Hi, friends!! I’m attempting to get back on board with posting my monthly goals on here, and I’m excited to do so! I probably say this every month, but I’m not quite sure how it’s already May… this year is positively flying by! Springtime is my favorite, and these past few weeks have been absolutely wonderful in so many ways.
April was busy (isn’t every month somehow a busy one, though?) in the best way possible. Spring in North Carolina is the best, and the flowers, trees, and city has come alive lately. I could talk for days about how much I adore Springtime, but suffice it to say it makes me super happy. I even feel so much more energized and excited about my work… which is great, since wedding season is officially upon us! I’ve had eleven editorial + styled shoots in a three month window of time, which is a little ridiculous but a whole lot of fun. I could talk for a very long time about how much I love doing all of these shoots and how endlessly beneficial and wonderful they are. And I’m thrilled to have so many sure-to-be wonderful, beautiful, and meaningful weddings coming up this year, as well!
Get back into a routine with my prayer journal
Take a beach trip
Read three books
Buy herbs (mint, cilantro, & basil!) + keep them alive
Buy flowers for someone just because
Make a Spring in Raleigh to-do list + start checking things off
Play tennis weekly
Learn how to shag (Thursday nights in North Hills!)
Go to the farmer’s market + cook a meal from scratch
Be outside as much as humanly possible (running, tennis, meals, walks, adventures)
I need an intern/assistant for the summer – decide on that process & make it official
Update the front page of my website with new images
Mail all client gifts for new clients
Update my pricing guide for 2017
Write in this blog weekly
Share those eleven editorial + styled shoots on my blog
Throw a launch party for one of my favorite businesses
Plan one more fabulous styled shoot
What about you? I’d love to hear your goals for the upcoming month & see what you’re up to! May is another one of my favorite months of the year, and I’m eagerly anticipating all that it holds!
This is my sixth cherry blossom season living in Washington, DC, and somehow, each year gets better and better. Maybe it was the long winter, or maybe it’s seeing the blooms with fresh eyes, but this year’s cherry blossoms were stunning in their display! Thousands upon thousands of people flock to DC from all over the world to witness the beauty of the cherry blossoms blooming around the city and around the Tidal Basin, and it hits me time and time again that this is my city and my backyard. It’s a magical, unreal display of such natural beauty, and I look forward to witnessing the blooms for many months beforehand!
My friends and I have always done an annual cherry blossom picnic, and it’s one of my favorite activities throughout the year. We always make sure to go after work (the weekends are insanely busy with tourists + I’m out of town every weekend this Spring), when the crowds are a little less chaotic. And going after work gives you the best of it all – sunshine, golden hour, sunset, and twilight. Magical, indeed! If you’re ever in town or free during cherry blossom season, you should definitely pack a picnic, head down towards the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial, bring your camera, and enjoy see God’s glorious design at hand!
This last picture is beyond amazing – and no filter needed! Took my breath away.
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson