Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 2015 Things

Well, look who is blogging for the third time this month? Me! There's already been progress on my goals for the year, so I want to share two things.

I read my first book of the year. 
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Review: Read it! I'm a huge fan of self-improvement (we can always improve and be better and make the world a better place by bettering ourselves). M and I celebrated four years of dating this year, and even though the book is intended for married couples, I found it insightful. Turns out that M and I have the same love languages, which is not very common. It also turns out that I appreciate all of the little things more in our relationship.

I took a Pure Barre class! 
Actually, I have taken eight classes now, and I'm addicted. Maybe it's because of the lack of exercise over the past year, but it feels so good to exercise. I've been going regularly, and I can already do real push-ups in a row. Who knew?!

And that's all for now.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Favorite Photos Captured in 2014

It's amazing how many wonderful things happened in 2014. I'm especially grateful for getting to capture some special moments on camera and wanted to share these with all of you. Here are 14 of too many to count photo moments from 2014.

KAB's Bridal Shower - April 2014 - Charlottesville, VA

LCF's Family Photoshoot Fun! - June 2014 - Bruce Park, Greenwich, CT

Engagement Party - June 2014 - Marshfield, MA

Louie meeting his cousin Punky - June 2014 - Our Apartment

Formal Engagement Shoot - August 2014 - Fort Stamford, Stamford, CT

August 2014 - Patuisset Island, Pocasset, MA

Family Photos - August 2014 - Patuisset Island, Pocasset, MA

LCF's Wedding Day - September 2014 - Brooklyn, NY

Fitness Engagement Shoot - September 2014 - Binney Park, Old Greenwich, CT

A Giant Tomato for Dad's Birthday - September 2014 - Greenwich, CT

Beach Engagement Shoot - September 2014 - Duxbury, MA

Beach Engagement Shoot - September 2014 - Duxbury, MA

Fireside - November 2014 - Greenwich, CT 

Newborn Photography - December 2014 - Greenwich, CT

I think that there are just too many to post, so I'll stop with 14. Here's to hoping many more photos are taken this year!


Monday, January 5, 2015

2015, Let's Do This!

Well it's been almost a year since I've written a post... But that may change, or may not. I want to start 2015 on the right feet, and I haven't given myself a list or goals in a long time, so I figured I'd come up with a few items for 2015. What do you have your sights set on for this year?

Blog once a month
Grow my photography business
Exercise regularly (2-3 times per week)
Read 15 books
Get my graphic design certificate
Read the Bible via She Reads Truth app
Read the news daily
Slow down and take it easy
Race a 5k
Run a 10k
Run a half marathon
Take Pure Barre class

So this is post number one of the year, and hopefully there are many more to come. And hopefully there are even better updates and items that I'll cross off this list! Until then, Happy New Year!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Itch... To Race and Write

I can't believe how long it has been since I've written on here... Months!  And when thinking about how I've gotten the itch to run again, I also realized that I've also gotten that little feeling that I need to write. I'm not making the promise to write consistently or about anything in particular, but I do need to start writing something. I do consider myself a writer, you know?

So much time has passed, so many things have happened, and as much as I want to work backwards in time, I think I need to go forward. I want to commit myself to writing once a week and writing honestly. I also still want to share all of the amazing photos I've taken whether it has been at weddings, bridal showers or just random shots.

I also need to finish editing my NYC Marathon post. Yes, it's fully written, but I want to go back and re-read that post 20 years from now and still feel what it was like to accomplish one of my biggest life goals and dreams.

For now, here are a few quick life updates...

Last month, I celebrated my 26th birthday. I don't feel any different.
M & I at my birthday dinner

I also suffered a violent stomach bug that same week and didn't get to visit D.C.

I was promoted at my job and am having so much fun! (Yes, work can be fun.)

I hadn't run in 4 months, except for last night...with 1.75 miles. I don't count one run every 6 weeks as running. (I'm also not exercising consistently.)

I have no road races lined up for 2014. NONE! Except K & C just signed up for the Hartford Marathon, and I kind of really want to run it.

There have been a couple more losses in our lives since my uncle passed.

We celebrated my best friend's bridal shower and bachelorette weekend! She gets married in less than 3 weeks.
All the bridesmaids, except for one!
I have some amazing photos from that shower to share!

And more updates coming soon!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Will See You Again

December 1988

Sometimes I feel like my heart is breaking
But I stay strong and I hold on cause I know
I will see you again
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me...
~Carrie Underwood

My uncle was 52 years old. He was the baby of five children. He was born and raised in the same town for his whole life. He was young at heart and loved Winnie the Pooh and Peanuts more than I could put down in words.

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you. ~Winnie the Pooh

He was a hero and a confidante. He made me laugh at the moments I needed it the most. He sat in silence if that's what I needed too. Neither of us ever had to pretend who we were. If you were sad, you didn't have to pretend to be happy. He was the rock in my life that always made me feel safe. That safe, consistent sense in my life knowing that he'd always be around no matter what is gone. I miss you.

I was the first born of his five nieces. That picture was taken after bath time when I wasn't even a year old. And he made me just as happy as I made him in that picture. You won't find many pictures of him smiling or laughing because he didn't like pictures. But everyone who knew him knows that. I wish we'd taken more pictures together.

I wrote his obituary and his eulogy because I know that that's what he would have wanted. But he wouldn't have wanted a wake and a funeral at all. He didn't like to be the center of attention. I didn't want to do this. I just want him back.

At family gatherings, he'd hang on the outskirts taking it all in. We always sat within eye contact of each other. We had inside jokes of our own that a simple glance made us know we were thinking the same thing. Who will I share those jokes with now?

Some of my favorite moments, despite being considered a chore, were dishwashing. He'd wash and I'd dry. We'd share honest, candid conversations in our own world at the sink while hustle and bustle of family continued to our backs. Who will I wash dishes with now?

And then there were the times when I would visit him at Ada's. Or when I'd go with him on Costco trips. Or just for a ride in his big truck listening to Dean Martin or country music. I liked the way it smelled like him and how big it was compared to little me. I felt safe. I miss feeling safe.