I am not unique in that statement. Almost every woman I know (and lots of men – no men bashing here) wear many hats. But what are those hats? They, of course, look different for everyone. Why am I even talking about this? My hope is that this first post will give you an idea of what this blog is all about, and to give you a little snippet into the many different topics I want to cover.
So, without further ado, here are just some of the many hats I wear:
Mom – Probably one of my favorite hats I wear is my mom hat. I am a mom to a wonderful little toddler, whom I will refer to as ‘E’. If you’re a parent or guardian reading this, you probably understand that I don’t have to go into too much detail about how I feel being a mom to my son. It is wonderful, exhausting, hard as ever, rewarding, degrading, anxiety-filled, heart melting and the most amazing thing ever. Expect stories, good and bad of my experiences, lessons and more.
- Wife – My husband and I have been married seven years. We have been together for 13 or 14. Insert all sorts of sappy adjectives here. Honestly, though, he is my best friend, makes me laugh, and we can be total goofs together and have a good time. He truly has made me a better person, and I have grown so much since knowing him. Expect posts on things I’ve learned, funny stories, and more.
- Nature Photographer (and the mindfulness connection)- I have been taking pictures since I was a little girl. I didn’t have an actual camera but spent most of my allowance on disposable cameras taking blurry pictures of gerbils and our pet parrot. Seriously. A few years later, I got my first camera and became very interested in capturing the natural grace the earth has to offer. My parents are avid gardeners, and as a kid, I was forced (kidding, only sometimes) to spend lots of time outside. This is where my inspiration for photographing nature comes from. My goal with my photography is to be able to share the beauty nature offers us — from the small details in my macro photography to gorgeous landscapes found in my travels around the state of MN (my homeland – see more below) and the country.
By now, you may be thinking, this is all great, but what is the connection to this blog? Recently, I became interested in the positive connection between mental health and nature. The research surrounding this is fascinating. If you just google ‘mental health and nature’ you get page after page of articles and research that show spending time in nature, or even just looking at it through photography can reduce stress, depression and anxiety, slow down breathing, lower heart rate, and much, more (disclaimer: please note that I am not a Dr, researcher, or any sort of professional in this field. To find out more information, please visit the articles listed or talk to your Doctor if you have any concerns).
Part of being mindful to me is having the tools to take a moment and catch your breath. Tuning into yourself and recognizing when you need a mental break. My hope is that I can provide you with content that you can relate to. That will give you a laugh. That will allow you to stop and take a breath. In addition, I want to start a ‘Two Minute Meditation’ series which will be videos that showcase my nature photography, and I will be guiding you along with short meditation prompts I have written to go along with each unique photograph to help you imagine yourself in the scene, and hopefully provide a sense of calm, or whatever it is you need in that moment. Watch for these short videos to come in the very near future, and expect posts about nature and the positive mental health/mindfulness connection.
- 32 year old, Minnesotan, part time worker, outdoor enthusiast, self-care advocate, blogger, food lover, mantra say-er, cat and dog owner, part minimalist, gardener, pay-it-forward-er, word maker up-er and so much more. Expect posts on any and all of these topics as well. Except making up words. That would be weird.
I am really excited to go on this journey with you. I want to try and show you that it is easy to incorporate mindfulness and intention into your life through small things that won’t consume a lot of time. I would love to be a tool for you to give yourself a quick mental break whenever you need it. I hope to be able to share my stories, lessons, and advice with you and that it will be worthwhile and helpful. Finally, I hope you will come along with me on this journey called life.
Please feel free to introduce yourself or ask any questions in the comments below!