In the past two weeks I think I must have been asked at least five or six times about what inspires me. When I look over this blog, it seems so terribly obvious that I am amazed that I forget so easily. For me, it is undoubtably nature. I come alive when I am outside. I perk up, think I can take on the world and walk around in awe, and physically stop to take in all that surrounds me. It frees up my heart and I reconnect to what I value. I actually get overwhelmed by the beauty of it. I come away refreshed and more alive than when I came. It rights me with the world. I become flooded with creativity and ambition for my life to make a difference for others. It changes me and rejuvenates the dreams and aspirations I have from just being me. On Saturday Eric and I went to Starved Rock State Park for a day together in the newly warm air and sunshine. I can not remember the last time I was outside for four hours consecutively. We hiked and wandered around the woods through canyons and trails. I don't know if I've ever spent significant time in the woods during the early Spring. We were surrounded with tiny new leaves popping out , and little cheerful flowers popping up on the forest floor yet the large canopy trees were still bare. Everything was brand new and waking. It was breath taking. We came around the bend in the trail to this breathtaking spot of sunlight through the trees with dreamy light and took time out of our hike to enjoy it and capture one another. All the other hikers passed on by but we lingered here.

Take some time with the ones you love and to really commit to living inspired whatever that may be for you. Believe in the power of its transformation both in your personal and professional life.

I'm a better wife, entrepreneur and photographer for my four hours in the woods.

My motto. “Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us, and see the beauty in ordinary things” [ Thomas Merton]

P.S. Any fab couple want to drive 2 hours out of Chicago, hike 2 miles into the woods for a unique unbelievable love shoot?!! Seriously it was some of the most incredible light e.v.e.r.