Why Pre-Wedding Boudoir Shoots Are a Must

Boudoir is defined as “a beautifully decorated room used in the past by a woman for sleeping, dressing, relaxing, and entertaining”(Cambridge Dictionary). Nowadays, boudoir photos mean more intimate photos, typically of a bride. Although anyone can do it of course! I was hesitant about this… mostly I was nervous about feeling exposed. But here is the thing, you don’t have to be naked, or even skimpily dressed to take boudoir photos. My photographer offered a free session in the package for our wedding photography. So, I took the plunge. And I am so glad I did!

A note… Some of these photos have been cropped for modesty. The photographs were taken by Abigail Holtfort in May 2017. Continue reading “Why Pre-Wedding Boudoir Shoots Are a Must”

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I Went Off Zoloft: Why, How, and the Withdrawals

I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted! I recently launched a new website for my freelance design. You can check it out here. But, I wanted to share a very important blog post with you guys. As many of you know, I have been on medication for depression and anxiety. And now, I want to tell you about my experience going off of that medication (Zoloft to be specific).

Disclaimer: I did go off Zoloft against my doctor’s recommendation. I am not a doctor and have no medical training. I am not qualified to offer medical advice. This is all based off my own experience. Continue reading “I Went Off Zoloft: Why, How, and the Withdrawals”
How I Navigate Anxiety in College

How I Navigate College With Anxiety

“I wish I could got out to dinner tonight but I just have a lot of work”, I lied in a text to a friend and snuggled up even tighter in my blankets. The truth was, I didn’t have much work at all. In fact, I had finished it earlier that day. But, the thought of showering, blow drying my hair, putting on makeup and then going and socializing for hours seemed like the worst thing ever. In fact, in that moment, I couldn’t think of anything worse and just the thought of leaving my bed made me nauseous, a tight ball of anxiety wound up inside my chest. Continue reading “How I Navigate College With Anxiety”

The Dream Killer: How to Stop Comparing and Enjoy Your Craft Again

The Dream Killer: Comparison and How to Enjoy Your Craft

I’m thrilled to introduce a new guest writer! This article, about comparing yourself in the arts, is by Lauren Norton of Glitter & Grandeur.

Have you ever watched a performance or seen a piece of art and thought: “I could do better than that.” – OR – thought: “I’ll never be that good”?

I have thought each of these things multiple times. I’m guilty. I’ll admit it.

As artists (of all art-forms), our work is personal – it is a part of us: an extension of our soul. We live in a highly competitive world where we constantly are told we aren’t good enough. I’ll agree: it’s hard -making it easy for us to fall into the soul-crushing trap of comparison. Continue reading “The Dream Killer: Comparison and How to Enjoy Your Craft”

The Dark Side of Competition

We live in a pretty crazy world right? Things are moving so fast it’s hard to keep up. There is always something new and better that we are itching to get our expectant hands on. We are always trying to be one step ahead. No one likes to be the last to watch that TV show, or listen to that song or try that new drink.

It brings out a competitive streak in all of us.The Dark Side of Competition

Don’t get me wrong, competition can be healthyIn the right context.

When it motivates, challenges or spurs us on….however, these occasions are few and far between.

For example, your home football team is in the playoffs (don’t ask me what that actually means.) Or you are trying to beat your Dad at a game of Monopoly. Or maybe you are trying to beat your own personal sprint record.

However, competitiveness has a dark side. Continue reading “The Dark Side of Competition”