These last two months have been filled with unexpected life occurrences; I’m very Type-A and I had a solid plan for taking on the new year by storm. This, of course, included blogging more consistently, rocking my school courses ( yeah, I went back to school- more on that in another blog post because that’s a subject of it’s own ) and just getting a better grip on life in general.
Then something happened- nothing went according to plan at all. ( I won’t go through each and every detail, but I think the biggest thing that effected me was that I had to make an unexpected repair on my car. Since I live in the midwest now, you HAVE to have a car to get around so this had put me in a pickle for a week. ) During the time, I was really irritated when things didn’t go to plan. I questioned my friends and family on things they had no answers to ( ‘Why is this happening to me guys? I feel like the universe is just shitting on me!’ – which, I should add- sorry guys. I owe you. ) I genuinely felt like the world was against me, EVEN THOUGH some really really awesome things were happening in my life ( that I’m extremely thankful for. )
And so, that’s the thing that I’m realizing about schedules and plans- you can lay out your life to every last detail and call yourself a #girlboss for nailing that to-do list, but sometimes, life throws you lemons and you just have to deal with it ( or make a delicious lemon-variation of a g+t. ) What I’m trying to say ( read: what I’ve been telling myself these last few
weeks months ) is that it’s okay and it’s going to be okay. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the shitty things that are happening but you just have to breathe and go through it like the #girlboss that you are ( and remember to be thankful for the good that is happening in your life, even if you don’t see it at the time. )
Although I do photograph portraits, weddings and maternity/newborns, I actually am in love with photographing editorial work. I’m really working on building up/revamping my portfolio and I’ve been experimenting with food and product styling and getting better at it. I want to specialize in photographing interiors and home tours as well. I was so excited and happy when Kristin from Bliss at Home reached out to me to photograph her living room and some specific products for the Taylor Burke Home Style It Challenge for One Kings Lane. That was so exciting and I really loved connected with Kristin in her lovely home. We’ll be working together again on another project in March and I’m really looking forward to it.
One of my goals, along with blogging more consistently, was to feature local businesses and restaurants in the Des Moines metro area and start building a city tour. There are so many great places here in Des Moines and I’m really happy that I moved here. Right now, I’m working on a feature of Exile Brewery, and I’m hoping to have that posted soon. The folks at Exile were so sweet to host me- I genuinely enjoy the food, beers and atmosphere there, so I really can’t wait to post this feature.
I really like how much grungier and industrial my images from Exile came out. I normally stick to clean edits but I enjoyed experimenting with different editing techniques.
food + drink
I mentioned on Instagram a while back that I’m trying to get back to doing more recipes for this blog. I made these delicious orange zest cinnamon rolls and I’ll be posting them soon for those who wanted the recipe! I really like how my images came out for these.
The gals at Beefeater Gin were so sweet to surprise me with a gifted gin+tonic set for Valentine’s Day. I wanted to share their g+t recipe with you, just incase you’re in need of a stiff one like I was in the earlier moments described above.
As always, thanks for reading. I usually update my Instagram a lot more during my blogging ‘dry spells,’ so be sure to add me there and say hello!
What are some kind words you tell yourself when nothing goes according to plan?