what's on the heart

All too often I catch people complaining about the mean and cruel world we live in. They blame leaders of the country or leaders of the state for all that’s happening. All the hate in the world. All the crime in the world.
But friends, I think the problem starts with us. 

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An Open Letter To My Sisters

My dear sisters, I feel privileged. Privileged, because I never had to work to find those sister-like friendships. Yes, I have those now, but I was BORN into having five sisters. Five sisters that automatically were my best friends. I remember being a young girl, watching some of you go off to college, some go […]

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Helen + Jeremy | Engagement Session

Many of my photo shoots, I go in with a very good idea of how they will go, where we will go, and the exact purpose of the session – typically an engagement session or a wedding.   I’ve photographed many proposals as well, however whenever I have photographed one, I always knew in advance […]

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Bailey + Matt | Engagement Session

Growing up I would watch allll the Nicholas Sparks movies, read all the John Green books, and was obsessedddd with a good rom-com!   Well, as soon as I heard Matt and Bailey’s story, I instantly knew it belonged in one of those films. And working with these two for their engagement session absolutely confirmed […]

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Replacing That Four-Letter Word With That Three-Letter Word

There’s a four letter word out there that I’m convinced is straight poison to our brains. That word is “can’t.” I came to this realization recently. I was with a mentor of mine, was having a particularly hard day, and was speaking to him. I was trying to convince him that “I can’t do that. […]

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All The Single Ladies: This One’s For YOU

Pssst, single ladies! This one’s for you. You don’t need a life partner to be amazing. That might be a blunt statement, and/or might offend some, but it’s on my heart today and I truly feel called to share it. I see so many amazing ladies out there. SO many. And I see them hurting. […]

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The Sin That Gives No Pleasure

A christian public speaker once said something that slapped me right in the face. He said: “do you want to know what the dumbest sin there is? Jealousy. Want to know why? Because it’s the only sin you don’t get any pleasure out of. You get nothing. Only envy and misery.” Wow. That hit me. […]

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The Best Gift One Can Give Their Spouse

As we were hiking, there wasn’t a single moment that he let go of his wife. He nearly fell, was cut up against the sharp cactus plants, and carefully balanced himself to keep her from falling. And that, my friends is true sacrifice. True love. I couldn’t help but imagine their future and how beautiful […]

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How To Find Peace In A World Like Times Square

We live in a world where there are distractions. Distractions EVERYWHERE. Sometimes I feel like my mind is as busy as Times Square. Where there are people everywhere and there’s pollution and billboards all around and cell phones and vibrant colored marquees and loudness and lights and dirty streets and just chaos. Everywhere. In this […]

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A Pinterest Kind Of Love Story

Flashing ya back today, friends! To my Freshman year of college. Wow, I was a child. Seventeen years old, and loving my time at Illinois Central College. I was a part of two of the choirs through the school, and besides my Photography and Graphic Design classes, majority of my friends came from choir. Well […]

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Read This If You’re Over Diets

This January has me thinking about where I was on my health journey one year ago, in January of 2018. One year ago in January I began my consistent journey of exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, and taking care of myself through exercise and what I put into my body. I’ve been there, my friend. […]

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