Disconnected

I’m a social media junkie.

There, I said it.

Actually, I’m a media junkie in general. I like knowing what is going on in the world, in my town, in my circle of friends…

But over the last week? Black out. Moving resulted in being without cable or internet for almost a week. That wasn’t too awful considering how busy I was anyway. But I didn’t even know there was a partial solar eclipse until after it happened! Heck, I’m not even sure what happened in the world of football for the last two weekends. Weird.

Even weirder? I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been kind of nice to be oblivious. I’ve been stressed with moving and things in my personal world, sure, but as a result I think I’ve been more at peace with the world outside my bubble.

I’ll be dipping my toe back into media and social media more and more in the days to come, as I set up my home office and things get back to normal. But rest assured, I’m going to start taking more media hiatus periods for my own mental state. Perhaps I should have started long ago…

[Blogging for Books] — your family in pictures

9780823086207I love to take pictures and it has begun to help make me a living, but I have a hard time calling myself a “professional.” A big part of it is that I feel like I am forever a student of the art. I’m constantly learning. I learn something new with every photoshoot I do and from every person I photograph.

So when I saw¬†your family in pictures being offered through the Blogging for Books program, I couldn’t click “request” fast enough. If I even took just one piece of advice or just one photograph I wanted to emulate some day from the book, it would be invaluable to me.

This book hit the mark perfectly. I absolutely loved the way Me Ra Koh presented her “photo recipes.” Some of my favorite photoshoots are with families, and I felt like this book handed me so many ideas in a pretty bow, using simple language. I’ll be using these ideas heavily in the weeks to come!

I am sure many professional photographers would feel frustrated with this book (and, yes, much of this book was stuff I already knew and put into action often), but it’s not written for the professional — its written for parents. It’s written for the common man. I, personally, love it and recommend it.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

It’s closing day!

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Ahhhhhh!!!!! It’s closing day!

Midday today, we officially become homeowners. I’m excited. I’m terrified. I’m stressed out. I’m freaked out. I’m… so very ready.

It’s been a very long and trying process. It’s tested our patience at times. It’s tested our ability to juggle logistics. It’s STILL forcing us to juggle logistics.

Our closing was supposed to be October 2nd, but it got delayed in the paper processing stage. It happens, and I was pretty much expecting it. But at the same time, this really put us in a bind scheduling wise for moving and my husband’s tour schedule. We’ll make it work, especially with the help of friends and family.

Our new mantra is, “This is the FUN part!”

That it is… that it absolutely is…

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…