Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 -- week 14 of #projectlife -- a love letter to tucson.

i have friends who write beautiful things about new york, and every time i read them, i want to go back so bad it hurts. new york is color and noise and it was the first place i was an adult. but i wouldn't change my life as it stands now, because although tucson is as different from new york as chocolate ice cream and cherry pie, it's the place i've made home with rcg. don't get me wrong, i love new york, and i loved living in mexico city, loved, i would go back in a heart beat, but it was his town, just like new york is/was my town. but tucson, tucson is our town.

tucson is where we arrived two years ago with no idea what to expect, no friends, and no furniture. we showed up with 4 duffel bags and 2 kittenz and made a gorgeous little home with blue & yellow walls, saguaros, and clear skies. we've met some pretty amazing people, discovered great eats, fell in love with the outdoors, and found adventure here. we've had many memorable things happen here (eg. our first kickball teamour engagement, our first skydiving jump, our first camping & hiking trip, and our wedding) and we'll have many more. and while we may not stay here forever, tucson will always live on in our hearts as our first home together, our oasis in the desert, and our little slice of sunshine.

not sure what all of this tucson love has to do with this week's pictures? as i was looking at these pictures i was reminded yet again how amazing our life in tucson is. part of that is the home we've built, but part of that is the environment we've found ourselves in and the wonderful people we've met. we've had such amazing opportunities to grow and learn here that i figured it was high time i wrote a little love letter to show how appreciative we are of the old pueblo for forever changing our lives.

ps. if you haven't already, be sure to check out sky bar on 4th avenue. who says looking at the stars has to be difficult? they have a telescope and knowledgeable staff that are dying to show you the wonders of the night sky!
pps. this post has inspired me to write a true love letter to tucson -- i submitted it yesterday. i hope i'm chosen to be featured on the love letters to tucson website! but even if i'm not, i've said my piece and shown my love, and that's enough for me. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 -- week 13 of #projectlife -- writer's block

oh man guys, i'm so behind in my project life posts (and all other blog posts)! i'm sorry. but now the wedding is over, and our lives are getting back to normal, so it's back to blogging i go. i apologize, in advance, for the inundation of blog posts in the near future. 

and, of course, as i sit down to write this post, i'm drawing a blank. i've been out of practice for too long! honestly, sometimes i forget that i'm not a writer, not really. i always hated the creative writing assignments we were given back in high school english; i could never think of a topic to write about. even now, at least once a week, rcg asks me to tell him a story and i can't come up with anything. all he's asking for is a quick story about my day or a silly thing i've made up, but i get nervous and i don't know what to say, always thinking that there could be a better story in my brain that i just haven't discovered yet. somehow though, i've decided that blogging isn't really writing, and therefore i should be able to do it. but every once in a while i remember that i don't like writing and that i'm not amazing at it, and i hit a wall. do you have any suggestions on how to get your writing brain back? or should i just suck it up and push through? help please!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

four things i love about mother earth -- april 2014 #fmsphotoaday

this year, i had the absolute joy of being knee deep in nature on april 22, aka. earth day. (rcg and i were on our pre-honeymoon, roadtripping through northern arizona, southern utah, and the sierra nevada mountains in california.) so i couldn't help but dig into the amazing views around me for my photo a day inspiration. in honor of the "four things" prompt i captured four amazing views from our travels that day: antelope canyon, horseshoe bend, zion national park, and the blm land we camped on for the night. but i think the earth deserves a little more celebration than just a couple of photos. i hope this ode to mother earth does her justice.

four things i love about mother earth:

her enormity never lets you forget how small and inconsequential you are. which is a good thing. every time you look at the stars or the ocean she reminds you that you are small, the world is large, and that all of the little trials and tribulations you face on a daily basis aren't that big of a deal.

her peacefulness.

her never ending beauty and majesty. from the purple mountains to the sandy beaches and salty ocean,  from the tall trees to the rolling green hills, and from the deserts to the jungles to the bayous, mother earth is stunning. every where you look you can find beauty: in the perfection of a zebra's stripes, the black silkiness of a panther's coat, or in the fractals of a seashell. even in the misery, the hurricanes, the rainstorms, and the fires, there is beauty; mother earth cleans up after us and takes care of herself.

her interconnectedness and diversity. every single plant and animal on this planet is unique. every single rock, wave, and cloud is different. and every single lightening bolt, thunderclap, and star is one of a kind. but each of these is dependent on everything else around it. it's beyond impressive to see how everything on earth works in harmony to survive and succeed together.

you want to write your own love letter to earth? check out this website.


something purple: petals seen while taking engagement photos // in my hand: juice. // shapes: easter eggs! // good together: rainbow pom poms!


not mine: the tutu belongs to rcg now! // a taste of spring: a drive up mt. lemmon //where i'd rather be... snuggling // hobby = eating


 dark... side of the moon. // my fave part of the day... date night // 3 of a kind: erasers // on my left: peanut boulders


more please! au revoir simone // dirty... windshield// i'm reading this... and a couple others too! // my vice: using too many tissues & leaving them everywhere!


something i learned: how to make fans! // good... night to do boda research! // money! // egg


close... telescopes make things look close! // four things... i saw today. // entrance... to nevada! // a pop of color


remember... to cut your toenails! // enjoy the little things // under my feet // chaotic: post-camping unpacking


contrast: yellow sunset vs. purple mountains majesty // something silly