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Photography: How to make it your own

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So, life threw me a curveball last week. My hard drive crashed (GASP)! All was not lost…everything was backed up on an external hard drive. After ordering a new hard drive and with the help of a very generous techy friend, I am back up and running without so much as a single file or document out of place. In the week that my laptop was out of commission, however, I took advantage of being offline and spent hours upon hours with my camera. With the beautiful summer season upon us, vacations to be enjoyed, graduations, weddings, new babies and breathtaking vistas all around, I thought it would be a great time to share some photography tips about putting your own twist on creating memorable images. These days just about everyone functions as a photographerwhether you use an iPhone or a more sophisticated camera. All you need are a few good tips and you’ll be well on your way to creating unforgettable images that you love! Continue reading…

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Friday Favorites

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Late May in western North Carolina is part summer – part blackberry winter. The days are getting longer, afternoons warmer, gardens spilling over with blooms but the evenings can still be quite cool. (Insert a shout out to my friend and fellow blogger, Julie Wunder, of Running in a Skirt. Her Fashion Friday post this morning got me thinking…)  With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I thought it would be a great time to dedicate my Friday Favorites to 10 must-have summer essentials. Grab a seat and let’s get ready to play! Continue reading…

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The New Entrepreneur

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“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” —John D. Rockefeller A poster with this quote popped up in my Instagram feed this week. Like most things do, this poetic thought showed up at a time when I most needed to hear it. I’ve been in a serious period of reclamation for some months now. Reclaiming control over my time, my earning potential, career, my business(es), relationships, my garden, my closet, romance, parenting teenagers, weeds (literal and figurative), reclaiming creativity, happiness, opportunity, fitness, wellbeing, reclaiming professional and personal goals, reclaiming balance over stress and schedule demands. PHEW. That felt really good to say out loud and with gusto! Join me this week as I discuss the new entrepreneur and tips to break free from that old outdated handbook for what “work” is supposed to look like. Continue reading…

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#GetOutandExplore: Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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It’s Earth Day. For lovers of the natural world, Earth Day is kind of like our Super Bowl, March Madness and the World Series all rolled into one. There’s a lot at stake. Except in our version of “the big game,” we all win. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 and marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. That was not a particularly bright time in American history. Yet this big burst of light shot out across the globe giving voice to an emerging consciousness that social, political and environmental change was called for—no demanded. In 1970, over 20 million Americans “took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.” To celebrate Earth Day 2016, my family and I spent some quiet time meandering through the Corneille Bryan Native Garden. Inside the spiritual retreat of Lake Junaluska, Appalachia’s most threatened plant species find a place of refuge. The sanctuary is tucked in a ravine that overlooks the lake, naturally forested by mature trees, where a variety of ecosystems thrive shoulder to shoulder. What better way to honor my brothers and sisters, past and present, who have worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between environmental public awareness, ideas and action than to seek sanctuary in this beautiful preserve. Continue reading…

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Mojo Monday

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“We teach each other how to live” —from poet Anne Michaels, The Winter Vault. That’s how my horoscope started this week. It went on to explain how living like a “curious student” is our sacred duty and the best gift we can give ourselves. The prophetic blurb challenged me to focus attention on the assumption that everyone we meet and every encounter offers rich learning experiences, whether we recognize them at the time or not. I thought creating a Mojo Monday post series would be a great response to honor the gift of this powerful signpost, to acknowledge gratitude for the people and places that added a little magic to my world over the last seven days and open the door for more gratitude and abundance in the coming week. I hope this series inspires the same in you. Beauty exists everywhere if we just pause long enough to notice. Continue reading…

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#GetOutandExplore: Charleston, SC & Thereabouts

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“It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father’s ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life. His bloodstream lit up my own with a passion for the city that I’ve never lost nor ever will. I’m Charleston-born, and bred. The city’s two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, have flooded and shaped all the days of my life on this storied peninsula.” — Excerpt from Pat Conroy’s, South of Broad. Conroy captures, with lyrical beauty, the romantic draw of the city of Charleston. This week my family and I spent a few days exploring the low country including downtown Charleston, Mt. Pleasant and Sullivan’s Island. Spring gardens in the Holy City were filled with fragrant blooms, the air was warm, skies were blue and the locals welcoming—check out our adventures! Continue reading…

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