Archive for ‘Creative Soul’

January 28, 2011

Friday Links: Rue & music

by Hannah

Have you seen Rue? This lovely online magazine overflows with style and visual amazingness (oh yes that’s a word in my world). The design. The writing. The photography. The layout (full screen. no paper wasted because it’s an online mag. and you like what you see? click on it.)

Go. Grab a mug of your favorite warm beverage. Immerse yourself. Be inspired.

You’re welcome.
{and happy Friday}

I also wanted to share with some music that has been soothing my soul this week.
Ingrid Michaelson
A Fine Frenzy
Mumford & Sons
The Pandora stations generated by these artists are just awesome. They are the soundtrack of my life right now.

p.s.- it’s time for 52 on Fridays again, and this week is warmth.

Hopefully by next week I can link you to my new website- I got the design part done and then during the installation everything went wacky and my whole site has been down for a few days, which is driving a me a little crazy. I’m excited to unveil the new look- hopefully it won’t be too much longer!

January 26, 2011


by Hannah

I have been contemplating vision- how it is formed and how it changes over time. The above quote was pinned on Pinterest by my friend Angie, and when I read it, something resonated in me.

Our vision does not come from the outward things that inspire us- it is ours alone. Completely unique. I think there is a strong tendency in photography to try to mirror other peoples’ visions. But my journey is leading me in such a different direction, and I feel there is so much truth in these words. The more I look within myself and the less I look at what others are doing, the more “awakened” I feel. My vision and my path are stronger and better defined. I have a solid idea of where my business is headed and what my unique voice is as an artist.

This is not only about business and art. Your life vision is yours alone. What defines you, truly, is not external. When you begin to know your true self and examine the real, internal you… you come alive. Your heart will affect the external aspects of your life if you allow it, and you will become more yourself than you have ever been.

This is the journey I am on. It involves risk and difficult self-acceptance and learning what is truly important and not caring what other people think. It is about freedom and love and raw authenticity that changes everything. I want to live awake, not only dreaming.

January 14, 2011

Well, Hello. {This is me.}

by Hannah

If you follow my photography blog, you saw these two photos there this morning:

I am participating in a 52 week photography project with a group of 16 other amazing photographers, and our week one theme was self. I encourage you to click over to my other blog and follow the links to each of their self portraits from this week.

I am challenging myself to also take more self portraits this year. Doing so feels awkward at first. Raw. I feel that every artist must do this. I connect with the people I photograph in a totally unique way, and I think connecting with myself in the same way will be important. It may teach me more about myself. It might even be healing.

So here are a few others I took this week–

{So this is me.}
shy. quiet. unsure.
and yet, I am learning
that is who I made myself,
but not who I really am.
I am, truly
fierce, stubborn, a warrior-woman, mama lioness.
unyielding, determined, refusing to give up no matter what comes my way.
tell me I can’t
and you’d better believe that I am going to.
yes I am introspective.
but if I’m not talking, it’s probably because I am listening.
in my bones and blood
is creativity and salt water.
in my heart
is freedom and adventure
and love.

January 1, 2011


by Hannah

I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, per se. I have a word, which encompasses so many of my hopes and dreams for 2011. I touched on it in one of my #reverb10 posts in December, but I wanted to take a moment on this New Year’s moment to elaborate.


When this word popped into my head, I knew it was the one. There is a specific image that comes to my mind when I say this word. It is of a tiny, fresh, green plant, with just one of two leaves, pushing it’s way up through dirt and stones- sometimes even concrete sidewalks- and busting out into the light of the sun. Thriving. Becoming a mature plant or even a majestic tree.

I have done a lot of pressing through in the dark and dirt, and I am embracing the busting out and thriving this year. I feel so optimistic about the next 365 days- it is a blank page, a book that has not yet been written.

I envision thriving.

For my family. Our relationships, my marriage and our son. All our health, both mental and physical. 2010 held some of the biggest trials ever for our family, but it is behind us and I am confident that this is a better year for all of us.

For my business and my photographic vision. I am putting the knowledge I have gained into action, while continuing to learn every single day.

For my own personal health. I am making changes to my diet and becoming more intentional about exercise again. I am looking forward to feeling healthy and vibrant and maybe even (finally) ditching the chronic migraines. I am also practicing healthy ways to handle stress so it does not overwhelm me, exercise is a huge part of this, but also journaling regularly and taking time to work on my own projects and nurture myself.

I could probably go on, but this is the core of my vision for the new year- my hopes and goals intertwined.

Manny got me this necklace for Christmas, from Beadup on Etsy.

He also got me a charm with Seth’s name on it from Sundance. I was planning on making a separate necklace from it, with his birthstone, but in the meantime I’ve been wearing it on my thrive necklace, and I really like it there. It is my wish for him too, so it is fitting, and now I can wear both at the same time. Eventually I will probably find another chain and add his birthstone, and later one for his sibling.


Do you have a word, or any goals, hopes or dreams for 2011? I would love to hear them.

Wishing you a truly wonderful first day of this promising year.



December 9, 2010

Reverb 10- Make

by Hannah

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

The last thing I made…

well actually the last couple of things:


For the bird, I drew the shapes I needed on paper first, traced them onto the felt, and cut them out. I stuffed with fiber fill and stitched around it up with embroidery floss.

The glass ball idea was from here {thanks, Jami!}. I used an ornament we had already, and used a silver paint pen to draw the design.

I want to do a few more of each of these in the coming weeks- they’re easy and the birds especially would be cute additions to holiday gifts!

I have several Christmas gifts on my “to-make” list. I’m planning on doing some crocheting, and some baking. Finding time for those things is rare these days, but I have a break coming up and I intend to put it to good use.

December 5, 2010

Reverb 10- Let Go

by Hannah

What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?

Earlier this year, I let go of trying to do everything. Specifically, I closed my Etsy shop where I sold jewelry and crocheted items, saving those crafts for personal fulfillment only. I realized that it was taking time from my business and my family. No one can do it all, and prioritizing and letting go of things is so important to living a balanced life.

Until that point, I was giving a little time to my photography and a little to making things for my shop, but neither were anywhere near thriving. It became obvious that I would have to choose in order to be successful at one. Of course there wasn’t even a decision to make there. Photography is my career- Etsy was fun, but not selling things doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy making things in my free time- which I still do every now and then. Actually, I even made a necklace for a shoot a couple months ago!

Letting go, in general, is usually difficult, but almost always brings freedom. New doors open. Choosing to focus my energies on my business has payed off significantly this year, and I finally feel I am on the right track.

December 4, 2010

Reverb 10 – One Word

by Hannah

I noticed a few other bloggers talking about Reverb 10 recently, but I didn’t actually visit the website and see what it was about until this morning. And I immediately wanted to do it.

Reverb 10 is a month of creative prompts to reflect on the past year, and manifest the year to come. Even more, it is a creative community. So far there have been four great prompts by some very talented authors. I could try to explain more, but go see for yourself. It is going to be the perfect way to reflect on 2010 and prepare for 2011.

Since I missed the first three days, I want to go ahead and do the first prompt today, because there seems to be no better place to start. I might double up over the next few days in order to catch up.

One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?

After reading this prompt, I sat staring at my screen for a few moments, thinking. Words floated around in my head, and while all of them certainly applied to this year, none of them were quite right. Then it came to me.


No other word so fully encapsulates what 2010 has been for me. It has been a year of growth for me in so many areas. Growth for my marriage. Growth as a mother. Growth as a person. Growth for my business and my art.

I feel like I have changed so much, in so many areas, since the beginning of this year.
A funny thing about growth, is that the more of it you do, the more you realize how far you still have to go. I still feel so young, so inexperienced. I do not feel that I “have it all together”. The growing never ends. Each day is an opportunity to learn, and therefore to grow. This truth has been at the forefront of this year for me.

I read in an interview with a very accomplished photographer- I wish I could remember who it was- who said that the day he stops learning about photography and growing in the craft, is that day he puts his camera down for good. That really struck me- not only for photography, but for all of life. I believe that we are designed to continuously move forward, and stagnancy in our lives is like poison.

I am so thankful for the growth I have experienced this year, and for the growth that will happen in the coming year.


One year from now, I hope that I can look back and describe 2011 with the word thrive.
I envision a year of seeing the results of the growth I have experienced-  making all the growing pains worth it. I dream of seeing my family, my marriage, my soul, mind, body, and my business, all thriving in the coming year and years.
I think that a key to this is action. The bulk of learning, talking, and planning, have happened this year. More doing needs to happen now, in every area of my life.

Yes, let the doing begin. I want to stop thinking about how to fly, and just fly.

November 30, 2010

Decking the Halls {Part I- Decorating}

by Hannah

I have been whipping up handmade holiday decorations in my spare moments over the last couple of days, and I wanted to share a few of them with you! We ventured into the attic yesterday and retrieved our boxes of ornaments, and our faux wreath for the door, which I decorated the first year we were married, as well as our stockings and some other things. I’m hoping to add lots of handmade things to our collection this year.

I found this great blog post about decorations made from simple white cardstock, on d.Sharp Journal, via Design Sponge. I love how my snowman garland and angels come out!

Also on Design Sponge, I found the instructions for these fun paper ornaments, which I hung from the chandelier above our dining table.

A few nights ago we went to CityPlace, where they have a giant Christmas tree and a train for the kiddos, which Seth thoroughly enjoyed.
p.s.- It was dark outside when I took these. I love my D700’s high ISO capabilities!

Yes, the holiday season has officially arrived, and I am loving it!

xoxo, h

October 20, 2010

30 Days of {Truth}

by Hannah

Yesterday my friend Jami posted about these writing project to spur honesty on various topics, over at Live Beautiful. It’s called 30 Days of Truth. I want to participate, though I am just going to take some of the topics to write on throughout the rest of the month. If anything it will spur some interesting thoughts. Thank you Jami for sharing this :)

So first up: “Something you hate about yourself.”


I hate that I could list a lot of things here, some of them so very silly and superficial. I’m working on that.
One thing that I really wish I could change about myself is my tendency to worry too much. I have trouble letting things go when they’re bothering me. I let them consume me to the point of feeling the stress on a physical level. It isn’t healthy or productive, but it is very difficult for me to be at peace and just let things be if something isn’t right. I want to fix everything, and if I can’t I practically let it consume me. It’s almost as if somewhere in my sub-conscience I believe that by worrying I am still putting an effort into fixing it, and to stop worrying would be to give up. Ludicrous, I know. But, at least I’m aware of it, right? ;)

And since I do not want to leave a post on a negative note, I will cover the second prompt here as well: “Something you love about yourself.”
Now, this one is actually more difficult for me, because I hate to feel like I am bragging, so writing about positive aspects of who I am seems… strange. But it is probably a good thing to do.

I love my creative nature. It has always, always been a part of me. As a young child I was most in my element when I was painting or sculpting with clay or making a craft. Both of my parents are artists- creating things was just as normal to me as eating. As I grew up I always had a stash of art supplies, always loved to surround myself with music. Then I found my love for photography and I found my passion and vocation.
This creative nature isn’t only present in what I do, but how I think and how I approach life. A creative mind thinks differently, and solves problems differently. It tries to see life from other peoples’ perspectives. It looks at different angles. It thinks outside the box and doesn’t mind being different- in fact, it thrives on it. I am thankful that this is part of who I am.

October 20, 2010

Be still.

by Hannah

I over at The Creative Mama this morning talking about the importance of taking time alone to quiet your heart and mind. Won’t you join me?

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