howth

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11 April, 2014

Howth is a small seaside suburb of Dublin. For me, it was the last stop on a first trip to Europe. On a windy winter weekday, the town was rather quiet save for the crashing waves breaking over the seawall. Some were brave enough to walk the border, like a tightrope. As far as I could tell, no one was washed away.

I experienced Howth aimlessly, sticking to the coastline and being sporadically startled by oversized, rusty chains clanking against the fishing boats. Lunch was indulgent with three courses, a glass of wine and a shot of irish cream courtesy of the bartender. Outside of lunch, I hardly spoke a word. Instead, my seaside time was spent in silent meditation over the immense trip now behind me.


















sunday quote

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30 March, 2014


an english wedding

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26 March, 2014

Finally a first post about my adventure abroad! The main purpose of trip was to spend time with my childhood best friend, Sarah. She started a new life in Newcastle, England a couple of years ago, and I was longing to reconnect with her and experience her new reality across the pond. The two weeks I spent with her and her fiancé flew by. Every day of my trip was truly incredible, but some days were unexpected and life changing.

One of those days was the wedding of Ruth and Martin. Katie Byram, a photographer friend who I met through Sarah, needed an assistant for a wedding in the English countryside. I didn't have plans that day, so I happily volunteered and found myself an unexpected witness to a momentous day. I loved the English traditions, the emotion and beauty in the ceremony, and the gorgeous reception filled with hilarious and loooong speeches. I can't emphasize how much this day touched me, even though I was just in the background carrying lights, equipment, and a few umbrellas.


Ruth and Martin's wedding was featured in a magazine recently. I'm so proud of Katie and so grateful to watch her work. I learned so much and was impressed with her demeanor and enthusiasm. Wedding photography is chaotic, to say the least, and Katie works so well under pressure. It was great (and exhausting) fun!
The weather had been windy, cold, and rainy (it is England after all), but it began to clear at the very end of the night. The passing clouds revealed a sky full of stars over Matfen Hall. Despite our exhaustion, Katie and I marched out into the sprawling, pitch black lawn, and Katie caught the gorgeous image below. 

I would never have imagined that one day, by chance, I'd be standing in the English countryside under a sky full of stars with this gorgeous scene in front of me and wonderful company beside me. I felt so small and so large ... and so grateful. 

To see more of Katie's photography, as well as Ruth and Martin's big day, visit Katie's website and Facebook page. Katie is also available for international bookings, in case anyone in the states is interested. ;)



monday

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24 March, 2014



Can I go back to bed?

thankful | five

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23 March, 2014

I haven't shared a gratitude post in a long while. I'm having one of those days (weeks/months/years) where I feel myself struggling toward a more graceful adulthood and a deeper understanding of myself. I've been making many missteps along the way. I'm trying to be more compassionate, more centered, more understanding. Sometimes, I think I'm doing the right thing and it turns out to be very, very wrong. Many times, I look back and feel ashamed or embarrassed by my actions. At the end of the day, all I can do is try to move forward in a way that feels right.

An important part of growing is being grateful. So I'm back at it ...

I'm thankful for working downtown, because I can take the water taxi around the river during my lunch break. I listened to Chicago by Sufjan Stevens on repeat during my trip. I think if my heart were a phonograph (instead of the star of my cardiovascular system), this song would be the waveforms engraved on it. 
I'm thankful for the vernal equinox and the sense of renewal it brings, which I so desperately need right now.  I'm also thankful for Lou, for joining me on my first-day-of-spring picnic. 
Finally, I'm thankful for beautiful light, incredible mornings, and things that hold their beauty, even when they're wilting. 



hypnotized

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19 March, 2014



I could watch this over and over again.

Other things I'm drawn to right now:


fog

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22 February, 2014

On my flight home from Ireland, I watched the recent X-Men movie, Wolverine. It got me thinking of that quintessential question - if you had a super power, what would it be?

I’d want to have the ability to heal people’s minds. When my loved ones are in a deep fog, and they’re stumbling over obstacles obscured by the haze, I’d love to take their heads in my hands and just clear the fog away. Because I know how painful and frustrating it can be. Because I'm trying to clear my own.

As I was thinking of fog in the literal sense, I remembered these photos. Maybe the metaphorical fog that has been swirling around me, and others I know, will turn out to be beautiful like the photos. I suspect it will be much easier to appreciate its beauty once it has cleared.
   

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