me up, that i'm the same person on a Saturday night as on a Sunday morning. My biggest dream of all, is that you will know your worth, and you will see yourself through His eyes, instead of a "his", that you will think of yourself as a somebody, instead of "somebody's". My dream is that you can see me as family, and that if music ever happens for me, that you can count on me to still be that person.
You know when I left teaching live classes almost 2 years ago I was in a major panic.
I wasn't sure how my passion for fitness would translate to working online.
I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to have the impact I wanted.
I wasn't sure that I was even going to like it.
It took time, fair enough, but now at about 3 years into online health and fitness coaching I have to say EPIC CHOICE.
For so many reasons....
The slightly more selfish reasons like substantial, residual income, no having to train at 5am aka freedom to set my schedule.
But even more importantly is the ability to extend my reach beyond just the people I meet face to face, being able to provide nutritional value and information by partnering with a company that excels in BOTH!!
Not to mention being able to provide CONTINUING support to these people no matter where they are in the world.
There are so many ways to help people.
I'm just so thankful that we live in a time that we can create careers we love however we please.