Saturday, October 3, 2015

When was the last time you felt beautiful?

I met Valette 6 or so years ago and I quickly learned that she is a talented photographer, but I had no idea how much fun one of her glamour photo sessions would be until she was kind enough to offer to photograph me.

I left Benjamin at home with Tim and spent time with Valette and Mary Alice -a professional hair and makeup stylist- having a blast, but most importantly, I was able to immortalize in pictures my grandmother's favorite shawl that she left to me when she died 5 years ago. It's a gorgeous hand embroidered piece, but I really don't have opportunities to wear it. A glamour photo shoot seemed like the perfect time to bring it out.

Valette did an incredible job capturing my essence in all the photos. From flirty to playful, casual, and strong, she shot every angle beautifully, and Mary Alice's makeup was able to erase a year and a half of sleepless nights with a baby right off my face. Both of them are truly magic.
I believe that beauty is internal calm, confidence, and loving myself for who I am and where I am at in my life journey. Beauty is kindness and gentleness to myself and others. Beauty is believing I am worthy.
I believe that all women deserve to look and feel beautiful, and are worth having gorgeous photos of themselves. Women deserve to exist in photos for themselves and for those who love them, and I make those photos to show them how beautiful and worthy they are. -Valette

Valette is a photographer in Anchorage who can be reached at
Mary Alice is a hair and makeup stylist who is magic with her hands. She can be found at
Flower crown by the incomparable work of Natasha Price at
All outfits are my own.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's all downhill from here... Sort of

I am weird in the fact that when running I don't mind the uphills, in fact, I have grown to like the effort it takes to climb them, and the view I get at the top. Downhills are a different story because they scare me. Seeing the long road ahead of me and the thought of tripping and falling always slows me down.

Coach Emma told me "You've done the work, your legs are strong, trust them. Lean into the hill and allow them to catch you".

Being a parent is hard work, being a parent and having a job is definitely hard work, being an entrepreneur and a parent with a job is straight up for the insane. There are not enough hours in the day, but today I carved enough time for a 3 mile run with Benjamin in the stroller, and I was thinking of Emma's words when the downhill came, and it occurred to me that the principle possibly applies to my life as it stands right now. I am juggling life like a street artist juggles fire balls. It's hard, but I don't mind the work of the uphill because I know what I am doing, and I am prepared. So maybe it's time to leave the fears on the trail, to let go, and start trusting that I will catch myself.

Running hills breaks up your rhythm and forces your muscles to adapt to new stresses. The result? You become stronger. - Eamonn Coghlan

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fifty pics of summer

A friend of ours asked me to show him one picture that shows what this summer was like for me. I laughed at him. There is no way I can explain the awesomeness of this summer with just one picture, so I narrowed it to 56 pictures, yes, I know, there are more. 

What I'd like to remember when I look back to this summer is how awesome it was to try new things, to put myself out there outside of my comfort zone, how good it felt to check off so many items of my bucket list, and how much fun we had as a family.

Tomorrow I go back to work for K&W Interiors and a new adventure begins for us. Here's to a wonderful season that ends and to new beginnings. May we never lose our sense of wonder.

Running was the highlight of my summer. So much fun training with this group!

Coffee dates.

Hiking! We did so much hiking! It was a blast!

I just like this picture because of Ben's pjs.

Benjamin discovered crayons.

Beautiful Yukon Island.

I tried salmonberries for the first time.

Eating leaves is part of exploring.

Coffee dates with friends.

We probably went to the park a million times.

He really likes leaves.

Saturday markets galore!

Fun parties.

Flower crowns!!!!

Berry picking.

Seattle girls trip.

Drinks on Bainbridge Island.

1989 World Tour.

We heart Taylor!

Hello Kirkland!

He was happy to see me come home.

Fedora boy.

Running with a view.

And more parks.


This cutie was born.

And more parks with friends.

Our pediatrician has a fun office.

I spent quality time eating donuts with my buddy James.

And of course, fro-yo.

We took a road trip.

We camped.

And we partied and danced!!!

We finished the season with a trip to the State Fair.

And Lio slept. All. Summer. Long.

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