Frivolous Friday vol. 114

Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: Worshiping God in the mountains of Colorado at Deep Camp. This was my second year in a row heading up there and it was beyond amazing once again! I felt so blessed to be surrounded by people who love the Lord so deeply and I walked away thirsting for more of Him.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Stepped foot in three states in the span of four days.
2 -- Facetimed Dixie
3 -- Ate WAY too much camp food.

Celebrating: Exciting times ahead! This week I hammered out a new brand and the bulk of a new website design in 2 days flat with the help of Promise Tangeman & the Sitehouse team. The website still needs to be coded, but I CAN'T WAIT to unveil it to you!! Here's a small hint: It's SO different than what I have now. Everything is changing. Can't wait to share!

While I was in California, I got to snuggle on Parker, Promise's Goldendoodle. He is SO cute, but SO different than Dixie. I finally got him to sit still so I could pet him for a minute. I wish I had even a fraction of his energy and vertical leap! What a character! We bonded over some fun walks and games of fetch. I am SUCH a dog-lover and it never ceases to amaze me what unique personalities each dog has.

Feeling Blessed: Happy 4th of July everyone! How blessed are we to live in a country that values freedom so highly? I'm thankful for the many men and women who have made great sacrifices for what we enjoy today. Hope you all have fabulous weekends full of fireworks, family time, BBQs and rest!

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Colorado Mountains

This week I am here.

Sometimes you just need to get away. And if you live in Phoenix that time is called SUMMER. AHHHHHHHHHHH. Sweet cool air, I love you.

I'm doing some photography as well as being a camper up at Snow Mountain Ranch for the week with a ministry I love called Kingdom Building Ministries. I came up last summer as well and just like last year, I'm feeling incredibly blessed and refreshed. If you want to see more, follow along on my Instagram feed!

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If you follow me on social media at all then you know that I recently spent some time on the beautiful island of Nantucket. Oh my goodness -- SO beautiful! My Instagram feed was the prettiest it's EVER been for the four days I was there. haha!

Nantucket is not a place that I ever thought I would get the opportunity to visit. To be honest, it wasn't even on my radar. But when my friend Mary Marantz casually threw out an invitation to join her, Justin, and some other friends for what has become her annual birthday trip, I knew I had to at least consider it.

Most of the travel that I do is work-related. And much of it involves me traveling alone. Being single, I don't have a built in travel buddy like many people do, so if you present me the opportunity to travel somewhere gorgeous with you… you better be serious. Because I very likely WILL take you up on it! ha! After double-checking with Mary a few weeks after her initial invitation to make sure she WAS in fact serious, I booked my flights. And my shuttle. And my ferry ride. And a taxi. Ok, so I didn't book the taxi. But I DID take one. It turns out Nantucket is a little slice of paradise that is not so easy to get to. My full day of travel to get there included:

20min. shuttle ride
3.5hr. flight
2hr flight
2hr taxi ride
1hr ferry ride
10min drive

But man, was it worth it! Some of the highlights of my trip included:

-The adorable house we all rented together called "The Monkey Barrel." It had a grill, a hot tub (which I soaked in 3 nights in a row), and plenty of space to sleep all 10 of us. I even got my own room!
-Two morning runs in the 50 degree weather
-Browsing through downtown shops along cobblestone laden streets
-Eating a slow lunch of huge tasty mussels right on the bay
-Homemade cooking by my new friends including banana, strawberry & nutella stuffed french toast by Liz & Ryan and eggplant parm by Spring
-Cooper the wonder pup -- Justin & Mary's adorable golden retriever that they brought along with them
-Jeeps on the beach and stumbling upon HUNDREDS of seals lounging in the sun
-Hanging out by three different lighthouses for hours on end with no schedule to keep
-A sunset cruise on a sailboat
-Wearing boots on the beach and watching Justin and Ryan attempt to fly a kite
-Ridiculously awesome cherry blossoms EVERYWHERE
-Spending quality time getting to know new and old friends who live fabulous lives and run amazing businesses (our group of 10 is responsible for 15 businesses total!)

Here are some photos from my time on this gorgeous island. Thank you so much to Mary and Justin for including me this year! I will cherish the memories from this trip for a lifetime to come!

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Favorite iPhone Apps -- Pic Tap Go

It's my favorite Instagram-compatible photo editing app -- Pic Tap Go!!

There are so many great photo apps out there, it can be overwhelming. I love the simplicity and flexibility of this one. You grab a photo from your phone's camera roll, select from live-preview filters, use a slider to select the intensity of the filter (yay!!), and then send the photo to Instagram -- either cropped square, or with a white border to keep it uncropped. You can even layer filters to create a very specific, custom effect, and save your styles that you create and commonly use to apply to future images. It is super-intuitive, but gives a lot more options than the filters that come with Instagram.

This app is $1.99 and completely worth every penny!

Click below to read about some of the other apps I can't live without:
Clear -- Task & List App
Mile IQ -- Mileage Tracker
5K Runner -- Running Training

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Frivolous Friday vol. 113

Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.

Highlight of the week: Lots of quality time with family -- barbecuing ribs on the grill, playing darts, taking long walks, and celebrating my cute mom.

Yes, I did this:
1 -- Did my civic duty and tried to be happy about it. Thankfully it was relatively painless and I was set free early afternoon. Yay!
2 -- Took a Saturday afternoon nap with the sweetest nap partner ever.
3 -- Finally gave in to pressure from my 14-year-old nephew and downloaded Candy Crush. Not sure if that was wise.

We had a quarterly meeting with my team from Align Album Design. I love this group and it was so fun to gather at my house and plot to take over the world (not really, but you know). We even brought in three remote designers via video chat and put them up on my 55" TV. Good times!

Celebrating: It was a double-header celebration this week in honor of my mom who is cursed with having her birthday on the heels of Mother's Day every year. It was a landmark birthday so we tried to make her feel extra-special and took her out to dinner at a ballgame. It was a gorgeous night out with the roof open! I'm so blessed with an incredible mother and I can't imagine how my life would be different without her impact and the mark she has left on it.

I had the most intriguing discussion over pad thai with some long-time photographer friends regarding the state of the industry and how much things are changing as of late. Man, this small business venture thing is tough! There are SO many changes happening technology-, social media-, and marketing-wise that it is such a challenge to keep up! My head is spinning and I'm still working on processing our discussion. But man, I definitely feel like I'm being forced to take a critical look at what is working and what isn't and make some strategic changes of late. Being a small business owner in this day and age definitely requires you to stay on your toes!

Feeling Blessed: I have a pretty crazy-cool trip coming up this week -- can't wait to share more soon! Follow along with me this week on Instagram!

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