Well, I’m excited to say for the last few months my blog has been growing. Yay!! It is exciting and I am beyond humbled and I appreciate the support from everyone. THANK YOU!!
Two years ago if you had told me I would be blogging, I would have smiled at you and said no way. Not me. I’m not that “type” of girl. I don’t share stories. I’m not THAT brave or THAT creative. I mean I am the girl in her mid-twenties who deleted Facebook three years ago and haven’t looked back since. Not that I have anything against Facebook, it just wasn’t the way I enjoyed communicating. It just didn’t feel like me. You may be surprised, but I’ve always felt uncomfortable sharing information about myself.
But, as I have learned in life we have the capability TO DO SO MANY THINGS. You just have to allow yourself to be taken out of the box you place yourself in. The “I can’t do” box or the “I am not good enough” box. I know what it feels like. I have been there. And I’ve learned a large part of the battle is fought in our minds. Once you realize how to defeat the “fear” talks, than everything else has a way of falling into place.
So with the concepts of being brave and creative today, I felt it was time to share more about myself and make you feel welcome! Here goes…
Truthfully, I began writing as a stress reliever a couple of years ago. I went through periods where I did it for a while and then stopped. Last year, I made it a goal to write more because I found it was an easy way for me to gather all my thoughts into one space. When I focused on writing the last year, I realized how much I enjoyed it. I found it freeing. I knew a part of me wanted to explore this side of myself and, well, here I am. Because it was something I enjoyed, it was easy to commit time to it.
I gained interest in photography because of my family. Many of my family members have cameras, and they enjoy photography for fun. Then insert vacations. Let’s go back to 2009. You are on vacation with your family. You are a college student taking a break for the summer. You are in Arizona per say. And everyone around you has a camera and you are seeing the shots they are taking and it just so happens you are the odd one out because you have a point and shoot and no DSLR… After that experience… Yeah, you have a camera the next round. And, for me, I would say it has been a blast enjoying all that goes along with photography.
I love shooting landscapes and scenery the most. And I heart a good black and white photograph. They are classic and elegant and full of emotion.
I work a regular 8 to 5 job on the weekdays and blog/photograph for fun on the weekends. Or any chance I can get. And I feel like I’m always looking for a story. Whether I actually write about an experience or not, I am thinking about the ways to capture the moment. Which leads me to my next point…
I love a good story, and I enjoy reading when I get the chance. Business and people and inspirational stories are just some of what I enjoy diving into. And I have a soft spot for hearing stories of small businesses or locals or just entrepreneurs in general. Something about the way they chased after their dreams intrigues me. I blame my degree in Finance for that one.
I have a love for Louisiana and everything she represents. Her culture. Her style. Her ways. Her hospitality. Her beauty. Her history. I could lose her humidity, but I know… Compromise. I will always carry a piece of her in my heart. Because of that, she tends to show up in my writing pretty often.
I absolutely hate cold weather. More specifically anything below 70 degrees is cold to me. Thank goodness I live in the South.
I drink hot tea every morning – on weekdays it is green tea and weekends it is chai tea.
In January, I started yoga. I was in a thirty day trial period and fell in love with the way it made me feel. Very relaxed. After that first month, I was hooked. I signed up for the year after that, and I’m still going strong.
I have a weakness for dark chocolate. Especially Dove… The dark chocolate and sea salt is my favorite right now. And I can’t forget to mention the inspirational messages on the wrapper. It is like chocolate and fortune cookies came together and made a baby. It is great. I keep a stash in my office drawer.
I am a dog lover. I rescued my dog about six years. He is a terrier mix. When I picked him up from his adoption family, he was skinny and shaggy in the front and had a bad case of mange on his back legs. Jack had no clue what he was getting himself into with having me as his parent. After a trip to the vet, a few good meals, and a clean-cut haircut, Jack has been a part of the family ever since. He keeps life interesting with his white paws and stocky belly. And his waddle when he walks plus nightly snoring. Yeah, he is the best!
Well, there you have it. If you are new to the blog, welcome! If you have been here awhile, thank you for following my journey. If you are just dropping by, introduce yourself, stay for a while, and let me know what you think.