Some fun shots of my first 31 Bits jewelry party!
A sweet celebration of a wonderful little girl.
Shots by Kelly Lukes, Neil Mauler, and myself while baby Finley Charlotte grows in my belly.
As long as I can remember, I wanted to take a girl getaway for my 30th birthday. I could hardly contain my excitement when 3 girlfriends agreed to meet in Corolla, North Carolina on the Outerbanks. It was finally happening! I dreamt of creating flower crowns, spending time on the beach, eating lobster, drinking champagne, enjoying each other's company — and celebrating friendship.
Hurricane Joequin, however, had other ideas and we didn't make it to the Outer Banks. After driving through gads of water in Norfolk, Virginia, we made it to Richmond, Virginia. Instead of our cozy ocean-front room, we shared beds in a Crowne Plaza in downtown Richmond and wandered in rain coats — complete with the longest string of awkward elevator rides I've ever experienced.
It ended up being a delightful trip — exploring a new city, holing up in Penny Lane Pub after 13 hours of traveling (and having far too many gin and tonics), meeting up with old friends and their 4-year old daughter, visiting the farmer's market (BEST donuts ever!!!), making flower crowns, shopping, and lots and lots of talking amid hot tub steam.
I'm grateful for all these women in my life and their willingness to adventure with me. Despite all the rain, and shift in accommodations, we made the best of things and I walked away with a refreshed soul and a little more hope in my heart.
In a world where women are in constant competition with themselves and each other, it felt sacred to nestle into a pocket of goodness and pureness in supporting one another. There's a strength women have when they're together — and yet so often we are lonely, isolated, and left longing for real, true relationships. We spend energy building and maintaining fortresses to keep vulnerabilities out instead of healing each other's hearts with truth and good things.
I was reminded that true friendship is worth maintaining across state borders. That there are moments when just being yourself feels like the most full thing in the universe, and that I have treasured friends who love and create space in their busy lives for me.
I was reminded how good and rich life is when you let that fortress crumble and share with people — people that get you.
I loved all my misadventures, hurricane dodging, and all the unexpected drops of goodness of long-missed souls. And my heart left Virginia and Hurricane Joequin a little more healed.
Foodie moments in Minneapolis.
The Sauve family have been my friends for some time now. I grew up with Todd, roomed with Jenny in college and have had the pleasure to take photos of their family for a few years. These were from 2014.
Brief moments that cause me to stop, and pause.
This was such a fun and cold session — a morning of unseasonably frigidness in Minneapolis with two lovely friends for their Christmas cards.
It was a lovely fall day in 2012 when I met the Connors family.