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This Season of Life: 5/52 “community”

This Season of Life is a 52-week photography project through which my friend Mary and I will share photos that depict various moments from the current season in which we find ourselves. Having remained friends for the past 12 years, we have experienced a lot of seasons together (and some apart), as we now live in very different places. Having stayed in touch, we continue to share our life experiences and challenges with one another. This has been an incredible gift that continues to shape our friendship. We hope you will follow our Project 52 and enjoy the images that we share.

Before you think this is just another cup of coffee in my weekly photography post… Ok, it is another cup of coffee. But! It’s a very special one. This cup was sent to me all the way from Sweden. A new friend took the time to package up a beautiful set of these mugs because she knew how much I appreciate a beautiful cup on my coffee breaks. When the package arrived, I was stunned. And so thankful, of course. The people I have met since I started using my Traveler’s Notebook have made such a lasting impression in my life. This community of creatives who use these notebooks are some of the kindest, most genuine people I’ve met, in addition to being travel junkies like me. ;) Every time I use this cup, I’ll think of a newfound friendship and the kindness shown to me by someone I barely knew. It seems as though the older we get, the harder it is to make good friends. I am so grateful to be a part of this community and to continue to learn from them.

Week 5Week 5_2Now, take a moment and check out my friend Mary’s photo this week: Weekend Away. While you’re at it, look around her site, Moe-Digger Photography, a bit more and view our last Project 52. I am sure you will fall in love with her photos and see what a special person she is, just as I have.

 

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This Season of Life: 4/52 “calligraphy”

This Season of Life is a 52-week photography project through which my friend Mary and I will share photos that depict various moments from the current season in which we find ourselves. Having remained friends for the past 12 years, we have experienced a lot of seasons together (and some apart), as we now live in very different places. Having stayed in touch, we continue to share our life experiences and challenges with one another. This has been an incredible gift that continues to shape our friendship. We hope you will follow our Project 52 and enjoy the images that we share.

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you are aware of my love for most things analogue when it comes to writing, mail and organization. A good friend of mine recently introduced me to calligraphy. Well, reintroduced is probably a better word. I had a short-lived class in calligraphy in grade school and have always admired the beautiful form of lettering. She gifted me a few items to get started and it’s been amazing to take a few minutes each day to practice. I can definitely use the practice! It’s fun to try my hand at something new and see where this calming hobby will take me. What about you? Are you learning anything new this year?

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Now, take a moment and check out my friend Mary’s photo this week: Sledding. Sledging. Tobogganing. While you’re at it, look around her site, Moe-Digger Photography, a bit more and view our last Project 52. I am sure you will fall in love with her photos and see what a special person she is, just as I have.

 

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This Season of Life: 3/52 “balance”

This Season of Life is a 52-week photography project through which my friend Mary and I will share photos that depict various moments from the current season in which we find ourselves. Having remained friends for the past 12 years, we have experienced a lot of seasons together (and some apart), as we now live in very different places. Having stayed in touch, we continue to share our life experiences and challenges with one another. This has been an incredible gift that continues to shape our friendship. We hope you will follow our Project 52 and enjoy the images that we share.

Balance. We all strive to achieve it, but for some reason it is so hard for us. Is it even possible to achieve a real balance? I’m starting to think not, as life pulls us in one direction over another and we just need to adapt in order to tackle our crazy “to do” lists. My photos this week reflect the balance I’m trying to achieve in this current season of life. Between mailing out tax documents to those who work for me and trying to stay on top of my marathon training, I feel a bit like my head is spinning today, in addition to all the other items on my list. But all in a good way. I enjoy being busy and I do like to work, like really like to work (almost to a fault). However, even so, I feel the strain some days and have moments where I’m just trying to keep my head above water during moments of growth in my business. The nice thing is knowing that everyone else is in the same proverbial boat… we’re all busy. So, while trying not to glorify it, it’s nice to know that I’m not alone in that. Now, excuse me while I warm up my coffee for the fifth time this morning and get back to my list. ;) Happy almost Friday, friends. xo

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Week 3_2Now, take a moment and check out my friend Mary’s photo this week: Record Store. While you’re at it, look around her site, Moe-Digger Photography, a bit more and view our last Project 52. I am sure you will fall in love with her photos and see what a special person she is, just as I have.

 

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This Season of Life: 2/52 “relax”

This Season of Life is a 52-week photography project through which my friend Mary and I will share photos that depict various moments from the current season in which we find ourselves. Having remained friends for the past 12 years, we have experienced a lot of seasons together (and some apart), as we now live in very different places. Having stayed in touch, we continue to share our life experiences and challenges with one another. This has been an incredible gift that continues to shape our friendship. We hope you will follow our Project 52 and enjoy the images that we share.

Something I hope to do more of this year is to take some time for relaxing and self care. This may sound strange or selfish to some, but it’s absolutely essential. We should all take more time for ourselves. I read somewhere last year that we should stop glorifying being busy. Yes, we’re all busy. Yes, we all have too much to do. But how can we make sure we do a good job with all of the tasks we take on and take care of those most important to us? By taking care of ourselves. These images show some beautiful scenes I was privileged to capture on our recent trip to Brazil. Búzios, a small coastal town in the state of Rio de Janeiro, was absolutely breathtaking. If you asked me whether I’d go back, I’d tell you I’d leave tomorrow. Talk about some real R&R. What are you doing this year to take care of yourself more?

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Now, take a moment and check out my friend Mary’s photo this week. It’s kind of the opposite of mine!: Daily Commute. While you’re at it, look around her site, Moe-Digger Photography, a bit more and view our last Project 52. I am sure you will fall in love with her photos and see what a special person she is, just as I have.

 

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This Season of Life: 1/52 “new adventures”

This Season of Life is a 52-week photography project through which my friend Mary and I will share photos that depict various moments from the current season in which we find ourselves. Having remained friends for the past 12 years, we have experienced a lot of seasons together (and some apart), as we now live in very different places. Having stayed in touch, we continue to share our life experiences and challenges with one another. This has been an incredible gift that continues to shape our friendship. We hope you will follow our Project 52 and enjoy the images that we share.

This first set of photos in our new Project 52 series are ones I recently snapped during a trip to Brazil to visit family. My nephew and niece were so excited to discover new surroundings throughout the week we traveled with them, and it was fun to watch them get so excited about the new adventures. As we start off 2016 and this new season of life, I too am excited about the year ahead. As I told Mary, I wasn’t very excited at the beginning of 2015 for some reason. I didn’t have anything special in mind I wanted to achieve or see or do. This year is different. 2016, here we go!

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Now, take a moment and check out my friend Mary’s photo this week: Bark. While you’re at it, look around her site, Moe-Digger Photography, a bit more and view our last Project 52. I am sure you will fall in love with her photos and see what a special person she is, just as I have.

 

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From baby blue to indigo

This room has really been finished for quite some time. But in the big picture of working on the rest of our new place, I didn’t think to share the transformation of it until now. We’re still not quite finished with renovating/redecorating our new home, but we are almost there! This past weekend we painted the last room in our house: the master bathroom. But this post is all about the guest bathroom. Hope you enjoy!

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When we first viewed our home, this bathroom (adjoined to what is now the guest room) was baby blue. The owners had a set of twin baby boys. So they, in my opinion, went all out to make it a “boys” bathroom. It’s certainly not my taste, but it was cute for them. {Excuse my iPhone photo of the old look.}

Guest Bath_Before_2You can see that the bathroom itself was well maintained. There were very few things that we had to repair. Since this was off of the babies’ room, the toilet itself hadn’t been used in who knows how long. The lever to flush the toilet would not budge. But after a quick call to the plumber, who replaced a valve, we were set. The owners left the small wall hanger on the left that is right under the window as you walk in. We decided to keep it as a place for guests to hang their towels next to the shower/tub and to hang a hand towel close to the sink.

Since I don’t have too many other photos of this bathroom before, I’ll simply tell you what we did to change things up and get rid of that awful blue in exchange for a richer color for adults.

Knowing how much sunlight this room gets, we knew we could get away with a bold color choice. I thought about some dusty purples, greens, etc., but I kept coming back to indigo. And wow. With all the white and the two windows allowing the sunshine to stream in, I am so glad we took the plunge into a dark color for this room.

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DSC_6499DSC_6497And just like that, we went from toddler tinkle room with toys abounding in the bathtub, to an adult spa-like experience. It’s still one of my favorite rooms in the house. The color is so rich, but it doesn’t feel dark in there at all. Since I snapped these, I moved the air freshener to go under the sink, added a succulent in a handmade pot and put some essentials for guests on the right side of the sink. The window above the shower is one of my favorite features. The sun that flows in means we only ever have to turn on the light in the evenings.

And just because I love a good side-by-side view:

Now, let’s see how long it takes me to post the next room updates! ;)

 

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in DIY, home, Interior Design

 

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Perfect Timing: Week 52

Perfect Timing is a weekly photography project by two friends who met in college, became roommates and have been close ever since. We share a love for languages and travel, and although we’re from the same southern state, we now live on different continents, balancing a demanding work life with a private life. We both agree that everything happens for a reason, whether we see these moments as positive or negative at the time, propelling us ahead or slowing us down. We hope you will join us each week, as we share little moments of Perfect Timing with you.

This is it. The last week of our Project 52, “Perfect Timing.” As I was racking my brain for a photo this week, I realized I wanted to write a post and capture an image about something that’s been on my mind lately: living intentionally.

I know that this is a phrase that seems overused lately, but it is something I would like to strive for. I think I’ve begun that with the newest chapter that began for us this summer after we purchased our first home. We’ve worked on our house very intentionally, making sure to take our time about how we want to change it to fit our lifestyle and the feel we want it to have. It’s slowly coming together, and the process has been really rewarding. Like most things, the process is really the most special part–not the goal itself. So, with many other things in life, I’d like to take more time to live this way, intentionally and taking time to enjoy the process or journey that it takes to reach a goal or just to move from one day to the next.

As I was cleaning up some things in my office this afternoon, I found this card I received at an event this year, and the quote couldn’t have been more perfect. I hope you enjoyed our Project 52. We certainly have! There are plans in the works for what our next one will be. So, stay tuned. xo

Week 52{intention}

Mary of Moe-Digger Photography and I became friends in college after we realized how much we had in common. We each grew up with three brothers, played sports and studied history, languages and cultures. I still remember our SLR cameras and our love for shooting with film. We have shared many wonderful experiences together over the years and have supported each other through some of the most significant moments in our adult lives. I am excited to take on this project with her. Check out Mary’s Perfect Timing photo for this week, too: Coloring.

 

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