Happy New Year, everyone.


I haven’t been thinking about what to blog, but I can’t seem to NOT post. Not only because it was such a habit, routine, but because I enjoy trying to come up with something specific to share in a post (even when it was difficult) every day. It gave (gives) me something to focus on, to reflect on my day a bit, to share my photos. (: And as I was posting my Day 2 photo on Facebook tonight, I realized I could say a couple things about the new year, since I never really did that.

I’ve tried making resolutions before because it was *the thing* to do, but it never worked. What DID work, was making monthly resolutions. I gave up pop for a month last year, and I gave up Starbucks last February (of course, my habit wasn’t as bad as it is this year). This month I’m giving up all eating out, fast food or otherwise. Not only might this help save money, but it’s a big motivator to try new recipes from Pinterest. (: Tonight I made maple and brown sugar pork tenderloin with baked sweet potatoes and asparagus. Not going to lie, the asparagus didn’t turn out like I hoped but the tenderloins made up for it – flavorful & tender. Mmmm good. I’m really loving this cooking thing. (:

  • This year I want to cook more, try new recipes, learn some patience in the kitchen. Make dinner for the family every once in a while, take the weight off of Mom & Dad. Plus I’ve been realizing that cooking a delicious dinner comes with a satisfying feeling – making something other people enjoy.
  • This year I want to focus on the business aspect of my photography more, as well as learning as much as I can about photography in general. There is always lots to learn.
  • This year I want to focus on myself more, on what I want and what I need to do to become the person I want to be.

Basically, keeping on the same path I’ve been on, and maybe branching off if the opportunity comes up. I want to take chances and stop being afraid of failure, stop putting barriers up for myself in the way of negative emotions and the like. I want to stop comparing myself to others and focus on being better than I was. I want to read books for enjoyment and to learn more about things I love and am interested in, such as the history of dogs (particularly the German shepherd dog), the history of psychology, and criminal behavior, and lots of other things.

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.




November 21st: What I Wore

This prompt couldn’t have fallen on a better day. Because today Dustin & I got our 2yr anniversary photos done, so I tried to look my best. (: I’m so excited to see how they turned out. And getting our own photos done makes ME want to do a couples/engagement shoot! Definitely have to try out the location we went to today. (: I’m sure I’ll post a few when we get the disc.

Here is a photo that a girl from my Intro to Photog class shot while we were shooting portraits under studio lights. They turned out *awesome*.

And this playing around with Photoshop stuff makes me want to create a new header for my blog. I just have to come up with an idea I like as much as the one I have now.

Turkey day tomorrow, woohoo!


How did this happen?

How did this sweet 9 week old puppy…

Turn into this beautiful 9yo girl so fast?

Time goes by sooooo fast.


I feel a *lot* better today. I’m feeling more organized, getting things more straightened out. I’m not quite where I’d like to be concerning a couple classes, but at least it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as it did yesterday. Yes, attitude plays a large part, but my perspective is more….. calm today – if that makes sense. I don’t know. It makes sense in my head. :P


When drawing a blank…

….throw a picture or two in there. Everyone likes pictures.

Finished my book, started another one. Haven’t quite gotten into the new one yet. Probably won’t have much time to read next week anyway. Sad face.

I cleaned/organized my room (finally). It was mess, with clothes piled up and my suitcase still sitting out from my two small getaways. Junk all over the desk, jeans and shorts piled on the dresser. Bubble gum wrappers everywhere. xD 3 small mountains of clothes to hang up. I should have taken a before, but I never remember to do that. But this picture is to show off the awesome floating shelf Ashley got me and which I now display my seasons of 24. Season 8, on the top, remains unopened. I just can’t bring myself to do it.

And finally, Mandy meditating in a very deep hole Jayde dug in the sandbox. A hole I have since filled in. The little brat. But Mandy is oh so cute.


Just a couple pictures for you, because I am pooped and not feeling well

Is that not the cutest face ever? (:

Here was my view from my reading spot at Starbucks. I’ve had maybe two chances to just sit and read at Starbucks, all year. I relish every moment.

Tomorrow is Saturday. So that post will probably be even less exciting than the past two, unless something extraordinary or really interesting happens.