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Happy Birthday, Sister!

June 24, 2012

My sister Jessica is a beautiful, kind, and strong woman. I love her so much and I want to share her beauty with the world! Today is her birthday. I want to share some of my favorite photos of her and her family from my May 20th wedding. She did so much for me during this time, and I couldn’t possibly thank her enough. Jess, I hope you’re having a beautiful day! I love you forever.





Wild and Waste Land

March 28, 2012

I experienced two fascinating and inspiring stories today. Running my errands, I was listening to the Diane Rehm show on NPR and her guest was Cheryl Strayed, whose work I was not familiar with. She was speaking about her new memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

After getting to my location I found myself still sitting in the car with the engine stopped listening to the entire show. Her story is beautiful, tragic, and powerful. She reflects on her experiences with admirable wisdom and grace. I want all the women (and men, but I’m really feeling her female power) in my life to hear her story and feel strength to push towards a deeper understanding of themselves. To trust their own power and be truly resilient.

Then I watched Waste Land.

I cried so many times. It’s the kind of story I want to be a part of. I love the idea that this landfill is one of the only pictures that gets uglier the farther away you get. What makes it beautiful are the people who work there. I really needed to see this film. I don’t allow myself to be truly uplifted by human behavior as often as I’d like. So much of what I despise most about life on Earth is the horrible things that we as people have done to it. Not to mention what we’ve done to ourselves. The people in this film are realer than real and they are showing beautiful endurance amidst terrible struggles. I can’t recommend it enough. It will help you remember why you believe in art and why you should never lose hope in humanity.


January 31, 2012


January 31, 2012

“You can either manufacture in comfortable, worker-friendly factories, or you can reinvent the product every year, and make it better and faster and cheaper, which requires factories that seem harsh by American standards,” said a current Apple executive.

“And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working conditions in China.”

Forks Over Knives

January 19, 2012

What I want people to take from watching this film (in order of most important to least important):

1. Reducing your intake of animal products is extremely beneficial to your health and the environment.

2. Reducing your intake of processed and refined foods can reduce risk of disease and obesity (duh).

3. If enough people actually stopped buying these foods, they would no longer be the cheapest and easiest foods to consume.

4. America is owned by corporations (who are not people) and those corporations run the USDA, the medical system, and obviously our congress (that last part not really discussed in the film)

I said most to least important, but #3 really is a serious issue I have with the planet. Poor people buy cheap food. Cheap food is garbage in our bodies, and it’s garbage on our planet. The less we can support the manufacturers, the more affordable options we gain for healthy food choices.
I know there is criticism for the film. There’s criticism for everything. I’ve read comments of people bashing it because they don’t want to be vegan and they feel the movie is telling them what to do. That seems like a close-minded argument. If anything, the USDA is telling you what to eat by engraining the idea that meat and dairy are the cornerstones of the healthy American diet. They’re being paid to say that. Did this documentary filmmaker make billions of dollars from vegetable farmers for this film? No, neither he nor the scientists who did the research were likely paid off. Simply suggesting that a plant based diet can positively effect your health should not be taken as an attack. How can you be a wet blanket about that?

Happy Birthday, Justin!

January 17, 2012

I love you forever.

White Bird

January 3, 2012

There’s almost nothing more romantic than the story of Earendil and Elwing. Future hubby just finished reading it to me yesterday.