Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Let's play catchup

I put off writing this post until I could successfully link to an up-and-running-looking-fantastic squarespace, but that time is coming slowly, slowly, so here we are now and the site is not up. Let me tell you were I've been. (believe me, it's good.)

So the last blog post I wrote was on the 13th of February. It was never posted. It ran like this:

"Guess what. I missed a day. Pressure's off.

I feel like my photos can take a chill pill now because that feeling of "I need to get A shot to post" has worn off and in it's place is a newfound joy in the simple art of taking a picture. I can chill. I can learn. And I can really start project 365. Ready.


That was it. I didn't finish Project 365 and I didn't finish the blog post.
And then I took a trip up to Indiana to stay with my sister for a week (which was fun and slightly scary.) I binged listened to u2's greatest 80s hits up there and became a fan. I spend two hours, three days in a row, on the water front, before the library opened at nine and I walked down to hang out there. (my sister works 45 minutes from where she lives. I'm not allowed inside the chemistry plant so I hung out at the library/waterfront while I waited for her to get off work.) It was a scary and fun week. Despite the temperature hovering around freezing degrees, it was surprisingly nice. It was nippy, sure, but I had music and notebooks and books and I love outside. I have incredibly happy memories of that week, honestly. all to the soundtrack of u2.

(sorry, I went to my first concert this week and now I'm kinda on a u2 high. It may or may not go away. I promise to not try to incorporate cheesy references to song titles.)

The sunsets were beautiful, though. That alone was worth the trip. (though Series of Unfortunate Events was good, too. and hanging out with my sister was nice.)

My mom checked the calendar yesterday and found that we have had someone traveling/a wedding/guests Every Single Weekend since March 4th. No joke. It has been In-Sane.

So then my sister moved back down here and school finished and summer started. Which meant it's been just as crazy as when school was in session, but more driving.

Baseball games.
Amusement Parks.
Art Festival.
Summer jobs.
Movie nights.
Library Trips.
Birthdays (six since the end of march)
Online Courses.
Concerts (!!!!! okay just one, but)

and soon to be a vbs, a business trip for my dad, a conference, hopefully another road trip...

did I mention the guests?!

But in all honestly, I could give you the rundown of what life has been like. A minute by minute commentary and it's all there. It's not like I've been doing nothing with my days (though I have become a more consistent napper, which is weird.) We have been, and are, busy. Busy in a super fun way. Busy in the best-year-of-my-life-so-far sorta way. But also in the we-need-more-than-a-vacation sorta way.

It's not busy that got in the way, it was priorities. It's always priorities. I thought about this blog a lot, but I never came back here.

Let me take another step back, and refocus for a second.

In March I just hit this genius. It was combo of a lot of thought buzzing around inside my head, which I won't go into detail about, but it hit me as this: I have a marketable skill and I could make some money at it. I have a ton of knowledge about business strategy and clients and all that jazz, and to not put it to use, I mean, what an idiot move. I can gain so much experience right here in my going-nowhere town. It's not my dream job, no. But it's also not my last job. and the stepping out and doing SOMETHING is hard for me. the making a choice actually based off the options and not fear is good for me. the learning how to manage money is good for me.

So I'm looking into photography and the business. okay, a little more than looking into. a lotta more than seriously considering, too.

and I wanted to let you know. That's where we stand. I'll leave a link when I'm up and running.

and on that note, can you leave a note & a link where I can find you & what you're up to these days?


  1. Wow! As much as I know that "busy" can be overwhelming and exhausting, all of that sounds like so much fun and also life building, memories (amiright?) - those sunsets are gorgeous by the way! ;)

    Way to go for starting off photography officially, I totally think you can make it! I set up my website in January and since then, although I've not started actually making money from it yet, I've gained so much experience, grown my following and met some wonderful people in the process! ♡

    I'm so thankful to be able to honestly say that I love what I do and it makes me happy. Not many can say the same. Sure, it's hard work and sometimes I feel like I can't do it but then when I take a step back (and get pep-talked by my friends and family) I realise that I'm already DOING it! :D

    If you want to check it out my website is https://www.foxandfarley.co.uk/ and there's an instagram link at the bottom of the site too, but I'll be posting stuff here from now on as well :)

    Looking forward to seeing more from you! Let me know when your site is live! :D

  2. Love your blog! Love your photography! Thanks for the comments on my blog. Excited for your new adventure, good luck in your photography journey!!