Be the Change.

I am, undoubtedly, an optimist. My cups is always half full and things can always be worse. I sing in the car and dance in my pajamas. I’m a full grown woman that lives life like I’m at a teenage slumber party. Some (read: many) find this quite annoying at times, but I however, think it’s awesome. *High Five*

It’s funny how liberating and wonderful life becomes when you stop running the rat race and just start doing you. When you take the time to know yourself, dream big and punch fear in the face – well, good things happen. To see other people doing the same becomes an overwhelming inspiration. And that is what pumps me up, keeps me going, gives me wrinkles from smiling   – other people, just like you. It’s why I became a photographer, it’s why I’m riding the wind and trusting where it takes me.

This is my reminder everyday. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Last Christmas I did a “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness” – to do things for no reason, to help spread the feeling that a little love can go a long way. And even though I think this is most special at Christmas, I think it’s more important to incorporate it as a way of life. And this year, that is what I have done. If I can help you – I will. Plain and Simple. I don’t have a fancy blog post to tell you about all the Christmas presents I bought or whose meal I paid for. This year, it’s just a little bit different. It’s simple. It’s just to love. Don’t get too caught up with life that you can’t see those in need. It’s so easy to be cynical. It’s harder, but more rewarding, to see the good. To BE a bit of good in a world that so desperately needs it.

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I give to the homeless, I volunteer my time. I see people that need a smile and try and give it to them. I give away the gift of photography all throughout the year, because I know that person needs a reminder of how beautiful they are. I give the UPS man high fives. I believe people are good even though that sometimes proves to be wrong. I believe in good.

I am thankful for the things I have, but am willing to give it all away. Because that is simply what we are here for – to help each other along on our journey through this crazy life.  

And there are SO many wonderful people in the world that do things like this – above and beyond really – on the daily. The people that aren’t stopped by fear or obstacles. People I’ve met just by doing something nice have changed my life. I’ve learned lessons, I’ve grown, and am constantly inspired.

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As a photographer, I see things so beautifully. I see strength, love and compassion through every photograph I take. What I see, sitting behind the camera impacts my life everyday, and reminds me that we can change the world, just one smile at a time.

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.  – Mother Teresa 

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Mission Hope for Kids – Christmas Party, Elizabethtown, KY

Mission Hope for Kids – Christmas Party, Elizabethtown, KY

My reason for writing this is simple. Never be afraid to give, never lose hope that very small things that you are capable of doing can make a difference, because they most certainly can, and will. I’m welcoming 2013 with a refreshed outlook, lessons learned and overwhelmingly inspired, from people doing simple little things everyday to makes this world a little sweeter. When things seems so dark, it’s that much easier to see the light.

Hugs, High Fives and a Cheers to a brand new AMAZING year –

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