Sunday, September 25, 2016

Year Five

It's crazy to think that five years ago today, I started this wild idea of mine. I really had no clue as to what to do after college and was honestly hopeless. Sometimes it still feels that way. 

I always want to know what's going to happen, and if what I'm doing is right for me... but that's exactly what God has been teaching me the past few weeks. I can be really stubborn, but I can feel Him changing me through the different circumstances. 

A lot of changes have taken place in my life this year, new job, my nonno that had been in the hospital... and truthfully I've wanted to give up many times. 

But that's when all of these amazing people that God placed in my life show up and remind me... Hey you're going to be okay, don't you ever give up. God's not finished yet. 

My old friend Joe from church recently reminded me to try my best, but most of all to just put my heart into it. And it's funny how God uses little things to connect them all. I happened to look down, and the notebook I had for over a year had written the following quote:

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

And then I smiled. Oh. I think I'm starting to understand it all now. Whatever the circumstances, wherever He places you... give it your heart. That's all God asks. And it's going to be okay. 

I'm so thankful and happy I started this blog 5 years ago. The amazing people I got to meet and work and laugh with, have played a giant part of my journey and growing heart. 

Here's to five years, to new beginnings, and to never ever giving up.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fashion Portraits | Photoshootin' Fun

     I love photographing personal projects from time to time, it can help me bring different visions I have to life. Before my 27th birthday, one of my best friends and I drove out to the Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown, NJ to do a small photo shoot. 
     The lighting was perfect because it was the golden hour right before Sunset... if you've ever been on a shoot with me you know how much I LOVE the golden hour ;) Special thank you to my gorgeous friend Steph for taking portraits of me... you rocked it girl! <3

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I Pomodori | Keeping traditions through Generations

     Every year, we buy bushels of tomatoes and begin the process of i pomodori. We wash, cut, fill, and squish the tomatoes in jars and then cook them for hours in a large saucepan over a flame outside. 

     For me, it's really special because I grew up with the women in my family surrounding a table and recounting stories and laughing as we cut the tomatoes for hours. That first bowl of pasta with fresh tomato sauce is unlike anything else. And so I'd like to keep this tradition through the years and continue it with my future children and grandchildren someday. Here a few photos I took this year! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

27


Today I'm 27. 

This year has been a whirlwind of events, some anticipated, some joyous, and 
some totally unexpected. 

But I'm grateful for all of the moments. 

All of the little details and mishaps and laughs.

God surrounded me with His love by giving me such amazing people to love.

Ahh I'm so excited and slightly anxious for the upcoming year. 

I have a new job which was such a surprise!... But I know God is faithful, and He placed me exactly where He needed me to be.

27 is going to be a great one... I just know it.