Travel Uniform: Staving off Anxiety with a Packing Plan

Travel Uniform: Staving off Anxiety with a Packing Plan

It's not long until we go on our biggest (or, at least, furthest away) adventure yet - we're headed to China!

We couldn't be more excited. Our close friend is from Beijing, so we'll have a guide/translator/crash pad the entire time, which is so rare and special. 

But this kind of trip also brings with it a lot of details (Visas? Passports? Tickets? Vaccines?) and a lot of stress! Anxiety is creeping up the back of my neck, and the last thing I want to worry about is what I'm going to wear while I'm seeing the opposite side of our beautiful world.

The best weapon I've found to prevent anxiety (not necessarily treat it) is to get organized, without getting obsessive. That's where the uniform comes in.

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Travelogue: Poetry in the Boro

Travelogue: Poetry in the Boro

This post has been featured on Murfreesboro poet Kory Wells' website and blog here.

As part of my internship this summer, I got the chance to photograph May's iteration of an event called Poetry in the Boro, a monthly open mic. The event was started by Kory Wells, a published poet from my hometown of Murfreesboro and author of HEAVEN WAS THE MOON. Complete with monthly word challenges and serious community involvement and support, their mission is  to "provide a welcoming and supportive environment for expression of all community voices in poetry, spoken word and short-short prose."

And I want to tell you all about it - but first, a quick aside.

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Fair Trade Friday: Xinh & Co.

Fair Trade Friday: Xinh & Co.

It all started with curiosity.

I've been playing more and more with photography, and I wanted to step out and challenge myself in a new way.

So I went to Craigslist. As you do.

I posted in the Nashville site that I was looking to try my hand at product photography. I didn't expect to get any responses (none that I was interested in), but I was amazed when I did.

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Travelogue: A Day at the Faire

Travelogue: A Day at the Faire

Growing up, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival was an annual must-go for my friends and I.

Apparently, the same was true for Justin and his friends, even though we didn't meet until my junior year of high school (soulmates, duh). 

As we got older, though, we stopped wanting to spend the cash to get in. We'd seen all the shows, ridden the rides, eaten the food. In middle school, you stood out if you didn't dress up to go. But now it felt like the opposite, and it was loosing its lustre. So we didn't go.

This year was different.

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Travelogue: Staycation 2017

Travelogue: Staycation 2017

Sometimes good things happen at just the right time.

We decided to take a gentle, restful step into 2017. We have lots of hope for a bright future, even with all that happened globally in 2016. We both grew and grew last year, so we chose, for the first time ever, to use Justin's days off to not go galavanting about on a mountain (though we will do that later), but rather to just spend a week at home. Together.

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