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Thanksgiving.

I'm signing off for a few days to enjoy some time off, good reads, walks in the woods, and time with those I love.  Gratefulness is such a powerful thing, before you know it, it transforms you. It puts you in your place. It makes you content in a world full of wants and hurts. Happy Thanksgiving. I pray it is filled with warmth and shared with those you love.

" Stop thinking of gratitude as a byproduct of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view" - Bryan Robles

 

San Francisco in the Fall
San Francisco in the Fall

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You & Me Together | 7 years of us.

This post is over a month overdue as we celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary with a quiet, foggy hike in Pacifica CA.  This has been *quite* a year. The word that comes to mind the most is change.  We have gone through so much transition , shifting of our minds, hopes and have new ground under our feet. If I could have Dave Matthews " You & Me Together" playing over and over on this page I would.  When I look at these images as we celebrated 7 years as husband and wife, they are the words of our hearts right now.  If you want to listen to this song, click here.

You & Me ~ Dave Matthews

want to pack your bags something small take what you need & we disappear without a trace, we'll be gone, gone The moon & the stars follow the car & then when we get to the ocean, we're going to take a boat to the end of the world... all the way to the end of the world oh and when the kids are old enough we gonna teach them to fly....

you & me together we can do anything, baby you & me together yes, yes you & me together we can do anything, baby You & me together yes, yes

 

Jessie Stevens of Simply Jessie Photography
Jessie Stevens of Simply Jessie Photography
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA hike
Pacifica CA hike
Pacifica CA
Pacifica CA

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Artist vs Business Owner | Personal

So many thoughts have been swirling in my mind lately on living out my artistry while also being a business owner. What is most important? I've been trying to come to a decision, a hard line on what I think. Instead I've learned that there is no right way, no definite opinion, no line in the sand. Life is a beautiful mess, and an always changing balance that shifts with different seasons of our life.  I've found that in this grey messy area is where all the joy, long walks, hours of talking with those you love and respect is actually where I want to be living! This conclusion is a little disconcerting. No way to move on from these questions. No way to settle it. No way to seem like I've figured it out. I want to shift the way I think and live. I want to always be asking, changing and  be ok with it. Furthermore not only be ok with it but fully embrace it. I've started this blog post many times in my head and then decided that I wasn't ready, that I haven't made enough conclusions for an intelligent post. But that defeats the whole point now doesn't it? It is the life in the in-between. The things I have made conclusions on...

Feeding the artist in you matters. Forgive me wedding professionals but this does not mean only filling your inspiration pinning board with pretty things. It means read and intake challenging images. Stretch your talents. Be uncomfortable often and don't just talk business but talk principal. Talk deeply about your art. Fill the places of your art that don't have words yet.

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The day to day is important and your business should work for you.  Don't let your business run you. Don't compare your business to others. Be efficient, do the paperwork, research and hire people to help you create a business that fits you.

The rest, the in-between these two realties is where the mess lies and where I also think where the truest joy is found.

Thank you to a few people that knowing or unknowing in our conversations I've been working this out. Thank you Sarah, Kelly and the biggest thank you to Eric.  He makes living this way look easy and sorry I make it so difficult sometimes. Thank you for challenging me.

 

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Our life lately through iPhone photos | Personal

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Here is a visual update of our life the last few weeks via iPhone photos. For fellow iPhone users we have discovered VSCO a fabulous company and new app that really helps along the small camera that is on the phone. Its fantastic give it a try!

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California Livin' | Personal.

I've started this post many times.  I've tried to put into words what these first two months have been, the things we've seen, how our hearts feel and are adjusting. The reason it is hard to write is its so many conflicting things.  I have had more sun in the last 8 weeks than I have had in years. I have been on a boat more than in my whole life. I live by the ocean.  I live where palm trees grow. We are tired. We are still transitioning. I still have boxes that sit in my kitchen and they are the worst I-don't-have-room kind of boxes.  I have an amazing view of a valley with fog every night. Everywhere is beautiful. People are nice. I miss my Chicago friends. I don't know where I am going all-the-time. There is amazing creative talent here.  I am afraid of driving our car on these crazy hills.  Always wear layers. Last week we were walking by the ocean and Eric said, " I think I might live here for the rest of my life". Our hearts feel more free here,  more air to breathe, more time to sit enjoy a glass of wine with friends. So many things about this new home matches with what we want, what we hoped. And yet its still life right? Bills still come, dishes pile up and we are still barely moved and miss our friends terribly.

So there you have it.  The unpolished update of our lives. Here are some photos from our first weeks here.

 

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A few from our iPhones below.

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The journey west. | Personal

Forgive the silence of the last few weeks.  It is hard to describe in words what these days have been.... a journey is the best way to describe this process.  So many things have happened , our feet have been in so many places, our eyes taking in gorgeous landscapes and the expanse of our beautiful country. The journey was long, but it was so incredible to drive and see the scenery change, have only each other and to take the next curve of our journey. Here are a few from our trip.

Morning from my Chicago window the day we left. Jaclyn Simpson saw us off and snapped this last photo of us in our empty space.

 

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Simply Jessie Photography
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Union Pacific in Nebraska
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Salt Lake City was incredible. These next two were as we were driving out of Salt Lake in the morning.

 

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We made it! We were greeted into California with amazing sunlight.

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Dolores Street
Dolores Street

 

The following are all photos a la iphone.

 

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