Good intentions.

I like to read. I have really good intentions of reading in the mornings while having coffee on my patio. I also really enjoy writing. i love documenting my days & then rereading those memories years later. The problem is I let life get in the way of both of these. Well, no more. Even if for 10 mins in the morning and a short paragraph summing up my day I have to do this for myself.

I took a last minute trip to Dallas a little while back to visit some friends. I have noticed that the last 2 times I have been to Dallas I have lost my voice. I talk and laugh an absurd amount. A friend of mine mentioned something that stuck out in my head she said something along the lines of "everyone wants to talk about themselves. When it all comes down to it people are more interested in themselves." Then I chimed in saying that I read a book by Dale Carnegie and he says that is one of the main ways to succeed in business...get people talking about themselves and their stories and be genuinely interested. You'll win them over every time without them really even knowing you. I believe I am on my way to mastering this. But as much as I love asking questions and listening I sometimes forget to talk about me. I know my story is a story worth being told but I guess I figure I already know my story and I'd rather take in others. That weekend reminded me that there needs to be a good balance of both listening & sharing for friendships and relationships to flourish. There has to be a genuine desire on both parts to know the other person. There's nothing I like more than getting a group  of friends together and sharing life. Little things even. Just share. Make time to listen but take some time to be heard. It's all important and you just never know what someone might need to hear from you right there in that moment. 

Just got back from Cancun for a wedding and had a blast:


6 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Hate Your Life.

It's been awhile & for that I am sorry. Mainly to myself because this blog is mostly for me to remember what was going on in my brain when I look back. Today I came across this video of a speech from Neil Gaiman and boy am I glad I did. I know that I am fortunate to be in love with what I do everyday, to (at times) be making things up as I go along, and to be making good art. I think it's important to make adjustments to your life if you don't like something...it's ok to make your own rules or to find your own way. 

If you wake up hating or dreading what you do everyday I challenge you to get up in the morning, put on a pot of coffee and make a list of the top 5 things you enjoy doing. Things that bring you the most joy. Then marinate on ways you can spend a majority of your life doing those things and surviving. I know what some of you might be thinking...I've heard it before: "that's a fairytale life, Steph" "I have kids or a significant other I have to support" "I need an adult job that pays the bills I don't have time to do things that make me happy for my career. That's all uncertain and unpredictable. I just need a normal job." I read this quote from Ellen once that stuck with me and ultimately was the catalyst for me handing in my resignation letter: "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." If that sums you up (like it did me at the time) and you are happy with it then press on friend and keep doing what you're doing! But if the thought of that makes you cringe in your bone marrow...make a change.

You only get one shot at life...could be 20 years long or 80 years long. Make it a good one that you're proud of and do your best to make it something you actually enjoy.

"I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure and to stop when it felt like work. Which meant life did not feel like work."

"Make interesting mistakes, break rules...make the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art."


2012 Summed Up w/ the iPhone.

Traveled ALOT.

16 flights in one month AND lots of Sbux.

The year of the motorcycle. 
Conquered my fear of riding on the highway thanks to VV.

Mountain biked and got dirty a lot.

Put my camera down and taught lots of brides, wedding parties
and unsuspecting strangers how to Wobble.

Went on a solo adventure to Nashville, TN.

Shot Women's Food Service Forum
[3000 person conference in Dallas, TX.] This was the

start of something very amazing for my career.

Celebrated my 29th bday w/ rad friends.

Shot Summer Brand Camp in Dallas.

Met this pretty face at Summer Brand Camp.

Got to know her...fell in love w/ her like whoaaa.

Bought an iPad.

Went on a last min trip to Oahu.
Had MANY adventures on a moped.

Top of Diamond Head on Oahu.

Went to Colorado.

Went to CA. VIP at the US Open of Surfing.

Finally upgraded my camera from a Rebel to THIS!!

Went to NYC.
Did a handstand in Times Square
 w/ spiderman for charity.

Stayed at a beach house at a small town in
Center Moriches, NY. Met new friends.
Had a campfire and night swam in the ocean.
 Visited an organic farm. Listened to a lot of Patty Griffin.
3 product/lifestyle shoots.

Went to Maui. Shot a wedding.

More exploring in Maui.

Spent a lot of time on random beaches in Maui.

Went to Ohio in the Fall.

Went to Kentucky. Discovered I like the taste of one beer.

Shot some photos for Cinnabon.

Went to Atlanta. Had dinner on a rooftop.
Had Cinnabon with the President of Cinnabon.

Went on a VIP tour of Cowboys stadium.

Spent lots of times on Dallas rooftops.

Shot Best Practices Conference in Dallas
 and hung out w/ amazing people.

Got real ill at the conference. Ew food poisoning
and med allergies that made me fluffy.

Horsed around a little with the roomies.

Went on a solo adventure to Austin, TX.

Went to CA and had a normal Thanksgiving
with my amazing fam.

Went to Ohio in the Winter.

Celebrated 6 months!

Designs featured on the Huffington Post
for Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry.

Decorated for Christmas.

Finally spent a New Years Eve in the snow.

Excited for more stories and adventures in 2013.....everyday is an adventure!