I love photographing kids. They are just so fun! I also love having families that come back to see me year after year. It's great seeing how they've changed in a year and what they've been up to. Now that my nephew is growing like a weed, I am so much more aware of how much kids can change right before your eyes!

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Do something that scares you.

Today I participated in a day-long interview with my local Rotary district to determine the group study exchange team that would travel to New Zealand for a month in the spring. One of the questions was, "If you could pick one person, movie, or book to represent you or who you want to be, what would it be and why?" 

I chose the movie version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Besides just being a beautifully filmed movie (the cinematography and music are stellar), the main character Walter evolves from daydreaming and imagining epic adventures to actually living them - to being the hero of his own story. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when he is running down a hallway filled with Life Magazine covers. At the end, he runs past a cover with his face on it titled, "The Making of a Brave Man." 

I want to LIVE my adventures, not just daydream or read about them on the Internet. There were 19 startlingly impressive applicants at the interview, but incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably, they...picked me. I will be going to New Zealand with a team of 4 other people for a month, and I am grateful, elated, terrified, and in disbelief that I could be so lucky. Do something that scares you - it's always worth it. 

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel, that is the purpose of life."
--The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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I'm no fashionista or fashion blogger, but right now it's a million degrees outside and I'm craving cooler temps and warmer clothes. 

  • Let's be real, I will most likely never spend $285 on a jacket, but this is my list and I do what I want. And it's an awesome jacket. 
  • Skinny jeans! It took me a while to find the right fit/brand to flatter my body type (and these aren't it, but still very very cute). 
  • With it being Fall and all, I gotta show love to my Aggies. Gig 'em!
  • This adorable elephant necklace. Love this. I mean, have you seen the videos all over the internet about how awesome elephants are?! I have a borderline obsession with them.
  • Boooooots. I love boots. I've never been confident enough to pull them off, but maybe this is my year! 
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