I've been busy

It's been a really busy month since I spoke with you all last.  I've mustered up the courage to start something new for myself and so far, I'm really enjoying it.  I don't know how often I'll be coming to this spot anymore.  It's been a really fun journey; growing in this space.  My life these days seems to be getting busier and busier.  If I have the time, I will stop in now and again to post something, but I will be over here for the next little bit.

The above photos are part of my new project.  See, the book that I mentioned in my last post has inspired me to do something I've been wanting to do for a long time--work for myself.  In the past month, I've launched a line of handmade bags and started shooting portraits.  Photography and sewing are my deepest loves and this all feels so right to me right now.  These photos are from my very first session and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out!  Taking photos with friends is the best!  If you'd like to see more from that session, head here.

As for my bags, you can catch a peek of them on my instagram account.  So far, I've been making them for shops in my city.  I'm hoping to get ahead and make some extra to have in an online shop.  Alas, I'm also still working my retail job, so finding time to make that many extra is a little hard.  I'm doing well though, and enjoying the process.  If you're in Columbia and want to buy one, they are available at American Shoe on Broadway.  I will let you know when they are available at more stores!  

If you live in (or near) Columbia and want to make some photos with me, send me a message at julienardy@gmail.com.  I'm available for couples and family photos and engagement shots at this point.  I like the feeling of small, intimate settings!

I'm so excited about this next chapter and I hope you'll tag along!  I've loved having you along for the ride all these years!!


YOU are a badass

I don't often do book reviews here because, well, I'm not a very avid reader.  Usually,when I find a book I love, I really love the shit out of it.  This is one of those books.  It's life changing and I'm not just saying that.  Run, don't walk to your local library and pick it up.

I've talked here a lot about the power of positive thinking.  I'm a firm believer in it's power because I've seen it first hand.  In my own life, I've made changes in myself that can only be attributed to changing my thought patterns.  I've changed my negative self talk patterns, I've learned to love my body, I've stopped dating jerks, I married an amazing man, needless to say, I've accomplished a lot by believing in positivity.

I have not, however, applied those same thoughts to my work.  I have often times gotten sucked into ruts and ways of thinking that definitely do not align with my previous accomplishments.  This book is changing that and I couldn't be happier.  I'm applying a lot of Ms. Sincero's wisdom and I'm ready to make some changes happen in my life.

So I'm saying to you, dear readers:

I'm opening my life up to possibilities, I'm opening my heart up to love and light.  I'm ready and willing to accept positive change in my life.  I'm ready to make my dreams a reality.

The crazy part?  I believe all that!

Seriously, you guys.  Read this book.  And when you're done, come back here so we can totally all sit around and talk about how the awesome things that are happening to us!



It's amazing what a weekend away will do for your spirit.  We spent approximately 48 hours in Chicago this weekend and we had a blast.  We drank amazing coffee, ate delicious food and walked and walked and walked.  We saw the city from the top of the Victory Records building (where my brother in law works) and walked along the lake at night and saw all the twinkling lights of the city.  It was such a special way to ring in the end of our first year of marriage.  We talked about what we want to do in the next year, about goals, about hopes and dreams.  It was really the best weekend I could ask for.

How was your weekend?

ps, you can see more of my photos from our trip here