I Was Assaulted by a Mentally Ill Homeless Man on My Way to Brunch

I Was Assaulted by a Mentally Ill Homeless Man on My Way to Brunch

Heading to brunch on Saturday morning resulted in a life-altering encounter with a homeless individual in downtown Knoxville.

As I get out of my car, I start loading up with my backpack with my back and driver doors open.

"I'm coming up behind you." I've now tuned in clearly to what the hollering is about.

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An Ode to the Women in My Life

An Ode to the Women in My Life

In the past, I've celebrated International Women's Day with big fundraisers for the women and girls of Nepal and awareness campaigns for women's health and hygiene challenges across the globe. My career path has led me into nonprofits, businesses, and professional environments whose sole existence was to serve women. Every day. This year, I chose to do something personal. 

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Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Meg Dixon

Women Taking Leaps - Interview with Meg Dixon

In this podcast recording of our live Instagram interview, Meg and I dig into the process that led her from what she calls "a very dark place" of disordered eating and exercise to present day, where she lives & breaths intuitive eating and consults clients in her health practice Nourishing Minds Nutrition.

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Women Taking Leaps - Live Interview with Morgan Hamel

Women Taking Leaps - Live Interview with Morgan Hamel

In this podcast recording from our live Instagram interview, Morgan Hamel of The Garment and I discuss the leap she's taken in creating her ethical fashion-focused business. We touch on her life before The Garment, working as an ethicist for an oil & gas firm for over a decade. We dive into what inspired her to create The Garment and how the model has evolved over time.

Listen to the full interview on DSound. 

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A Short Guide for Being Kind

A Short Guide for Being Kind

As a part of my 100 Days of Grace project, I am researching the qualities that tend to accompany true grace. Generosity. Lightness. Ease. Kindness.

To let an off-hand comment roll off your back. To let someone in as a lane is ending on the highway, when you know they may have rushed up just to cut the line. To not take it personally if someone doesn’t hold the door or greet you when you walk into a business.

Read on for inspiration, circumstances, and optional responses for imparting small kindnesses in your everyday life. 

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2018 Holiday Bucket List

2018 Holiday Bucket List

In the clarity of the present, I’ve created a 2018 Holiday Bucket List so when September and October of the upcoming year start sliding rapidly by, I have a bold reminder of my commitment to making the most of the holiday season. 

Read on for my list of 12 Holiday Bucket List traditions I'd like to bring with me into the new year. 

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A Year in Review: 2017

A Year in Review: 2017

Life tends to pass by in a blur, dotted with formative moments, the occasional surprise that moves you, and can only be remembered with the fleeting space we have in our minds. This year I made a point to document as much as I could - to take photos, write in journals, create plans and lists and save them for later. Packing everything I owned into a bus mid-year had me regretting my memory hoarding, but looking back this week, it was entirely worth it. 

Read on for the whole year in review! 

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What the Woods Have Given Me

What the Woods Have Given Me
"Doing nothing out here is better than doing anything in the city."

I can't believe I was the person to say that. While the city has always pulled me, with its seemingly endless opportunities, a constant exposure to newness, and the buzz of fellow humans living their lives, the quietness of the woods has stolen my heart. Even up to the day we left for a weekend in the Obed with friends visiting from St Pete, I was reluctant to enjoy myself out in nature, climbing and hiking. Danger, uncertainty, weather, gear, accessibility, so many thoughts were trying to keep me from enjoying the pure beauty of this planet. I am not nearly as strong as nature; she knocked me down and set me straight. 

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Coming Out of Resignation

Coming Out of Resignation

I've been hiding behind "busy", "not feeling well", and "wanting some time alone."

Since June, I've resigned from the professional position I worked up to for three years, became a full-time photographer, sold my house, bought a school bus, packed everything Alhen and I owned into that bus, and moved to Tennessee. I'm writing from my temporary room in Alhen's mother's log cabin in the woods, staring out at the trees, surrounded by beauty and peace. 

I have been content to simply hide away here, quiet as a mouse, while we built our school bus and started new lives. 

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Wildflowers100 - A Tranformative Experience

Wildflowers100 - A Tranformative Experience

The first 100 days of 2017 proved to be a beautiful example of a life-in-progress. I pursued many things that weren't in my plans, looked at the world through new eyes, and found comfort in a new relationship with the word peace. This project, inspired by fellow blogger Mari Partyka, is a departure from New Year Resolutions and goal setting; instead, it's a clearing for a list of activities (big or small) that will breed joy in your heart. 

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Acknowledging (and Henceforth Knowing) My Worth

Acknowledging (and Henceforth Knowing) My Worth

Yesterday, I caught up with Meg of Root for Food, an Insta-famous food blogger I had no idea lived right down the street from me until we got connected. We met at Love Food Central with her pup Iroh and though we hadn’t hung out but once in a group before, we clicked immediately like old friends.

We touched on a lot of topics - some health and nutrition, the book Better Than Before which we’re both reading, and largely: running online businesses. 

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Landmark Forum Changed My Life

Landmark Forum Changed My Life

The farther away from it I get the less it seems real.

What I felt in that room, when we were all coming to terms with the fact that all the drama, all the stories, all the negative emotions and preconceived notions - we made it all up. It wasn’t actually there. We certainly CAN feel and others CAN feel in reaction to our behavior - but we can’t know it for certain, ever. Even if they say “what you did made me sad”, it isn’t true. It’s their own story.

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