In 2007, I was graduating high school. I achieved. I was tired. I felt like I worked so hard to appear to have it all together. I remember thinking about starting a new page at college pursuing sincerity. Little did I know how difficult that would be and that was just the beginning of a journey that led me here, a person changed from the inside out. I really never dreamed of all the resources and adventures given to me, and I'm a big dreamer (even all the technological advances of the past 11 years- touch phones, smart watches, and so much more amaze me). I am so grateful I can make something with my hands and share it with you here. It is such an honor.
the quality of being free from pretense, deceit, or hypocrisy.
I discovered some treasures along the way. I treasure Jesus, my family, community, books, hammocks, travel, good food and drink, walking paths, my dog Bowie, tea time, bubbly water, and bright colors. I even love coffee and salt+vinegar chips! Crazy for me, guys! I have moved 9 times in 9 years as I've taken one step at a time to become the artist I am today. I currently am located in Virginia but had the amazing opportunity to live in Greece and Missouri for a year each. I am beyond blessed to know some of the most inspiring stories of people from these years of being a "rolling stone" or "potted plant" if you will. I am now finally planted in Richmond, and I look forward to growing roots and flourishing in my community by giving all I can each day.
keep carefully (a valuable or valued item).
I chose the plural form because I know there is more to come. I am also a writer and working on some different projects. For now, you can check out the blog, called the Playroom, based on a delightful place my siblings and I entertained ourselves for hours upon hours growing up. I know that I'm here to pursue and create beauty, truth, and meaningful experiences. I also want to encourage younger women to pursue their dreams. I desire to help others find creative rest too. And if you have made it this far, I have a mind exercise for you. Okay, you are stressed or worried about something. We all seem to be these days. I want you to close your eyes and imagine (using your hands too) blowing up a balloon with all your cares, tying it up, and letting it go up to God (or your higher power). Take a minute to let it rise up and watch it go. Breathe. You are going to be okay. And we can do this together! Now, what color was your balloon? ;) Let me know.
playfully quaint or fanciful, especially in an appealing and amusing way