hello, i'm michele

WRITER. WANDERER. PHOTOGRAPHER. PONDERER.

This blog is about…

living intentionally in a world full of expectations
choosing joy over conformity
smiling more and stressing less

may it entertain and inspire

When nothing make sense

Fact:  Sometimes life is really fucking hard.  My life, from the outside looking in, looks pretty damn good.  I’m healthy, have a beautiful home, an incredible husband.  But if you were to crawl inside my head you’d find a cesspool of negative thoughts.  It’s not a...

The power of a smile

Relocating from one state to another is a great way to experience other lifestyles.  Moving from rural Colorado to rural Idaho doesn’t seem like it would be much of a change but mountain culture vs. farming culture is vastly different.  One of my favorite ways to get...

Do your actions align with your aspirations?

It’s 10:16pm.  I’ve had a full day.  I’m tired and am more than ready to call it a day.  But the day quickly filled with work and house projects and I never got around to my writing.  And I really want to give this whole writing everyday goal a solid shot.  Not just...

Journal Entry: Our first week in Idaho

September 23, 2018 It’s the end of our first full week living in Idaho.  This week has been about catching up on work, settling in to our new normal and becoming acquainted with the uncertainties that accompany a complete life/career change.  I’ve had a defeatist...

Choosing joy over conformity

We just completed the final walk thru of our new (to us) house.  In two days it will officially be ours.  Our sanctuary, our burden.  I walked around inspecting every nook and cranny feeling more and more overwhelmed by the minute.  Hadn’t I just sold a house and...

Happy marriage, happy life

You know the saying “happy wife, happy life”?  I hear it nearly every weekend at the weddings I photograph, it’s the go-to ending for every father’s toast.  While that saying always gets a good laugh, it’s true.  But that’s only half of the equation, it’s a happy...

Confessions of a recovering look-aholic

I’ve always been incredibly critical of how I look, rarely coming across a photo of myself that I like.  But the photo of me at the top of this post is one that I love.  Why?  Because  I see a strong, confident woman on her first solo hike ever, feeling empowered...

You are a perishable item.  live accordingly.